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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; New Ed edition (7 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006483887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006483885
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Honoured Enemy 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By William Marnoch on 10 Aug. 2001
Format: Hardcover
I've been a fan of Feist's books for about 8 years, and I've read almost all the Riftwar books and, having just finished it, I have to say that Honoured Enemy probably ranks among the best of his works. It may lack the epic scope and the feeling that worlds hang in the balance that other Riftwar books, such as Magician, have but this is possibly an advantage because the only thing that matters in this book is the fate of the characters who have to survive an extremely dangerous situation. The characterisation is good enough that it's easy to care about the fate of the two groups of soldiers from different worlds that have to fight together to survive. Even the enemy moredhel are well characterised with a strong motivation for the moredhel leader's hunt. The battle scenes in this book are as good as ever and seem quite authentic as well, although the final confrontation with the Moredhel was perhaps a bit short. In summary : a good back which I'd definetely recommend reading, even for people who haven't previously read any of Feist's books.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. C. McDowall on 29 Aug. 2001
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As an aside set against the backdrop of Feist's epic Riftwar series this book works. It has all the hallmarks of the fast-paced military conflicts that are one of the mainstays of Feist's saga and can be greatly enjoyed for what it is. Yes, it's all very predictable, the plot simplistic and there are few surprises. Feist and Forstchen have basically fleshed out a sequence that we could have seen in a compact version anywhere in the Riftwar series. To gain the full enjoyment of this book it should be read, as designed to be, after the completion of the Riftwar/Serpentwar series, otherwise the subtle background politics, histories and tensions between the various characters would be lost on new readers and therefore would make a poor stand-a-lone novel. But For Feist fans this collaboration with Forstchen is a real treat and I eagerly look forward the next tale from the Riftwar.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Aug. 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was a bit hesitant about this book after the recent Krondor series, but am pleased to say this is the best Feist book since before the Serpentwar Saga. It is set back in the Riftwar, and also draws heavily on the Empire series. But unlike recent books, it has a totally new set of characters, so there is plenty of suspense and unpredictability. Two good intertwined stories, strong characters, a great backdrop (in terms of landscape and culture) and a fast pace... the sort of book you're sure to finish in 1 night. If you're a a lapsed Feist fan, I definitely recommend you give this book a try - it's a great read!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Sept. 2001
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Having being a big fan of Feist fo many years, recently i've been becoming a little disillusioned with his recent efforts - namely the Krondor series. Compared to his earlier works the krondor books appear, well, lame! but how this one makes up for it. An excellent story which has you seeing the problems both sides face. Although at times it's a bit predictable, that is the beauty of it. Unlike the Krondor books he hasn't tried to over complicate matters and it works superbly and there are a couple of twists late on that you don't always see coming. A must for any fan of fast paced, action packed fantasy. Hopefully the next one will be as good or even better!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Mar. 2002
Format: Paperback
Honoured Enemy brings us back to fiest at his best. Similer style to the empire series charater relationship and devolpement play a key role in this book. After the rather poor kronder books and tear of the gods( which was a disappointing read) this book shows he still has it in him. This has been placed next to the empire books with pride as it seems when fiest works with other they bring out the best in both them
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matt Graubner on 3 Aug. 2005
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Again Feist has returned to the time of the Rift War, this time to nine years after its bloody beginning. Honoured Enemy is the story of two companies of fighters, both Kingdom and Tsurani that come together in the face of moredhel attack.
The books switches perspective frequently, for entire chapters at first, between the Kingdom commander (Dennis Hartraft) and the Tsurani Force Commander (Asayaga). However, this isn't distracting, but highly enlightening as we get to see both sides of the "conflict" and its evolution. I especially enjoyed the many allusions made to Tsurani society that could only come after the publication of the Empire Trilogy. Asayaga even muses over the murder of Mara of the Acoma's father and brother at one point, but believes that she is doing well, ;-).
Furthermore, as this book was written after the Riftwar Saga, but set during the beginning of it (before Silverthorn and Sethanon) it was possible for Feist and Forstchen to allude to future events, especially as we saw into the councils of the moredhel pursuing the humans. Enough is revealed incidentally that you have to read this book after the Riftwar Saga, not in the middle.
Even after they both flee the moredhel the Kingdom and Tsurani troops are constantly on edge, not sure if the enemy of their enemy is their friend, or merely their very temporary ally. As was Murder in LaMut, Honoured Enemy is a unique look onto the world of the Kingdom of the Isles. However, it was a most welcome divergent viewpoint, revealing much that Feist didn't have room to explore in the Riftwar Saga.
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