In this extraordinary third and final work in the Second DemonWars Saga, R. A. Salvatore weaves a diverse tapestry of characters and events from all the novels of the DemonWars Saga into an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Casting his inimitable spell of the human and supernatural, love and war, faith and faithlessness, Salvatore's crowning work is centered on a dark young king, driven by a quest to remake humankind.
Bestseller Salvatore brings his second DemonWars Trilogy to a credible if predictable conclusion, shifting from Behren, a land rocked by religious crises and internal warfare in the previous volume (2002's Transcendence), to the neighboring kingdom of Honce-the-Bear. Young King Aydrian Boudabras,encouraged in his ambitions by oracular visions, works to stabilize his shaky throne in Honce-the-Bear and consolidate his hold over both regions. His almost supernatural charm and intelligence, as well as his impressive skill with magical gemstones, seem to be enough to win Aydrian not only these prizes but also leadership over the powerful Abellican Church with the aid of Abbots Olin and De'Unnero. The forces arraying themselves against his efforts are impressive, however, including Jilseponie, his mother and a powerful emstone-wielder in her own right, and the combined kingdoms of the Touel'alfar and Doc'alfar elves. Aydrian's character is developed almost too well, as shown in his abrupt and unconvincing awakening from demonic possession. At least some of the major characters appear to be properly dead by book's end, though with Salvatore's penchant for zombie-raising and narrow escapes, one never can tell. His legions of fans will certainly snap this one up, but it's unlikely to make any converts. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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1 . The conclusion to a fantastic saga
Posted December 13, 2009 by shae , ON, CanadaFrom the Demon Awakens through Immortalis I was completely immersed in this fascinating world created by Salvatore; magic, religion, politics, beasts, heros & legends.
I enjoyed, without exception, every one of the seven novels in the Demon Wars saga.
December 31, 2002
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Excerpt from Immortalis by R. A. Salvatore
The shadow in the mirror drew him in, and Aydrian could not get the thought of Jilseponie out of his mind. Unlike the unrelenting hatred he felt for the woman, a rush of warmth came over him, as if this shadow was communicating to him that Jilseponie was his answer here. Not for glory. Not for power.
For what, then
Aydrian leaned back against the wall in the small darkened room he had set up for Oracle, this mystical connection to the shadows in the mirror. The elves had taught him Oracle, and had taught him that in looking into the mirror, he was seeing those who had gone before. Aydrian wasn't sure of that. Perhaps Oracle was more a way for him to look within his own essence and heart. Perhaps these shadowy creatures he saw in the mirror--and he saw two, whereas others usually saw only one--were messengers of the gods, or his own attunement to godlike wisdom.
It was here, at Oracle, that Aydrian had learned to comprehend the power of the gemstones. It was here, at Oracle, that Aydrian had first come to understand the manner in which he might reach his coveted immortality--immortalis in the ancient tongue of man and elf.
So now he watched, basking in the continuing rush of warmth and softness that accompanied the thoughts of Jilseponie--imparted, he understood, by this one shadow. But then the second shadow appeared across the way, and Aydrian was immediately reminded of the truth of Jilseponie, that she had abandoned him to die, that she had, in effect, forced him into slavery at the hands of cruel Lady Dasslerond!