The Demon Awakens by R.A. Salvatore

Salvatore is best known for his mega-selling Forgotten Realms novels centred around the ubiquitous Drizzt Do’Urden, but this blogger feels his true strength is found in the less-read Demon Wars series. Deeper than the Forgotten Realms novels, and set in a world created from the ground up by Salvatore, the Demon Wars novels combine the fun, rolicking adventure of Terry Brooks and Raymond Feist (but with some juicy PG-13 sex and romance), light politicking, an interesting magic system, intriguing religious debate and some of the best scenes of single combat in the genre.

Now, thanks to Suvudu’s Free Library, the first volume of the seven-volume series can be read for free!

It’s available in the following formats:


  • Lena October 1, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    I read most of the Forgotten Realms and they were awesome. Can’t wait to get my hand on this one!

  • Joseph October 3, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Read that a few years back, and enjoyed it a lot.

    Nice one, Suvuvdu.

  • Jeff C October 5, 2009 at 11:27 am

    I own all 7 of these in mmpb, and read the first one. Really had trouble with the magic. Didn’t seem like the stones had any limitations on they magic could pretty much do anything. At least thats what I remember from book 1, and is why I put down book 2 within the first 100 pages a few years ago. Maybe I’ll get around to trying it again sometime.

  • aidan October 5, 2009 at 11:31 am

    The magic system becomes pretty well defined, and, in fact, I was constantly reminded of Salvatore’s work while reading Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series. As the series goes on, more and more politics and religion starts to influence the plot and it really gets interesting.

    The fourth book, Mortalis, is easily my favourite book by Salvatore.

  • Jeff C October 5, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Thanks for the info, Aidan. I’ll have to give it another shot. I see that there are Kindle versions of all 7. Oh, and I have heard many say that Mortalis is his best book. He wrote it while going through some tragedy in his own life, right?

  • aidan October 5, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Salvatore wrote Mortalis after his brother passed away from Cancer, I believe. It’s not a happy novel, but it’s emotionally wrenching and pure in a way that most of Salvatore’s novels aren’t.

    It took one of my most reviled characters from the first three novels and turned him into my absolute favourite character Salvatore’s ever written.