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on 10 August 2001
I've been a fan of Feist's books for about 8 years, and I've read almost all the Riftwar books and, having just finished it, I have to say that Honoured Enemy probably ranks among the best of his works. It may lack the epic scope and the feeling that worlds hang in the balance that other Riftwar books, such as Magician, have but this is possibly an advantage because the only thing that matters in this book is the fate of the characters who have to survive an extremely dangerous situation. The characterisation is good enough that it's easy to care about the fate of the two groups of soldiers from different worlds that have to fight together to survive. Even the enemy moredhel are well characterised with a strong motivation for the moredhel leader's hunt. The battle scenes in this book are as good as ever and seem quite authentic as well, although the final confrontation with the Moredhel was perhaps a bit short. In summary : a good back which I'd definetely recommend reading, even for people who haven't previously read any of Feist's books.
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on 29 August 2001
As an aside set against the backdrop of Feist's epic Riftwar series this book works. It has all the hallmarks of the fast-paced military conflicts that are one of the mainstays of Feist's saga and can be greatly enjoyed for what it is. Yes, it's all very predictable, the plot simplistic and there are few surprises. Feist and Forstchen have basically fleshed out a sequence that we could have seen in a compact version anywhere in the Riftwar series. To gain the full enjoyment of this book it should be read, as designed to be, after the completion of the Riftwar/Serpentwar series, otherwise the subtle background politics, histories and tensions between the various characters would be lost on new readers and therefore would make a poor stand-a-lone novel. But For Feist fans this collaboration with Forstchen is a real treat and I eagerly look forward the next tale from the Riftwar.
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on 23 August 2001
I was a bit hesitant about this book after the recent Krondor series, but am pleased to say this is the best Feist book since before the Serpentwar Saga. It is set back in the Riftwar, and also draws heavily on the Empire series. But unlike recent books, it has a totally new set of characters, so there is plenty of suspense and unpredictability. Two good intertwined stories, strong characters, a great backdrop (in terms of landscape and culture) and a fast pace... the sort of book you're sure to finish in 1 night. If you're a a lapsed Feist fan, I definitely recommend you give this book a try - it's a great read!
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on 27 March 2002
Honoured Enemy brings us back to fiest at his best. Similer style to the empire series charater relationship and devolpement play a key role in this book. After the rather poor kronder books and tear of the gods( which was a disappointing read) this book shows he still has it in him. This has been placed next to the empire books with pride as it seems when fiest works with other they bring out the best in both them
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on 3 August 2005
Again Feist has returned to the time of the Rift War, this time to nine years after its bloody beginning. Honoured Enemy is the story of two companies of fighters, both Kingdom and Tsurani that come together in the face of moredhel attack.
The books switches perspective frequently, for entire chapters at first, between the Kingdom commander (Dennis Hartraft) and the Tsurani Force Commander (Asayaga). However, this isn't distracting, but highly enlightening as we get to see both sides of the "conflict" and its evolution. I especially enjoyed the many allusions made to Tsurani society that could only come after the publication of the Empire Trilogy. Asayaga even muses over the murder of Mara of the Acoma's father and brother at one point, but believes that she is doing well, ;-).
Furthermore, as this book was written after the Riftwar Saga, but set during the beginning of it (before Silverthorn and Sethanon) it was possible for Feist and Forstchen to allude to future events, especially as we saw into the councils of the moredhel pursuing the humans. Enough is revealed incidentally that you have to read this book after the Riftwar Saga, not in the middle.
Even after they both flee the moredhel the Kingdom and Tsurani troops are constantly on edge, not sure if the enemy of their enemy is their friend, or merely their very temporary ally. As was Murder in LaMut, Honoured Enemy is a unique look onto the world of the Kingdom of the Isles. However, it was a most welcome divergent viewpoint, revealing much that Feist didn't have room to explore in the Riftwar Saga.
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on 23 January 2002
Its about two enemys who have to join forces so that they can survive the wrath of the dark brothers.
Its a really good book which allows me to breathe a big sigh of relief because it tells the world that Feist is back on form.
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on 6 March 2002
After the poor Krondor serise Feist is back with avengence. Honoured enemy is an engrossing book with details that make characters come alive on the page. The twist and turns on the many sub-plots in the book keep the reader wanting to turn just one more page. The story of two enemies working together to fight the Darkbrotherhood is an excellent setting for the tensions that arise between all the forces involved The book is fast paced which is ideally suited to the chase which is the main theme throughout. It is a great read for any Feist fans.
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VINE VOICEon 23 January 2005
THE STORY:
During the Riftwar, Hartraft's Marauders have spent years battling on the front lines. However, when they become stranded in Dark Elf territory they have to ally themselves with their hated enemy, the Tsurani, or die in the frozen north.
WHAT'S GOOD:
This is a great little adventure story, putting aside complicated theological and political issues and concentrating on actual fighting of the Riftwar. The book is thoroughly enjoyable and even manages to surprise you every now and again. I also thought there was a great twist. Feist and Forstchen have also made an effort to weave it into the larger saga, by referencing Mara of the Acoma (from the Empire trilogy) and the Dark Elf Gorath (from the awful 'Krondor: The Betrayal')
WHAT'S BAD:
This book isn't a sweeping epic, or particularly deep. It concentrates on being an adventure story and lets most other elements seen in Feist's other books fall by the wayside.
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on 22 August 2001
While this book was a change from the epic grandeur of Ray's other works, it was a great visit back to the time of the riftwar. We see the war from a different angle, and with characters that were real and intriguing. A must read for any fans of Feist. (even if you haven't read his other works!)
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on 11 September 2001
Having being a big fan of Feist fo many years, recently i've been becoming a little disillusioned with his recent efforts - namely the Krondor series. Compared to his earlier works the krondor books appear, well, lame! but how this one makes up for it. An excellent story which has you seeing the problems both sides face. Although at times it's a bit predictable, that is the beauty of it. Unlike the Krondor books he hasn't tried to over complicate matters and it works superbly and there are a couple of twists late on that you don't always see coming. A must for any fan of fast paced, action packed fantasy. Hopefully the next one will be as good or even better!
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