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A Kingdom Besieged (The Chaoswar Saga #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,879 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews
“Feist has the universe firmly under his control.”
Contra Costa Times

“Feist has a natural talent for keeping the reader turning pages.”
Chicago-Sun Times

Midkemia’s fifth and final Riftwar—the devastating Chaoswar—explodes in the opening volume of Raymond E. Feist’s spectacular new epic fantasy trilogy of magic, conflict, and world-shattering peril. A Kingdom Besieged is a
ebook, 400 pages
Published April 12th 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Stonewalljackman I think if you read the demonwar saga first (there is just two) Rides a Dread Legion and At the Gates of Darkness, both those books talk about the…moreI think if you read the demonwar saga first (there is just two) Rides a Dread Legion and At the Gates of Darkness, both those books talk about the major characters enough. I have read the entire 20+ book series and if you were truly interested I would start with Magician, the first one that started it all. There are several stanalones you can skip which only add to the universe. (less)
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Bob Milne
Dec 04, 2013 Bob Milne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-epic
It has been an astounding 30+ years since Raymond E. Feist first introduced us to Pug, Tomas, and the other heroes of Midkemia in Magician (broken into Magician: Apprentice & Magician: Master in North America), the first book of the The Riftwar Saga. I can vividly remember devouring all three books of original trilogy back in high school, and I still count it as one of my favourite series.

I, of course, went on to read the Krondor's Sons duology, along with The Empire Trilogy - which had the
Veronica Morfi
Jul 11, 2011 Veronica Morfi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The darkness is coming…

If you are a fan of epic fantasy novels, knights, battles, kings, queens, magicians, elves and everything related to them this is a fantasy world you’ll love.

The story of Midkemia started 26 books ago and still worth waiting every single book. In this 27th book the Kingdom is threatened by the empire of Great Kesh. Spies from both the Kingdom and Roldem are disappearing or turned to the enemy side. And when Jim Dasher, an agent from both the Conclave of Shadows and the Kin
R Bartel
Apr 19, 2011 R Bartel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
A Kingdom Besieged was my first introduction to Feist’s novels. The author makes a huge assumption – that I have read his previous books. This assumption is revealed in the fact that he spends almost no time introducing his characters. By the middle of the book I had to assume that if I didn’t know who someone was, they must have been brought forward from an earlier series. Since this book is touted as “book one” of a new series, I felt tremendously disappointed. I then researched Feist’s writin ...more
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
A Kingdom Besieged is the latest book in the long-running Riftwar Cycle by Raymond Feist and the first in what appears may be the final trilogy of the story. Depending a bit on how one chooses to count, this is the 19th book in the primary series (which is subdivided into a variety of sagas), with an additional 9 related books (6 co-authored) retroactively filling in story gaps with alternate tales and points of view. Broadly speaking the primary series has generally declined in quality through ...more
Apr 25, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To me this book felt like a well needed return to form for Feist. The Demonwar saga was a let down for me but this, the start of the end, really got things back on track.

The action was good and varied, Pug wasn't wallowing so much and started to seem like himself again, the story of Child was great and the pieces are all moving into place.

There were some negatives of course. The amount of characters is starting to get confusing, especially with Feist's love of naming them the same thing. I need
Blodeuedd Finland
The fifth riftwar is about to start. Pug and the Conclave have been searching for demons for a few years and have not noticed that something is happening. And since I love Pug I am always happy to see him, and I hope there will be a lot of him. But he is also very sad since he lost his wife and son, and because of all the others he has seen die since he has lived so long.

The other characters in this book are Martin and Hal conDoin, sons of the Duke of Crydee, and they will play a big part in thi
Alexander Draganov
Another excellent epic fantasy by Raymond E. Feist. As he begins the final trilogy in the long-running Riftwar series we see again old friends and villains and meet new heroes. After centuries of peace, the Empire of the Great Kesh attacks the great Kingdom and Crydee, the city from which the great Magician Pug and the mighty Dragon Lord Tomas are from is again under siege. And a young conDoin, a distant ancestor of the legendary Prince Arutha, must protect his people. In the same time, spy nets ...more
Mar 15, 2011 Vasya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the Magician: Apprentice to this title that I'm sure Raymond E. Feist made an incredible journey for its readers, but sadly I have only read his Riftwar Saga and Krondor's Sons. I have to say that, after reading this, I am sure that I haven't made a bigger mistake in my reading experience.

