The Demon Spirit
(The DemonWars Saga #2)
by R.A. Salvatore (1999)
Second Audiobook in the trilogy.
Elbryan and Pony hope that the tide of darkness is at last receding from the land of Corona. Yet if evil is on the retreat, why are hordes of goblins and bloody-capped powries slashing their way ever-deeper into civilized lands ?
While the first book had a very conventional structure of hero growing up and defeating evil, the second is more political and strategic in nature. Elements in the church splinter and power dynamics change. Pony develops and her relationship with Elbryan changes. All this makes the story less predictable and interesting.
Now it is not clear how the story will end.