Shards of a Broken Crown: Volume Iv Of The Serpentwar Saga
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Shards of a Broken Crown: Volume Iv Of The Serpentwar Saga (The Serpentwar Saga #4)

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The demon is no more. The enemy has been routed. But all is not well . . .

Winter's icy grasp is loosening on the world. The Emerald Queen's vanquished army has its broken back to the Bitter Sea. And treachery is its only recourse.

A lackey has declared himself Lord of the defeated, amassing the still fearsome remnants of a ruthless fighting force together for one final assa...more
ebook, 528 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published April 1998)
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Oct 10, 2008 Shivesh rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: fantastical

The shadow of the Riftwar Saga hangs heavily over this series. I couldn't make any judgement on the series as a whole until I finished Shards of a Broken Crown. But now that I have, there grows in my mind a sneaking suspicion that Feist's ghostwriter had a lot to do with the writing of this final, fourth volume in the saga. I mean, there has to be a reason why the gradient of quality between the Riftwar Saga and this cycle of books is so great.

There are three major problems with this book, all o...more
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Please, please it can't end here!: This is a book that hits you at many different levels. Primarily it is about people finding about themselves and being able to live as people within the shadows of legends or of course legends themselves. This has a normalising effect on the characters and you end up seeing them as ordinary people effected by extra ordinary circumstances. On another level it is a great military campaign, the kingdom of the west has to fight a two front campaign and no one but F...more
And haste again won. It was quite enjoyable to read about warfare and different schemes to keep kingdom together and then in the middle of book out of nowhere came some mystic black power which appearance felt to book story and style likes nails on blackboard. Book badly needs refurbishing and reediting to make it more enjoyable as the story was great.
When I first read this book, years ago, this was my least favorite of this particular quartet. I like the brothers, Jimmy and Dash, but I couldn't really get into "the brothers' tale."

Rereading it now, though, I was quite pleased with the story, for the same reason I enjoy Feist's other stories. I liked watching the rebirth of Krondor, like a phoenix from the ashes. I liked watching Jimmy and Dash come into their own, and watching the men from Novindus embrace the concept of a nation.

I did find...more
I find that this was not as good as the prior book in the series. While interesting it wandered much more in scope, and in character views, and I think this affected my view of the story.

I read this as an ebook and found that there was no break between viewing the story from character to another and this caused confusion several times. I would read about Eric fighting and giving orders on the field, and the next line would be Patrick being hailed at the palace. This was not a chapter based sepa...more
David Parker
I have probably read every Raymond E. Feist book written. Including several of his collaboratory works. He has a great ability to keep a story a life throughout several sequels and create books that branch off into subplots. His world's are immersive and characters vivid and real. His standout book is the first in the series the magician. Probably one of the books that got me into reading fantasy. He's an easy-going read without the need of dark humour are an Einstein intellect. When a book make...more
Final in the series. Starting a couple of months after the previous one left off this book was picking up the shattered pieces of the Kingdom. The general has named himself king in on part of the Kingdom. Krondor is burned ruins. Kesh wants to expand their borders. Kingdom soldiers are tired and war weary.

This book was kind of slow moving to start off with, as pieces of the West were slowing being put back together. I really wanted someone to punch Prince Patrick in the face... what actually ha...more
Simon Barron
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the never-ending library
To all the die-hard fantasy readers out there, if you haven’t already read this book, or this series, you must do so immediately. Right now. Go!

Raymond Feist has been on my ‘to read’ list forever, but I never actually got round to reading any of them. When Shards of a Broken Crown dropped onto my desk, I have to admit I was a bit hesitant – I wanted to read the series from the beginning, starting with Magician. However, the likelihood that I would read (I don’t know how many books) within the sp...more
Nina Schmitt

The demon is no more. The enemy has been routed. But all is not well . . .

Winter's icy grasp is loosening on the world. The Emerald Queen's vanquished army has its broken back to the Bitter Sea. And treachery is its only recourse.

A lackey has declared himself Lord of the defeated, amassing the still fearsome remnants of a ruthless fighting force together for one final assault on a weakened, vulnerable realm.

For the warriors who remained steadfast against terrible numbers, for the courageous sou

