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Into a Dark Realm (Darkwar, Book 2) [Hardcover]

Raymond E. Feist
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4 Sep 2006 Darkwar (Book 2)

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

Chaos threatens to overwhelm two worlds as the most dangerous force ever encountered threatens to invade Midkemia, while the most treacherous magician in history – the madman Leso Varen – begins to wreak havoc on the world of Kelewan.

Pug and the Conclave of Shadows are determined to find Varen, only to discover that he has usurped the body of one of the most powerful men in the Empire of Tsuranuani – a Black Robe and member of the Assembly of Magicians. Pug has the almost impossible task of uncovering the true identity of the fiendish magician in an entire city full of Black Robes.

Murder, mayhem, horror, and the darkest evil await Pug's son, Magnus, and his companions as they attempt to discover the ultimate source of the terrible threat that hovers over Midkemia and Kelewan. Leading a desperate expedition into the realm of the Dasati, the vast and malevolent empire which is threatening his homeworld, Magnus hopes to find the key to defeating this enemy who is capable of overwhelming the combined might of two worlds. But even if he does, the companions will have a desperate struggle to return home with their vital information.

Three worlds will teeter on the brink of destruction as the third Riftwar: the Darkwar, is unleashed.

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; First Edition edition (4 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007133774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007133772
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 490,995 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 and ‘Flight of the Night Hawks’:

‘File under guilty pleasure.’

‘Get in at the start of a master’s new series.’
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About the Author

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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Master has returned 10 Jun 2007
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Kaspar smiled 'Life has a habit of making changes without consulting you .... We make plans, but fate doesn't always listen to what we want'

These words alone are worth reading 295 pages for but it must also be pointed out that 'Into a Dark Realm' is a very good book, far befitting a Master than Apprentice.

I have read many reviews of REF's post Riftwar work with numerous complaints of how his future novels have lacked the spark of that series. This criticism is harsh as any future work from what many consider to be the definative fantasy works will always seem to wither in comparrison. It must also be mentioned that frequently an authors first novel may be some 10 or 20 years in the planning but after that they are expected to dish out future publications on a seemingly annual basis.

I personally consider the Empire Trilogy to be REF's finest work ( with co-author Janny Wurts ) but die hard fans should be rest assured that his latest novel has all the hallmarks of one of the greatest writers of the genre.

Most of the usual suspects put in an appearance including a suprise appearance right at the end. Pug features more front and centre than in previous episodes which from this readers perspective is no bad thing as it is taking an eon for the prophecy of Lims-Kragma to unfold.

The story takes place on Midkemia, Kelewan and the world of the Talnoy, which I suspect will feature heavily in the concluding parts of this series.

As with all his work, it is essential to start from at least the start of the series before reading this book but for all newcomers you will get the most benefit from starting at the very beginning. 'Magician' is still the finest single book I have read and the only one which I have read more than twice.

I will forever be gratful for the work Raymond E Feist & look on with anticipation of the next chapter in this story which started all the way back on a beach near Crydee.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Another book setting up the next 3 Oct 2006
Am in general a Feist fan...however I am now a bit annoyed with whole books being written to set up the next one.

At the end of the last book, I thought that book was really setting up a decent book (this one), but at the end of this book I find myself thinking the was readable, it was fine, but at the end of the day it has you looking forward to the next book rather than thinking this book was great. In reality, not a whole lot of noteworthy things happen in this book until right at the end...and they are just setting up what will (hopefully) be a good next book.

So it fits in, its fine, but dont expect any closure or major events in it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but over too soon 12 July 2007
The continuation of an excellent new series. it certainly is a gripping read and a real page turner which in this case is almost a pain because it ends so soon!

to me it felt like half a book and as such, a little dissapointing but worth buying regardless. Will certainly be buying the next installment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as its predecessor... 16 Feb 2007
The first volume of the Darkwar Saga, Flight of the Nighthawks, was a throwback book, the best novel written by Raymond E. Feist in years. Into a Dark Realm once again marks the return of the Feist of old. Sadly, it's not the Raymond E. Feist of the 80s and early 90s, but the Feist who brought us books like Krondor: The Betrayal and Talon of the Silver Hawk. Hence, after a ripping yarn like Flight of the Nighthawks, Into a Dark Realm is a disappointing sequel.

