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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (March 5 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780061468414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061468414
  • ASIN: 006146841X
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.3 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #247,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Feist has a command of language and a natural talent for keeping the reader turning pages.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“Feist constantly amazes with his ability to create great casts of characters.” (SF Site)

“With his storytelling mastery and ear for colorful language and nuance, the author of numerous books set in the dual worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan here launches a series that takes his fantasy universe into a whole new phase. ” (Library Journal)

“Fast action, appealing characters, and a splendid setting will delight readers of fantasy and leave them eager for the next battle.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Sheer readability.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Riftwar Cycle—including the original Riftwar, the Serpentwar, the Darkwar, the Demonwar, and now the Chaoswar—comes the latest entry in one of the most treasured and enduring sagas in modern fantasy.

A Crown Imperilled

War rages in Midkemia once again, and behind the chaos, disquieting evidence points to dark elements at work.

As enemies march across the realm wreaking destruction, its brave and loyal defenders battle to survive—a struggle made more perilous now that Jim Dasher's trusted intelligence network has been cleverly dismantled. Region by region, Midkemia is being ripped apart, and the loyal spy and his allies find themselves overpowered at every turn.

Signs of the kingdom's impending doom surround them. King Gregory of the Isles has yet to produce an heir. Roldem and Rillanon have each been plagued by palace coups that threaten to topple their thrones. Lord Hal of Crydee and his great friend Ty Hawkins, champion swordsman of the Masters' Court, have been entrusted with smuggling Princess Stephané and her lady-in-waiting, the lovely and perplexing Lady Gabriella, out of Roldem to safety. But the rising danger has made finding refuge treacherous.

Nowhere is safe, including Ylith, Midkemia's strategic bastion, where Hal's younger brothers Martin and Brendan hold off an onslaught of brutal Keshian Dog Soldiers and a mysterious force from beneath the sea. Yet courage alone is not enough to withstand the continued enemy assault. Without reinforcements, hope of success fades. Martin, Brendan, and their compatriots know that while losing Crydee, the legendary city on the kingdom's edge, would be devastating, the realm can still be saved. But if Ylith falls, all is lost.

As Jim, Hal, and all their brothers in arms fight for their lives, Pug and the Conclave of Shadows embark on a magical quest to hunt down the dark force orchestrating the destruction before Midkemia is annihilated. And time is running out. . . .


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By Kelly on Jan. 27 2014
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As always Feist delivers. Another great series that I got involved in. I would recommend any of his books to anyone.
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By KJFM on Jan. 12 2013
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A decent continuation book in the series but the typos in the kindle version are unforgivable , doesn't anyone proofread anymore?
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I've been reading books by Raymond E Feist For almost 20 years. I've read every one of his books and have never been disappointed. Quick shipping from amazon.ca is always a pleasure.
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Fast pace, good story line, Pug is still playing a major part in this series, and new characters are as pertinent and interesting as usual.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Good story / horrendous errors. March 27 2012
By cpc65 - Published on Amazon.com
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The story itself is pretty good, in my opinion at least, but as others have stated all the errors, both typographic and grammatical as well as outright missing words and broken sentences that make no sense are just plain inexcusable. The proof reader, if any, was either asleep and /or blind. Either way they were not doing their job. Then add in the matter of the major character gaffe and it leaves fans of Mr. Feist's works sorely disappointed. To top it all off. Harper Voyager knew about these errors when the UK edition was released but chose to not bother to fix them for the US release. In fact, it looks like they flat out just used the UK edition for the US release as words use the British spelling such as colour and armour. I don't recall that being the case in previous Feist stories.

I checked the author's website and it states that the UK publisher was offering to exchange the defective copy of the book for a corrected edition, but that no such announcement had been made regarding the US edition. I took the time to email Harper Collins to inquire if we, the American readers, would have the same option. Below is the response I received.

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Good Morning,

There is a known defect in this book. A chapter in the book is incorrect and all of our inventory is like this (including the UK edition).

We are not reprinting the book in hardcover. However, the paperback edition will be corrected when it is published (march 2013).

Unfortunately, we cannot replace it. Please return it to the point of purchase for a full refund.

I am sorry of any inconvenience. Thank you.

