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Shards of a Broken Crown is the final installment in Feist's hugely popular Serpentwar Saga--the first three books are Shadow of a Dark Queen, Rise of a Merchant Prince, and Rage of a Demon King. Winter is breaking, and the Emerald Queen's defeated army, led by a treacherous villain, plan a horrific final battle against the realm. Favorite characters like Pug, Roo, Duko, and Miranda return in this tale of the devastation of war in a land of magic. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The fourth and concluding volume of the Serpentwar Saga is notably better than its immediate predecessor, Rage of a Demon King. This time, Feist puts much more emphasis on the diplomatic and military aspects of the kingdom of Krondor's struggle to survive, and Jimmy and Dash, the late Duke James' grandsons, take center stage away from Rage protagonist Erik von Darkmoor. They help persuade the late Emerald Queen's General Duko to change sides and enlist the thieves of Krondor in the resistance to the magically assisted Keshites. Their transformation from green if good-hearted youths to warriors much older than their years is the core of the book and a development Feist works out in some of his best writing ever. Meanwhile, the reptilian Saaur also become neutral, which leaves only the Keshites to be defeated in a series of grim, well-depicted battles employing both magic and steel. The major complaint to make about Shards will likely come from fans of Pug, Miranda, and the saga's other purveyors of potent magic, who are given less consideration herein than their importance to the plot merits. But the book is undeniably riveting, a respectable conclusion to a most readable fantasy saga. Roland Green --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
As with all of the books of Midkemia this one is a riveting journey in adventure. Collect the entire set as once you start you will want to read them all in sequence and together-... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Phyllis Griffiths
I can't speak for other readers but I found this book a really good read, I agree that it was a bit hurried, however I noticed that the "ending" set the stage for for... Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2004
In this book, I found that I enjoyed the continued stories about Erik and Roo, and Jimmy and Dash, but I was continuously (...) about Pug and the whole magical side of the book. Read morePublished on March 4 2003 by Brice E. Carson
In this book, I found that I enjoyed the continued stories about Erik and Roo, and Jimmy and Dash, but I was continuously [ticked] about Pug and the whole magical side of the book. Read morePublished on March 4 2003 by Brice E. Carson
The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is...the book really isn't a "conclusion" as the cover states. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2001 by Dilanjan Karunaratne
I have read all of Feist's books. This is not his best book but it is definitly good. It closes up the saga, but still leaves room for more books in the future. Read morePublished on July 5 2001 by Mark S
Definitely the very weakest book by Feist. My question is, why didn't he stop at a trilogy? This milked-out fourth volume seems to be concerned mostly with tidying up the... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2001 by Christian Colby