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This review is from: At the Gates of Darkness (The Riftwar Cycle: The Demonwar Saga Book 2, Book 26) (Demonwar Saga 2) (Hardcover)
I will not comment on the various mistakes, typos, etc, in this book. They have been covered well enough by other reviewers. Suffice to say that despite the presence of FOUR editors in Raymond E. Feist's creative process, they must obviously be completely useless to still leave so many errors in the final text.
That said, I still enjoyed "At The Gates of Darkness", certainly more than some of the other reviewers have done. I have been completely unimpressed by everything Feist has written since the original Riftwar trilogy. The Serpentwar saga was heinously bloated, and was a whole TWO BOOKS too long. The Darkwar trilogy was simply dull and underwhelming, and never provided the sense of any kind of threat to Midkemia (not to mention the fact that there was never any war during the DarkWAR worth talking about).
Then "Rides a Dread Legion" came along. For the first time in twenty years, Feist had actually written a book that captivated me from start to finish, the way the original trilogy did. AtGoD is not as good, but I still liked it. It clearly serves as an intermediary series, providing some set-up for the final trilogy set in this universe. This, of course, may explain why many characters were not fully developed, just as it explains why numerous plot points opened in this duology, as well as during the Darkwar trilogy, were never followed up. There is, after all, more to come. Some would take umbridge with the fact that this makes the Demonwar duology essentially just "filler", and I'm not going to argue with that, except to say that I still enjoyed it.
This book does not have as much action as its predecessor (in fact, there is arguably no action at all until the final three chapters), but it does contain much intrigue, as well as setting up some interesting mysteries for the reader to ponder as we wait for the next book. There are, of course, problems, but one fact remains, and if it is only a statement of subjective opinion, then so be it: I enjoyed the Demonwar series very much, and consider it to be the best thing Ray Feist has written since "A Darkness at Sethanon".