R***** B*****
Customer Service
HarperCollins Publishers
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I consider this an absolutely unacceptable response on their part and a poor way to treat us the readers! "We goofed. Our bad. Tough luck!" I have collected all the hardcover volumes of the Midkemia novels over the years, so now my two choices are A) Return the book to Amazon for a refund, leaving a gap in my hardcover collection. Wait a year for the paperback edtion and hope they managed to actually get it right the second time around, or B) Keep the hardcover edition and have a flawed volume in my collection. They're only printing ONE run of the hardcover edition?! If not for these errors, would they done additional printings? Do they just not want to be bothered to fix the errors in the hardcover edition so they're washing their hands of the matter?

We the readers, who are paying customers, need to speak up and let them know how we feel! I think those who make these decisions at Harper fail to realize the power of social media these days in getting word out on matters such as this.

UPDATE:
I have received a second email which seems to reverse the statement of the first response.
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Dear Customer,
We sincerely apologize for the errors you have found in Chapter 15 of Ray Feist's book, A CROWN IMPERILED. We are reprinting the book with corrected chapter. Please advise your name and mailing address and will send the revised edition to you very shortly.

Thank you for your patience,
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I'm not sure if they'll also fix the myriad of other errors, but this is better than nothing.
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Update number 2 (5/13/12): Sorry I didn't update here sooner but things have been very hectic and stressful for me as of late. I did receive a new copy of the book, but it was exactly the same as the copy I purchased here. No revisions. I contacted the woman who offered me a revised copy to inform her of this fact. At first she asked if I was "sure" it was the same as the bad copy, but before I could reply she then replied to me again stating that their shipping department sent me in error a copy of the bad version instead of the revised copy. Why do they still have the bad copies in their warehouse? Are they still selling them to the unsuspecting? Anyway, she then told me she was shipping me the corrected copy via UPS Next Day Air. I received it the next day along with a hand-written apology on a personalized note card and one of her business cards. I really appreciated this extra effort on her part to make things right.

I just don't have the time right now to proofread the whole book through, but they did fix the chapter 15 error by changing about two paragraphs or so to fix the continuity error of Pug being present on the Isle of the Snakes in chapter 4. I did manage to locate a couple of the other errors that were in the first printing, a misspelled word here and a broken sentence with a missing word there, so it would seem they only edited the couple of erroneous paragraphs in chapter 15 and left then it at that. I can only hope they make the additional corrections before they print the paperback edition next year.

I had been in contact with an admin at Mr. Feist's official site to inform them of the second US printing and offered replacement. He responded that they were seeking their own confirmation but had not as yet gotten a response from Harper Collins. You'd think the publisher could at least notify the author, no? I gave him the email address of the woman who contacted me about getting a revised copy, but I don't know if anything came of that. Maybe I need to play matchmaker and give her his email address.

As for posting the Harper Collins customer service manager's personal email address here, I think I should ask her permission first so she's not inundated with requests for revised copies of the book. Maybe they have a general email address better suited for this? I'll reach out to her and post the results here when I can get the time. Thank you for your interest in my review.
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Update 3: Use orders@harpercollins.com for all requests to exchange the book for a revised copy.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A Real Review from a long time fan. March 7 2013
By Planetnine - Published on Amazon.com
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I am going to get right to the point: Every book since the Serpent War series has been worse than the previous one before it. A Crown Imperiled is not a good book and if you are a true fan of Feist you shouldn't be able to read this book without having glaring things jump out at you.

Again, since the Serpent War Saga and really it began with the 4th book of the serpent war saga, his writing is bland and predictable. He is also extremely inconsistent. Feist claims he just knows where the characters go and sits down and writes. He doesn't keep too many notes because he knows all of the characters.

Well the further the series goes the more errors he is making and to hardcore readers, we live and breathe these characters. We notice these glaring mistakes that you just gloss over as "I don't like keeping exact details". Timelines matter when you span hundreds of years! I can't count how many times I have spotted inconsistent ages for the characters over the course of the years these books have spanned. Spend 2 hours and create a timeline for yourself and look at it before starting a new series! Jeez, writing 101.

In one of these previous books, I don't remember which, it is stated that Erik was never married and grew old without knowing what it was like. That is a huge mistake! Your main character from the serpent war saga and you can't even remember what you wrote about him? Sometimes I wonder if you have hit the drinking later on your life and accelerated the memory loss. He married Kitty in the Serpent War Saga and was happily married for years.

