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Rage of a Demon King (The Serpentwar Saga, Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Raymond E. Feist
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Book Description

The third book in the bestselling Serpentwar series.

The ultimate darkness approaches . . .

As the Emerald Queen’s shadow lengthens once more across the land of Midkemia, her forces stand ready to launch a devastating invasion.

Come the battle’s dawn, the magician Pug and his life-long friend Tomas will discover that something far worse than the Queen’s sorcery is afoot. For an insatiable nightmare creature has entered their world, seeking to own and corrupt the source of life itself.

When the final conflict is joined, reptile will stand against man and magician against demon; and those who battle for good must be victorious . . . or all is doomed.


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    Praise for Raymond E. Feist:

    ‘Fantasy of epic scope, fast-moving action and vivid imagination’ Washington Post

    ‘A fine yarn . . . vivid . . . suspenseful . . . the action is non-stop’ Booklist

    ‘File under guilty pleasure’
    Guardian

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

    From the Author

    When did you start writing?
    If you mean when did I seriously start writing, that was in 1977, the year I graduated from University. I really got serious a year later which was when I took a rough coming-of-age story and started turning into Magician, my first published novel.

    Where do you write?
    I have a home office.

    What are the pros and cons of being a writer?
    The same as with any self-employment: you’re your own boss, you set your own schedule, you determine the quality of the product, etc. The downside is you have no corporate safety net, no unemployment insurance, no health care benefits, no retirement plan, so you bear responsibility for all of those things. It is not a job for the timid.

    What writers have inspired you?
    Too long a list to cover them all. Anything good, in one fashion or another influences. There are some very obvious names, to begin with: Shakespeare, Marlow, Dickens, the Russians, Twain, Melville, and some slightly less obvious, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alexander Dumas, Anthony Hope, and the other "boy’s adventure" authors. Also, historical authors like Mary Renault, Rosemary Suttcliff, and Thomas Costain. And the pulp authors: Arthur Conan Doyle, H. Ridder Haggard, A. Merrrit, and among fantasy writers, Fritz Lieber. Toss in as diverse a range of writers as Zane Grey and Louis L’amour in westerns to Dashel Hammett , Raymond Chandler, and John D. McDonald in mystery, to comedic writers like Max Schulman and Dan Jenkins. I could keep going, but that’s the tip of the iceberg.

    How important is a sense of place in your writing?
    Tough question to answer in brief; every element in a fantasy has to “make sense” to the reader. You can not condescend to your art because it’s “make believe,” so even though the place in which I set my work is a fantasy world, it has to feel “real” structurally, else the reader will ultimately be unhappy.

    Do you spend a lot of time researching your novels?
    Only enough to convince the reader the characters know what they’re doing. I don’t have to be the expert; I just need to be persuasive.

    Do your characters ever surprise you?
    All the time. In fact, as I get older, more and more often. I suspect this is a function of my subconscious coming up with better story notions than I had originally planned.

    How much of your life and the people around you do you put into your books?
    In specific, none of it; in general, all of it. The old saw is that writers write what they know. It’s like what actors call “sense memory.” You have to sell emotion and there has to be a foundation of validity or it will not work. How did it feel when you saw your book in print for the first time? A little disbelieving, and very pleased.

    If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing now?
    Probably looking for a job, given this economy. My last one was in the health field as an administrator.

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 999 KB
    • Print Length: 659 pages
    • Publisher: Harper Voyager (13 Sept. 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B008WXI96O
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,938 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More 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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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The grandest of grand adventures! 13 Jan. 2006
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    In this sequel to Shadow of a Dark Queen, author Raymond Feist takes us back to his magical world of Midkemia. Time is growing short now, as the Kingdom of the Isles braces for the coming invasion by the Emerald Queen's army. Erik von Darkmoor is feverishly training new soldiers, but will the Armies of the West be ready? And, as for Rupert Avery, his live of dissipation and intrigue are starting to wear him down, but he is caught in a larger intrigue, and much is going to happen to him that he has never expected.
    Raymond Feist's Riftwar books all great great, with epic adventure and magic, while his later books enjoyed a somewhat smaller scope. This book is definitely an epic book; indeed I would say the greatest of the epic books. This is a story of a war that spans an entire world, and even includes demons and gods in a war of winner-take-all!
    Overall, I found this to be a great story. I loved its huge scope and high stakes - it is the grandest of grand adventures! If you want to read a story with a large scale adventure that will leave you on the edge of your seat, then this is the book for you. I loved this book and give it my highest recommendations!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Rage of a Demon King 20 Mar. 2011
    Format:Paperback
    This series has been my first foray into Raymond E Feist work and I must say I did enjoy this book, the saga unfolding into desperation for the Kingdom and the heroes facing a daunting task, it is well written with vivid detail, so much detail in fact you have to be well rested to read his books, no skimming here, but the story is rich and exciting and would recommend his work and I am now looking to purchase some more of his previous and later novels.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Now for the exciting bit ! One of his best ..... 27 April 2013
    By A. Cresswell TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Paperback
    I'm reviewing Feists' (and those involved with him) works in Chronological order. Unfortunately for some books there are new books and covers being re-released in March 2013 so reviews for the old books can no longer be posted.

