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Long ago, in a distant land, a lonely young man struggles to discover who he is and where he belongs. He carries the blood and magic of two people, a sword of unimaginable power, and the staggering potential for great good, or greater evil.


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Long ago, in a distant land, a lonely young man struggles to discover who he is and where he belongs. He carries the blood and magic of two people, a sword of unimaginable power, and the staggering potential for great good, or greater evil.

30 review for The Highwayman

  1. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    When Salvatore was pitching this book idea, I imagine his brainstorm chart began with the following question: what would happen if I took a dash of Robin Hood, a pinch of the Lone Ranger and more than a couple of helpings of Zorro, and threw it all in a blender with all the classic fantasy cliches? To be fair, in the end, all of this wasn't really all that bad of a mix. Yeah, I'll admit that the whole premise behind the Bransen character might seem a bit overcooked and juvenile--even for a fantas When Salvatore was pitching this book idea, I imagine his brainstorm chart began with the following question: what would happen if I took a dash of Robin Hood, a pinch of the Lone Ranger and more than a couple of helpings of Zorro, and threw it all in a blender with all the classic fantasy cliches? To be fair, in the end, all of this wasn't really all that bad of a mix. Yeah, I'll admit that the whole premise behind the Bransen character might seem a bit overcooked and juvenile--even for a fantasy character-- but I've always had a soft spot for romantic heroes and the epic, far-fetched nature of fantasy fiction, so consider my review a lot more lenient in this assessment. Mind, less patient readers will find that the first half of the book is rather slow moving. Establishing the background and the setting is always the tricky bit with fantasy novels. The main characters get a bit of a backseat as the panorama expands to include as much of the main ideas and points that will potentially be built up on as the series progresses. Salvatore is a bit clumsy in his pacing here, and it's clear he must have been frustrated with this part of the story, because as soon as all the players and key events are set in place, the narrative takes on a whole new character... and in the last hundred pages or so, you can't put the book down. Especially if you're a bit of a swashbuckling adventure freak like me. Salvatore isn't a very talented writer, but he is good at what he does and that is commercial science fiction and fantasy. His style is like one of grandma's no-name brand digestive sugar-cookies. It's a homely staple you wouldn't particularly go out of your way to buy on your own, but if it's right in front of you, it's flavorful enough that you won't really say "no" to second helpings... or the next chapter, as is the case here. I can't say I was entirely overwhelmed by the originality in the ideas here, but "The Highwayman" was at the very least an entertaining read and I haven't the heart to give it any less than three stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeff

    One of the best fantasy books I've read in a while. I actually started reading this series with the second book, The Ancient, and was interested enough in the main character, Bransen Garibond, aka The Highwayman, that I went back and bought this book. This book is dedicated solely to describing Bransen, starting with his parents' meeting and marriage, through his becoming the dashing Robin Hood-like Highwayman. It establishes the character that is then featured in next three books, The Ancient, One of the best fantasy books I've read in a while. I actually started reading this series with the second book, The Ancient, and was interested enough in the main character, Bransen Garibond, aka The Highwayman, that I went back and bought this book. This book is dedicated solely to describing Bransen, starting with his parents' meeting and marriage, through his becoming the dashing Robin Hood-like Highwayman. It establishes the character that is then featured in next three books, The Ancient, The Dame, and The Bear. As I finished this book, the thought occurred to me that this story would make a great movie. Anyway, I strongly recommend The Highwayman.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Allen M Werner

