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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (903 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: R. A. Salvatore Narrator: Erik Singer Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2008 ISBN:
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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.

Branson 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 explored in Salvatore's best-selling Demon Wars saga. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/20/2014

    " I did read the whole book so I gave it a 2; but too much fighting for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Muriel | 2/15/2014

    " Love this series so far "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 2/6/2014

    " I tried really hard. I did. But I just couldn't get into this one. Sorry, Salvatore. I wanted to love this book, just like I loved "The Highwayman." I hung in there for some 60-odd pages, and nothing. No spark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Cadoff | 2/6/2014

    " Much better than Volume #1 and that was good! A little smarmy on the poor, poor pitiful me stuff, but overcame it with the action. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabe | 1/13/2014

    " this book was good for adventure peoples. it has a good story line and i liked it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 1/11/2014

    " I found this book to be better than the first one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Keller | 12/20/2013

    " a very good storyline, still awlays a good fantasy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wyatt | 12/3/2013

    " Still about the Highwayman saving the day. There are some really embarrasing scenes and some that should not be said. Magic, trickery, swordplay, sex (doesn't need to be there), and comical parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mickey DeCicco | 11/28/2013

    " If it's anything like the Highwayman then it's sure to be great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corey | 10/26/2013

    " My first R.A. Salvatore novel...and to be honest if it wasn't for the character of the Highwayman, it might have been my last. The Highwayman was the only thing I really liked about this book, the rest were just...kind of there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard | 9/1/2013

    " not as good as the first "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Curt | 7/10/2013

    " Another great addition to the tales of the highwayman. I really enjoy R.A. writing style and find his books very easy to read and hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Calum | 5/15/2012

    " Follows on from the Highwayman,the Ancient in question being an evil magic user with deadly ambition! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 4/8/2012

    " As good as the Highwayman. Not sure why everyone was putting it down as slow and boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Keith | 11/17/2011

    " It was ok. Fantasy schlock, which assumed a loooottttt of tropes. Lacks any exposition, really. Kind of sad, since I remember liking (as a kid) all those Forgotten Realms series he did. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Huff | 9/7/2011

    " my wife got me a signed copy of this one. my favorite author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 9/6/2011

    " It took a while for the plot to come together, but it did really well in the end. I enjoyed the writing style and the characters. The main character is excellently flawed and also amazing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather Ingemar | 5/24/2011

    " I tried really hard. I did. But I just couldn't get into this one. Sorry, Salvatore. I wanted to love this book, just like I loved "The Highwayman." I hung in there for some 60-odd pages, and nothing. No spark. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Debi | 5/10/2011

    " One of the few books I have ever abandoned in my life; I read the first 60 pages and just found it too annoying to go on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Curt | 2/27/2011

    " Another great addition to the tales of the highwayman. I really enjoy R.A. writing style and find his books very easy to read and hard to put down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Muriel | 2/26/2011

    " Love this series so far "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devon | 1/20/2011

    " What can I say? I love a good hero with faults, and that is all fantasy. Goodread indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 12/27/2010

    " Much better than Volume #1 and that was good! A little smarmy on the poor, poor pitiful me stuff, but overcame it with the action. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cynthia | 9/18/2010

    " I did read the whole book so I gave it a 2; but too much fighting for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 8/21/2010

    " Drizzt in different clothing - I suppose that's as good a way as any to describe the Highwayman, the main character in this story.

    Still, I was quite pleased with the story and will end up buying and reading the other books in the series, I'm sure.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Calum | 10/13/2009

    " Follows on from the Highwayman,the Ancient in question being an evil magic user with deadly ambition! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 itpdx | 1/9/2009

    " An interesting story. A theme examining religions, religious intolerance, and, of course, good and evil.
    The author uses some awkward plot points to present background information and his blow-by-blow descriptions of hand-to-hand combats was tiresome to me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Heather | 12/25/2008

    " I tried really hard. I did. But I just couldn't get into this one. Sorry, Salvatore. I wanted to love this book, just like I loved "The Highwayman." I hung in there for some 60-odd pages, and nothing. No spark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabe | 9/12/2008

    " this book was good for adventure peoples. it has a good story line and i liked it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mickey | 7/14/2008

    " If it's anything like the Highwayman then it's sure to be great. "

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About the Author

R. A. Salvatore was born in Massachusetts in 1959. He is the acclaimed author of the Demon Wars trilogy—The Demon Awakens, The Demon Spirit, and The Demon Apostle—as well as Mortalis, Bastion of Darkness, Ascendance, and the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife and their three children.

About the Narrator

Erik Singer’s theatrical credits include the title role in The Hostage (off Broadway), A Life in the Theatre, Greetings!, and national tours of Othello and The Taming of the Shrew. He has also appeared on All My Children and As the World Turns, and was the voice of Vincent van Gogh in the A&E Biography about Van Gogh and Gauguin. His audiobook narration has twice won him the AudioFile Earphones Award.