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

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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. ”


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: 1498 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 12, 2011
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HD62P8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,925 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By J.S. Crews on 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By robert johnston on April 19, 2011
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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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Talmin on 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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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Emily07 on May 3, 2011
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I own all of Raymond Feist's books, and absolutely loved the magician and many others. Raymond Feist has created such vivid and beautiful worlds, and he has done so through the people and cultures that inhabit those worlds.

His latest books, this one in particular, are one dimensional and everyone in the book seems very much alike. He seems to move everyone around like game pieces, from one crisis to another, with very little explanation of what is going on. You don't get to know the characters or the communities and the worlds they live in. He goes into no one in depth, except in this book, the Child, a demon. He has also killed off all the interesting characters, and has replaced them (or not replaced them) with one dimensional and very boring people.

A well planned war is coming from Kesh, but what is going on in the City of Kesh, with the emperor and his brother who rule there? What is happening in Krondor and Rillanon? How did Pug and Magnus deal with the death of Miranda, and through at least 8 books, who is Magnus? What is his life like, who has he loved and what does he think? We have never gotten to know him after all this time. What is going on with the Star Elves and the Queen and Tomas? What is happening on the new world that the Tsurani have settled on? How are they coping with all the problems of rebuilding their cultures and societies? So many strings hanging out there, and so many unanswered questions.

In his recent books, the type face has gotten bigger and bigger, and the books shorter and shorter. It's too bad that he seems to have lost interest in his vivid beautiful worlds, and I am losing interest in this author as well.
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