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What a relief!,
This review is from: A Kingdom Besieged (The Chaoswar Saga, Book 1) (Midkemian Trilogy 1) (Hardcover)
(NO SPOILER and plot-point free review).
FINALLY, Feist seems to be back on form. There's a lot to enjoy here and while many of the classic "bad Feistisms" are in evidence (spelling mistakes, lazy naming of characters with the same name as their forebears etc) they don't really detract from what feels like a very promising start to the [rumoured] final part of the riftwar cycle.
It really feels like Feist has spent some time on this book and invested his characters and the situations with some real attention. There's a sense here of a lot of different threads being drawn together and while it's not as fluid or as natural as some of the epic fantasy sagas which span an equal number of books (and it wasn't originally conceived that way), it's thrilling to read. I blasted through it in a day and a half and if you're Feist fan I'm sure you will too. There's an awful lot of politics and a fair amount of discussion in this first book, but I didn't mind that. It helps to build the tension and the feeling that he really will deliver a corker this time. The ending also gave me a real chill and I had that wonderful feeling of mystery and wonder that I haven't experienced for a while with Feist. The final few pages are absolutely vintage and I really hope you get the same thrill from them. In my opinion, when he's on form, there's no-one better.
If you've been with Feist since Magician then frankly, yes, it's worth it. Four stars because it's too tough to call this one until we see what the rest of the trilogy (duology?) looks like.
Hope this brief review has been useful for you.