R. A. Salvatore

R. A. Salvatore is one of fantasy’s most popular authors, with his books frequently appearing on the New York Times bestseller list and more than 10 million copies of his books sold. He is the author of The Bear, The Dame, The Ancient, and The Highwayman as well as Gauntlgrym, The Legend of Drizzt books, including the Dark Elf Trilogy—Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn— and the Demon Wars series, among many others. Salvatore was born in Massachusetts, and earned a B.S. in communications and a B.A. in English from Fitchburg State College. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Diane, and their three children.


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Author Interview with R.A. Salvatore on his book, The Ancient

Author R.A. Salvatore discusses his fantasy novel, The Ancient.

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The Dame by R.A. Salvatore--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from R.A. Salvatore's fantasy novel The Dame. The vast road network of Honce, completed a decade before, had brought great optimism to the people of the land. Commerce could travel more freely and so could armies, and those armies, it was hoped, would rid the land at long last of the vicious, bloody cap dwarfs and goblins. For the first time, the many individual kingdoms, the holdings of Honce, would be brought closer together, perhaps even united. For the last few years, th

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The Ancient by R. A. Salvatore--Audiobook Excerpt

Listen to this audiobook excerpt from R.A. Salvatore's fantasy novel The Ancient. Searching for his long-lost father, Bransen Garibond is tricked into journeying across the Gulf of Corona to the wild lands of Vanguard, where he is pressed into service in a desperate war against the brutal Samhaist, Ancient Badden. On an Alpinadoran lake, just below Ancient Badden's magical ice castle, several societies, caught in the web of their own conflicts, are oblivious to Ancient Badden's devastating plans to destroy

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R.A. Salvatore on writing fantasy

"Hear R. A. Salvatore talk about writing within the fantasy genre. New York Times bestselling author Salvatore is the author of The Bear, The Dame, The Ancient, and The Highwayman as well as Gauntlgrym, The Legend of Drizzt books, including the Dark Elf Trilogy—Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn— and the Demon Wars series, among many others. Find fantasy novels by author R.A. Salvatore at http://us.macmillan.com/author/rasalvatore"

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A Conversation with R.A. Salvatore
 
How did you come up with the idea for The Ancient and The Saga of the First King series?
 
The idea of DemonWars was to first write a large scope series outlining the world itself - the magic system, the church and social structures, the races, the monsters – then go back and tell more personal stories within that framework. I’m exploring the history of the world with this newest series. When did the main kingdom, Honce, transition from feudalism to a united kingdom? How painful was that transition, and what heroes emerged to allow it? In other words, I’m telling the DemonWars’ “Arthur” story here.
 
The storyline involves the character from an earlier work of yours, The Highwayman. How are these two novels related?
 
The Ancient picks up right where The Highwayman left off. In that first book, I created a character who has surprised me at every turn. He’s a complicated fellow, and I want to explore his psyche as he makes some personal transitions. In The Highwayman, I found the main character to be deeply flawed – not necessarily through any fault of his own, given the extreme circumstances of his climb to notoriety. Now comes the real test for him, however. He has developed these skills, these powers, so how will he use them?
 
Should readers start with The Highwayman?
 
Nearly all of my series are designed so that you can jump in anywhere. For the original seven DemonWars novels, I strongly suggest that the reader read them in order. But you can read The Highwayman without having read those, and you can read The Ancient without having read any of the previous DemonWars novels. I’m betting that if you read The Ancient, you’ll want to go back and read The Highwayman, and if you find the world intriguing, you’ll go from there to the DemonWars series that started it all.
 
What’s next in the Saga? Any sneak peaks at future installments?
 
Since I’m outlining it right now, no. Well, I will say that I’m hoping to name it The Dame (I say “hoping” because I’m sure I’ll be fighting with editors and marketing folks on the title, as always!) and it will involve the whole of Honce, from the current warring lairds to the rise of a new player.
 
The Saga of the First King is scheduled to include four books. Is there any chance that there might be more?
 
Actually, it’s three books, the fourth being the re-release of The Highwayman. After that, I am fairly confident I’ll want to remain in the DemonWars setting, but who knows? If someone had told me in 1988 that I’d still be writing about Drizzt Do’Urden well into the 21st century, I’d have laughed at him. Now I just shrug and let the writing take me where it wants me to go, and that’s in no small part up to the readers.
 
Will there be any other new books and/or series that involve worlds or characters from previous series?
 
More Dark Elf books, to be sure. Those, DemonWars, and my work with 38 Studios seem to be keeping me quite busy of late, but there are other ones out there I’d like to pick up again, like Crimson Shadow (I miss Oliver!) and Spearwielders. And while there are some other stories I want to tell, I doubt I’ll create another fantasy world. But again, who knows?
 
You mentioned that you are involved with a new gaming company, 38 Studios. Any chance of The Ancient storyline being developed for this format?
 
There’s always a chance of that, but right now, 38 has a laser focus on the one big thing we’re trying to do very, very well. I’d tell you more, but….I won’t tell you more!
 
What are you currently working on?
 
I just finished The Pirate King, the next Drizzt book, coming out in September. I’m also consulting on the SPOOKS comics (the first issue blew off the shelves) and working on one other project that hasn’t been announced.  I’m very excited about that one, because I’m working with one of my sons. In a few years, I expect to hear readers telling me that he’s the better writer. That will be one of the proudest and happiest days of my life.
 
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DemonWars: First Heroes
Saga of the First King
R. A. Salvatore
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Collected together for the first time, Demonwars: First Heroes is the exciting start to New York Times–bestselling author R. A. Salvatore's Saga of the First...


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The Bear
Saga of the First King
R. A. Salvatore
Tor Fantasy

The war of Honce drags on, and the roads and seas are littered with bodies. To everyone’s stunned disbelief, Yeslnik the Fool has tipped the war’s scales in...


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The Dame
Saga of the First King
R. A. Salvatore
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The vast road network of Honce, completed a decade before, had brought great optimism to the people of the land. Commerce could travel more freely and so could...


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The Ancient
Saga of the First King
R. A. Salvatore
Tor Fantasy

A new adventure set in New York Times bestselling author R. A. Salvatore’s popular world of Corona


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The Highwayman
Saga of the First King
R. A. Salvatore
Tor Fantasy

An adventure set in a new time period in New York Times Bestselling author R. A. Salvatore’s popular world of Corona


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