    Although it's easy to think, judging by the title, the book cover and some of the reviews, that The Highwayman by R.A. Salvatore is a retelling of Robin Hood.  I can assure you it is not. The tale begins with a Robin Hood-esque scene in God's Year  74. Prince Yeslnik's coach, carrying him, his wife and taxes, is set upon by blood-thirsty dwarves called powries.  When all seems lost, the adventurous masked man sweeps in and dispatches the dwarves.  When the Prince offers his thanks and a reward, th Although it's easy to think, judging by the title, the book cover and some of the reviews, that The Highwayman by R.A. Salvatore is a retelling of Robin Hood.  I can assure you it is not. The tale begins with a Robin Hood-esque scene in God's Year  74. Prince Yeslnik's coach, carrying him, his wife and taxes, is set upon by blood-thirsty dwarves called powries.  When all seems lost, the adventurous masked man sweeps in and dispatches the dwarves.  When the Prince offers his thanks and a reward, the Highwayman decides he'll just take the gold and jewels they are carrying.  The Highwayman mysteriously heals one of the injured coachmen before leaving. The story then goes back to God's Year 54, before the Highwayman is born. The beginning of the book tells the story of his parents. Young Brother Bran Dynard of Chapel Pryd, a follower of Blessed Abelle, is sent to preach to the heathens living in the wilderness of Behr. Bran soon discovers that the people of Behr are neither beasts nor uncivilized.  The monks of Blessed Abelle already use gemstones for certain tricks and healing but the abilities of the mystics in Behr, the Jhesta Tu, are far superior, and peaceful. Smitten by Sen Wi, one of the dark-skinned mystic, Bran devotes his life to learning their language and mysticism, deciding that these teachings don't go against his beliefs but rather, enhance them. Bran spends years meticulously copying a beautiful manuscript that relates the ways of Jhesta Tu. He weds Sen Wi, and the two of them travel back to his land with the copy of the book to offer this knowledge. What Bran cannot fathom or anticipate is how closed minded the brothers of Blessed Abelle will be to these new teachings. As they get nearer to home, Bran discovers that people might not be tolerant of his dark-skinned bride because the people of Behr are truly considered to be beasts. We learn that there is also another religious sect vying for influence with the Court. The Samhaist are more focused on the vanity of life, and accepting of death, not concerned with healing but rather sacrifice, human sacrifice, especially the criminal, the weak and the frail.  They are an order that inflicts punishment without mercy and are much loved in certain circles. At one point, we read of a young woman accused of adultery, taken up before the priest of the Samhaist.  She is placed in a body bag with a serpent  After the serpent bites her, poisoning her, she is taken out of the bag and staked to a post on the open road to die a slow, painful death. Pryd is a rather small, proud House in the land of Honce and the larger Houses are pressuring them to align with their Houses.  No choice has on whom they will serve has to be decided yet because the land of Honce is currently at war with an invading army of powries.  There is plenty of violence and mayhem as humans battle the red-capped dwarves. Young Prince Prydae makes a name for himself in this war, alongside his large, indomitable friend, Bannagran, There is some interesting political plot points thrown in to the mix giving the war and decisions of the Court in regards to the religions more purpose. As Bran and Sen Wi come back into the land, they happen upon the woman dying on the stake.  Some powries are about to make off with her body.  Sen Wi surprises her husband as she unsheathes a beautiful sword and using the ways of Jhesta Tu, effortlessly defeats them.  She then heals the dying woman and they take her to Garibond, a reclusive old man Bran knows of.  He agrees to safeguard her until she is healthy enough to leave the area. What we don't know at the time is, when Sen Wi heals the woman, she takes the snake poison into her body knowing her mystical training can fend off the negative effects.  This is not so, however, for the child she is carrying in her womb. After a series of contentious disagreements with his order at Chapel Pryd, and with the royals at Castle Pryd concerning this new mysticism and mysterious beast of Behr he married, Bran insists Sen Wi go to live with Garibond. It was a wise decision for the Court decides they want Bran and the woman arrested.  Bran is taken prisoner by his own brothers in the chapel of Blessed Abelle who believe he has been tainted, and with a firm hand, they can cure him of this foreign woman's influence. Bran assures them Sen Wi went back to Behr. After a series of events to help her husband, unsuccessfully, Sen Wi is badly injured.  When she gives birth, the child is stillborn.  Dying, employing what little magic is left in her, Sen Wi, give the child life. The old recluse, Garibond is left to raise the infant on his own. I've probably related more of the story than I should but it should be known that the child lives but is not at all healthy.  In fact, he can hardly walk and talk, always drooling.  Everyone, especially the other children, tease and harass him unmercifully, calling him 'The Stork' because of the awkward manner in which he walks. The Highwayman surprisingly covers a lot of ground, touching upon a host of evils and virtues, prejudices and religious shortcomings.  The story ends with several important battles, one of which leads us to believe there is more to be known about the mystical realm the Highwayman is only beginning to learn about. R.A. Salvatore has created another classic character, a boy that learns to overcome his handicaps and deficiencies to be the scourge of the rich and powerful, and the hope of the poor and starving. It's not Robin Hood.  It does contain some elements of Zorro, as in the masked man actually lives right under their noses while tormenting them.  But then again, who would think a frail, word-slurring, cripple living in a tiny cell in Chapel Pryd would be the swift and talented Highwayman.  5 stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    If you take Zorro & Robin Hood put them in a classic fantasy setting - mix it all together and serve over ice then you get the cocktail that Salvatore calls The Highwayman. If you add in all the things that Salvatore does great, characters and fight scenes then you've got a nice serving of good times. I really like this book. Take it for what it is - an adventure book where the good guys take on the bad guys and of course there's a beautiful young maiden to be rescued as well. Good stuff. If you take Zorro & Robin Hood put them in a classic fantasy setting - mix it all together and serve over ice then you get the cocktail that Salvatore calls The Highwayman. If you add in all the things that Salvatore does great, characters and fight scenes then you've got a nice serving of good times. I really like this book. Take it for what it is - an adventure book where the good guys take on the bad guys and of course there's a beautiful young maiden to be rescued as well. Good stuff.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kristin's

