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The Dame: Saga of the First King [Mass Market Paperback]

R.A. Salvatore
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Book Description

4 Aug 2010 Saga of the First King (Book 3)
The vast road network of Honce, completed a decade before, had brought great optimism to the people of the land. For the first time, the many individual kingdoms, the holdings of Honce, would be brought closer together, perhaps even united. But for the last few years, those promises had become a nightmare to the folk, as two powerful lairds fought for supremacy over a hoped-for united kingdom. Bransen Garibond, the Highwayman, held little real interest in that fight. To him the warring lairds were two sides of the same coin. Whichever side won, the outcome for the people of Honce would be the same, Bransen believed. A journey north, however, taught Bransen that his views were simplistic at best, and that some things - like honour and true friendship - might truly matter. In "The Dame", Bransen's road becomes a quest for the truth of Honce and of himself, a quest to put right over wrong. This path is fraught with confusion and fraud, and a purposeful blurring of morality by those who would seek to use the Highwayman's extraordinary battle skills and popularity among the common folk for their own nefarious ends.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (4 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765357453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765357458
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for R. A. Salvatore

"Salvatore has been praised for his worldbuilding skills, and they are truly extraordinary; the reader immediately feels at home."
--"RT Book Reviews "on "The Dame

""[A] swift-moving tale of sword and sorcery. Fans of Salvatore's unadorned approach... should be pleased with this carnival of treachery and medieval feudalism."
--"Publishers Weekly "on "The Highwayman

""Salvatore excels in world-building and creating complex, introspective characters who triumph through wit and determination as well as skill in open combat."
--"Library Journal"

About the Author

R. A. Salvatore is one of fantasy's most popular authors, with his books frequently appearing on the "New York Times" bestseller list and more than 10 million copies of his books sold. He is the author of "The Bear," " The Ancient," and "The Highwayman" as well as "Gauntlgrym," The Legend of Drizzt books, including the Dark Elf Trilogy--"Homeland," "Exile," and "Sojourn"--and the Demon Wars series, among many others. Salvatore was born in Massachusetts, and earned a B.S. in communications and a B.A. in English from Fitchburg State College. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Diane, and their three children.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Swords Magic and Adventure 14 May 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Not the best but not the worst I have read there is a consistency to Salvatore's Books which carries you along in the adventure
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5.0 out of 5 stars Swashbuckling Action with a Kung Fu Twist 31 Aug 2009
By Scott Masterton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"The Dame" Bob Salvatore's third novel featuring the enigmatic Highwayman is great fun.

This one starts out right where "The Ancient" left off. The Highwayman and his group are pardoned and offered free passage thoughout Honce by Dame Gwydre (the only worthwhile royal in the novel). Bransen wants to return home with his wife and mother-in-law, but is unsure if the treacherous warring nobles will fully accept the writ of safe passage issued by the Dame. He returns home with his new friend Jameston Sequin in an attempt to insure the safety of his family, and this is where things begin to twist: Laird Delaval is assassinated by a group of mystic warriors whose abilities genesis could only be the Jhest warriors. The Highwayman learns of the killing (by being accused of the murder), but more intriguing to him is the chance to connect with his mother's people and to delve more deeply into the abilities that he has developed and possibly even to find a Jhest teacher that might free him from his dependence on the gemstones.

I love historical fiction, but one of the wonderful things about fantasy is that there are no boundaries. In the Highwayman adventures, Bob Salvatore combines Robin Hood, Zorro, magic and the Kung Fu fun of the Iron Monkey into a rousing good tale of good versus evil. This is not Tolstoy, destined to go down as great literature with deep meanings. This is Salvatore, which is another name for great, escapist fun and adventure. This book takes all my favorite genre's and combines them into a great yarn. As always I'm looking forward to the next chapter in the Highwayman's carreer. Until that comes out, I just might re-read the whole series.

Great Fun!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Yawn. 12 Nov 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I love Salvatore. Always have. I started reading this book and found myself BORED for the first third of the book. It felt a little empty. It wasn't till Bransen set back out on the road that it caught my interest. The first third spent far too much time with politics and game of throne type drivel. The supporting characters in this aren't carrying their own weight. Not like the misfits in the Silver Shard series etc. I'm looking forward to finishing the book now that it's turned back toward developing Bransen in a setting familiar to readers of Salvatore.
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5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining quest fantasy 22 Aug 2009
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In Honce, after beheading the evil Ancient Badden, Bransen Garibond and his five cohorts bring the dead head to Dame Gwydre of Vanguard as proof they did the deed. Bransen hopes the aristocrat lets him go home as all he wants is to spend time with his wife in Pryd Town.

However, instead of trekking home, Bransen is accused of assassinating King Delval and other seditious acts against the state. Although the charges are false and those who bring them smirk as they are aware of that, he is offered a choice between jail and another deadly quest. Outraged over the unfairness of being punished for the success of bringing the evil one's head and caught between fighting blocs, a volunteered Bransen, accompanied by scout Jameston Sequin begins another undesired mission with the added incentive of proving his innocence.

The sequel to THE ANCIENT is an entertaining fantasy as Bransen is once again forced on a quest he not only does not want to do, but is not his issue except the powers make it his. Thus he is not just a reluctant hero; he is an angry antihero. His escapades and that of his cronies are typical of the quest subgenre and his adventures fail to nudge the overarching theme forward; still readers who enjoy a fine quest fantasy will want to join Bransen and his teammates on their deadly mission.

Harriet Klausner
4.0 out of 5 stars good read 2 Jun 2014
By P. Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was a good continuation of the last book showed more in-depth life of the Stork and the Highwayman definite read.
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent but it's no Drizzt! 2 Nov 2013
By Ray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A little predictable. Not his best work. I only kept reading it because it's RA Salvatore... love his Drizzt novels!
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