    Anyway this review is for the chronological reading of books by Feist and others that all link Medkemia and Kelewan and form the Riftwar Saga, Legacy and beyond. This one is for Rage of a Demon King.

    The order is:-

    Magician 5 stars
    Jimmy the Hand 2 Stars
    Horored Enemy 4 stars
    Murder in LaMuT 3 stars.
    Daughter of the Empire 5 stars
    Silverthorn 4.5 stars
    Darkness at Sethanon 5 stars
    Servant of the Empire 5 stars
    Krondor: The Betrayal 3 Stars
    Mistress of the Empire 5 stars
    Krondor: The Assassins 3 Stars
    Krondor: Tear of the Gods 3 Stars
    Prince of the Blood 5.5 Stars
    The Kings Buccaneer 4 Stars
    Shadow of a Dark Queen 6 Stars !!
    Rise of a Merchant Prince 3.5 Stars
    RAGE OF A DEMON KING 5 STARS

    Rage of a Demon King had the hairs on the back of my neck rising in the first dozen pages. The depiction of the Demon world and their aspects was brilliant. It had all the hallmarks of a great horror and I was actually dissapointed when we cut back into the world of Midkemia again. The continuation of the Serpent Wars Saga is brilliant and sad. It's brilliant in that this is just a huge roller-coaster of adventure and action and epic in it's scale and the huge conflict and war was really well done. Something few writers can deal with in a book. On the other hand this gave Feist the oppertunity to clean up a lot of things in his world and never in any book have I seen so many characters die.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars what a great read! 13 Sept. 2010
    By janpix
    Format:Paperback
    half way through the book and cant put it down!third book in this saga and is just as good as the last!i shall be sad when it's finished!
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    4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Read this series.Now. 19 Jan. 2000
    Format:Paperback
    Come on I wasn't joking. Drop whatever you are doing now and beg, steal or borrow yourself a copy of The Serpentwar Saga. This series has kept me completely enthralled throughout and I can't wait to get onto the next book. Time and again Mr Feist has had me reading into the wee small hours, desperate to know the fate of our intrepid band of unlikely heroes. There is one downfall to an epic saga such as this, soon it's going to end and then I'm going to be at a loss for what to do. How am I going to use the hours I've put aside each day to finish this epic? I could finally get some sleep I suppose!!
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Not of the usual Feist Quality 11 Jan. 2008
    Format:Paperback
    I enjoyed the first two books of this series but the third was a bit dissapointing and I don't think up to the usual quality of Raymond Feist. Just like most works by David Eddings - at the end of the book most conversations end in "It's a long story, I'll tell you some time", or "I must tell you about it another time". Almost like he couldn't be bothered to give us any depth. And then plot mechanics where characters just "know" what they're supposed to do but they "can't explain it" and Feist can't explain it to is. The whole end sequence with the Lifestone for instance.

    I was going to write more, but maybe I'll tell you about it later . . . .
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    4.0 out of 5 stars This amazing series continues.... 14 Dec. 2007
    Format:Paperback
    The Dark Queen's mass hordes finally reach the shores of Krondor where they unleash hell!

    The battle of Krondor is described brilliantly and its the best that Feist has written since the fall of Armengar in A Darkess at Sethanon.

    Its another excellent book from the Serpentwar serie's and you can't help but feel involved in the Kingdom's struggle to fight against the mass invaders.

    It's a cracking read!
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