Del Rey, May 2002, 26.95, 448 pp.
Although the demon Bestebulziir was defeated in the Demon War, the elves paid a very heavy price for that win. Their beloved land is demon stained and that rot is spreading, threatening to displace them from their home. In the event that this event should comes to pass, the eleven leader Lady Dassleron is determined that the To-goi should once more be in charge of their native land.
Presently, the To-goi is a subjugated race under their Behrenese masters. Brynn Pharielle, eleven trained as a warrior, saw her parents killed by the Behrenese when she was only a child. She burns to free her homeland from its oppressors. She soon finds herself gaining some very powerful and unusual allies, both mundane and magical to go against an army led by a man who is several centuries old, both in age and military wisdom.
TRANSCENDENCE is epic fantasy at its finest. The heroine, a determined woman who perseveres despite the many obstacles thrown in her path. That makes her a role model and a very likable character. Her courage and conviction enable her to insinuate herself into the hearts of the audience. R.A. Salvatore has crafted such a believable world that readers will find themselves fantasizing that elves and dragons exist on our Earth.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner