DemonWars 1

The Demon Awakens
(The DemonWars Saga #1)
by R.A. Salvatore (1998)

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.

This is the first full fiction audio-book I have heard. It is the first of seven books in the demon-wars saga purchased several years ago.

It’s full-trope fantasy: Demons, heroes, trolls & elves.

Everything expected from epic fantasy is in the story. A monk is trained, then looses his faith. A young man is trained by elves. A girl survives a massacre and grows to be a young woman.

Will there be a romance (of course). Talking animals (yep). And an epic battle between the forces of good and evil (what were you expecting ?)

The transition to audio is well done. While there is a narrator (probably reading text from the book) there is also a dozen actors reading the parts and acting out the plot where necessary. It’s also full of sound effects and music.

Worth the 26 hours of listening time.