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on 16 October 2001
I've read many books, from many varied genres. Mr Salvatore has to me become the standard by which all other writers should be measured (unknowingly until now). With this piece of work, Salvatore has outdone even himself. At first I was surprised by the lack of action and then pleasantly surprised by the depth and portrayl of a confused society looking for guidance. I understand from what I have read that a lot of this came from Salvatore's own experiences and I have to say that he has done an outstanding job of being able to write a wonderful work whilst going through probably one of the most difficult periods in his life. I wish fantasy would be looked on as a more acceptable genre, because the quality of Salvatore's writing in this book deserves to be rewarded by more than just earning his living.
If you enjoy reading for more than just entertainment I recommend this book to you, for Salvatore I believe this is much more than just a book.
Thanks for writing it! :o)
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on 11 December 2000
Having been a fan of R.A. since the beginning(i.e. Crystal Shard), I have seen the breadth of his published work, and I can comfortably state that this book represents the pinnacle of his achievements. The book shows his ability to combine the author with the work. From the very beginning of the book, one becomes attune to a feeling that runs throughout the text, the feeling that the author and the text are linked far more closely than simply by imagination or emotion, they are linked spiritually. This is an important consideration, for few authors can simultaneously meld their mind, feelings, and soul with a text so convincingly and grippingly as R.A. does with this work. The level of interaction between author and text evident in this book surpasses even the tight connection that R.A. showed between himself and his most famous character, the Dark Elf Drizzt Do'Urden. Fans of the Dark Elf series will find the DemonWars saga, and "Mortalis" especially, to be an improvement on something that shoud not have been able to be improved upon. The chemistry between R.A. and Drizzt was near flawless, but in "Mortalis", any flaws that did exist have been overcome. R.A. has achieved in this book the sort of relationship to his work that most author's struggle a lifetime unsuccessfully to attain. Fans of R.A.'s previous work will recognize the connection of their favored author and the DemonWars saga and will be very very pleased. Those unfamiliar with the work will undoubtably feel the power of the text, and they will understand its beauty.
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on 14 February 2001
I have read most of the R.A.Salvatore novels and I know you can't or should not compare novels by the same author but I felt that Mortalis was not one of his best works. I kept turning the page hopefully expecting to read a thrilling fight sequence, a touch of dry humour or a build up of tension but was disappointed to find very little. I understand that he was going through a hard period in his life and I feel this is reflected strongly in the text. It does however build on the characters of the Demon Wars Saga and hopefully there will be a book in the future which is more like the Salvatore we have know and love
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VINE VOICEon 24 May 2010
The original DemonWars saga, for those who read it at the time, is a mere memory, albeit a pleasurable one. Mortalis features most of the original heroes and Salvatore recalls the deeds performed historically for much of this book. Mortalis is a stepping stone to the further adventures within this setting and although Mortalis is a standalone novel, it revives old memories, provides important new keystones for a new saga and ties up loose ends in the process. Salvatore is canny though and Mortalis does all that and manages to slowly, ever so slowly, build a story of spreading evil, entwining the heroes once more. Mortalis revolves around a church in crisis, a religion under threat and how the Crown seeks to use this to its own advantage. Although the first two thirds offer little action, the character building and scenario setting pay off in the final third. A welcome return to Corona and a platform to further deliver upon.
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on 18 October 2000
As many know. Salavatore vent through a dark time as he wrote Mortalis. This is less reflected in the book than one should think. Yes you can see it, but as one can see, as he came to truce with his surrondings, so did Jilesponie.
As for the plot of the book. There ain't much, the story is about Faith, Honor and Beliving in yourself. A great book if I dare say so, and from the mouth of the man himself : "I'll never write another Mortalis" .. .. Many would say.. "But no book is the same"... The meaning is.. he will never write a book like this... So don't miss it. Get inside the darkness and see what Bob has in store for Corona.
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