is the first of a series of novels--Legends of the Riftwar
--which act as sidebars to the main action of Feist's epic of the clash of two worlds. Here, in the middle of the desperate war between the Kingdom and its Tsurani invaders, patrols from each side find themselves forced into a perpetually collapsing alliance against an enemy that wants to kill both. The Kingdom commander, Dennis, has a fairly standard set of scores to settle, notably the seizure of his ancestral home on his wedding night and the death of his entire family, including his new wife. The Tsurani leader, Asayaga, has a complex set of political feuds and obligations to balance against his need to survive. Add to the mix a couple of attractive sisters and a long-standing fratricidal blood feud between their light-elve scout and the dark-elf commander of the pursuing army, and the stage is set for a superior Sword and Sorcery western--and yet at times it becomes something more. There is a real sense here of the depths of winter and of the difficult practicalities of replacing a wrecked bridge in the middle of a battle, of scouting and quarter-mastering and all those unglamorous tasks that get soldiering done. --Roz Kaveney
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Like many a fantasy author before him, Feist appeared to have lost the inventiveness and imagination that distinguished such early books as the Riftwar saga. And many an enthusiast groaned when he began to write books in tandem with other authors (when have these joint efforts ever produced anything as impressive as solo work?). So hopes may not be high for this new Riftwar book. Nevertheless, despite the presence of Forstchen (who probably contributed much of the text here), this is something of a return to form. Hart Raft's Marauders is an elite band of Kingdom raiders: a special unit designed to infiltrate and fight behind enemy lines. At the same time, a Tsurani patrol has been despatched to support an assault on the same garrison. And as the disparate groups are forced to join together to fight the enemy, we are in for some vividly written fantasy adventure.
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