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  • Hardcover: 345 pages
  • Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes (2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0060834315
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060834319
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,409,823 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feist's best work in years! 21 Sep 2004
By A. S. Garton VINE VOICE
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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!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The FSFH Book Review says: 23 Mar 2006
By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE
The conclusion of the Conclave Of Shadows trilogy. Well, I say 'conclusion' but more accurately it's just the last book of the trilogy, seeing as how the story isn't concluded at all.
By the end of this book you'll realise that the three books of this series are intended to set the scene for Feist's next series (supposedly the last of the Midkemia/Kelewan series'), the Darkwar Saga.
The story here follows Kaspar of Olasko in his exile in Novindus, where he learns some important life lessons and finds himself burdened with a dark artifact from another world.
Feist remains an excellent writer and this book is very easy to read and appreciate. However, once again there's a feeling of shallowness to the plot, particularly in relation to Kaspar's linear and somewhat contrived quest to rid himself of the Talnoy.
There is a counterbalance to the book's faults in the scenes involving further discussion of the nature of the Gods. Some might find these a boring break in the action, but I love Feist's tangents to explore these concepts.
Another good thing is the new enemy introduced; the cruel Dasati and their (all but) invincible warriors, the Talnoy. The way this new threat is established will leave you in no doubt that the Darkwar Saga will feature a struggle every bit as compelling as those in the Riftwar and the Serpentwar.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feist goes one better! 22 Sep 2004
By Danny
To be honest I was disappointed when I found out this book was about Kaspar who is a character easily hated from the first two books in the series. Being a avid reader of Feist's work I decided to purchase the book and am very glad I did! This is a very new style as in his previous books you follow characters who are "squeaky clean" and have no faults, but in this you read about Kaspar's dark past playing on his conscience and how at first he has a strong taste for revenge but realises that there is a lot more important things than Tal Hawkins.
This book makes the previous two in the series seem like starters in a meal, Exiles Return is the main course and the ending of this book has me on edge in anticipation for the next instalment.
If you have read Talon of a Silver Hawk and King of Foxes then buy Exiles Return and be amazed!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but not a conclusion 12 Jan 2007
Another great book continuing the Conclave of the Shadows trilogy, but as you get halfway through you start to wonder how they're possibly going to resolve everything before the end. The answer is they don't, it basically ends with a big cliffhanger. I deliberately hadn't bought the first book of the Darkwar saga as i knew the saga wasn't complete and i hate getting part-way through a series and then realising you're going to have to wait a year or more for the author to write the next book, but i've ended up reading half a series anyway as clearly the Darkwar saga continues the story and the two sagas should be read together. If you haven't started the Conclave series yet, I'd suggest waiting for the Darkwar one to be complete and then getting both lots or you'll be left hanging off that cliff waiting for the continuation like i did...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another winner 17 Sep 2005
By A Customer
Once again, Ray Feist has turned out a great story.... following on immediately from "King of Foxes", the story starts out with Kaspar, the exiled former Duke of Olasko, as he seeks to survive in the land of Novindus, half way around the world from his home. During his battle to make his way home, he meets three fellow Midkemians, and joins them in their strange quest...
There is a very interesting, almost sub-plot in this story, as we see Kaspar, decidedly the bad guy in the previous book, take a long hard look at himself and change his thoughts and feelings, and in some places it's not hard to envisage him as the "reluctant hero"...
There's also a welcome return of old characters Pug, Magnus, Miranda and Tomas, among others. This is a fast paced book that you will not want to put down, with a gripping story and an ending that leaves you wanting more...
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A much better conclusion than volume 2. The change of central character really worked quite well.
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This easily rivals the best work feist has written. With the exceptions of magician and a darkness at sethanon I consider this the best story since. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mike Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
This book is another great read from mr feist, if you have enjoyed the previous books so far then sit back and prepare your self for a truly enjoyable experience.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars EPIC !!! Even the most jaded fan will find top form again in this...
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 13 months ago by A. Cresswell
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always a good read, you start one you have to get the next,to carry on the saga. this book kept me hooked from start to finish. brilliant
Published 14 months ago by E. M. L. Blackmore
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