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Die Verschwörung der Magier (The Riftwar Legacy #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  7,837 ratings  ·  86 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 November 1st 1998)
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Anthony
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.
Ana
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
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Sue Smith
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
Joe Aguiar
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
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
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Annika Howells
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.
Eeepi
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.
Ryan
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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Calhor
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
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Nathaniel
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 bit....light....by 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

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Kailash
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
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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
Hilary
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.
Caroline
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
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Monique
Once again the moredhel is duped into attacking sethanon under the ruse that murmandamus is alive. Just like the third book in the riftwar saga he is not. When will they stop believing that! This plot is a bit tired, being quite similar to Battle at Sethanon.

I am getting a bit sick of Pug saving the day! I had hopes that maybe he wouldn't play as big a role in this book, and that might leave it open for the relatively new magician Owyn to be the hero. I was wrong.

I loved the character Patrus.
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Elar
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.
Victoria
Though I read this book before, I did not remember any of it! I am not quite sure why the other books in the series stuck with me more than this one, but this re-reading was more like reading it for the very first time. It was very exciting and involved some of my favorite characters from _The Riftwar Saga_. I must admit that for a first book in a trilogy, everything was neatly tied up in the end, so I must admit I am wondering what the next two books will be about! But this was well-plotted and ...more
Jane
I really enjoyed revisiting the old characters from the rift war saga. It was nice to see how they fared since but felt some of the characters were sugar coated, or not explored enough. An enjoyable read though.
Jesse Treviño
This book was very enjoyable indeed. I must say the rift-way legacy was enthralling and kept me attached all the way through, and I must say to all you nay-sayers claiming the video game sucked? ... Play it for yourselves... in my opinion, it is one of the greatest PC games ever created, yes the graphics are primitive, but the creators created such a beautifully vast world that was way ahead of it's time. The non-linearity of the story and the vast arsenal of items and weapons, all with their ow ...more
Jessica Hughes
The plot was formulaic as was to be expected from a book of a game however, I enjoyed reading it thoroughly.
Veronica Bailey
I was actually a little disappointed in this book, I didn't feel it held up to the other Midkemia books I've read. It was apparently based on a computer game set in that world, and frankly, it showed. While I know from the afterward that Feist left out a lot of sub-quests and such, there was still a lot of "Yay, we finished that quest! Let's get the next! Here are our NPCs for this mission!" going on.
Towards the end, it all came together a bit more coherently, and I'm hopeful that the next book
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David
The problem with this book (the entire trilogy actually) is that it reads like a computer game. There's a lack of character depth and empathy, the dialogue are rigid, and the plot is quite formulaic - with obvious leads from fact-finding to obvious action. While there are attempts to tie the events in this trilogy to the events surrounding Midkemia as a whole, those are light at best. This is probably nothing more than cashing it in. Feist's style is only evident in several places, most of it is ...more
Avin
Seems like I was playing the videogame :)
Gary Stanley
I really enjoyed these series of books
Adinda
Voor de lezer die de boeken in publicatievolgorde leest, kan het wat verwarrend zijn dat de Krondor-trilogie zich tussen twee delen van de Oorlog van de grote scheuring-reeks afspeelt. Overleden personages leven weer; volwassen geworden personages zijn jaren jonger. Desondanks een spannend verhaal, met veel gebeurtenissen in (voor Feist) relatief weinig pagina's. Bovendien toont hij zich hier als auteur al veel ontwikkelder dan in zijn debuut, Magiër.
Ray Briggs
While the story line is based upon a game I have never played it stands alone without the requirement to even know of the game. If you are reading the series in the order written then this one takes a step back in time. To me I considered the story to be one that just had not been told along the way, but was presented as a work of knowledge giving some background knowledge to what had already been read and thus enjoyed the book.
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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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