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The Demon Spirit

(The DemonWars Saga #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  3,205 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Elbryan and Pony--soul mates from childhood who grew even closer over time--fervently 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?

A sinister threat now looms over Corona, for the power of the demon dactyl was
Mass Market Paperback, 521 pages
Published January 30th 1999 by Del Rey
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Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
I may have stalled on writing this review a bit longer than necessary, but it should tell you something about my general lack of investment in this book that I can’t remember a single, solitary thing about it even though it has only been a few months since I finished it. Nada. Squat. Zilch. A big fat pile of nothing. So I’m left with only the vague memory of forcing myself through the book without retaining anything (because I was bored – the book didn’t have much resembling plot-advancement. Th ...more
The Demon Spirit by R.A. Salvatore continues The DemonWars Saga. The demon is destroyed in his physical manifestation but he can still influence people in their minds. The demon dactyl infiltrates the religious leader Father Abbot Markwart and Markwart becomes obsessed with power. Salvatore creates a story that is more political/church court thriller and I think it would have worked much better as that story. Where the story really bogged down and suffered for me was with our heroes Elbryan and ...more
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is the second book in the Demon Wars saga and I was a little disappointed.
Salvatore does what he does best - he has great characters, tons of action and great fight sequences.

So why the disappointment? Way too much plot devoted to the church and the corruption within. I've always found religion to be a little bit silly to begin with but I understand that it's a major plot point in a lot of fantasy books but in this book it's really the main plot point. That the church would be corrupt was n
Ren Bedell
May 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
The second book in the Demon Wars Saga focuses much more on the dissension of the monks. The monks story arc is a bit more aggravating as it is filled with strife and very little resolution. There is a strong focus on the villain, who is a bit too typical of a villain. The book is definitely a second book in a trilogy, as it is mainly a stepping stone into the next book. Overall, the war with the demon is still interesting and I'm sure third book will be a better read.

I listened to the book via
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was about Elbryn and Pony, along with many other allies along the road, as they fight to push the evil from the land after Brother Avelyn Desbris' sacrifice to kill the demon dactyl. The demon dactyl wasn't entirely vanquished though, and it infiltrates the holy leader of the Abellican Order. As Elbryn, Pony, and their friends fight their way through the lands, they start to learn that the evil enemy they fight may not be who they originally thought it would be. Personally, I really li ...more
Jun 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Again, love the characters and his writing but for some reason just find myself hard pressed to get into and through this series and it's hard to put a finger on. I think I liked this one just a touch more than the first one but it was still a tough read. We'll see how long it takes me to decide to go on to the 3rd book.
May 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
As with the first book, I was both flipping through this book as well as listening to Graphic Audio's rendition of it. I've sorted of gotten used to it. It's kinda nice in its own way, like listening to a movie. Although reading Salvatore's action scenes is where the writing really shines.

As for the story itself, I found it to be more palatable than the first book - at least, some parts of it.

The weak parts are again on the monster army. The scattered remnants (not that they were really united t
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
The pacing remains as glacial as in the first book, and on top of that not many things happen to excuse its length. Most of the events were superficial even in the first book, but even that was half-decent at building up towards a resolution. The second book doesn’t even do that.

The cast is even less impressive than before.
-Elbryan’s cycle of the hero’s journey is over, and now he has nothing to do. He spends the whole book in skirmishes with monsters that offer nothing new to his already arch
FYI, the rating is for this book only while the review is for the whole saga. Reading the first book made me excited at first, this is a promising new saga, I said to myself.

Then as the story progressed I realized that these are basically very similar to the tales of Drizzt Do 'Urden and his companions. Yes they had different names and appearances, came from different lands, and fought against pretty much similar darkness with a different name.

If you have never read the exploits of Drizzt do 'U
Andrew Delaney
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I finally forced myself to finish this, I started rereading many of my books on amazon over continuing this. Definitely a bad sign but I still cannot work out why it doesn't hold my interest. I think it is something about the villain and that plotline, it seems like they just get out of more situations than they really should and are surprisingly disconnected from the heroic storyline.
Derek Gillespie
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook-own
Much better than the first book: Markwart is a fiend!
Seth Kenlon
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf
This book picks up pretty shortly after the close of the first book, "The Demon Awakens". In fact, there are still goblin and powry armies attacking towns in the region, and the Abellican church is still recovering from the perceived betrayal of Brother Avelyn.

For the first half of the book, the main scope of the action is dealing with the aftermath of the Demon's (apparent?) defeat, and in a way in felt more action-oriented than most of the first book, which worried me a little. But gradually,
Chip Hunter
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
After reading the excellent The Demon Awakens (which I thought was Salvatore's best novel), I must say that I was disappointed in THE DEMON SPIRIT. Slower pace, more predictable, and more stereotypical characters make this one much less entertaining than the previous volume. Additionally, this one is not a stand-alone novel such as THE DEMON AWAKENS was, as Salvatore obviously made a stretch to extend that great (and complete) story into a trilogy. All that being said, there are still some thing ...more
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Like the first book in the trilogy, the story in The Demon Spirit revolves around Elbryan and Pony, but Markwart and Jojonah now become major characters. In the first book, you could see that Markwart was not what could be considered a moral, religious leader. And in this book, he holds the power and the warped mind to become the ultimate epitome of evil. Him nemesis, Master Jojonah, takes the side of good in this story, but is almost powerless to stop Markwart. Even though the demon’s physical ...more
Bob Koester
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sort of "what would have happened after Lord Of The Rings if the orcs hadn't all run away".

