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At the Gates of Darkness (The Riftwar Cycle: The Demonwar Saga Book 2, Book 26) (Demonwar Saga 2) Paperback – 2 Sep 2010
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Praise for Raymond E. Feist:
‘File under guilty pleasure’
‘Get in at the start of a master’s new series’
‘Well-written and distinctly above average… intelligent… intriguing.’
‘ Epic scope…vivid imagination…a significant contribution to the growth of the field of fantasy.’
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Recent events have devastated the Conclave of Shadows; the discovery of the Demon horde on the heels of the taredhel invasion of Midkemia, the threat of the star elves themselves, and the terrible personal cost paid by Pug and his family.
But grieving must wait. At a deserted fortress in the Valley of Lost Men, the Conclave’s agents witness horror beyond their imagination, orchestrated by a familiar enemy. But Belasco's motives are as yet unclear. The Conclave must regroup and discover the true meaning behind the chaos seeded by the evil magician if they are ever to find a way to stop the destruction of Triagia before the demon horde even arrives.-- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels. See all Product Description
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However the pay off that should have been delivered in this novel just didn't happen, and not only did it not happen but neither did anything else really, and even then lots of little things are just plain daft, unbelievable, inconsistent and or wrong. Pug goes from grief to some whinny little emo toddler who has occasional flashes of angst that are forgotten about the instant anything important needs to be done. Magnus is as 2D as ever, as are many of the supporting cast, Sandrenna seems more upset at a holiday romance gone wrong than she does about the guy who pimped her out as a 'young girl' and then sold her into sexual slavery. We have a Illusionist who suddenly becomes a Conjurer, maybe that came with the amnesia that had said magic user forget that had opened/used rifts in the previous novel.Read more ›
The plot details the hunt for Belasco, brother of Sidi, and the Conclave of Shadow's attempts to stop him from raising Demons, in particular a demon named Dahun, and bringing about the destruction of Midkemia. All in all, pretty standard fare at this point in Midkemia history. However it's the characters we've come to know and love which keeps fans reading. But ultimately these characters are done growing. There is little in the way of characterisation in this book; the two Taredhel brothers introduced in the first book don't do much, they are simply reacting to things throughout. Their history is not drawn upon to create any dialogue; most of the time they merely ending up pointing at the next plot point and saying "What's that?" "Let's check it out." and then discovering some piece of Deus Ex Machina. Sandreena, a Knight Adament introduced in Rides a Dread Legion, is given the only thing which could amount to character development in the book.Read more ›
I rated it with 'one star' as there is no facility for zero stars, which means that I could not, in all honesty, recommend it to anyone, Feist-fan or not. In some of Feist's previous books I have simply had to read on and on with that "can't put it down" factor that leads you from chapter to chapter. In this book, I actually got fed up and bored and, at one point, had to go back to re-read part of "rides a dread legion" to find out what was supposedly going on. That may be old age on my part or it may be poor story construction ...
Finally, and one of my main bug-bears - did anyone actually proof-read this manuscript? There are numerous examples of poor grammar, spelling mistakes and punctuation howlers - I would have thought that Harper Collins would have been able to ensure a professional job was done.
For example, "you're" instead of "your" and also, the final sentence of the book actually makes no sense without a comma - "The conversation ceased leaving them in silence." Huh??? (That actually means that the conversation made some noise!).
Try, "The conversation ceased, leaving them in silence".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've read most of Feist's work, even met the man, but this is very poorPublished 5 months ago by A. Banks
I enjoyed this book from start to finish and would recommend it to fantasy fans. Great story line as always.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer