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A Kingdom Besieged: Book One of the Chaoswar Saga [Kindle Edition]

Raymond E. Feist
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“Feist has the universe firmly under his control.”
Contra Costa Times

“Feist has a natural talent for keeping the reader turning pages.”
Chicago-Sun Times

Midkemia’s fifth and final Riftwar—the devastating Chaoswar—explodes in the opening volume of Raymond E. Feist’s spectacular new epic fantasy trilogy of magic, conflict, and world-shattering peril. A Kingdom Besieged is a breathtaking adventure that brings back Pug—first introduced in Feist’s classic debut novel, Magician, and now Midkemia’s most powerful sorcerer—who faces a major magical cataclysm that forces him to question everything he’s ever held as true and dear…including the loyalty of his beloved son Magnus. The Chaoswar promises to be the crowning achievement in the three decades-long career of a New York Times bestselling master fantasist who rules the sword and sorcery universe along with Terry Goodkind, George R. R. Martin, and Terry Brooks.



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“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. ”

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Praise for Raymond E. Feist: 'File under guilty pleasure, Guardian 'Get in at the start of a master,s new series, Daily Sport 'Well-written and distinctly above average... intelligent... intriguing, Publishers Weekly ' Epic scope...vivid imagination...a significant contribution to the growth of the field of fantasy, Washington Post

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  • File Size: 1282 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007264763
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HD62P8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,159 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Feist novel in years! April 15, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Being a long-time fan of Raymond E. Feist (in fact, he is my favorite author and has been ever since the first time I ever read Magician), even I have to admit that his last few books were a little below par for him. Many have said that they have felt like placeholders, and I have to agree; in truth, they more or less were, being that they were mostly used to introduce new characters and move the story into a direction where it would be possible for his current works to take place the way he envisioned them. Still, even with all that, I have never failed to enjoy any of his books, and I'm always among the first to pre-order the hardcovers as soon as they are available (even going so far on a few occasions as to order the books from Amazon UK when it just so happened that they were available in Europe before they were here in the U.S.).

When it comes to this current title, however, I must agree wholeheartedly with other reviewers who have said that it seems to be a return to the old Feist. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and devoured it very quickly (much to my horror when I realized that I now have to wait and wait for the next book in the trilogy to come out). Without giving anything away by way of spoilers, this book contains a lot of intrigue between the major kingdoms and ends with two very surprising plot twists that made my jaw drop. I'm still not sure why the publisher has the Kindle edition priced so expensively, but if you're one of those people who find yourself teetering on the fence of whether or not to buy it, I would advise you to go for it -- expensive or not... If you're a fan of Feist's early works, you will not be disappointed!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I've read all of Feist's previous `war' saga books (sans the special character stories). I have a propensity to like Feist. This book starts a new era called the Chaos Wars. Unfortunately, this 1st book is mostly cliff note primer of the past saga's stories. Yes, such reflection is necessary to get the reader current, except that the extent of back story seems like half the book. The problem is that the book is only 350 pages to start with and `new' stuff is certainly less than 200 hundred of those pages.

Not much here in my opinion. The story will be unfolded as Feist releases more books, but this first in the series is not worth it at the moment. Wait for more installments to be released for a seamless read. That's what I've decided after this disappointing entrée.

PS ... giving the author repeated 1 star reviews because of wacky kindle pricing is bogus and unfair. Whining about kindle pricing is a publisher issue and is overwhelming the purpose of a book review. Amazon as the Kindle provider isn't even offering the kindle edition for gosh sakes. You are paying Amazon "partner" prices that are not doing Kindle any favors.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, good set-up April 14, 2011
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This book reminds me of "Magician", appropriately since it is the lead up to his final book, "Magician's End". It takes place years after the tragic events that lead to the death of many of Pug's family members and while he struggles to keep going forward it seems that new threats are appearing that are beyond even the Conclave's ability to handle. A sudden war from out of nowhere, demons appearing that might be as much the victims as they are the villains, questions once forgotten such as the purpose of the Lifestone being brought to light again, and events of the last 150 years all starting to come together makes this a great read for anyone who's read the previous books as well as someone new to the series. My only complaint, I don't want to wait until the next book!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Much better, but it's still an uphill battle April 13, 2011
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It's no secret that Feist's recent books were written like they were desperately supporting a coke habit or secret mistress. However, this one gets back to something like Talon of the Silver Hawk. Good pace, more consistency (albeit a few glitches still in) and more logical.

There's some satisfaction that the multiple seeds he planted are growing and coming together and we'll soon see how it all plays out. However, he still faces the basic problem of putting another layer on his "dark forces behind dark forces being used by dark forces" theme. I mean, does it really matter that a race of demons is being destroyed by something that basically looks like a demon, is destructive like a demon, but has a different name? He has capacity for great intrigue and politics--there was no real need to go there except for the fact that going demon when the readers already knew of the dread seemed like a weak move in the first place.

Feist was also great at vignette scenes that tell a lot about the characters and make you interested in or care about them. Due to the multiple fields of action, there wasn't time for this: just "they did this, then group B did that and met up with character J" Given the attempt at concealing motive and action, there could have been time to breathe and make the characters rounder as the reader struggled along with them. One example of character development is when Pug rebuilds his villa. Nice try, but in the middle of all the action and planning, taking a few weeks/months to rebuild his villa? You're left scratching your head until you remember how slow Conclave time is, and how they always seem to be waiting for intelligence from non-mages. It really could have been set up better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
didn't finish the story
Published 16 days ago by craig stanlis
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a Good Read!
Just like every Raymond Feist book, this one keeps you riveted and wanting to keep reading for hours! Can't wait to see where book two leads me!!
Published 2 months ago by Alan R. Vance
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another fine novel of the Riftwar
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Still got it
A loose web of tangled ties that ebbed and flowed. At times I struggled to keep pace and on other occasions thought just move on.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by pam e
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
As always, a great book by a great author.
Published 2 months ago by Eric
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Pretty good
Published 3 months ago by Peyto Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars a notch below the original series, but still damn good
If you like Feist, then you will enjoy the ChaosWar saga. It may not be quite as compelling as his earlier works, but you can tell he is building to a crescendo with this series.
Published 4 months ago by Anthony Miccarelli
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I have read the wriftwar series and have kept reading this authors books, if you you like science fiction this is one to read.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Raymond e Feist Midkemia series is awesome
Have been reading Raymond E Feist books for 25 years. ..enjoyed it immensely. .too bad hes ending the Midkemia series
Published 5 months ago by eve lopez
3.0 out of 5 stars Puzzling and Excellent
Chapters fascinating but sometimes confusing. Difficult to keep up with locations character activities and plot, because seem so numerous. Where going next?
Published 6 months ago by Wayne Beatty
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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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