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Krondor Tear Of The Gods [Hardcover]

Raymond E Feist
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Feb. 22 2001 Riftwar Legacy (Book 3)
Return now to a kingdom in constant peril; a land magical, scarred, and wondrous, where great heroes rise up from adversity to battle fearsome enemies who covet the riches within its borders. New York Times bestselling author Raymond E. Feist -- one of the world 's preeminent fantasists -- continues his extraordinary Riftwar Legacy with a sweeping tale of conflict, trial, and grim necessity, as the forces of good join together to staunch the golden lifeblood flowing from the pierced heart of Midkemia.

The vile sorcerer Sidi plans to strike the kingdom a fatal blow, setting his creature, the murderous pirate Bear, upon the high seas in pursuit of the vessel that is transporting Midkemia's most holy object: the Tear of the Gods. It is from this miraculous stone that all magic power is believed to flow. And if the Tear becomes the mage's trinket, the future will hold naught but terror, death, and unending night.

For Squire James, Lieutenant William, and the able magician Jazhara, the race is on to rescue the remarkable artifact from the bloodthirsty, unpredictable Bear and his despicable master who would use it to bring catastrophe down upon the world. But it will take greater-than-human swiftness. cunning, courage, and skill for the three to prevail. And the flight of her most peerless defenders will leave Krondor more vulnerable than ever to the terrible ambitions of the depraved.

For the mysterious criminal known as the Crawler is preparing to wreak bloody havoc to fulfill his dastardly secret agenda. Once again the sewers of Krondor teem with assassins and monsters as the hour of destiny nears. The fate of an imperiled world is in flux, as all manner of dark creatures are gathered for one unspeakable purpose: to breed the chaos that will hasten the destruction of Squire James and his brave companions...and bring about the total corruption of the Tear of the Gods.

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From Publishers Weekly

Book Three of the Riftwar Legacy gets off to a fast start, as pirates attack the ship Ishap's Dawn in order to steal the Tear of the Gods, a sacred magical gem being transported in the ship's hold. Bestseller Feist's latest action-adventure fantasy focuses on renewed trouble in Krondor, ruled by Prince Arutha, who's assisted by his loyal squires, William and James, and the new court mage, a Keshian sorceress named Jazhara. News of the Tear's disappearance comes on the heels of a seeming jailbreak, the destruction of the city's orphanage and the razing of a tavern connected with the Mockers, the city's official thieves guild. All seem linked to Bear, a crazed former pirate bent on recovering the Tear for himself and getting revenge on the partner who left him to drown in the wreck of Ishap's Dawn. Meanwhile Arutha's nemesis, the Crawler, is once again at work seeding the land with unrest and fear. James and Jazhara lead the investigation, moving from Krondor's sewers to the bleak cliffs of distant Haldon Head, overlooking the place where the Tear was lost and more than one ship has met its end. There they face an ancient evil with plans of its own for the Tear, and more than enough power to accomplish its desires. The latest chapter in the Krondor saga is sure to please Feist fans and win new ones among readers who crave Dungeons and Dragons-style fantasy adventure. Agent, Jonathan Matson. (Mar. 10) Forecast: As the creator of the computer games Return to Krondor and Betrayal at Krondor and winner of Computer magazine's Best Game of the Year Award, Feist will bring out the gaming crowd in addition to his already huge fan base on his 10-city author tour for this novel; expect hefty sales.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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When Krondor's enemies gain possession of the powerful stone known as the Tear of the Gods, Prince Arutha sends his loyal followers to recover it, knowing that he may be sending his friends to their deaths or worse. Based on the popular computer game set in his fantasy universe, Feist's latest tale of swords and sorcery features scenes of magical mayhem and swashbuckling battles and should appeal to the author's considerable readership. For most fantasy collections.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Fiest's Finest Aug. 1 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Tear of the Gods was a bit dissapointing.

I read the Riftwar books and the two "Sons of Krondor" books back in high school. I recently decided to reread them again along with the the Serpentwar saga and all of the newer ones. This time I squeezed in the Riftwar Legacy series where it chronologically comes into play.

On the whole I'm glad I did. It was fun to go on new adventures with familiar characters (especially James). The Legacy books also added some needed depth to the character of Pug's son. Gorath and Jazhara were very likable too. I have to agree, however, with some of the above negative comments. The books were very obviously (too much so) fashioned out of video game plots and at times I felt like the momentum of the story was dragging while the heroes ran around killing "extra" monsters and completing side quests in order to level up their stats and prepare for the finale. There was even a "miniboss" or two who were defeated too easilly for it to seem like it meant much.

On the one hand it was kind of cool because I'd never read a book that felt as much like the RPGs I love to play. But stalling for character development in a video game and READING about it in a book are totally different things.

