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A Kingdom Besieged
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After nearly thirty years and more than two dozen novels, Raymond E. Feist's Riftwar Cycle has become one of the most iconic, beloved, and enduring sagas in modern fantasy. The Riftwars--including the original Riftwar, the Serpentwar, the Darkwar, and the Demonwar--were epic battles between Good and Evil whose ramifications have echoed through generations. The latest entry in the epic, A Kingdom Besieged, ushers in the most fearsome threat the Kingdom has yet faced--the Chaoswar--a magic apocalypse with cataclysmic results.A Kingdom BesiegedYears ago, the Empire of Great Kesh failed in its attempt to conquer Krondor after the Serpentwar, thanks to the bravery, cunning, and magic of the sorcerer Pug and the Conclave of Shadows. Since then, peace has benefitted both nations, and the Kingdom has been free from the threat of another Keshian invasion. Yet now, the dark clouds of war gather again. . . . From the Far Coast in the west to the frontier with the Eastern Kingdoms, rumors, uncertainty, and political instability are rampant. Spies have gone missing--some were murdered while others have turned traitor. Factions are rising, powerful legions from the Keshian Confederacy have been mobilized, and an attack on the kingdoms of the Isles and Roldem is all but certain. As the men of the Western Realm begin to mount a defense, Martin conDoin, the middle son of Lord Henry, Duke of Crydee, finds himself leading the charge against the invaders--like his legendary ancestor, Prince Arutha, who stood firm to the death against the Tsurani invasion. But Arutha had an entire army at his command. Martin has just a ragtag force comprised of a few old men and young boys.As Kesh's invading hordes once again descend upon the Kingdom, no one is safe--not experienced masters of intrigue Lord James Dasher Jamison and the beguiling and deadly Lady Franciezka; not the brave warrior Knight-Adamant Sandreena and a new generation of loyal yet untested defenders; not even the great Pug himself, the most powerful magician the world of Midkemia has ever known. A threat far more terrifying has arisen, an evil whose burgeoning power portends Midkemia's demise. And soon even the Kingdom's enchanted defender will find himself questioning everything he's ever held abiding, true, and treasured . . . including the loyalty and desires of his beloved son, Magnus.
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"A massive, entertaining tale."--Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Feist brings a new world alive."--The Oregonian (Portland) "Action and intrigue and evocative writing . . . Feist brings a new world alive."--The Oregonian (Portland) "Feist has a natural talent for keeping the reader turning pages."--Chicago-Sun Times "An action-packed story of intrigue and betrayal."--Library Journal "Originality and wit... A rollicking tale... [Feist's] narrative skill, ingenuity at creating systems of magic, and eye for plausible military scenarios stand him in good stead. His many fans will be pleased."--Booklist "A story of redemption and heroism featuring an unlikely hero . . . This classic fantasy should find a welcome audience among the author's fans."--Library Journal "This is a series that gets better as it goes along."--Science Fiction Chronicle "Originality and wit a rollicking tale Feist's narrative skill, ingenuity at creating systems of magic, and eye for plausible militaryscenarios stand him in good stead. His many fans will be pleased."--Booklist "A great read and a wonderful addition to Feist's collection."--SF Site "Feist constantly amazes."--SF Site "A promising start to what looks like a strong, dire trilogy of fantastic adventure."--San Diego Union-Tribune "[Feist] introduces a new dimension to his universe and added new depth to recurring characters while creating fascinating new heroes and villains. With a fast pace and clean, crisp storytelling, this fantasy saga belongs in most libraries."--Library Journal "[Feist's] descriptions are evocative and he draws interesting characters into gradually darker and direr situations."--San Diego Union-Tribune "An epic reading experience . . . Unpretentious, fast-paced . . . Shadow of a Dark Queen works admirably."--San Diego Union-Tribune "A fine yarn . . . vivid . . . suspenseful . . . The action is nonstop.--Booklist "Shows Feist in top form."--Adelaide Advertiser "Another crowd-pleaser for Feist to add to his already impressive resume."--Publishers Weekly on King of Foxes "This tale of shape-shifting magicians, human sacrifice, man-eating demons, and a little young love will satisfy Feist's fans, and the ending will leave them waiting for another volume."--Publishers Weekly "The most interesting character in the saga to date, Kaspar . . . another complicated and compelling protagonist . . . [W]ill have Feist fans eagerly awaiting the next installment."--Publishers Weekly "A sensitive coming-of-age tale in which brutality and camaraderie are equally present, Feist's newest saga has a freshness of vision that suggests it will avoid the staleness that often eats away at multi-volume epics."--Publishers Weekly "[A] compelling and profoundly moving tale... an invaluable addition to a beloved canon."--barnesandnoble.com "FUN . . . A place to start for those yet to discover Feist's fantasy worlds."--Locus "Feist has the universe firmly under his control, and the adventure is grand[.]"--Contra Costa Times "Sheer readability."--San Francisco Chronicle "Feist's fans will look forward to the saga's final episode."--Publishers Weekly "Sure to please Feist fans and win new ones."--Publishers Weekly "Feist has a commmand of language and a natural talent for keeping the reader turning pages."--Chicago Sun-Times "There's an evil sparkle here, brighter and hotter than any of Feist's works since the Magician trilogy. The Dasati and their world are sumptuously realised . . . It's an entertaining, at times intoxicating mixture."--SF Site "With his storytelling mastery and ear for colorful language and nuance, the author of numerous books set in the dual worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan here launches a series that takes his fantasy universe into a whole new phase. "--Library Journal "Well-paced storytelling by a veteran entertainer."--Kirkus Reviews "Fine entertainment . . . Feist works his signature magic . . . an absorbing and carefully crafted adventure with pleasing density of plotting, good characterization . . . this is populist Dickens out of Tolkien, and it works."--Sydney Morning Herald "This simple, charming fairy tale will appeal to adult fans of the Riftwar books as well as mature teens who don't mind a bit of romance in their sword-and-sorcery."--Publishers Weekly "The prose is smooth, the plot is exactly what you'd expect and the characters do exactly what Feist tells them . . . File under guilty pleasure."--The Guardian "Originality and wit . . . A rollicking tale . . . Feist's narrative skill, ingenuity at creating systems of magic, and eye for plausible military scenarios stand him in good stead. His many fans will be pleased."--Booklist "Feist has a command of language and a natural talent for keeping he reader turning pages."--Chicago Sun-Times "Fast action, appealing characters, and a splendid setting will delight readers of fantasy and leave them eager for the next battle."--Kirkus Reviews "Feist constantly amazes me with his ability to create great casts of characters... Read and discover the marvels that Feist has put to paper."--SF Site "Splendid . . . fast action, appealing characters . . . (It) will delight readers of fantasy."--Kirkus Reviews "In the forefront of contemporary fantasy adventure."--Library Journal "The complexity of characterization here may surprise some, though not those who have followed Feist's work over the years . . . A must, of course, for rapt readers of Talon of the Silver Hawk and King of Foxes."--Booklist "Feist is at his best."--Science Fiction Chronicle "As usual, Feist brings this off wonderfully."--Science Fiction Chronicle "CLASSIC."--Chicago Tribune "Discover the marvels that Feist has put to paper."--SF Site "Feist constantly amazes with his ability to create great casts of characters."--SF Site

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