Book Reviews

Book Review: Wrath of a Mad God, by Raymond E. Feist.

What This Book is About…

To save the future of both empires, the powerful sorcerer Pug and the Conclave of Shadows have journeyed into the darkest of terrain: the Dasati home world. There, traveling undercover among the bloodthirsty and ruthless Dasati, they have encountered Bek, a disturbing young stranger whose secrets may prove more important than Pug knows.

And back in the realm of Midkemia, as the young warriors Tad, Zane, and their friends protect the Kingdom from raiders, Miranda finds herself a prisoner of the Dasati, and, even more ominously, of Pug’s nemesis, the evil sorcerer Leso Varen. And Pug finds himself allied with a friend thought long dead, a friend whose remarkable powers will be sorely needed in the battle to come . . . a battle that will bring them all together in one great struggle for the future and very soul of Midkemia.

What I Thought…

Another amazing novel to add to an ever growing series. If you enjoy epic fantasy then this book is a definite must read. Raymond E Feist is a fantastic author and doesn’t at all fall short in this book.

As always Pug’s character is one of my most favourites. It’s as though the lands just can’t be saved in the right way unless Pug has a hand in it. However in this book he is much needed to destroy the hateful Leso Varen. of purse it isn’t as easy as just killing him with a knife, but as always Pug and the Conclave manage to succeed in the most adventurous way.

Overall, I believe anyone interested in the fantasy genre would kick themselves for not diving into this series. I give the book a rating of 9.5 /10 stars.

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Book Review: Into a Dark Realm, by Raymond E. Feist.

What This Book is About…

The Conclave of Shadows has foiled the Nighthawks’ attempt to plunge the Empire of Great Kesh into civil war and now has undertaken to stamp out the Guild of Assassins, root and branch. But as the brotherhood of murder is being obliterated, Pug and his allies are confronted with an even more dire question: where is Leso Varen? They discover that the mad sorcerer has taken refuge on the world of Kelewan, among the most powerful men and women of that empire, the Magicians of the Assembly. Pug also learns that the massive hordes of the Dasati―the most vicious group of assassins he has ever known―is poised to make a joint invasion of both Kelewan and Midkemia.

To save the future of both empires, Pug and the Conclave of Shadows must journey into another realm of reality, into the darkest realm they have ever encountered: the Dasati home world!

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What I Thought…

Wow! What a fantastic addition. Every time I’m sure that there couldn’t possibly more, there it appears. This time Pug and Magnus have a difficult journey to defeat Leso Varen. This being one of the most difficult tasks Pug and his followers have ever faced.

As each book continues to prove, Raymond E Feist has an elegant writing style that is read easily and difficult to stop once started. Each character is well defined and for avid readers of these novels are almost alive in how they peak readers imagination.

Overall I feel this book would be good for readers in the young adult age group onward. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the Fantasy Fiction genre. I give this book a rating of 9/10 stars.

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Book Review: Flight of the Nighthawks, by Raymond E. Feist.

What This Book is About…

Flight of Nighthawks picks up two years after Exile’s Return as Pug, the powerful sorcerer, awakens from a nightmare that portends destruction for all of Midkemia. Disturbed by his dream, Pug calls for a convening of the Conclave of Shadows.

Meanwhile, in a small town on the other side of Midkemia, two young brothers are coming of age. As they travel away from home, towards apprenticeships and adulthood, the boys are attacked by bandits and mistakenly transported to Sorcerer’s Isle, the home of the Conclave of Shadows.

Though they are untrained and unready, the brothers will join the powerful, mysterious Conclave to confront Midkemia’s most looming evil yet―the Nighthawks, assassins feared throughout the centuries. And Pug will face his old nemesis, the evil wizard formerly known as Sidi, now Leso Varen, in a confrontation with everything at stake: his honor, his life, and the future of Midkemia.

What I Thought…

As with all of this epic series, Flight of the Night Hawks is a fantastic novel with adventure and intrigue galore. My favourite characters return to fight for Midkemia and keep it safe yet again, and do so in a way that kept me reading much later into the night than I should have! As always, Pug is at the centre of the turmoil desperately trying to keep everyone safe and alive, and with him Miranda, Nacor, and a variety of new names join the cause.

As with all of Raymond E. Feist’s books, this one was well written and wonderful to read. Each character is portrayed elegantly and the storyline is fresh and clean, which makes this book difficult to put down yet again! And now that I have finished it I can’t wait to read the next one.

Overall, this book has been a pleasure to read and I definitely would recommend it to anyone interested in the fantasy fiction genre. I feel anyone from young adult up would find an interest in this book. I give this book a rating of 9/10 stars.

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Book Review: Exiles Return, by Raymond E. Feist.

What This Book is About…

Tal Hawkins has succeeded in wreaking revenge on Kaspar, the evil Duke of Olasko. Banished to a distant land, Kaspar begins a journey that will take him halfway around the world. Reduced to the role of farm-hand, then common laborer, the former ruler endures dangers and horrors beyond his imagination as he struggles to return home.

But fate, or some dark agency, has more in store for the man who was once tyrant of Olasko. As he travels, he is chosen to play a part in a much larger drama, a struggle between good and evil ages in the making. Dark powers are again in motion, and Kaspar discovers the herald of a threat not seen across the land since the legendary Riftwar and Serpentwar: A dark empire in a distant realm seeks entrance to Midkemia and Kaspar has unwittingly discovered the key. Now it is up to this unlikely hero to save Midkemia from the threat of unconditional defeat―and utter destruction.

