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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,740 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Raymond E. Feist Narrator: John Meagher Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Demonwar Saga Release Date: September 2010 ISBN: 9780062042958
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The last remnants of an ancient advanced race, the Clan of the Seven Stars, are returning at long last to their lost homeworld, Midkemia—not as friends, but as would-be conquerors. Led by the conjurer Laromendis, they are fleeing the relentless demon hordes that are sweeping through their galaxy and destroying the elves' vast empire planet by planet. Only by escaping to Midkemia and brutally overtaking the war-weary world can the last remnants of a mighty civilization hope to survive . . . if the Dread Legion does not pursue them through the rift.

The magician Pug, Midkemia's brave and constant defender, is all too familiar with the Demon King Maarg and his minions and their foul capacity for savagery and horror, and he recognizes the even graver threat that is following on the heels of the elven invasion. The onslaught to come will dwarf every dire catastrophe his imperiled world has previously withstood, and there is no magical champion in all of Midkemia powerful enough to prevent it. Only one path remains for Pug and Midkemia's clandestine protectors, the Conclave of Shadows: forging an alliance of formidable magical talents, from the demon-dealing warlock Amirantha, brother of Pug's hated foe, and the demon-taming cleric Sandreena, to the elven Queen Miranda, to the warrior Tomas. However, uniting enemies and bitter, vengeful former lovers will be no easy task, and even together they may ultimately be unable to turn the death tide. But a failure to do so will most certainly ensure Midkemia's doom.

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  • “Raymond E. Feist has a natural talent for keeping the reader turning pages.” 

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  • “Feist is without question one of the very best writers of fantasy adventure practicing today.” 

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joanne | 2/8/2014

    " Unfortunatly not a good read at all. Story looses itself in the back blog. Defiinately not one of Feist's better works "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Oliver | 2/8/2014

    " Feist does not pull his punches here. Some new persons are introduced into the mix and older characters step into the foreground again. If you have come this far in the Midkemia Saga, you won't stop. For newcomers I have to say: "Start at the beginning!" - "Magician is one of the finest books in this genre." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wileyacez | 2/7/2014

    " Okay--Feist is just a comfortable place that I go anymore. It's not great literature; it's somewhat formulaic, but danged if I don't want to know what happens next. Also, it's like slipping into your favorite after-work clothing--just sliding into his world of Midkemia. I try to wait now until each little subset is complete to read in order to lump the reading pleasure together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott | 1/31/2014

    " Yet another rollicking adventure from Raymond Feist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Richard | 1/28/2014

    " Despite the characters spending half their time recounting their past adventures over and over I was still quite confused what was going on because I hadn't read the 2746 books in the series which proceeded this one. If I had done maybe I would have enjoyed it more. It has a couple of interesting characters, a couple of interesting fights, lots and lots of boring characters (probably here to please fans of the earlier books where these characters had stories), lots and lots of exposition. It's all quite generic, probably because it apparently started out as a Dungeons and Dragons game, and implausible even by fantasy standards. But it's not awful - I read it to the end. I might try reading the first in the series so see whether they are improved by correct chronology, but if not I won't bother with the rest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Splatz Amore | 1/21/2014

    " I have read all the books that Feist had written about Pug and his friends and trust me there are A LOT! I usually really enjoy them and find them hard to put down. But I have to say I was a little sad with this one and did not think it was his best work. This is the second to last series that he is going to write about these characters and I hope they get better because I have spent years reading these series and it would be sad to have these characters end on this note. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Collin Reremoana | 1/15/2014

    " Continuing Saga,More!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryanne | 1/14/2014

    " Fun fantasy and old friends from his other books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Torbjørn Pettersen | 1/14/2014

    " This is a stay awake reading long into the night book. Don't know how Feist does it over and over again, probably because he is such a brilliant wordsmith. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 kathryn | 1/11/2014

    " I love a good Raymond E. Feist saga. There are always some expected characters, some new ones that we get introduced to and a departure from reality. Sometimes sci fan is just the right distraction from everyday life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Craig Leimkuehler | 1/7/2014

    " While I have always enjoyed Mr.Feist's literary efforts, this is pretty much his standard plot line. Great evil threatens the planet, the heroes are in the dark and it all seems hopeless. Still having said that, I am glad I read it, and I'll be reading the next two books as well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 12/31/2013

