At the Gates of Darkness

Book Two of the Demonwar Saga
Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
Series: Riftwar Cycle, Book 28, The Demonwar Saga, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (245 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Ten years after the terrible Darkwar finally ended, catastrophe once again threatens to engulf Midkemia and Kelewan, as the demon hordes continue their relentless quest to infiltrate this realm of magic and wonder….

To protect their world from the savage demon hordes, the Black Sorcerer Pug and Midkemia’s clandestine protectors, the Conclave of Shadows, forged an uneasy alliance of formidable magical talents. Together, this brave band of wizards, demon masters, warriors, and elves defeated the brutal Demon King Maarg and turned back the onrushing death tide. But Maarg’s fall has not stopped the demonic onslaught, and danger now looms greater than ever before.

Amid the barren ridges of the Valley of Lost Men, in the shadows of an ancient Keshian fortress, the fearsome demon Dahun and the mad necromancer Belasco have joined forces, creating an unstoppable union of deathly black magics that even Pug and a united Conclave may not be strong enough to withstand. Battling the Demon Legion has taken a heavy blood toll on the valiant and dedicated magician, claiming the lives of nearly all those he loves. Though he is racked by despair and rage, Pug knows that the time for mourning must wait.

Putting aside his pain, he and the Conclave and their allies the cold-blooded master spy Jim Dasher; the fearsome young Knight Adamant Sandreena; her former lover the necromancer Amirantha; two renegade Star Elves; and Pug’s surviving son, Magnus must marshal their resources against this latest threat. None can forget the dozens of worlds overrun by the demon plague and the millions of dead left behind in their wake.

At the gates of darkness, where shadows hide even deeper shadows, these magical defenders will face what is sure to be the bloodiest, nastiest fight their land has ever seen. And as evil, mayhem, and dark magic are unleashed, none can predict if they and Midkemia itself will survive.

©2010 Raymond E. Feist (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great Book OK Narrator

As usual Feist brings his best. My only criticism is I thought it ended abrubtly even knowing there would be a book 3. Richard Ferrone, the reader here is much less able than the reader for book one; John Meagher. Characters become much less interesting and harder to tell apart. Pronunciations are different than what I and Meagher thought them to be.

I still give it 5 stars due to my un-dieing love for FEIST

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Somewhat tedious

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if they had already read the other books, and the first book of this series.

What did you like best about this story?

Too much detail in battles, I don't need to hear about every blow. Almost seems as if the book is being padded out with excess words.
The ending just leads into the next series.

What didn’t you like about Richard Ferrone’s performance?

I didn't like the narration, and he pronounces some of the names so differently I thought they were different people for a while.

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It just keeps getting worse

Feist is one of my favorite authors. I have read all of his books through Magicians End. I have been purchasing the audible versions of these books and the narrators keep getting worse with each change. This author is, by far, the worst one so far. As much as I did not like Meagher, Richard Ferrone is even worse. I love the story but the mispronunciations, dragging narration and no variation between characters is horrible. And as much as Meagher sped through the last book, Ferrone is reading like he is in mud. To the story, I love these books and this one is no let down when I read it but this narrator is really ruining the book for me. I don't have time to sit around and read so I listen to Audible while I work instead of music. I am looking at all the money I have wasted on poor narration of really good books.

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No third book

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What could Raymond E. Feist have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

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What character would you cut from At the Gates of Darkness?

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Series changed reader

Would you try another book from Raymond E. Feist and/or Richard Ferrone?

The story is awesome as I expect from any book written by Raymond E. Feist.

The series changed narrators, this narrator doesn't know the names of some of the characters and his voice is completely different from the previous narrator.

I will never buy another book narrated by Richard Ferrone.