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Into a Dark Realm (The Darkwar Saga #2)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  7,215 ratings  ·  81 reviews
The Conclave of Shadows has smashed the Nighthawks' dread plot to destroy the Empire of Great Kesh through civil war, putting an end to the murderous brotherhood's reign of terror. But there is no time for the victors to celebrate, for the mad sorcerer, Leso Varen, has taken refuge with the Magicians of the Assembly on the world of Kelewan, and is lost among the most power ...more
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Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published September 4th 2006)
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A very good feist book- actually one of the first I have enjoyed since before the conclave of shadow saga.

The only real reason I have given it a high rating is because it returns to my favourite characters- Pug and Nakor.

I understand that feist is setting up the whole view by including Jommy, Zane and Tad…but to tell you the truth - I find their plight a bit boring and too in depth. truly just want a little 2 page description every now and then of what they're up to, what's happen
Another good Riftwar-universe story. I've been reading through all the Riftwar books and I think I've discovered what makes them good (for me, anyway). It's the introduction of new realms - sometimes entire worlds, sometimes new areas on an existing world. Every time one of these books takes us to a new realm, it's kept my attention. The books that try to set new stories in existing realms seem to fall a bit flat.

This particular story spends plenty of time in the worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan,
Robert Aldrich
This is another favorite of my written by Feist. There is not a lot of plot fact one could say that this novels purpose is to just set up for the third book in this set, But, regardless of that, I love this book. Feist does a great job introducing and creating an alien culture that is twisted and unlike anything I have read in other books.

There is a lot going on in this book and Feist gives us a diverse cast of characters, so if crazy-powerful wizards are not your thing, there is
Along with David Eddings, Raymond E. Feist was one of my first loves when it comes to Fantasy writing. They always used magic as a tool, rarely as a plot device and they avoided the long passages in Elvish that can make Tolkien so much of a chore. I may have always had a slight preference for Eddings, but my copies of Feist's original Riftwar trilogy are showing serious signs of use these days.

I may not have kept up with Feist's writing over the years, missing "The Conclave of Shadows" trilogy,
A fan of Feist's setting and world imagination will absolutely love the stuff being introduced and painted here, expanding far beyond Midkemia and Kelewan.

To start with a rant though, some of the bad things from the previous book carried over. Repetitive descriptions of a character's trait or behaviour, as if I need to be explicitly reminded of it every few chapters. Same thing with the proofreading - primarily towards the end - with obvious grammatical mistakes and missing words.

Still, ignoring
This is definitely not turning out to be the best series written by Feist. While most of the overall storyline is interesting, and the worlds he draws for us are intriguing, there are just too many hard-to-believe turns of fate (especially when it comes to not being able to find leso varen) to really make me like it. The pathetic way in which they can't even begin to figure out how, at such times when a rift opens to kelewan, evil guy disappears there, and one of a pair of magicians sent to inve ...more
Joe Aguiar
This is the first book by master fantasy writer Raymond E. Feist that I can say is a bit weak. Sure the characters are all strong as is Feist's trademark, it's just the story is mostly set-up and really doesn't go very far with most movement in the last few chapters. The story focuses on our main characters being split up with Pug and his group preparing to embark on their mission to the Dasati home world and then the boys beginning school and then military service in preparation for the conflic ...more
We are back to the heart of that which matters the most, 'The Conclave of Shadows' and its most powerful magicians. While Pug, Magnus, Nakor and Bek commence a journey into the second realm of reality, Miranda is left on the first realm to deal with the Assembly of Black Robes in Kelewan. Add the mad & hugely powerful magician Leso Varen, now inhabiting a Great One's body, to the mix, and things really start to boil over. Meanwhile on the Dasati world, we get a glimpse into the chaotic, barb ...more
Once more Feist returns to Midkemia, the setting that made me fall in love with fantasy. Unfortunately, while an enjoyable read, I can't say that this is one of his best works. Early on we revisit a character from earlier in the trilogy, and just as we start to bond with him he is abandoned only to visit us briefly as an aside much later in the book.

As the middle book in a trilogy it fills that role well, but pacing was a bit slower than what I am used to seeing in Feist's work. The constant bou
Matthew Green
Feist has developed a habit, in the books leading up to Into a Dark Realm, of sliding into sloppiness in the last few chapters, and this is no exception. Before I get to that, however, let me note what worked.

Feist's depiction of Pug and the others' learning what the Dasati world would be like and how they must come to acclimate to it was fairly well written and an interesting piece of fiction. The introduction of Valkor's training and rise to lordship complemented this well, giving a sense of t
Niki Hawkes
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Feist’s works are always impeccable and I’m hard-pressed to identify anything I don’t like in his stories. “Into a Dark Realm” was no exception, and in fact exceeded my expectations with its creativity and complexity.

