Friday, 12 June 2009
FANTASY REVIEW: The Highwayman - RA Salvatore
It is God's year 54, many years before the Demon Wars, in the land of Corona. The roads are unsafe to travel; goblins and bloodthirsty Powries search out human prey. Two religions struggle fiercely for control. Bran Dynard, a monk of the fledgling religion of Abelle, returns from his mission in a far-off land with a book of mystical knowledge and a beautiful and mysterious new wife. But he soon realizes that the world he left behind has changed, and his dream of spreading the wisdom he learned to his fellow monks is crushed. Forced to hide his wife and his precious book, Bran must decide whom he can trust and where he should now place his faith.Twenty years later, the situation has grown darker and more desperate. Only the Highwayman travels freely, his sword casting aside both Powries and soldiers. The people need a saviour, but is the Highwayman on a mission of mercy...or vengeance?
Originally released way back in 2004 in the US, this is the first time that Salvatore’s Highwayman has been released in the UK, so what did we get out of the tale? As expected, a fast paced, action packed, no holds barred tale for which Salvatore is famous.
Yet the tale has something extra, a hero who is an antihero who makes wrong choices and can even be accused of being malicious in his judgements. It’s a cracking tale and one that will have you seaching the shelves for more of this rogue (The Dame, currently an unknown UK release date.) Definitely a tale to savour and one that will prove that Salvatore is more than just Drizzt.