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Exile's Return

Conclave of Shadows, Book 3
Narrated by: Peter Joyce
Series: Conclave of Shadows, Book 3, Riftwar Cycle, Book 23
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
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The penultimate volume in the Conclave of Shadows series from worldwide best-selling author Raymond E. Feist. Featuring one of the most fascinating characters and scenarios ever created in the genre, the series promises to become one of the great all-time classics in the field.

Once absolute ruler of his nation, Kaspar, former duke of Olasko, has been cast into exile. Abandoned in the wilds of a continent on the other side of the world and left with nothing but his wits and determination, he must fight merely to survive. Armed with guile, cunning, and an iron will, he starts his odyssey with a single goal: to return to his home and avenge himself upon the man who cast him down, Talwin Hawkins.

But fate has other plans for Kaspar, and as he struggles against adversity he encounters dangers greater than any he had imagined. More is at stake than he realized, and Kaspar is but a single player in a far greater game than he imagined, for pitted against the Conclave of Shadows are the agents of the Dark Empire, a looming menace that threatens not only Kaspar's homeland but the entire world of Midkemia.

©2015 Raymond E. Feist (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"Feist's plot races along at break-neck speed...distressingly addictive." ( Guardian)
"File under guilty pleasure". ( Guardian)

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loved it!

loved every second! still on of my favourate sagas. wish this would be turned into film

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-25-17

Brilliant

One of the best books by this author! Great story, love the development of the characters.

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  • M
  • 03-31-15

superb writing and reading

Once again a great story with wonderful narration and characterisation..
listed to loads of stories but Peter Joyce is without doubt the best I have come across
trouble is I am running out of raymond e fiest books...

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  • Antonio Goard
  • 10-08-19

A Good End To An Alright Series

I had read some reviews saying the Conclave series was a real step down in terms of quality however I thought this book ended the series well and I found myself to be gripped enough to want to listen to the next chapter immediately. I liked the fact that the story was from an alternative character’s perspective as it provided a fresh approach to telling the story of this universe.

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  • MB
  • 10-04-18

Great storyline and performance

The storyline is interesting and intriguing with some twists and turns amidst magic, action and fantastical worlds brimming with imagination and strange creatures. The author uses a combination of ancient mythology, New Age influences and his own version of imaginary constructs to build an eschatology. The author obviously struggles with spirtual reality. The higher moral values are certainly an improvement on the last two volumes. I was beginning to see Kasper, the Duke as a projection of the author's own self for most of the third volume is centered on him.

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  • Paul
  • 02-15-18

Confusing voices in first act.

In the first act of the story, Kasper sounded very similar to other characters and made it difficult to follow at times. Story was pretty good but for a third book to a trilogy offered no explaination why tal was chosen to be the talon of his people.

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  • Denea
  • 10-21-16

Wonderful

As always great story. I just wish that Peter Joyce had taken the time to research the characters and pronounce the names of people and places properly.

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  • Samuel
  • 04-08-16

Simply brilliant

I love the way feist writes. Always leaving the details to the reader while focussing on the main points lets the listener create the image of the story in our own mind. The set piece scenes reinforce the characters development in a way that even the most despicable characters become ones that you are glad to see return in the plot.

Strongly recommend. I hope there's a tv series upcoming with these books.

The reader is great also, alternating the voices so you can easily slip into the world without having to closely follow the conversations. Great for if you are doing something which sporadically detaches your concentration from the audiobook. Definitely recommend a purchase!!!