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  • Hardcover: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (April 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380973995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380973996
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 9.5 x 3.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,773,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By A Customer on Aug. 10 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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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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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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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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By A Customer on 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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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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