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by Raymond E Feist

“Feist has the universe firmly under his control.”—Contra Costa Times

“Feist has a natural talent for keeping the reader turning pages.”—Chicago-Sun Times

Midkemia’s fifth and final Riftwar—the devastating Chaoswar—explodes in the opening volume of Raymond E. Feist’s spectacular new epic fantasy trilogy of magic, conflict, and world-shattering peril. A Kingdom Besieged is a breathtaking adventure that brings back Pug—first introduced in Feist’s classic debut novel, Magician, and now Midkemia’s most powerful sorcerer—who faces a major magical cataclysm that forces him to question everything he’s ever held as true and dear…including the loyalty of his beloved son Magnus. The Chaoswar promises to be the crowning achievement in the three decades-long career of a New York Times bestselling master fantasist who rules the sword and sorcery universe along with Terry Goodkind, George R. R. Martin, and Terry Brooks.

Download A Kingdom Besieged: Book One of the Chaoswar Saga epub
ISBN: 0061468401
ISBN13: 978-0061468407
Category: Fantasy
Subcategory: Fantasy
Author: Raymond E Feist
Language: English
Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reprint edition (February 28, 2012)
ePUB size: 1566 kb
FB2 size: 1614 kb
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 644
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I won’t belabor this review. Raymond E. Feist is my favorite author; has been for years. I’ve had the third book of this saga for a while now, and have been waiting until I had the first two in hardcover before reading them…yeah, it’s like an OCD with me. I need the hardcover book – oh well.

Anyway, I finally tracked down the first two of the series and jumped right in. A Kingdom Besieged is another book in a long line of great books by Feist. What more can I say? He’s a great author. His storytelling is superb. The history and depth of the world he has built is amazing. The characters are like family. Of course I’m going to like it.

This book gets a 5 of 5 Stars from me.

If you’ve never read a book by Raymond E. Feist, you are missing out on one of the masters of the genre. It doesn’t matter which one you start with, just as long as you start.
The first half of the start of a new trilogy just plods, to the point of being boring, very uncharacteristic of Feist. Long descriptions of people's family histories and stilted conversation fortunately give way to the 2nd half, which is full of Feist's strengths: combat, warfare, conflict, strong characters doing what must be done, and a series of sudden plot twists that leaves the reader eager for the next book.

Even as a long-time Feist fan, if I had stopped at the halfway point, "Kingdom Besieged" would barely rate 3 stars, but after all the laborious, awkward setup (like an amateur's take on Robert Jordan's masterfully complex world in Wheel of Time), with page after page devoted to who is descended from whom, things really pick up and the plot fairly sprints towards the end of the book.

All the main characters are the direct descendents of previous main characters (or aged versions of the same, or other variants), often named similarly (Jimmy the Hand, Jim the Hand, Jimthe...). Tossed into similar roles and storylines, it's as if Feist wanted to use the same characters again, but civilization-shaking massive wars can't happen every few years, so he moves the story 50 years downstream and repeats with some twists and "new" characters that are nearly identical to the old. It's a formula the author has used repeatedly, and it's not entirely bad-- it makes the characters seem comfortably familiar.

(I don't do plot summaries in reviews, they seem silly and repetitive at best, and spoilers at worst.)

While I wish the non-combat writing (and dialogue) was more engaging, I still enjoyed the book and the ending left me ordering Book2 the very next day. A definite must for Feist fans, as we approach the conclusion of all the riftwar series, but new readers should start much earlier in this saga.
I've read nearly all of Fiest's books so I had a certain expectation for this series. Also, from being introduced to the Child character I was anticipating her story (which is interspersed along the way). As another reviewer remarked this book has a sluggish start. I felt as though the characters were being forced into the pages instead of flowing. It's as if this story has chapters that are so subdued because he's reminding us of the history, but we don't need all the reminders. We would love it anyway because it's Midkemia and it's going to be epic. There are some great chapters, but they are far less than his usual.
I read Feist's first trilogy many years ago, but have not followed the many many works on Midkemia that followed. I bought this seeing that the final volume of this latest trilogy was universally acclaimed by the Amazon readers, but I will never know why as I failed to get past the midway point here.

The writing, in terms of pure skill, has clearly matured, and his descriptions are precise and well-thought out. The politics and nationwide struggles are also clearly researched. Unfortunately there is a ton of that right from the beginning, and the story's pacing is like a wagon hitting a muddy bog it struggles to get out of. The characters are also lacking, and superficial. There are some descriptions, which is a lousy way of developing a character, but I could not connect and feel them as three-dimensional people, not even as potential ones.

Less demanding readers or hardcore Feist fans may not worry too much, knowing they will get their money shot at some point, but I lost interest and have moved on to other books after the midway point here.
I've read all of Feist's previous `war' saga books (sans the special character stories). I have a propensity to like Feist. This book starts a new era called the Chaos Wars. Unfortunately, this 1st book is mostly cliff note primer of the past saga's stories. Yes, such reflection is necessary to get the reader current, except that the extent of back story seems like half the book. The problem is that the book is only 350 pages to start with and `new' stuff is certainly less than 200 hundred of those pages.

Not much here in my opinion. The story will be unfolded as Feist releases more books, but this first in the series is not worth it at the moment. Wait for more installments to be released for a seamless read. That's what I've decided after this disappointing entrée.

PS ... giving the author repeated 1 star reviews because of wacky kindle pricing is bogus and unfair. Whining about kindle pricing is a publisher issue and is overwhelming the purpose of a book review. Amazon as the Kindle provider isn't even offering the kindle edition for gosh sakes. You are paying Amazon "partner" prices that are not doing Kindle any favors.