As was the case with the Conclave of Shadows trilogy, the main problem originates from the fact that the author manifestly lacks enough material to fill three volumes adequately. Conclave of Shadows, in my humble opinion, should have been a single novel. In the same vein, the Darkwar Saga likely should be a duology.

Into a Dark Realm was a very odd reading experience. Indeed, some of its storylines are fun and interesting. I particularly enjoyed the plotlines pertaining to Tad, Zana and Jommy. Accordingly, they followed the logical progression from the first volume. Miranda's dealings with the Assembly on Kelewan allowed us to see her play a more active role.

Unfortunately, a big portion of this novel revolves around the storyline concerning Pug's visit to the Dasati homeworld. And that's where the story takes an abrupt turn for the worse. The pace becomes increasingly sluggish, and at times the story becomes extremely boring. Instead of relying on his storytelling skills, Feist forces us to endure unending discussions concerning the Dasati and their universe. And after a few of those, it becomes more and more difficult not to lose interest. There is an "insider" storyline, in which a young Dasati warrior named Valko takes center stage. But the alien Dasati culture fails to capture the reader's imagination.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars at least it's got bek in it 9 Sep 2006
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Every year the same ritual. Start of September, get depressed because school's about to start, then have the mood slightly lightened by the fact that the next feist book's out.

into a dark realm is the latest in a long-line of twenty-something (maybe thirty) novels by the current master of fantasy, Raymond Feist.

Its plot follows Pug, Nakor, Bek, and Magnus as they descend to the second plane of existence in an attempt to understand the threat of the Dasati, deviating occasionally to focus on Tad, Zane, and Jommy's training as future military leaders, and Miranda as she tries to root out Leso Varen on Kelewan. (This is somewhat contrary to the synopsis, an example of the lack of cohesion and proof reading that plagues these books, with the wrong names being given to the wrong characters and sentences which were clearly supposed to be separate blending into each other).

Feist has spent the last few decades building up a universe of stunning complexity and imagination, the flip side of which is that this book's going to be fairly incomprehensible to anyone who picked it up in the shop and thought it might be a good way to get into a new series or author. As always in the series, there is an attempt to address this in various one-paragraph monologues that allude to semi-relevant events in the history of Feist's universe, but which turn out to be insufficient to fill in those new to Midekemia et al and just irritate those of us who go through the yearly ritual.

Anyway, to the specifics. Since the end of the serpentwar books feist seems to have lost his ability of intertwining various perspectives and plotlines into a coherent whole, and this continues here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great series of books
Published 17 days ago by Kevin Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars rsmond e feist
Although somewhst of a rehash of previous story lines still a good read to fimisj the serirs a pity it is not available singlery
Published 4 months ago by XXXX
5.0 out of 5 stars It had to happen eventually
As with my previous reviews I've split the macro story and the micro story's as feist tells his tale in this manner. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mike Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars David Eddings scores again
this author is a firm favourite of mine and each series is well written and each book in the series follows on perfectly
Published 11 months ago by Kathleen Hughlock
2.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy
As much as I like Feist, its always annoyed me that the proof reading for his books is almost non-existent. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Null
1.0 out of 5 stars Review
Too far fetched even for Feist, difficult to get involved in the book, on for the delete column as soon as I can bring myself to read and finish it.
Published 15 months ago by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book spoiled
Another ripping yarn from the master of fantasy, but spoiled by bad "printing". Several words in the dialogue have been missed out in this Kindle edition. Read more
Published 18 months ago by C. Silver
5.0 out of 5 stars Present
My dad really enjoyed this book and finished after two days on his kindle! It was a great price aswell! Just what I needed!
Published 19 months ago by Kirsten
4.0 out of 5 stars Into a dark realm
As always a fantastic writer. I did feel at times it was rushed however it still made great reading again.
Published 19 months ago by Jason Hickman
5.0 out of 5 stars into a dark realm........
Well I am an avid feist reader I have read every single book up tonow I swore that I would not pick another book until I finished with him. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Leon
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