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Rage of a Demon King (The Serpentwar Saga #3)

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  20,242 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews
“A massive, entertaining tale.”

Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel


The Serpentwar rages on! In Rage of a Demon King—the spellbinding third installment in Raymond E. Feist’s masterful epic fantasy, The Serpentwar Saga—the imperiled realm of Midkemia confronts its most devastating horror, as a nightmare beyond imagining descends upon the war-torn land determined to devour and destr
ebook, 608 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published April 1997)
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Sep 20, 2016 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, library, series, 2016
Wow! This book has it all! Magicians, demons, serpent-people, elves, Dragon Lords, dwarves, alternate dimensions, magical portals, romance, deception, revenge, sea battles, mountain battles, battles of wit, fire oil, catapults, flaming moats, political intrigue, and even evil cannibals!

Sometimes I have seen where people say that Feist's series starts losing some steam around this point, but this was an action packed climax for the Serpentwar Saga. And, I say climax as it was so intense, but ther
Simon Barron
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Mar 17, 2012 Lucinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is a reason why Raymond E Feist is one of the most popular fantasy authors and that is because he is just so brilliant and that his work is uniquely origional & captivating. Rage of a demon king is the third book in the 'Serpentwar Saga' and it takes the reader on a thrilling & exciting journey to Midkemia. I love another author called 'Janny Wurts' so the fact that Janny has written books with Raymond Feist is so ironic, such as Daughter of the empire, servant of the empire and al ...more
Sep 02, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This third book in the series gets back to the all out action that I just loved in the first.

War has come to Midkemia. The Demon Queen's hordes have landed and the plans for the defence of the kingdom move swiftly. But Pug the magician and his friends begin to realise that something doesn't quite add up. Why is the Demon Queen so intent on reaching the fabled Sethanon? A sinister presence lurks behind her beautiful face. And while they struggle with the big picture, Eric struggles with falling i
Jul 14, 2014 Elar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Third book in Serpentwar series combines everything you need from fantasy - good story with twists, magic, epic battles and romance. Best in the series so far :)
Dec 27, 2016 Joel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The payoffs are getting powerful!
Dec 31, 2016 Deathburst rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not the edition I read. Need to correct details: --> J'ai Lu
Rage of a Demon King is the third in the Serpentwar Saga and the penultimate book in that series. As such it might be surprising that the great and final battle takes place in this book and not the next one. In fact it surprised me all over again, despite this being my seventh time reading the book. It does explain why I keep switching Rage of a Demon King and Shards of a Broken Crown around whenever I'm making lists or schedules. And it also made me realise how much ten years away from these bo ...more
Jan 12, 2011 Majanka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, high-fantasy
In Rage Of A Demon King Feist goes above and beyond all expectations, and lifts her writing to a new level alltogether. The brilliance of this novel can only be compared with his debut novel, Magician, and even then Rage of A Demon King is victorious. My favourite Feist novel up to date, definately a must-read and one of the most intriguing, breath-taking and indulging fantasy novels ever written. Just when I thought I couldn’t be amazed anymore, I find such a work of beauty.

The first part of th
Nina Schmitt
Sep 14, 2012 Nina Schmitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A loyal soldier and a wealthy merchant have served bravely in the flames of an enduring war that is ravaging their land. But swords, bows, wits and courage will no longer be enough to defeat the scourge that is descending upon their home. For a foul and terrible thing has escaped from a world already devoured to feed on one consumed by chaos—an insatiable nightmare creature of dark and murderous nature which seeks to own and corrupt the very source of life itself

The final conflict is joined, pit

Nicholas Burress
Jun 04, 2013 Nicholas Burress rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Epic Fantasy Novels; Fans of Feist; Anyone wanting a good and EPIC battle story
Top notch from Feist! As epic as his quests are, it is that adventurous spirit that pushes me to keep reading. This book was no exception and it was definitely a fantastic (excuse the pun) read. The amount of magic, lore, and fantasy elements were spot on. From start to finish, I felt I was being pulled further and further into the world of Midkemia and their struggle against a very foreign and determined foe.

One of the best things about this book is the epic battles. Every description and tact
Jun 02, 2011 Em rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can never decide if I like this book more or less than the second one in the series. One thing that has always impressed me about Feist is how he doesn't mind killing off main characters, or places, even before the end. It's hard to have read the Midkemia books from the beginning, and watch as the characters you've come to know and understand, disappear from the stories for forever. Of the places that you can envision in your minds eye... Part of me wishes that Arutha had still been alive for ...more
Mar 13, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I love Raymond E Feist. This book was a HUGE improvement on Rise of a Merchant Prince (mainly for the reason that you couldn't see what a sleeze Roo was). Since there are 4 books in the series I was expecting the Emerald Queen's army right at the end of the book. But No. They arrived about half-way through, maybe just before half-way. Very, Very Exciting!!

Eric became a Captain, and helped evacuate Krondor before the enemy arrived, then fought them all the way back to Darkmoore. Roo didn't reall
Brooke Carter
Oct 29, 2015 Brooke Carter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a solid addition to this series. This book is a result of the build up from the last two, and it was nice to get into the proper action and main conclusion of the story. I definitely enjoyed stepping away from Roo's story, and spending more time with Erik, and the magicians. This branch of the series is definitely more about the 'little people' and not the royal family, as the books usually are. The royal family characters in this series are nowhere near as likeable as Arutha, Lyam, Borr ...more
Aug 08, 2014 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't read this book. You will cry.

I was going to leave my review at that, but decided that was probably poor form. I cried a lot when reading this book and I'm still not entirely over it.

