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The Demon Awakens (The DemonWars Saga #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  4,603 Ratings  ·  114 Reviews
In THE DEMON AWAKENS, bestselling author R. A. Salvatore creates an astonishing new world for readers to explore--and an intrepid hero to lead the way: Elbryan Wynden, who must confront the dark tides of destiny in his epic search for justice and peace . . .

A great evil has awakened in the land of Corona, a terrible demon determined to spread death and misery. His goblin a
ebook, 571 pages
Published February 5th 2002 by Ballantine Books (first published February 28th 1998)
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Jul 04, 2009 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet again, another book by Salvatore that I really enjoyed.. The characters are flawless (Salvatore's characters usually are).. Drizzt will always be my favorite Character of his, but these characters were amazing too..
This is slightly different than the Forgotten Realms books, because it takes place in a different world, Corona.. Elbryan and Pony were separated from each other at the age of 12 when goblins attacked their home and killed everyone that lived there.. They both thought the other w
Dec 29, 2009 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2009
Even though I sometimes find Salvatore's books to be a bit to oriented to the young adult crowd, I still find myself enjoying his writing style. If you have never read anything from him before, he is unique in his descriptive prose of nearly every fight scene. He loves the step by step play calling that makes you feel like you are right there. This is standard sword and sorcery here but done by a master. I recommend this one.
Jan 13, 2010 Kellie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first R.A. Salvatore book I've read. It's quite good. I plan to read other books by Salvatore. While this is the first book of a series, it stands alone. It has an actual ending, so feel free to read it without feeling commited to reading the rest of the series.

The characters are well developed and interesting. I did get a little tired of hearing how self-sufficient one of the female characters was - Salvatore went a little overboard in showing that he and the male characters were no
Andrea O'Brien
I have not read many books by R.A Salvatore but fantasy shelves are full for his series. I had a friend recommend this set to me because Salvatore is not under the thumb of Forgotten Realms. I did not mind this book but I have read better fantasy. The story was predictable and the characters were fairly stereotypical. It was enjoyable but largely unsurprising. I did get annoyed with the naming system of both characters and places it seems that Mr. Salvatore believes something does not sound like ...more
Joseph Andersen
I love most of Salvatores stuff. But I just couldn't finish this. It's too much like his forgotten realms stuff, just with different names.
0 rating: 0 treasure box and 0 trash cans

This book takes place on a world that is equivalent to our pre-technological world, but it includes Goblins, Giants, Dwarfs, Elves, Demons and magic. It starts out with 3 different, seemingly unrelated people and events, the first is the re-awakening of our antagonist the demon dactyl, the second is an introduction of our protagonist Elbryan Wyndon, who is thirteen years old, the third is a young monk named Avelyn.

I really enjoyed the first third of the b
Nov 02, 2011 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is a lot like the drizzt books. An elf, a girl. A hero. It was a fairly good book and his action scenes were, as always, riveting. These are hefty books that read like short essays. I might read these again if nothing else was around but maybe not.
Forgotten Realms Queen
First thing's first, it took me about a month to read this book because there is just so much going on I had to take my time with it or risk missing something and having to backtrack. Really, there's so much going on here that I think it could have been easily chopped into two books that would have been a lighter read, but I think this one worked out pretty well.

So here we are introduced to Salvatore's world of Corona. Corona is little different from our world during the Medieval ages: there are
Jan 19, 2012 Raquel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So far the book is very good, really gets my heart rate up. Especially the elves. I've never had a group of elves piss me off so badly as the Corona Elves do! If Mr. Salvatore was going for "different", he sicceeded!! And as usual, his writing style gets under my skin in a heartbeat. This is a GOOD thing!
Jun 08, 2015 Charles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dissappointment
Page after page of writing about places and characters without any emotion tied to any of them - the words spoke of a character's emotion towards a loss of another or a battle, but nothing was ever really "felt" and I could not get myself to care - every time I picked up the book, I would read, and the chapter would bore me enough to have to read again, because I always felt like I missed something - the bulk of what I digested went down like soggy sandpaper, and I enjoy Salavtore for the most p ...more
David "proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party"
Buddy-Read with the most wonderful Branwen!

Dave's Quick Judgement -

- The three main characters are all fascinating in their own unique ways.
- Salvatore's writing has matured, resulting in more depth than his previous work.
- Salvatore's ability to write beautifully detailed action sequences extends to all aspects of the book this time around.
- Book never stops being exciting from the first page to the last.
- Enough humor is mixed in with the drama to make the book both fun a
Sep 28, 2016 Wickedshizuku rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy fans, Science Fiction fans
Recommended to Wickedshizuku by: Becky Dauma
Yay I am so glad to have found this. I have heard so much about Salvatore over the years, but just have not had the time or resources for the series. So this will be my very first read with Salvatore.
I will let you know what I think, so the review to come.

Interesting. I wasn't expecting this to start with two preteens. I was expecting the scary demon. I think I was expecting late teens to be the heroes. Maybe this will have several plots that eventually intertwine. I'll have to get back to you
Oct 02, 2016 David rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I half-read, half-listened to this one. I bought the series but didn't quite manage to get around to reading it, and then the audiobook by Graphic Audio became available so I started it off.

