Australasia's Biggest Online Store

We won't be beaten by anyone. Guaranteed

The Ancient
By

Rating

Product Description
Product Details

About the Author

R A Salvatore was born in Massachusetts in 1959. He is the acclaimed author of the DemonWars trilogy: The Demon Awakens, The Demon Spirit, and The Demon Apostle; as well as Mortalis, Bastion of Darkness, Ascendance, and the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Diane, and their three children.

Reviews

This ensemble-driven follow-up to 2004's The Highwayman finds bestseller Salvatore liberally borrowing themes and character types from his earlier novels. As in the Cleric Quintet, a disaffected monk (Cormack) contemplates higher wisdom and draws the love of a restless outsider (the shaman Milkeila), while rough-and-ready dwarf Mcwigik provides brute strength and comic relief in similar measure. As in the Drizzt novels, the nominal hero wanders, deals death and addresses his readers in impassioned italics. Bransen Garibond's dual identity as the swashbuckling Highwayman and stuttering Stork recalls the Crimson Shadow. As in the Icewind Dale books, the setting is a remote wintry landscape, with isolated islands standing in for barbarian villages. The scattered cast takes much too long to converge, and druidic arch-villain Ancient Badden never emerges as an effective antagonist. The result is a Frankenstein's monster-like construct of brisk prose and lively combat scenes: imposing at first glance, but awkwardly assembled and doomed to disappoint. (Mar.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"Salvatore excels in world-building and creating complex, introspective characters who triumph through wit and determination as well as skill in open combat."
--"Library Journal" on R. A. Salvatore
"Bob Salvatore always makes the most fantastic seem real. His heroes become friends we care about, and his foes fascinate."
--Ed Greenwood on R. A. Salvatore
"Salvatore's strongest fantasy to date. [His] potent mixture of detailed historical context, well-rounded characters (including secondary figures torn by conflicted loyalties to their church and state), brisk pacing and exciting battle scenes make for a consuming read."
--"Publishers Weekly" on "The Demon Apostle"
"Lacks nothing in pacing and well-handled battle scenes. This is his most ambitious book to date."
--"Booklist" on "The Demon Awakens"
""Mortalis" is Salvatore at his best--and even better."
--"New York Times "bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole
Praise for "The Ancient:
""Salvatore, a prolific and increasingly polished creator of fantasy sagas, launches the Saga of the First King with one of his strongest books to date."--"Booklist"
"Salvatore excels in world-building and creating complex, introspective characters who triumph through wit and determination as well as skill in open combat."
--"Library Journal" on R. A. Salvatore

"Bob Salvatore always makes the most fantastic seem real. His heroes become friends we care about, and his foes fascinate."
--Ed Greenwood on R. A. Salvatore

Praise for "The Ancient:

""Salvatore, a prolific and increasingly polished creator of fantasy sagas, launches the Saga of the First King with one of his strongest books to date."--"Booklist"

"Salvatore excels in world-building and creating complex, introspective characters who triumph through wit and determination as well as skill in open combat."
--"Library Journal" on R. A. Salvatore

"Bob Salvatore always makes the most fantastic seem real. His heroes become friends we care about, and his foes fascinate."
--Ed Greenwood on R. A. Salvatore

"""Salvatore, a prolific and increasingly polished creator of fantasy sagas, launches the Saga of the First King with one of his strongest books to date."--"Booklist"
"Salvatore excels in world-building and creating complex, introspective characters who triumph through wit and determination as well as skill in open combat."
--"Library Journal" on R. A. Salvatore
"Bob Salvatore always makes the most fantastic seem real. His heroes become friends we care about, and his foes fascinate."
--Ed Greenwood on R. A. Salvatore

Salvatore, a prolific and increasingly polished creator of fantasy sagas, launches the Saga of the First King with one of his strongest books to date. "Booklist"

Salvatore excels in world-building and creating complex, introspective characters who triumph through wit and determination as well as skill in open combat. "Library Journal on R. A. Salvatore"

Bob Salvatore always makes the most fantastic seem real. His heroes become friends we care about, and his foes fascinate. Ed Greenwood on R. A. Salvatore"


Salvatore, a prolific and increasingly polished creator of fantasy sagas, launches the Saga of the First King with one of his strongest books to date. Booklist

Salvatore excels in world-building and creating complex, introspective characters who triumph through wit and determination as well as skill in open combat. Library Journal on R. A. Salvatore

Bob Salvatore always makes the most fantastic seem real. His heroes become friends we care about, and his foes fascinate. Ed Greenwood on R. A. Salvatore

"

"Salvatore, a prolific and increasingly polished creator of fantasy sagas, launches the Saga of the First King with one of his strongest books to date." --Booklist

"Salvatore excels in world-building and creating complex, introspective characters who triumph through wit and determination as well as skill in open combat." --Library Journal on R. A. Salvatore

"Bob Salvatore always makes the most fantastic seem real. His heroes become friends we care about, and his foes fascinate." --Ed Greenwood on R. A. Salvatore

With the magic soul stone gem bound to his brow or clutched in his hand, Branson Garibond is the legendary blade master and rogue known as The Highwayman; without it, the body-deforming maladies afflicting him since birth seize control, and he becomes the pitiful stuttering creature ridiculed as the Stork. Searching for healing and his long-lost father, Brandon falls into a trap that forces him into a war he does not wish to fight. Set in the same world as his Demon Wars Saga (The Demon Awakens; The Demon Spirit; The Demon Apostle; Ascendance; Transcendance; Immortalis; Mortalis) but depicting an earlier, cruder time in the realm of Corona, this series opener and companion to The Highwayman explores a time when the Abellican Church was just beginning. With each book, Salvatore continues to hone his storytelling talent. Fans of martial fantasy should enjoy his vivid depictions of combat. This strong addition to the author's growing body of work belongs in most libraries and will most likely be in demand. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Ask a Question About this Product More...
Write your question below:
Look for similar items by category
How Fishpond Works
Fishpond works with suppliers all over the world to bring you a huge selection of products, really great prices, and delivery included on over 25 million products that we sell. We do our best every day to make Fishpond an awesome place for customers to shop and get what they want — all at the best prices online.
Webmasters, Bloggers & Website Owners
You can earn a 5% commission by selling The Ancient on your website. It's easy to get started - we will give you example code. After you're set-up, your website can earn you money while you work, play or even sleep! You should start right now!
Authors / Publishers
Are you the Author or Publisher of a book? Or the manufacturer of one of the millions of products that we sell. You can improve sales and grow your revenue by submitting additional information on this title. The better the information we have about a product, the more we will sell!
Back to top