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“[A] compelling and profoundly moving tale… an invaluable addition to a beloved canon.” (

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.

William R. Forstchen, author of several dozen books in the fields of science fiction, history, and historical fiction, resides in western North Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Purdue University and is a professor of history at Montreat College. His works include the coauthored, New York Times bestselling series Gettysburg, written with Newt Gingrich, the Lost Regiment series, and the award-winning We Look Like Men of War, a novel based on his doctoral dissertation about an African American regiment in the Civil War. He spends most summers in Mongolia, doing archaeological and historical research, and his current hobby is the restoration and flying of a replica P-51 Mustang fighter plane.

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Product Details

  • Series: Legends of the Riftwar, Book 1 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; First Edition edition (June 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060792833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060792831
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By The Mump on March 24, 2006
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I first read Feist's Magician upon receiving it thru the Science Fiction Book Club back in the 70's. I have anxiously awaited each and every book in the Riftwar series ever since! I was skeptical of the quality of this book in the Legends series as it is co-authored by another-William Forstchen. While not familiar with Forstchen's work, I have become completely comfortable with the quality of Feist's writing and assumed that co-authoring would impact the quality of the book. My fears were unfounded though, as this book is phemonimal-I could not put it down! The character development of both the Dennis Hartraft, the head of Hartraft's Marauders, and the opposing leader of the Tsurani patrol, Asayaga, is amazing. The comparison between these two leaders and the worlds that they come from provides valuable insight into the different cultures of both the Kingdom and the world of the Tsurani. This is a MUST READ by all Riftwar fans and fantasy readers alike!!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Joe Sherry on December 26, 2006
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Honored Enemy was originally only released outside the United States as part of the Legends of the Riftwar series that took place during and around the time of the Riftwar series. Feist was not able to come to a deal with his US publisher for more than 5 years until finally, the series is coming to the United States. First up is Honored Enemy.

Set 9 years into the Riftwar it features no characters we would know from the main series but instead tells of Hartraft's Marauders, a band of soldiers tied to Yabon, but with autonomy to operate behind the lines of the enemy and do as much damage as possible. The Kingdom men are fighting the Tsurani from Kelewan, but when a band of Moredhel (Dark Elves) pin down both the Marauders as well as a platoon of Tsurani under Asayaga, the enemies must join together in temporary truce or fall to the Dark Brotherhood.

I didn't expect much from this book. Feist's Riftwar Legacy, based on computer games, was rather bad and if it took five years to get published in the US how good could this one be?

Apparently, very. Honored Enemy is a strong story of two enemies working together through mutual distrust and cultural differences to stay alive. The story is told through the viewpoints of Dennis Hartraft, Asayaga, and occasionally from Borvai, a moredhel chief pursuing the humans.

Feist does well with collaborations as his Empire trilogy with Janny Wurts was very strong and this book with William Forstchen is also strong. There is good characterization and development of Dennis and Asayaga and the pace of the story is swift enough that we get past the fact that this is only a small episode in the scale of the Riftwar and features no major player. But it's a good story, perhaps even a ripping yarn which Feist so proudly told early in his career.

-Joe Sherry
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Matt Graubner on August 2, 2005
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Again Feist has returned to the time of the Rift War, this time to nine years after its bloody beginning. Honoured Enemy is the story of two companies of fighters, both Kingdom and Tsurani that come together in the face of moredhel attack.

The books switches perspective frequently, for entire chapters at first, between the Kingdom commander (Dennis Hartraft) and the Tsurani Force Commander (Asayaga). However, this isn't distracting, but highly enlightening as we get to see both sides of the "conflict" and its evolution. I especially enjoyed the many allusions made to Tsurani society that could only come after the publication of the Empire Trilogy. Asayaga even muses over the murder of Mara of the Acoma's father and brother at one point, but believes that she is doing well, ;-).

Furthermore, as this book was written after the Riftwar Saga, but set during the beginning of it (before Silverthorn and Sethanon) it was possible for Feist and Forstchen to allude to future events, especially as we saw into the councils of the moredhel pursuing the humans. Enough is revealed incidentally that you have to read this book after the Riftwar Saga, not in the middle.

Even after they both flee the moredhel the Kingdom and Tsurani troops are constantly on edge, not sure if the enemy of their enemy is their friend, or merely their very temporary ally. As was Murder in LaMut, Honoured Enemy is a unique look onto the world of the Kingdom of the Isles. However, it was a most welcome divergent viewpoint, revealing much that Feist didn't have room to explore in the Riftwar Saga.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W Jordin on July 9, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Honored Enemy (2001) is the first fantasy novel in the Legends of the Riftwar series. This story is set in the northwestern woods of the Kingdom of the Isles after nine years of war against the Tsurani.

In this novel, Dennis Hartraft -- commander of the Marauders -- is looking over the site of their last ambush and mourning the death of his men. The Tsurani are all dead, but they may have sent a runner back before entering the killzone. The ambush would have been more successful if Richard Kevinsson hadn't exposed himself to the fleeing Sung priest. Then he had caused the death of Jurgen, an old friend and the last survivor of his estates other than himself.

Sung Father Corwin had actually betrayed the ambush. Fleeing from the Tsurani, he had noticed Richard and recoiled from his presence. His reaction had alerted the Tsurani, who then attacked the ambush. Now Father Corwin is conducting the funeral of eighteen Marauders.

Gregory -- a Natalese Ranger -- is the chief scout for the Marauders. His friend and partner Tinuva is an eledhel elf and is not really a Marauder. Yet he is probably the best scout in the Islander forces and Dennis doesn't want to lose him.

Force Commander Asayaga commands the reinforcements for the Tsurani besieging Brendan's Stockade. He receives his order late in the day and leads this men on a forced march to the fort. He wonders why his troops are being sent there, but figures that it is just another round in the Great Game.

Bovai is a moredhel elf and commander of the Clan Raven band of Dark Brothers. He has overrun Brenden's Stockade and killed both the Islander inhabitants and the Tsurani besiegers. Now he has set an elaborate ambush for anyone who shows up at the fort.
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