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3.0 out of 5 stars Better but not great, 2 April 2011
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This review is from: A Kingdom Besieged (The Chaoswar Saga, Book 1) (Midkemian Trilogy 1) (Hardcover)
I've followed Feist's books since Magician first came to out in the early 80's. Sometimes he's been great, sometimes ok, a late simply bad. His last two books were frankly painful to read due to the poor quality through and through, it seemed that he was running out of ideas.

So is this a return to form? Yes and no.He's rehashing some of his old ideas and he's dealing with them quite abruptly - as someone else mentioned killing of a character in 10 lines without any real emotional response from his family?

There are however some nice new ideas in the midst of it all, and the execution of things is less sloppy than the previous two books.

One nice new idea and the reharsh of his previous 3-4 best plots should build up to an epic story over the trilogy but... This book should have been 600-700 pages long at least, more things should have happened to the characters and when it happened he should have spent more time on it. From here on there will be spoilers so stop reading if you haven't read it yet.

Comments on plot lines:

Jimmy Dasher - doesn't work for me. There is only one Jimmy the Hand - let him rest in peace

Martin, Brendan, Hal, Bethany - we've seen most of it before but it works nicely. Martin as Arutha, Hal as Lyam and Brendan as someone new which is why REF doesn't know what to do with him yet i think.

Sandreena - I can't get excited about this plot line, though the Nighthawk twist is nice

Pug, Magnus -ok at best

Child, Begot - very good - the best parts of the book by far, and the only bit that is original - it'll be interesting to see how this develops when the Miranda demon meets Pug

Overall 3 out of 5
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2011 15:37:52 GMT
micktheknife says:
Hm, Miranda demon? I hope thats not a complete spoiler....

Posted on 30 Dec 2011 09:19:59 GMT
lgun says:
Completely agree with this review. Essentially a lot of re-hashed material by Raymond "a book a year" Feist. The plot has several moving parts, but the book is not fleshy enough to deal with them - instead you'll find a lot of suspense created unneccesarily to prolong the plot without proper exploration of themes or development of characters (like the previous series). By far the most interesting parts of the last series - as with this book - was the exploration of new 'races' ie. the dasati, taredhel and now an insight into the demon realm. Unfortunately, Feist has had to resort to falling back to old characters and old plots to keep the story going. In the end, I'm left wondering what could have been if the original ideas in this book had been properly developed - perhaps time for another Janny Wurts collaberation!!
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