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Feist, Author Of The Riftwar Saga, Embarks On A New Series, Returning To The Magical Twin Worlds Of Kelewan And Midkemia To Begin The Story Of The Serpent War Saga Two Unlikely Heroes Are Destined To Oppose The Malign Forces That Threaten Their Lives And The Survival Of Their World

10 thoughts on “Shadow of a Dark Queen

  1. says:

    Weirdly, this might be my least favorite fantasy by Feist I m usually quite happy with them Interesting characters, great locations, solid adventures, great plots And generally, the worldbuilding is something quite good.So what happened here A confluence of factors that may not bother other people but firmly set me down into a camp of I don t care Maybe I was kinda disappointed with Erik It started out fairly interesting and I kinda hoped it would go the standard direction of a hidden prince, but after the rape, murder, run and capture, I think I just started wondering where the rest of the tale could go.Mercenaries Secret missions Well, it could have been pretty cool Unfortunately, I just wasn t all that interested The amassing army, the somewhat inconsequential cameos of characters I did love, and the primary action did little to spark my interest Much I wanted to like it than I did I mean, after the previous two novels, I was pretty much riding high To jump forward in time this much to the point where the king dies, however I guess I got pretty bummed.This won t be stopping me from continuing the series, but I will be hoping for , later.

  2. says:

    Maybe even 4.5 starsYou like fantasy You have never read Raymond Feist You are seriously missing out.While you are waiting the next 10 years for George R R Martin to finish the Game of Thrones series, you should check this one out And, this one is already finished you can read all 30 in the series, or just a segment of the saga, it s up to you Shadow of a Dark Queen starts a new saga with several old enemies People who have read the entire series up to this point will be able to enjoy this book with nostalia But, if you are reading this book without the benefit of all the series leading up to this, I think you can still enjoy without too much confusion.

  3. says:

