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This second cowritten installment of Legends of the Riftwar (after Feist's 2006 collaboration with William R. Forstchen, Honored Enemy) finds Rosenberg's engaging mercenary trio, Durine, Kethol and Pirojil, drafted to escort the bed-hopping Lady Mondegreen and her current lover, ambitious Baron Morray, to a summit conference in the city of LaMut. As the intrigues thicken, the Three Swords find themselves permanent guards to the baron, and are soon promoted to captain and tasked with keeping the peace among bored and idle baronial retainers. Then the aging Baron Mondegreen dies, and Morray and Lady Mondegreen are found in bed together with their throats slashed. The Swords, suspicious of everybody-including one another-go looking for the murderer. The numerous characters are well-drawn and use their brains rather than relying on too-easy magic. Fans of the earlier Midkemia books and past adventures of the Three Swords (Not Exactly the Three Musketeers, etc.) will find much to enjoy in this intelligent high fantasy.
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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.

Joel Rosenberg was born in 1954. The author of many science fiction and fantasy novels, he is best known for his Guardians of the Flame fantasy series. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife Felicia, two daughters, one sister, five cats, one dog and a couple of dozen fish.

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Product Details

  • Series: Legends of the Riftwar (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reprint edition (June 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060792914
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060792916
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,655 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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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Matt Graubner on July 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book was definately of a very different flavour than the rest of Feist's novels, however I believe it definately worked. If you are looking for an epic volume in the grand scheme of the Riftwars then this book is not for you. However, if you have fallen in love with Midkemia and Kelewan and you want to explore nooks and crannies of these worlds then Murder in LaMut is excellent.

Rosenberg successfully exports Kethol, Piroji, and Durine from his Guardians of the Flame series and they are unlike any of Feist's normal characters. Most of the original Riftwar cast consists of nobles, Elves, and honourable folk. These three however, are only in it for the money. It is refreshing to realize that there are more than just despicable villians and honourable hereoes in Midkemia--we get a close view into the life of three commoners (albeit well traveled mercenary commoners ;-)).

Now that I think about it I believe I would have been disappointed if this novel had followed the usual Feist fantasy "formula" (not that his writing is truly formulaic) and been some sort of a grand quest. This novel was meant to be a divergent view into Midkemia and it succeeds admirably in my view. It isn't just the books that I enjoy, it is the worlds Feist has shown us and Murder in LaMut exposes an entirely new dimension of Midkemia.

One last point, the murder mystery proper doesn't show up until the end of the book--however I believe this is a mistake on the publisher's part when they wrote the description for the back of the book. Really this book is about Kethol, Pirojil, and Durine more than just the murder. Furthermore, the mystery may not be polished--but this isn't a world of precise police procedure, or modern investigative methods, and the three mercenaries aren't professional detectives. :-)

I would also reccomend The Empire Trilogy written with Janny Wurts for a similarly expansive and different view of Feist's world.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Drabble on August 23, 2007
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I can't understand how this book can get 5 stars, it's incredibly trite. This for me was the first bad book Feist wrote and set the standard for his current, once or twice a year, books. It's one of the the few books that I immediately gave away after reading and I had bought the original hardback. This book was written quite soon after Honoured Enemy, in my opinion, Feist's best stand alone book so I was expecting more of the same. No such luck, this book had the feel that the plot had been decided in a weekend, much like the past six or seven books he has written. There is one twist in the book and only two interesting pages, the murder! It's shockingly cliched and possesses no originality at all, drawing on the same themes that Feist's previous work had done with little insight as to what made them interesting in the first place.

I wrote this review only as I wanted to warn others off after feeling that I had wasted money on the book. There are much better books in the Feist pantheon to buy, not least this book's companion, Honoured Enemy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence J. Murray on October 13, 2005
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I did a search for Joel Rosenberg some time ago and came up with

Murder in LaMut as a novel he wrote with Raymond E. Feist. I checked my local library system, they didn't have so put in an InterLibrary Loan request and within a month a paperback from Queen's Park Library in London reached me.

This novel seems to be written more by Rosenberg than Feist though I haven't read much by Feist. It was good to see Kethol, Pirojil, and Durine back together again as in more recent Rosenberg novels some of them have been killed off.

Reading all of Rosenberg novels that I could find, it is interesting to see how the three mercenaries start as minor players and as the series progress become more major characters.

I have been going through some personal reviews of my own thoughts and find the musings of these guys occasionally inspirational.

Anyway, this is a nice novel. Sometimes seems a little pointless but does point out differences in what people of different socio-economic levels expect and actually get. The real scumbags seem to be amongst the nobility but some show decent traits.

The murder comes late in the book, Pirojil's empirical methods provide a likely murderer who gets killed after the accusation by another nobleman. The Purojil figures out who really did the murder and convinces him to suicide but first writing out a note of confession.

All in all, a good read!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Mump on March 29, 2006
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While the other books in the Legends of the Riftwar Series are quite good, this one was very disappointing!!! I guess if you're into court politics and intrigue it may hold some merit, but talk about BORING for the Riftwar and Feist fan. Too many names, titles, etc made this very confusing to read. There was also, virtually no action! I've been reading Feist since the 70's and have anxiously awaited each and every book, but this one falls way short of expectations!!! Your $$$ is much better spent on Honoured Enemy or Jimmy the Hand in the Legends of the Riftwar Series!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Fran Michele on September 24, 2006
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As others have pointed out, if you're looking for an epic saga, this book isn't for you; but for those of us who have fallen in love over the years with Midkemia and Feist's characters (as well as Rosenberg's) this was highly enjoyable reading.

I like any books with Kethol, Pirojil and Durine as characters. To me they are at times reminiscent of the Three Musketeers and at other times the Three Stooges. I find myself laughing at a lot of their antics, and setting them down in the middle of the Riftwar was a great idea for these two authors.

This book has been panned a lot, but I think the problem may be with younger readers who don't appreciate the subtlety of some of the humor involved. It takes a lot of nerve (and fortunately the authors had it) to begin a story with, "It was a dark and stormy night." Then you have the soldiers marching to the old tune of, "We are marching to Bosonia.."

Tho the murder is almost peripheral to the story, I think it also had a truly humorous twist. I don't want to spoil the tale for anyone, but when I learned who the real perp was, I realized that the authors had fallen back on the oldest and most hackneyed of solutions - and I think they did it on purpose. This will again provide a laugh for those who think about the household position of the villian. Just substitute in your mind another name for his job description.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to Feist fans.
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