What I liked about it was the total transportation into another realm. It provided a culture immersion that I haven’t really seen since his “Daughter of the Empire” trilogy written with Janny Wurts. This time, however, the world w
I like the originality of the new places and races that Feist introduces. The environment, atmophere and overall mentality of the Dasati race - despite being a misguided species - is so different and outside many natural laws! I find it refreshing and interesting. He does it so cleverly with all that limitless imagination, that I don't mind having my brain create new cells to accommodate all the NEW STUFF that gets thrown into the mix. The cliff hanger is indeed one to make you fizz up inside! I ...more
John Keegan
Very much a middle chapter when all is said and done, or at least a transitional piece in the larger Riftwar Cycle. But it serves the purpose of revealing important information to the characters (and the reader) going into Wrath of a Mad God. And the degree to which past continuity is getting pulled into the story makes the Cycle feel far more cohesive than it did during the Conclave of Shadows period...
This was the most gripping Midkemia book I have read since "A Darkness at Sethanon". Feist is definitely back on form, Pug and Co's foray into the realm of the Dasati is pretty chilling, and Miranda finally comes into her own. It's nice to see some glimpses of Tsurannuanni and the Great Ones on Kelewan, and also a tiny little bit of back history which has taken place from the end of the "Empire" series.

All in all, this makes me glad that I soldiered on through the bad times (Serpentwar and Concl
This is the second book in the 'Darkwar' saga, following on from Flight of the Nighthawks, and is set in Feist's fictional fantasy world of Midkemia.[return][return]While I no longer read much fantasy, I am still a big Raymond E. Feist fan and have read all his books before this one. Be warned, it can't really be read as a standalone novel. This book was a very good read, much like most of his others. It features Pug, Nakor and other old favourites, together with a few new characters. My only cr ...more
Series continues, but writing style is below acceptable. New characters just spring up, some come back from dead etc. It seems like lot of half baked ideas quickly assembled into book to earn quick buck :(
Allen Garvin
Second book in the most recent trilogy. I went ahead and got the hardback. Here the scope of the conflict is, by the end, realized, and is immense: spanning aeons and planes of reality. The depiction of Dasati homeworld is particularly well-done. We get a glimpse into the motivations of the other side, for the first time, I think. The side-story of Zane, Tad, & Jommy as they go to the university and then save the prince and get knighthood and are thrown into the army... I guess it's supposed ...more
Another fast, enjoyable read. The story moves along briskly and adventures into new and interesting places. Looking forward to finshing this series to see where it goes.
Janannie Clough
This was very difficult to decide whether to rate this novel a 3 or a 4. The story moves all over the place, with no logical flow, yet the story remains interesting and finally makes sense at the end.
On commence à se lasser des états d'âme de Pug.
Trop de complexité dans la description du Bien et du Mal et de la place des Dieux...
Wow! The plot has really thickened... This addition the series provided a lot of answers and information! The Second Circle is fascinating and though overall rather horrific, the new characters make for an interesting change of pace. Enough old characters balance out the new, making them more of the focus. Unfortunately, some of the plot devices were a bit predictable. Still the overall sense of buildup is rising and the absolute cliffhanger of an ending makes it nearly impossible to stop readin ...more
Excellent. Good change from Fiest instead of taking the initially simple tact. Loved this book.
i have been reading Feist's Midkemia books for almost 20 years now, i think. there have been times when i have thought about giving up...after the first book in this series was one of those times. i am glad that i stuck with the man, though. in this 2nd book of the Darkwar Saga, Feist lays out a completely new civilization and magic structure, brings back some great old characters and moves the story briskly along across a wide front. i thought that this was one of his best in a long time, and i ...more
Joe Cheverie
convoluted middle book of the trilogy. it seemed to me that the author was unsure how to introduce the plot elements to chase down the Dasati threat. I'm really not sure how the Roldem plot figures prominently into the mix, it seemed mostly filler to me. The big reveal near the end of the book only raises more questions and seems forced. Still, Feist sure knows how to tell a tale and I appreciate how he introduces different elements into each riftwar series. I'm hoping the third book will provid ...more
The Dasati scenes are what made this one better than the last.
Riki Solanen
This was great! The best Feist book I've read in some time, it has wonderful humor that kept me laughing. Very interesting world building for the Dasati. I am really looking forward to what happens next.
"Just so we have no misunderstanding, Pug.

That is where you want to travel...

You're asking for a guide to take you to Hell."

Pug nodded.
Excellent middle book of a trilogy. There was a little excitement had by all of the major characters and the plot thickened. The Dasati race was fun to read about; Feist always does a good job introducing new characters and new worlds.

I was a bit surprised by the character of the Gardener near the end. I didn't expect Feist to use that particular character again, but I trust he knows what he is doing.

Looking forward to reading the final book in the series and seeing what becomes of the Talnoy, t
What can I say? I'm a sucker for Raymond Feist. I've long since made my peace with the fact that, while he isn't the best writer, he's certainly one of the best storytellers in the genre. The Conclave of Shadows series continues to develop the intriguing new storyline Feist began in "Flight of the Nighthawks." It draws ever closer to to the Dungeons & Dragons roots which inspired it (ex., planar travel of high-level magic users), while at the same time retaining the fun and atmosphere that m ...more
Much more engaging and exciting than the first book in the saga!
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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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The Darkwar Saga (3 books)
  • Flight of the Nighthawks (The Darkwar Saga, #1)
  • Wrath of a Mad God (The Darkwar Saga, #3)
Magician: Apprentice (The Riftwar Saga, #1) Magician: Master (The Riftwar Saga, #2) A Darkness At Sethanon (The Riftwar Saga, #4) Magician (The Riftwar Saga, #1-2) Silverthorn (The Riftwar Saga, #3)

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