Books : reviews

Raymond E. Feist.
Krondor: Tear of the Gods.
HarperCollins. 2000

Raymond E. Feist, Joel Rosenberg.
Murder in LaMut.
Voyager. 2002

Raymond E. Feist, S. M. Stirling.
Jimmy the Hand.
Voyager. 2003

Raymond E. Feist.
Talon of the Silver Hawk.
Harper. 2002

Raymond E. Feist.
King of Foxes.
Harper. 2003

Raymond E. Feist.
Exile's Return.
Harper. 2004

Raymond E. Feist.
Flight of the Nighthawks.
Harper. 2005

Raymond E. Feist.
Into a Dark Realm.
Harper. 2006

Raymond E. Feist.
Wrath of a Mad God.
Harper. 2008

Raymond E. Feist.
Rides a Dread Legion.
Harper. 2009

A lost race of elves, the taredhel or ‘people of the stars’, have found a way across the universe to reach Midkemia. On their current home world, these elves are hard pressed by a ravaging demon horde, and what was once a huge empire has been reduced to a handful of survivors. The cornerstone of taredhel lore is the tale of their lost origins in the world they call simply ‘Home’, a place lost in the mists of time. Now they are convinced that Midkemia is that place, and they are coming to reclaim it.

Ruthless and arrogant, the taredhel intend to let nothing stand in their way; but before long, Pug and the Conclave realise that it’s not necessarily the elves, but the demon horde pursuing them where the true danger lies. And hanging over Pug always is the prophecy that he will be doomed to watch everyone he loves die before him…

Raymond E. Feist.
At the Gates of Darkness.
Harper. 2010

Recent events have devastated the Conclave of Shadows; the discovery of the demon horde on the heels of the taredhel invasion of Midkemia, the threat of the star elves themselves, and the terrible personal cost paid by Pug and his family.

But grieving must wait. At a deserted fortress in the Valley of Lost Men, the Conclave’s agents witness horror beyond their imagination, orchestrated by a familiar enemy. But Belasco’s motives are as yet unclear. The Conclave must regroup and discover the true meaning behind the chaos seeded by the evil magician if they are ever to find a way to stop the destruction of Triagia before the demon horde even arrives.

Raymond E. Feist.
A Kingdom Besieged.
Harper. 2011

The Darkness is coming…

Rumour and instability plague the Kingdom. Reports are flooding in of large forces mobilizing in the Keshian Confederacy – the likes of which haven’t been seen since before Pug and the Conclave of Shadows enforced peace.

As the men of the West answer the King’s call to muster, Martin conDoin – left as caretaker of Crydee Keep – will suddenly be confronted with the vanguard of an invading army. Left with old men and young boys, Martin must follow in the footsteps of his legendary ancestor, Prince Arutha, and stand firm against the coming invasion.

Massive events are about to unfold, events which threaten the future of all human life in Midkemia.

Raymond E. Feist.
A Crown Imperiled.
Harper. 2012

Enemies march across the realm wreaking havoc. Region by region, Midkemia is being ripped apart, and loyal spy Jim Dasher and his allies find themselves overpowered every turn. Meanwhile, palace coups threaten to topple the thrones of Roldem and Rillanon, as Lord Hal of Crydee and champion swordsman Ty Hawkins attempt to smuggle Princess Stephané and Lady Gabriella, her perplexing lady-in-waiting, out of Roldem to safety. But nowhere is safe, including Ylith, Midkemia’s strategic bastion, which faces an onslaught of brutal Keshian Dog Soldiers and a mysterious force from beneath the sea. And if Ylith falls, all is lost.

But there is still a slim hope, as the magician Pug and the Conclave of Shadows undertake a magical quest to reveal the dark force that’s orchestrating Midkemia’s destruction…

Raymond E. Feist.
Magicians End.
Harper. 2013

As it began, so shall it end—in magic, mystery, and majesty…

An uneasy quiet has settled upon Midkemia in the wake of a surprise invasion. But the land is far from peaceful. Leaderless, the Kingdom is on the brink of anarchy and civil war, unless Hal conDoin, Duke of Crydee, and his brothers can rally their allies to crown a new king.

Yet the bravery of determined warriors—brothers in blood and arms—is not enough to ensure the Kingdom’s preservation without the magic of the Master Sorcerer Pug. But to save Midkemia—and everything he has fought for and all he cherishes—Pug will have to pay the ultimate price.

A breathtaking tale of elves and men, love and hate, ambition and sacrifice, intrigue and brotherhood, war and peace, Magician’s End is the final volume in Raymond E. Feist’s epic Riftwar Cycle, and brilliantly captures the essence of life and the eternal struggle for survival.