The Demon Awakens (DemonWars Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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In THE DEMON AWAKENS, bestselling author R. A. Salvatore creates an astonishing new world for readers 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 ...
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Overview

In THE DEMON AWAKENS, bestselling author R. A. Salvatore creates an astonishing new world for readers 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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As the demon dactyl awakens and unleashes a plague of violence as gruesome as it is far-reaching, orphaned friends Pony and Elbryan are compelled by fate to take up a struggle against a sinister force that will tip the balance of good and evil one way or the other....

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
For his 16th novel, bestselling fantasist Salvatore (The Legacy) finds a new publisher and launches what promises to be a vigorous new fantasy adventure series. Humanity shares the peaceful land of Corona with the usual variety of enchanted races. Mysterious elves lurk in the forests, while border villages keep regular watch for the threat of attack from rapacious goblins and giants. When a long-imprisoned demon awakens from centuries of magical slumber and binds the goblins and giants to evil alliance, the village of Dundalis is the first to fall, leaving only two young survivors-brave Elbryan and his best friend, tomboyish Pony. Although the two are separated in the attack, they meet again years later, after Elbryan has been trained as a ranger by the elves and Pony has earned a spot in the elite Coastpoint Guard. Along with elves, a centaur and a half-mad ex-monk who wields the power of the magical Ring Stones, Elbryan and Pony undertake a deadly journey deep into the mountains to Aida, a volcanic peak where the demon dwells. The details behind the demon's origins and imprisonment are glossed over (no doubt saved for later installments), but the narrative roils with the action and heroism that Salvatore's fans expect.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
For his 16th novel, bestselling fantasist Salvatore (The Legacy) finds a new publisher and launches what promises to be a vigorous new fantasy adventure series. Humanity shares the peaceful land of Corona with the usual variety of enchanted races. Mysterious elves lurk in the forests, while border villages keep regular watch for the threat of attack from rapacious goblins and giants. When a long-imprisoned demon awakens from centuries of magical slumber and binds the goblins and giants to evil alliance, the village of Dundalis is the first to fall, leaving only two young survivorsbrave Elbryan and his best friend, tomboyish Pony. Although the two are separated in the attack, they meet again years later, after Elbryan has been trained as a ranger by the elves and Pony has earned a spot in the elite Coastpoint Guard. Along with elves, a centaur and a half-mad ex-monk who wields the power of the magical Ring Stones, Elbryan and Pony undertake a deadly journey deep into the mountains to Aida, a volcanic peak where the demon dwells. The details behind the demon's origins and imprisonment are glossed over (no doubt saved for later installments), but the narrative roils with the action and heroism that Salvatore's fans expect. Author tour. (May)
VOYA - Ann Welton
The land of Corona has been at peace for many generations. Then, in a cavern beneath a volcano, the demon dactyl, defeated (but not destroyed) long ago, awakens. The power of his evil will cause strife and upheaval across Corona, and involve an unlikely triumvirate in the effort to save humankind. Elbryan Wyndon and his friend, Jilseponie, are just beginning to feel the first flush of their mutual adolescent attraction when a war party composed of goblins and fomorian giants wipes out their village of Dundalis. Elbryan, saved by elves because he is the nephew of an elf-friend and ranger, is taken to the elven wood to be trained as his uncle was. Jilseponie is found wandering and amnesiac by a kindly innkeeper who raises her as his adopted daughter. Family love cannot undo the damage caused by her repressed memories. When these cause her to attack her new husband, a powerful noble, she is sent to serve in the army as punishment. Meanwhile, the religious order of St. Mere-Abelle receives a novice, Avelyn Desbris, who is possessed of an astounding ability to work with sacred stones. Discovering that the order is corrupt and wishes to use the stones for monetary gain, Avelyn takes the most powerful of them and escapes from the cloister. Elbryan, Jilsepanie, and Avelyn arrive by various paths, both literal and figurative, in rebuilt Dundalis, where they join forces to bring down the demon. For those who like their fantasy novels sprawling, long on plot, and composed of stock elements, this is just the ticket. The interwoven subplots include such traditional fantasy elements as elves, rangers who protect unwitting humans from danger, and quiet, unassuming heroes of unsullied moral character with no greater ambition than to resist evil. The characters are somewhat two-dimensional. (It is a pity that Elbryan and Jilseponie mature from a state of interesting adolescence into adulthood as Conan the Barbarian and Xena, Warrior Princess.) The setting is detailed, but unremarkable, and the overall tapestry is derivative. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings (Houghton Mifflin, 1987) is, of course, the prototype, and hard to beat for literary quality, world building, and thematic coherence. A more original story, with stronger characters, a more compelling plot, and richer use of language is Tad Williams's Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy (DAW, 1988). Still, Salvatore is a workmanlike writer with a flair for plot and dialogue. Most fantasy buffs will find this an involving, readable book. VOYA Codes: 3Q 3P S (Readable without serious defects, Will appeal with pushing, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Library Journal
The demon dactyl awakens in a mountainside cave on Corona populated by elves, goblins, humans, centaurs, and giants. When goblins destroy the village of Dundallis, orphaned Pony and her friend Elbryan survive. Aided by magically powerful gemstones, they fight to defeat the evil dactyl. Recommended for fantasy collections.
Kirkus Reviews
Bulky new fantasy from the author The Dragon King (1996). As happens every so often, the demon dactyl—we learn eventually that his name is Bestesbulzibar—returns to life and, as demons do, schemes to conquer the world with his allies the goblins, fomorians (giants), and powries (evil dwarves). Young Elbryan Wyndon survives a goblin raid on the village Dundalis, while his girlfriend Pony Ault loses her memory and vanishes. Elbryan, adopted by the elves Tuntun and Juraviel, trains to be a ranger; Pony, after various adventures, joins the army. Meantime, pious young monk Avelyn Desbris—he has prodigious magic skills and powers—must collect magical stones as they plummet from the sky onto a remote island; returning, he finds that the abbot has ordered that he and his companions be killed to preserve the secret of the stones, so he flees with his haul—among them a huge amethyst of unknown powers. Eventually, Elbryan, Pony (she gets her memory back), Avelyn, and the elves will join the ancient centaur Bradwarden to plan an assault on the dactyl's volcanic cavern.

