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Shadow Of A Dark Queen (The Serpentwar Saga #1)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  17,369 ratings  ·  143 reviews
The first volume in Raymond E. Feist's bestselling Serpentwar series sees ancient powers readying themselves for a devastating confrontation. A dark queen has raised a standard and is gathering armies of unmatched might.
Paperback, 560 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 1994)
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(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 w
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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 ...more
The more 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 the ...more
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 more 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 t
C.S. Woolley
Set across the sea from the Kingdom, this book gives a feel of ever widening the world of Midkemia. Drawing from characters from the previous books in the Riftwar Saga, there are some wonderful appearance of much loved characters that create continuity. I love reading books where at the moment you start wondering what has happened to a set of characters or what they are doing, they make an appearance and change events unfolding around them. Feist is a master of this. With Pug the Magician acting ...more
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 ...more
Again dark forces are marshaling their power and new generation needs to step up and take challenges. Men who are supposed to be hanged get new chances to prove that life after hanging does make sense if you live like a french legionnaire. Full of stereotyped young and older men. Book is quite fast paced and finishes first phase of series quite nicely.
Overall, this was a pretty good read. An interesting start to another saga. I love that Feist keeps writing about this same world of Midkemia but keeps moving us forward in time, through the generations. This book takes place some twenty years after the King's Buccaneer and Prince Nicholas' adventures. This book actually reminded me a lot of the King's Buccaneer since they travel to Novindus just as Nicholas did. In many ways, it is very much a continuation of both the King's Buccaneer as well a ...more
Clare O'Beara
This may be the most accessible of the four tales in this series. A young man named Erik is growing up in a village, unacknowledged son of the noble. After an incident he and a friend Roo are sent to be hanged and instead told they will be spared if they train as special soldiers to fight an unknown menace approaching from another continent. Not much of a choice but they accept.

An evil magic-using force on another continent is pushing an army to take over cities along a major river. When the fo
Peter Blanckaert
Zeer zwak boek. Flinterdun verhaal. En bij momenten saai. Jammer. Hopelijk is het vervolg een stuk beter.
I'm currently re-reading all of the Feist books and so far, it's awesome! I didn't remember much from this book (I only read it once ten years ago) so everything was like I read it for the first time.
Maybe it's a bit controversial, but I'm starting to prefer Feist over GRRM. Feist didn't make the mistake of trying to describe everything in one generation. You get the feeling that every book is just a small glimpse in a world in which a lot of going on, and every book offers a fresh perspective.
I've had this in my to read pile for years. I was hungering for a bit more Fantasy so gave it a go. It is a continuation of his other sagas and standalone books set in Midkemia. I had very fond memories of the cracking Magician and it sequels and was hoping for more.

I was to be sadly disappointed. It is the first book in a Quadrilogy (?) and as such seems to be a big setup of the major characters on that book. That wouldn't be too bad if it was like (I remember) Magician was, but it isn't - it i
Kevin Xu
This book was better than what I expected to be. This book was really readable that pulled me right in the minute I started reading even thought I figure out what was going to happened from the back cover. Great job, Feist in writing a fun and readable book for my return to the world of Midkemia.
See the shark, watch the series jump it. Loved the Riftwar series although the last few were not as good. This series pushed me away from his work as I felt these books were more of an attempt to capitalize on the first series. Stopped reading feist after this one.
Laura Bird
I really liked this book, my first Raymond E. Feist book, I happened to buy it randomly at a closing down sale of a second-hand bookstore, thought it looked interesting from the cover and the name of Feist which was vaguely familiar to me. I have read a lot of fantasy/other world books and series, and not all of them are able to create a plot that has so many twists and turns and keeps you guessing from chapter to chapter so that it's near impossible to predict who might die, how the characters ...more
One of my favorite of the new stories of Mikedemia, especially with Erik, and how Feist describes in a sirreal way how the Serpent Queen comes to be and in the later books how it's revealed she is actually possesssed by another.
David Shaffer
Easily one of the best fantasy series ever written. I have followed Pug, Tomas, and Jimmy the Hand through continued heroic deeds. With each new book Saga, Feist wraps his tale into the original history of his world.
The Feistster writes books that are quick and easy to read. Normally very entertaining too. This has been his weakest to date but it's still a decent read. The main guys here are Roo and Erik and they just aren't that captivating, Roo being pretty boring in fact. But there are a few old favourites here to keep interest up and those nasty little green buggers we've met previously show a bit of their evil.
One thing that surprised me was there are a couple of stupid mistakes made in this book, the
It would be a solid, four star story, if it weren't for the ridiculously unnecessary fantasy rape sections. These do nothing to further the plot, or even develop the characters in a significant way. One might argue that Erik's witnessing of these events makes him more sympathetic or likable because he's outraged, but really - who wouldn't be? To my mind, these scenes do nothing more than continue to glorify sexual violence against women by including it in a story which is meant, above all else, ...more
Ruby  Tombstone [With A Vengeance]
Too long ago to remember, but I always LOVED Feist.
Vincent Wood
Book one of the Riftwar Saga: The Next Generation, or whatever Raymond E. Feist called this series of books that take place in the world he created and turned into his career. This book takes place decades after the original Rifwar Saga and a quarter century after the previous book which was while being a stand-alone book, it was also a setup to the setting and some of the characters of this book.

