R. A. Salvatore was born in Massachusetts in 1959. His first published novel was The Crystal Shard. He has since published more than two dozen novels, including The Demon Awakens, The Demon Spirit, The Halfling's Gem, Sojourn, The Legacy, Starless Night, and Star Wars(R) The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime, the thrilling first book in an exciting new series. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Diane, and their three children.
In the belief that they have destroyed the demon Bestesbulzibar, Elbryan the ranger and his lover Jilsepone undertake separate journeys to bring peace to a troubled kingdom only to discover that their infernal foe has survived and taken refuge in the heart of the Abellican Church. Salvatore excels in worldbuilding and creating complex, introspective characters who triumph through wit and determination as well as skill in open combat. The prolific author of the Dark Elf trilogy and the Spearwielder's Tales brings his Demon Wars trilogy to a grim conclusion in a fantasy saga that foreshadows further tales of the land of Corona. A good choice for most fantasy collections.
This extension (after The Demon Spirit) of the adventures of ranger Elbryan and his lover, Pony, may be Salvatore's strongest fantasy to date. Aided by his friends, the elf Juraviel and the sly centaur Bradwarden, Elbryan fights valiantly for the freedom of the northern lands of Honce-the-BearÄfreedom from the schemes of the Abellican Church, the evil Dwarves and the royal authority of King Danube Brock Ursal. Meanwhile, Pony, who is carrying Elbryan's child, heads back south to Palmaris, which has come under the authority of the sinister sorcerer Bishop Marcalo De'Unnero. Pony is determined to avenge the death of her adoptive parentsÄeven if doing so means risking her life, and her child's. Salvatore's 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. Author tour. (Mar.)
"SALVATORE'S STRONGEST FANTASY TO DATE . . . [His] potent mixture of detailed historical context, well-rounded characters, brisk pacing, and exciting battle scenes make for a consuming read."--Publishers Weekly "UNFORGETTABLE . . . Another rousing and masterful DemonWars adventure . . . A must-read for all fans of Salvatore's work."--Realms of Fantasy