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Product Details

  • Series: Conclave of Shadows (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTorch (March 29, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380803240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380803248
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 4.2 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Bestseller Feist (Prince of the Blood) does an impressive job of developing numerous characters and elaborate social structures while holding true to established history in this fantasy page-turner set in Midkemia, the backdrop for his venerable Riftwar and Serpentwar sagas. As we follow Talon of the Silver Hawk through his adoption and training by members of the Conclave of Shadows (many of whom will be familiar to readers of earlier Midkemia books) and his quest for revenge after the slaughter of his tribe, places and people are fleshed out with neat thoroughness. The transformation of Talon, an innocent and untrained country mouse, into Talwin, an expert sword fighter, smooth seducer and faux nobleman, is extraordinary but completely believable, despite the compression or omission of a few years here and there, while the hints at the power and extent of the Conclave and its mission will leave readers hungry for more. Feist specializes in the careful and accurate portrayal of the thoughts and feelings of young men going through tumultuous life changes, and this effort is one of his best yet.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Only young Talon of the Silver Hawk survives the destruction of his nation, and in this series opener, he's out for revenge.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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.

Customer Reviews

So to sum up again this book is a good read for fantasy lovers.
The book starts to pick up and gets really good towards the end, which leads me to think that the next book will be better than this one.
The main characters were very black and white good/bad which isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Leah Petersen

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124 of 129 people found the following review helpful By Scott Andrews on April 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In "Talon of the Silver Hawk," Raymond E. Feist returns to the saga format of his classic novels after several disappointing novelizations of computer games. The Riftwar Saga ("Magician," etc.) introduced his main characters and the world of Midkemia, and the Serpentwar Saga ("Shadow of a Dark Queen," etc.) added new characters and brought the next phase of the epic battle to a raging climax. Feist then wrote three novels set after the Riftwar, two as book versions of video game plots set in his world but created by the game developers. Perhaps due to the non-linear nature of video game plots or the distraction of a divorce, none of these had the storytelling skill of his previous work.
"Talon of the Silver Hawk" starts a new saga with a new main character, Talon, and as such draws comparison to Feist's two other saga founding books, "Magician" and "Shadow of a Dark Queen." The boy Talon survives the massacre of his isolated tribe, and he is raised by strangers in a more developed society that he must learn to understand. This takes the entire first part of the novel, well told from Talon's point of view, but the narrative plods along as this boy learns the dull lessons of childhood crushes, respect, and social status. This part of story is set in a far eastern area of Feist's world that has not been used before, a chance for the author to develop and describe something completely new, but this region comes off as an ordinary, quasi-medieval fantasy kingdom.
The second half of the novel focuses on Talon's integration into the Conclave of Shadows, the evil-fighting group founded by Feist's heroes at the end of the Serpentwar Saga.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have read pretty much read most of Feist's books and after the end of the "Krondor" series I had had enough of Midkemia and decided to explore elsewhere, fantasy and other fiction mostly. I returned to Feist with this book, although I had no idea what to expect. There has been quite a change in the cover styles of Feist's books in this new series, in Australia at least, and I initially assumed that Feist had departed from Midkemia and taken up residence in a new world - and one could hardly blame him, with the lacklustre nature of the "Krondor" series which appear to have been inspired by the computer games (Betrayal at Krondor and Return to Krondor), rather than the usual vice versa; great plots for computer games but not so good for a novel.
But in reality, returning to Feist's Midkemia is like returning home. Feist gets a bit of flak for his cliched plots and borderline cliched "nations", based on historical peoples from our well-known earth (I picked the Orosini culture as a simple splice of Native American and Highland Scottish societies). But in the end, this is is why I read Feist and can become immersed in the stories and the action - my brain is not too taxed in imagining the cultures or the appearances of the people, which are quite convoluted in other authors' Fantasy worlds, and I can concentrate on the story and enjoy the ride. It is good, well written escapism, and a fantastic ride indeed. And we can mourn the death or passing of certain characters (I am curious to know what happened to Erik, Calis, Roo etc) but did we really need book 5 of Serpentwar? Book 4 was pushing it if you ask me...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Landy on June 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Let me preface this by saying I am a huge Feist fan. Talon of the Silver Hawk is not as good as the first Riftwar series and it is much improved over those fairly poor Krondor the Betrayal series (the ones based on a computer game)
The book focuses on Kieli, who has his whole village slaughtered while he is on a vision quest and his subsequent need for vengence. He becomes entangled with the Conclave of the Shadow, a mysterious cult working for the forces of good lead by our old friend Pug.
I give Feist credit for not rehashing all the old characters and the few cameos that are in here are done well. Feist also does some name dropping throughout the book so you know where some of the characters we read about in the Serpent War saga are now without them actually being in the book (yet). It helps to continue the continuity of the world and the rich history of Midkemia.
The two problems I had with this book are as follows:
1. There was an overall blandness about this book especially in terms of supporting characters and the "new" sections of Midkemia that are in this book. Fiest spends alot of time developing Kieli and his people the Orosoni (think Native American culture) but the same is not true of the supporting cast. For instance the two characters who find Kieli in the destruction of his village, Robert De Lyis and Pasko I think are poorly developed. They turn out to be fairly high agents of the conclave but after reading the book I don't know a whole lot more about them. I didn't find myself becoming attached. I think they need to be fleshed out a bit more and maybe that will come in the next book.
The same holds true of the world itself.
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