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Raymond E. Feist
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2 Sep 2002 Conclave of Shadows (Book 1)

A sweeping new epic fantasy series from worldwide bestselling author Raymond E Feist, marking the 20th year since the first publication of his first novel, Magician. Featuring one of the most fascinating characters and scenarios ever created in the genre, The Conclave of Shadows promises to become one of the great all-time classics in the field.

Among the Orosini tribe, every boy must undergo the traditional manhood ritual in order to understand his place in the universe and discover his manhood name. Kielianapuna must survive on the remote mountain peak of Shatana Higo until the gods grant him his vision. But Kieli has already waited for four days and nights, and now he is cold, lonely, despairing, and very, very tired…

When he is woken by the terrifying sensation of sharp claws piercing his skin and finds a rare silver hawk upon his arm, it is such a disorientating moment that he is not sure whether it has even happened, or whether it was a vision.

Returning to his home, nameless and still a child, Kieli stumbles upon devastation. His village is being burned, his people slaughtered. Although it means certain death, Kieli throws himself into the battle…

Against all the odds, he survives, alone of all the Orosini, who have been cut down where they stand: every last man, woman and child.

A distant voice echoes in his mind: Rise up and be a talon for your people…

The visitation of the bird on Shatana Higo was indeed his naming vision. He is a boy called Kielianapuna no more. Now he is Talon of the Silver Hawk, a man who must avenge the murder of his people, whatever that may take…



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  • Hardcover: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; First Edition edition (2 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002246813
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002246811
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 15.7 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 793,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Feist is one of the world's leading fantasy writers. His Riftwar and Serpentwar Sagas have been global bestsellers for years.
Born and raised in Southern California, Raymond E. Feist was educated at the University of California, San Diego, where he graduated with honours in Communication Arts. He is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Riftwar Saga.

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‘Totally gripping’ WASHINGTON POST

‘Epic scope…fast-moving action…vivid imagination’ WASHINGTON POST

‘Tons of intrigue and action’ PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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Among the Orosini tribe, the traditional manhood ritual begins three days before the Midsummer’s celebration. Alone, the child must survive the wilderness; exploring remote climes, contemplating the lore of his family and clan, his tribe and nation, and seeking the wisdom of his ancestors in a search to understand his place in the universe and discover his manhood name.

Kielianapuna – red squirrel – is struggling. For two days and two nights he has waited for the gods to grant him a vision, the key to their plan for him, but so far he remains cold, lonely and despairing, and on the brink of giving up. Returning to his village, nameless and still a child, he stumbles upon devastation. His village is being burned, his people slaughtered, but as he hurries to help his family Kieli is struck from above. Sharp claws pierce his shoulders as a rare silver hawk lands and takes flight again just as swiftly. His vision or a warning?


