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Raymond E. Feist
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April 1997 The Serpentwar Saga (Book 3)

A loyal soldier and a wealthy merchant have served bravely in the flames of an enduring war that is ravaging their land. But swords, bows, wits and courage will no longer be enough to defeat the scourge that is descending upon their home. For a foul and terrible thing has escaped from a world already devoured to feed on one consumed by chaos -- an insatiable nightmare creature of dark and murderous nature which seeks to own and corrupt the very source of life itself

The final conflict is joined, pitting serpent against man and magician against demon. For those who battle in the cause of good, there will be victory...or there will be doom for all.

There can be no other outcome.

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Feist's fantasy saga continues (Shadow of a Dark Queen, 1994; Rise of the Merchant Prince, 1995) as the folk of Midkemia, already battling the snaky Saaur and their Emerald Queen, face an invasion of hungry demons seeking new wellsprings of toothsome lifeforce for their insatiable leader, Great Maarg. Returning to the fray are the familiar magicians Pug, Miranda, and Macros, along with soldiers Erik von Darkmoor and his sidekick, Roo Avery--and they will still need help from their former enemies, the Black Robes of Kelewan. There's probably a kitchen sink in here somewhere, too. Somehow, Feist always manages to wring out another plot twist or scrape together a new and improved gaggle of bad guys to keep the stew bubbling; the real puzzle is how the fans tolerate his graceless, often downright inept prose and limping dialogue. (First printing of 100,000) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A fine yarn...vivid...suspenseful...the action is nonstop." -- --Booklist

