I have waited for this, the third in Feist's "Conclave of Shadows" series, with trepidation. The first book, Talon of the Silver Hawk, was excellent. It made up for some of the below-par work we have endured from a great author in recent years. The second book, King of Foxes, was okay - but little more than okay, given some of the rather convenient plot lines. This book is terrific, however - Feist is back on his throne.
Exile's Return is largely set on the continent of Novindus and follows the travails of the former Duke of Olasko, none other than Kaspar (the exile of the title), as he strives to regain a life for himself. Feist's real skill is in his description of his fantasy world and in the creation of great characters, and Exile brings this skill to the fore again in a way I have not seen since King's Buccaneer, one of the author's earlier works.
Kaspar is brought to life in this book as we understand the man now freed from the influence of the evil sorceror, Leso Varen. However, Kaspar's fate seems inextricably tied to that of the Conclave of Shadows, and it isn't long before the former Duke is tasked by the Gods themselves with seeking out the secret organisation with a legacy from the Dragon Lords reign that will challenge even the mighty Pug and company.
In summary, this is a great book full of pacey plot, intriguing characters and dialogue and above all, a return to form in terms of quality.
A must-have for all fans of fiction/fantasy - even if you fell out with Feist a while ago. This is his best work in years!