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Raymond E. Feist
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4 Sep 2006 Darkwar (Book 1)

The first book in the Darkwar series, from world-wide bestselling author of Magician, Raymond E. Feist.

The Conclave of Shadows, the undercover organisation charged with the protection of Midkemia, have problems: the evil magician Leso Varen is still at large and thousands of portals to a parallel dimension inhabited by the cruel and fiendish Dasati, have been discovered in Novindus.

Leso Varen, a powerful and malign magician with the power to possess and transport himself from body to body, and his Nighthawk assassins are plotting chaos and annihilation in the royal house of Kesh. The Nameless One is awakening and needs Varen to help him re-emerge completely and tip the balance of good and evil in the world, plunging Midkemia into darkness and ruin.

But when the Conclave attempt to warn the Emperor, it becomes clear that many of the truebloods – nobles related by birth to the Emperor – are already Varen's slaves, both willing and unwitting, and the Conclave are forced into a race against time to save Great Kesh before evil engulfs the land.

‘Flight of the Night Hawks’ begins a brand new series from the master of fantasy, set on a grand scale; revisiting the exotic political-intrigue of Great Kesh (touched upon in the classic Riftwar books), and carrying the reader into a dark underworld of crime and black magic.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (4 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007133766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007133765
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘File under guilty pleasure.’

‘Get in at the start of a master’s new series.’
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A new chapter in the history of Midkemia from the master of fantasy, Raymond E. Feist.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I looked forward to this book the way I do every September since I discovered Magician. Although I was slightly disappointed with the last Trilogy produced (Conclave series), I now realise that it was a clever way to introduce new characters into the series without disturbing the final plot, which continues with the start of the Darkwar Saga.
From a somewhat cynical point of view, it can be argued that some of the books have been planned to coincide with this series, which by sounds of it will mark the end of the Pug/Nalar affair that has been simmering through the various books since the Riftwar. For example, Price of the Blood can be construed as only being a showcase to introduce Keshian politics and intrigue, where as the entire conclave series can be viewed as setting up the characters involved in said showcase, thus avoiding the need for lengthy segments of characterisation and allowing the author to get straight to the main story.
As always Feist delivers a stunning plot and sequence of events that keep the reader, (well kept me) hooked from the first page, and continues with the stunning characterisation that has become his trademark.
An excellent read, can't wait to see where the series takes us now (looks like its back to Kelewan)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Personally I felt the conclave of shadows books that precede this are the wealest of the Midkemia novels. Not that they are bad but merely average, here Feist takes the story he has been building slowly and changes up a gear. It feels more epic, there is a greater sense of urgency and more importantly a ripping yarn.

If you have never read one of Feists books stop reading now and look up magician, this is not the place to start. It is familiar territory, action, intrigue, magic and murder. The usual staples are here as are many familiar faces, while I make this sound like feist by numbers I should say that part of the appeal of reading an ongoing saga is the familiarity with the world and its populas.

If you have read feist before you won't be disappointed.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The saga continues 16 Sep 2005
Although not listed as such, I would consider this book to be the fourth book in the Conclave of Shadows series.
While Feist chooses to introduce yet more people to his series, the former main characters of the other Conclave of Shadows books are also used, but the story appears to be Feist' main goal now, and not the individual characters.
This makes many of them slightly two-dimensional, but more than good enough to fully appreciate the story.
The Talnoy and the Dasati are not forgotten as they battle in the intrigues of Kesh,
and the battle against The Nameless God and his minion Leso Varen continues.
The next installment might very well take us back to Kelewan, not much used since the Empire series.
Feist is still continuing the story that began with Magician, tryining out new techniques, but he is still one of the best fantasy writers out there. This is a must-read for all Feist fans.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional stuff from Feist 9 Oct 2005
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Feist has run hot and cold over the years. His early work was utterly brilliant. Some of the stuff in the middle hit lows of the decidedly mediocre, but since Talon of the Silver Hawk Mister Feist's star has been in the ascendant. What better way to climb right back to the top of the heap than with a brand new series that draws heavily upon the world we all know and love.
Is it a new series? Well, technically yes it is, although it is fair to say that it follows directly on from the King of Foxes. However, the plot of this new book seems to have grown. All of a sudden Feist has developed a new plot for his enormous playground of a world and these two things have taken him back to his brilliance of old. Everyone - and I mean everyone - makes an appearance in this book. Whether you favorite character was Erik Von Darkmoor, Thomas or Pug of Crydee, Tal Hawkins or, well, whoever, you'll come across them here. As if that wasn't enough, you'll be all over the place from Novidus to the Kingdom to Kesh. Better still, there is a strong inference that we'll be spending some more time in the Empire of Tsuranuanni in the next book.
In short, this is a good book that is well worth buying. It's a pleasant reminder that Feist is probably the best creator of Fiction/Fantasy out there.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the best. 14 Aug 2006
It's back to Midkemia again for the first in a new series from Raymond E Feist. This loosely follows on from his last series, containing many of the same characters. However, Feist almost seems to think he will sell copies without giving his full attention. The plot is very basic and lacks the complexity that is prevalent in most of his other novels. Perhaps this is because so much of Midkemian history and culture has been explored before. Perhaps the sequel will see a return to this depth as the world of the Dasati is explored. We can only hope. To be blunt, a good story, but that is it. If you want an easy read, this is for you. If you want to be challenged I suggest you turn to Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson. Also, if you are a collector of Feist novels, this has been published in a different format, with the overall size being very much altered. It just doesn't fit with the rest, which I found quite annoying. A slight blip from a master of his genre. Let's hope for a return to form with his next release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Purchased for husband who loved it and devoured it during the long and lonely night shift hours at work. Thank you
Published 2 months ago by L.B. Kosin
5.0 out of 5 stars Another page turner
When I read the riftwar cycle I tend to look at the timeline in two ways, the macro story with pug, and the small sub plots such as the kings buccaneer and the like. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mike Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to return to the magic
I'm reading the books for the first time and in the order they were written and for too long the books have been devoid of magic and mystery. Good book
Published 6 months ago by jayboy221
4.0 out of 5 stars Flight of the night hawks
Nothing like the first Feist trilogy I read ,which was amazing.
This book was not close to them ( magicians) do not think I will be reading further in this series.
Published 9 months ago by Hiscraft
3.0 out of 5 stars Ponderous ... but necessary
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 10 months ago by A. Cresswell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start
After the conclave of shadows trilogy disappointed me slightly by being mainly build up with no resolution this instalment really gripped me again. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars great books
as always books books by Raymond E. Feist are well worth reading, the books are well written with care given to his persistant world
Published 15 months ago by liam edgley
5.0 out of 5 stars Book review
Another twist in the story for Pug and co Feist does well as usual moving the characters round the various lands that make up his brilliant world. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ron Hodge
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this man...
I am completely and utterly obsessed with Raymond's books, each and every book of his so far has had me totally captivated! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Danny-B-14
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