This safe, cozy yarn with its thoroughly predictable plot, stock characters, and derivative backdrop will satisfy only the most juvenile and least demanding audience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345454263
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/5/2002
  • Series: DemonWars Series , #1
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 14,780
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

R.A. Salvatore
R. A. Salvatore was born in Massachusetts in 1959. His first published novel was The Crystal Shard. He has since published more than a dozen novels, including the New York Times bestsellers The Halfling's Gem, Sojourn, The Legacy, and Starless Night. He makes his home in Massachusetts with his wife, Diane, and their three children.


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Good To Know

Well, I just turned 50, but I'm still a clean-up hitter on the softball field. A couple of years ago, I found myself in horrible shape and feeling lousy all the time, and so, with the help of my wonderful and beautiful wife of 25 years, I started taking my health seriously again. Now I feel better than I did when I was 40. Fit Camp three times a week and yoga and softball and all the rest.

The other thing that I've come to learn about myself is that R. A. Salvatore and Bobby Salvatore are two different people (and I much prefer Bobby, thank you very much). It's not that I lie to readers at book signings, or anything like that, it's just that the things that are important to me are the little things in life: my family, my home. Writing is what I do, but it's not who I am. I remember one time about 20 years ago, I went back to where I had worked to see my brother, who still worked there. Gary was a few years older, and was, of course, my hero. An associate found us in the parking lot and nudged my brother, asking him what it felt like to have a younger brother who was so much more successful than he.

Gary, of course, took it all in stride, turning what might have been an awkward moment into a joke. Gary died a few years later and I'll never forget the lines of mourners -- grown men crying like babies. He was such a big part of the community, as a friend and a coach to so many kids over the years.

That brought me back to the parking lot and the awkward moment, and the truth of it all: I was not and have never been more successful than my brother, and nothing I can do as a writer will get me there. Only the things I do as a human being, a father, a neighbor, a friend, can bring me into his league.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Kinda surprised by all the 5-star reviews.  If you've read any o

    Kinda surprised by all the 5-star reviews.  If you've read any other fantasy books, you'll find this sub-par, plodding, poorly written, and not inventive at all.  

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Panther

    Okay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    Silv

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Demon wars

    It is an amazing book and i loved the action magic adventure jenra

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    This is a great read, I couldn't put it down. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    Good book

    Cant go wrong with Salvatore

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    I like it

    Good

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2011

    Crap. Try something you havn't already written Salvatore.