War has come to Midkemia once again. The armies of Novindus and the Emerald Queen have reached the shores of the Kingdom of the Isles, and not everyone will get out of this war alive.

Erik and Roo return as our central protagonists, fighting the war and keeping his family alive respectively. Pug and Tomas are at
Feist keeps getting better and better.......: After reading the Riftwar cycle Feist became one of my favorite fantasy authors, Riftwar was a truly brilliant and original fantasy series unlike any I'd read before. I then started reading some of the books that came after the Riftwar and before the Serpentwar, although these were good I felt that the charecters weren't as endeeing or interesting enough to keep you caring about them too much and alot of the established Riftwar charecters died off.


Feb 03, 2012 Haidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, this is such a complicated book with so many characters and 3 different story lines to follow that this is certainly not a book for the YA who wants a happy go lucky fantasy Dystopian novel. This has so much detail it's wonderful and the character development is great.

The only storyline that had me perplexed was the demon and Gods and the part of the story that followed Pug, Miranda, Thomas and Calis and Nakor toward the end of the book. It delt with them trying to close/find rifts into ot
Jul 23, 2011 Ruth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
P1997. I think I must have just read too much Feist. I am a little bored with the whole premise now and the continual battles/wars that are going on. The third novel in the Serpentwar series. Midkemia/ is once again under the terrible shadow of the Emerald Queen. Her demonic forces gathered at the distant land of Novindus, she is ready to launch a devastating invasion against the Kingdom of the Isles. Two men stand in her way: Eric Von Darkmoor, battle-hardened soldier, and the Pug -- warrior of ...more
C.S. Woolley
May 03, 2013 C.S. Woolley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book so much that I read it twice, I think I may have even cried more the second time. The return of some many well-loved characters from the earlier books in this series is wonderful to see and even characters such as Prince Patrick, who I really didn't like at first, I loved by the end.

Feist does the world of fantasy and intrigue so well, it being a rough, tough and gritty world that doesn't skip over the nastier and uglier bits of humanity. It was really nice to see M
Aug 12, 2016 Dylan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very exciting book. Lots of revelations about how the universe and world(s) work in these stories... and holy crap the main character death count was... off the charts. I get the feeling that Feist decided to just clear the decks of any major character (with a few notable exceptions, because: Pug and friends) who had been lingering since the first Riftwar stories. Very sad.

The book ended with the Kingdom and it's heroes in a pretty desperate situation. It'll be interesting to see how, or IF, th
Vincent Wood
Nov 03, 2015 Vincent Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book of this specific series and the I-lost-count-long-ago book of the Riftwar multiverse series of books in general. The war which has been brewing among the past couple books has finally erupted and as is common in war, many fixtures we have gotten used to are changed or gone.

I most certainly enjoyed this book and do not know why I stopped at this book a couple decades ago when I originally read this series. I am not making that same mistake again and plan on reading the next and fin
Fans of Feist's world will have extreme reactions over this book. Many of what is known about the world and its lore were suddenly turned upside down or shown to be false in the face in an even greater enemy and threat. I don't have any problems with that, because I still find it coherent despite the altered background. This book sets a very fast pace though, it's like the first two books were the starting point and the journey and this one is speeding to the finale. The finale does not disappoi ...more
Doc Johnny
Dec 26, 2011 Doc Johnny rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book attempts to "reboot" the continuity of several major characters by changing their backstory in midstream. Mr Feist is faced with the problem writers face when their major characters become too powerful (Both Pug and Tomas are almost gods). You end up just inventing more and more powerful adversaries. At some point it becomes both tired and ridiculous. This is way past that point. Yet somehow I still kept reading. Sigh. I am sure there are still Midkemia stories to be told. But vast end ...more
Aug 12, 2012 Whitney rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Like the rest of the books in this saga, this book was longer than it needed to be. That being said, it was much better than Rise of a Merchant Prince. While things dragged on, I did enjoy the overall story and was glad this one didn't focus as much on Roo. This one felt like we were getting back to more of where Shadow of a Dark Queen left off. It did leave a lot of questions in the end as to what exactly is going on, but I think that was kind of intended. Hopefully things will be clearer after ...more
Jun 24, 2012 Miss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Another great installment in the series. Now having read this one, I can see that Rise of a Merchant Prince really was a bit of an in between book that really just set the scene for this one. It did get a bit strange and philosophical at one point which just messed with my head a bit but ignoring that, the action was good, I enjoyed the way the characters developed and I loved seeing more of Erik and Calis. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although I'm still not giving it the 5 stars ...more
May 11, 2011 Andreas rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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

Frederico Lages
Nov 23, 2013 Frederico Lages rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best book yet from Fiest , in this one you get magicians and " normal" people during all the book . Pug and Nakor keep growing up and now you can get to know them, white there are new charaters that are amazing like the Silvia esterbrroks and Érick .

In this book you get a lot of dying of the oldest charaters like jimmy the hand so this book brings a lot of New faces but sincerely i dont know what is going to happens next and i hope Feist does not do another book like the mistress of the empi
Jul 02, 2007 Callandor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Even though I've probably read this book at least for the 3rd time, Feist still never fails to bring the magic of his world alive.

With different characters that are very real, and plots that seem to weave one big grand plot since his first book, this book is a pleasure to read. (Can't say the same for some of his books though)

Give his books a try though, starting with Magician. You won't regret it...
Dec 28, 2007 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With more action, the SerpentWar becomes interesting again after the political intrigue of the previous book. The plot action is much slower in development and eventually gets repetitious as different battles for the same clause are fought over and over. Nakor remains the most interesting character even as his odd peculiarities are explained. However, with the task of merely eradicating the remaining army, I wonder at how interesting the next book could possibly be.
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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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