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Product Details

  • Series: Serpentwar Saga (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Books (T); 1st edition (April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380974738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380974733
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Kirkus Reviews

Feist's fantasy saga continues (Shadow of a Dark Queen, 1994; Rise of the Merchant Prince, 1995) as the folk of Midkemia, already battling the snaky Saaur and their Emerald Queen, face an invasion of hungry demons seeking new wellsprings of toothsome lifeforce for their insatiable leader, Great Maarg. Returning to the fray are the familiar magicians Pug, Miranda, and Macros, along with soldiers Erik von Darkmoor and his sidekick, Roo Avery--and they will still need help from their former enemies, the Black Robes of Kelewan. There's probably a kitchen sink in here somewhere, too. Somehow, Feist always manages to wring out another plot twist or scrape together a new and improved gaggle of bad guys to keep the stew bubbling; the real puzzle is how the fans tolerate his graceless, often downright inept prose and limping dialogue. (First printing of 100,000) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.


"A fine yarn...vivid...suspenseful...the action is nonstop." -- --Booklist

"An epic reading experience." -- --San Diego Union-Tribune --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

Well worth the read and looks to end of the series as the 4th book isn't part of the main trilogy.
People need to be patient when they read his books. its not like u can " have an amzing tragic story, and still be homefor dinner " they take time.
Stephan Connors
This book attempts to "reboot" the continuity of several major characters by changing their backstory in midstream.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lance M. Gentile on May 8, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
There is a difference in this saga than the former, and many have already mentioned that it seems to hurry along too much.
I thoroughly enjoyed this series, but thought the ending was a little "too easy" and just too expected. I was hoping for something more.
I disagree with others that say the characters were not interesting, i was happy to re-visit Pug, Calis and Tomas all over again.
Alot of people also gripe about the revelation of mysteries previously proposed in the previous series. Well, as a long-time reader of sagas that just never die (DragonLance), I was thoroughly happy to finally learn WHO Macros, understand Miranda's history and I love the "Simpkin-like" (Weis/Hickman reference) character in Nakor.
Everyone is a bit too critical, but i agree that it was sad to see Midkemia reduced to ruin. Parts of the story were EXTREMELY SAD, but then, all characters cannot live to be realistic.
I feel Raymond's goal in this series was to put to rest an excellent era of life on Midkemia. Some have mentioned the posibility of another book, I feel one could be written, but this ROADK really seemed like an end-all to everything.
Also, this has to be the most reviews I have ever seem on Amazon... wow!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Overall I enjoyed reading what I thought would be the final chapter of the Serpent War Saga, but it did have some big problems. The major storyline is, of course, the invasion of Midkemia by the Emerald Queen's forces. The story of the fall of Krondor, Roo and his family's flight from the city, and the detailed descriptions of Erik's battles with the enemy were excellent. Although I was sad to see some major characters die, I thought that they were well done and not rushed. I found myself wanting more of the book to focus on the struggle for survival and much less on the weakest part of the story: Pug and the magicians.

Pug's storyline felt extremely rushed and tried to explain away a lot of plot threads. Unfortunately, it managed to rip apart a lot of the backgrounds established in previous books, and I think it revealed way too many things too fast. If this was to be the final book in the series that's OK, but there's still one book left. What will Mr. Feist put in it?!?

Most disappointing was the whole deal with the demons. Feist built up the demons to be massively powerful beings that are nearly unstoppable, but I cam away from this book feeling like they were a bunch of wimps, especially the original demon king Maarg.

Pug himself was really bizarre in this story. At first he seems invinsible, as he has been built up to be in the previous novels, but then gets caught by a cheap trick and nearly killed. If that kept him out of the story until the last book that would have been great, but he got better within three chapters, and in the big rematch the demon seemed depowered, like Feist just needed to get rid of him before the last book. Most disappointing was Tomas' return to the main plot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig Varley (cav95@aber.ac.uk) on January 22, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
How can a book be thoroughly readable and yet disappointing? Well let me explain...
Feist has been writing Midkemia books for several years and has produced some fantastic characters that he has always allowed to develop, adding constant new threads and removing old weave. It has been the case that the characters are secondary to the theology and political structure of the world and the universe in general. For these reasons, the characters are more cherished, because they suffer the same frailties that we must also suffer. At any time they can be removed from the picture and we feel each loss as our own. This, in my opinion, was what made the Feist books great.
In Rage of a Demon King, I felt that the storyline was being forced. Like many authors, Feist seems to have fallen into the trap of involving ever more powerful foes to challenge his main characters in the magical realm. It is somewhat of a mystery as his non-magical main characters in the book, such as Roo, Eric, Kitty and Jimmy, have more than enough on their plate to keep them occupied. This makes it all the more disappointing when the magical characters, with their much vaunted powers, can be blasted around and still recover.
One particular scene that sticks in my mind is the way Pug is persuaded to face the Demon that has forced the invasion of the Kingdom in order to get to the Lifestone at Sethanon. He faces the demon and blasts it with a huge fireball, which is rebounded from the demon who strips Pug of his defenses and almost destroys him.....Why? Why would and archmage of Pugs skill use such a stupid attack form and be so easily caughyt out in a magical trap? It makes no sense, and frankly is insulting readers who have followed the character development through every Midkemia book written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1998
Format: Hardcover
The thing I liked most about this book was Fiest accomplished what he couldn't before and what most writers cannot and that is really making the reader feel a loss when a character dies.
Yes, its sad when you have a favorite character and they die, but I want to really feel heavyhearted as if someone really did die. I want the books realistic as possible. Isn't this why we read these books? We read to enjoy them, to laugh and yes to cry!
Unfortunately, when characters die in recent fantasy novels (which is rare), I feel nothing. Probably because the characters feel nothing. When Lockleare died in "Prince of the Blood" I wanted James to be really hurt by his best friend's death. There really wasn't much written of this. When Arutha died, again I wanted to feel James' hurt, but I didn't in the "Shadow of a Dark Queen". At least not until "Rage of the Demon King" that I finally got my true feelings from James. The loss of Arutha hit Ja! ! mes hard as he himself describes. The deaths of some other characters were written beautifully. I truly was saddened. This is what we should feel. Fantasy is fiction yes, but it reflects life in all aspects. "Rage of a Demon King" accomplishes this. All good guys do not always live forever and those that do happen to die are not immediately forgotten. If readers want to read a book and feel like what they are reading is actually happening, then PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!
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More About the Author

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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