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  • gilwilson 10:24 PM on January 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    “Immortalis – Part 3 of 3” Book 7(of 7) of “The Demon Wars Saga” by R.A. Salvatore 

    “Immortalis – Part 3 of 3”
    Book 7(of 7) of “The Demon Wars Saga”
    by R.A. Salvatore
    Multicast Performance
    Produced by GraphicAudio
    Approx 6 hours.

    It is a bittersweet thing to come to an end of any good saga; When I finished the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien I was happy to come to an ending of an adventure but saddened that I was no longer hanging out with my hobbit friends.  When Jim Butcher finished his “Codex Alera” series It was cool to see how it all ended but again, sad that I was no longer hanging out with the fury masters.  The same goes for “The Demon Wars Saga,” by R.A. Salvatore.  Through seven books in the series, the adventures in the land of Corona, between the countries of Honce-the-Bear and Behren and all the surrounding areas, The Demon Dactyl, Bestesbulzibar, awoke, tainted the land of the elves, was destroyed, possessed the leader of the Abellican church, was defeated, and then possessed the body of a baby that became king.  It took 7 books to get through the adventure but was it ever worth it.

    I was introduced to this adventure through the excellent production of audiobooks from GraphicAudio.  GraphicAudio’s slogan is “A Movie in Your Mind” and do they ever deliver.  Every audiobook I’ve heard from GraphicAudio is phenomenal with excellent voice acting, super realistic sound effects and incidental music that moves you through the story while reflecting the emotion or action of the moment.

    The cast of actors not only bring the story to life through their craft of acting, but when an interesting accent is needed they deliver.  For example, what accent would you use for an Alpinadoran mountain man?  an elf from the Touel’alfar or  Doc’alfar? an Abellican Monk were-tiger?  There’s not really any manual for this but the cast in GraphicAudio’s production of this series may have created one.

    The special effects also push this story along with superb fluency.  The effects are just as difficult to create here, after all what is the sound of an elven arrow piercing the eye of a giant? what does a centaur sound like while running.  None of the effects were stock, or at least were produced to be original to the story.  Once again the movie in your mind is a reality through all these production elements.  When it comes to audiobooks GraphicAudio will put you in the story and you’ll never want to leave.

    One final aspect of the GraphicAudio production of this saga, is that they split up the seven books  to where they averaged three 6 hour parts per book.  This made the saga easier to digest in smaller lumps, although I’m looking at purchasing the entire series as a boxed set package for a gift for a friend

    Here’s how the final book plays out:

    Self-proclaimed King of Honce-the-Bear, Adryan, son of Elbryan the Ranger and Jilseponie the warrior/ranger/former Queen, has been sweeping the land conquering those that oppose his rule.  Adryan’s expertise at the magick of the gemstones of the Abellican church also puts him on to the path to destroying the church and placing the evil Marcalo De’Unnaro as leader of the church.  De’Unnaro is the one responsible for killing Adryan’s father.

    To the South of Honce-the-Bear, in the land of Behren, another Ranger has just won freedom for her people, the To’gai from years of slavery by the Behrenese.  The Behrenese church was destroyed in the process.  Adryan decides to use that turmoil to conquer Behren.  When his plans include conquering To’Gai, the ranger Brin Dahryelle, decides to join the battle defeating Adryan.

    So now the peoples up against Adryan include, his mother, another expert of the gemstone magicks, Brin and her Dragon, Agradeleus, the elves of the Touel’alfar and Doc’alfar, the mountain men of Alpinador and their ranger, and Prince Midalis, the rightful heir to the throne of Honce-the-Bear and his army.

    The battles all lead to the Abellican Church at the center of it all St. Mere Abell.  The battle ensues and Adryan ressurects his father to join with him against his mother.  The dragon, Agradeleus, recognizes the Demon Dactyl possessing Adryan’s body and alerts the others.  This could either mean the way to defeat Adryan or the hopelesness of the battle.  How the warriors look at it will change the outcome.

    The final battle and the epilogue to the story bring about a great close to the series with a bit of an opening in which R.A. Salvatore could write some more stories with some of the main characters.  A great adventure comes to a close but in a way that leaves the reader/listener wanting more yet happy if that is the end.

  • gilwilson 10:25 PM on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    “Immortalis – Part 2 of 3” Book 7 of “The Demon Wars Saga” by R.A. Salvatore 

    “Immortalis – Part 2 of 3”
    Book 7 of “The Demon Wars Saga”
    by R.A. Salvatore
    Multicast performance
    Produced by GraphicAudio
    Approx 6 hours

    The tension builds, the excitement mounts, the story continues and soon comes to a close.  It is a bittersweet emotion I feel as I just finish listening to the second of three parts that make up the final audio book in “The Demon Wars Saga” by R.A. Salvatore.  The adventures continue but I am saddened to know that there is only one more audio book left before the end of the saga.  This series introduced the world to the Ranger Elbryan, who was trained by elves to protect the citizens of Honce-the-Bear, his wife Jilseponie who was trained by a renegade monk, soon become a Saint, who taught her how to use the magic gemstones.  Bradwarden the Centaur, Bellimar Juraviel the elf who has trained rangers through the ages and many more heroes. Salvatore also introduced some great villains such as; Marcalo De’Unnero the were-tiger monk who seeks to rule the Abellican Church, Father Abbot Marquart who was possessed by the demon dactyl, Bestus Belzibar.

