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The Demon Apostle

(The DemonWars Saga #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  3,353 ratings  ·  49 reviews
With The Demon Awakens and The Demon Spirit, the first two volumes in his masterful DemonWars saga, New York Times bestselling author R. A. Salvatore set a new standard for fantasy adventure, creating the enchanted world of Corona--a world besieged by the dark forces of an ancient, all-consuming evil. Now, with The Demon Apostle, Salvatore brings his epic symphony of good ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published March 9th 1999 by Del Rey
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Hailie
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Demon Apostle was about Jilseponie, keeper of the Avelyn's sacred stones, and Elbryan, the elven trained ranger in their quest to rid the world of the evil demon dactyl that seems to be corrupting the very order of the Abellican Church. The book follows five monks searching for the truth of their religion and Pony, Elbryan, and their friends in their journey to free the land from the plague of evil. These two groups will soon find that their journey was leading in very similar directions, as ...more
Chris Fox
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
OVERVIEW (Spoilers)
As before I listened to this novel through Graphic Audio which was as wonderful as always, and in my option is the best way to experience this story. That being said I did not enjoy this book nearly as much as the previous novels as it's nearly all politics, and not even in a interesting way which is a drastic change from the previous two books which were much more personal. The thing that really carried this book for me was Pony, her character development was really one of
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Ren Bedell
May 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
The last book in the trilogy brings everything to a close in a dramatic and action packed way. It is a good book that has a very fitting end. Many ups and downs and inner struggles happen throughout the book, on both the heroes' and the monks' side. The problem I have with the series is the how the church is written. Not wanting to spoil anything, but it is never shown how the church has power or why common folk look up to it. The church pretty much only murders and tortures, upsets the king, ...more
Greg
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This book is the culmination of the Corona: The DemonWars Saga trilogy but to me was the worst of the three and a disappointment for someone who has read 17 of R. A. Salvatore's books.

In book one, The Demon Awakens, we have the terrible evil demon and a shower of magical gems retrieved by a religious sect that was once good but has been corrupted and is well on its way to be morally bankrupt. The book deals with the hero and heroine becoming orphaned in a goblin attack on their village while
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David
Apr 22, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was in 3-star territory for awhile, and then it started sliding and sliding, and hit bottom right at the end.

As with books 1 & 2, I listened to Graphic Audio and then skimmed the book. I think I've gotten used to Graphic Audio adding "dramatisations" to the dialogue and skipping descriptions. So no problems there.

The good thing about book 3 is that the focus is now fully on subtle confrontations and political conflict, which began in book 2. The poorly-written "monster war" is
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Petros
Nov 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A painfully boring read. The plot barely moved forward in 600 pages and most of it happened in the last 20. The rest of it was meandering in the wilderness and the cities, where they have spars with corrupt priests. Also, lots of dull politics that don’t amount to much. What’s the point of having all those nobles from different kingdoms and info about the culture of each of them, if nothing comes out of it?
-Elbryan remains bland as always and the only things I remember about him, is having sex,
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Adam Fisher
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this book so many years ago, but doing a reread in preparation for the release of "Child of a Mad God". Wonderful to come back to the world of Corona!
SPOILERS!
This book sees the end of both Elbryan (more on that in a moment) and Father Abbot Markwart, the slow rise of the good in Brother Francis, many changes in the battle between the Abellican Church and the Crown, the strengthening of Pony as a lead character, and the deception of the Touel'alfar in keeping the child to raise as a
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Matthew Carlton
I understand that there are four more books in this over arching series and that the events in this book may more sense later. However, the last 100 pages of this book made me angry. It felt so rushed and underwhelming considering the magnitude of the events that transpired.
Janet Boyce
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spectacular

Another extremely well written story by R.A. Salvatore. Heart wrenching moments of truly amazing descriptions of events.
The joys, sadness and hopes of the characters are felt throughout the book.
Karas Jim
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Not a proper ending to the series
Michael
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Overall disappointing. Got stronger halfway through, but wasn't enough to pull together this overall weak trilogy. Bummer, 'cause I love Salvatore :(
Gail
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really disliked the end to this book. Honestly, there was only one character that kept me into this series. I will not be reading on to the next series of books within this world.
Dan
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Gah but the elves in this series are a little annoying.....
Chip Hunter
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
This final book of the excellent Demonwars Trilogy does a fine job of wrapping up the tale. While it starts off rather slow (thus the 4 stars, instead of 5), the final 1/3 of the book is excellent. As all of the plot threads introduced in this book and the previous one come to a head, you'll have a hard time putting this one down. This is definitely a step up from THE DEMON SPIRIT, but still not quite as good as THE DEMON AWAKENS. It is just hard to keep the reader interested without introducing ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Demon Apostle 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 starts off a little slow, but picks up the pace in the last 200 hundred pages, or so. Pony seems quite different in this book, as compared to the others, because she is so full of anger—towards the church and towards herself for letting herself become pregnant at such a critical time. Another things that makes ...more
Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: High Fantasy fans, UF fans, PNR fans
Recommended to Samantha wickedshizuku by: Goodreads
I flew through the first part before I had realized that I hadn't added it on Goodreads. BOOOOO! Shame on me!
Really though this saga has been awesome! I am so glad that I've finally picked up Salvatore's work.
I really like the intrigue of the Barron's death leaves. I'm reminded of the example of a power vacuum.

