RA Salvatore's prelude to the Demon Wars Sagas, The Highwayman
, is a stimulating ride into the early history of Corona and the vehicle is the creation of a new, Drizzt-rivalling hero. Salvatore spins the tragic tale of an Abellican missionary who returns to Honce from the desert land Behr with wonders from the ancient Jhesta Tu monastery. At his side is his wife, a Jhesta Tu mystic. His dreams of uniting the teachings of the Jhesta Tu and "The Church of Blessed Abelle" are broken against the realities of bigotry and the young Abellican Church's struggle for political favour against the Druid-like Samhaists. But from their doomed union will rise a people's hero--the Highwayman.
This novel is, at its heart, an origin tale and Salvatore takes time to spin his hero's legend. Although the stirring set piece at the novel's launch will let readers know where he's going, discovering how he gets there is a thrill and a pleasure, making this one of Salvatore's most mature and deliberate novels. In the backdrop, fans of the Demon War Sagas will watch the emerging Abellican Church as it grows from virtual cult to the calcified institution of the later books. In all, this is a stimulating addition to the Corona universe. --Jeremy Pugh, Amazon.com
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"[Salvatore] thrusts his avenger into a story pleasingly plump with action, adventure, danger, and, most admirably, great tenderness." --SF Site on "The Highwayman
"Vast fun .ninja and samurai fans will get a chuckle recognizing the source of some plot elements." --"Booklist "on" The Highwayman"
"[A] swift-moving tale of sword and sorcery .Fans of Salvatore's unadorned approach and broad caricatures of archetypal figures should be pleased with this carnival of treachery and medieval feudalism." --"Publishers Weekly "on "The Highwayman"
"The ultimate dashing warrior." --"Philadelphia Weekly Press & University City Review" on" The Highwayman"