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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author R. A. Salvatore takes listeners back to his signature world of Corona, introducing a fascinating new hero. It is God's year 54, many years before the Demon Wars, in the land of Corona. The roads are unsafe to travel; goblins and bloodthirsty Powries search out human prey. Two religions struggle fiercely for control. Bran Dynard, a monk of the fledgling religion of Abelle, returns from his mission in a far-off land with a book of mystical knowledge and a beautiful and mysterious new wife. But he soon realizes that the world he left behind has changed, and his dream of spreading the wisdom he learned to his fellow monks is crushed.
Forced to hide his wife and his precious book, Bran must decide whom he can trust and where he should now place his faith. Twenty years later, the situation has grown darker and more desperate. 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?
©2007 R.A. Salvatore (P)2015 Podium Publishing
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3 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 03-05-17

Tim Gerard Reynolds never disappoints

Unfortunately the story did. The character building was superb.and the world building a little lacking in that same richness. I suppose the author expects the reader to fill in any gaps with standard fantasy town filler and I have no problem with that, it just stands out s bit.

The main problem for me with the book is the lack of pace. There is action and there is the possibility of some pretty good political intrigue as well Ryira styled hijinks and banter. For some reason that never gets explored as much as I would have liked and hoped would happen after the prologue.

This could easily be the beginning of a great series and Salvatore does well in tying all loose ends satisfactorily while leaving room for more books to follow. Worth a credit if you like the genre and many will like it much more yuan I.

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5 out of 5 stars
By TLRJohnny on 03-25-15

Wonderful storytelling!!

Wow! I'm a HUGE fan of Salvatore's other books - I've read the 30-ish books in the Drizzt series as well as his 3-book series "The Crimson Shadow" - but this one might top them all! Firstly, to my surprise, it doesn't even feel like Salvatore's other works, except for some of the descriptions of certain fight scenes. The story and characters are so original. How can an author be so prolific and yet not feel like he is getting repetitive?? Anyway, this is a work of sheer beauty that had me physically nervous and exultant at several points. The narration is also top notch. I recommend this book very, very highly.

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