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Shards of a Broken Crown (The Serpentwar Saga, Book 4): Serpentwar Saga Bk. 4 Paperback – 5 Mar 2009
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Shards of a Broken Crown takes us again to the distinctive Fantasy worlds Feist created 15 years ago with the first of his Riftwar epics, the acclaimed Magician. The four-book Serpentwar Saga, which this novel concludes and which started with Shadow of a Dark Queen, is surely Feist at his most characteristic. He writes sword-and-sorcery in a rip-roaring old-fashioned manner, grand and magical, human an involving, by turns. Shards of a Broken Crown picks up where the previous volume, Rage of a Demon King, left off: there James, noble Duke of Krondor, defeated the evil of the Demon King and his army by sacrificing himself and his city--pouring Quegan fire oil into the sewers of Krondor and torching everything, including himself. Now a new menace has risen from the ashes, in the scarred shape of one of the army's surviving generals, Fadawah. Jimmy and Dash, grandsons of the dead Duke, try to piece together the wreckage of the shattered Kingdom of the Isles, the Shards of the title's Broken Crown.
Feist isn't the world's most sparkling stylist, but there is a cumulative something, a genuine power, about the various treks his characters make across this desolated landscape. The characters themselves are diverse and appealing, and Feist's great strength is in the way he is able to deploy the conventions of heroic fantasy with which we are so familiar (even over familiar) --the sweeping landscapes, titanic battles, the maelstrom of the clash of good and evil--while never losing sight of the particular. He is good on aspects of his fantasy world other writers tend to gloss over (for instance, mundane things like the worlds of trade and work, the jobs ordinary people do--the Serpentwar saga in particular tells us as much about merchants as it does about warriors and magicians). A gripping read.--Adam Roberts --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"FEIST BRINGS A NEW WORLD ALIVE."
"Feist brings a new world alive."--"Portland Oregonian""An epic reading experience."--"San Diego Union-Tribune" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is more of a set of personal struggles being overcome rather the the good guys against the bad guys kind of book. The only thing that really leaves me wondering about is, "who is Nakor?". His character and past are revealed more in this book than any other in the series, and yet you still find yourself knowing very little about him. Its that strange conflict, that again can happen in real life, that makes it such a point of interest.
I guess the whole of the books of the Serpentwar saga could have been reduced somewhat in volume, but now Feist has a set of people with real characters of their own. Not just puppets of the writers whims. I know he has written more books, and I want to read them, but I want to believe that the excitement will come back to his books.
Feist did not sell out and re-hash time-worn fantasy cliches. Instead he kept it real and believable and this was demonstrated in the unceremonial deaths of many key characters, keeping them real and brutal - not overdressing.
I was worried when reaching the end of the book as so much was going on with little pages left. However Feist created a well thought out and un-rushed conclusion. Although it has shamefully left the door open to further adventures (as has been noted), the truth is you want more...
Not a review of the book/story, more one of editing.
Normally when there's a change of character, location or significant 'fast-forward' in time the text is broken up by a few carriage returns or other device. That's not the case here, they're either missing or deliberately not included. Chapters seem more as signposts of progress rather than anything meaningful.
The result is characters and events shifting within a paragraph and if you're reading quickly you miss them, having to go back and re-read to catch-up/follow.
Such a simple thing but it really hampers the enjoyment of a good story.
Who would like this book. Fantasy readers who prefer tales of wizards rather than physical hero's.
The real reason it gets a two is that it has taken me months to get through it. I read books I like in a day or two.
I obviously did not like it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have now read all the books leading up to this one. A great read.Published 1 month ago by J. Boraston
This fourth instalment mainly focuses around the two Jamison brothers and their journey. This book almost seems like a add on/afterthought to the previously three books in this... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jacks
Amazing end to the serpent war saga. Never fails to entertain. On to the next saga with great expectations. You won't regret itPublished 10 months ago by Steve