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Darkness at Sethanon [School & Library Binding]

Raymond E. Feist
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Oct 2001
An evil wind blows through Midkemia. Dark legions have risen up to crush the Kingdom of the Isles and enslave it to dire magics. The final battle between Order and Chaos is abotu to begin in the ruins of the city called Sethanon.

Now Pug, the master magician sometimes known as Milamber, must undertake an awesome and perilous quest to the dawn of time to grapple with an ancient and terrible Enemy for the fate of a thousand worlds.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • School & Library Binding: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books (Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613292200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613292207
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,261,193 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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A Darkness at Sethanon completes the "Riftworld saga" which started with Feist's Magician. When Raymond Feist's enormous novel was published, critics called it "the best new fantasy concept in years", and Feist has refined and explored that concept over a dozen novels. His "concept" was to bring together two (and later, more) whole, intricately realised Fantasy worlds. Midkemia is a Tolkienian realm, a European-Medieval series of kingdoms in which magic is prominent, and where men share the earth with dwarves and elves. Feist's genius was inventing another sword and sorcercy realm based more closely on eastern models, the Empire of Tsuranuanni, as vast as Ancient China, as formalised and devoted to the arts of war as a samurai Japan. A magical rift in time-space brings these two worlds clashing together, and the young boy Pug and his soldier friend Tomas are thrown into the ensuing maelstrom of invasion and epic battle, before embarking on a more fundamental magical journey towards the very roots of evil itself. Feist's two sequels to Magician, Silverthorn and A Darkness at Sethanon complete the richly conceived "Riftwar Saga", and Fiest has gone on to chronicle other aspects of his invented worlds. With Janny Wurts he wrote the "Empire" trilogy, which charts the rise, through the rigid patriarchy of the Empire of Tsuranuanni, of a remarkable female heroine, a woman who eventually reaches the heights of the imperial throne itself Daughter of the Empire, Servant of the Empire and Mistress of Empire. More recently he has returned to the world of Medkemia, and to his hero Pug, with the Serpentwar saga, beginning with Shadow of a Dark Queen and continuing with Rise of a Merchant Prince, Rage of a Demon King and Shards of a Broken Crown. Heroic Fantasy is a crowded-enough field, but Feist stands out in it for his sheer inventive power, the scope and range of his narratives, the diversity of his characters and his thundering battle sequences. Start reading here, and you may find yourself unable to stop until you have followed the saga right up to date. --Adam Roberts --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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“Epic scope… vivid imagination… a significant contribution to the growth of the field of fantasy.”
Washington Post

“Well-written… intelligent… intriguing.”
Publishers Weekly

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ending to a Great Trilogy 27 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have to recommend this to anyone. I read this a few years ago and many times since then. The way Feist runs concurrent stories with the book and then brings them together in the climax is brilliant. I especially enjoy following the adventures of Pug and Thomas through the realm of the dead and the hall of worlds. This is an epic adventure and a must for all Sci Fi Fantasy readers
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feist at his very best 9 Nov 2006
By D. I. Shipley VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
A Darkness At Sethanon is the concluding book in the Riftwar trilogy and brings the saga, kicked off by Magician and continued by Silverthorn to a brilliant and stunning conclusion. This book is from an author at the height of his storytelling powers, and once started, simply cannot be put down. The plot is stunning in its execution and is totally gripping and fast moving. Add superb characterisation to this and you have a mix that is an out and out winner.

The story sees Pug and Tomas scouring the universe for signs of Macros The Black, the great sorcerer who they hope will be able to give them information on the true nature of 'The Enemy.' It is becoming clearer by the day that this would appear to be power behind the Morehdrel Murmandamus and his armies, and their threat to The Kingdom of The Isles. In the meantime the war against Murmandamus is being fought by characters such as Arutha, Guy, and Jimmy The Hand.
Pug and Tomas do eventually find Macros, and learn to their horror the true nature of 'The Enemy.' They also learn that not just Midkemia is under threat but the very existence of all living things....