    The story of The Highwayman was a brilliant read. It was hard to put the book down. Salvatore accomplished another wonderful story about the land of Corona. It started out with Bran, an Abellican monk, going as a missionary to the land of Behr where he fell in-love with Sen Wi, a Jhesta Tu mystic. Bran being from Honce had light skin, while Sen Wi from Behr was dark. They realized how their religions worked together to be one amazing and true religion. Bran saw how wonderful the teachings of Jhes The story of The Highwayman was a brilliant read. It was hard to put the book down. Salvatore accomplished another wonderful story about the land of Corona. It started out with Bran, an Abellican monk, going as a missionary to the land of Behr where he fell in-love with Sen Wi, a Jhesta Tu mystic. Bran being from Honce had light skin, while Sen Wi from Behr was dark. They realized how their religions worked together to be one amazing and true religion. Bran saw how wonderful the teachings of Jhest were and wanted to share what he learned about them with his fellow monks. Him and his new wife took off for the land of Honce and Bran's home to find out the monks and Laird were not that accepting. Things went on from there about a boy who went from being this messed up kid that could barely walk and was always made fun of to a type of hero to the peasants. You could say the Highwayman was a type of Robin Hood, but he had many more trials to overcome. I would only recommend it to adults though. There were some pretty horrible scenes in the book. Still worth the read though.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Angel Clare

    RA Salvatore is always readable: quick and easy. However, while to a degree the simplified racism-plot and protagonist with disabilities are earnest attempts at representation, the latter is terribly problematic even as the former is (relatively) forgivable in a light fantasy novel. There are too many issues with the protagonist to cover in a quick review: constant descriptions of his disabilities making him imperfect and broken, magic “solving” the disabilities, his inability to be a hero of an RA Salvatore is always readable: quick and easy. However, while to a degree the simplified racism-plot and protagonist with disabilities are earnest attempts at representation, the latter is terribly problematic even as the former is (relatively) forgivable in a light fantasy novel. There are too many issues with the protagonist to cover in a quick review: constant descriptions of his disabilities making him imperfect and broken, magic “solving” the disabilities, his inability to be a hero of any stripe while still disabled, etc. Add to that gross, but again ignorantly earnest, misogyny, and the easily engaging prose becomes almost altogether distasteful.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kostas

