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Darkwar (1) – Flight of the Night Hawks Hardcover – 5 Sep 2005
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‘File under guilty pleasure.’
‘Get in at the start of a master’s new series.’
A new chapter in the history of Midkemia from the master of fantasy, Raymond E. Feist.--This text refers to the Paperback edition. See all Product description
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If you have never read one of Feists books stop reading now and look up magician, this is not the place to start. It is familiar territory, action, intrigue, magic and murder. The usual staples are here as are many familiar faces, while I make this sound like feist by numbers I should say that part of the appeal of reading an ongoing saga is the familiarity with the world and its populas.
If you have read feist before you won't be disappointed.
From a somewhat cynical point of view, it can be argued that some of the books have been planned to coincide with this series, which by sounds of it will mark the end of the Pug/Nalar affair that has been simmering through the various books since the Riftwar. For example, Price of the Blood can be construed as only being a showcase to introduce Keshian politics and intrigue, where as the entire conclave series can be viewed as setting up the characters involved in said showcase, thus avoiding the need for lengthy segments of characterisation and allowing the author to get straight to the main story.
As always Feist delivers a stunning plot and sequence of events that keep the reader, (well kept me) hooked from the first page, and continues with the stunning characterisation that has become his trademark.
An excellent read, can't wait to see where the series takes us now (looks like its back to Kelewan)
While Feist chooses to introduce yet more people to his series, the former main characters of the other Conclave of Shadows books are also used, but the story appears to be Feist' main goal now, and not the individual characters.
This makes many of them slightly two-dimensional, but more than good enough to fully appreciate the story.
The Talnoy and the Dasati are not forgotten as they battle in the intrigues of Kesh,
and the battle against The Nameless God and his minion Leso Varen continues.
The next installment might very well take us back to Kelewan, not much used since the Empire series.
Feist is still continuing the story that began with Magician, tryining out new techniques, but he is still one of the best fantasy writers out there. This is a must-read for all Feist fans.
Flight of the nighthawks not only brings back the evil assasins guild but a whole range of caracters that we have seen in the various books written by this great writer.
I enjoyed the many flashbacks to long dead caracters such as "Jimmy the Hand" and places like Crydee. It just reminded me on how much I have enjoyed the books.
The story is has a lot of pace which doesnt leave much room to introduce new caracters properly in a sence that I never had the feeling I knew the caracters. Hopefully this will be resolved in the following books as I expect most caracters to be back in full action.
The book takes you deep into Kesh, a hint from Kelewan, more insight in Stardock and if you have finished the book you can expect more to come from Kelewan further in the series.
Not 5 stars this time as I really think the next books have potential for a lot more exiting plots, battle scenes and caracter development.
nevertheless a book that you can start just after diner and finish in the early hours!
Is it a new series? Well, technically yes it is, although it is fair to say that it follows directly on from the King of Foxes. However, the plot of this new book seems to have grown. All of a sudden Feist has developed a new plot for his enormous playground of a world and these two things have taken him back to his brilliance of old. Everyone - and I mean everyone - makes an appearance in this book. Whether you favorite character was Erik Von Darkmoor, Thomas or Pug of Crydee, Tal Hawkins or, well, whoever, you'll come across them here. As if that wasn't enough, you'll be all over the place from Novidus to the Kingdom to Kesh. Better still, there is a strong inference that we'll be spending some more time in the Empire of Tsuranuanni in the next book.
In short, this is a good book that is well worth buying. It's a pleasant reminder that Feist is probably the best creator of Fiction/Fantasy out there.
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