    Lost a lot of respect for Salvatore as an author. This series is no different from the Drizzt novels, just redressed. If you want to read about Drizzt just as a human and in a different land this book is for you. Cattie bri and Cadderly are also with drizzt in this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2008

    6 HOURS OF PLEASURE AND THRILLS TO LISTEN TO!

    I really enjoyed this 6 hour read from my favorite audio reader - Bill Mumy! 6 hours of complete pleasure. Great storyline as well, and then having Bill read it! What more could you ask for? Bill has done R.A.Savatore proud. He brought this thriller to life! Very enjoyable in all aspects. I now collect all of Bill's readings such as SHOCK ROCK and LOST IN SPACE - THE PROMISED LAND. I can't wait until his next one! A+ for good listen and good performance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2004

    A Fantastic tale!

    R.A. Salvatore really out did him self in this tale. His ability to breath life in to characters is becoming legendary. This book has and amazing cast of characters and very intriguing villains. This book captured my imagination and held me. If you like his tales about Drizzt, you will like this as I rate this better then the Drizzt tales.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2004

    R.A Salvatores best book

    This is most definately R.A Salvatores best book, I have read all the books from this series and I still want more. This book is so realistic, and yet so far into Fantasy. A must read for any fantasy book lover. In my opinion just as good as Harry Potter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2003

    The Demon Awakens

    A great book, its kinda long, though. but its a great book for teens and adults... in in the world Corona, a bunch of goblins and giants attack the small frontier town of Dundalis, only 2 poeple make it out alive, Elbyran Wyndon and his freind, Pony. Pony gets picked up by a Innkeeper, whille Elbyran is saved by Elves, and a monk named Avelyn Debris must find the Ring Stones and keep them from getting into the wroung hands. All three of them must defeat the evil demon dactyl. a R.A. Salvatore masterpiece. a must buy book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2003

    o.O

    R.A.Salvatore is one of the greatest fantasists and writters of all time. I have enjoyed the entire Dark Elf series, and read a few other of his works. And undoubtedly, The Demon Awakens is my favorite of all of his books. Actually, it even rivals, if not surpasses Tolkien. Thorough characters, interesting plot, and an undeniable evil, make The Demon Awakens a must read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2003

    utterley inspiring!!!

    Salvatore really gave me a push this time! His plot as many say was a bit standard but the touch was amazing. I cant believe some of the reviews this book is getting because the books is one of the greatest i have ever read. I have read many fantasies much by Salvatore and I am honestly sure the demon wars is a classic to be found much like the dark elf trilogies!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2002

    It's on the beginning......

    This book starts R.A. Salvatore's Demon Wars series. It is an excellent series. It is his own world and he does wonderful things with it. There are many unique elements to these books and it is much more mature reading than his Dark Elf series. I believe that this series continues to get better with each book. It is worth starting the series, to get to Mortalis, which is one of Salvatore's best. Each book is a great read on it's own, but the series also continually builds up the story, which will be culminated in the eagerly awaited book, Immortalis. Whether you are a fan of Salvatore because of the Drizzt novels, or are new to his books, you can't miss with the series. It is his best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2002

    Salvatore: A Master Writer

    Here is Salvatore at his best. The first book in the first Demon War Series, The Demon Awakens, is breath taking. From the training of the monks to the fighting sequences of...You just can't put it down! You will end up back on Barnes & Noble.com to purchase the rest!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2000

    One of his best yet.

    This new installment in a new series is a true relief to all Salvatore fans out there. It is a great epic with love, passion, romance, heroics, suspense, and every other part of life that makes a novel truely outstanding. His characters are well formed and grow on us in thier own personal way. I recomend this novel to any that like Salvatore's work or that are just being introduced into the fantsay world. It is truely a work for all ages. By the way, Avelyn's final confrontation with the demon is in my opinion one of the best written parts of the novel and is without a doubt the most powerful part.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2000

    I like it, gripping but not original

    Its a great story, the author sets it up really well, but as I said not original, I've read many books that are almost a mirror of this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2000

    Pretty standard stuff...

    Having read a great many fantasy epics, Salvatore's effort here was somewhat dissappointing. The plot and characters were standard and somewhat scripted from your common fantasy stock - boy meets girl, becomes separated, each grows up into heroes and together with new friends beat demon. Ho-hum. Good writing, basic plot, transparent charcters. Check out Tad Williams and George RR Martin for deeper story line. This is better for light reading.

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