    8/10 The Highwayman is another entertaning book from Salvatore and this time he takes at very beginning of the world of Corona, long before the creation of its first great kingdom. The story focuses mostly around a very special hero, Bransen, where fate hasn't been kind on him, and his family, as it has trapped him in a place where he can not escape: his own body. However, this will not prevent Bransen from finding his own path, in the search of not only hope, friendship and love but also revenge, 8/10 The Highwayman is another entertaning book from Salvatore and this time he takes at very beginning of the world of Corona, long before the creation of its first great kingdom. The story focuses mostly around a very special hero, Bransen, where fate hasn't been kind on him, and his family, as it has trapped him in a place where he can not escape: his own body. However, this will not prevent Bransen from finding his own path, in the search of not only hope, friendship and love but also revenge, for himself and for the cruel injustice to the "lower" people by the Lairds; meanwhile he will try to keep a secret hidden that is only known by himself. The book, although it doesn’t have the same epic scale story that the DemonWars books have as, I would say, it has a much "simpler" story compared; but personally I like it just the same, and perhaps a little more than the other series, as Salvatore has brough again a very entertaining story. Of course, that is due to the fact that the story here feels a bit more personal (which, I think, I’m starting to like him more in that kind of style); as also reminding sometimes and the classic Robin Hood. But besides that, Salvatore has written a good story and, perhaps, a little more cruel than usual, and also managing to bring an entertaining story and holding the interest until the very end. As for the story itself, Salvatore takes his time in the begging for things to start moving, as he builds the characters, but after that the story, I believe, continues even better with lots action, fun and, most of all, enjoyable entertainment. Overall, The Highwayman is a good, and a very entertaining, book and, although it's certainly not a perfect one, I would recommend to anyone who loves Salvatore's style and wants to see something different, in a more “classic” heroic story. It has also a more standalone feel, so it can be read in its own even if someone hasn't read the DemonWars series, and without really forcing you to continue to next book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Benjie

    Liked this book very much... need to read the next. One complaint, and a small one, was that I spent the whole book going "okay, I know what's coming next, just get on with it", still very enjoyable but drove me nuts... I mean there's a difference between "foreshadowing" and "giving the game away early"... or better yet "making me thing one things going to happen and then having it happen in a way or context that is entirely unexpected"... none of that in this book. That said, action, adventure, a Liked this book very much... need to read the next. One complaint, and a small one, was that I spent the whole book going "okay, I know what's coming next, just get on with it", still very enjoyable but drove me nuts... I mean there's a difference between "foreshadowing" and "giving the game away early"... or better yet "making me thing one things going to happen and then having it happen in a way or context that is entirely unexpected"... none of that in this book. That said, action, adventure, an excellent treatment of "rare and costly magic", a compelling story line that kept me interested to the end... and a resolution of the story with a brief epilogue setting up the next book in the series instead of being left hanging and needing to "tune in next week" like some books (.Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean) (view spoiler)[The "Opening Action Teaser" pretty much ruined the whole books ability to "surprise" me with any plot related elements... so the book got by entirely on flavour details... like, I know this physically disabled kid is going to grow up to become the highway man by memorizing the special book his dead father transcribed, the crystals the monks keep using and the sword his dead mother made... just get ON with it! (hide spoiler)]

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chy

    Reread because there's four in the series and I've never read the last two. Mike pointed this out the other day, and in my frustration on waiting for new books to come in, I picked these back up. Now, all my new books are in, but I gotta finish this series so I don't forget all the damn characters. That says something, right there; that Mike warned too long a wait means forgetting who some of the people are and what they really did before. This one's a twist on Robin Hood, in culmination. I enjoy Reread because there's four in the series and I've never read the last two. Mike pointed this out the other day, and in my frustration on waiting for new books to come in, I picked these back up. Now, all my new books are in, but I gotta finish this series so I don't forget all the damn characters. That says something, right there; that Mike warned too long a wait means forgetting who some of the people are and what they really did before. This one's a twist on Robin Hood, in culmination. I enjoy the story. I enjoy the Highwayman, which was my folly the first time because I expected him to be the "real" main character of the second book, but I'll go on about that in a bit.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brett

    This was like a super hero origin tale set in a fantasy world of orcs and magic. The Highwayman is an intriguing character, a disabled man who becomes something almost superhuman when he comes in contact with a precious stone. I picked the book up because I already had nabbed The Ancient (the second in the saga) off the bargain shelf at Borders. So naturally I had to make sure I had the first one read. Salvatore is a great world-builder. Here he excels in the creation of the three religions preva This was like a super hero origin tale set in a fantasy world of orcs and magic. The Highwayman is an intriguing character, a disabled man who becomes something almost superhuman when he comes in contact with a precious stone. I picked the book up because I already had nabbed The Ancient (the second in the saga) off the bargain shelf at Borders. So naturally I had to make sure I had the first one read. Salvatore is a great world-builder. Here he excels in the creation of the three religions prevalent in the Highwayman's world -- the two that influence his actions, and the other that stands firmly on the other side of his beliefs. Good book. Will continue the saga.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Thomas