The Riftwar trilogy features some of the best characters that Ray Feist has ever created. It established his 'eternal' characters of Pug, Macros, and Tomas and indeed these all appear to varying degrees in the following books and series concerning Midkemia. If anything though, the lesser characterisation in later books, has not been quite up to the strength of the likes of Jimmy and Arutha, and these characters have been sorely missed in these later volumes. It is of no surprise, therefore, that Feist has returned to these characters to write extra volumes about them...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Always enjoyable, but minus the magic.. 22 May 2005
By Fantasy Lore TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I found 'Silverthorne' a disappointment after the magnificence of 'Magician', so I began this third book (the conclusion to this trilogy and the finale of the Riftwar saga) with some trepidation, as well as eagerness. And my conclusion after completing this story is that 'A Darkness at Sethanon', as well as being an exhilarating ending to the series, does manage to recover some of the glorious enchantment of the first book that felt flat in the derivative second story. But by no means did this story fulfil all of my personal ambitions for this series. Despite my following downbeat comments, at no point reading this book did I lose interest in the ongoing story of Arutha, Pug, Jimmy, Martin or Tomas, in fact I felt as though the writing style and pace exceeded some the best examples of the genre.
But while it is almost impossible to fault the narrative, plotting, characters and general construction of this novel, unfortunately the story cannot help but fall short when compared to the past exploits of our heroes and in particular that spark of ingenuity and intelligence, so meticulously imagined and crafted in 'Magician'. This is undoubtedly an unfair comparison (it isn't as if I would have preferred a repetition of that first story), but it was a comparison I just could not help but make. As well as being far too short and lacking any great innovation this story also lacks some special ingredient, especially when compared to our introduction to the Riftwar Saga; the enemies don't inspire the same fear or revulsion, there doesn't seem to be as much at stake for our protagonists and the general impression is one of everyday heroes who will very obviously in the end win the day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally we understand... 10 Oct 2006
By Ugi
Format:Paperback
Having spent the last book (sivlerthorn) more-or-less marking time, we finally get to see the true scope of the vision begun with Magician. As a book in itself, DaS has little of the grandness of Magician, but taken together, we see the over-plot which has been shaping the events and characters of the previous books. Not the great character-building novel of Magician, but of course the major characters are now well developed. A fine ending to a polt which has now expanded from the asparations of two small boys to a fight for the future of two worlds and more. If you would like to know the "why" of much of Magician then this is for you, but ideally read it straight after the previous two so that you remember who these people are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The final story or is it ? 8 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Read it! Simple advice is all I can give
Take it for what it is! A great Story.
This is the final book of the first series, and I am glad that others came after
Find out what happens to the worlds of Pug and Thomas in this brilliant ending!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb climax to exhilarating trilogy 1 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
A Darkness at Sethanon proves to be a masterly and consumate finale to the Riftwar trilogy. It manages to maintain the momentum of it's predesessors, Magician and Silverthorn, whilst keeping the epic narrative on course. The action and adventure is relentless as familiar and new characters are drawn towards a satisfying and exhilarating climax. This is skillful storytelling and a classic page-turner. I would highly recommend the Riftwar trilogy and I am looking forward to exploring more of Raymond Feist's stunning fantasy worlds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Darkness at Sethanon
Taken me a while to plow through these. This was the best of the series methinks. If you like fantasy you should like these ... What can I read next!?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fitting conclusion
This has been a great series which exceeded expectations and this book was a fitting conclusion. The book picks up where Silverthorn ended and through several parallel strands... Read more
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I was a late comer to Raymond E Feist by I think he weaves a wonderful narrative and there is always plenty of action going on as well. You really do invest in all the characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Darkness at Sethanon By Raymond E.Feist - 5 Star!
Fabulous read! Raymond E.Feist really is a legendary author. The packaging was good and protected the product well. I'd definitely recommend this book to a friend.
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I chanced upon a later tome and was hooked. Started back at the beginning and loving this author. A fantastic end to this trilogy and I'm kinda disappointed... Read more
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