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Die Verschwörung der Magier (The Riftwar Legacy #1)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  9,251 ratings  ·  95 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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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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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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
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
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.
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.
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
(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
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
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.
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.
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
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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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 Riftwar Legacy (4 books)
  • Krondor: The Assassins (The Riftwar Legacy, #2)
  • Krondor: Tear of the Gods (The Riftwar Legacy, #3)
  • Jimmy and the Crawler (The Riftwar Legacy, #4)

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