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The Demon Spirit, Part 1: The Demon Wars
R.A. Salvatore
Multi-cast production, adaptation
GraphicAudio, 5 hours

The Demon Spirit, Part 1: 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 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

Spanning seven books and a role-playing game, The Demon Wars Saga is high fantasy with enough action and adventure to equal that of Tolkien's epic, The Lord of the Rings. In the first book, The Demon Wars, listeners were introduced to the heroes; Elbryan the ranger; Jilesponie, the warrior and wizard in training; Avelyn Desbris, the wizard monk; Bradwarden, the centaur and Juravial, the elf. They all set off to battle the Demon Dactyl who, after centuries of slumber, has awakened to send his armies of dwarves, powries, goblins, and giants to subjugate the peaceful land of Corona.

GraphicAudio once again will knock your socks off with their superb audio production. Whether immersed in scenes of calming peace or moments of heated battle, GraphicAudio makes it seem as if all the action was recorded live and on the spot. Whether there are swords clanging, giant's skulls cracking, or goblins screaming, the sound effects place you in the center of the adventure.

The Demon Spirit, Part 1, tells the story of how, after destroying the Demon Dactyl, Elbryan and Pony set off to return to their homeland. They hope that the end of the Dactyl means the end of evil in the land, but this is not the case. Instead, the armies of the Dactyl are now scattered throughout the land of Corona with no leader and are wreaking havoc on the countryside. Elbryan and Pony meet up with Juraviel, the elf, and he tells them of how the Dactyl may have ruined the lands of the elves forever and that the humans may be next. They then team up and decide to rid the land of the Demon Spirit left behind.

In the meantime, the monks of St. Mere-Abelle still believe that Avelyn Desbris is an ally of the Dactyl. The monks set out to destroy Avelyn, not knowing that he was the hero who destroyed the Dactyl. The monks head to the Barbicon and Mount Aida to recover the magic gemstones Avelyn stole from the monastery, planning to use them to destroy Avelyn. When they arrive at the Barbicon, a different story is told in the destruction that is found there. But it seems the Demon Spirit has infiltrated the monk's ranks and perhaps they no longer want the truth to be known. With a great production, great acting and, most of all, a great story -- this is yet another GraphicAudio title to seek out and enjoy.

Copyright © 2009 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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