    In this audiobook, the son of Elbryan and Jilseponie, Adryan, who has become king through a technicality seeks to conquer the world.  Adryan was taken from Jilseponie’s womb by Lady Dasselrond, the leader of the Tu’elafar, the elves of the north, and raised as a ranger in hopes that he would save their land.  It turns out that not letting the child or the mother know of each other’s existence has stained Adryan’s view on life.  Adryan left the elves and found the renegade monk De’Unnero and under his tutelage, sought and killed to gain the throne.  Now he seeks to conquer the world.  Those that don’t bow to him will be destroyed.

    Adryan has sent emissaries to Behren to conquer the southland. The land of Behren has just found out that their religious god head was a fake, and the country is in turmoil.  Adryan hopes to take this confusion and use it to his advantage.  The problem is that Brynn Dahrielle has just freed her people, the To-gai, from Behrenese slavery, and only sees Adryan, a former friend, as another slaver.

    To exact his revenge Adryan first must destroy Lady Dasselrond and the elves.  To do so he must find Anderblok Innerness, the land of the Tu’elafar.  Dasselrond sacrifices herself to hide the land.  It can now only be found once Adryan’s blood has been spilled.  The elves are homeless without a land and seek out Jilseponie to offer their assistance in defeating Adryan.

    Jilseponie has gone to the north to aid Prince Midalis, brother to the king slain by Adryan.  Juravial finds Jilseponie and Bradwarden and offers his magicks to tie all the forces together in that they may destroy the false King Adryan.

    At the end of this audiobook the major battles begin, now I must get to the finale, but I don’t want to rush it, I’ll be saddened to reach the end of this epic saga.  But the excitement awaits.

    To make this audiobook even more exciting, it is produced by Graphic Audio.  Graphic Audio promises “A Movie in your Mind,” and boy do they ever deliver.  Superb acting and characterization by the talented voices would normally be enough, but with the original music and Earth shattering sound effects, this audio book will engulf you in the story and excitement that is “The Demon Wars Saga.”

  • gilwilson 10:02 PM on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    “Immortalis – Part 1 of 3” Book 7 of “The Demon Wars Saga” by R.A. Salvatore 

    “Immortalis – Part 1 of 3”
    Book 7 of “The Demon Wars Saga”
    by R.A. Salvatore
    Multi-cast performance
    produced by GraphicAudio
    Approx 7 hours

    I knew it was coming, the beginning of the end, and here it is.  This is the first of three parts of the final book in “The Demon Wars Saga” by R.A. Salvatore.  This saga has been a great adventure in fantasy taking place in the land of Corona.  The heroes have included wizards (of a sort), elves, dwarves, goblins, giants, a centaur that plays bagpipes, humans and a dragon.  Everything one could ever want in a fantasy series.   Salvatore not only created this fictional Land of Corona and populated with some great heroes and villains, but he also created several forms of government and religious doctrine.

    One of the things that forms a great work of fiction is how in depth the characters and their adventures are explained.  By creating brand new forms of politics and religion these characters have strict rules to go by and how or when they cross those lines create the great stories.  Salvatore has done just that by at first in the saga creating a demon that threatens the land and how these governments and religions react.  Even more to the point the excitement occurs when heroes are the ones acting and the government and religion stand by idly.

    Throughout the adventures I have grown quite fond of he central characters.  Jilseponie (Pony) who as a child was left alone to die after goblins raided her town.  She grew up to become a soldier in the king’s army, a weilder of magic and then Queen of Honce-the-Bear.  Now she is no longer queen because her son, who was thought to have died at birth, has usurped the crown and has left her in her own exile.  But she will not go quietly, she is now out to find why Lady Dasselrond, the leader of the elves took her baby and released his evil on the land.

    Bellimar Juraviel, the elf that trained rangers so they may protect the humans of the Land of Corona, is now in love with one of his lost kinsfolk.  Juraviel is of the Touel’alfar elves and centuries ago the Touel’alfar had split in ideals from the Doc’alfar.  The Doc’alfar left the lands and were never heard from again.  Juravial was escorting the most recently trained ranger Brynn Dharielle to the lands of To-gai to free her people from slavery when they discovered the Doc’alfar.  Juraviel fell in love with one of the Doc’alfar and now will be having a child with her.  Juravial brings the King of the Doc’alfar back to Lady Dasselrond in hopes of reuniting the elven folk, but learns that King Adryan may be a threat to the elves.

    King Adryan killed King Ursal to gain the crown and a few others and as he decides to conquer the Behren and To-gai lands of the south his murderous past starts to haunt him.  He awakes from dreams where those slain have come back.  His reign not only includes conquering the lands to the south but with the aid of his mentor, the evil, Marcalo De’unnero, Adryan also plans on reforming the Abellican church.

    All this is where part one leaves off.  Now on to part 2 so I can get more of this excitement.  The nice thing about listening to these audio book productions from GraphicAudio is that they split them up in six or seven hour installments.  For me this provides convenience of enjoying the events in the saga and enjoying the breaks between the excitement and turmoil created by R. A. Salvatore.  This same excitement and turmoil is made more exciting through the superb production from GraphicAudio.  They use excellent voice actors that not only express the emotion and action of the characters at the moment but also seem to be able to express the character’s history that led to this moment in time. The music and sound effects also move you along through the saga leaving you on the edge of your seat for the entire run.

    So strap in and enjoy this beginning of the end of the saga.

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