In The Demon Awakens, best-selling author R. A. Salvatore creates an astonishing new world for listeners to explore - and an intrepid hero to lead the way: Elbryan Wynden, who must confront the dark tides of destiny in his epic search for justice and peace....
A great evil has awakened in the land of Corona, a terrible demon determined to spread death and misery. His goblin armies and fearsome giants ravage the settlements of the frontier, and in the small village of Dundallis their merciless attack leaves behind two shattered orphans: Pony and her lifelong friend, the youth Elbryan. Taken in by elves, Elbryan is raised to become a formidable ranger - a fateful role that will lead him into harrowing confrontation.
Meanwhile, on a far-off island, a shower of gemstones will fall onto the black-sand shores. These heaven-sent stones carry within them an incredible power - the key to all that is good in the world and all that is evil, and it is up to one young monk to liberate them from the corrupt monastery that harvests them. Pray that they don't fall into the wrong clawed hands....
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Can't believe this is by the same guy who gave us Drizzt. Found this book dull and for at least the first half it seems to flail for direction and the numerous time skips leave it disjointed. Tried to stick it out but zoned out a bit for the last couple of chapters, which is a shame as by then it had started to pick up pace, but too little to late (I stuck it out because I'd already invested so much time listening to it but overall the story was too much of a drag to bother going back and listening to the two or so chapters I missed).
The only good thing is the narrator, who tries to give it some energy and does a few good voices, but even he is only average really. I wouldn't be adverse to hearing more books he read, but I wouldn't go out of my way to hunt them down. Same can't be said for this series - while I would (and plan to) get audiobooks of the Drizzt books, I have no intention of getting the sequels to this book.
The writing is very poor: thin characters who keep doing the same things that I find I don't really identify with; endless gory fighting scenes that aren't at all scary; implausible narrow escapes; a big demon who seems very easy to defeat.
There are much better derivative Lord of the Rings sort of books out there.
"Really great intro to R.A."
I really enjoyed this book, I started homeland but couldn't get into it. This one had me from the start & I'll be checking out book 2 along with other RA Salvatore books. Also Tim Gérard Reynolds was amazing as always. .. "Ohhho What!?" is stuck in my head, love it!
"A well written and expertly narrated fantasy"
Here we pit a motley crew of Hero, Heroin, Priestly Monk, a carnivorous centaur and a bunch of impish elves against an inhuman primal evil and his pitiless army of goblins, dwarfs and giants who are hell-bent to vanquish every human to the last living soul.
What follows is actually a fairly entertaining story.
"Action packed, well written, expertly read"
I absolutely loved the story and am ready to start on the second book. Tim Gerard Reynolds was the main reason I took the plunge but was rewarded with a wonderful story filled with very well developed characters (good and evil) and well paced parallel sub plots and storylines. Salvatore does a great job bringing these characters together as the separate storylines converge. One notable feature of this story that is not typical with many trilogies that I've read is that it does not spend an inordinate amount of time laying a foundation before getting into the story.
The main characters are noble if not flawed, sacrifice much as the story progresses, and in some cases perform the impossible. All in all, a great start to the DemonWars trilogy. If you enjoy Tim Gerard Reynolds, you will especially enjoy his performance in this book. Kudos to Salvatore for a well written epic fantasy.
I really enjoyed this story, it had a lot of character development which is typical in the Salvatore books, and you will really like the characters.
"Love RA Salvatore"
I really love RA Salvatore. His characters are always well thought out, and the storyline is solid.
Would recommend very highly all of them. Most Read. No more to say.
"awsome hunt need more"
awosome and a thrilling hunt !!! need more. R.A. is the best .A+++ Great book
I absolutely loved this book! I had my reservations about buying this book, but seeing one of my favorite narrators was reading I went ahead and hit the buy button. Very glad I did. it has a little bit of everything fantasy and then some. Well worth the credit/money. Go ahead and click it!
As always Tim Gerard Reynolds was on point and made this that much more enjoyable...
"Excellent! Just Excellent!"
I have to admit it took a little bit to get used to the narrator, but not long at all. I owe that mainly to the fact that I recently listened to the Harry Potter series (for the millionth time) and I have yet to find a narrator that can hold a candle to Jim Dale. Like I said, it didn't take long to get used to Tim Gerard Reynolds. Make no mistake, his performance was wonderful, I just had to acclimate.
I am now off to buy book 2 in this Series.
"my favorite of Salvatore's works so far"
I still don't care for Salvatore's perspective Choice sometimes it can make things a little more confusing but the world he has created in this book is great very unique and extremely deep not just a cookie cutter fantasy world also the reading of it isn't very good
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