DemonWars: First Heroes by R. A. Salvatore

I got this in my inbox today and I wanted to share it on my blog. I have a review copy to read and I’m pretty excited about it. Those of you who have followed my blog for a while will know why: R. A. Salvatore. I love his books. Or, more specifically, I love The Legend of Drizzt. I have been eager to delve into his other worlds, and the chance to review this collection, the two novels which begin the Saga of the First Kings presents the perfect opportunity.

Incidentally, the cover is another fabulous painting by Todd Lockwood. I used the entire painting as my featured image for this post. Click here to view it on the artist’s site.

9780765376169_FC (1)DEMONWARS: FIRST HEROES

R. A. Salvatore

A Tor Paperback

ISBN: 978-0-7653-7616-9

608p / $11.99

On-sale: February 18, 2014

SUMMARY:

Collected together for the first time, 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.

PRAISE:

Praise for The Ancient

“Salvatore explores the interaction between politics and religion with depth, insight, and ambition. His characters are an intriguing mix of social and class differences. Entertaining . . .” —RT BookReviews

“A worthy addition to the lore of Salvatore’s invented world.” —Kirkus Reviews

Praise for The Highwayman

“Vast fun.” —Booklist

“[A] swift-moving tale of sword and sorcery….Fans of Salvatore’s unadorned approach and broad caricatures of archetypal figures should be pleased with this carnival of treachery and medieval feudalism.” —Publishers Weekly