Speaking of characters, due to the timespan between this book and the Riftwar Saga, you can assume c
Shadow of a Dark Queen, like a good many other books, doesn't need my praise or approval to speak for it. My words are grains of sand against the vastness of Raymond E. Feist's career and body of work, so I care not to elaborate in a review. It's all been said: great characters, hugely satisfying character growth, intriguing world building, high writing quality, varied settings, and much more.

This is a very good read. It's my first Feist novel, though I've heard so much about his books. I loved
LOVE RAYMOND E FEIST!!!! I think he is one of my favourite authors. I went on a day trip to Wellington with my little sister in January and we went into this cute little second hand book shop. I found 2 books by Feist for really cheap so I grabbed them. I then started reading this series and it was great (I also found the rest of this series off trademe, bought the whole series for less that NZ$20 in total woop woop).

This book follows Erik, the bastard son of a noble. Erik's half brothers hate
Aslan Davault
I picked up the book Shadow of a Dark Queen as an airplane book about a year ago but never actually sat down to read it. But once I started the book I didn’t want to set it down, I even found myself reading it right before taking the SAT’s last weekend. The book has a slow start but after a while gets into the action. The main things that this author did that made this story amazing was his great use of imagery, especially of people and the characters in this book to make them seem more realisti ...more
First published in 1997 the action takes place about 50-60 years after the initial riftwar saga. The protagonist, Erik, is a great character and his best friend, Roo, looks to be an interesting fellow once his story has been developed. Another great read - not disappointed at all. Those damn Pantathians are at it again. Pug has a relatively brief mention in the development of the story but not enough for my liking. Have ordered the next instalment. I do appreciate that although these stories are ...more
I have read many of Feist's books and this series may be my favorite to date. It certainly has my two favorite characters so far in it, Eric von Darkmoor and Rupert (Roo) Avery.
This novel sets the groundwork for the upcoming war with the serpents (as indicated by the series name) and focuses on developing the two main characters. Erik is a bastard son, who is working with the local blacksmith and Roo is the son of a trader and dreams of becoming wealthy.
This all changes when they are caught and
I've always appreciated Feist's Midkemia books, and this one doesn't disappoint.

I like the idea of the Desperate Men in this story. It seems a little strange that they mention 36 men in the company, but you only really get to know like 8 or 9 of them, and even those ones only superficially. I mean, I understand that there are already a lot of major characters in the book, and that adding another 25 is extremely complex, but that you can't have an army, or even a mercenary company, with just 8 gu
An enjoyable read, even if it failed to blow me away. Erik is a very sympathetic hero; his lack of cunning and intelligence endears rather than irritates. That's not to say he's stupid; he has his moments where he offers surprising insights to people's character. It's a refreshing change to have a main character who doesn't overwelm the reader with his sparkling personality and wit, nor bowls you over with his incredible stupidity. The other characters all grow on you very quickly, and Feist's r ...more
Nina Schmitt

Journeys once again to the twin worlds of Kelewan and Midkemia--first seen in the popular Riftwar Saga--in the first volume of the new Serpent War Saga as Eric and Roo pursue their destinies and face a dark serpent race. Tour.

From Publishers Weekly

A dark and alien peril casts an lengthening shadow over Midkemia as another Riftworld saga begins almost a generation after the events in The King's Buccaneer . Erik von Darkmoor, bastard son of the local baron, flees to the city of Krondor after acc

Simon Barron
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Raymond E. Feist was born Raymond E. Gonzales III, but took his adoptive step-father's surname when his mother remarried Felix E. Feist. He graduated with a B.A. in Communication Arts with Honors in 1977 from the University of California at San Diego. During that year Feist had some ideas for a novel about a boy who would be a magician. He wrote the novel two years later, and it was published in 1 ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Serpentwar Saga (6 books)
  • Rise of a Merchant Prince (The Serpentwar Saga, #2)
  • Rage of a Demon King (The Serpentwar Saga, #3)
  • Shards of a Broken Crown (The Serpentwar Saga, #4)
  • Кралицата на мрака | Възходът на търговеца принц (Войната на студенокръвните, #1-2)
  • Гневът на демонския крал | Парчета скършена корона (Войната на студенокръвните, #3-4)
Magician: Master (The Riftwar Saga, #2) Magician: Apprentice (The Riftwar Saga, #1) A Darkness At Sethanon (The Riftwar Saga, #4) Magician (The Riftwar Saga, #1-2) Silverthorn (The Riftwar Saga, #3)

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“All right, me darlings. You heard the Captain. Look around and tell ol'Biggo what you thieving rascals grabbed when you ran for your lives!” 2 likes
“Why? Why do you care what happens to scum like them?'

De Loungville moved his horse alongside Erik's, so he was almost nose-to-nose with Erik when he answered. 'I don't care what happens to scum like them. You could cut off a piece at a time over a week and I wouldn't give a whore's promise for what it would do to them. But I do care what it would do to you, Erik.”
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