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Die Verschwörung der Magier (The Riftwar Legacy #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,255 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
The vile sorcerer Sidi plans to strike the kingdom a fatal blow, setting the murderous pirate Bear upon the high seas in pursuit of the vessel that is transporting Midkemia's most holy object; the Tear of the Gods. From this miraculous stone all magic power is believed to flow. And if the Tear becomes the mage's trinket, the future will hold only terror, death and unending ...more
Paperback, 503 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Blanvalet Taschenbuchverl (first published 1998)
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Jul 29, 2010 Anthony rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have fulfilled my annual quota of self-flagellation by forcing myself to finish this book. This book, which I later discovered was based on a video the author wrote, was the stupidest "You have completed Quest A! Now I need you to complete Quest B!" chain of events I have ever subjected myself to. Forced camaraderie and ridiculous dialogue round out the brutality of this kick to the groin.

Awful, just awful.
Michael T Bradley
By the end I was skimming like mad, assuming I could just read the 'previously in' section of book 2 of this series to figure out anything I missed, I was that bored.

Feist has a very distinct style. He is, above all else, interested in plot. The plot often meanders, and very rarely deviates from the 'quest is received, quest is eventually fulfilled' formula, but the thing that drives me crazy is that characters are pretty much ... nonexistent in his work. Locklear, my favorite character from th
4.5 stars.

I haven't read the whole shebang with the actual mamuth series Feist wrote, but these books, in the Riftwar Legacy, I like a lot. A lot.

From the first 10 pages of this, I was enthralled. It got me. I didn't leave it out of my hand, I wouldn't do anything else except read it.

Of course, "Krondor: The Betrayal" doesn't reach the complexity and awesomeness level that some other well known works have had, but it's up there with the best, I think. It's a classical piece of fantasy, where
Sue Smith
Apr 11, 2013 Sue Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ain't gonna lie ..... I liked this book. I needed this book. It was a welcome change in my reading world. Love that it had a map to follow all the book activity. Loved it more that you can find a better map online, as well as a complete interactive role playing site of said world as well. Haven't gotten into that yet, but I'm game to try it out! I've always wanted to have an alternate elf ego ....... just have to come up with an appropriate elf-like queenly name! Oh yes my friends - it's good ...more
Balázs Pataki
If I recall correctly, good old Uncle Feist hasn't taken part in making the 1993 video game. Only at a later stage did he become involved, and wrote his own book version afterwards. This explains why Krondor: The Betrayal reads like a video game put to paper. Game features like the constant ambush scenes and side quests simply don't work in the writte narrative. On the other hand, the book lacks the features that gave the video game its remarkable and unique atmosphere. Descriptions are rough at ...more
Joe Aguiar
May 08, 2012 Joe Aguiar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As part of the Riftwar Legacy, Krondor: The Betrayal turns back the clock to a time following the Riftwar to an untold adventure with Jimmy The Hand and Squire Locklear teaming with a rebel Moredhel, Gorath, to save Midkemia and maybe the world from a devious plot between Moredhel and Tsurani. Magician Pug and Prince Arutha return as well and there are some new characters introduced to the mythos too. The action and intrigue is non-stop as this page turning adventure spans the kingdom and across ...more
Aug 13, 2015 omars rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Feist's writing for enjoyable, immersive, lightweight Fantasy. But this one is just awful.

This volume (and maybe its whole trilogy) is based on the 1990s computer games of the same era.

And rather than adapting that vintage game's premise as the plot for this book, the book instead reads like a game of that era. And while those games were a heck of a lot of fun to play, they wouldn't be very fun to watch over the player's shoulder...and even less fun to read in transcript form...which is
Annika Howells
Aug 28, 2010 Annika Howells rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book when I was a kid because I was obsessed with the computer game. I never managed to finish the game, but I read this book over and over again. I adored the characters, especially James. I went on to read the previous Riftwar Saga, and though I tried to read other books by Feist, they weren't the same without my favourite characters.
May 27, 2011 Eeepi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The only positive of this book is Gorath, who is a pretty likable character that should have been featured in the original series instead. The book itself is pretty much what it is supposed to be - a linear game story, with the basic 'move to the point A - kill monster - move to the point B - repeat' formula. Another weak one.
Peter Blanckaert
Gebaseerd op een computerspel en leest als een computerspel. Soms een beetje te 'simpel'. Het verhaal mag wat meer om het lijf hebben.
Apr 11, 2010 Ryan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The Riftwar Legacy was horrible, trite, pithy, predictable, sad... I couldn't get past 50 pages.

Maybe I just couldn't appreciate it not having read any of the others before this.
Simon Barron
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Apr 27, 2010 Calhor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enthicing tale. Worth every moment spent reading it! I'll simply have to finish the series someday...
Robbie Cox
Raymond E. Feist is one of my favorite authors. I love his series and his writing. His characters never fail to grip me and keep me turning pages. The worlds he has created are realistic and look forward to returning to them often.

However, this book read choppy to me. I know it was written to go along with a computer game and to be honest it read that way. The characters and description that I have come to count on from Mr. Feist simply were not there. Furthermore, the ebook version lacked the p
Whenever I do a Feist reread (which is every three years or so), I want to do it in chronological order. First the Riftwar, then the Krondor series, then Krondor's Sons, then onwards to the Serpentwar and others. The only problem is I always stall at the Krondor series and the reason for that is that it's just not as good.

