Fantasy/SF Book ReviewsThe Internet Writing Journal, January 2000
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Krondor: The Betrayal (The Riftwar Legacy Part I) by Raymond FeistEos, Oct., 1999.
Paperback, 416 pages.
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Bestselling author Raymond Feist returns to his fantasy world of Midkemia in this adaptation of the popular videogame set in that world. RiftWar veterans Squire Locklear and the thief-turned-Squire James are at the center of this new chapter in the saga of Midkemia, which is set before the saga of the SerpentWar. In this story, the heart of Midkemia, the fair city of Krondor is beset by two different enemies: a cabal of magicians who wish to steal a powerful weapon to subdue the world, and the dark elves who are about to invade Krondor. But one of the dark elves knows that the invasion is but a demented dream by the evil warlord, and joins forces with the humans to avert the invasion.
All the popular characters from this series are here, including Pug the Magician, and Prince Arutha, but there are plenty of new characters, as well. Readers who are new to this series will be seriously at sea for the first couple of chapters, but eventually it all makes sense -- even for newbies. Those who have read any of the RiftWar or SerpentWar books will be in fantasy heaven with these new adventures of old friends. With enough swordfights, magic, bravery, treachery, battles and intrigue to sate even the most demanding fan, the RiftWar Legacy series is a must-have for fantasy fans.
Krondor: The Assassins (The Riftwar Legacy Part II) by Raymond FeistEos, Nov., 1999.
Hardcover, 374 pages.
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This second installment in the Krondor series set in the popular fantasy world Midkemia focuses more on events in the city of Krondor, whereas the first book (See, Krondor: The Betrayal) was set mostly outside of Krondor. In the city of Krondor, the Mockers are the gang of pickpockets and thieves who live in the sewers below the city. Squire James, who used to be a thief called Jimmy the Hand when he was a Mocker himself, is called in by Prince Arutha to find out who is killing the Mockers and what it means. Arutha is a wily ruler who keeps his finger on the pulse of all the activities in his crown city, illegal or not. James' investigation takes him to the subterranean tunnel and sewer system, where he finds that the Mockers are fighting for their lives against a group of assassins who answer to someone known as the Crawler. James and Prince Arutha set out to find the Crawler and discover a terrible evil that is bent on destroying Krondor.
The second book in the RiftWar legacy series continues the theme of a threat to Krondor which could destroy the city. But this threat is a little closer to home -- the Crawler and his sick followers have their headquarters in a deserted Keshian fortress. Prince Arutha sees more action in this adventure, and the showdown is jam-packed with magic, near-escapes, and battle with a particularly nasty demon. This is great stuff for fans of classic fantasy novels.
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