I really enjoyed the characters of Jimmy and Dash in this one and I feel like it might have been a bit better book had it just stuck with their viewpoints through the whole thing. But it jumped around so much, sometimes I forgot what was going on in other places. Overall it was a decent book, but I felt like it was one book too many and that the Serpentwar Saga was dragged on too long. I think it would have been much better as a trilogy. It really felt as if it could have ended after Rage of a D...more
I did enjoy reading this book, but found it frustrating at times. Mr. Feist has this habit of jumping between characters and settings which make you wonder if a page is missing, or that you may have skipped ahead mistakenly. To me, it seemed that the story was being rushed and because of that you feel like your missing an integral part of the story. That being said I enjoyed the way the characters unravelled and grew, and once I got past the stutters as I've come to think of them, I enmeshed mys...more
Kate Millin
Final story in the saga where the wars finally end with a loss of some key characters. The wars have finished.
The first 80% of Shards of a Broken Crown is pretty good. Multi-front military campaign, build up of big enemy threats, getting to know characters as they go from one danger to the next. But in the last few chapters it felt like things just sort of fizzled. Sure, the good guys end up with a win (if you think that's a spoiler, you're reading the wrong genre), but it doesn't feel like they expend any real effort doing so. You can tell way in advance who are the really important characters that wil...more
Hmm... I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, Feist's style is still visible, with good character development (of the new characters), but some of the old characters seemed to have deviated from their normal behaviour. Also, the pace is very fast, even though it's supposed to be a reparation sort of conclusion. I suppose it could be due to the author trying to tie up too many loose ends too quickly and possibly trying to create as many hooks as possible that lead on to future series...more
Patrick Coenen
Now that was a rollercoaster book! i loved it. first i thought what will there be to tell after all that destruction by the demon and after defeating that one, what's to expect of the story? But it came out of alle main characters went in all directions in the West and the story wove very nicely through all those storylines. The pace was good, loving the switches and main of all i loved finally seeing tomas in real action, and of course Pug, Miranda en especially Nakor, the most original of all....more
For some reason it took me forever to get to this book. I will be honest: this wasn't the best book in the series. It served its necessary function of wrapping up the series, and had a lot of good aspects as it successfully developed many different characters, some old, some new. My main criticism is the ending. I don't want to write a spoiler here, but lets just say that the ending was a huge let down. Did the good guys win? Of course. It is just how it came about that is disappointing. After F...more
This is the last book in the Serpentwar Saga, bringing all the storylines to a dramatic close. The demons have been defeated and their army broken, but its remanents are banding together behind the awesome warlord Fadawah. With betrayel, dark magic and wild rumours to contend with, it is up to the two young royal brothers, Dash and Jimmy, to bring together the crown and work to defeat enemies on all sides.

A great end to the sage - I thought it was fantastic, fast paced and edgy, with just the ri...more
Another epic tale from Feist, but this one falls far short of the mark. The characters are not as interesting as in previous novels, and the story does not feel nearly as epic as the Riftwar Saga. The antagonist is too simple and stylized. Feists style seems to have suffered. Having said that, if you loved Riftwar, you will probably enjoy this series as well. The series consists of:

Shadow of a Dark Queen
Rise of a Merchant Prince
Rage of a Demon King
Shards of a Broken Crown

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good but a bit drawn out.
OK, this was the most boring book in the Serpentwar Saga. I barely got through it. I think I'm done with Feist for a while. His characters develop way too fast and too impossibly good , for me to get hooked that much. The most interesting part was the ending, where Feist only mentioned a little about the next set of books. Of course that caught my attention, but I don't want to be disappointed, so I will read something else first :P
I found this book to be a bit disappointing. Magic was always going to play a big part in the final outcome but I found that the story seemed to jump around too much and then everything suddenly just ended. And while Jimmy and Dash's characters were developed further, I was disappointed to not see more of Erik and Calis.

Overall, a good book but definitely not the best in the series.
Viimeinen osa Käärmesodan taruun. Jokaisen kirjan olen lukenut lähes heti kirjan ilmestyttyä, joten edellisen kirjan tapahtumat ehtivät unohtua jo ja seuraavan kirjan lukeminen on hankalaa. Kirjassa ei ole myöskään käytetty juurikaan omia ideoita, vaan matkittu muita fantasiakirjoja. Lukuisat kirjoitusvirheet tekevät lukemisesta hankalaa, kun sama nimi on kirjoitettu kolmella eri tavalla.
I don't know if this was a weaker series than Feist normally writes, or if I've just got bored of the formula, because I definitely didn't enjoy this as much as some of the earlier ones.

It's good points, pacing in particularly, but there's nothing to really separate it from the vast majority of fantasy books. The ending in particular feels like little more than a big cop out.
I enjoyed the conclusion to this saga quite a bit! I was so excited that Dash and Jimmy were the central characters - much like Jimmy the Hand (their grandfather) they share his charm, humour and clever words. This was a sad story, as well, with a lot of loss. Yet, a lot of questions were answered and the end is a clear segway into the next series within this whole epic storyline.
I hadn't read Feist since the Riftwar Saga and the Empire Trilogy.

This was another hair razing, rapidly paced adventure! I couldn't put these books down.

I was on a climbing trip in France for 2 weeks or so and read the first 3 books.

Same complaint as always... the characters are pretty safe, but they are so fun and colorful and the adventure and story are top notch!
Good. I liked the continued story of Dash and Jimmy. However, the 'evil power' storyline seemed like a bit of an afterthought.
Pretty good. The ending has me dying to read the next book immediately, but it looks like the next couple of books are going to be from an older point in time. At first I didn't think I liked the Serpantwar Saga as much as the RIftwar Saga, but it only took a little while to get really into it. A bit depressing with so much death, but still a great read!
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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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