"An epic reading experience." -- --San Diego Union-Tribune --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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1.0 out of 5 stars I really wish I hadn't read this book!!!! June 20 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Let me get one thing straight from the start: up to now I have been a major Feist fan, and bought up all of his books. I followed the Riftwar saga with bated breath and great satisfaction. At that time he was my number one author. But when I read this book, I was unbelievably disapointed with it. Not only is it pathetic compared with the previous work of such a hitherto great author, it also cheapens and spoils the previous books. For example I liked the Valheru. They had an interesting character of cultured ruthlessness, and were all very well developed. They were understandably angry at being shut away from their homeworld, and were prepared to do anything to return. Now I can relate to that. It is something I can understand. But now they are relegated to the pawns of some vast evil god, who wants to destroy the world just 'because he can'. Evil for Evil's sake is the worst motivation that any author can use for his charachters. Also the altering of Macros the Black from the great sage and mystic, and doomed wanderer that we knew, into merely a Keshan magician who gained his powers through a link with the dead god of magic, and the revealing of the identity of the Upright man was unforgivable. Take my advice readers: Don't read this book, stick to the first five, and try to forget that the new series ever started. And for the author: I think it is time for Midkemia to be closed off as a setting for your novels and a new one be developed. Midkemia is just to overused, and it seems to have been 'milked for all its worth'. A new world, with new charachters, and a return of the level to that of mere mortals would be great, and I for one would certainly read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Feist's best, but still an amazing book April 5 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Five years ago, I asked my father for a book to read. He hand me Magician:Apprentice. This was the first time I was introduced to the world of Raymond Feist. Since then, every summer, I have reread the entire collection of books from the land of Midkemia, and last summer, I bought this book for my dad, to thank him for introducing me to this world. In my own opinion, this is one of the best of the series. Don't get me wrong; it does have its short comings. The whole deal with the mad gods and lesser gods becomes very confusing, and the nobles are not the ConDoins of past stories. But this is still an amazing book. It is not often that a book can move me to tears---I think its only ever happened once before---but by the time I had reached the end, I was going through tissues. Many books have characters that you often don't care about, but these characters simply draw you in, and you feel what they feel. My final words: Congratulations, Mr. Feist, on another work well done.
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I actually read "Rage of a Demon King" prior to any of the other books in the "Serpentwar Saga", and have still not read the original "Riftwar". So, the first time I read this book, I had no idea about Fiest's world. As such, I enjoyed "Rage", and felt that, although loaded with cliches and the sudden arrival of huge amounts of plot at inconvinent places, it wasn't a bad book. Imagine my shock, therefore, when I read the other three books in the series and discovered they were AWFUL. There is simply no other word for it; no apparent thought has gone into any of the others. "Shadow of a Dark Queen" is filled with points where the most unlikely events happen and no-one raises an eyebrow, or if they do they have the entire history of a supposedly secret war explained to them over several pages. "Rise of a Merchant Prince" is pathetic in the extreme, filled with needlessly boring detail about marketeering and, frankly, if Roo Avery really was the person depicted - cunning, vengeful and arrogant - and the world of Krondor finace was really as Fiest portrays it - cutthroat and bloodthristy - Avery would have ended up with a knife in his neck no matter how well trained with a sword he was. As for "Shards of a Broken Crown", it is basically just an enormous set up for the Rabbitwar Saga, or whatever Fiest wants to write next. "Rage" is definately the best of a bad lot, and it deserves better company. My advice: read "Rage of Demon King", and then make up the other three on your own, they're bound to be better than the tosh Fiest has thrown out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feist Delivers the Coup with Rage. Feb. 9 1999
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After Shadow of a Dark Queen, I was exited. After Rise of a Merchant Prince, I felt like I could throw the whole series onto the fire and let it burn. Now, with Rage of a Demon King, I have decided that Feist is now the God of Fantasy (No, Macros will not take your title). For those that say that "The Royal Line is dead," You're right. Where the heck is good old Prince Arutha! Patrick needs a good stomp on the head. Also, James and Lysle's final scenes needed a little work. "Oh, by the way, you're my brother, the son of the best thief of all time, and I'm going to have to die and leave you wallowing in your misery." Come on! Macros's return was the biggest surprise. I personally thought that either Nakor or Sho Pi was Macros, but Mr. Feist does have that natural talent of delivering that surprising blow. My question is, What are we going to do with Nalar? We all know that the only people that have had direct contact with him before are Gorath and Owyn in Betrayal at Krondor, so he's still a mystery. All I can say is, I can't wait to get my hands on Shards of a Broken Crown!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best series ever!!
I for one believe the Serpent War series, all 4 books, is perhaps one of the MOST! entertaining series of books I have yet read. Read more
Published on Feb. 10 2006 by Rylin
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!!
This book is about 1 million times better than "Rise of a Merchent Prince" a book that I little actually dislike but will not re-read agian either. Read more
Published on April 1 2004 by General Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Danger Adventure and Much More!
Just when you think things are going to be ok. Feist launches into another war which leads to the destruction of most of the kingdom. Read more
Published on July 22 2002 by R. Reinhart
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the midkemian series
I have read all the Feist books dealing with the Midkemian world. The "Pro" review from Krokus states they don't know why Raymonds fans keep buying these books... Read more
Published on Sept. 28 2001 by Dilanjan Karunaratne
3.0 out of 5 stars Better
"Rise of A Merchant Prince" disappointed me for its slow progress and pause of the overall story to focus on Rupert Avery's development as a business men. Read more
Published on Oct. 13 2000 by choiceweb0pen0
5.0 out of 5 stars Good climax to an entire setting.
This book isn't just the climax to the Serpent War set of books, it is a sort of climax to the whole set of Midkemia novels. Read more
Published on April 14 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest book I've ever read
I cant belive anyone who likes feist even a little bit would give this book less than 5 stars! Its the most thrilling and touching book feist has ever written. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2000 by Mark Twain
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best book in the serpentwar saga
Feist captures your attention as he leads you through the epic story of Eric, Roo, and many other intreging characters. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, over long, shallow characters, basically crap
after investing the time and effort of the mediocre prequels to this book I found an boringly over long, shallow waste. The story was repetitive and stale. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book ROCKS!
This book was really interesting. I liked Eric because of his character. It's really interesting of how he had to fight the demon's army but also had to avoid his half-mom.
Published on Aug. 26 1999
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