A Crown Imperiled (The Chaoswar Saga #2)
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A Crown Imperiled (The Chaoswar Saga #2)

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The penultimate volume of the mighty Riftwar Cycle

War rages in Midkemia but behind the chaos there is disquieting evidence of dark forces at work.

Jim Dasher's usually infallible intelligence network has been cleverly dismantled; nowhere is safe. He feels that the world is coming apart at the seams and is helpless to protect his nation.

Quiet palace coups are underway in Rol...more
Unknown Binding, 469 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Voyager (first published 2011)
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Brandon Zarzyczny
I really enjoyed this book, but I found a big problem with the writing/editing of it. I believe that Raymond E. Feist somehow swapped two of the characters (Pug and Magnus) for an entire chapter. In Chapter 4 page 77-101 the characters Pug, Amirantha, and Sandreena are exploring the home island of the Pantathians (snake people). The chapter ends with a smallish cliff-hanger: "Pug took only a single step outside: confronting him was a completely unexpected sight. Six tall pillars of light in a di...more
Bob Milne
With this, the second volume of The Chaoswar Saga and the second-to-last volume of the entire Riftwar Cycle, Raymond E. Feist doesn't necessarily advance the story, but instead elaborates on the significance of the events in A Kingdom Besieged, and builds some necessary (and much-appreciated) depth on the part of the characters. While it left me impatient to move on with the story, to advance things towards the ominously titled Magician's End, it was largely satisfying in terms of securing the o...more
Kim
So here we are at the penultimate entry in the epic Riftwar saga. I'm glad to see Feist is continuing his return to form with this book being strong from start to finish. Everything is finally starting to come together with (I believe) most of the major players appearing. I'm very glad for the return of Nakor, one of my favourite characters in the series.

The book had some flaws though. It needed a much better editor to go over it with a fine tooth comb. There were quite a few words missing, sent...more
Jason Kahn
I had read a lot of negative comments about this book, mainly regarding editing errors and typo's, which is why I waited until it was available on kindle for a cheaper price. Having read it, I can understand some of the complaints. There were some obvious mistakes, words missing here and there, etc. And also some places where the scene shifted in ways that simply did not make sense. This might have made a difference if it were the first or second book in the series, but it's like what, the twent...more
James
Oh Mr. Feist, how you're slipping. light spoilers ahead.

I am a big fan of Feist's work, and I've read every book in the cycle. But the last six books have had some issues that took me some time to work out.

The biggest problem with this series is the lack of character development. In the earlier books, and even up into the Conclave of Shadows trilogy there is engaging and deep character development and growth.

In the past six books a combination of unoriginal characters and the great reliance of...more
Gregory
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Marcus
First Off, Just to get it out the way. There was a LOT of errors in this book, I wont take the time to write them all out as I've seen other reviews doing, but yes the editing in the book is terrible, and I do hope some people get fired because of it.

Unlike other readers, I'm quite new to the world of Midkemia, But I've read them all quite recently and have it all fresh in memory. I really like how they have followed 'Hal' throughout the book, and always enjoy the references to their ancestors...more
Tincangoat
This book was terrible. Not terrible because of the re-hashed story line, but terrible because of the atrocious editing.

I tried to first ignore the errors. Then I tried to remember just to mention the errors in my review. But after a while the errors were too plentiful and my mind too soft. Besides that, I figured no one would believe me, so I grabbed a notepad and started keeping track of a few.

There are many more errors than the ones I list below. I guess there is a big continuity error that m...more
Colin
Whilst I've enjoyed the last few of Feist's books, they have been slightly underwhelming. More comforting that exciting. A Crown Imperilled (and its predecessor A Kingdom Besieged to a slightly lesser extent) seems to be a return to form. But (and its an annoying but) it seems to be because Feist is falling back on previous character types. Nothing has come close to the 'magic' of Pug, Thomas, Arutha and Jimmy the hand of the original trilogy, and it's as though Feist has realised that. So whils...more
Eric Leblanc
This book was initially going to get a 4 stars from me. It is an enjoyable Silverthorn-style story, where you follow many different characters on their various endeavors that are direct follow-up from the previous book. You get Martin trying to defend the city of Ylith, Hal and Ty escorting a princess in the woods while being harassed by pirates, and the magic users Pug, Magnus, etc trying to understand what the heck is behind all this.