    This was a re-read for me...or rather a "listen" as opposed to a "read". I wanted a guinea pig book to try for my first Graphic Audio book. And since I had read this first book in the series many years ago but never picked up the rest of them, I believed it would be a good option in case I didn't enjoy the experience. But quite the contrary! The large cast of voice actors and sound effects really made this an absorbing experience. Mark me down for more of these! It sure does make my long work com This was a re-read for me...or rather a "listen" as opposed to a "read". I wanted a guinea pig book to try for my first Graphic Audio book. And since I had read this first book in the series many years ago but never picked up the rest of them, I believed it would be a good option in case I didn't enjoy the experience. But quite the contrary! The large cast of voice actors and sound effects really made this an absorbing experience. Mark me down for more of these! It sure does make my long work commute a much better experience.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    The Highwayman is by far R.A. Salvatore's best work. Drizzt annoyed me to death as the worst Gary Stu I've seen in print. Bransen, however, is beautifully sympathetic in his heroism despite his weaknesses. He spends most of the book struggling with actual physical disabilities before he finds the means to overcome them (even then, the magic solution has limits). Very well worth the read. (Unfortunately, the "sequels" die; Bransen feels almost like an incidental character, and the quality of writ The Highwayman is by far R.A. Salvatore's best work. Drizzt annoyed me to death as the worst Gary Stu I've seen in print. Bransen, however, is beautifully sympathetic in his heroism despite his weaknesses. He spends most of the book struggling with actual physical disabilities before he finds the means to overcome them (even then, the magic solution has limits). Very well worth the read. (Unfortunately, the "sequels" die; Bransen feels almost like an incidental character, and the quality of writing drops as well.)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jules

    R A Salvatore does it again in this first of a different series to Demon Wars or Drizzt. Without giving away spoilers, this series is a departure from Salvatore's others but contains some exceptional writing and some very memorable characters - including our main hero, who is heroic for more than his fighting prowess or self-sacrifice but because of dealing with some 'disabilities'. A different take on the fantasy genre, R A Salvatore takes us down a road travelled less often - and the journey is R A Salvatore does it again in this first of a different series to Demon Wars or Drizzt. Without giving away spoilers, this series is a departure from Salvatore's others but contains some exceptional writing and some very memorable characters - including our main hero, who is heroic for more than his fighting prowess or self-sacrifice but because of dealing with some 'disabilities'. A different take on the fantasy genre, R A Salvatore takes us down a road travelled less often - and the journey is worth it. Highly recommended.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Samantha wickedshizuku Tolleson

    There's more to Corona?! Why, why did I not know about this?! It's awesome, and if you've been putting it off you need to read it. There are so many life lessons, and morals that The Stork teaches. There's more to Corona?! Why, why did I not know about this?! It's awesome, and if you've been putting it off you need to read it. There are so many life lessons, and morals that The Stork teaches.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Byron Smith

    Surprised that I enjoyed this Carona book so much. I mistakenly thought this was related to the Crimson Shadow series. Very unlike the forgotten realms books that we all know and love, but very Salvatoreish. Great character development is embedded in a rich plot. A low scale good vs evil book that makes the reader smile. No spoilers here, but a good book all the same. Yes, I plan the read the entire series now!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tasula

    This was a typical traditional fantasy- alternate history, with a new religion trying to supplant an old one, sending missionaries to the "beasts" to convert them. Unfortunately, one missionary gets converted instead and tries to go back and spread the good word among his former monks. You can guess how well that worked out. The rest sort of seems like a Robin Hood tale. Anyway, I was not impressed and won't be reading any more Salvatore. This was a typical traditional fantasy- alternate history, with a new religion trying to supplant an old one, sending missionaries to the "beasts" to convert them. Unfortunately, one missionary gets converted instead and tries to go back and spread the good word among his former monks. You can guess how well that worked out. The rest sort of seems like a Robin Hood tale. Anyway, I was not impressed and won't be reading any more Salvatore.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Carlton

