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Graphic Audio Review: The DemonWars Saga: The Demon Apostle – Part I By R.A. Salvatore

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In this book, the final book of the trilogy, The Demon Apostle, Elbryan, also known as The Nightbird heads north along with Bradwarden and Juravial. They are tasked with taking back the Timberlands from the remaining monsters. Jilseponie has been drastically changed by the death of her adopted parents. She has a lot of built up anger and tends to take it out in fighting the various bands of evil creatures.

Pony has also found out that she is pregnant. Although Juravial encourages her to tell Elbryan, she refuses to until the Timberlands have been cleared. She doesn’t want Elbryan to be distracted in his work. It is for this reason that she decides to move south to the city of Palmaris until the spring. She does this mostly on the premise of trying to find out what has happened to Roger Lockless who hasn't been seen since the death of Baron Bilderbough.

Once again I was treated to a Graphic Audio performance that really brings you into the story. The combination of sound effects and artistic vocal performances creates what Graphic Audio calls a “Movie in your Mind” and that is truly what The DemonWars Saga: The Demon Apostle – Part I is.

Through his use of forbidden magic, Father Abbot Markwart has gained the power to transport himself to other locations. Over time this power has grown, and he can interact with the people there. He has begun to do this with Abbott De'Unnero at the abbey of Saint Precious quite a bit lately in an effort to help control the fight for power between the church and state.

While Markwart tolerates it somewhat, he is finding that De`Unnero seems to have become a little too assured of himself and trying to take his own control of the situation. With the death of the Baron, using some contrived emergency tactics, De`Unnero positions himself to become a Bishop. This is a title covering both church and state which means he has power over both.

The Abbot's right hand man, Brother Francis, is beginning to question some of the actions of Markwart as well as some of his own past actions. Add to that, Markwart is also beginning to change physically as well which is beginning to un-nerve some of the monks at St.Mere-Abelle.

In an effort to find Pony and the missing gemstones, the church, through Abbott De'Unnero, has issued an edict that all gemstones must be returned to the church. The church has sent guards in Palmaris out to find the stones as well as any friends of Avelyn Despris.

Brother Braumin has begun to instruct his followers in the ways of Avelyn and the teachings of the original Abellican church. He also begins telling them the stories of the trip to the island where the magic stones are collected. This is something that is forbidden to talk about, especially to younger monks, and something that could quickly get him burned at the stake.

The Demon Apostle has us asking what will happen to Pony in her search for Roger? Will Markwart and De`Unnero have a falling out? Will Markwart's power become too strong for even him to handle? Will Brother Francis' conscience become stronger than his support for Markwart? And will Brother Braumin be found as a heretic and be burned at the stake like his mentor Brother Jojonah was, snuffing out any hope for the Abellican church to regain its honor?

The quality of the story and performance are the reason that keeps me coming back to Graphic Audio products. By using a whole cast; over 20 performers, you don't get one person trying to sound like many different voices, you get unique individual characters. It is this that makes it great.

You can also check out some of their other series as well. If you want you can listen to a sample, or purchase the GraphicAudio Book from their on-line store.

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