After the rather disappointing "Krondor" books and collaborations, it is good to see Feist picking up some of the threads left hanging after "Shards of a Broken Crown". This new series, "The Conclave of Shadows", appears to be set around 40 - 50 years after the events of "Shards" and the story in this first book is told almost exclusively from the point of view of the titular character. A few old characters and locations crop up, but the book is largely set in previously unexplored lands near the Kingdom of Isles, populated with new characters. After a few minutes studying the maps, I had an idea of where on Midkemia I was. As with "Shadow of a Dark Queen", there is the feeling that this is the set up for events in later books, however, the focus on Talon limits the sense of the great enemy that the Conclave is facing. It is clear, though, that the Conclave are manipulating Talon and moulding him into a formidable weapon to be used in the battle against the enemy. Our knowledge from the previous books means that we know more than Talon about the enemy he is being used to fight and why the Conclave is willing to be so ruthless. I enjoyed the book immensely and am looking forward to the next book in the series, which will hopefully focus on some of the other new characters introduced in this book and expand on the threat faced by the Conclave.