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Transcendence, Part 1: The Demon Wars
R.A. Salvatore
Multi-cast production, adaptation
GraphicAudio, 6 hours

R.A. Salvatore
R.A. Salvatore, a lifelong resident of Massachusetts, has some two dozen books to his credit. His first book was published in 1988. The Crystal Shard came from TSR, a Forgotten Realms title. Two years later, with his first novel and its sequel sold to Penguin, he quit his day job. When not writing, Salvatore spends time speaking to high schools and library groups, encouraging people, especially kids, to read.

ISFDB Bibliography
SF Site Review: Ascendance, Part 2: The Demon Wars
SF Site Review: Ascendance, Part 1: The Demon Wars
SF Site Review: Mortalis, Part 3: The Demon Wars
SF Site Review: Mortalis, Part 2: The Demon Wars
SF Site Review: Mortalis, Part 1: The Demon Wars
SF Site Review: The Demon Apostle, Part 3: The Demon Wars
SF Site Review: The Demon Apostle, Part 2: The Demon Wars
SF Site Review: The Demon Apostle, Part 1: The Demon Wars
SF Site Review: The Demon Spirit, Part 3
SF Site Review: The Demon Spirit, Part 2
SF Site Review: The Demon Spirit, Part 1
SF Site Review: The Demon Awakens, Part 3: The Demon Wars
SF Site Review: The Demon Awakens, Part 2
SF Site Review: The Demon Awakens
SF Site Review: The Lone Drow
SF Site Review: Exile
SF Site Review: Homeland
SF Site Review: The Highwayman
SF Site Review: The Demon Spirit
SF Site Review: The Demon Awakens

Past Feature Reviews
A review by Gil T. Wilson

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Transcendence, Part 1: The Demon Wars The Demon Wars Saga marches onward as I begin book six of the seven volume series.  This book is called Transcendence, and tells the story of the second Ranger trained at the same time as Adryan Wyndon, who became king of Honce-the-Bear in the last book.  Brynn Dharielle was rescued by the elves of Touel'alfar after her parents were murdered by the Behrenese.  The Behrenese have been enslaving Brynn's race, the To-Gai, and her purpose as a Ranger is to free her people and start a revolution. 

This book begins as Brynn and Belli'mar Juraviel, elven trainer of the rangers, begin their journey south from Andur'Blough Inninness, the elves' home, to the lands of Behren.  Along the way they must cross the mountains called The Belt and Buckle.  While traveling through the mountains, Belli'mar and Brynn are attacked by zombies. The zombies are found to be under the control of the legendary Doc'alfar -- the Dark elves.  The Doc'alfar are amazed to see Belli'mar, or any member of the Touel'alfar, as a split occurred between the two groups hundreds of years in the past and each elven branch believed the other had perished. Belli'mar convinces the king of the Doc'alfar that Brynn is not a typical human and that they both should be allowed to live. 

The Doc'alfar know of a secret passage under the mountains and send a guide with Belli'mar and Brynn.  The passage is not safe, as evidenced by the scattering of bones, abandoned villages of dwarves and the existence of a dragon.  It's here that the book really gets exciting, as Belli'mar, Brynn and their Doc'elfar guide must battle for their lives as the dragon attacks.  Brynn finds the remains of the last To-Gai ranger trained by the elves and realizes how difficult this challenge will be to complete. Taking the sword of the dead ranger and a few shield-like armaments, Brynn hopes to survive a deadly set of circumstances.  

GraphicAudio delivers this story with the excellent production they use in all their releases.  The acting is simply the best.  The voice actors not only portray the different characters but implement various accents and vocal qualities that allow the listener to fully experience this "Movie in Your Mind."  The sound effects and incidental music create the perfect auditory cinematic experience, creating the best experience you may ever have listening to audiobooks.

Copyright © 2010 Gil T. Wilson

Gil T. has spent a quarter of a century working in radio and has lots of spare time on his hands and reading or listening to books takes up all that time. Check out his blog to find out what he's up to at any given moment.


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