    This is a review of the whole series No spoilers other than what can be inferred from the existence of four books and their titles The Serpentwar Saga is a series of four books set in Feist s Riftwar Universe I warn you now if you haven t read The Riftwar Saga, then I strongly suggest that you go read that before you even consider this series a lesson I learned the hard way That said, The Serpentwar Saga is a complete epic in its own right It tells the story of the Kingdom and its war with an invading army led by the serpent like Pantathians None of the books really work as standalones, so once you start you re in for a four book commitment, which is pretty much how I got sucked into reading all four books.The series begins with Shadow of a Dark Queen This is the tale of Erik and Roo, two boyhood friends who flee their village after committing a crime and end up becoming part of a band of desperate men Good hearted, hard working Erik is a likeable protagonist, with his sneaky friend Roo providing a nice foil If you read this book simply as Erik s story, then you ll be in for a tale of action and adventure However, if you re reading it for the epic war story, then you re in for a slow start It takes a long while before we get to the bit about the titular Queen and her army and when you do get there, you know it s only the beginning Shockingly, there are non white human characters in this medieval European fantasy, and despite the fact they re minor characters and despite the fact they re somewhat stereotyped positively at least, I guess , I was pleasantly surprised they existed at all Thankfully, there is no cliffhanger at the end of the book If anything, Shadow of a Dark Queen is a prologue or Volume I of a greater work, and should be read as such if only for your own sake.Next comes Rise of a Merchant Prince and it s exactly what it says on the tin For that reason, Book 2 is the most boring of the lot as you know exactly how it ends before you even begin It s Roo s rag to riches story and the blurb makes it sound exciting than it is the bit about the seductress ruining his world doesn t even happen and Roo s character doesn t really change One thing I will say is that the book s subject matter is original It s a rare fantasy novel that focuses on commerce, and I enjoyed reading about everyday life in the city of Krondor The book is entertaining on a scene by scene level, if not on an overall plot level If you re hoping to use this as inspiration for your own rags to riches journey, then I m afraid you ll be disappointed Roo benefits largely from his opportunism, connections, luck, fighting ability and being the smartest guy around in his particular set of circumstances The commerce jargon, strangely, is only sometimes explained The Serpentwar plot is reduced to almost nothing, which is unfortunate as it was the most interesting part of the book The book can be summed up in one sentence, half of which you know already ie Roo gets rich and Serpentwar plot It also introduces a bunch of new characters who become important in later books.Things come to a head in the third book, Rage of a Demon King The Queen s armies reach the Kingdom and all hell breaks loose There are two main plot lines the first is about the actual invasion and the military tactics employed by each side the second deals with the nature of the Queen herself and concerns magic and the fate of the universe of course In the case of the latter, there s a lot of discussion on the mythos and metaphysics of the Riftwar Universe, which while interesting, can also be a little confusing Given the different story lines, the point of view shifts quite often, from Erik to Roo to the magicians Pug and Miranda and various others That said, this was the best book by far It was an exciting, gripping read with a satisfying conclusion.The last book is Shards of a Broken Crown , which essentially deals with the aftermath of the Serpentwar namely, how the Kingdom must handle remaining enemies and how it must rebuild The focus shifts to Dash and Jimmy, grandsons of the Duke of Krondor, though of course the magicians also play a large part After the high of Book 3, the series now feels a bit fatigued While it has its moments, Book 4 is less polished than the others The scenes in this book are noticeably shorter than in previous books and they feel choppy and abrupt You can almost see the scaffolding of the plot poking through the scenes and the book itself seems to draw out the series unnecessarily While the major plotlines are resolved, Book 4 still ends with sequel bait Sequel bait At the end of four five hundred page books Also, I m not sure if it was just the edition I read, but I found a lot of errors in Shards insure used instead of ensure , over frequent and possibly inappropriate use of the word ironic , character names being swapped or misspelled and various typos Normally I wouldn t mention this sort of thing, but in this case the sheer number of errors proved distracting Tut, tut, Shards copy editor and or proofreader Overall, The Serpentwar Saga is a fun read, but I did have a number of problems with it, first and foremost being the fact that much of the world was already established in previous series Had the world been explored further in this series, it would have been fine Some places are explored thoroughly, and I suspect this is because they are new Otherwise, we get a lot of name dropping of places and events, and only sometimes with a perfunctory description for context This was particularly irritating given the fact that other things were repeated again and again, things like how Calis is a half elf and how Miranda says things drily There are also so many levelled up badasses in this world literal living legends that even without knowing about Feist s body of work you just know that there were books about these people before this series As a newcomer to the Riftwar Cycle, it felt as if I had come late to some party where everyone had already made friends and developed their own in jokes As such, I didn t find their company nearly as riveting as they did and I found my eyes glazing over in some parts of the book To his credit, Feist always manages to slip in a quick bit of summary or context at the start of each book in case you d forgotten things between books or before some extended discussion of a past event This allows new readers to follow what s happening, even if you re not having as much fun as everyone else is To take the party latecomer analogy further, it s like you re at a party where among the guests is a kind soul who tries to include you by explaining all the jokes So yeah Thanks.I gather that each series in the Riftwar Cycle deals with successive generations of characters For those who have read about Pug, Tomas, Jimmy the Hand and so on, their presence in this series may well be delightful However, the events of The Serpentwar Saga spell the end of some of them, making you wonder whether the characters introduced in this series will meet their end in another I m guessing yes The fact that a character s life is told through different series annoys me as a reader, since I don t fancy having to read through all of Feist s works to get my closure I m sure this is a personal preference thing though, since others may think this fact is awesome.You can totally tell that The Serpentwar Saga is written by a dude The vast majority of characters are men and the books are big on fighting and killing and military strategy The way the characters are all powered up in different classes like magician, thief, soldier, etc also reads like a roster of teenage male fantasies not that there s anything wrong with that When female characters are described, there s usually some mention of their level of attractiveness When someone admires something in a woman, that s usually a euphemism for ogle Though I guess it s appropriate for the setting, visiting prostitutes is also seen as an ordinary pastime for unmarried men Also, two of the female characters experience rape, though the incidents are not described in detail and the effect on the victims seems to be glossed over While this is a minor part of the books, I thought it worth a mention as I know that some of you would rather not encounter such material at all.The writing is far from beautiful it just serves the plot, nothing , nothing less That s beside the point though you basically read this for the plot and setting Feist does this very well He evokes environments well and his world feels lived in and thought out Things somehow always manage to get worse for our heroes and the Saga is an exciting read It was also interesting to see how different characters worked with or against each other It s not so much personality that distinguishes the characters, but position being rich, being poor, being a Prince, being a soldier Most of the characters fall into some sort of clich , but there are a few bright sparks here and there such as Nakor to keep things interesting.There are quite a number of plot holes and character inconsistencies in this series and these may irritate the discerning reader For me, the worst ones are first how there s always some justification as to why the legendary heroes aren t doing than they can and second Prince Patrick s transformation from blank slate in Books 1 3 to angry idiot man child in Book 4 Rather than hating Patrick for it, I became annoyed at the author for treating the character so unfairly Otherwise, I found the other mistakes to be forgivable.I know I ve complained a lot in this review, but I did enjoy the series While newcomers to Feist s work will be able to follow the plot, the amount of back referencing is frustrating, and I really wish I d read The Riftwar Saga instead Sure there are flaws in The Serpentwar Saga, but the plot is really riveting and you always want to know what happens next It s a bit clich d, but still fun Feist is good at maintaining a high level of tension and the world of Midkemia feels very rich and well developed But yes, if you re interested at all, start with Magician.

