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The first volume in legendary master and New York Times best-selling author Raymond E. Feist’s epic heroic fantasy series, The Firemane Saga - an electrifying tale of two young men whose choices will determine a world’s destiny.

For centuries, the five greatest kingdoms of North and South Tembria, twin continents on the world of Garn, have coexisted in peace. But the balance of power is destroyed when four of the kingdoms violate an ancient covenant and betray the fifth: Ithrace, the Kingdom of Flames, ruled by Steveren Langene, known as "the Firemane" for his brilliant red hair. As war engulfs the world, Ithrace is destroyed, and the Greater Realms of Tembria are thrust into a dangerous struggle for supremacy.

As a Free Lord, Baron Daylon Dumarch owes allegiance to no king. When an abandoned infant is found hidden in Daylon’s pavilion, he realizes that the child must be the missing heir of the slain Steveren. The boy is valuable - and vulnerable. A cunning and patient man, Daylon decides to keep the baby’s existence secret, and sends him to be raised on the Island of Coaltachin, home of the so-called Kingdom of Night, where the powerful and lethal Nocusara, the "Hidden Warriors", legendary assassins and spies, are trained.

Years later, another orphan of mysterious provenance, a young man named Declan, earns his Masters rank as a weapons smith. Blessed with intelligence and skill, he unlocks the secret to forging King’s Steel, the apex of a weapon maker’s trade known by very few. Yet this precious knowledge is also deadly, and Declan is forced to leave his home to safeguard his life. Landing in Lord Daylon’s provinces, he hopes to start anew.

Soon, the two young men - an unknowing rightful heir to a throne and a brilliantly talented young swordsmith - will discover that their fates, and that of Garn, are entwined. The legendary, long-ago War of Betrayal has never truly ended...and they must discover the secret of who truly threatens their world.

©2018 Raymond E. Feist (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Feist takes his writing to the next level

Having read all of Feist’s Rift War sagas I anticipated the release of his new book. Feist did not disappoint. The story has an excellent pace and weaves the main characters together brilliantly. World building has always been a strength of Feist’s, but I find the characters drawing my attention in this book. His previous works seemed to have cardboard characters but now they feel like real flawed people with depth. Often I found it difficult to decipher which characters were important due to how well rounded they all were.

By the time I finished the book I was drawn in and invested with all the characters. My only regret is finishing the book the same week it was released. I will patiently await the next installment, for it will clearly be worth waiting for.

Other authors I enjoy are Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch, Rothfuss and Martin( despite lack of finishing the sagas they started), Larry Correia, Jim butcher, and Mitchell Hogan.

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beginning of a new classic

I first read feist back when I was a young man, I though there was no way for a second series that rivaled the rift war series! I was wrong, this first book had everything that the rift war series had and more, but unlike the rift war saga it unique enough to be totally different! heros, heroines, villains, and your average man are abound in this new book. if you loved Pug and the whole rift wat saga then this is a must get! you want be disappointed!

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A solid return

I was worried about returning to Feist after reading literally every Riftwar Novel he put out. I felt I'd seen everything he can do and had gotten fatigued with his writing after 30 some odd books. This is a very solid return for him and is certainly worth your time.

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  • Jamie
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  • 08-27-18

Can’t wait for the next installment!

A great story line and leaves me wanting more. Well written, well read. I would welcome the chance to recommend this book/series.

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not midkemia

This new book is a story all its own, new characters, new lands, and new evils.
i did not excpect a new world and honestly i was taken aback by it, but as always Raymond has drawn me in again. after reading EVERYTHING he has written, i can honestly say, i was NOT disappointed!!!
if you like Feist, this is a great read

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perfect everything !!! loved it and look forward

perfect everything !!! loved it and look forward to the next volume. high recommendation from me.

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A start of another great series by Feist!

There are great authors who write books you can’t put down. Feist is one of them! I have read, or listened to all of his stories starting in 1992. Whether reading or listening I can’t stop until the book is done! I was not disappointed with this one! Can’t wait for the next!

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  • Ken
  • Chicago, IL
  • 09-03-18

Familiar tropes but still well written

Feist once again takes the listener to a new world with Arthurian influences. This is the origin story of orphans who will undoubtedly rise to the ranks of heroes through fate, magic and the blessings of gods. It's not a new approach and the reliance on lineage, bastard or not, is a little wearisome. However, Feist's voice has always been a well-heeled one in this genre - never droning on minutia and yet not skipping on details to paint the scene. I did have one plot quibble but won't spoil here.

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Missed this!

I was a Raymond E Feist fan from the Riftwar Saga, and was beyond excited to see he had produced a new series. It is definitely a build up to a larger plot (What else would you expect from him?), but it did not disappoint. The narrator did an excellent job bringing all of the characters to life and setting the scene. Didn't want it to end!

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Great book

Great book by my all time favorite epic author. World building at its best with very complex plot over very long story lines. Glad to see a new Story by Feist