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At the Gates of Darkness: Book Two of the Demonwar Saga Hardcover – April 6, 2010
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Ten years after the terrible Darkwar finally ended, catastrophe once again threatens to engulf Midkemia and Kelewan, as the demon hordes continue their relentless quest to infiltrate this realm of magic and wonder. . . .
At the Gates of Darkness
Book Two of the Demonwar Saga
To protect their world from the savage demon hordes, the Black Sorcerer Pug and Midkemia's clandestine protectors, the Conclave of Shadows, forged an uneasy alliance of formidable magical talents. Together, this brave band of wizards, demon masters, warriors, and elves defeated the brutal Demon King Maarg and turned back the onrushing death tide.
But Maarg's fall has not stopped the demonic onslaught, and danger now looms greater than ever before. Amid the barren ridges of the Valley of Lost Men, in the shadows of an ancient Keshian fortress, the fearsome demon Dahun and the mad necromancer Belasco have joined forces, creating an unstoppable union of deathly black magics that even Pug and a united Conclave may not be strong enough to withstand.
Battling the Demon Legion has taken a heavy blood toll on the valiant and dedicated magician, claiming the lives of nearly all those he loves. Though he is racked by despair and rage, Pug knows that the time for mourning must wait. Putting aside his pain, he and the Conclave and their allies—the cold-blooded master spy Jim Dasher; the fearsome young Knight-Adamant Sandreena; her former lover the necromancer Amirantha; two renegade Star Elves; and Pug's surviving son, Magnus—must marshal their resources against this latest threat. None can forget the dozens of worlds overrun by the demon plague and the millions of dead left behind in their wake. At the gates of darkness, where shadows hide even deeper shadows, these magical defenders will face what is sure to be the bloodiest, nastiest fight their land has ever seen. And as evil, mayhem, and dark magic are unleashed, none can predict if they—and Midkemia itself—will survive.
About the Author
Raymond E. Feist is the author of more than thirty previous books, including the internationally bestselling “Riftwar Cycle” of novels set in his signature world of Midkemia, as well as a standalone novel, Faerie Tale. The Firemane Saga is his first all-new epic fantasy series. He lives in San Diego, California.
- Publisher : Harper Voyager; First Edition (April 6, 2010)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0061468371
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061468377
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.05 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,307,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The writing is sophomoric. There is absolutely no depth to the characters. The decisions they make seem to come out of nowhere, with little to no rationale. The dialog reminds me of those awkward small-talk conversation you have when you are caught in an elevator with someone you haven't seen in years. The writing is so horrible I kept wondering if Feist hired some college freshman to write it for him.
There is little to no reason to read this book. The world of Midkemia has gone downhill since Talon of the Silver Hawk and has careened off the cliff with Gate of Darkness. Even after a long history of enjoying Midkemia, and loading up a book shelf with my precious "..Saga" books, I am forced to wonder if I will even bother with the next attempt in this series.
But now, with the exception of Pug, all the other cool characters are dead, and their replacements are....less than interesting. And despite all of the magic that he has mastered, there is always something waiting on the horizon that can ruin his day. Seriously? Why can't he just once encounter something that he can kick around for a little while?
Anyway, back to the review. It's a decent book, Mr. Feist is, I think, incapable of writing anything less than decent, but it isn't amazing. The story is the same as the previous 'Sagas,' (imminent invasion and worldwide destruction, Pug has the answers, he and Nakor debate pointless philosophy at weird times that doesn't advance the plot, and there's a twist in there, just to keep it real), just with different names. The saga is worth reading, but I'd get it from the local library, unless you're a die-hard Raymond Feist collector.
Don't get me wrong, Feist is one of my favorite authors, so his worst is still better than most IMHO. I am hopeful that he takes some time and gets it done right for book 3.
Has anyone else noticed that when the authors get involved in more than 2 projects, all of theme seem to suffer? The same thing happened with George R.R. Martin, after book 3 on his 'Song of Ice and Fire' Series, it all went to crap.
Please, please, Mr. Feist, for the upcoming book(s)take the time you need to give us more content, better story, and more polish... focus... focus... we know you have it in you =)
It hooked me in a way the first book struggled to, and I'm tempted to continue reading other parts of the "saga" despite not being a huge fantasy reader (the tropes get to me!).
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The Mistress series actually made me cry in places. Farewell Papeweo.
This book promised to be a block busting finale to "Rides a DreadLord" which, frankly was good but it also lacked the descriptive and dramatic magic of all Feists previous books including the co-authored ones.
This second book had me wondering if Feist actually wrote any of it.
The chapters were dull, boring even. Lots of stuff going on but nothing 'happening'.
I was confused by the writing which demonstrated little of the historic power Feist has to tell a story.
There was no tension so nothing to build as the pages turn. Pug is almost a 'walk on' part. Yes he is upset at the loss of his wife (who wouldn't be) but as a character he fails to shine.
ANY of the principal characters could have been slain by a demon and I would have felt nothing.
The death of Papeweo (Mistress) turned me into a complete whimpering wreck. Where has that power to touch the reader gone?
ALL of the 'stuff' to draw you in is missing. At times, I would say to myself, "That is not the way Feist would have said that". His descriptive language is so addictive that I would normally read one of his books in a few sittings as I could not abandon the characters I could not fail to identify with, such was the power of his writing in ALL but the Demonwar books.
When I see errors like "Ridged" (page 282) instead of "Rigid" and Elves referring to their dead by name (when no elf will mention the name of the dead, and will say 'son of one who was brother to one who ruled' for instance) I wonder what has happened to the keepers of the Lore.
I am about 10 pages from the end and I am STILL not yet drawn in.
The beginning of the book says nothing of the book before so we have no idea what we are doing when we open the book for the first time.
Based on the number of books I have read that were not Feist (and these were frankly rubbish in comparison), I can only assume that Feist didn't write a word of this or he has abdicated all editorial control.
I have read all of Mr Feists works, some as many as 4 times over the years since 'magician'.
Papeweo still destroys me even though I know what's coming.
The Demonwar Daga has been a major disappointment.
Where is Raymond E. Feist and what have you done with him?