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At the Gates of Darkness (The Riftwar Cycle: The Demonwar Saga Book 2, Book 26) (Demonwar Saga 2) Hardcover – 7 Jan 2010

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; 1st edition (7 Jan. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007264712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007264711
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,360 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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Praise for Raymond E. Feist:

‘File under guilty pleasure’

‘Get in at the start of a master’s new series’
Daily Sport

‘Well-written and distinctly above average… intelligent… intriguing.’
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‘ Epic scope…vivid imagination…a significant contribution to the growth of the field of fantasy.’
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Recent events have devastated the Conclave of Shadows; the discovery of the Demon horde on the heels of the taredhel invasion of Midkemia, the threat of the star elves themselves, and the terrible personal cost paid by Pug and his family.

But grieving must wait. At a deserted fortress in the Valley of Lost Men, the Conclave’s agents witness horror beyond their imagination, orchestrated by a familiar enemy. But Belasco's motives are as yet unclear. The Conclave must regroup and discover the true meaning behind the chaos seeded by the evil magician if they are ever to find a way to stop the destruction of Triagia before the demon horde even arrives.

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. D. White VINE VOICE on 31 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Sorry but I was really disappointed by this novel, given the fact I borrowed it from my local library for free I am baffled as to why I feel I have been ripped off.... but I do feel that way, and my sympathies go out to anyone who has paid anything like the full asking price for this piece of waffle. I really quiet enjoyed the 1st novel in this duology, yes it was a bit slow and nothing really happened, but it was crammed full of exposition, back ground bumf and a feel of menace about bad things coming to Midkemia. It was a perfect set up novel for a new series of novels, with a bit of a shocking twist at the end; basically it did the trick of whetting my appetite for this and subsequent novels.

However the pay off that should have been delivered in this novel just didn't happen, and not only did it not happen but neither did anything else really, and even then lots of little things are just plain daft, unbelievable, inconsistent and or wrong. Pug goes from grief to some whinny little emo toddler who has occasional flashes of angst that are forgotten about the instant anything important needs to be done. Magnus is as 2D as ever, as are many of the supporting cast, Sandrenna seems more upset at a holiday romance gone wrong than she does about the guy who pimped her out as a 'young girl' and then sold her into sexual slavery. We have a Illusionist who suddenly becomes a Conjurer, maybe that came with the amnesia that had said magic user forget that had opened/used rifts in the previous novel.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By RoyCo on 6 Mar. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I can only repeat what others have said - being a die-hard Raymond Feist fan from the beginnings of Pug in "The Magician", this book, "At the gates of Darkness", being the second "and FINAL" part of the Demonwar saga left me completely flat and so disappointed. What on earth was it all about? I will admit that it did initially have potential but that sort of petered out before I had read half of this book with a lot of (to me) unecessary character developments and, as noted elsewhere, by a lot of "walking around"! I do hope that I may be mistaken and that this book has been a "filler" (maybe due to publisher pressure??) for MUCH better things ahead ... who knows.
I rated it with 'one star' as there is no facility for zero stars, which means that I could not, in all honesty, recommend it to anyone, Feist-fan or not. In some of Feist's previous books I have simply had to read on and on with that "can't put it down" factor that leads you from chapter to chapter. In this book, I actually got fed up and bored and, at one point, had to go back to re-read part of "rides a dread legion" to find out what was supposedly going on. That may be old age on my part or it may be poor story construction ...

Finally, and one of my main bug-bears - did anyone actually proof-read this manuscript? There are numerous examples of poor grammar, spelling mistakes and punctuation howlers - I would have thought that Harper Collins would have been able to ensure a professional job was done.
For example, "you're" instead of "your" and also, the final sentence of the book actually makes no sense without a comma - "The conversation ceased leaving them in silence." Huh??? (That actually means that the conversation made some noise!).
Try, "The conversation ceased, leaving them in silence".
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Bush on 27 Feb. 2010
Format: Hardcover
after reading this book i feel feist should just end it and move on to another world/characters/storyline.. i read the book in one day and i cant really remember anything significant about this book to be honest.. NOTHING sticks out, except it was a boring read. :( i cant even remember any action scenes.. tomas did NOTHING THIS BOOK.. the characters are becoming non exciting now. all of the interesting characters are gone... macros, nakor, jimmy the hand, miranda, rek, and the ones that remain sort of interesting are doing NOTHING. :( none of the new characters stick out, unfortunately.. they are just there.

i think its about collecting money now.. this saga has run its course. JUST END IT, PLEASE...

Feist ranks in my top 5 of authors. others being, george rr martin. david eddings (RIP), tracy hickman and margaret weis, terry goodkind.
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107 of 116 people found the following review helpful By C. Hurley on 7 Jan. 2010
Format: Hardcover
The only reason you would read this book is if you're a long time Feist fan. If you're not then you're missing out on 28 years of continuity, characterisation and story so head back to the start. If you're a long time Feist fan you'll more than likely be aware of the drop in length of his books since the end of the Serpant War Saga. This continues here with a book even shorter than its predecessors; scraping in at just over 300 pages. A shorter length, however, doesn't mean a poorer quality book, just that you'll be getting less than normal. This is the second, and last book, of the Demonwar Saga, and considering the first book (Rides a Dread Legion) felt like the first third of a story (all set up and exposition with little, if any payoff) you know there's a lot to cover in this shorter book.

The plot details the hunt for Belasco, brother of Sidi, and the Conclave of Shadow's attempts to stop him from raising Demons, in particular a demon named Dahun, and bringing about the destruction of Midkemia. All in all, pretty standard fare at this point in Midkemia history. However it's the characters we've come to know and love which keeps fans reading. But ultimately these characters are done growing. There is little in the way of characterisation in this book; the two Taredhel brothers introduced in the first book don't do much, they are simply reacting to things throughout. Their history is not drawn upon to create any dialogue; most of the time they merely ending up pointing at the next plot point and saying "What's that?" "Let's check it out." and then discovering some piece of Deus Ex Machina. Sandreena, a Knight Adament introduced in Rides a Dread Legion, is given the only thing which could amount to character development in the book.
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