However, this book came down to 3 stars for editing reasons....more
Rex
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Sergio
Feist is my favorite author. The original Arutha and Jimmy are some of my favorite characters in the book world. This book though ... this book was absolute garbage. From spelling errors, grammar errors, and even an outright mix up of characters that throws the whole read off. Feist mixes up the characters actions from previous books, as well. Attributing the crèche destruction to Pug and Magnus instead of Calis and his Crimson Eagles.

Get your act together, Feist.
Jamel
after the stupid mistake of mixing pug and magnus up, i had to just skip thru the book... this story is just being rehashed over and over again... another jimmy, more characters coming back from the dead (remember macros).. its just a boring read now. hopefully, it will just end with the next book.. time for mr feist to write about another world cause this one feels like im reading the same trilogies over and over again... sigh.
Blake
As always, Raymond Feist keeps the pages turning, chapter after chapter, with amazing characters you never want to see die. Been reading his books for so long, his NEW books are as comfortable as a good cup of coffee in the morning or after a good meal. I am already wishing the next book was out so I can continue the story.
Danail Yovev
Amazing beginning, amazing end, but in the middle... not so epic. Arkam is a lovely character!
John
Feist is one of my favorite authors and I always look forward to his new books. His first Midkemia novel Magician is one of the first scifi/fantasy books I ever read and I've been hooked since then.

Unfortunatley this novel is not one of his better ones. The story is still interesting and I enjoyed reading about some of my favorite characters in the series. However, as many reviews will tell you, there are some major editing issues that you will come across. There were quite a few words that wer...more
Kim
Feb 14, 2012 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Michael Clifton
With any fantasy series, sooner or later the "freshness" begins to suffer. However, with his Midkemia fantasy novels, Raymond Feist has managed to keep my interest with book after book. Feist has a knack of introducing new characters, reinventing old characters, and keeping you guessing concerning his plots...not such an easy task when considering this all occurs within the parameters of a fantasy series now approaching, what? Twenty years old?

I will admit that the past couple of Feist novels ha...more
Clay
I’ve been with Raymond Feist and the world of Midkemia almost the whole ride since 1982, and with the publication of “A Crown Imperiled” (Harper Voyager, $27.99, 469 pages), he is one book removed from wrapping up the saga of Pug the magician and the battle against the undefined evil known as the Dread.

“A Crown Imperiled,” which is book two of the Chaoswar Saga, is book 28 of the Riftwar Cycle, which actually began in the mid-1970s as a role-playing game at the University of California at San Di...more
Glenn Zink
Some Spoilers in review!


Feist continues to deliver an interesting story line in his overall arc, and I did enjoy this book and look forward to the last in the series. There have been a number of instances in the last several books where you wonder, though, if he or his editing team have read any of his previous novels lately. Or, indeed, are paying attention to what they are providing in the current novel.

These crop up as name misspellings, or incorrect character references or relationships. Thi...more
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
I'm not quite done with the book yet (75%), but I already know that there is no way I can give it a higher grade than 2 stars. From a story/plot standpoint I would probably end up giving it 3 or 4 (depending on how the ending turns out), but I've just had it with the egregious internal continuity errors. It's one thing to have continuity slip across books in a series which has spanned about 30 books in over 25 years; it's another to have major internal inconsistencies within a single book, a pro...more
Veronica Morfi
Bring me the next one rigth now!

