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Raymond E. Feist
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15 Nov 1999 The Riftwar Legacy (Book 1)

A new episode in Feist’s massively successful Riftwar saga.

From the endlessly inventive mind of one of fantasy’s all-time greats, comes a spellbinding new adventure featuring old favourites Jimmy, Locklear and Pug.

It is nine years on from the aftermath of Sethanon. There has been peace awhile and it’s been needed. But news is feeding through to the people of the Kingdom of the Isles that deadly forces are stirring on the horizon. The bringer of the latest tidings is Gorath, a moredhel (dark elf).

The bloodletting has started. Nighthawks are murdering again. Politics is a dangerous, cut-throat game once more. At the root of all this unrest lie the mysterious machinations of a group of magicians known as The Six.

Meanwhile, renegade Tsurani gem smugglers, a rival criminal gang to the Mockers led by someone known only as The Crawler, and traitors to the crown are all conspiring to bring the Kingdom of the Isles to its knees.


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; New Ed edition (15 Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006483348
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006483342
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,644 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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The video game industry has always drawn upon works of fiction for inspiration--sooner or later, the process had to reverse itself. Krondor: the Betrayal began its life as the bestselling role-playing video game of all time, written by Raymond E. Feist for Dynamix Inc. Feist, whose Serpentwar Saga has sold millions of copies and established him as one of the most popular fantasy authors of modern times, also wrote this novelisation which places the action of the game in the context of his fully realised fantasy setting, Midkemia. Feist's fans are legion. Long-time readers will be delighted at the return of popular characters Pug the Wizard, Squire Locklear and others, as they face the menace of a marauding elf war-chieftain and a mysterious cabal of wizards. But first-time Feist readers may find Krondor the Betrayal baffling and tiresome--without the momentum of the larger series, much of the story's effect is diminished. The video game influence in this book is unmistakable, as evidenced by an encumbrance of sword fights, multilevel conspiracy and two-dimensional characters. --Brendan J. LaSall, Amazon.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining if predictable read. 25 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I have played the game that this book was based on and enjoyed it greatly. However the plot that was suficient to fuel a game is not as engaging on paper and characters that were good by game standards are not fleshed out much in this book. If you have read other Fiest books and know these characters already, then you will get much more from this book than if this is your first experience of Fiest. Read "Magician" by Fiest befor reading this one. However for Fiest addicts it is still a good buy, it's nice to hear more from our favourite characters from the previious books.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A real disappointment 20 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Until I bought Krondor the Betrayal I had collected all Feist books and loved every one of them. Betrayal at Krondor has stopped me from buying the new ones! A few years ago I had a PC game called Betrayal at Krondor; the scenario was great and it actually introduced me to Feist. In the book it looks like the author has run out of ideas and was forced to write a book out of the game scenario. Revisiting an old idea is not always a bad thing to do, but in this case it left me with the impression Feist has hired some unknown author to ruin his own scenario : the book is so badly written you can actually figure out it is based on an older work! Perhaps I am being a bit unfair, as I have read far worse novels, but still this can't be compared to the rest of Feist's work.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 'Dire' doesn't really cover it. 17 Jan 2005
By Ian Tapley VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
THE STORY:
A decade after 'A Darkness At Sethanon', dark power is once again stirring the Dark Elves up to war against the Kingdom. Cast out by his people, the dark elf Gorath and the failed magician Owen attempt to warn the Kingdom and battle the threat.
WHAT'S GOOD:
Gorath's character allows us a bit of previously unseen exposition of the nature of the dark elves. Usually they're just portrayed as simply evil, but Gorath shows that there are grey areas among the elves.
WHAT'S BAD:
Everything except for Gorath. Game tie-ins tend to be pants anyway, but direct conversion of the plot of a game onto paper simply doesn't work. It's appalling how transparent the game basis is as Owen battles a group of enemies, defeats a 'boss' character, receives a clue and a magic item and then heads on to a new environment. In the new environment he battles a group of enemies, defeats another boss, gets a clue and so on and so forth. Jimmy and Locklear's inclusions in the book are also botched as the roles they play in the story are identical and Feist basically writes them as the same character. How could the man who brought us 'Magician' have fallen so far?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! 12 April 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Hi. This is my first contact with R. E. Feist and i can tell you i want to read more... So, since i haven't played the game, this was also the first time i viewed this wonderful world he made. I started the book and believed i would read it in my spare time. But after a few pages i just couldn't stop reading! As i kept reading it was getting more and more exciting and i couldn't wait until i finished this page then the the next... I read it in less than 5 days always making more free time in order to read it(and english is not my mother language). I want to say i am very satisfied from this book (although i would prefer it if Gorath lived in the end). Now i would like to read more of Feist so if anyone reads my "review" don't hesitate to send me e-mail with what you think i should read. Thanks and Raymond (if i may call you so) keep up the good work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading for a rainy afternoon . . . 16 Nov 1999
Format:Paperback
Nothing realy different to the other Feist books - the hero's suspect a dastardly plot to take over / destroy the world, they solve the riddle, get besieged by the enemy (Who outnumber them 300+ to one of course!, win the battle with only seconds to go before the world is blown to tiny bits and then head home for tea and medals.
Now don't get me wrong - that's not a bad thing and I will carry on reading Feists books as they come out. I just compare it to Hollywood sequels - nobody expects Rambo 19 (Return to BirmingNam) to be original but we'll still sit and watch it when there's bugger all else on telly! On the plus side - it is nice to get to fill in the gaps between the Rift & Serpent War sagas. Like every other Reviewer I think that newcomers to Midkemia would be better off reading the Riftwar series before considering this chapter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Set between "A Darkness at Sethanon", and "The King's Bucaneer", "Krondor: The Betrayal" chronicles further troubles with Moredhel to the north, and a group of magic wielding patriots - the defenders of the Kingdom of the Isles are sorely tested, and the action just keeps on rolling.
The torch of the story is carried once again by the characters of the earlier books - which I feel is great, for in my opinion, they were forgotten for too great a time between the Riftwar and Serpent War sagas.
Although not a good book to start the Midkemian tale with, this is a must have for any Feist fans who have read the other books.
Feist has made a great job of converting the storyline from computer game to novel, and is well worth the read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mistake Issuing This - Real Mistake 31 July 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've been reading Feist books in chronlogical order (the order matching that printed inside the cover) and assumed that this was next in line. Wrong! it fits somewhere between earlier books.
Usually when I read an author for the first time and don't like either the style of writing or the plot I give up but, having read so many Feist books - and loved the earlier ones - I gave this a good chance. It is awful, a terrible read. Without giving the story away it goes something like this: Someone tells them where the enemy is, they go there and kill them. Do that about twenty times and you have the gist. Of course towards the end, when things get tough, just bring in a magician or two to sort the opposition out.
Feist has never been a fluent writer but, like I said earlier, his early books about Midkemia were highly readable, entertaining and strong in material.
This series apparently originated from a game - and it shows. It should have remained so.
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