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Honored Enemy (Legends of the Riftwar #1)

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As the Riftwar tears Midkemia apart, enemies trapped in the frozen Northlands must trust each other to stay alive. . . .

In the sprawling, embattled land of Midkemia, fate can form strange alliances. Nine years into the bloody and ongoing Riftwar, Dennis Hartraft's Marauders are cold, hungry, and exhausted. Having only just survived a disastrous encounter with their sworn e
Paperback, 323 pages
Published June 27th 2006 by Harper Voyager (first published January 1st 2001)
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Unlike most of Raymond E. Feist (the author) books, this book lacked the fantasy element. Granted, this is a standalone sidebar to the Riftwar Saga (another series by the same author) and there were elves, dark elves and some reference to rifts but this book is just pure fiction and action.

Fans of the Riftwar Saga will not see their heroes in action and find themselves embroiled in a action packed, fast paced war fiction similar to the novels of Bernard Cornwell's (a historic fiction author) Sha
I have to confess I was a touch disappointed with the last boom I read in this series, but Feist more than makes up for it with this entry. While the premise is nothing new- two opposing sides forced to work together against a common enemy, the history of the series he has created gives more weight to the story- knowing the way his world operates, you understand more of the motives and actions of his characters, leading to a staisfying read that managed to (almost) put a lump in my throat. Very ...more
Note: Actual review is 3.5 stars

This was my first experience with the world where the story takes place. The characters and the premise were definitely interesting, and they kept me reading. Tinuva was a mystery, and I was really worried that the authors were never going to explain his subplot. I wish there had been more information regarding the two types of elves though, particularly regarding the Returning. Why tell us about something that sounds really intriguing only to never explain WHY it
Sean Smith
I haven't read any of Feist's other novels so I started this book with a clean slate. It covers the adventures of a group of soldiers called the Marauders as they fight their mortal enemy the Tsurani. I don't want to include much more, as it spoils many of the initial plot twists, but suffice to say there is much more depth to the plot.
This is one of those books that you really just need to finish. I would have given it 2 stars about half-way through. Many of the characters felt static and I r
Nina Schmitt

The first of a major new Feist acquisition, returning to his best-loved series. Written with Bill Forstchen, acclaimed writer of great military fantasy novels in the US. FREEDOM AT ANY PRICE? Hartraft's Marauders, a crack band of Kingdom raiders, are a special unit designed to infiltrate and fight behind enemy lines. They are currently heading for a frontier garrison, after a disastrous encounter with the Tsurani. Meanwhile, a Tsurani patrol is sent to support an assault on the same garrison. Bo

Jeff Cothern

The first of a major new Feist acquisition, returning to his best-loved series. Written with Bill Forstchen, acclaimed writer of great military fantasy novels in the US. FREEDOM AT ANY PRICE? Hartraft's Marauders, a crack band of Kingdom raiders, are a special unit designed to infiltrate and fight behind enemy lines. They are currently heading for a frontier garrison, after a disastrous encounter with the Tsurani. Meanwhile, a Tsurani patrol is sent to support an assault on the
So, I thought this was kind of like lord of the rings, where you really didn't need to read the Hobbit to understand anything, but this was not so. This is one of those prequels(apparently) that you need to read after you've read the series, so you understand these "legends" or whatever that happened before. Which pretty much fails, because after all, strong books stand alone, even if they are part of a series.

But, it wasn't a complete failure. It was a somewhat trite story about the enemy of my
Oct 05, 2009 Jesse rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Feist and gritty fantasy.
Shelves: fantasy
Good book. I liked the combination of Feist and Forstchen. It created a Feistian tale, that was a bit more close to the ground. Another tale from Feist that has a Tsurani as a major character is always welcome. Another plus was more insight into the Elves and Dark Elves of Feist's world. Feist's elves (Regular or Dark, or any other) are really the only elves I've ever been able to actually enjoy, so thanks to this team for giving me more of them.

Unfortunately I have to report that while I enjoye
In all, a decent book. Corwyn is a bit too easy/predictable, and Tinuva is fleshed out too little to really make the storyline surrounding him interesting, but the main story is nice. Whenever emotions come in, Feist seems to run into trouble, as I never really find them believable enough to really be gripping (it's all a bit too heavy-handed) episodes. The Riftwar/Serpentwar/Empire series are OK (esp. Empire), but he doesn't really seem to 'get' how emotionally fraught situations should be port ...more
John Parvin
nine years into the bloody Riftwar, we find the deadly jaws of a northern mountains winter closing on the small lone wolf company called the Marauders as they make their way to a kingdom held fort to escape the weather. Led by the deeply driven Dennis Hartraft, a man who has more reason than most to despise the invading tsurani.
Yet not all went as planned, for when they reached the fort, they found it in burning ruins.
Now Dennis realized just how much trouble his band is in, as he must not only
Fredrick Danysh
The Riftwar has been going on for nine years. After surviving an encounter with their sworn enemy, Hartraft's Marauders are sent to a frontier garrison. They arrive at the same time as a patrol of their enemy. Can the foes work together against an invasion by dark elves?
Dec 12, 2007 Shanti rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of adventure & Sci-Fi
I bought this book in the UK before its US release and loved it! I enjoy writers who give you vivid detail putting you "right there" without wrapping you up in the mundane. Feist & Forstchen take you to another time and place and then launch you off a roller coaster of adventure. And it all makes sense.

