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A Kingdom Besieged A Kingdom Besieged by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
In more ways than one, the author has zipped up his boots and gone back to his roots. There are plenty of references, some subtle some a slap across the chops, to past fan favourites. Parallels, both natural feeling and a little forced, are drawn with favourite plot lines and vintage characters. There is a deliberate sense of history repeating in terms of what these characters are doing, but Feist neatly sidesteps the trap of writing them as if they were no more than alternate takes.

At the Gates of Darkness At the Gates of Darkness by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
As long-time readers of Raymond E. Feist's works will know, his original Riftwar Trilogy contained a middle book. Silverthorn, which was considerably smaller than either the first or last books in the sequence, acted as a bridging device. It wasn't quite an epic in its own right, and had the feeling it could easily have been tacked on to the end of the first book or the beginning of the third. If only space had permitted. At the Gates of Darkness does a similar job.

Rides A Dread Legion Rides A Dread Legion by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
Set ten years after the events portrayed in Wrath of a Mad God, the book introduces yet another cataclysmic threat to Midkemia. A lost tribe of elves, the taredhel or people of the stars, are facing annihilation by a demon horde. Just in time, they find a way back to the place they consider to be their ancestral home; Midkemia.

Wrath of a Mad God Wrath of a Mad God by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
Instead of Zorro-style swordsmen as central protagonists, the author has reverted to the formula that began his success, and dusted down the magic. The result was a small renaissance, rekindling past glories, alongside the best enemy that the author has created in twenty years. These were the Dasati; a wholly militaristic alien society, where casual cruelty is seen as the social norm, and any weakness as an abhorrence to be swiftly and fatally terminated.

Into A Dark Realm Into A Dark Realm by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
In book two of the Darkwar sequence, we follow Pug, Nakor, Magnus and Ralan Bek, as they prepare and ultimately journey into the heart of darkness that is the Dasati home world. Running in parallel with this is a riveting tale centred around a Dasati youth named Valko. There's an evil sparkle here, brighter and hotter than any of his works since the Magician trilogy.

Flight of the Nighthawks Flight of the Nighthawks by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
This book claims to be the first book of Darkwar, a brand new series, but directly continues the adventures begun in the three books that comprise the Conclave of Shadows sequence. As series readers know, there are two problems troubling the Conclave, one of which threatens the entire world of Midkemia. The greater threat is posed by the Talnoy, alien killing machines powered by trapped souls, or so it is thought. Thousands of them have been found in a cave on the continent of Novindus.

King of Foxes King of Foxes by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
Talwin Hawkins a fully formed, remade man. From his origin as a boy in a tribe not unlike Native Americans, he was now submerged under a constructed persona. A combination of the Flashing Blade and Jimmy the Hand, with a dash of Casanova. The story still revolves and evolves around one man. The disadvantage of this is that it makes Talwin Hawkins very obviously indispensable.

Talon of the Silver Hawk Talon of the Silver Hawk by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
The book starts with Talon, a young boy on the edge of manhood in a nation not unlike the Apache. The only survivor of a genocide, as far as he knows, Talon is taken under the protective wing of those allied with the Conclave of Shadows. He grows to manhood and, through a series of events, takes on an new identity, that of the man known as Talwin Hawkins.

Exile's Return Exile's Return by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Nathan Brazil
Kaspar, the deposed Duke of Olasko, is in big trouble. Dumped on the other side of the world, in the Novindus desert, Kaspar is captured by a group of nomadic tribesmen. Escaping, Kaspar struggles and sweats his way to civilisation. While attempting to reach the major port of Novindus, he meets a small group of traders, also on their way back to Midkemia. Their venture has been broken by bad luck, and only four of the original thirty remain. We learn that things began to go bad when they acquired a strange, sealed suit of black armour.

Prince of the Blood Prince of the Blood by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Chris Przybyszewski
This was the author's blockbuster set in the Kingdom of the Isles. The tale was one of coming of age, of court intrigue, of betrayal, and of faith in those friends one finds along the way. It seemed to recapture that magic of the Riftwar series that sealed the author's fame. He has only rewritten one other of his novels, Magician: Apprentice.

Krondor: Tear of the Gods Krondor: Tear of the Gods by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
What is astonishing is the ambition that it took the author to actually insert the tale within his well-known series. In effect, he rewrote history. But, he's done so almost seamlessly, to the point where it's possible to read the saga in chronological or published order without any major continuity flaws. Sure there may be anomalies, but it would take a careful (or perhaps overly serious) reader to really notice them.

Krondor: The Assassins Krondor: The Assassins by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
Filling in some of the history that occurred between the Riftwar Saga and the Serpentwar Saga, this novel tells of the rise of the Crawler, a shadowy, violent rival of the Mockers, Krondor's thieves guild. While investigating the cause of a rising number of murders in Krondor, Jimmy the Hand uncovers something much more sinister...

Krondor the Betrayal Krondor the Betrayal by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
It is a tale that takes place just after the Riftwar Saga. The Brotherhood of the Dark Path once again threatens the Kingdom. The story quickly becomes much more complex as seemingly unconnected events in Krondor and elsewhere start to reveal a sinister plot.

Serpentwar Saga Serpentwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
Wayne found the most interesting aspect of the saga is how Feist starts out with a simple plot, the evil Emerald Queen is trying to take over the world, and slowly sculpts the story into something totally different. He lays out then turns several long-held Midkemian truths completely around.

Rage of a Demon King Rage of a Demon King by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Todd Richmond
This novel shows off many of Feist's talents. It shows his ability to develop characters and make you care about their fate. His talent for conveying the quiet desperation of doomed men and their calm resolve as they meet their end. And it shows his belief that even men of humble beginnings can achieve greatness.

Shards of a Broken Crown Shards of a Broken Crown by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Wayne MacLaurin
Feist has spent years creating the fascinating world of Midkemia, in which strong, likeable characters contine to explore and develop. This novel concludes the Serpentwar Saga, Feist's latest fantasy epic. The Kingdom of the Isles is in sorry shape after the Novindian invasion and the royal forces must regroup and attempt to retake their lost lands. Meanwhile, the King of the Bitter Sea is making noises about taking the burnt-out remains of Krondor...

Shards of a Broken Crown Shards of a Broken Crown by Raymond E. Feist
reviewed by Steven H Silver
Feist has spent years creating the fascinating world of Midkemia, in which strong, likeable characters contine to explore and develop. This novel concludes the Serpentwar Saga, Feist's latest fantasy epic. The Kingdom of the Isles is in sorry shape after the Novindian invasion and the royal forces must regroup and attempt to retake their lost lands. Meanwhile, the King of the Bitter Sea is making noises about taking the burnt-out remains of Krondor...

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