Shards of a Broken Crown: Book Four of the Serpentwar Saga Mass Market Paperback – Dec 28 2010
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
Well thought out. I felt I was fighting with Erik or running through the sewers with Dash. I want to read more.Published 6 months ago by Eric Kristensen
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 12 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