It is the summer of 839. Brave and beautiful Brynn Dharielle sets out on a daring mission to free her beloved homeland from tyrannical rule. But she cannot imagine the depth of chaos, corruption, and betrayal that seethes admist a ruthless sect of warrior priests, led and manipulated by an evil chieftain who conceals a dark, age-old secret.For Brynn and her trusted elven companion, the way to Behren turns into a fierce and illuminating voyage beneath the Belt-and-Buckle mountains. And while they face many dangers, the knowledge they acquire will have profound implications for the future of the elven valley, a land shaped by the plotting of a queen desperate to hold onto her magic.Meanwhile, by the time Brynn reaches the land where she once saw her parents murdered, the seeds of revolution are already flourishing. For a courageous young woman and her elven mentor, the first salvo of a sweeping battle has begun-one that will threaten to destroy the heart and soul of their world.The eagerly anticipated new novel in R. A. Salvatore's Second DemonWars saga, Transcendence is an extraordinary adventure that introduces a remarkable new hero-and explores the mysteries of enlightenment and the art of war . . . in a dazzling epic of the imagination.
Trained as a ranger by the winged elves known as the Touel'alfar, Brynn Dharielle sets out for her conquered homeland of To-gai, which she intends to liberate from its Behrenese occupiers. Brynn's encounters with creatures from the world's ancient past as well as her discovery of allies in the most unlikely places force her to realize just what her dreams of revolution mean for herself and for her homeland. The sequel to Ascendance illustrates Salvatore's gift for combining swiftly paced, action-filled adventure with mature storytelling and engaging characters. A strong addition to the author's growing body of work and a good choice for most fantasy collections. Rucker, Rudy. Spaceland. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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December 31, 1995
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Excerpt from Transcendence by R. A. Salvatore
Brynn Dharielle looked back over her shoulder repeatedly as she slowly paced her pinto mount, Diredusk, along the descending mountain trail. Though she had only been on the road for a half hour beyond the edge of Andur'Blough Inninness, the enchanted elven valley, the ridges that marked the place were already lost from sight. The mountainous landscape was a natural maze that had been enhanced by the magic of Lady Dasslerond of the Touel'alfar to be unsolvable. Brynn had marked the trail well along her route, but she understood that she would have a hard time finding her way back -- even if she were to turn about right then.
This was the first time Brynn had been out of that misty valley in a decade, and she truly felt as if she was leaving her home. The Touel'alfar, the diminutive, translucent-winged elves of Corona, had come to her when she was a child of ten, orphaned and alone on the rugged and unforgiving steppes of To-gai, far to the south. They had taken her in and given her food and shelter. And even more importantly to Brynn, they had given her life purpose. They had trained her and made her a ranger.
And now they were sending her home to find her destiny.
The young brown-skinned woman crinkled her face at that thought, as she continued to stare back along the trail behind her, to the place that she knew to be her real home, the place she would likely never see again. Tears misted in her almond-shaped brown eyes, the sparkling eyes of a child, still, though so much had they seen. Already she missed Aydrian, the fourteen-year-old who had shared some of her training. Many times, Brynn had found the boy to be exasperating, often infuriating. But the truth was, he was the only other human she had seen in these last ten years, and she loved him like a brother.
A brother she would likely never see again.