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The Demon Apostle, Part 2: The Demon Wars
R.A. Salvatore
Multi-cast production, adaptation
GraphicAudio, 6 hours

The Demon Apostle, Part 2: The Demon Wars
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: 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

GraphicAudio continues their "Movie in Your Mind" production of R.A. Salvatore's Demon Wars Saga with book three of the seven-book series. I haven't decided yet if I'm fond of the way the book is divided into three parts. On the one hand, this approach offers the book in smaller, digestible audiobook chunks. But on the other hand, the producer really knows where to divide the books to create massive cliffhangers between the sections, and this one ends with the listener craving to know what happens next. The tension is felt even more so in this third book because it marks the end of the first trilogy of the series and the end of the first epoch in the world of Corona.

Here we find Pony and Elbryan separated for the first time since their youth. Elbryan is in the north helping to rebuild the country while Pony has moved south to Palmaris, trying to find the whereabouts of Roger Lockless. She's also spying out the latest movements of the Abellican Church, while being careful to ensure the safety of her unborn child.

It seems as though Roger Lockless has found his way back to Elbryan. He has been given the task of leading five monks who are dissatisfied with the way the church is headed to find the friends of Avelyn Desbris, the monk labeled as a heretic who is actually a hero of the demon wars.

The newly appointed Bishop of Palmaris, Bishop De'Unnero, is quickly becoming unpopular with the common folks and merchants. He repossesses all of the magic gemstones, even the ones purchased directly from the church, and creates a police state. Those unwilling to give up the stones are tortured and one is even executed in public. Markwart sees this as a possible bad image for the new direction for the church and sends De'Unnero to hunt down Elbryan. De'Unnero is a trained assassin and proficient with the tiger's paw gemstone, a gemstone that gives the user the power of a tiger and even transforms the arm of the user into that of the big cat. De'Unnero becomes so proficient that he can turn his entire body into a tiger.

Elbryan, Roger Lockless, Bradwarden the centaur, and two elves set out to escort the five monks on a pilgrimage to the grave of Avelyn. It is here that they seek to find hope for the future of the world of Corona. The rest of the elves are dispatched to Palmaris for a possible meeting with the king, but more importantly, to watch out for Pony and the unborn son of the ranger, Elbryan. There's plenty of excitement and intrigue, and GraphicAudio creates the perfect production to help you get lost in the world of the Demon Wars Saga.

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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