In the second book of Chaoswar Saga (and the 29th in the Riftwar Cycle!) we follow the story story right were it felt off in the previous book. Martin is holding Ylith against the Keshian attack that drove him away from his home. Miranda and Nakor are back! Yay, for their return, Nakor is one of my favorite characters, so much fun and crazy. They land in Ylith and after meeting Calis, the elf prince and Arkan, a dark elf trying to stop an uprise of his race, they...more
FantasyWereld
en kroon in gevaar is het tweede deel van de laatste trilogie van Feist in zijn langlopende fantasyreeks over Midkemia. De wereld is in beroering gebracht, maar de drijvende kracht achter de chaos weet zich nog goed te verbergen. Een grootschalige oorlog tussen Kesh en het Koninkrijk is gestart, terwijl er in Rillanon en Roldem staatsgrepen worden voorbereid. Jim Dasher moet alles op alles zetten om erachter te komen wie hier achter zit(ten), en dat terwijl zijn spionagenetwerk op slinkse wijze...more
Joe Aguiar
A Crown Imperiled continues the final Riftwar series with the invasion of the Kingdom by The Empire Of Kesh in full swing... or is it, while other forces align whose intentions are yet known. Our heroes are spread about the land either fighting for their lives or fighting to find answers as to who really is in charge of the chaos enveloping Midkemia and what they really want. There are a lot of players in this game both human and supernatural and it is only by Raymond Feist's deft story telling...more
Felix
Don't know what to make of this book. It started with real
promise taking off from where Part1 ended and developments
were interesting. War between the Kingdom of Isles and
Great Kesh was inevitable given what happened in Part1 and
the whys and wherefores of this war was revealed and it
seemed plausible. Also the adventures of the major
characters from James Dasher Jamison to Hal, Martin and
Ty were fun to read but I felt the book ended abruptly.

I was mystified where the "Rider" came from. No introduc...more
Sarah
Absolutely amazing, Hal is brilliant, a truly enjoyable character and I enjoyed going back to Martin seeing him in the same position as Arutha so many years (and books earlier)
The resurrection of two of my favourite characters did make me happy, although it was in the same was as Macros the Daasti I still liked the way that they had the same memories, the same emotions, everything that had appealed to the character the first life was important to them now in their second carnation.
All in all thi...more
Sue Cartwright
I've loved all of Raymond's books and this is no exception. Despite the errors which I skipped through regardless to keep on with the story, and the dramatic and abrupt ending, it was another great read. I'm only glad I didn't finished this book before the last in the entire series, The Magician's End (Riftwar 4), became available. I will be sorry to come to the end but then I intend to start again from the beginning.

The first book, The Magician (latest edition longer than the first) is such an...more
Brett Boerner
Jul 02, 2012 Brett Boerner rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who has read the prior books in the saga
Shelves: reviewed
First off, the storyline of the book was engaging and it was good to read about some of my favorite fantasy characters as Feist wraps up the final few books of his Riftwar Cycle begun many years ago with Magician. The plot gets deeper and deeper and it has become increasingly obvious that the characters face the greatest challenge ever encountered by Midkemia. I won't go into any details to avoid spoilers, but you'll want to read this book if you care about how this world handles the continuing...more
Alek Dembowski
I had trouble getting into this book. 6 chapters in and I was having difficulty really caring about many of the characters. That changed around chapter 7 or 8 but many of the new characters feel like much older characters slightly re-imagined. At this point the series is proving that history repeats itself, if not in the events, in the characters. James is another Jimmy, 5 or 7 generations descended from Jimmy the Hand, Martin and Hal are very much like aspects of Aruthra and some old friends th...more
Mitchell
I've been reading Feist's book for a long time, almost as long as any other author. I've appreciated that he's been able to keep Pug around and has maintained certain families as main characters. It lends a lot of continuity to the various novels that span 3-4 generations, and it's always fun when someone's great-grandson references the actions that you've read in a previous book. It's like you're all reminiscing together. While I always enjoy Feist's books, they remain like a really good deli s...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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“As they walked he glanced sideways and at last asked, "You are the one they call Pug?"
If Pug hadn't already been surprised by what they had encountered, he was now openly taken aback. "Yes," he said.
"I'd thought you'd be taller," mused the Pantathian.”
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