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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable book... 3 Sep 2002
Format:Hardcover
After reading Honoured Enemy (Impressive return to form) and Murder in LaMut (Disappointing backslide), I was actually caught off guard by Talon of the Silver Hawk.
Feist has always had characters with high morals as central figures, and Talon is the most ambiguous character yet from Ray in the moral stakes. He is also the most compelling character, in my opinion, since Jimmy the Hand came into his own in Silverthorn and Darkness in Sethanon.
After the past few years of battling with well known personal problems, yet still pushing out books (I hate to say this, but the Tear of the Gods saga I found quite rubbish, but it did came at a bad time for him), Talon of the Silver Hawk finally places Ray back on track.
The characters all around are unique and varied, and from the very beginning of the book you are taken back into the familiar world of Feist, yet one of the best inclusions is the fact that this book *is not set in the Kingdom of the Isles*, nor is it set in some distant continent of which we are vaguely familiar.
Finally, we have a book dealing in many ways with the kingdom of Roldem and the far east dutchies - and the scope is wonderful - and yes, the map has been added to....
Rich, vibrant, and so good that I read it through in one night - which I havnt done with a Feist book since Kings Bucaneer.
Get it as soon as possible, you wont be disappointed. Not one bit.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feist back at his best 10 Sep 2002
Format:Hardcover
"Talon of the Silver Hawk" is Feist back to his very best. Set after the Serpentwar, this first book of the 'Conclave of Shadows' suggests that we are in for a wonderful new saga.
Right from the very start, Feist introduces the main character and we immediately get a feel for him. It is this attention to character portrayal that appeared to be lacking from "Honoured Enemy" and "Murder in La Mut".
For the first part of the book, you are unsure whether dealing with good or evil, but have tantalising hints that leave you with eager anticipation of what is to come.
Old friends re-appear and, for me, felt like a family reunion. The new characters are so brilliantly depicted that they soon become firm friends.
As the story unfolds you feel the need to devour each page – but want to savour each moment.
"Talon of the Silver Hawk" will not disappoint any Feist fans. The one drawback is that we have to wait for the next instalment!!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Return to Form 10 Sep 2002
By KittyC
Format:Hardcover
After the rather disappointing "Krondor" books and collaborations, it is good to see Feist picking up some of the threads left hanging after "Shards of a Broken Crown". This new series, "The Conclave of Shadows", appears to be set around 40 - 50 years after the events of "Shards" and the story in this first book is told almost exclusively from the point of view of the titular character. A few old characters and locations crop up, but the book is largely set in previously unexplored lands near the Kingdom of Isles, populated with new characters. After a few minutes studying the maps, I had an idea of where on Midkemia I was.
As with "Shadow of a Dark Queen", there is the feeling that this is the set up for events in later books, however, the focus on Talon limits the sense of the great enemy that the Conclave is facing. It is clear, though, that the Conclave are manipulating Talon and moulding him into a formidable weapon to be used in the battle against the enemy. Our knowledge from the previous books means that we know more than Talon about the enemy he is being used to fight and why the Conclave is willing to be so ruthless.
I enjoyed the book immensely and am looking forward to the next book in the series, which will hopefully focus on some of the other new characters introduced in this book and expand on the threat faced by the Conclave.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get that file out! 7 Jun 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Revenge-fantasy books are almost a dime-a-dozen (and almost as clichéd as the phrase "dime-a-dozen"). I don't know how many books have the main protagonist be the last survivor of his people, out for revenge against the bad guys who murdered them, but I do know that there are many. So when I heard that Raymond E. Fiest's Talon of the Silver Hawk was that kind of book, it already had one strike against it. Style can make up for a lot of things, however, and thankfully Feist's style brings this up a few notches. Not enough to make it an outstanding book, but enough to make it thoroughly enjoyable. It is part 1 of a series (Conclave of Shadows), however, so be warned. It is set in the Krondor universe, though it evidently takes place many years after the Riftwar, for those of you who are already fans of Feist.
Kieli is about to become a man by going through the vision quest that his people, the Orosini, use to mark the onset of adulthood. After they have their vision, boys come back to the village, having received their adult name in their vision, and find out who their parents have chosen to be their bride. However, Kieli doesn't have time for all this. Right after his vision, he sees smoke from his distant village, runs there, and arrives just in time to almost be killed along with the rest of his people. In fact, he's left for dead. Found by a kindly yet secretive old man, who's much more then he appears to be, the newly christened Talon of the Silver Hawk goes through years of vigorous training to fulfill his duties to his rescuer. He becomes a member of a super-secret organization, a secret weapon in a fight against evil. He creates a new identity to ingratiate himself in high society in order to keep close to the evil-doers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not what i expected
now i have read all the books before this one several times over and i loved them ... but this book isn't as good and is lacking the usual flow and feel from Mr Feist . Read more
Published 2 months ago by MR L M BENNETT
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank God...
After the dismal affront to the cycle which was murder at lamut, we return to feist doing what works. Fast paced, always moving forward, purposeful action. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mike Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Got so hooked had to read the rest, then had to go to the Riftwar series. Fantastic author, great reading.
Published 6 months ago by Deborah J Potter
4.0 out of 5 stars Talon of the silver hawk
This was a little long winded at first and confusing but once it got going, by approximately chapter 3 it was completely engrossing !! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. T. J. riach
4.0 out of 5 stars Desperate need to break the old links ....
I'm reviewing Feists' (and those involved with him) works in Chronological order. Unfortunately for some books there are new books and covers being re-released in March 2013 so... Read more
Published 8 months ago by A. Cresswell
4.0 out of 5 stars fan of feist
Read some of these years ago, am enjoying reacquainting myself. Loved the book. Now it's time to start the next one.
Published 8 months ago by Bruce Terrance Cox
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great book great read could'nt put it down, always have to have the next book ready to carry on with
Published 8 months ago by E. M. L. Blackmore
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but...
Not his best work but engaging enough to stick with it. Lots of background in this first book to set the series up.
Published 14 months ago by A. Davey
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping yarn
A good story, that flows along at a cracking pace without going into too much arduous detail. Almost reminiscent of a spaghetti western.
Published 14 months ago by C. Silver
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting! Could not put the book down.
Absolutely brilliant, good characters, the story flowed. Did not want the book to end. Cannot wait to read the whole series.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. M. D. Aston-langley
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