Shards Of A Broken Crown: Volume Iv Of The Serpentwar Saga Hardcover – Apr 1 1998
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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.
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 GreenSee all Product Description
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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,..at 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)
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!
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.
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 9 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 15 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
Many of the reviewers are criticizing this book for its "rewriting" of Midkemian history. Events that were described in previous books are changed. Read morePublished on March 14 2003 by Steve Delong
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