DemonWars: First Heroes was a pleasant surprise. I had heard a lot of positive buzz about Mr. Salvatore, but hadn’t read much by him. When I opened this large volume, I knew that I would be spending quite a few days in this world, so I hoped that it would be worth it. Well, just let me tell you, I was completely pulled into the story and characters in the first book, The Highwayman. After I was finished, I had to put it aside for a week or so. (I had to read a couple other books on my list). Then when I came back to read The Ancient, I was surprised by how Mr. Salvatore expanded his world. He had concentrated most of the action in The Highwayman around Bransen Garibond (He is the Highwayman). In The Ancient, he brought in other locations and Peoples. The first book was quite straight forward. The plot was lineal, you could tell where you were at, and knew that it would finish up in this one book, not be one of those dreaded serial novels. With the second book, I thought, “Oh no. This book has way too many things going on. It will never come to a satisfying ending in just this one book. It’s way too big.” But I was wrong. Mr. Salvatore is a master. He brought it all together. What a great finale! I will have to put the next book in this series, The Dame, on my “Books to Read” list.
This volume was a great introduction to the writing of R. A. Salvatore. The two books allow you to really get to know what a great storyteller he is. This is a fantasy, and it does have heroes and villains, and swords and magic, but it doesn’t feel like a typical Sword & Sorcery book. The humans have flaws and aren’t all good or all bad. They have concerns and problems. They aren’t the superheroes that only fight for good, nor the super-villains that want to destroy everything. And you can see that there is something else going on, a world view of the competing religious philosophies, you know that sometime in the future, they will come together, in some way, and this makes you want to read more in this series. Mr. Salvatore really draws you in to this world.
I really enjoyed this multi-book volume. I give DemonWars: First Heroes 4 1/2 Stars out of 5, and a Big Thumbs Up. This is a great introduction to the fabulous storytelling of R. A. Salvatore. His writing really does live up to all the buzz. If you have any interest in fantasy, and haven’t read these books, I strongly recommend that you pick up this volume. You won’t be disappointed.
I received this paperback book for free from TOR Books.
Release date: February 18, 2014
Collected together for the first time, Demonwars: First Heroes is the exciting start to New York Times–bestselling author R. A. Salvatore’s Saga of the First Kings series!
In The Highwayman, Salvatore takes his readers back to his signature world of Corona many years before the DemonWars, introducing a fascinating new hero. The roads are unsafe to travel; goblins and bloodthirsty Powries search out human prey. Two religions struggle fiercely for control. 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?
In The Ancient, Bransen Garibond is tricked into journeying across the Gulf of Corona to the wild lands of Vanguard, where he is pressed into service in a desperate war. If Branson fails, all who live on the lake will perish, and all of northern Honce will fall under the shadow of the merciless and vengeful Samhaists.
Series: Saga of the First King
Paperback: 608 pages
Publisher: TOR Books (February 18, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 1.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
About the Author
R. A. Salvatore is one of fantasy’s most popular authors, with his books frequently appearing on the New York Times bestseller list and more than 10 million copies of his books sold. He lives in Massachusetts.
The book description is from Amazon. DemonWars: First Heroes: The Highwayman and The Ancient