  4. says:

    This book seems to occur towards the tail end of Feist s rape fantasy period a name my friends and I gave to those of his books written between 1988 and 1995 which all seemed to involve graphic rape and abuse of female characters as the actual rape of the female character is not narrated and only the after effects are described Instead he seems to replace it with a consensual encounter between the male protagnoist and a middle aged prostitute, which I suppose is something to be grateful for given the books which preceded it The narrative was otherwise quite interesting and the characters were fairly engaging even the whoring made a certain amount of sense, given that the character was a grunt in the army during war time However the inclusion of yet another rape, even an off camera one, meant that I could no longer stomach Feist s works I threw this and all the other Feist rape fantasy period books I had in the garbage I m told he stopped with the steady stream of rapes after this book, but I haven t been willing to check those claims.

  5. says:

    Feist has done it again, another brilliant book centred around calis son of tomas and erik von darkmoor Really interesting story of infiltration and stealth with plenty of action and some funny moments aswell Also for me my favourite character pug is back and it made me smile.

  6. says:

    4.5 STARS

  7. says:

    The of Raymonds s Books I read the less I like them, to may mistakes, in this saga the first book he says the blacksmith was the first dead person Eric has every seen and then as the story continues Raymond writes that it was someone else There are many little mistakes like these in most of his books I dont understand why he nor his editors are picking them up I m deslexic an i can pick them out Also the characters always have the same personallities he kills off a few main characters then creates main characters that may as well be the same but for the change of name The only characters that really evolve throughout the books is pug and thomas I will continue to read his books because I enjoy the storyline and the amazing world he has created, but for how much longer I m not sure.

  8. says:

    Another really good read So far the whole series has been really worthwhile.