    I enjoyed this book; it was a nice and easy read. This is the first book in a four books series, I've read the second book in the series already and wanted to continue to explore. Onward to The Dame the third book in the series, I may look into reading the Demon War Saga later since they're based in the same world. I enjoyed this book; it was a nice and easy read. This is the first book in a four books series, I've read the second book in the series already and wanted to continue to explore. Onward to The Dame the third book in the series, I may look into reading the Demon War Saga later since they're based in the same world.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kyleigh

    Yet another disappointing book from Salvatore. I heard the main character described as a combination of Zoro and Robin Hood, unfortunately that's all he was. I enjoyed the initial section of the book, and the contrast between the paganish ways and the new church of Honce was interesting. Overall, not a very gripping story, and foregetable characters. Yet another disappointing book from Salvatore. I heard the main character described as a combination of Zoro and Robin Hood, unfortunately that's all he was. I enjoyed the initial section of the book, and the contrast between the paganish ways and the new church of Honce was interesting. Overall, not a very gripping story, and foregetable characters.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cody

    Read the dead tree version. The plot was kind of dumb and predictable, but the book was still entertaining thanks to Salvatore's expertise in writing pulp fantasy action. Still, it wasn't one of his better novels and I doubt I'll read the next in the series. Read the dead tree version. The plot was kind of dumb and predictable, but the book was still entertaining thanks to Salvatore's expertise in writing pulp fantasy action. Still, it wasn't one of his better novels and I doubt I'll read the next in the series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Wyatt

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I like the action and the magical parts of it, but there were a few sexual references that I found a little disturbing. The story of a boy with an awful defect using magical stones to walk, talk, and fight with much strength to find out about his parents and all the other lies he lived in.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Gabe

    this book begins at a slow pace but it gradually draws you in so that you cannot turn away. i would deffinently recommend this book to anyone that likes a good book

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paul Highum

    Bransen Garibond is the best character, the best hero R.A. Salvatore has written, and he created Drizzt Do-Urden.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Jellets

    Zorro of Corona! I generally enjoy R.A. Salvatore’s books. As an author, Salvatore consistently delivers quality stories that are fun reads with engaging plots. More importantly, his characters are always well-developed and the hero (or heroine) is usually someone you can’t help but root for as they pick their way through Salvatore’s rich, fantasy worlds. And, while this is my first visit to Corona, Salvatore hits pretty much all his signature notes with The Highwayman, which ends up being an enj Zorro of Corona! I generally enjoy R.A. Salvatore’s books. As an author, Salvatore consistently delivers quality stories that are fun reads with engaging plots. More importantly, his characters are always well-developed and the hero (or heroine) is usually someone you can’t help but root for as they pick their way through Salvatore’s rich, fantasy worlds. And, while this is my first visit to Corona, Salvatore hits pretty much all his signature notes with The Highwayman, which ends up being an enjoyable read, if not exactly wholly original. The grist of the story is pretty much all the staple grains of the fantasy genre – namely an orphan child reclaiming a magical birthright against rotten king – and, if you’ve read a single super-hero comic, it’s probably not too terribly hard to figure out which characters aren’t going to make it past the hero’s origin story. The main character is an unabashed mix of Zorro and Jet Lee – and while the beginning of the book gets a little long in tooth as prologue to the main story – Salvatore weaves enough nuance to keep things interesting. He’s particularly good at giving us bad guys who aren’t wholly unsympathetic and goodly priests who are alarmingly flawed. The final third of the book certainly ratchets up the tension and kept me page-turning until the very end. Since most of my experience with Salvatore has been through either his Drizzt Do’Urden books or his single Star Wars novel, I was surprised that this one was so much more …. adult? There’s quite a bit of bodice ripping, hints of rape, and three castrations … so not so much one for the kids. As mature fantasy goes, though, I did like this one, and the next two books in the series are already in my ‘read pile.’ P.S. Speaking of Drizzt Do’Urden, the drow does have a back-up story in this edition of The Highwayman. Unfortunately, it was a disappointment. The short story hinged far too heavily on a few minor characters that are barely remembered from original trilogies and the gist of the plot boils down to a bunch of folks not liking Drizzt ‘cause he’s a drow. Which is nothing new from what we’ve seen ad infinitum in the regular Drizzt books and it’s not anywhere near enough of a surprise to pivot a short story around. Milquetoast content at best.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Shelli Ingle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I brought this the hardcover of the book, because the cover looks bada** and the main character Bransen looks like Wesley from "The Princess Bride (one of my beloved Romantic Fantasy of all). It's also had written by Fantasy iconic writer R.A. Salvatore,but I haven't read his work before,but it will might say it was the first time that I had read his book. Oh man, it's so good. It had started out slow,but it had begun to picked up as fast-paced in the middle and it became damn with a ton of acti I brought this the hardcover of the book, because the cover looks bada** and the main character Bransen looks like Wesley from "The Princess Bride (one of my beloved Romantic Fantasy of all). It's also had written by Fantasy iconic writer R.A. Salvatore,but I haven't read his work before,but it will might say it was the first time that I had read his book. Oh man, it's so good. It had started out slow,but it had begun to picked up as fast-paced in the middle and it became damn with a ton of action towards the end. I love Bransen and his parents. The story had started with Bransen's parents; his father is a monk and his mother is a mystic warrior from a far-off country. In the beginning of the book, his father brought his wife to his country to meet his people, but the church had rejected his marriage and tormented him. I even love Bransen's character,because he's super hyperengertic and he has born with a disability after his mother had sacrifices her life energy to saved him. 😥I loved the relationship that he had with his adopted father,because there was a hearttounching where I cried with them and I understood how to relates to. 😥I even love that Bransen's willing to do anything to protect the woman that love. The childhood relationship that he and his childhood Cali is so adorable.☺ You guys probably will like the magic systems. The magic systems are very similar to Mistborn,but one of them also involves with gemstones. I highly recommend it. 😆