I fell in love with Magician: Apprentice on first sight. Ever since that first sentence, ever since that first scene with Pug, I was gripped with the whole world of Midkemia and Televan Feist created. But
Jun 29, 2011 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another page turner, obviously, when is Feist ever not?

Spoiler alert (so don't read on if you haven't read the book yet) : I have to comment on the demon thing... at first I was like "what is going on with Child?", and then later I was still like "what is going on?" I mean I knew it was going to be an important part of the story but come on! This is Feist and I want content with Pug and The Conclave and Thomas! Meanwhile, I did enjoy meeting the new characters from Crydee, gotta love going back
Nov 15, 2013 Christiaan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A much anticipated (by me anyway) return to the world of Midkemia disappointed as a fairly frustrating read.

With 30+ books worth of history behind the Riftwar Cycle now I guess it was inevitable that some time had to be spent on exposition and reminding the reader of some of the history - but it just came across as if 80% of this book was just that. It felt like large swathes of history and rehashing past events interspersed with short little bits of new story throughout most of the book.

James Whitehead
I continue to read these books so I can get to the end of the story, but it seems a bit to me like the books just aren't as polished as they used to be. Other reviews here have already pointed out the repetition of the Magician's Tower description, but I've found a few other instances that just didn't quite feel right as I read them. Of course, I've never read a series as extensive as this one (although Jordan's Wheel of Time trumps Feist with page-count, it falls far short of characters and ove ...more
Feb 17, 2015 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I love the way Feist writes. So why not a higher rating? Because in order to make a series top the one before it you have to have a bigger bad guy, a bigger end of the world, a bigger everything and to tell you the truth after 30 years of Pug and the Kingdom it's just not as believable anymore. It also was hard to keep all the references and past characters straight (we are talking about 30 years and probably at least 25-30 books) and having to sort them out in my head took me out of the story.

May 30, 2015 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This is the first book in the trilogy where Feist will end the saga he started in 82 with Magician.
The previous books in the series suffered from the author not really knowing which way to go with his story, but now that he took a decision the book benefits from that.

There are a lot of characters in this book, most of them are known to the readers from the previous 100 or so books. :-), although there are some new promising young characters as well.

I spend a lot of time in the last days to rea
Guy Haley
Nearly thirty books in, and Feist is calling it a day in Midkemia, the world he and his pals created long ago as a setting for their Dungeons & Dragons games, and which Feist has been writing about ever since.

Feist has lost none of his power, nor any of his weaknesses. His prose is still workaday, yet compelling. The big drawback here is that we’re now dealing with a world with hundreds of years of history, and fan service demands it’s acknowledged. On the one hand we have plenty of nods to
In 1982, Raymond Feist launched himself into the world of fantasy with the publication of MAGICIAN. With that novel, he successfully began one of the most praised and enjoyed series of modern fantasy, The Riftwar Cycle. Twenty-nine years and 26 books later, Feist gives us A KINGDOM BESIEGED, the next installment in the massive arc in the worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan and the initial volume of the Chaoswar Saga.

A brittle peace exists between the Empire and the Kingdom following the Demonwar. Now
Nov 14, 2015 Diana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish, kindle
This book started with promise, with a demon child and her mother fleeing from a city in chaos. But then aarrrrgh it switched to humans and spent the next quarter of the book introducing character after character and using every ploy possible to detail the boring history of the world and the relationships between the multitude of characters it introduced. The best sci if and fantasy books don't bore their readers to tears by detailing characters and history the reader will never sort out or reme ...more
Apr 26, 2016 Bibliophile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 08, 2014 Geoffrey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I usually really like Feist novels. The 'Magician' books were a lot of fun to read as well as 'Kings Buccaneer' and the books he co-wrote with Jenny Wurts, but this book was filled with too many characters, too much time talking about past books and too little story. This was the first book in yet another trilogy which might be part of the problem. The author was setting everything up in this book to get things going in the next two...hopefully. Another problem is i read this book out of order. ...more
Sep 29, 2015 Jay rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stayawayfantasy
May be readers who have read his previous books would find it less mind numbling. Upto 95% of the book- nothing happens, no war, no killing, no twist, no plot and no story. Just characters who are never introduced properly to the reader carry on with their lives, mostly travelling and if not for 'his dad was that, his mom was that' the novel can be reduced to 25 pages. If I could I would give 0 stars but the chapters on 'The child' is better written and a well earned 1 star for that.
This is a bu
Joel Flank
Sep 20, 2015 Joel Flank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raymond Feist begins the final trilogy of the Riftwar cycle. 5 years have passed since the Demonwar, and things seem stable. Pug and his allies are still researching demons and what has caused them to become far more active than normal in the mortal realm. The star elves have settled into their new home, warily distant from their neighbors, and unsure about maintaining cordial relations with both humans and other elves. In distant Crydee on the Far Coast, things are about to change dramatically ...more
Sep 13, 2013 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brenda
So happy to read Feist again and sad at the same time cause after 30 years this story is
gonna end.