Krondor: The Betrayal is based on a video game and you can sort of tell. The plot winds and twists and there's so many different characters and small quests and tangential thin
Well, it's a novelization of the computer game, Betrayal at Krondor . Unlike movie novelizations, game novelizations are interesting because you can probably read the book in less time than it takes you to play the game, but you also lose a dimension of interactivity in the translation. And seeing as how we're talking about one of the greatest computer RPG's of the 1990's, this book feels a comparison, because you lose that extra dimension. Don't get me wrong - it's still a g ...more
Nina Schmitt

A new episode in Feist's massively successful Riftwar saga. From the endlessly inventive mind of one of fantasy's all-time greats, comes a spellbinding new adventure featuring old favourites Jimmy, Locklear and Pug. It is nine years on from the aftermath of Sethanon. There has been peace awhile and it's been needed. But news is feeding through to the people of the Kingdom of the Isles that deadly forces are stirring on the horizon. The bringer of the latest tidings is Gorath, a moredhel (dark el

A new Moredhel warrior has risen in the Northlands and unites the Brotherhood of the Dark Path for a charge on Sethanon to retreive the Lifestone. Jimmy the Hand, Locky, Owyn, Patrus & Arutha have their hands full trying to stop the dark army while dealing with a new wave of Nighthawks. A renegade dark elf & Pug have important parts to play to once again save the Lifestone from those who would use it to bring back the Dragon Lords.

This is a pretty good stand-alone fantasy novel by itself
Christina Ku
It's a while back since I read this although not certainly as long as the Riftwar and Serpentwar and I can't remember whether I like it as a 3.5 star or a 4 now which is also a good indicator that I didn't enjoy it so much. I don't think I felt it being as quality as Feist's other novels but rather was more fond of the book as being simply part of the Midkemian books. So I opted for the lower rate.
Sep 19, 2015 Dastan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This first book from the Riftwar Legacy was simply amazing for me. It would have made more sense if I had read more of the other books at the time but it still was a great story that really had some great parts in it. The best part was getting to know the characters and always wanting to know what will happen to them when something interesting happens. Overall, great book.
S. Nileson
Jan 23, 2016 S. Nileson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book mainly because I remember the game from my childhood and it had a significant nostalgic value to me. I already bought the other two sequels and intend to go through them once I'm done with the priority books on my list. I can't explain why, however, I gave it a four star rather than a five star. I'd give it a 4.5 if I could.
Sep 21, 2014 Hilary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Good quick fun read as expected. I have been following the 'alternate reading order' from the REF website, but wish they had put this set of books right after the Riftwar Saga or after the Empire Trilogy. Seemed like I was being randomly dropped into the past and I my memory of Locky was a bit taxed as it has been a while. I did enjoy learning a bit more about the moredhel and quite enjoyed Gorath and his journey.
May 02, 2016 R.H. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this 3 stars instead of two, to make up for my own stupidity.
I did not realise this trilogy is a "Legacy" in that it goes back in time – I didn't enjoy that very much. Familiar characters reappear and you have to adjust to the scene and the time again. It doesn't help that I already got confused in the previous trilogy with who was who as newborn royals and other got given names which their ancestors had before them. Luckily two of the main characters are new, one of which, Ohwyn, int
Mar 21, 2015 Susanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have read the book severel times on paper many years ago. Bought the series on my Kindle, and it's an imensely joy, for a burnout brain like mine, to read not just this title, but the whole trilogy again. Feist's books are straigt forward oldschool fantasy at it's best
Jun 17, 2016 Bekah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am a massive fan of Raymond Feist's work, but I'm afraid that this book was the worst I have read by him so far - even worse than Murder in LaMut and Jimmy the Hand, if that's possible. It failed to keep my attention throughout and I found myself really having to force my way through it. None of the characters were interesting; even though Jimmy and Locklear were two of my favourites from the original trilogy, I found myself being unable to distinguish between the two of them during this book ...more
Jun 18, 2015 Monique rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
(view spoiler) This plot is a bit tired, being quite similar to Battle at Sethanon.

(view spoiler) I had hopes that maybe Pug wouldn't play as big a role in this book, and that might leave it open for the relatively new magicia
Apr 23, 2015 Billy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another deception to bring the Dark Elves to war against the Kingdom. The fate of Midkemia hangs in the balance as the the Lifestone and its dragon guardian are threatened by magical forces from another world.
I was stuck to this book for the first third, really wanting to know what would happen next. It's a very political book, and the set-up was truly fun.

However, though this is the first in a series, it is set in a wider world that Feist has written a lot of other books in. And as the book progressed, I started to get a little lost. The characters seemed more like chess pieces than heartfelt personalities, and the overall battle was so epically out of their hands that I started to wonder why I was
Jeff Harbrow
Feb 20, 2015 Jeff Harbrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant read. This was one of the first Fantasy novels I ever picked up back in 2006, and I have read it countless times since. My copy has actually lost the text on the front cover from how much I've handled it. A brilliant start to a good series, I think all fantasy fans should give this book a go.
Jul 12, 2014 Elar rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
What do you want from book made based on computer game. A little bit more, as Assassin's Greed books show. There was adventure and action, but you could feel all the way the computer game setup behind it.
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The Riftwar Legacy (4 books)
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