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    Shadow of a Dark Queen is the first book in the Serpentwar Saga and takes place decades after the events described in the previous books of the Riftwar Cycle It features an all new cast and some returning heroes, but with the exception of two of them, they only have limited page time and an all new conflict, even if it has its roots in the same foe as the previous one Shadow of a Dark Queen introduces two of my favourite characters of the entire Riftwar Cycle and also features a third, so I was looking forward to reading it again And this reread didn t disappoint, even if I had iissues with the lack of representation of women in this book It s still an exciting story exploring new ground on the world of Midkemia and setting up for an epic conflict.As I ve mentioned before in reviews I m a sucker for the Dirty Dozen trope, or to give it its TV Tropes name Ragtag Bunch of Misfits Ever since watching The Dirty Dozen as a teen and then, shortly after, reading Shadow of a Dark Queen for the first time, I ve had a soft spot for this sort of story However, it does mean that the broad strokes of the plot and characters are somewhat predictable and it s the details that have to set it apart And Feist manages to do that even though he sticks closely to the standard progression for the trope Our band of desperate heroes is larger than usual and the way they are brought into the fold is very dramatic I liked the different stages of training not just the standard boot camp, but later on a ship during transport and on the fly as the mission starts and the sneaky cloak and dagger nature of the band s mission on Novindus.The Ragtag Bunch of Misfits only works by grace of the characters that it is comprised of and Feist creates a wonderful set of them Our main protagonists are Erik and Roo are two of my favourite ever Feist characters Erik s steady and lovable character combined with Roo s quick wit and just south of decent morals are just irresistible Their fellow misfits are not beyond redemption, while their officers are beyond reproach Their captain, Calis, is an old acquaintance and I loved him and his sergeant De Loungville, they are the perfect combination to on the one hand inspire and on the other frighten the men in line And as a cherry on top of the pie, along the way they are joined by Nakor, who is hands down my favourite Feist character Together these men make for a compelling band and when, inevitable, some a lot of them die during the mission, it is a sad affair and not just a deserved end Not all of them die a heroic death either Feist shows that in war death can be meaningless, accidental, and unexpected despite being in a combat situation I also felt sadness at the passing of Prince Arutha, since he s so much at the core of the first Midkemia books I was a bit confused at Nicholas becoming Prince of Krondor instead of Erland It felt as if there was a distinct lack of explanation for the choice, especially as even several of the characters speculate about the why of it and I can t remember whether we get one later on.My one gripe with Shadow of a Dark Queen is its disappointing representation of women There s Gamina, who s only identified as Duke James wife, not even named Rosalyn and Embrisa only seem to be there as victims to spur Erik to action, while Erik s mum is just as much a victim, although in a somewhat different way than Rosalyn and Embrisa The elven queen, Aglaranna, makes an appearance as the beneficent ruler in a cameo We hear about and see from afar the awful, bitter daughter of the Duke of Ran who had to marry Erik s father And the Oracle of Aal is female, but incidental to the story And of course, the Dark Queen, whose identity I won t spoil, but again she s a distant character The rest are just nameless, or as good as nameless, background filler So our only speaking parts are victims, shrews, whores, or aloof figures of power The only really large, rounded out female role is that of Miranda and while her role is pivotal, her page time is limited Hopefully, in the next book, which will have a urban setting there will be room for well developed female points of view and roles.Still, despite that big disappointment, I loved Shadow of a Dark Queen, if only for the presence of Erik, Roo and Nakor Also, the Ragtag Bunch of Misfits trope will get me every time Feist succeeds very well at painting the camaraderie between the men, having them come to care for each other and in their wake the reader does so as well I really liked this jump forward in time and this new set of characters It also allows for readers to jump into the Midkemia world without having read the previous books I m very much looking forward to the next book, Rise of a Merchant Prince, especially as Roo is the titular merchant prince.

    This review is part of my Midkemia Reread, in which I read all the books Raymond E Feist wrote, set in the world of Midkemia For on the why and how of this series of reviews, check out Midkemia Reread An Introduction.

  10. says:

    A sub par fantasy book by my standards The plot was relatively boring as long as it concerned the main characters who were also boring , and the interesting parts of the book involved minor characters with a completely different plot thread It s sad that I didn t have much interest in the main point of the book, but I just don t think it worked It felt a little forced together in some parts The climax at the ending wasn t even that compelling either.Apparently, I lot of people like this author series, but for me, its like eating an undercooked hamburger patty from Walmart after eating a nice juicy steak The people who enjoy this author, may be referring to his other series and not this one, I m not sure.So why am I going to read the next one Good question I want to give the author a chance to redeem himself before locking him away in a dark closet I think the main storyline will continue, but I also am hopeful that it will be interesting, and that there will be different characters than in the last Probably so, because the characters in this one seemed to get knocked off in succession like they were in a cheesy horror movie, until not many were left standing.