The surviving heroes are returning home from their desperate quest, but home is not what it used to be. Although the book is from 1999, it feels very post-9/11 if its examination of how the fight against evil turns some people into heroes and others into bigots, and every combination & permutation in-between.

It's never very subtle, but I give it a lot of credit for finding new ways to show how the br
Jun 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
It was a good second book to the series. There was a lot of war and heartbreak. Good and bad things happened. Of course Salvatore always likes to have many surprises in his books. There is always something going on in his books to keep you intrigued.

Elbryan and Pony are still fighting for good. It is crazy that the thing that should be closest to their god is the closest to evil. The Abbot of the church (who is the head and leader of all the church) Markwart has felt the spirit of the demon dact
Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson
Jan 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: High Fantasy fans, UF fans, PNR fans
Recommended to Samantha wickedshizuku by: Shawn
I had to start this book a second time because my copy grew legs and walked off. That or my house at it again, but I found it and have been entertained for days now.

We continue in the world of Corona following NightBird, Pony, and an elf. To hard to spell without the book in my hands.
On a whole different spectrum we follow the corruption of the church, and the desecration of the dogma. I would recommend that this become required reading for anyone aspiring to become a priest or any type of holy
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it
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Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elbryan et Pony, �mes soeurs d'enfance que le temps a contribu� � rapprocher plus encore, esp�rent ardemment que l'oc�an de t�n�bres reflue enfin des terres de Corona. Mais si le mal se retire, pourquoi des hordes de gobelins et de powries aux coiffes sanglantes continuent-elles � se frayer � coup de sabre un chemin vers les terres civilis�es ? Une sinistre menace plane toujours. Le pouvoir du d�mon s'est infiltr� dans le plus sacr� des lieux, l� o� un chef spirituel autrefois admir� met d�sorma ...more
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Even when I’m reading a new book, reading Salvatore feels like coming home. It was so refreshing to read this book. The relationship between Pony and Elbryan and the commitment to maintaining morals, were really high points for me. I also really enjoyed the politics and maneuvering of Jojonah and the church. Despite the fact that this book, as the typical middle book, didn’t accomplish much, I was really drawn into what was happening. I was close to tears a few times. I really liked a lot of the ...more
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a compelling story and I'm looking forward to following it through to the end. Having said that, I found the character building kind of jarring in this installment. I could tell the author was trying to show depth and complexity to the different characters, but I think he was missing the internal character cues to make it work well. Several times I found myself confused because a character was suddenly being evil (or altruistic) without any motivation for the change. I don't think it is ...more
Feb 15, 2011 rated it it was ok
Pretty much gave up on this half way through.

The characters are just so shiny, good and overpowering that I just couldn't bring myself to worry that they might not win, let alone care if they did or not.

RAS is one of my faves, I usually just love his work, but not this time. This series just doesn't do it for me. Having given up half way through book two it is a pretty good bet I won't be picking up any more of the Corona series.

Second book in The DemonsWars Saga and, here, Salvatore changes his style as he stars to focusing more the Monks and their faith, and without having a main big evil as in The Demon Awakens (or so they think!).
The book's biggest disadvantage, however, is that it is quite introductory and it is certain that its big size doesn't help much as, even though it some intrigues and action, the overall outcome is slightly mediocre.
Aug 29, 2013 rated it liked it
A daring tale of the candle lit against the coming darkness and corruption of entrenched, powerful forces. Unfortunately, not really too different from Salvatore's Drizzt series. New names, faces, and lands, but the story and characters are very familiar.
Still, worth reading if you can approach with a clean slate.
Bryce Wilson
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable read...

Nightbird & Pony gain new companions as they fight the remnants of the disintegrating Dactyl Demon's army only to learn of a new great evil in the Father Abbot.

The book has many sad and frustrating parts leaving eager for the eventual fall of the Father Abbot..
Sarah Alawami
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
AGain, a very good read. This picks up from where bookm 1 left off, so if you did not read book one, do that or you will be lost. I feel this speaks to our adult population today even though this seems like it took place in the 14th century.
Ian yarington
Jul 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Salvatore is a great writer and one of the best fantasy world builders I have ever read. I love the series and went from book 1 to book 3 in no time. The characters are great and the story is action packed, not sure I could ask for much more.
Sean Watson
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The fast pace and great story just draws you in and does not let go. Love the world of Corona!!! Mr. Salvatore is a true master at what he does.
Nov 30, 2009 rated it liked it
bonus - was included free in my kindle with the first one. Liked it... enough that I *may* look for the 3rd installment.
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