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Shards of a Broken Crown: Book Four of the Serpentwar Saga Mass Market Paperback – Dec 28 2010

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reissue edition (Dec 28 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380789833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380789832
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,466 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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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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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Yes, this book and series was not up to the very high standards Feist set for himself with the Riftwar books. Tough to do. Too many important characters not fleshed out, too many throwaways given too much time. I agree that this is not his best work.
Pug is off getting laid while people die. Eric fighting a war that we all know will be over the second the Gods duke it out. Petty politics distracting from the important issues. Main characters dying left and right with little impact on the story line.
What unltimately leaves me feeling good about how this wrapped up is that these 'problems' are not unlike how life is. Main characters DO die with little impact. Sometimes life has to go on without blinking. Leaders DO get laid while people die. Petty politics DO distract from real issues. Gods (those in power) do sit around, let people die, then sweep in at the last minute with the killing blow.
What I love about Feist, and why I will keep buying his novels is because he brings a bit of life into a genre that revolves around the impossible. Science Fiction is all about the improbable, the impossible, the non-real. Dragons do NOT exist. And in Midkemia, the heroes sometimes don't act the way they should. I like that. My heroes are the same.
For those that were dissapointed, well...they'll be hard pressed to find an author in this genre that will deliver a better product. I enjoyed this book. I will read the next.
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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 well as the Empire trilogy). The Riftwar saga I recommend almost unconditionally, at least the first four books. The next two books were still better than almost anything else out there, but somehow I thought they were lacking. The Empire trilogy was excellent, kudos to both of them. I assumed the Serpentwar saga would be just as good as his other books. Wrongly, it seems... The series seemed to decline a little more every book, but I thought that maybe this book would be able to pull it all together for a spectacular ending. Nope. The book, beyond countless typos and spelling errors, also gives me the feeling that it was rushed. The ending, while I won't give it away, I will say that it was extremely abrupt and incomplete. The casual killing off of one of my favorite characters, Greylock, for no apparent reason, did not put me in the best of moods. I really don't think that you should just kill off any of the important characters if their dying has no effect whatsoever. Erik mourns for ten seconds or so, then Greylock is completely forgotten, never to be mentioned again. While I like the fact that Feist is beginning to focus on the large picture, as another reviewer said, he's leaving out small details such as character development. However, the main thing that really ruined the series was Pug. Three and 99/100 books pass, and Pug doesn't lift a danged finger. Then, after lots of war and lots of innocents dying, he finally intervenes. (Interestingly enough, the reason Pug doesn't help at first is because he doesn't want to kill all the enemy soldiers, since they all have families etc...Read more ›
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