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Shards Of A Broken Crown: Volume Iv Of The Serpentwar Saga Hardcover – Apr 1 1998

3.1 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; 1st edition (April 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380973995
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380973996
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 17.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 748 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,224,827 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.

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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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(!ACHTUNG!!SPOILER WARNING!, !ACHTUNG!) I have read all his fantasy books, except faerie tale and Krondor: A betrayal. And I thinks this last book in the pretty mediocre serie the serpent war saga is pretty silly...if not damn right boring...
1.Why r all the battles won so easily? 2.Why is the self-appointed king of the bitter sea only in about 5-20 pages in the book?
I think that the serpent war saga started pretty good with the first book, (SOADQ) but later books was more boring than the other....with one exception...the weakest book wihtout a doubt is Rise of a merchant prince...What was Mr. Feist thinking about when he wrote it??? It's not fantasy, its CRAP, if you ask me, least rage of a demon king was a little moore than readable....but this last book was so boring and silly ending with the FOUR mighty caharachters who ended the battle/war in a couple of pages...and besides i think the whole concept with the namless one sux bigtime...What's rong with the Dragon lords in the first series...they are reduced 2 nothing in the later books.... But if you have read the other books, read this 2...maybe you'll enyoy it...but I'm sceptic...
Now when I'm done critizising Feist I can say that I loved the riftwar saga, and The CRPG Betrayal at Krondor)....and that I 'm gonna read the riftwar legacy, (Krondor:the betrayal)
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"Shards" is a bittersweet ending to an exciting series. Billed as the "conclusion to the Serpentwar Saga", it does indeed chronicle the end of the Serpentwar. Like life, however, it does not simply end "happily ever after".
The end of the war leaves a lot of questions unanswered, although the turn of events between Nakor and Kahil certainly was an unexpected plot clincher. I for one am gratified that the stories of the characters we know best from this series (Pug, Miranda, Nakor, Gathis) will seemingly be back, as the end of this book certainly sets up the possibility of another book (or series) with them, and I fervently hope Feist produces the next chapters in their stories.
Do not pick up this book thinking that all will be made right with everyone in Midkemia; it doesn't happen. Don't let this deter you from reading the book, however; it is stunning in its character development, and stunning in the changes wrought in many of the characters' lives.
David Gerrold once wrote about certain Star Trek episodes being "good" or "bad" because they did or did not portray *definitive* episodes in the characters' lives. There are many, many definitive experiences here that happen to the characters, and for that reason I give the book four stars.
It would be five, Ray, but your editors and/or proofreaders seem to have left you hanging in the breeze. The book is somewhat rife with grammatical mistakes, spelling mistakes, and out-and-out confusing constructions and simple gaffs. Sometimes I had a hard time even following who was doing what, so bad were the errors. Other than that, I find nothing to detract from a very high recommendation. Midkemia fans, enjoy!
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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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Firstly I must say that Raymond E Feist is my all time favourite author, he introduced me to the worlds of myth and magic and I have been hooked ever since. I have read all his books and loved evryone of them,unfortunately though I do have to critise this one. Due to the increasing popularity of his books they launched the compatiable computer game. Fine, personally it did not interest me but I am sure it did other people. Unfortunately someone suggested he cash in on the games success and write some books involved with the game. They were awful, and he ruined what could have been an excellent end to a decent saga by desperately trying to interlink these spin off books with the main ones through 'Shards'. Characters and history were suddenly chucked in that had never appeared before in the 8 previous books, it ruined the whole thing. Also the endy was scrappy, almost as if he got bored with the book and tried to finish off a soon as possible. Lets hope he redeems himself with the continuation of Pug etc in the fight against the nameless one and forgets all about his sideline money making venture that is destroying his world for a lot of devoted fans.
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