Books by R.A. Salvatore

As one of the fantasy genre’s most successful authors, R.A. Salvatore enjoys an ever-expanding and tremendously loyal following. His books regularly appear on The New York Times best-seller lists and have sold more than 10,000,000 copies. Salvatore’s most

BOUNDLESS by R.A. Salvatore
Released: Sept. 10, 2019

"Drizzt Industries ticking over nicely."
Second entry in Salvatore's latest fantasy trilogy (Timeless, 2018, etc.) set in the Forgotten Realms and featuring Drizzt Do'Urden, his iconic dark elf. Read full book review >
TIMELESS by R.A. Salvatore
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"Salvatore fans will rejoice."
The beginning of a new fantasy trilogy by Salvatore (Child of a Mad God, 2018, etc.), set in the Forgotten Realms and starring Drizzt Do'Urden, the renowned dark elf whose first name sounds like a comic-book electrical short circuit. Read full book review >
CHILD OF A MAD GOD by R.A. Salvatore
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Enjoyable and addictive, flaws and all."
Salvatore kicks off a new fantasy sequence set in the world of Corona (Immortalis, 2003, etc.) but with only passing references to persons and events from previous adventures. Read full book review >
THE DAME by R.A. Salvatore
Released: Aug. 1, 2009

"A standard, dialogue-heavy entry."
Salvatore (The Pirate King, 2008, etc.) delivers another installment in his Saga of the First King series. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

Opening a new plotline set in the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms, this father-son collaboration sends Maimun—a 12-year-old orphan with a mysterious past who bears a god-connected stone that seems to radiate good luck—fleeing from the very quick and powerful demon Asbeel. Speaking like Sheherazade to a sword-wielding captor at the opening, Maimun describes in episodic flashbacks how his life turned into one long chase over land and sea once he was given the stone by his enigmatic foster parent, Perrault. The pace never falters, the cast is positively festooned with pirates and menacing magical creatures (such characters from parallel stories as Drizzt Do'Urden the Dark Elf also put in appearances) and Maimun's narrative ends on a cliffhanger that will leave readers slavering for the next episode, due out in 2009. Light on explicit violence, gore or death despite plenty of opportunities for all three, this makes sturdy fare for younger fans of D&D or sword-and-sorcery fantasy in general. (Fantasy. 10-12) Read full book review >
THE ANCIENT by R.A. Salvatore
Released: March 1, 2008

"Fails to hit the highs of previous Corona books, but still a worthy addition to the lore of Salvatore's invented world."
A monk, a dwarf and an outlaw walk into an ice castle to cross swords with a power-hungry religious zealot—and, no, that's not the setup for a joke. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 25, 2005

"A formulaic, trite and derivative swords-and-sorcery fantasy that reads like a novelized Dungeons & Dragons adventure."
Dark elf Jarlaxle and human assassin Artemis Entreri are back with more inane banter and ostentatious swordplay in this sequel to Servant of the Shard (2000). Read full book review >
IMMORTALIS by R.A. Salvatore
Released: May 1, 2003

"Fans will dance with joy."
Last chorus in the second trilogy of the Demon Wars Saga, capping Mortalis (2000), Ascendance (2001) and Transcendence (2002), making this a four-part trilogy, with Mortalis a separate volume joining the two trilogies—or so we think. With the dactyl demon of the first trilogy slain, Mortalis opens the second trilogy by killing off much of Corona's population with the rosy plague. While good-hearted but grieving Pony (Jilseponie Wyndon) seeks a cure, plot takes second place to her soul-searching and growth, although the plague has an intelligence of its own that resists gemstone-magic. Ascendance finds Pony, now Baroness of Palmaris, wooed by Good King Danube of Honce-the-Bear, while her supposedly "unborn" son, Aydrian, has been stolen and raised by elves, is tutored in magic by Lady Dasslerond, and is led about by a shadowy being who claims to be Elbryan, his father. Though Aydrian escapes the elves and becomes Nighthawk, the evil ecclesiastical weretiger Marcalo De'Unnero, who slew Elbryan, wants Aydrian to kill Pony and become king. Transcendence ushers in a female war leader, Brynn Dharielle, former schoolmate of Aydrian's who must free her land from the Behrenese. Now, in this latest outing, Aydrian sets out to conquer all of Corona while his mother, Pony, attempts to rescue him from the evil of De'Unnero, himself filled with an aspect of gemstone magic springing from the power of the demon dactyl that many times has risen from death. With magical gemstones set in the plate of his magnificent armor, Aydrian, still in the grasp of the demon, faces many battles while Brynn and Pony join forces. Read full book review >
ASCENDANCE by R.A. Salvatore
Released: May 1, 2001

Billed as the first entry in a new Demon Wars Saga (The Demon Apostle, 1999, etc.). Apparently, perhaps appropriately, the publishers have forgotten about Mortalis (2000), which somehow doesn't count; maybe soon we'll wake up and find it was all a dream. Anyhow, the saga of gemstone-magic-powered Jilseponie "Pony" Wyndon continues. She's now being ardently wooed by King Danube (no, he isn't blue and he doesn't waltz), while Pony's son Aydrian, raised by the elves, trained as a ranger, tutored in magic by Lady Dasslerond, is being inveigled by a shadowy presence that claims to be his (late) father. If you're already hooked—go to. If you're not, and desperate to learn all about the Demon Wars Saga, consult the first entry in the original series.Read full book review >
MORTALIS by R.A. Salvatore
Released: July 5, 2000