You state in A Crown Imperiled, and I Quote: "Ah, could you perhaps make us invisible or something like that? asked Amirantha? Pug Smiled, "I could but you would have to remain motionless". Really? Pug, the same Pug that in the Serpent War Saga was able to render himself Invisible and the Demon with him invisible as the flew over the skies of the old Saaur Planet? So now he can't make people invisible if they move? This is the kind of inconsistent crap I am talking about. Your readers are not stupid, they remember the details.

I also can't count how many times it talks about how Pug the God character of the series can do everything but can never master teleporting. However, in the early series there are plenty of times where it describes in detail him disappearing and teleporting without using a device. Not to mention that his wife, Miranda, was showing him how to do it almost a century ago! He was practicing this a century ago and still he is unable to master it? The greatest magician ever can't figure this out? It is even stated, magic is all one thing. There is really no magic, just the ability to manipulate the stuff. He doesn't have to be a Travel Mage to have the ability to use this spell. Let me tell you why you see this inconsistently brought up in the series. REF uses this as one of Pug's Kryptonite. REF realizes early on that he built a God character, something that in the literary world you don't want to do. You end up writing yourself in a corner with that character if you make them too powerful. So after Pug has been teleporting around, he decides to implement this restriction. It is a weak ass restriction and we all know it and it is increasingly pathetic when you still talk about this weakness 1 century and several series later. Are we supposed to believe the greatest mage and scholar hasn't sought to fix this weakness? He is capable of doing it, following the rules of magic you made for your books. So why hasn't he? Weak writing is why.

One more thing about Pug the great and mighty, his power levels over the years/series/books have always been inconsistent. One moment people are in awe of him and he can "LEVEL MOUNTAINS". Yet in other books he can't keep a shield up that long against the Sauur's shooting arrows at him (Book 4 Serpent War Saga) because it is weakening him. Even this book goes in detail with him fighting some demon army at the beginning of the book. He goes through his VERY TYPICAL descriptions of casting something "White Hot" and "Waves of this and that" as he drops 1 to 10 of the demons at once. This worked for me when I was a Teenager back in the early 90s. Hell it still worked in the late 90s but it doesn't WORK ANYMORE. You need to get more diversified with your magic. You use the same descriptions almost every time when it comes to Magus, Pug, and Miranda. In fact any 3 of them you can substitute their names for each other during fight scenes and not miss a beat. Back to his power level though. Let me give you one example I am referring too. In Rage of a Demon King he creates a gigantic fireball that is described as being the size of the entire ship the emerald queen is on. That is one giant fireball. So fast forward now and you have a demon army on one side and no one else around "yet". Why can't you use something more whole scale destructive? Maybe not a massive fireball that will burn your friends but maybe, well, a sink hole? A Wall of Ice, Thousands of Fire Darts? I don't know, use your imagination, you're a freaking writer for Sarig's sake! Again I can tell you why... Writers block with Pug. He created this ultra-powerful god like character and really didn't know how to handle him after that. How do you give him weaknesses, post development that don't seem contrived and make the readers laugh at you? He couldn't do it, unfortunately.

Now as if this review isn't going to be long enough already, I want to talk about his normal cast of characters. I read multiple reviews of people saying this is a good story or a great story! Are you guys new to the Fantasy Genre? Are you new to Feist? That is the only way I can imagine you calling this or any of his books since Rage of a Demon King, good. Grant it, I did like the book Talon of the Silver Hawk but that was the only one after Rage of a Demon King.

REF uses about 6 different character cutout profiles for all of his characters. They are cookie cutter characters that he re-hashes in every new series. It makes reading his books a chore! In this series you have 3 brothers from Crydee, Hal, Martin, and Brandon. Really using the name Martin again? Come on just change the name at least. Martin is the name sake of Martin Condoin from the Riftwar Saga but, hold your breath for this craziness, he is actually filling the role of Arutha. This is my point exactly. This could be Arutha or Martin's first son, or Guy Du Bas-Tyra, or Erik, Calis, The Dog Of Krondor, or any other military leader in his books. All of his characters are from the same mold with different names and backgrounds but they write the same, sound the same, think the same! This review is already too long but I could create a spreadsheet of all the main POV Characters in all of his books and draw multiple similarities to all of them. The one character that doesn't seem to have anyone like him in all the books is Nakor and oddly enough the god of Luck that is talked about a lot in his last 3 series, does seem to have similarities with Nakor.