What I thought…

Things have changed for Kasper. It’s not an easy existence if your not backed with names and wealth. In fact Kasper not only shows resilience to harsh conditions, he appears to grow personally also. The ideals he once lived by no longer consume him as they once did, as his paths cross with people on a different land to his home.

A well written novel, this book I found to be the most intriguing of the series. Kaspers,growth really captures my attention and I am in quiet awe of his achievements. Although not always perfect, he does redeem himself somewhat.

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the Epic fantasy genre and are prepared to follow an ever growing list of books! I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars

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Book Review: King of Foxes, by Raymond E. Feist.

What This Book is About…

Rescued, recruited, and trained by the mysterious Conclave of Shadows, Tal Hawkins, hero of Talon of the Silver Hawk has become one of their most effective operatives. But to destroy the nemesis who annihilated his people, the evil Duke of Olasko, Tad must sell his soul. Masquerading as a noble from the far western territory of the Kingdom of the Isles, he must insinuate himself into the duke’s confidence and carry out his most heinous and dangerous commands―even though it means betraying his own moral code.

Driven to the brink, Tal eventually defies the duke―and is imprisoned and left to die in the Fortress of Despair. But the determined young man will not be beaten. Alone, armed only with his courage and wits, Tal makes a daring escape. Returning to Olasko, he will finally brings revenge on his hated enemy.

What I thought…

The evolution of Tal has most definitely been worth the read. He has found that he has a destiny chosen for him by some other power. This book also delves much deeper into why the Duke of Olasko has any interest in wanting Tal’s people dead. A question that becomes more intriguing the further the story gets.

Overall, the book is well written as always and in a language which puts images into the readers mind with amazing creative settings and characters which I here found to be unforgettable for lack of better words.

I have enjoyed this book and feel that it has made a great second novel to this series. I recommend this book all fantasy lovers, of the adult age group. I give this book a rating of 8/10 stars.

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Book Review: Talon of the Silver Hawk, by Raymond E Feist.

About this book…

In a distant land, high among the snow-capped mountains, a peaceful nation is mercilessly put to the sword . . . yet one will survive. Little more than a boy, Talon of the Silver Hawk must carry on until, someday, he can take vengeance.

Leaving the icy fastness of his ancient home, Talon descends into the dangerous land of his adversary. Treading a perilous path, he must survive battlefields, court intrigues, treacherous enemies, backstabbing friends, and beautiful yet deadly women to discover the evil responsible for the annihilation of his people.

What I Thought…

What a story! The violent death of an entire people is something that I hadn’t expected. Tal’s response to the situation and his actions after it were also not what I had expected. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and how things are setting up for further storylines.

Of course Tal has become centre character and one I really enjoy reading about. He definitley has his whole world turned upside down, though given the chance has the opportunity to great things. Most of which he had never imagined!

I recommend this book to all fantasy fiction lovers, I think those who enjoy the game of thrones series would really like these series by a very clever author. I give this book a rating of 8.5 /10 stars.

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Book Review: Silverthorn, by Raymond E. Feist.

For nearly a year peace reigned in the enchanted kingdom of Rillanon. But new challenges awaited Arutha, the Prince of Krondor, when Jimmy the Hand – the youngest thief in the Guild of Mockers – came upon a sinister Nighthawk poised to assassinate him.

What evil power raises the dead and makes corpses do battle with the living at the behest of the Guild of Death? And what high magic can defeat it? Meanwhile, a life-or-death quest must be undertaken to find an antidote to a poison that fells a beautiful princess on her wedding day…

This has been a fabulous read. A real page turner and a must read for those who enjoy the fantasy fiction genre. Pug and Arutha remain my favourite characters and Jimmy comes in at a close second. Definitely an enjoyable journey full of adventure.

Overall I would definitely recommend this book and I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: Magician, by Raymond E. Feist (1982).

I have actually owned this book for quite a while, but keep on adding it to the bottom of my reading list. Mostly due to the daunting thickness and the publication of more titles that I decide I just have to read first. However, with the current situation with rampaging viruses and the need to remain indoors, I have found that I have managed to complete a read of this famous fantasy novel. I have to admit that I have enjoyed reading every bit of it, even though at times I would never manage to get to the end of the novel!

This book compares to that of the Lord of the Rings series, however has its own epic storyline that makes it stand out with its own separateness. It is a complete world of magic and possibilities with some utterly fantastic characters that have been compiled by a tremendous author. Following Pug and his counterparts throughout this novel has been a joy. Each are well developed and how they play into the storyline seamlessly. My most favourite characters would have to be Pug and Tomas. Both of them having suffered and gained so much from the chain of actions that neither had any idea would occur.

The storyline itself is one of amazing feats. I found it difficult to predict most of what was happening, and most of what I found was surprising to say the least! It is full of adventure and intrigue, with people almost always at war, there is always something happening. This makes this book really become a page turner and in various areas is impossible to put down especially when lives our our favorites are on the line. I have to admit to a few late nights reading, waking up to find my glasses askew and my book still in my lap. But I also must say that it was well worth it.

Overall I believe this to be one of the greatest epic fantasy novels written and I am really looking forward to read what is to follow in the next book in the series. I feel the adult age group who favor the fantasy genre will enjoy this book, as will anyone who loved Lord of the Rings and the Game of Thrones series. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars. Well worth the read.

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