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Shards Of A Broken Crown: Volume Iv Of The Serpentwar Saga [Hardcover]

Raymond E Feist
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April 1 1998 Serpentwar Saga/Raymond E. Feist, Vol 4
The demon is no more. The enemy has been routed. Yet peace still eludes the kingdom. In the fourth volume of Feist's magnificent fantasy saga, the great kingdom of Midkemia lies smoldering in ruins after the Demon King's siege. As the people turn their hands to rebuilding, a new threat rears its head: the fearsome Fadawah, former Commanding General of the Army of the Emerald Queen. And so it falls to two young men--Jimmy and Dash--grandsons of the late Duke, to gather the Shards of a Broken Crown and rebuild the kingdom to its former glory.

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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.

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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wanting more Aug. 10 2004
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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 future novels which I have been dying to read (See Talon of the Silverhawk). I could care less about typos and frankly in the copy I bought I found only 2. Big hairy deal.
I am ashamed to say that I have not as of yet read the Magician series however I was not lost or confused by the plot line in anyway shape or form there's enough foreshadowing and back plot to explain itself. Quite frankly I am a fan the serpentwar saga is definitely a top read for me I loved all the books and especially appreciated the fact that Feist doesn't dwell on characters dying, or ambles on and on about trivial things that I can more than fill in on my own.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Look in the mirror... March 14 2003
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Many of the reviewers are criticizing this book for its "rewriting" of Midkemian history. Events that were described in previous books are changed. Remember though, that this kind of thing happens all the time in real life.
History textbooks are often rewritten, sometimes contradicting 'facts' that everyone knew from previous editions! If you read a history text of Alaska from 50 years ago, you will find that most of it was made up because the authors didn't know what really happened.
This just adds another dimension to Feists work. The characters tend to be very real, often making the some mistakes that we would in the same situation (if we didn't have our omnipotent view as readers:-)). Sometimes characters forget vital information. They lie, cheat, steal, and yes, even die. I find this far more realistic than a saga like the Lord of the Rings (not to knock it down or anything; I liked it), where the good guys are all perfectly good, not to mention immortal, and the bad guys are totally evil.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Magic takes a turn for the worst... March 5 2003
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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. Pug might as well be completely powerless in this book for the world of good he does. I think Feist got tired of writing about magic and just tried to throw it together in something resembling a conclusion. The truth of the matter is, the Riftwar Saga was amazing, and the beginning of the Serpetwar Saga that concentrated on the military and financial side of the war was incredible, realistic, and intriguing. But then Feist tried to throw in the magic part of the series and just screwed it up for all his fans. A disappointing end for what could have been a wonderful series. But don't give up hope yet... Feist could still produce a winner with his next series.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Magic takes a turn for the worst... March 5 2003
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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. Pug might as well be completely powerless in this book for the world of good he does. I think Feist got tired of writing about magic and just tried to throw it together in something resembling a conclusion. The truth of the matter is, the Riftwar Saga was amazing, and the beginning of the Serpetwar Saga that concentrated on the military and financial side of the war was incredible, realistic, and intriguing. But then Feist tried to throw in the magic part of the series and just [messed] it up for all his fans. A disappointing end for what could have been a wonderful series. But don't give up hope yet... Feist could still produce a winner with his next series.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oooh, oooh got them 90's blues . . . Dec 18 2001
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Well, this book is typical of the downturn in Feist's writing -- and that of fantasy authors in general. It seems as if the 1990's decade marked the beginning of a noticeable decline in the great fantasy authors' works. Feist is just one of them-- think Tad Williams, Mercedes Lackey, Melanie Rawn . . .You'll know what I'm talking about if you've read any of these authors. We won't even go into the world of Elfquest.
Anyhow, this book tied up some loose ends, but it was a rotten end to a rotten series. I read the first book of Serpent war in growing disbelief - this was a Feist novel!? He obviously has (...) out his work to some ghost writer, the characters are all blah and one dimensioanl and the world of Midkemia has taken a turn for the worst. If you like the depth introduced in the Empire trilogy, (Kelewan, the space travel . . .)you're in for a major disappointment. The developments in those novels are only briefly mentioned and they may as well not have been included in the mythos at all.
The most grievous complaint, however, is MIRANDA! Come on, Fiest, men like Pug might use this kind of gal for a night, but soul-mate potential she just aint! Having Pug besotted with this (woman) is just plain wrong, and doesn't jive with the character built up in the Riftwqar saga.
Plainly put, this book stank and I intend to avoid any further Feist novels as trash.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Actually a pretty good book Sept. 28 2001
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The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars is...the book really isn't a "conclusion" as the cover states. You know Raymonds not done with the Dash Character (The new jimmy the hand). Pug has his own gang set for a higher purpose. The bad guys just got more powerful. The next series will probably concentrate on Dash, Jimmy, Erik, Roo & Pugs gang against Nalar. Might be awhile before he comes out with another "series" since Feist is still working on the Krondor series with a followup to Tear of Gods.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great Ending to A Great Saga
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 more
Published on July 6 2001 by Mark Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as everyone here says
Yes, this book and series was not up to the very high standards Feist set for himself with the Riftwar books. Tough to do. Read more
Published on Feb. 20 2001 by Thomas A. Galloway
3.0 out of 5 stars Well...
I was very apprehensive when I first bought this book. Having finished Magician, I had gone on a bit of a Raymond Feist spree, buying every Midkemia book that he's ever written (as... Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2001 by Mark Kline
1.0 out of 5 stars Shards of a Broken Plotline
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 more
Published on Jan. 9 2001 by Christian Colby
2.0 out of 5 stars Crumbs
At the end of "Rage of a Demon King", The so called Serpent War Saga is just short of being over. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2000 by choiceweb0pen0
2.0 out of 5 stars People have a right to be disapointed
To the reviewer who is "disgusted" by all the critical reviews: the Legacy series was published after the Serpent War series, so people have every right to ask who this... Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Feist 101
I have just finished reading the reviews, posted by numerous people on this site, and I have to say that each and everyone of you that criticized Mr. Feist disgust me. Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2000 by Chris Gauger
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