In the end I think the Riftwar Legacy was sort of like the new Star Wars trilogy though not NEARLY as awful (I hate you, Lucas). Even though these "prequels" were all dissapointing entries in their own way, the first one ended up being the best after all was said and done. This last one, Tear of the Gods, felt rushed - almost as if Feist HIMSELF couldn't wait to wrap things up and get it all over with. I think the Riftwar Legacy would have been better served if all three books had been combined with care into one great book.
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Book 3 of the Legacy of the Riftwar
Out of the three Riftwar Legacy books, Tear of the Gods is by far the worst. I know that all three of these books are based on video games, and this does hurt the storytelling somewhat, but Feist was way too obvious with this book (I am not kidding you, there was a "rescue the baby" side-quest). I'm a longtime fan of the Riftwar Universe, and I'm looking forward to new books in Feist's new series, but this was just a bad book.
Here's the story: Every ten years the Temple of Ishap replaces its most holy object, The Tear of the Gods. The Tear is a mystic gem that allows communication with the gods. Supposedly, if the Tear fails without a replacement there will be ten years with no hope because humanity will be shut off from the gods until a new Tear can be formed (a process that takes a decade). The Tear is being transported by ship when the ship is raided by pirates, including one bad man named Bear.
There are still problems in Krondor as someone is trying to throw the Western Realm into chaos. Jazhara, the new court magician for Prince Arutha is arriving in the city and Squire James is sent to escort her to the palace. On the way they get involved in several escapades involving some nasty acts taking place. As the story progresses Feist brings together the continuing troubles in Krondor with the search for Bear and the Tear of the Gods.
Like the other two books, this book is filled to the brim with action (as you might expect from a video game adaption). Some of it works, other times it just feels forced. Unlike Krondor: The Assassins, or even Krondor: The Betrayal (to a lesser extent), Tear of the Gods did not feel like it really had a coherent story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Answers quite a few Serpentwar Saga Questions June 22 2003
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If you never read Feist before, or it has been a long time since you read Feist, this is a good book to read. Devoted Feist fans who have read his other series (Riftwar, Empire, Serpentwar, Conclave, Legends, etc) might think otherwise since it doesn't follow the "norm" of Feist's books and world. Purists will have a lot of complaints.
Personally, I read this book right after the final Serpentwar Saga novel "Shards of a Broken Crown", and finished it quickly. While many Feist fans found this book to be a little disappointing, I thought it answered a lot of questions for me... particularly about Midkemia religions and some vague references in Serpentwar.
Feist had to work the plotline around the "Return to Krondor" game. Hence, the pace of the book is different than his usual writing and he introduces new characters. This book also tied up a few loose ends in Serpentwar Saga (even though it takes place about 25 years before Serpentwar, it really does help you to understand the background of Serpentwar). I have never played the game, but after reading this book, I was definitely intrigued.
Readers who enjoy a fast-paced novel similar to what's found in game-adapted books and adventure party/AD&D-based novels, will enjoy this book. If you enjoy playing RPGs and are trying to get into fantasy reading, I highly recommend it. People who has never read FEIST before really enjoyed "Tear of the Gods" as well.
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By Buddha
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This isn't a computer game, it's a book. I had to keep reminding myself of that.
I appreciate the fact that Feist fielded a computer game for the die-hard fans, but the attempt to mix a computer RPG with literature that you can carry to the toilet to read just isn't working. For those who have read some/all of Feist's other works, you get some small satisfaction encountering a few of your favorite characters (hence the 3 stars), but this thing really runs in a very linear fashion, clearly the illegitimate offspring of a computerized plot.
After quaking before the might of Milander at the Imperial Games, the few roman candles that Jazhara set off seem pathetic by comparison. Jimmy "The Hand" becomes a relatively generic basher and is done no justice by this type of storyline. I was almost ready to turn the page and see, "You've gained an experience level!" For Pete's sake, they had to go back to the "witch" on the hill three freakin' times before she gave them all of the info they needed!
Give me Tomas Ashen Shugar full of raging, ancient Valheru power. Give me a good computer based role playing game. Just please, oh please, Mr. Feist -- don't try to give them to me together!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wow, just horrible
Im a big big fan of Raymond Feist, his Riftwar and SerpentWar Sagas were totally amazing, as were his 2 "in between" books. Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2003 by N. Waltz
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
What is with all the negative reviews for this book? It is a good book, it has an interesting wellpaced plot, that should keep any readers intrest to the end. Not Mr. Read more
Published on Aug. 1 2003 by "megid12"
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed with this effort
I loved the Riftwar saga, and the previous trilogy. I loved the character development and scenarios that were painted - but with this book "Tear of the Gods", I don't know... Read more
Published on July 19 2003 by Martin Longbow
3.0 out of 5 stars Dicey . . .
I'm a newly minted Feist fan, having picked up the Riftwar series in the last two weeks. After thoroughly enjoying Darkness at Sethanon, I went hunting for the next books to read... Read more
Published on May 12 2003 by Vala
3.0 out of 5 stars Krondor Lite for the easily bored reader
There's nothing inherently BAD about the Riftwar Legacy books, they're just not great either. They are ideal for someone who finds intricate plots confusing, or long sequences... Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2002 by tj2k
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent reading but not the best
This series is decent fantasy reading, but it is predictable and the climax for this book leaves you wanting. Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Third Book
Very good follows characters as set out in last two books.
I thought the story was well written. I enjoyed reading this book.
Published on Sept. 11 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
Hard to believe this is from the author of "Magician" and the "Empire" series. Tedious, trite, unimaginative - unfortunately consistent with the rest of this... Read more
Published on July 25 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars A good action-packed read
I've never played the Krondor games on which this book is based, but I found the read enjoyable regardless. Read more
Published on July 24 2002
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