The Demon Spirit by R.A. Salvatore continues The DemonWars Saga. The demon is destroyed in his physical manifestation but he can still influence people in their minds. The demon dactyl infiltrates the religious leader Father Abbot Markwart and Markwart becomes obsessed with power. Salvatore creates a story that is more political/church court thriller and I think it would have worked much better as that story. Where the story really bogged down and suffered for me was with our heroes Elbryan and Pony. I had a very hard time having any interest in the fights they had with goblin #432 or giant #44. Where the first book had arch-nemesis that made it more interesting, this book just seemed to not have any real antagonist except for Father Abbot Markwart. Because of this, it just got boring at times during the fight scenes.
One thing I did love about this book was the introduction of Roger Lockless. Roger is a rogue with an ego the size of a giant. I thought his introduction to the story was great and I’m looking forward to having him more in the story. Master Jojonah is a great good monk against the evil that is Markwart and the entire monk storyline and intrigue was decent. I just wish Elbryan and Pony were more interesting. One of the characters from the previous book was sorely missed and there just wasn’t enough storyline when it came to our heroes.
I just started the third graphic audiobook and I hope it is better than this one. I think it will be because there are many more characters being introduced and the political ramifications of everything Markwart does in this book are making a huge difference.
I just was disappointed in this second book and thought it was just OK. At this point, I’m not sure if I would recommend this series.
10/25 Possible Score
Plot – 2(OK)
Characters – 2(OK)
Setting/World Building – 2(OK)
Writing Style – 2(OK)
Heart & Mind Aspect – 2(OK)