    " Decent story-telling, but reads sort of like a Dungeons & Dragons adventure. Fairly mindless fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vinx | 12/29/2013

    " Decent, most Feist is better than other fantasy in my opinion, but it's not in the class of the Riftwar Saga. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward Schroth | 11/23/2013

    " While I have liked all of the Midkemia books by Feist, this is probably my favorite since Magician and Shadow of a Dark Queen. Fast paced, good new characters led to me not wanting to put the book down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve | 11/15/2013

    " A bit more gripping than some of his recent novels. Books/stories are still fresh. As in the past, Mr. Feist does surprise us by killing off long-time, favorite characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shieldsee | 11/14/2013

    " Good from the middle on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blake | 2/25/2013

    " My favorite fantasy author, even after all these years. No one tells a better story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 1/17/2013

    " Awesome Feist - damn he pumps them out - and they just get better. Brilliant read! Makes me want to go back and read Magician again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ozzy | 12/3/2012

    " Story was to slow, and to many characters with too many separate story lines trying to merge on 1. Did not like the ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judith | 7/20/2012

    " Disappointing. I usually enjoy this author and couldn't make it through the book. It was slow and did not keep my attention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 6/25/2012

    " Very slow going and took a long time to grab me. The ending promises a good story to come. Not my favourite Feist novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peggy Lo | 6/9/2012

    " starting to get kind of repetitive... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael Thompson | 4/22/2012

    " It was a free book and now I have to go back and read the rest. Very decent, good writing and fast pace "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Schlutow | 10/31/2011

    " Not a bad book.. Now I have to go back to the beginning (the first book) and start the series.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dahlia Mrd | 10/9/2011

    " Awesome first book in this sequel!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 8/28/2011

    " Good fantasy. Same formula as his other books which is just what I wanted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stuart | 8/11/2011

    " Ray Feist must be getting tired. I just couldn't get into this one, and i've read pretty much all of his stories. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Abenilla-brown | 6/26/2011

    " Wow, I have never struggled so hard to finish a book. It took forever to get going, it was choppy, no flow, and you never had any emotion about the characters. They were all flat or one dimensional. I was hoping for so much more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 4/15/2011

    " Not a bad book.. Now I have to go back to the beginning (the first book) and start the series.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ozzy | 4/10/2011

    " Story was to slow, and to many characters with too many separate story lines trying to merge on 1. Did not like the ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 3/27/2011

    " Not as good as the previous three, but introduces a couple of new characters to work alongside the Conclave. The Demonwar story is nowhere near as strong as the preceding trilogy which is a shame as I thought that Feist was back on form.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward | 3/23/2011

    " While I have liked all of the Midkemia books by Feist, this is probably my favorite since Magician and Shadow of a Dark Queen. Fast paced, good new characters led to me not wanting to put the book down "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gorilla | 2/5/2011

    " Feist continues to weave a complex character driven world that spans generations. Familiar enough, yet compelling characters and situations keep me turning the page. I find myself still missing characters from the past, yet it gains momentum and coaxes with new intriguing characters. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Christopher | 10/18/2010

    " I could not finish this. It was too disjointed even if it was trying to set up a series. Maybe I am comparing to great writers and give it some leniency, but there are so many other good books out there, I decided to stop and move on. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 8/19/2010

    " Wow, I have never struggled so hard to finish a book. It took forever to get going, it was choppy, no flow, and you never had any emotion about the characters. They were all flat or one dimensional. I was hoping for so much more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vinx | 7/21/2010

    " Decent, most Feist is better than other fantasy in my opinion, but it's not in the class of the Riftwar Saga. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shieldsee | 7/4/2010

    " Good from the middle on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 7/1/2010

    " Very slow going and took a long time to grab me. The ending promises a good story to come. Not my favourite Feist novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charles | 6/28/2010

    " Decent story-telling, but reads sort of like a Dungeons & Dragons adventure. Fairly mindless fun. "

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About the Author
Author Raymond E. Feist

Raymond E. Feist is the multiple New York Times bestselling author or coauthor of thirty previous books—all but one of which are Riftwar Cycle novels. He lives in San Diego.

About the Narrator

John Meagher is a graphic designer and voice-over artist. He is also the author of the Tales of the Left Hand series, which he started writing as a side project to practice his narration skills. He lives in Virginia with his family.