Reading this book felt like coming home...
Laura Darroch-Lassey
I'm really angry that I wasted my time reading this. Fuck you, Feist. You suck.
Jul 29, 2015 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I cant remember the last time, if ever, I read a book so quintessentially "fantasy" that was less than 500 pages in total length. I give a pass to The Hobbit for its origins as a more children's book and LotR is really just the one book. As such, this felt short and clipped. Not the writing or story, but overall after finishing, it just felt like nothing happened. All of this book sets up plots, puts the pieces in motion but by no more than 2 or 3 moves.

War breaks out. Kesh in the South moves o
This was my first book by Robert Feist and I can't say I was impressed. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. After seeing everyone else's reviews of Feist, I expected better. I was hoping for some "A Song of Ice and Fire" quality but I got more Star Wars expanded universe quality...

For instance, it took me awhile to even start to care for characters. I didn't like to start Martin until the last couple chapters of the books. I don't know why but it's hard to feel anything for the characters
Evgeni Kirilov
I am sad to say that this book is not what I hoped it would be. I had been more than a little disillusioned with the last few of Feist's books, but I hoped that after taking a several years break Midkemia would suck me back in. Unfortunately, this was not the case. There is way too much description, not enough action, the plot barely advances, and the various families of Midkemia still insist on using only 2-3 names for their descendents.

This last part is a small thing compared to the others, bu
Jan 07, 2012 Tyrone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Midkemia completists
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
Despite being a huge Raymond E. Feist fan I have to admit approaching this book with some trepidation. Partly because the recent additions have not always been as good quality or held my interest as much a some of the earlier parts of the series. And partly because I know that this is likely to be the last entries in a series of books that have accompanied me through much of my reading life.

I've not always been as gripped by the Conclave of shadows as i was with the fate of the Kingdom. I also h
Sep 12, 2012 Mathieu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mon premier Feist.

Voilà un auteur de fantasy qui propose une œuvre intéressante. Depuis ses débuts comme écrivain en 1982, tous ses romans se situent dans le même univers (Krondor) qu'il a inventé avec quelques amis lorsqu'ils jouaient au jeux de rôles à l'université.

Au sein de cet univers, Feist met en scène ses personnages et, au fil du temps, leurs descendants, donnant à son travail l'aspect d'une vaste saga.

Cependant, Feist est malin et sait mener son histoire de manière à ce que chaque nouv
Apr 15, 2011 Daisy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
If you read fantasy, you've probably at least heard of Feist and his Riftwar series. A Kingdom Besieged is the first book in the fifth series set in this world. I read the Serpentwar Saga (the third series) at the respectable age of I think 11 or 12 and I remember really enjoying them. So, when this one showed up on NetGalley for review, of course I hit the request button!

And while I did like the book, it wasn't as enjoyable for me as I'd expected it to be. I think it's partly because I had such
Feb 06, 2012 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feist has a lot of different things going on in this book. Its the beginning of the end for his series and I know he wants to include just about everything that he can that has happened over the last 25 books or so.

A war is brewing between the Kingdom and Kesh. The Demon Realm is being destroyed and an unique demon, Child is looking to escape. The Nighthawks have vital information for Pug, the Pantathians may or may not be making a guest appearance for the first time since the Serpent War, and
Oct 20, 2013 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its been a few years since the events of the Demonwar devastated the ranks of the Conclave of Shadows and once again trouble is brewing. Like most of the recent Riftwar books, the majority of the story focuses on a handful of new characters (almost all of whom are descendants of characters from earlier books) - in this case Hal, Malcolm and Brenan ConDoin of Crydee - who are gradually integrated with some returning characters - most notably Jim Dasher (introduced in the Darkwar trilogy) and Sand ...more
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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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