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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; New Ed edition (2 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006483895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006483892
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,159 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By William Marnoch on 26 July 2002
Format: Hardcover
Feist's "Riftwar Saga" has long been one of my favourite fantasy series. The combination of epic adventure, well-written action scenes, a believable fantasy world and interesting characters meant that the books in the series were always interesting. The first thing to say about this latest Riftwar book is it is quite different in some ways from the previous books in the series, it lacks the epic scope and there are few action scenes. Fortunately, the believable fantasy world and interesting characters are still present here, and the quality of writing is up there with Feist's best.
The title of the book is possibly slightly misleading - although there is a murder mystery the main entertainment here is in the interactions of the three main characters. Pirojil, Durine and Kethol are three veteran mercenaries who have a rather cynical view of life but are likeable and are very good at what they do. After they are given the unenviable task of having to protect a minor nobleman from rumoured assassination attempts they find themselves sucked into the complexities of LaMutian politics, which despite their reluctance they deal well with. Feist's books have produced a number of memorable characters but these are among the best in the series.
Since the book is set entirely in one provincial city it lacks the epic scope of, say, Magician and there aren't any of Feist's trademark large battle scenes here but the dialogue and characterisation is good enough to make this a very entertaining read.
Like his previous collaborations (with Janny Wurts in the Empires books and William Forstchen in "Honoured Enemy") this book is a high quality as the main-series Riftwar books, while being different enough to be a refreshingly original read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Garton VINE VOICE on 20 Aug 2002
Format: Paperback
I admit that this book is far better than the series involving the magician Sidi, however Murder in LaMut just isn't up to Feist's high standard. In reading this book, I felt almost as if the a story had been made up as Feist went along. It doesn't feel well planned, and the character are weak. I completed the book, and immediately moved on: no reflection on the story, or the characters. It's not all bad: Feist's worst is better than many aspiring novelists best. Just don't expect "Magician" quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "lennonforvr" on 21 Jun 2002
Format: Hardcover
Too bad Raymond Feist is letting anybody use his name to write a book that takes place on the world he created. My guess is that Feist had about 5% input to this book. This book had nothing to do with the RiftWar other than the occasional Tsurani reference, Fantus is in this book, along with the fact that it takes place in Lamut.
The bulk of the book focuses on the policics of LaMut and the Eastern & Western relms. While there is quite a bit of good humor in this book, it lacks in compelling stories and characters.
One group fight to go along with one duel? I frankly expected more from this story, as it took place during the RiftWar, but was sadly mistaken.
The best part of the entire book? The inside rear sleeve which states that "Talon of The SilverHawk will be the first book in a major new RiftWar series." THAT, if Feist actually writes these, will be something I will hapily buy. Let's hope Jimmy The Hand isn't written by some guy names Jimmy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tony Hiles on 30 Jun 2002
Format: Hardcover
Well a new Feist book is something I always look forward too. I have his entire range and have read them many times. I have to admit that I have been disappointed with the quality of his recent work. Tear of the Gods was particularly poor. Honoured Enemy did display a return to form although is in no way "classic Feist" so I was optimistic about Murder in Lamut.
Having finished Lamut, not difficult given it's short length, I feel strangely non plussed. There is nothing wrong with the writing. The characters do their jobs well enough and the landscape is described in the usual vivid style. However the book lacks two essential ingredients. The first being a tangible feeling of continuity with the rest of the series. This is set in the Feist world but does little to confirm that. Beyond vague references to the world and characters we know and love, this could be any one of a number of fantasy novels. By introducing all new charcters, with the exception of Fantus, the reader is divorced from the Riftwar saga which this book is supposed to be set in.
The second problem for me was the nature of the story. This is no action packed adventure. Indeed this is no adventure, period. What we have here is Feist meets Columbo. Gone are the dramatic confrontations of Magician, Honoured Enemy and Sethanon. Instead we are left with a bog standard murder mystery which in all honesty is not that engaging. I left this book wondering what the point was. It does not add anything to the world of Midkemia as a whole and does not make a great statement by itself, indeed it is instantly forgetable. Perhaps the problem lies with the need for two authors. He does not have time to write all the books he wants too himself so brings in help and guides them in the right direction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Ng on 22 Aug 2003
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I am an avid fan of feist, his early books magician, silver thorn etc...were the best I have ever read.
unfortunately the same cannot be said of Murder in Lamut, at best it is an average who dunnit - not a very good one at that(its transparent and you will guess the culprit very early on).
the characters are shallow - and could have been so much more. The mercenaries could have been central characters of the calibre of arutha, jimmy the hand, pug etc.. but they were never really given the chance.
In short if you are a fan who has read all his books you will be disappointed..if you haven't you will think it merely average.
To the new reader I say - this is well below average for the great man. if you want a proper sample of what he can do read Magician I guarantee that you will be hooked.
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