A new episode in Feist's massively successful Riftwar saga.
From the endlessly inventive mind of one of fantasy's all-time greats comes a spellbinding new adventure featuring old favourites Jimmy, Locklear, and Pug.
It is nine years on from the aftermath of Sethanon. There has been peace awhile, and it's been needed. But news is feeding through to the people of the Kingdom of the Isles that deadly forces are stirring on the horizon. The bringer of the latest tidings is Gorath, a moredhel (dark elf).
The bloodletting has started. Nighthawks are murdering again. Politics is a dangerous, cut-throat game once more. At the root of all this unrest lie the mysterious machinations of a group of magicians known as The Six.
Meanwhile, renegade Tsurani gem smugglers, a rival criminal gang to the Mockers led by someone known only as The Crawler, and traitors to the crown are all conspiring to bring the Kingdom of the Isles to its knees.
©2015 Raymond E. Feist (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"File under guilty pleasure." (Guardian)
"Get in at the start of a master's new series." (Daily Sport)
"Well-written and distinctly above average...intelligent...intriguing." (Publishers Weekly)
"Epic scope...vivid imagination...a significant contribution to the growth of the field of fantasy." (Washington Post)
Any fan of the author or fantasy in general, will appreciate this book. Even if you are not familiar with the World of Midkemia, this serves as a good introduction to it. You will want more afterwards.
If you have played the video game to this book, this is an excellent way to relive the story and also gain more insight into it. As I listened, images from the game I played so many years ago came back to me. Lovely for nostalgia.
I did feel great sorrow at certain parts, no spoilers here, but i wished certain things could have been different. I grew to care about the characters and their well being very much.
In the beginning of my listening, I did feel Mr. Joyce was reading a bit slowly for my taste, had to speed it just a little bit, and that rounded things out for me in regards to the performance of Mr Joyce. 1.05x was my sweet spot.
"A very good story"
Gripping, reliable and well narrated
Plenty of characters and all well drawn, the story picks up threads in previous books
Peter Joyce is a wonderful narrator her manages to give each character an individuality.
No it was a ripping yarn thoroughly enjoyable
Although this story could be enjoyed as a stand alone book, I absolutely recommend reading the previous Riftwar Cycle books in order. At a minimum read the Serpent War trilogy. Armed with this prior reading, the relationships between both groups of people and individuals will be really clear.
This book was as enjoyable as all the others. It revolves around a plot of betrayal as the title suggests, but also focusses on the three different 'races' of elves; their reticence towards each other, and history. Both old characters, e.g. Pug, Squire Jimmy, Lochlear and new; Goran the moradell and a young untrained magician have adventures together. There are epic journeys, battles both physically and mentally testing. Some characters I grew to like got killed off. I always want all the goodies to pull through, but Feist never lets you have a good story without paying some emotional currency along the way. I'm purposely not giving detail so as not to spoil the book for others.
It's a good'n!! Just get it!!
"good book but not the best of his work"
was very good quality the story was good but hoping the following ones in the trilogy get better
About halfway through I looked at the reviews and saw that many people had said how poor it is. Apparently it was based on a video game and I shows. I have just listened to the whole Rift War books and have enjoyed them as much as when I read them years ago.
This is worse than by the numbers writing - I understand that books 2 and 3 are much better so perhaps Mr Feist just needed to get through the start as quickly as he could
Maybe a slight break before book 2 is needed
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