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A Crown Imperilled
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Andrew Bistak
on
A Crown Imperilled Book Review. ...it's good to see Feist on his A game again with all his twists and intricate plotlines.
Rating:
4.5
A CROWN IMPERILLED
Raymond E. Feist
 
 

Review Information

Reviewer: Andrew Bistak
Review Date: Feb 2012

Book Information

Publisher: Harper Collins
RRP: $34.95

9

out of 10

 

 

Raymond E. Feist's latest novel has arrived in Australia entitled A CROWN IMPERILLED that returns readers to the rich tapestry of the fantasy world called Midkemia. The novel is book two of the Chaoswar Saga that is part of the famed Riftwar Cycle and Feist links this current story to some of his earlier novels that include The Magician and A Darkness at Sethanon.

With a variety of intertwined stories happening at once, Feist continues to flesh out the world of Midkemia as the book reintroduces the Moredhel (The Dark Elves) into the current plot who have become troubled from the recent events on their world such as the arrival of the Taredhel, the powerful and warlike elves of the stars who have brought a darker force to this planet.

Now one of their warring Chieftains Arkan must  venture into the world of man in order to find Pug the Magician who has been prophesied as the saviour of their world. However along the way, Akran is drawn to Calis, the son of Tomas and the demons Child and Belog who are now human and have been given the memories of Miranda and Nakor by a God.

Unfortunately not even pug can rely of Jim Dasher, great grandson of the famed Jimmy the Hand whose spy network has been compromised. As Jim continues to investigate the multitude of problems that are occurring in the Kingdom, it seems that something bigger is involved. Meanwhile, Pug, Sandreena and Amirantha attempt to seek consensus within the Conclave of Shadows, however once again the task seems stuck to them as the venture into a variety of deadly locations such as the Island of the Serpent Men in order to solve this puzzle. With more and more demons infiltrating their realm of existence, it seems that the Dread are waiting for the right moment to strike.

To compound the situation, The Kingdom is also in disarray as Crydee has fallen from Keshian invaders which has left brothers Martin and Brendan fighting off the Dog Soldiers in the last stronghold of the Kingdom, the city of Ylith. As assassins continue to hunt the rightful heir of Crydee, Lord Hal ConDoin, he has joined Ty Hawkins in an attempt to smuggle the beautiful Princess Stephané out of Roldem to Rillanon. Sir Worthingon of Roldem is planning a coup d'état of their kingdom with the countries spymaster deciding that Rillanon is the safest place for Stephané. Although Feist focuses on the classic characters of his series, he does a remarkable job at bringing in new characters and once again, it's very hard not to like these characters such as Hal and princess Stephané.

Feist also focuses on some of the politics of Midkemia, especially the smaller lands around The Kingdom which does create a sense of intrigue and dark politics. This is where Jim Dasher comes into the picture who although is almost a carbon copy of Jimmy the Hand, his character is still very intriguing to watch. What I do like about Feist's writing is that you never know what's around the corner and whether it's an existing character making a return (like the awesome tease at the end of the last book) or the ending of the book that will make you go wow... it's good to see Feist on his A game again with all his twists and intricate plotlines.

Final Chapter

As always, Feist continues to be a master scribe and this book flowed extremely well from start to finish. Their were some inconsistencies along the way, however as you are so engaged with the characters and the story, it's very hard to fault this book, especially for those readers who call Midkemia their second home. That's why the book was just short of 10 out of 10 because one scene had Pug and his son Magnus mixed up... I'm really not sure how this got through the editing process. Even so, still thoroughly I enjoyed the various surprises that Feist threw at the reader and it was great to see Tomas who is seemingly the last Valheru play a more potent role in this book.

What can I say but bring on the next novel... Magician's End!






 
 



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