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The Highwayman 

The Highwayman (2004)
(The first book in the Saga of the First King series)
A novel by R A Salvatore

 
The Barnes & Noble Review
R. A. Salvatore, renowned for his classic Forgotten Realms novels as well as his bestselling DemonWars saga, returns to his signature world of Corona with a brilliant new fantasy series that incorporates a hero to rival Drizzt Do'Urden, the scimitar-wielding dark elf featured in dozens of Salvatore's Forgotten Realms tales.

The Highwayman takes place centuries before the Demon Wars ravaged the realm. The land of Corona is still wild frontier: roaming bands of bloodthirsty red cap dwarves plague the roadways, egotistical princes fight amongst each other for political supremacy, and two very different religions -- the brutal polytheistic Samhaism and the magical, gem-empowered Church of the Blessed Abelle -- struggle for dominance amongst the masses.

When Bran Dynard, a brother of the Blessed Abelle, returns home after ten years discipleship in a faraway desert realm, he is a changed man. Not only has he married a beautiful, dark-skinned native of Behr, he has been enlightened by Behr's faith, the Jhesta Tu -- a Taoist-like religion of introspection that involves centering one's life energy. But when Bran and his pregnant wife reach the Chapel of Pryd and meet with its leaders, he isn't seen as an enlightened champion returning home but as a heretic. His dark-skinned wife is considered a beast and their marriage an abomination.

Bran and his wife are demonized, and both eventually lose their lives; but their child -- a fragile, handicapped boy named Bransen -- is somehow saved. When Bransen matures, he is uncoordinated, stutters, and is unmercifully mocked by the townspeople. But when he gets his hands on the magical gems of the Abelle church, something amazing happens.

The Highwayman is archetypal Salvatore: crackling with masterful characterization, action-packed plotlines, riveting battle sequences, and surprises around every turn. Look out, Drizzt, here comes the Highwayman!Paul Goat Allen

Genre: Fantasy
 
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Hardback Editions

April 2009 : Library Binding
Title: The Highwayman
Author(s): R. A. Salvatore
ISBN: 1439565090 / 9781439565094
Publisher:
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March 2005 : Library Binding
Title: The Highwayman (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): R. A. Salvatore
ISBN: 141780629X / 9781417806294 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback
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February 2004 : Hardback
Title: The Highwayman: A Novel of Corona
Author(s): R. A. Salvatore
ISBN: 1593150164 / 9781593150167 (USA edition)
Publisher: CDS Books
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Paperback Editions

January 2014 : Paperback
Title: The Highwayman
Author(s): R. A. Salvatore
ISBN: 1447261364 / 9781447261360
Publisher: Tor
Availability: Amazon UK   

June 2009 : Paperback
Title: The Highwayman
Author(s): R. A. Salvatore
ISBN: 0330461656 / 9780330461658 (UK edition)
Publisher: Tor
Availability: Amazon CA   Amazon UK   Amazon   

October 2007 : Mass Market Paperback
Title: The Highwayman (Saga of the First King)
Author(s): R. A. Salvatore
ISBN: 0765358700 / 9780765358707 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon   Amazon CA   

February 2005 : Mass Market Paperback
Title: The Highwayman
Author(s): R. A. Salvatore
ISBN: 1593152140 / 9781593152147 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vanguard Press
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Audio Editions

August 2012 : Audio CD
Title: Saga of the First King 1 The Highwayman (The Saga of the First King)
Author(s): R. A. Salvatore
ISBN: 1599508893 / 9781599508894 (USA edition)
Publisher: GraphicAudio
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

November 2010 : Kindle edition
Title: The Highwayman
Author(s): R. A. Salvatore
ISBN: B004E9T0J0
Publisher: Tor
Availability: Amazon UK   

October 2007 : Kindle edition
Title: The Highwayman (Saga of the First King)
Author(s): R. A. Salvatore
ISBN: B00452VF5S
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
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