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Rides a Dread Legion (The Demonwar Saga): The Demonwar Saga Bk. 1 [Hardcover]

Raymond E. Feist
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5 Mar 2009

The first book in a brand new series by the master of epic fantasy, Raymond E. Feist. Ten years after the cataclysmic events of Wrath of a Mad God took place, Midkemia now faces a new danger thought buried in myth and antiquity.

A lost race of elves, the taredhel or ‘people of the stars’, have found a way across the universe to reach Midkemia. On their current home world, these elves are hard pressed by a ravaging demon horde, and what was once a huge empire has been reduced to a handful of survivors. The cornerstone of taredhel lore is the tale of their lost origins in the world they call simply ‘Home’, a place lost in the mists of time. Now they are convinced that Midkemia is that place, and they are coming to reclaim it.

Ruthless and arrogant, the taredhel intend to let nothing stand in their way; but before long, Pug and the Conclave realise that it's not necessarily the elves, but the demon horde pursuing them where the true danger lies. And hanging over Pug always is the prophecy that he will be doomed to watch everyone he loves die before him…

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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007264682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007264681
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.8 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 336,153 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’

‘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

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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.

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read, but could be a lot better 11 Mar 2009
As far as Feist goes this is extremely fun to read and is written in much the same style as the last 6 books. However it is often simplistic and you get the impression that the author is just trying to churn out the books due to the publisher's demands.

The storyline is good and introduces a whole new range of powerful characters all of who are magic users. This gives a bit of spice to the story which is often lacking in previous books. However, most of the book consists of the main characters discussing what to do and you get the impression that this book is just setting the scene for the next one.

There is a massive shock ending which involves a bit of action, but a lot more could have been good. The story is rapped up very quickly in the last few pages and lacks emotion. But all in all, a very enjoyable read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid at all costs 16 Nov 2010
This is awful, too short (more like a prologue than an actual novel), no real story and certainly no real ending, limited plot, no character development, just don't waste your money on this, the majesty that was Magician is long in the past. Having recently read Steven Erikson's books this does not even rank as an also ran, having once set the standard Feist is now a simple journeyman. Avoid at all costs you have read it all before.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ex Fanboy 23 Aug 2010
By Denniss
Hrmmm....... Oh how to put this....?

Well I have read all of his other Midkemia books. I finished this one pretty sharpish without much effort. Can I say a very much formulaic Fantasy novel? New characters who you could have got out of a cereal box, plot that is minimal and strangely similar to many other novels, I can describe this offering as "meh!" I probably won't bother with the next one unless I visit a library or see it in a charity shop. I may well be done with this series.

Definately get this from a library or borrow from a mate!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing 7 July 2009
By kallor
having read most of feist's books,enjoying the early ones (up to buccaneer) the most but the more recent ones, more in hope than expectation. i picked this latest one up as i'm a sucker for continuations of story lines and my curiosity got the better of me, but yet and again i have been let down by what i consider to be nothing more than a marketing ploy. the writing is substandard, disjointed and the plot lines very predicable with very little new approaches to story telling, the new characters tired rehashed spin offs & very much a clone of previous books. i feel now that feist is living off past glories and should really put his pen down and leave it to those authors willing to think outside the cliches he runs through, its almost by numbers with this book... if it was marketed for a teenage audience i could almost make a case for it, almost. but if you are a serious reader beware. it will leave you completely unsatisfied. personally i wont be reading anymore new feist books as this put the final nail in the coffin so to speak. check steven erikson for a proper adult storys told like it should be..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I enjoyed both this and the following novel At the Gates of Darkness (Demonwar Saga 2). We get some interesting new characters, lose some other long term characters and get a precursor to a whole new threat to Midkemia.
I say precursor becuase the books are a little light and read like the author is simply introducing something much more significant. I think (and hope) that this is no more than a gateway to a new series of volumes (hopefully something as meaty as the orginal Riftwar Saga, the Empire Trilogy or the Serpent War Saga) where the plotting is deeper, story more progressive and we really get to explore the characters and move forward the World that all of us fans have come to know and love.
What really disturbs me about his books is the errors that creep in that should be picked up before publishing. I read about 2-3 books a week and don't see the level of errors anywhere else that seem to crop up in REF's work. Sometimes they can really jolt you out of the story, such as getting a chracters name wrong, so you have to go back and re-read earlier paragraphs. This happens several times per book and is just not professional and does effect my enjoyment of his books...Sort it out HarperCollins!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
It's about on a level with his last effort - whether you think that's a good thing or not will determine whether you buy it. Me? I've been getting REF's books from the library for several years now.

One of the things that bugs me more and more about the never-ending series of Acme War Sagas he churns out is the exposition of story by describing how characters feel. So Tomas is now feeling that what's around the corner could be the worst thing *ever*! And Pug is getting ever-more worried about the prophecy of Lims-Kragma - crumbs, you don't think that means people he loves could get killed in *completely random and meaningless* ways, do you?

So the Valheru were the Big Bad. No they weren't, it was the Pantathians. No! It was the demons who killed the Saaur. Hang on! It's Nalar. Wait a sec, perhaps it's someone completely new that we never suspected until now! Retconning insanity.

I love "Magician" with a passion. It's my favourite fantasy novel. But I wish Ray would just give it a rest now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the writing
Another great addition to the feist library, can't wait to read the next instalment. I only hope there are plenty more adventures into midkemia.
Published 14 days ago by phil charnock
4.0 out of 5 stars Demonic...
..tales and new worlds coming together. I honestly felt the star elves were under used, but the balance between loro and gula with amirantha and sandreena worked well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mike Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
excellent new series but if you havent read feist start with the early books, Magician onwards as they are linear.
Published 4 months ago by ManWolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Five star review
If you like a good read and well written books you cant miss out on reading this series
Raymond E Feist has been around for a long time with good reason
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars First Clas
I have been looking forward for some time to reading this latest adventure. I wasn't disappointed, the story is everything we've come to expect from the author. Read more
Published 10 months ago by thecartsidekid
3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes the trilogy is a bit longwinded and therefore a bit boring
It's not why or how i like it.It is because it favours my idea of reading pleasure.In any case any of these books can be
recommended.I personally prefer writers like R. Read more
Published 13 months ago by wolfgang bolter
5.0 out of 5 stars Work of a master
Having read all of Feist's fantasy novels, I consider the late author to have been the true master of the genre.
Published 13 months ago by David N. Petch
5.0 out of 5 stars Feist always entertains
As always first continues to keep me reading until the book finishes. However, the publishers of the kindle books needs sacking. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jason Hickman
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
almost completed the series love the whole lot have read them all more than once or twice really love it
Published 17 months ago by linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb book
Can't remember the plot. It was so long ago. However like all of his books, it was superb, exciting all action and gripping.
Published 18 months ago by David Brashaw
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