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A Kingdom Besieged (The Chaoswar Saga, Book 1) (Midkemian Trilogy 1) [Paperback]

Raymond E. Feist
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1 Sep 2011 Midkemian Trilogy 1 (Book 1)

Discover the fate of the original black Magician, Pug, and his motley crew of agents who safeguard the world of Trigia, as prophecy becomes truth in the first book of the last ever Midkemian trilogy.

THE KINGDOM BESIEGED

The Darkness is coming…

The Kingdom is plagued by rumour and instability. Kingdom spies in Kesh have been disappearing - either murdered, or turned to the enemy side. Information has become scant and unreliable; but one thing appears clear. Dark forces are on the move…

Since Pug and the Conclave of Shadows enforced peace after the last Keshian invasion, the Empire has offered no threat. But now factions are rising and Jim Dasher reports mobilizations of large forces in the Keshian Confederacy.

As the men of the West answer the King's call to muster, Martin conDoin - left as caretaker of Crydee Keep - will suddenly be confronted with the vanguard of an invading army. He reminds himself that he is a year older than his legendary ancestor, Prince Arutha, was when he stood firm against the Tsurani invasion, but Arutha had an army to command, and Martin is left with old men and young boys.

Massive events are about to unfold, events which threaten the future of all human life in Midkemia…


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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000726478X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007264780
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,044 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’ Guardian

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

‘Well-written and distinctly above average… intelligent… intriguing’ Publishers Weekly

‘ Epic scope…vivid imagination…a significant contribution to the growth of the field of fantasy’ Washington Post

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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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellence returns 11 April 2011
Format:Hardcover
Having followed Feist since Magician turned up in 1982 it is fair to admit that this reviewer has found the Darkwar and Demonwar Sagas not to the same par as the Riftwar and Serpentwar Sagas. I had a growing disquiet that Feist had entered the twenty-first century with a little less enthusiasm than during the previous fifteen years. Midkemia also suffered from similar symptoms as Jordon's Wheel of Time - namely, a desire to expand a series that was neatly coming to a conclusion due to the pressure of fans and publishers alike who demanded (rightly) more from the author. Feist achieved this through Pug and the concept of multiple dimensions (a theme that drew closely to Weis & Hickman's flirt with The Deathgate Cycle) by expanding into a realm of Demons and inter-dimensional travel through Pug, his family and associates.
The books came out yearly like a smooth conveyor belt and they lacked that...something...that brilliance that makes Magician one of the stand-out fantasy novels to date.
With "A Kingdom Besieged" Feist appears to have taken a hard look at what has made him such a powerful author of the genre and delivered a new novel that spends most of its time in that world. Namely, a move away from the pure fantastical of inter-dimensional demonic creatures and back to Crydee, Krondor, LaMut, the great Kesh, Roldem et al.. We are back with "real" characters such as Ty, Talwin Hawkin's son, the new Duke of Crydee - Hal - and his two brothers, Brendan and Martin. A fiery Bethany pulled straight from the ever-influential Maid Marion with these four mean we have a new set of eyes that witness an assault on the Keep and an audacious plan by Kesh that sits comfortably and, more importantly, familiarly with the world of Midkemia.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a relief! 4 Mar 2011
By DJew
Format:Hardcover
(NO SPOILER and plot-point free review).

FINALLY, Feist seems to be back on form. There's a lot to enjoy here and while many of the classic "bad Feistisms" are in evidence (spelling mistakes, lazy naming of characters with the same name as their forebears etc) they don't really detract from what feels like a very promising start to the [rumoured] final part of the riftwar cycle.

It really feels like Feist has spent some time on this book and invested his characters and the situations with some real attention. There's a sense here of a lot of different threads being drawn together and while it's not as fluid or as natural as some of the epic fantasy sagas which span an equal number of books (and it wasn't originally conceived that way), it's thrilling to read. I blasted through it in a day and a half and if you're Feist fan I'm sure you will too. There's an awful lot of politics and a fair amount of discussion in this first book, but I didn't mind that. It helps to build the tension and the feeling that he really will deliver a corker this time. The ending also gave me a real chill and I had that wonderful feeling of mystery and wonder that I haven't experienced for a while with Feist. The final few pages are absolutely vintage and I really hope you get the same thrill from them. In my opinion, when he's on form, there's no-one better.

If you've been with Feist since Magician then frankly, yes, it's worth it. Four stars because it's too tough to call this one until we see what the rest of the trilogy (duology?) looks like.

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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better but not great 2 April 2011
By TLVP
Format:Hardcover
I've followed Feist's books since Magician first came to out in the early 80's. Sometimes he's been great, sometimes ok, a late simply bad. His last two books were frankly painful to read due to the poor quality through and through, it seemed that he was running out of ideas.

So is this a return to form? Yes and no.He's rehashing some of his old ideas and he's dealing with them quite abruptly - as someone else mentioned killing of a character in 10 lines without any real emotional response from his family?

There are however some nice new ideas in the midst of it all, and the execution of things is less sloppy than the previous two books.

One nice new idea and the reharsh of his previous 3-4 best plots should build up to an epic story over the trilogy but... This book should have been 600-700 pages long at least, more things should have happened to the characters and when it happened he should have spent more time on it. From here on there will be spoilers so stop reading if you haven't read it yet.

Comments on plot lines:

Jimmy Dasher - doesn't work for me. There is only one Jimmy the Hand - let him rest in peace

Martin, Brendan, Hal, Bethany - we've seen most of it before but it works nicely. Martin as Arutha, Hal as Lyam and Brendan as someone new which is why REF doesn't know what to do with him yet i think.

Sandreena - I can't get excited about this plot line, though the Nighthawk twist is nice

Pug, Magnus -ok at best

Child, Begot - very good - the best parts of the book by far, and the only bit that is original - it'll be interesting to see how this develops when the Miranda demon meets Pug

Overall 3 out of 5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent continuing the saga
Published 3 days ago by ALAN BROADFOOT
3.0 out of 5 stars not the best in the overall world
not the best in the overall world, to be honest I'm just reading his books now for the sake of finishing them all. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading.
Raymonds Rift War were the first books that got me reading and have brought me no end of joy. This is another truly epic book by an amazing author.
Published 1 month ago by Oscar Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars @cuninghamtom03
As ever excellent writing! Looking forward to the final book and rereading the rest. Well done indeed Mr R E Feist
Published 2 months ago by cunninghamtom
3.0 out of 5 stars A story besieged
Whilst the story was a continuation of what has been a good world plot, this story is kinda out of the blue. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mike Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Loved this series from the start. I was late to the Feist and am only catching up now. Ive loved every path and this book has brought some brilliant stories that i honestly didnt... Read more
Published 3 months ago by David Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put these books down...
It's 1.50 am and I have work in the morning but couldn't stop till I finished this book. That alone should convey the reason for 5 stars.
Published 3 months ago by Rob G
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great book, story and plots. Kept me gripped from start to end. Very enjoyable. Getting back to his earlier works for riveting read status rather than some of the less interesting... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sonja
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book from the master of fantasy
Another great book from the master of fantasy, I'm always amazed how Raymond can keep get more depth from each new instalment from his world
Published 5 months ago by Lee fitzsimmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Another great book but this time written in his own original style and back to the original mix of military battles, magical strife and everyday emotions and morals. Perfect.
Published 6 months ago by jayboy221
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