  25. 5 out of 5

    Geoff Battle

    The Highwayman takes the reader back to the familiar surroundings of The Demon Wars trilogy. There is no requirement for the reader to have read any previous works, since this is a prequel. Salvatore's world of Corona is a land where religious factions are vying for followers and the common people are mercilessly used as fodder in war and city construction. The Highwayman is the spawn of the evil actions of men, and this novel is the history of his creation, chronicling his parents lives and his The Highwayman takes the reader back to the familiar surroundings of The Demon Wars trilogy. There is no requirement for the reader to have read any previous works, since this is a prequel. Salvatore's world of Corona is a land where religious factions are vying for followers and the common people are mercilessly used as fodder in war and city construction. The Highwayman is the spawn of the evil actions of men, and this novel is the history of his creation, chronicling his parents lives and his own past adolescence. The narrative is well written and the scenario in which events are set against is captivating. The central theme itself is one of revenge, love and betrayal; themes which suit the fantasy genre well. However, for the plot to be cohesive Salvatore stretches plausibility until you doubt the viability of the central theme to the story. As a fantasy story it is not a run of the mill quest or war epic, and therefore I'd encourage fantasy readers to pick up Highwayman since it is refreshing. It's a shame that the transformation of characters within the book fail to keep your disbelief suspended.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Rating: about 3.7 Picked this book up several months ago, having seen the author make quite a splash. After reading a few pages, I cast it aside in disgust. However, something inspired me to give it another chance - I finished it and am now about halfway through book #2 in this series. I am tempted at times to throw #2 aside, but for now continue reading. Not sure what it is that has me so unsettled in my response to these books. They are swash-buckling, rip-roaring adventure stories, with a dec Rating: about 3.7 Picked this book up several months ago, having seen the author make quite a splash. After reading a few pages, I cast it aside in disgust. However, something inspired me to give it another chance - I finished it and am now about halfway through book #2 in this series. I am tempted at times to throw #2 aside, but for now continue reading. Not sure what it is that has me so unsettled in my response to these books. They are swash-buckling, rip-roaring adventure stories, with a decidedly unlikely hero, one who is profoundly crippled in his natural state. However, with the intervention of a magic stone stolen from the priests of the Abellian religion, and his study of a religious tome painstakingly hand-copied by his martyred father during his stay with the mystics of the Jhesta Tu religion of the "barbarians" of the south, our spastic hero becomes supernaturally agile and under-takes a Robin Hood-like career. Both the story and the writing seem somewhat juvenile - and yet there is something in the setting of various religions at war against each other that leads one to reflect and question. So for now I persevere.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Milton

