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Into a Dark Realm (The Darkwar Saga #2)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  5,322 ratings  ·  65 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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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,...more
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...more
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...more
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
Nina Schmitt

The dread plot to destroy the Empire of Great Kesh has failed. The Conclave of Shadows has ended the murderous Nighthawk brotherhood's horrific reign of terror and death. But the mad sorcerer, Leso Varen, has fled, taking refuge among the most powerful men and women on Kelewan—a world now threatened, along with Midkemia, by hordes of the most vicious warriors in the known universe. The great sorcerer Pug knows of no power that will vanquish these invaders. And now he, brave Magnus and Nakor, and

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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
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
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
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
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.
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...more
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
Thomas Arvanitis
A nice, imaginative addition to Feist's Midkemia books. I really enjoyed the inventiveness that went into the creation of the Dasati and their homeworld, and the characters were likable and interesting to read about. What cost this review a star was the exposition used at certain points, where someone would lecture a character on the rules of magic or how parallel worlds worked in that universe; it was a bit tedious. Plus, once again in a Feist book, there were too many typos!
Yet another very good book in the series. Like always this book drew me into the story almost from the beginning and held my attention.
May 13, 2008 Doria rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: sci-fi fans
Juicy sci-fi, just what I need to balance out my other GoodReads! This one continues the long -running saga of magician Pug's efforts to preserve his world. The Dasati are the current bad guys, rather modeled on our current sex+violence-driven society in which so many children are raised by parents separated by hate, in bleak cityscapes filled with power-driven monsters. As my husband would say, a "farcical romp". Er, no.
Tammy Dorrycott
This was a great continuation in Pug's story. I love the addition of Tad, Zane, And Jommy and the expansion of Pug's son's characters (caleb and Magnus). This makes for an interesting read that will keep you turning pages. I am now reading the third book in the series "Wrath of a Mad God" I hope it is as well written as this one.
This was a really enjoyable book. This book was filled with, what is arguably my favorite aspect of epic fantasy novels, the creation of new worlds. Not only that but new planes of existence. This was a very good book that I do not have much to comment on in the way of criticisms and I look forward to the next one in the series.
Lee Nevo
Feist continues to evolve the world of Midkemia with this book. An excellent progression from the Conclave of Shadows trilogy and builds upon everything from the Riftwar and Serpentwar to give us an unparalleled enemy akin to the original Riftwar series. I'm really looking forward to the next one in the series.
Mar 30, 2008 Joy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: swords & sorcery fans
I've been reading Feist's series on his Midkemia world from the beginning. I really like the first ones but I'm not so entusiastic anymore. However, like any good tale I will continue reading them as he writes them just because I know all the characters and want to follow where their fictional life will take them.
Kristin Brenemen
After the one-note read I got from the first book in this trilogy, I picked up book two with some trepidation. Thankfully the writing style in this book gave more to look forward to and it got truly interesting about 3/4 through. I ordered book 3 before I finished book 2.
David Shaffer
Easily one of the best fantasy series ever written. I have followed Pug, Tomas, and Jimmy the Hand through continued heroic deeds. With each new book Saga, Feist wraps his tale into the original history of his world. Old nighthawk concepts are used, but with a few new twist.
Man, this was worse than the first book in this series. Any bets on who shows up at the end? To quote Shyamalan via Robot Chicken, "what a twist!!" This is Feist at his worst. One more book to go and I am done with this clown. There are so many better fantasists out there.
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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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