First volume in a new DemonWars series (The Demon Apostle, 1999, etc.). In the previous struggle, ranger Elbryan was killed, but his wife Pony, more properly known as Jilseponie, a mage powered by gemstone-magic, survives, as do Bradwarden the centaur, the wise old elf Juraviel, etc. Even though the demon dactyl is dead, problems remain: goblin armies, some starving, some diseased, swarm over the land; a bunch of rebellious Abellicans, monks also powered by gemstone-magic, are stirring up trouble; and the rosy plague, spread by goblins, is taking its toll. All this means sleepless nights for King Danube, whose growing love for Pony will stir up courtly intrigues and jealousies. In sum: the recipe as before, this time without innovation. Fans only. (Author tour)Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1999

Third part of Salvatore's trilogy following The Demon Awakens (1997) and The Demon Spirit (1998). It's round three of the struggle against the insidious demon dactyl, also known as Bestesbulzibar (you didn't really think he'd been killed in part two, now, did you?). As before, the resistance is led by the elf-trained ranger, Elbryan Wyndon, the vengeful mage Pony with her gemstone-magic, the wise old elf Juraviel, and other familiar characters. Finally this time the good guys realize that their enemies are clad in holy guise. Father Abbot Markwart, supported by Bishop De'Unnero and the gemstone-magic-powered Abellican monks, is convinced that he talks to God. No prizes for guessing who his real correspondent is, or what will happen to him. A solid conclusion to this popular trilogy, even though, disappointingly, Salvatore chooses a trite and rather obvious method of setting up yet more sequels. (Author tour) Read full book review >
THE DEMON SPIRIT by R.A. Salvatore
Released: April 1, 1998

Second part of the trilogy begun with The Demon Awakens (1997). The demon dactyl is dead, but his monstrous armies of goblins, fomorians (giants), and powries (evil dwarves) continue to rampage; even worse, before he was expunged, the demon managed to corrupt Father Abbot Markwart, whose abbey trains postulants in gemstone-magic, and gave him extraordinary powers. Ranger Elbryan (a.k.a. Nightbird, the elf-trained warrior) opposes the armies and the now-evil abbot, along with his wizardly wife Pony and Juraviel, the wise old elf who trained Elbryan; the daring but foolhardy thief Roger Lockless; Bradwarden the Centaur—he didn't perish in the battle against the dactyl; and a few brave, steadfast monks who reject Markwart's malevolent ambitions. Unsurprising and undistinguished, evidently the way Salvatore fans like it. (Author tour) Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1997

Bulky new fantasy from the author The Dragon King (1996). As happens every so often, the demon dactyl—we learn eventually that his name is Bestesbulzibar—returns to life and, as demons do, schemes to conquer the world with his allies the goblins, fomorians (giants), and powries (evil dwarves). Young Elbryan Wyndon survives a goblin raid on the village Dundalis, while his girlfriend Pony Ault loses her memory and vanishes. Elbryan, adopted by the elves Tuntun and Juraviel, trains to be a ranger; Pony, after various adventures, joins the army. Meantime, pious young monk Avelyn Desbris—he has prodigious magic skills and powers—must collect magical stones as they plummet from the sky onto a remote island; returning, he finds that the abbot has ordered that he and his companions be killed to preserve the secret of the stones, so he flees with his haul—among them a huge amethyst of unknown powers. Eventually, Elbryan, Pony (she gets her memory back), Avelyn, and the elves will join the ancient centaur Bradwarden to plan an assault on the dactyl's volcanic cavern. This safe, cozy yarn with its thoroughly predictable plot, stock characters, and derivative backdrop will satisfy only the most juvenile and least demanding audience. (Author tour) Read full book review >
THE DRAGON KING by R.A. Salvatore
Released: Nov. 12, 1996

Final installment of Salvatore's fantasy trilogy (Luthien's Gamble, 1996) set in the Avonsea Islands, where the good guys- -wizard-king Brind'Amour, rebel leader Luthien Bedwyr (his magical alter ego is the Crimson Shadow), and their elf, dwarf, and halfling allies—must once again battle the evil wizard-king Greensparrow (his other self is a dragon) and his hordes of one- eyed cyclopians. The formula is as before, with swordwaving, magic, and banter, while the whole enterprise remains juvenile in tone and outlook. This would be less irritating if the backdrop was at least distinctive, but it seems composed of an ill-digested mush of sources ranging from myth and medieval romance to The Scarlet Pimpernel, Conan, and Tolkien. Fanatics only. Read full book review >
LUTHIEN'S GAMBLE by R.A. Salvatore
Released: Feb. 6, 1996

Salvatore's second in a fantasy series begun with 1995's The Sword of Bedwyr (not reviewed). Here, the land of Eriador, ruled by the evil wizard-King Greensparrow, is in revolt. The rebels, led by Luthien Bedwyr, the Crimson Shadow, and his assistants—halfling Oliver deBurrows; Luthien's childhood companion, the beautiful warrior Katerin O'Hale; the equally fierce and lovely half-elf Siobhan; dwarf leader Shuglin; and the old wizard Brind'Amour—have slain the cruel Duke Morkney, ruler of the northern fortress city of Montfort. But the rebels can't hold the city against seemingly inexhaustible reinforcements of Greensparrow's pliant troops, the one-eyed cyclopians. So, to liberate many dwarf prisoners, and also to allow neighboring cities to raise the rebellion by dividing the strength of the oppressors, Luthien and company will attack the Montfort mines. The action piles battle upon skirmish upon tussle, with pauses in between for some jolly banter and updates on the doings of the opposition. Wretchedly derivative twaddle, aimed at readers who want maximum agitation with minimum cogitation. Read full book review >