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

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  15,900 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
“Undeniably riveting.”


The terrible Emerald Queen is vanquished…but the war in Midkemia is not yet won, as the remarkable Raymond E. Feist concludes his magnificent Serpentwar Saga with Shards of a Broken Crown—a spellbinding tale of magic, conflict, and treachery that sees the rise of a new threat from the ashes of defeat, an evil poised to strike mercilessly at r
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 did not like it  ·  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
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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
Jul 17, 2014 Elar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
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.
Jun 02, 2011 Em rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 03, 2015 Hwango rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 21, 2016 Alayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book ages ago, and got stuck. I picked it up again a couple of days ago, and found I could continue it, although I did find the writing a bit stilted - not like Feist's usual writing. Perhaps he got stuck as well?
It describes the end of Pug's involvement with the Kingdom of the Isles and the beginning of the Conclave of Shadows. There is a lot of nasty stuff with evil magic etc as is the usual with the Midkemia books, but it all works out in the end. The focus of the story is tha
David Parker
Sep 12, 2014 David Parker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
The end of the Serpentwar Saga, and a tagged on affair at that.

I feel like Feist intended this series to be a trilogy but landed himself a 4 book contract. "Shards of a Broken Crown" feels like nothing more than an add on mod, and perhaps if given an extra 20,000 words at the end of "Rage of a Demon King", Feist could have wrapped it all up in a trilogy.

As much as I love Jimmy and Dash, the dastardly grandchildren of Duke James of Krondor/Jimmy the Hand, their larger presence couldn't distract m
Brooke Carter
Feb 20, 2016 Brooke Carter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book with anticipation. After the huge finale from the previous book, where would they go from here? I was interested in the idea of an entire book being centred around after the climax of the series. Usually there's just a chapter at the end of a book, or snippets added around the beginning of a new story, but with this there was an entire story dedicated to what happens after. How they pick everything up and get on with their lives. I can imagine lots of people think it doesn't ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Simon Barron
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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
Nina Schmitt
Sep 14, 2012 Nina Schmitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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 so

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
Sep 19, 2015 Dastan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great ending to the Serpentwar Saga and so many things were different because of the evens from the last book. So much has changed and some characters learn and do amazing things in this story. Overall, it was a great ending and so much was different in the world compared to how the world was at the beginning of the first book in the Serpentwar Saga.
Matthew Willis
I'm so glad this series is over. the last two books were so long, but these two books seemed to finally be what I always expected fr a true fantasy book. Fighting, the world at danger, magic being used well and the hurt of characters and their flaws
Joe Cheverie
I felt this book was definitely the weakest one of the serpentwar saga. it seemed that feist was experimenting with the fantasy series structure by devoting a whole book to the denouement. the concept may have been more effective if there were more characters I could connect with in the book. part of that problem was that feist had killed off many of the long time central characters in the previous book. while feist uses the epilogue of the book to pave the way for the cycle going forward in oth ...more
Aug 15, 2014 Jane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 15, 2016 R.H. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest this last part of the series didn't have me hooked like some of the previous books. I found it quite a drag to read at times. Nevertheless, it was nice to follow well known characters like Roo, Eric and Pug. The main conflict with the remnant group around the Emerald Queen happened in several regions of the country and the reader was forced to jump here and there in the narrative, between one enemy leader first, then to the next, and in addition between the stories of the characters ...more
Iain Parkes
Jun 08, 2015 Iain Parkes marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 18, 2015 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story and I was able to keep track of all goings on despite the many characters and story's going on. Fun and interesting. Couldn't quite give 5 stars as it didn't quite reach me as Robin Hobb or George Martin
But I will read more of his books!
Kate Millin
Jul 11, 2014 Kate Millin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Final story in the saga where the wars finally end with a loss of some key characters. The wars have finished.
May 29, 2012 Skip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Apr 19, 2015 Billy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With an impetuous Prince in command, the Kingdom is imperilled. It is left to Pug, Tomas, Miranda and Nakor to confront the evil power behind the wars.
Apr 20, 2016 Marty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Should of ended the series in the previous book. Not going to finish until totally desperate
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
Jun 07, 2016 Bruno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good conclusion for the Serpentwar saga!! So many twists and unexpected turns and still Feist manages to grip the reader from beginning to end, to the point of making a military campaign sounds exciting!
A lot of "screen time" for well known characters and quite a few "badass" moments from our favourite mage!!
All in all, really really good!
Patrick Coenen
Feb 09, 2012 Patrick Coenen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feist
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
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Other Books in the Series

The Serpentwar Saga (6 books)
  • Shadow of a Dark Queen (The Serpentwar Saga, #1)
  • Rise of a Merchant Prince (The Serpentwar Saga, #2)
  • Rage of a Demon King (The Serpentwar Saga, #3)
  • Кралицата на мрака | Възходът на търговеца принц (Войната на студенокръвните, #1-2)
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