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The Demon Apostle, Part 3: The Demon Wars
R.A. Salvatore
Multi-cast production, adaptation
GraphicAudio, 5 hours

The Demon Apostle, Part 3: 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 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

R.A. Salvatore creates a world of fantasy in which the magicks rest in gemstones and the elves train one ranger in each generation to protect the forests and people of the outlying areas of the kingdom of Honce-the-Bear, Conflict is sure to arise in a country where the Abellican church seeks power over the state and where many mythical and magical creatures live -- including elves, centaurs, dwarves, giants, and goblins. But the enemy of man turns out to be none of these creatures. Instead, man's worst enemy is himself, manifesting itself in the form of religion and politics.

GraphicAudio has produced the first three books in Salvatore's Demon Wars Saga and this audiobook brings to a close the third book in the first trilogy of the Demon Wars. Each book in the trilogy has been divided into three parts making it, in my opinion, easier to consume the "Movie In Your Mind" production. The superb sound effects, music and acting found in each segment leaves you ready to dive into the next installment. Fortunately, offering this epic story in 5 and 6 hour sections gives the mind a needed intermission -- if only enough time to grab more popcorn and begin the next adventure.

In this final section of the final book of the first trilogy in the series, Elbryan the Ranger, Bradwarden the centaur and Roger Lockless have escorted five Abellican monks to Mount Aida. They have undertaken a quest to view the place where the renegade Abellican monk-named-heretic, Avelyn Desbris, died defeating the demon dactyl Bestesbulzibar. This battle, while destroying the physical form of the demon, released the demon's spirit so it could possess the father of the Abellican Church, Father Abbott Markwart. The father has, under possession of the demon, turned the church in a direction away from God and now the young monks wish to turn the Church back by possibly canonizing Avelyn. Markwart will do all he can to stop this from happening.

Back in Palmaris, one of the major cities of Honce-the-Bear, Elbryan's wife Pony (who was a disciple of Avelyn) can battle with the best and uses the magic of the gemstones. Pony is pregnant with Elbryan's child and is in hiding. When Father Abbott Markwart pays a political visit to Palmaris, Pony tries to exact revenge on the man who killed her adopted parents by attempting to assassinate Markwart through the magic of the gemstones.

Her plot seems to have succeeded when a lodestone goes through Markwart's skull, but to the amazement of the monks the father abbot survives. He now seeks revenge on Pony and in a battle between the spirits of Pony and Markwart, Markwart removes the baby from Pony who believes the baby to be killed. But that may not necessarily be the case. These events all come to their apex in a battle between the possessed Markwart and Elbryan and Pony. With superb sound effects in this production, you will easily lose yourself in the land of Corona and the magical battles within its borders.

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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