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 them.
Bransen becomes the link between the wars, and if he fails, all who live on the lake will perish, and all of northern Honce will fall under the shadow of the merciless and vengeful Samhaists.
The Ancient is part of the Saga of the First King, a four-book series that chronicles the early days of Corona, the same world as Salvatore’s bestselling DemonWars saga.
“Salvatore excels in world-building and creating complex, introspective characters who triumph through wit and determination as well as skill in open combat.”
--Library Journal on R. A. Salvatore
""Bob Salvatore always makes the most fantastic seem real. His heroes become friends we care about, and his foes fascinate.""
--Ed Greenwood on R. A. Salvatore
“Salvatore's strongest fantasy to date. [His] potent mixture of detailed historical context, well-rounded characters (including secondary figures torn by conflicted loyalties to their church and state), brisk pacing and exciting battle scenes make for a consuming read.”
--Publishers Weekly on The Demon Apostle
“Lacks nothing in pacing and well-handled battle scenes. This is his most ambitious book to date.”
--Booklist on The Demon Awakens
“Mortalis is Salvatore at his best--and even better.”
--New York Times bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole