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What has happened to Raymond E. Feist?,
This review is from: Wrath of a Mad God (Darkwar, Book 3) (Paperback)
In my review of "Into a Dark Realm", I stated that I absolutely loved the Riftwar series, but that nothing Raymond E. Feist had written since then had ever got even anywhere near to matching it.
For a long time, I thought "Wrath of a Mad God" was going to change that trend. It gripped me right from the start, and seemed to have the same kinetic energy and gripping storytelling as "Silverthorn" and "A Darkness at Sethanon". I was ready to come on here and give it a rave review.
And then it just...fell apart. First of all, I don't know why it has become so difficult for Feist - and a number of other noted fantasy authors - to write a decent battle scene. This trilogy was called the "DarkWAR", and yet, hardly any trace of the actual war can be found within it. The few battle scenes there are get skimmed over as if they are not important, when in fact the entire survival of a planet's population is supposed to be at stake. I just don't understand why Feist and others seem intent on PURPOSELY glossing over epic battles like this.
Aside from this, in the final quarter, the novel takes a number of unnecessary diversions just as it's supposed to be building to its climax. Then several major incidents occur in only a few lines. Macros just completely disappears about half way through the book and doesn't return. There are several glaring continuity errors between this book and Feist's other works that I simply don't know how they came be printed.
This book is a shocking mess throughout its final third, and while it does still contain some nice surprises, it is yet another crushing disappointment from an author who is rapidly becoming a sort of one-hit wonder in my mind. Something compels me to keep buying his books in the vain hope that he will recover his Riftwar touch (so for that reason I will probably buy his latest, "Rides a Dread Legion", some time in the next few months), but I remain unconvinced that he ever will.