With the demon dactyl and its foul minions defeated, the war-weary citizens of the kingdom of Honce-the-Bear wish only to begin rebuilding their broken lives. Yet the specter of civil war haunts the ravaged land - and a specter more fearsome still. For the demon, though defeated, was not destroyed. And now its vengeful spirit has found an unholy sanctuary.
The elf-trained ranger Elbryan Wynden presses north to reclaim the savage Timberlands from retreating goblin hordes. His companion, Pony, mistress of gemstone magic, turns south to the civilized - but no less perilous - streets of Palmaris. Suddenly they find themselves caught up in a ruthless power struggle to decide the fate of all Corona - a struggle that will push their courage and love to the breaking point...and beyond.
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Out of the three books in the Demonwars Trilogy, this is the best. Reynolds gives a spectacular performance and while the plot borders on simplistic due to Salvatore's heavy-handed use of dramatic irony, it's entertaining and the characters generally sparkle and shine. I keep one star to myself only because of the misogynistic (and at times really baffling) portrayals of Pony's pregnancy.
Salvatore continues with a seamless transition from book 2 as our small band of heroes continues to battle a manifestation of the demon who possesses the leader of the church. Elbryan continues to battle the demon and his minions with the help of Pony and his band of dedicated outcasts. The story is very well written with another outstanding performance by Tim Gerard Reynolds but does get a bit tiresome as they continue to flee from the demon and his supporters.
The final battle is climatic and decisive, but difficult and heart rending. One observation is that the author is not hesitant to take chances as he does in this epic story, which has four more books to this saga recently released on Audible.
The overall story continues to evolve as the characters mature and new ones are introduced. Where it goes from here is fairly predictable but probably worth continuing, I think. We will see...
the book has a horrible ending it's very heartbreaking I'm afraid there's no way I can continue listening to the other books in this series
another great story from the master of fantasy paired with an excellent narrator who can bring the characters to life
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