First off, Graphic Audio is a more cinematic take on audio book narrations. It uses different voice actors, and the narration is punctuated with appropriate sound effects, which mostly does add to the immersion. But this comes at a "cost", in that where sound effects or dialogue will do, Graphic Audio will tr
Nov 10, 2014 Dimitris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not an expert since this was my first pure Fantasy book.
I loved it. Easy to read, wonderful language, very nice descriptions, interesting larger-than-life characters. I escpecially loved the Elves and their enchanted land.
It looks strange that this is the first book of a tetralogy because the story seems to have been completed at this point. But I'll get on with the second one right away.
Aug 24, 2013 Zack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As always, Salvatore has crafted a masterful saga. Full of suspense and heroism, there is more story than should rightfully be able to fit in a single novel.
Which is both a strength and a weakness. With all the growth the characters experience-and there's a lot!-there is almost TOO much. Salvatore often uses a page or more relaying development, much of which can ends up being repetitive, with the growth or epiphany only in the last paragraph or so and not needing the exposition that came before.
Jan 24, 2014 Dominik rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 01, 2014 Suzanne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first three quarters of the book is more of a 3-star kind of book, but the last quarter is more of a one star kind of book, so overall, I'm calling it 2-stars.

I was on board for the world creation and character set up. I think perhaps there were too many characters for the story line to support, but it wasn't as if there were so many to be confusing. The world was different enough from his other material to feel new, and the way magic works in his world is original. I would have liked a litt
I listened to The Demon Awakens on graphic audio. These are audiobooks that have music, sound effects, and a full cast of voice actors. Things that can be explained with sound are sometimes overlooked in the narration to create a more cinematic experience. I think that the graphic audio definitely added more to the story.

The Demon Awakens is a typical fantasy romp from R.A. Salvatore. Those that are familiar with his Dark Elf Drizzt books will be familiar with Salvatore's writing style. The big
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
Another lovely buddy read with the wonderful David! Such a pleasure to have him as my book buddy! :)

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“We are all dying, every moment that passes of every day. That is the inescapable truth of this existence. It is a truth that can paralyze us with fear, or one that can energize us with impatience, with the desire to explore and experience, with the hope- nay, the iron-will!- to find a memory in every action. To be alive, under sunshine, or starlight, in weather fair or stormy. To dance with eve
Timothy Ward
Sep 06, 2015 Timothy Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Read this one awhile back, but remember enjoying it.
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Demon Awakens is a fantasy tale that must be read by all lovers of fantasy. R.A. Salvatore creates some characters that the user grows to love and some that you will fear. The story is fast-paced and a fun read. Even though the story switches between the three main characters, I found that I didn’t mind this at all. Often, with a lot of stories, the user only wants to read about one of the characters. Not so with these characters. All three have interesting tales to be told and the user does ...more
May 12, 2016 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
We have a demon who was sealed away 700 years ago and now the demon has escaped.

Well thank goodness we have an intrepid band of adventurers there to fight.
We have a ranger (Elbryan) and a fighter (Pony) and we have monk (Avelyn). All have lived different lives, have different motivations and different things that drive them but all come together to fight the demon.
Assisting them are your side characters - the elves & the centaur.

This is fantasy how I like it - good writing, great action sequ
Seth Kenlon
Apr 24, 2016 Seth Kenlon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I've known of RA Salvatore from Forgotten Realms and Kingdoms of Amalur, so I intended to read something by him for ages, but til this book, I just never got round to it.

This book is a rich and evocative fantasy story about a super-powerful demon, awakened by the evils of human society, and the response to that awakening forced upon a group of normal, everyday people who turn out to be heroes. As such, it falls more or less into the "unlikely hero" fantasy category, but it does it really well, w
Ren Bedell
May 06, 2016 Ren Bedell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
A sword and sorcery tale of demon trying to destroy the world leading to adventurers banding together to stop him. Pretty typical fantasy story, but it keeps it interesting. There are three main characters that are all excellent in their own way. The story is heavy on the action, but still includes plenty of character growth, mystery, and romance. It's a fun story with an interesting world. I listened to it through Graphic Audio, which includes many different sound effects, background music, and ...more
Pedro Silva
Goodness me, was this book was written in the late nineties, and does it show.

Far from me to blame a Tolkien clone that was penned before Tolkien cloning was an industry, but perhaps more offensive than the utterly unremarkable nature of these ideas, is perhaps the utter contempt any of these characters have in trying to sound like normal people. HO HO, WHAT?

It's really not a great book. I suppose the novel adaptation of a d&d crawl will appeal to a certain crowd, but I'm sorry, the pin poi
Aug 13, 2016 Hyann rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical fantasy book: young 'chosen' ones against great evil (spoiler good guys won the day :)


- Salvatore still one of the best for the action/fighting scene and got a good mix especially the Ranger who battle with sword and bow.


- 'Ho ho what' prepare to read this an hundred time, the monk character use this for everything...
- No really surprise in the plot (accept the monk life in the monastery). The Ranger was 250 pages of training and Pony was bad relation with other man. What make me
This book is like reading a bowl of tepid oatmeal. It is boring, boring, boring. Nothing happens for sixty, seventy, eighty pages at a time, then something happens, followed by long periods of nothing happening again. It is a fantasy world much like local access television. And the world, Corona? Snore. Dwarves with bloody red hats (sort of like gnomes). Elves with wings (like Tinkerbelle). Magic stones, like...I don't know what. A magic stone store.

Yeah, this is dreadful and dull. Normally Salv
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Melissa Levine
Aug 18, 2016 Melissa Levine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Micah Grant
Oct 16, 2016 Micah Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A good read, and a well done ending.
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Other Books in the Series

The DemonWars Saga (4 books)
  • The Demon Spirit (Corona: The DemonWars Saga, #2)
  • The Demon Apostle (Corona: The DemonWars Saga, #3)
  • DemonWars Saga Volume 1: The Demon Awakens - The Demon Spirit - The Demon Apostle (Corona: The DemonWars Saga, #1-3)

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“And all our gods are one God,” Avelyn replied quickly, not wanting to offend the elf. “A God of differing names perhaps, but of similar tenets. And when those tenets are misinterpreted,” the monk went on, his voice turning grave, “when they are used for personal gain or as a” 0 likes
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