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Summary

New York Times best-selling author R. A. Salvatore takes his readers back to his signature world of Corona, introducing a fascinating new hero. It is God's year 54, many years before the Demon Wars, in the land of Corona. The roads are unsafe to travel; goblins and bloodthirsty Powries search out human prey. Two religions struggle fiercely for control. Bran Dynard, a monk of the fledgling religion of Abelle, returns from his mission in a far-off land with a book of mystical knowledge and a beautiful and mysterious new wife. But he soon realizes that the world he left behind has changed, and his dream of spreading the wisdom he learned to his fellow monks is crushed. Forced to hide his wife and his precious book, Bran must decide whom he can trust and where he should now place his faith. Twenty years later, the situation has grown darker and more desperate. Only the Highwayman travels freely, his sword casting aside both Powries and soldiers. The people need a savior, but is the Highwayman on a mission of mercy... or vengeance?

©2007 R.A. Salvatore (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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  • TLRJohnny
  • 25-03-15

Wonderful storytelling!!

Wow! I'm a HUGE fan of Salvatore's other books - I've read the 30-ish books in the Drizzt series as well as his 3-book series "The Crimson Shadow" - but this one might top them all! Firstly, to my surprise, it doesn't even feel like Salvatore's other works, except for some of the descriptions of certain fight scenes. The story and characters are so original. How can an author be so prolific and yet not feel like he is getting repetitive?? Anyway, this is a work of sheer beauty that had me physically nervous and exultant at several points. The narration is also top notch. I recommend this book very, very highly.

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  • Sailfish
  • 12-01-16

A nail-biting emotional roller coaster

While listening to this novel unfold, I found myself thinking of the ruthlessness of Game of Thrones in a musical backdrop of Gene Pitney's "Town Without Pity" and the thrills and chills of some frightening Dean Koonz constant foreboding doom.

An odd book in many ways but, to the end, very satisfying.

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  • ted stevens
  • 18-03-15

great book

wonderful narrative of the book RA SALVATORE is 1 of my favorite authors
highly recommend

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  • Mark
  • 05-03-17

Tim Gerard Reynolds never disappoints

Unfortunately the story did. The character building was superb.and the world building a little lacking in that same richness. I suppose the author expects the reader to fill in any gaps with standard fantasy town filler and I have no problem with that, it just stands out s bit.

The main problem for me with the book is the lack of pace. There is action and there is the possibility of some pretty good political intrigue as well Ryira styled hijinks and banter. For some reason that never gets explored as much as I would have liked and hoped would happen after the prologue.

This could easily be the beginning of a great series and Salvatore does well in tying all loose ends satisfactorily while leaving room for more books to follow. Worth a credit if you like the genre and many will like it much more yuan I.

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  • Reynolds
  • 04-11-16

Slow start with a strong end.

In the first few hours, I contemplated returning this book several times. Glad I Didn't though. Overall it was okay... Tim Gerard Reynolds is one of my favorite readers and he did a great job. The story was slow to start and was hard to follow at first. Once I got far enough along it finally grabbed me and I enjoyed the second half of the book immensely.

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  • Fransmom
  • 17-10-16

Another hit .Great story with fantastic narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is not the typical cookie cutter fantasy. The ending has some closure but leaves it open to more installments. Definitely recommend.

What did you like best about this story?

The evolution of the main character

Which scene was your favorite?

Finding out the effect of stone on main character

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

In between work

Any additional comments?

Multiple characters with dept. A little confusing at first when all the supposed lead characters seem to die in mid story, but it builds to create the protagonists. Admire this author and can be enthralled by anything Tim Gerald Reynolds narrates. Highly recommended.

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  • Magnus
  • 01-08-16

Simply

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Sloooow in the beginning, exciting in the middle and really good in the end.

I loved the part when Stork gets healed for the first time.

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  • Grimmhorizon
  • 12-05-16

great!!

loved the story and how it's told by Tim Gerard Reynolds.
can't wait to get to the next book in this series. just wish it too was narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds.

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  • Arthur smith
  • 20-10-18

Bummer

A great build up, character, plot etc..

Then the book just stops very disappointing that nothing coms after

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  • the avid listener
  • 19-10-18

another great one.

many reviews said it was slow. simply not true. this book has amazing character development which I love. i highly recommend.