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review 2017-01-29 00:00
Talon Of The Silver Hawk
Talon Of The Silver Hawk - Raymond E. Feist Talon of the Silver Hawk is the last surviving member of his tribe after they are wiped out.
Taken in by a group known only as the Conclave of Shadows, he is trained in various modes of combat and spycraft to infiltrate the group behind it.
A good look at his training and how he changes his character to pass as a minor noble.
Although he is working for the Conclave, he still wants revenge on the men who wiped out his people.

Set quite a few years after Magician/Silverthorn and Darkness at Sethanon, it took a while to catch up with some of the more well known characters and the changes in their lives. There are other books in between which will fill those gaps, but it doesn't detract from this being a good story.
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review 2016-07-31 00:00
A Darkness At Sethanon (Riftwar Saga 3)
A Darkness At Sethanon (Riftwar Saga 3) - Raymond E. Feist A good way to wrap up the original three books in the Magician series.
Lots of large battles as the forces of the Enemy try to force their way back to Midkemia.
Mostly focuses on Arutha and his band. Pug, Tomas and Macros have their own side quest until they all meet up at the end.

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review 2016-07-23 12:37
Legends II. An Anthology of Fantasy Stories and Novellas
Legends II - George R.R. Martin,Raymond E. Feist,Robin Hobb,Neil Gaiman,Elizabeth Haydon,Terry Brooks,Tad Williams,Robert Silverberg,Diana Gabaldon,Orson Scott Card,Anne McCaffrey

Robert Silverberg has made an amazing anthology, in which everyone can find their cup of fantasy, so to speak.


There were only a couple of stories I didn't like, but I suppose someone had.


Those I did like a lot and will reread in the years to come are The Happiest Dead Boy in the World and Homecoming.

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review 2016-03-16 20:39
A Darkness at Sethanon / Raymond E. Feist
A Darkness at Sethanon - Raymond E. Feist

An evil wind blows through Midkemia. Dark legions have risen up to crush the Kingdom of the Isles and enslave it to dire magics. The final battle between Order and Chaos is abotu to begin in the ruins of the city called Sethanon.

Now Pug, the master magician sometimes known as Milamber, must undertake an awesome and perilous quest to the dawn of time to grapple with an ancient and terrible Enemy for the fate of a thousand worlds.


A satisfying end to an acceptable fantasy series. The Riftwar books suffer by comparison to modern high fantasy series, but in their day, they were the next step for those looking for a LOTR substitute. At least Feist came up with his own version of The Enemy to deal with, instead of just dusting off Tolkien’s idea, changing a few names and calling it good.


Yes, there are elves, goblins, trolls, and such—and although they share some characteristics with their counterparts in other fantasy literature, Feist does try to make his versions stand off a little way and have some new & interesting characteristics. Pug/Milamber (both rather awful names for the same man) is a Gary Stu, seemingly able to learn everything and only rarely make mistakes (and those few then seem to work out in his favour). Enough familiar faces perish to make things more believable, as not everyone can live through such momentous battles. And some less familiar faces re-appear and make a much better impression in their second time around.


The siege and battle at Armengar was impressive, only vaguely resembling the siege of Minas Tirith (and that mostly in timing of the battle). I was happy to learn about the rather mysterious creation of the city before the book ended.


This final entry in the series was extremely light on what was happening with the female characters that we got to know in earlier installments. They seem to have been relegated to household and maternal duties and no longer get to truly participate in the action. I thought that some scenes from Anita’s or Carline’s points of view might have been interesting or at least a good contrast to the battle zone.


All the major characters seem to be suitably paired off by book’s end, leaving us to assume that things proceed happily ever after, but Feist doesn’t linger around examining the aftermath. The story ends when it is clear that all will be well—there is no “Scouring of the Shire” type follow-up.


Very good for its day and probably still a good choice for young readers searching for another story of noble quests and fierce battles.

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review 2015-12-03 19:34
Silverthorn / Raymond Feist
Silverthorn - Raymond E. Feist

A poisoned bolt has struck down the Princess Anita on the day of her wedding to Prince Arutha of Krondor.

To save his beloved, Arutha sets out in search of the mystic herb called Silverthorn that only grows in the dark and forbidding land of the Spellweavers.

Accompanied by a mercenary, a minstrel, and a clever young thief, he will confront an ancient evil and do battle with the dark powers that threaten the enchanted realm of Midkemia.


This is the one and only book of this series which my public library possesses. Go figure. Why have only the 3rd volume of a 4 volume series? Another one of the mysteries of library acquisition.

I found this the most engaging book of the series that I’ve read, perhaps because it deals less with Pug & Tomas and more with Prince Arutha and his new squire, Jimmy the Hand. There is a certain amount of comedy to be devised by making a thief into a squire and his shenanigans lighten the mood of some otherwise rather grim events.

This installment is very much about relationships—namely Arutha’s relationships, with Anita, with his brothers, with his travel companions, etc. It is also about his realization that as a prince, he can no longer afford to do things purely for himself—he must take his position and the people dependent upon him into consideration when making plans. Arutha is hands-down my favourite character of the series, so no wonder I am pleased with this novel.

There are definitely echoes of the Sleeping Beauty story in this one, and Jimmy reminds me strongly of Slippery Jim DiGriz of Stainless Steel Rat renown.

Right, now I’m off to request Darkness at Sethanon by inter-library loan!

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