I was very sad when this book was over, as there was no sequal at the time. I am overjoyed to find that the next couple books of the series have been released. Oh, joy of joys! Yes, Shanti, t
I could see this working for other people but it didn't do anything for me. Plus I felt like the authors were really heavy handed when it came to the 'emotional' parts of the book.
Sai Giridhar
simple action book with fantasy characters.... fast paced and filled with references trip ELF's, humans, dwarfs.... nice time pass read
Joel Langton
Raymond E Feist wrote three collaborative books in this Legends of the Riftwar series. This is the best out of the three. I know from something that Feist said that he worked differently with all three of the collaborative authors he worked with but clearly whatever he did with Forstchen worked. The characters were good and you can tell that they both worked on the book, as apposed to Murder In Lamut which Feist clearly didn't waste much time on as it was rubbish.

Forchen went on to write other s
Willem Van Kalsbeek
Vijanden die gedwongen samenwerken tegen een gezamenlijke vijand en daarbij vrienden worden.
I really enjoyed this book. The dynamic between Asayaga and Dennis was very well done. Plus, reading more on the Dark Brotherhood through Bovai's point of view was definitely an added bonus. Describing more about the dark elves history and thoughts compared to the "light" elves was very much what I was hoping to continue reading about. My only complaint with the book however is that there were more details on Kingdom and Dark Brotherhood's supporting characters than there was on the Tsurani. I w ...more
Luis Martínez
When I started, it was like a slow-reading.. but the autor really surprises you. He tell a good story, the story of two persons, two rivals who both, to survive needs to unite forces. It's a great way how Feist is telling you and writing the story. A book with details scenes, and when you are reading, you will like the characters. The emotions, and actions, and the way they think. Dennis, an enemy to a Tsurani. "Fighting something bigger than them, uniting forces, and then, the honor asks you th ...more
When it was first released it was a great change from all the usual fantasy books of that era.great idea cool book
Dr. David
This was an unexpectedly excellent book. While i was waiting for the next book to come out in the regular series i grew impatient and decided to read a derivative story of one of the older themes, assuming this was not going to hold my interest like the major running themes but i was wrong. My only regret is that form what i can surmise the author is not going to continue the very interesting character of Harttraft in future editions. He is a classic anti hero hero and his edge holds the pages o ...more
Honored Enemy is a strong story of two enemies working together through mutual distrust and cultural differences to stay alive. Feist does well with collaborations as his Empire trilogy with Janny Wurts was very strong and this book with William Forstchen is also strong. There is good characterization and development of the protagonists and the pace of the story is swift enough that we get past the fact that this is only a small episode in the scale of the Riftwar and features no major players. ...more
Have re-read this book several times. The characters are so engaging and relatable. Shows a great insight into the culture of the Tsurani, and an inspiring story of enemies working together to survive and coming to respect each other.
Even if you haven't read the other Feist books, give this a go and simply think of Tsurani as similar to Japanese and Kingdom soldiers as similar to westerners (not saying they are the same, but makes it easier to relate to for those not familiar with the background
This is a very good, very exciting, book. It was lacking the magical element that made the original riftwar series so spectacular but that did not affect the book very much. This is a book mainly about war and the effects that it has on people. The main characters in the book are very likeable and relatable. They also change throughout the book, like well written characters should. This is an extremely good book and I would recommend it to anyone, but especially those that enjoy a good fantasy r ...more
Jacob Marsh
I thought that this book was ok. I really enjoyed the book as it progressed but i thought that the start was very confusing and quite boring. I was continually only reading this book in small patches because i couldn't get into this book, but i am happy that i continued to read this book because the end was so exciting and i was hooked in, i couldn't put this book down. I like the theme that 2 sworn enemies joint together to fight a powerful force. Apart from the slow start i really enjoyed this ...more
Príbeh na pozadí trhlinových vojen. Tsuranský oddiel sa spojil s Hartraftským záškodnickým oddielom v boji o prežitie proti spoločnému nepriateľovi - temnému bratstvu, ktoré ich nemilosrdne stíha a snaží sa eliminovať všetko živé. V priebehu príbehu sa dozvieme, prečo veliteľ temných chová takú zášť voči záškodníkom. Dočasné prímerie pomaly prerastá v silné priateľstvo aj napriek rozdielom v kultúrach. Je to také príjemné rozprávanie o utužovaní mužov a čo všetko urobia muži, aby prežili.
“Only an idealist would be stupid enough to believe that the purpose of this war is simply for us to conquer you.” (222) “He would find the Great Game inconceivable. There was no hidden meaning within meanings, no subtlety within him; if he planned to kill someone he said so, then did it. He did it remorselessly, and without feeling, but he did it while looking his opponent in the eye.” (232) “You are a Hartfaft, boy,’ Wolfgar admonished. ‘Eith command or step aside.” (263)
I enjoyed this book as much as I did the rift war saga. I love the way that Raymond E Feist introduces characters and develops them throughout.
Phil Jones
If you like Feist then you will like this, it's as simple as that.

A stand alone adventure set during the rift war romps along at a steady pace.
Whilst the story is a little predictable that doesn't stop you from enjoying the ride.

Sworn enemies forced to fight together to survive against a greater evil
A brother facing brother in a chase and fight to the death.

Self-sacrifce, overwhelming odds, and a frantic race for survival.

Great stuff.
Surprisingly good...better than what I had read of Forstchen's work, anyway. At the core of the story, a three-way war between radically different cultures, is the idea that honor can be the most important motivator for a man, and that respect can defeat hatred. As two soldiers commanding forces which had been slaughtering each other have to combine to fight a dangerous enemy to both, the story progresses. It reminded me a bit of the Enemy Mine film.
Patrick Coenen
The 13th book from Feist that i did read, and the best till now for me. The characters are developed soo deeply and the pace of the book is perfect. It made me feel with all the personages in the book. Amazingly even with the feud that was between tinuva and his brother. I could hear the treading on the snow and smell the cold and fear in a lot of texts. A must rad for when you like adventure, this is not really a phantasy book.
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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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