Salvatore is also the first writer I've come across that doesn't portray centaurs as stuck up snobs. Loving this factor. Bradwarden is one of my favorite characters and his(view spoiler)
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Bob Koester
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
An upswing in quality nicely coincides with these books continuing to be pretty prophetic about the modern day. As things start it seems like the victory over the old enemy has doomed the world to the tyranny of a new one, and as a false leader encourages xenophobia, ignorance, and religious bigotry in order to cover his own greed for power, the books basically take us from W's America to the beginning of Trump's.

Of course it then continues, showing how the more victories the evil man wins the
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Stephen Holtman
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is about Elbryan Wyden and his friend\girlfriend pony as they try to redestroy the dactyl who recently returned from the dead. Meanwhile the town of Honce the Bear gets into a civil War. It is a nice combination of friendship, fantasy and a sprinkle of romance. It is also a great entry into the series of Elbryan books. The writing was just as great as you could expect to see in such a book as this one. The way that the secondary caratchers were presented was so cool that I was kind of ...more
Robert
Mar 31, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This final installment of the Demon Wars Trilogy was a big let down. It was as if the book was written only because the story could not end with The Demon Spirit. Salvatore lets up on the wholesale slaughter of any usefully characters in the story for this novel, but that fails to impact the story as in this book there really are no useful characters this time around. Even Pony and Elbryan seem to do nothing more than become spectators for the struggle between Church and State, neither one ...more
John
I think what I found less than satisfying in this book was that it was almost too realistic. I get it, even heroes have flaws, and trauma can contribute to bad decisions. But that isn't generally what I'm looking for in epic fantasy. It can certainly work, like Black Prism by Brent Weeks, but at least for me, I want to know that's what I'm getting into. (view spoiler) ...more
Scott
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The third book in the Demon Wars Saga and the end of the first trilogy.

I'll keep things vague to not give any spoilers...
Essentially a battle between our band of heroes and the corrupt church.

What's good:
As always, Salvatore creates and develops wonderful characters.
Fight scenes are amazing as always

What's not so good:
The plot wasn't very epic - really just a fight between some people and some other people high up in the church.
Without giving away characters - he killed off some people that I
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Andrew D Flynn
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read, read-in-2014
I think Salvatore really did an excellent job of wrapping this story arch up and setting up for the next one. Yes, there is some turmoil at the end that may upset some people. But, Salvatore is not afraid to have bad things happen to his main characters. Perhaps this is why it upsets people so, as they have grown attached to these characters and this world.

The story conclusion is fitting and in the end, the characters do what you expect them to do as they have been drawn thus far. Some have a
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Seth Kenlon
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
Third book in the Demon War saga, and it ends up being pretty amazing.

For a little while during the book, I started to feel like it might be getting too saga-y for my tastes; like some of the conflict was just getting drawn out for the sake of drawing it out. And I still feel a little funny about the antagonist falling into the old "this time, it's personal!" trope but it's not the worst thing in the world for an evil character to do, and it never gets too out of hand.

The main thing is the way
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Mark
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it
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Grim
Dec 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Salvatore fans
I've read the vast majority of Salvatore's books, and I must say this is among my favorites. I know Drizzt gets all the hype, but they have just become the same yarn over and over. I actually believe that the first DemonWars trilogy, along with the Cleric Quintent are his best written books(he wrote Cadderly expertly).

This book just struck a chord with me, and the protaginist(the ranger) was not even one of my top 3 favorites. The good priest, Pony, and the delicious Master D'Unnero are what
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Kyleigh
This book was probably not as good for me as it should have been. I had heard about a very significant plot point, although I did not necessarily know that it was in this book. I like Pony’s struggles and her less-than-perfect decisions. Watching Markwart spiral into evil was also quite interesting. Maybe the best was Francis’ grappling with his conscience. Juraviel’s humans vs. Touel’alfar issue also drew me in. I guess this book had a lot of personal struggles in it. That’s the good stuff.
Mark
Sep 22, 2008 rated it liked it
If you want to have a leisure reading, I would like to recommend this novel to you. Although the ending suggests that another story will continue to unfold, the plot of the novel and the descriptive way of narration by the author together with its suspense and thrilling progression make the novel very interesting. But if your looking for serious reading, I would recommend this novel with hesitation.
Kostas
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
7/10

'The Demon Apostle' closes the first trilogy with the heroes coming against the Monks, the breaking of the war and their destruction.
Salvatore's writing here is in the same style as the second book, but with more action. A good book overall, but certainly not as good as The Demon Awakens.
Jeff
Jan 04, 2013 rated it liked it
I've had very up-and-down feelings about this series so far, and this book was no exception. The end of the story comes on rather abruptly, and it left me thinking why this ending couldn't have happened 300 pages ago, as if a lot of the story didn't really contribute to the final outcome. I'll give it three stars because I did find the book sometimes engrossing, but I'm going to take a break before starting the final four books of the series.
Chris Parnell
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Like the previous books in this series I feel that events seem to be too compressed and lack detail. I'm quite fond of the characters and enjoy the story well enough but I always feel like something is missing. The end of this book was not to my liking either. Hopefully the next in the series will be better.
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Other books in the series

The DemonWars Saga (7 books)
  • The Demon Awakens (Corona: The DemonWars Saga, #1)
  • The Demon Spirit (Corona: The DemonWars Saga, #2)
  • Mortalis (Corona: The DemonWars Saga)
  • Ascendance (Corona: The Second DemonWars Saga, #1)
  • Transcendence (Corona: The Second DemonWars Saga, #2)
  • Immortalis (Corona: The Second DemonWars Saga, #3)