    As I read on e review, and takin a similar introduction it’s a Robin Hood like of character, and the story starts in the future and keeps jumping to the past. This is to build the characters and where it comes from, that is a tragic story. All this past is slow as it keeps building the character, half way through the book the interesting part and the pace picks up with more action and an interesting conclusion. I would have loved to see interaction or mentions of others characters that are In the As I read on e review, and takin a similar introduction it’s a Robin Hood like of character, and the story starts in the future and keeps jumping to the past. This is to build the characters and where it comes from, that is a tragic story. All this past is slow as it keeps building the character, half way through the book the interesting part and the pace picks up with more action and an interesting conclusion. I would have loved to see interaction or mentions of others characters that are In the books specially “child of a mad god” that has references to the religion that is shared in the book. A pattern of how the story builds repeats in this book taking as reference “child of a mad god” but if you like the way the story develops you will like the other book. Enjoyed it at the end and it’s set in a commons world of Corona that will make easier the references that are made about the magic system and how the noble men behave.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Wouter

    Put your hands up and gimme all your money! - That sentence is decisively NOT from this book. The cover and cover text lured me in, only to discover that it took Salvatore more than half of the pages to actually gain any traction in the story. That is not entirely correct; but rather, it is my personal impression. The first chapter gives a sneak peak into what could be an awesome swashbuckling adventure, but then, the reader is propelled back into the dark ages of the mother and father of The Hi Put your hands up and gimme all your money! - That sentence is decisively NOT from this book. The cover and cover text lured me in, only to discover that it took Salvatore more than half of the pages to actually gain any traction in the story. That is not entirely correct; but rather, it is my personal impression. The first chapter gives a sneak peak into what could be an awesome swashbuckling adventure, but then, the reader is propelled back into the dark ages of the mother and father of The Highwayman, which are grim, muddy, and sometimes very dull. Fortunately, the last third of the book makes up for it, but I was never particularly blown away by the depth or breath of the writing or the characters. In the end, it was entertaining enough, and I liked it, although not enough to warrant a second read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Seth Kenlon

    Such a great great book. It reads like a swashbuckling adventure story from Edgar Rice Burroughs (specifically, the Mad King or The Rider), but it's got no small amount of modern superhero vigilante, too. In addition to being an exciting adventure tale, it's an emotional roller coaster, and the ending is maddening. This is a great book. You need to read it. From a tabletop gamer nerd's perspective, the fantasy in this book is the stuff of a Core Rulebook (incidentally, there is an RPG set in Cor Such a great great book. It reads like a swashbuckling adventure story from Edgar Rice Burroughs (specifically, the Mad King or The Rider), but it's got no small amount of modern superhero vigilante, too. In addition to being an exciting adventure tale, it's an emotional roller coaster, and the ending is maddening. This is a great book. You need to read it. From a tabletop gamer nerd's perspective, the fantasy in this book is the stuff of a Core Rulebook (incidentally, there is an RPG set in Corona...). It's got magic and archetypes that make me want to see stat blocks. Swashbucklers and druids and monks and clergy and soul stones that unlock all kinds of cool range attacks. It's downright exhilarating. Again: great book. You won't be able to put it down.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Yen

    Have you ever chanced upon a book you read a long time ago, that no one else has even heard of, which you have stow away to the back corners of your subconscious like an inscrutable fever dream, only to one day have it be dredged up out of the depths unceremoniously, bringing with it a host of impressions that only now begin to make sense after having stewed in brain juice for no less than a decade, and to which the only way to describe your relationship is the word "fondness"? This is that book. Have you ever chanced upon a book you read a long time ago, that no one else has even heard of, which you have stow away to the back corners of your subconscious like an inscrutable fever dream, only to one day have it be dredged up out of the depths unceremoniously, bringing with it a host of impressions that only now begin to make sense after having stewed in brain juice for no less than a decade, and to which the only way to describe your relationship is the word "fondness"? This is that book. Thank you Mr. Salvatore, for the weirdness you inflicted upon my young psyche.

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