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Editorial Reviews


“Feist has a command of language and a natural talent for keeping the reader turning pages.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“Feist constantly amazes with his ability to create great casts of characters.” (SF Site)

“With his storytelling mastery and ear for colorful language and nuance, the author of numerous books set in the dual worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan here launches a series that takes his fantasy universe into a whole new phase. ” (Library Journal)

“Fast action, appealing characters, and a splendid setting will delight readers of fantasy and leave them eager for the next battle.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Sheer readability.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Riftwar Cycle—including the original Riftwar, the Serpentwar, the Darkwar, the Demonwar, and now the Chaoswar—comes the latest entry in one of the most treasured and enduring sagas in modern fantasy.

A Crown Imperilled

War rages in Midkemia once again, and behind the chaos, disquieting evidence points to dark elements at work.

As enemies march across the realm wreaking destruction, its brave and loyal defenders battle to survive—a struggle made more perilous now that Jim Dasher's trusted intelligence network has been cleverly dismantled. Region by region, Midkemia is being ripped apart, and the loyal spy and his allies find themselves overpowered at every turn.

Signs of the kingdom's impending doom surround them. King Gregory of the Isles has yet to produce an heir. Roldem and Rillanon have each been plagued by palace coups that threaten to topple their thrones. Lord Hal of Crydee and his great friend Ty Hawkins, champion swordsman of the Masters' Court, have been entrusted with smuggling Princess Stephané and her lady-in-waiting, the lovely and perplexing Lady Gabriella, out of Roldem to safety. But the rising danger has made finding refuge treacherous.

Nowhere is safe, including Ylith, Midkemia's strategic bastion, where Hal's younger brothers Martin and Brendan hold off an onslaught of brutal Keshian Dog Soldiers and a mysterious force from beneath the sea. Yet courage alone is not enough to withstand the continued enemy assault. Without reinforcements, hope of success fades. Martin, Brendan, and their compatriots know that while losing Crydee, the legendary city on the kingdom's edge, would be devastating, the realm can still be saved. But if Ylith falls, all is lost.

As Jim, Hal, and all their brothers in arms fight for their lives, Pug and the Conclave of Shadows embark on a magical quest to hunt down the dark force orchestrating the destruction before Midkemia is annihilated. And time is running out. . . .

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Product Details

  • Series: Chaoswar Saga (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 469 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; First Edition edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780061468414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061468414
  • ASIN: 006146841X
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By cpc65 on March 27, 2012
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The story itself is pretty good, in my opinion at least, but as others have stated all the errors, both typographic and grammatical as well as outright missing words and broken sentences that make no sense are just plain inexcusable. The proof reader, if any, was either asleep and /or blind. Either way they were not doing their job. Then add in the matter of the major character gaffe and it leaves fans of Mr. Feist's works sorely disappointed. To top it all off. Harper Voyager knew about these errors when the UK edition was released but chose to not bother to fix them for the US release. In fact, it looks like they flat out just used the UK edition for the US release as words use the British spelling such as colour and armour. I don't recall that being the case in previous Feist stories.

I checked the author's website and it states that the UK publisher was offering to exchange the defective copy of the book for a corrected edition, but that no such announcement had been made regarding the US edition. I took the time to email Harper Collins to inquire if we, the American readers, would have the same option. Below is the response I received.

Good Morning,

There is a known defect in this book. A chapter in the book is incorrect and all of our inventory is like this (including the UK edition).

We are not reprinting the book in hardcover. However, the paperback edition will be corrected when it is published (march 2013).

Unfortunately, we cannot replace it. Please return it to the point of purchase for a full refund.

I am sorry of any inconvenience. Thank you.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Planetnine on March 7, 2013
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I am going to get right to the point: Every book since the Serpent War series has been worse than the previous one before it. A Crown Imperiled is not a good book and if you are a true fan of Feist you shouldn't be able to read this book without having glaring things jump out at you.

Again, since the Serpent War Saga and really it began with the 4th book of the serpent war saga, his writing is bland and predictable. He is also extremely inconsistent. Feist claims he just knows where the characters go and sits down and writes. He doesn't keep too many notes because he knows all of the characters.

Well the further the series goes the more errors he is making and to hardcore readers, we live and breathe these characters. We notice these glaring mistakes that you just gloss over as "I don't like keeping exact details". Timelines matter when you span hundreds of years! I can't count how many times I have spotted inconsistent ages for the characters over the course of the years these books have spanned. Spend 2 hours and create a timeline for yourself and look at it before starting a new series! Jeez, writing 101.

In one of these previous books, I don't remember which, it is stated that Erik was never married and grew old without knowing what it was like. That is a huge mistake! Your main character from the serpent war saga and you can't even remember what you wrote about him? Sometimes I wonder if you have hit the drinking later on your life and accelerated the memory loss. He married Kitty in the Serpent War Saga and was happily married for years.

You state in A Crown Imperiled, and I Quote: "Ah, could you perhaps make us invisible or something like that? asked Amirantha? Pug Smiled, "I could but you would have to remain motionless".
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kevin E. Davis on March 16, 2012
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As always the story is entertaining and the action brisk. One problem that I had was that there have been so many books over such a long period that I sometimes forget the relationships and the past events and politics. Maybe I should re-read the old ones or hope for a "guide to Midkemia." Maybe there should be more background provided in each volume.

What is unforgivable in this volume is the poor proofreading. British spelling is used throughout (the books are published in the UK first but they forgot to change to American spelling for the US release). A couple times the wrong word is used ("I mean you no hard" instead of "harm," "I never told anyhow else" instead of "anyone."). Lots of commas are after the wrong word, are missing, or should be periods or semicolons. Sometimes punctuation is inside quotes (US usage) and sometimes outside (UK usage). There are apostrophes where there should not be (it's, king's). I had to read a few pages twice to make sense of some statements, sometimes unsuccessfully.

The biggest goof is that the author changed his mind about which character should be in a situation but forgot to make it consistent. If you are confused when you read this, know you are not alone.

I blame the publisher and not the author for these mistakes.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By pdt1060 on March 15, 2012
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I've been a fan of Feist's books for the better part of 20 years now, and it pains me to say it, but I am glad the series is ending soon. The last few books have gone downhill in quality and I really hope Feist pulls something special out for the finale.

The biggest problem I had with the book, however, was the horrible typos, errors, and overall oversights in editing. In the first 20 pages I caught no less than 3 passages that just make no sense, the worst of which is Arkan handing off the reins of his horse and dismounting two different times in the span of three paragraphs. Later Pug seems to think that Amirantha and Guldamendis are the same person since he calls Amirantha a taredhel demonmaster and then later in the same sentence compares him to "the star elf demon master, Guldamendis"

The story if fine, if nothing special, but the typos and errors make the book very difficult to read
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