REF is the only writer that I read now that when I read his books, it takes me literally 1 night to read them sometimes 2 and I cannot remember anything about the book a year later when his new novel comes out. Again, everything since Book 4 of Serpent War Saga has been one long, badly written, fantasy series. I am ready for him to finish. I am ready to find out what happens to Pug. I have continued buying the Hardback for every book in his series just to skim through the re-hashed crap to find out what happens to Pug.
I am hoping REF takes a LONG break, revisits himself as an author, and comes up with some new material. Material from his heart and something he would want to read. Not these books he puts out every year at the same time just to keep the cash flow coming.

-Long Time Reader, Long Time Fan, Finally setting it straight and not pulling any punches.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
excellent story, bad proofreading March 16 2012
By Kevin E. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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As always the story is entertaining and the action brisk. One problem that I had was that there have been so many books over such a long period that I sometimes forget the relationships and the past events and politics. Maybe I should re-read the old ones or hope for a "guide to Midkemia." Maybe there should be more background provided in each volume.

What is unforgivable in this volume is the poor proofreading. British spelling is used throughout (the books are published in the UK first but they forgot to change to American spelling for the US release). A couple times the wrong word is used ("I mean you no hard" instead of "harm," "I never told anyhow else" instead of "anyone."). Lots of commas are after the wrong word, are missing, or should be periods or semicolons. Sometimes punctuation is inside quotes (US usage) and sometimes outside (UK usage). There are apostrophes where there should not be (it's, king's). I had to read a few pages twice to make sense of some statements, sometimes unsuccessfully.

The biggest goof is that the author changed his mind about which character should be in a situation but forgot to make it consistent. If you are confused when you read this, know you are not alone.

I blame the publisher and not the author for these mistakes.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Series is getting tired and typos are terrible March 15 2012
By pdt1060 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been a fan of Feist's books for the better part of 20 years now, and it pains me to say it, but I am glad the series is ending soon. The last few books have gone downhill in quality and I really hope Feist pulls something special out for the finale.

The biggest problem I had with the book, however, was the horrible typos, errors, and overall oversights in editing. In the first 20 pages I caught no less than 3 passages that just make no sense, the worst of which is Arkan handing off the reins of his horse and dismounting two different times in the span of three paragraphs. Later Pug seems to think that Amirantha and Guldamendis are the same person since he calls Amirantha a taredhel demonmaster and then later in the same sentence compares him to "the star elf demon master, Guldamendis"

The story if fine, if nothing special, but the typos and errors make the book very difficult to read
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A page turner and great setup for Magician's End (errors aside) Aug. 12 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The other reviews have more than adequately covered the errors. It's hard to imagine that anyone proofread this book. Anyone posing as an editor for this volume should apologize to Feist, apologize to his readers, and return any pay that they received for the job.

But it's not that bad. You can understand what Feist is saying at all times from the context. It just looks like a draft copy from time to time. Aside from switching two characters in a particular setting and momentarily confusing the identity of another, the errors do not affect the story. If this is your first time reading Feist, don't start with this volume. You'll be confused for reasons other than the errors. If you are up-to-speed on the Riftwar Cycle, these errors will annoy you but they won't change the story.

And it is a very good story. I've read every published book in the cycle. Nothing will compare to the early volumes. There were some lows and then there were some highs. And then we about hit rock bottom with The Demonwar Saga. But the Chaoswar Saga had a good first volume. And this book is a worthy second volume. It's a page-turner. You really want to see what happens next. The various stories flow well and produce that sense of intrigue that Feist's best work does so well. I'm a fanatic and I've been letdown before. This book is not a letdown. I really like it.

Be forewarned (as other reviews have noted), this book sets up Magician's End and you will not be particularly satisfied with the ending without keeping this in mind. We won't know until the final volume, but I think that some of the reviewers here are blowing the events at the end out of proportion. I anticipate that a great deal will be revealed soon.

I can't wait. But please, Mr. Feist, light a fire under someone at Harper Voyager and make them do their jobs. This is not how a publishing company survives in the age of electronic books and self-publishing. You surely have enough clout to make it happen. I'm sad to see the Riftwar Cycle ending, but there are plenty of new fantasy writers that deserve a proper editor. Goodness knows they take a big enough cut of your revenue.

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