The Demon Spirit

Elbryan and Pony- soulmates from childhood who grew even closer over time- fervently hope that the tide of darkness is at last receding from the land of Corona. After all, the wise and reverant monk Avelyn Desbris has sacrificed his life to destroy the demon dactyl. Yet if evil is on the retreat, why are hordes of goblins and bloody-capped powries slashing their way ever-deper into civilized lands?

With the mighty magic of the gemstones that are Avelyn's legacy, Pony and the Ranger Elbryan battle back the tide of human-hating goblins and other monsters of corruption. But each victory carries a human price. Each hard-fought battle leaves the heroes more velnerable to treachery within the ranks of their comrades- and to the perplexing indifference of the elves who had once been their staunchiest allies.

But an even more sinister threat looms over Corona, for the power of the dactyl was never entirely vanquished by Avelyn's sacrifice. Instead, its darkness has infiltrated the most sacred of places- as a once-admired spiritual leader rededicates his life to the most vicious, most insidious revenge against the forces of good. And with the gemstones within his grasp, there may be no stopping the spread of the malignant evil...

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Copyright 1998 by R.A. Salvatore. Published in the U.S. by Ballantine publishing group. A Del Rey Book- a division of Random House.

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