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Ten years beyond the Darkwar, the demon hordes are relentless in their quest to subjugate a realm of magic and wonder . . .

The defeat of the Demon King Maarg hasn't stemmed the death tide, and an even graver danger now looms. The fearsome demon Dahun and the mad necromancer Belasco have joined forces—a union of black magics that no power on Midkemia may be strong enough to withstand.

The conflict has already claimed the lives of nearly everyone dear to the Black Sorcerer Pug. In uneasy alliance with the Conclave of Shadows, Midkemia's clandestine protectors, the distraught champion must stand firm against the demonic plague that has overrun worlds. And at the gates of darkness—where shadows hide deeper shadows—Midkemia's most terrible battle will be joined . . . as a malevolence beyond anything that came before is unleashed upon the world.

About the Author

Raymond E. Feist is the multiple New York Times bestselling author or coauthor of thirty previous books—all but one of which are Riftwar Cycle novels. He lives in San Diego.

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Product Details

  • Series: Demonwar Saga (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reprint edition (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006146838X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061468384
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Raymond E. Feist's previous novels include the first volume in the Darkwar Saga, Flight of the Nighthawks, as well as the Conclave of Shadows: Talon of the Silver Hawk, King of Foxes, and Exile's Return; Magician; Silverthorn; Faerie Tale; Prince of the Blood; and The King's Buccaneer; as well as the four books of the New York Times bestselling Serpentwar Saga: Shadow of a Dark Queen, Rise of a Merchant Prince, Rage of a Demon King, and Shards of a Broken Crown; and the three books of his Riftwar Legacy: Krondor: The Betrayal, Krondor: The Assassins, and Krondor: Tear of the Gods. Feist lives in Southern California.

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By scot16897 VINE VOICE on November 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
For a long time, I bought Feist's books in hardback, because I expected to re-read them. Yet except for the first several, I didn't want to revisit them.

In the middle of this book, I realized why I read Feist despite declining creativity and an increasing reliance on revisionist writing and a need to deliver to readers an escalating danger.

I read Midkemia books to check in on what Pug is up to, along with some supporting characters. Understandably, with time, my other favorite Midkemians have dropped out of the storyline due to age, and new descendants have tried (never entirely successfully) to replace them. This doesn't mean I don't like Jim Dasher, but he'll never replace Jimmy the Hand.

If you want new ideas and fresh concepts, just move on from Raymond Feist.

If you enjoy a good storyteller telling you stories you kinda remember from somewhere, but with characters you like, keep going.

After 20-something books, Feist doesn't deliver freshness. But he can give you a warm, happy, satisfying feeling, without ever reaching the delightful heights he once did.
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55 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Den on April 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I've read all of Raymen E. Feists' books and up to a certain point enjoyed them immensely.
However, somewhere around Talon of the Silver Hawk his writing started to lose interest, the same concepts were brought in over and over, and the one ever present character in all books, Pug the magician, had reached a stage in which he had been made so powerful by the author that Rayomind just couldn't come up with decent challenges and storylines anymore.

This book is more of the same, repetetive situations and ideas, the author squirming and trying to alter and abandon previously introduced truths and premises just so the new book might somehow end in a climax. A hopeless endeavour as the story is bland, lacks any form of character development, tries to confuse, obfuscate and then reveal a new set of premises in an utter let down ending.
It's devoid of any interesting, exciting chapters to such an extent that it feels like one long conversation between a few main characters.

It's a shame seeing a series you've been following avidly go downhill rapidly, and I will always love the early work Raymond did, but I cannot in good faith recommend this to anyone.
To be honest I can hardly believe Raymond wrote this, so far is it from the wonderfully engaging work he used to come up with.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is not Feist's best work. As previous reviews have pointed out, Feist is running out of fresh material for Midkemia. He needs to take a break and look elsewhere, or at least move away from Pug as the main character.

That having been said, I deducted an additional star for making this a trilogy instead of a single book. This has been done by a method that has become increasingly common, and increasingly tiresome - Page Inflation. Let's compare this book to another contemporary book from the same genre: Jim Butcher's "First Lord's Fury".

At first glance, Butcher's book only appears to be about half again as long as this book (480 pages vs. 320). But closer examination of those pages shows that this book's page count has been inflated by using large print and extra blank space on the page. When you start looking at word count, this book is only about half the size of Butcher's book - yet has a suggested retail price of $2.00 more. Frankly I'm getting tired of being ripped off this way.
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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 11, 2010
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As a fan of hard scifi, I have generally read very few fantasy books over the years. Raymond Feist is one of the few fantasy authors that I have followed. His original "Magician" book, and the resulting "Riftwar Saga" was generally excellent. In general I have loved just about everything Feist has put together in the Midkemia series; until now.

It is clear that the Demonwar Saga is little more than Feist marking time, and frankly given the results, he needn't have bothered. The first book in the series, Rides a Dread Legion, was bad enough, but I think I rationalized it as an attempt to set the stage and introduce important elements and characters for the rest of the series.

I especially found Miranda's death at the end of Rides A Dread Legion to be about as stupid and contrived as could be. Feist might as well have simply had her have an aneurism and said, "and then Miranda died." I know that these people have to die to satisfy the prediction of Lims Kragma, but really, can you do it with a bit more imagination?

But with the second book, it gets worse, not better. Now that we have the second and final book in the series it is plain that either Feist has just lost enthusiasm for the world he created, or that he has lost his touch.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about At The Gates Of Darkness is the title. Once you get beyond that, the story continues in the same boring and unimaginative vein as the first. The characters we were introduced to in the first book don't really grow or evolve.

The Star Elves are only talked about and we never actually visit them in their new enclave. The twin Taredhel brothers spend most of their time bumbling about on other worlds trying to get Home, and the Knight-Adamant Sandreena (sp?
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