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Exile's Return (Conclave of Shadows #3)

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Saved by a mage's intervention from certain death, Kaspar, the evil Duke of Olasko, is lord no more -- reduced to an exile's existence and forced to wander the harshest realms of the world he once enslaved.

Merciless deserts, forbidding mountains, and vast oceans now separate the once powerful despot from his former seat of power -- his dark dreams of vengeance overwhelmed
Mass Market Paperback, 343 pages
Published April 2006 by Harper Torch (first published January 1st 2004)
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Blodeuedd Finland
May 07, 2009 Blodeuedd Finland rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy

This book is no longer about Tal Hawkins from the previous books, this book is about the man he defeated, Kaspar, the duke of Olasko. And Feist's fantasy saga continues.

Kaspar has been sent by magic to the continent of Novindus instead of giving a death sentence. The former tyrant who murdered Tal's village seems to have no goodness in him, but this will change. He is caught by nomads but manages to escape and then start the long way home in order to seek revenge on Talk Hawkins. During his trip
Jun 15, 2016 Danielle rated it liked it
[old lady from Titanic voice] it's been 84 years...

Well. Maybe 84 days since I left "Exile's Return" at 40% done. I had read 4 books already over the Easter long weekend, and the change in perspective to the antagonist rather bugged me.

But here we are. The novel did indeed get better, and it is a rather fitting end to the series "Conclave of Shadows". We are clearly building up to something big, no doubt to be resolved in "Magician's End" some 8 books away.

Once I got over my annoyance at having
Jul 03, 2008 Ty rated it really liked it
I have read almost all of Feist's many novels set in Midkemia and have found most of them good or very good. As long as you skip the "Krondor:...." trilogy, you are safe. this book is billed as the last in the Conclave of Shadows trilogy, but it reads as a fairly independent novel from the first two as Talwin Hawkins has only a small part. interesting in that this story is told from the point of view of the villain in the first two novels. it reads almost like a travelogue through the first doze ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Elar rated it liked it
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Quite good ending to the series and many leads for new series, but you could feel all the way that author tried to wrap it up. Many interesting new things revealed about universe, magic and gods which is always good thing if paired with lot of adventures and action.
Jul 19, 2012 Kaylah rated it liked it
While the previous book made it seem like the story was over, we find out that it isnt. We get a whole new main character and story line and then the this saga is done? Leaving us on a cliffhanger? How this book goes with the other two is beyond me. Yes it happens right after but new character and new plot and new situations. It bothers me how this was the last book because it doesnt belong at all. So I dont know what happens next or what books im even supposto read next.
Book wise, it was alrig
Feb 01, 2013 Connie53 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read
I'm very happy with this book. It made me want to read all his other books that are on my TBR-pile. I know that Feist is not the most poetic writer but his books are just entertaining, effortless readable and it feels like wearing an old sweater, warm and cosy when you are reading them
Jun 21, 2016 Đenis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hlavný zlosyn z časti dva sa stane hlavným klaďasom a hrdinom záveru trilógie. Kašpar začína od nuly na Novinde a vlastne sa nikam nepovznesie, iba ako predpokladala Konkláva, premieta a zisťuje, o čo v živote go. Našťastie sa pripletie k ďalším nešťastníkom z Královstiev západu a k prekliatemu predmetu, ktorý stojí za smrťou okolo a nemá moc na výber. Našťastie preto, pretože ... to by už bol spoiler. Spár upadá do zabudnutia a v knižke sa len mihne. Hlavný ťahún je tu Kašpar a k nemu sa pridáv ...more
Simon Barron
Nov 19, 2014 Simon Barron rated it liked it
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Apr 27, 2011 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own
This was good book with one exception: the ending. This book is a rarity among other Feist novels in that the ending leaves you with more questions than answers. Every other Feist I have read, and keep in mind that those are all parts of series, have very standard beginning, middle, and end style plots with everything tied up and all (or at least most) questions answered by the end. There are exceptions to this but none so extreme as in Exile's. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed nearly every part of ...more
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Aug 22, 2010 Michael rated it liked it
I didn't find this book so much the end of trilogy as much as a spin off and set up work. First, this third book in the conclave of shadows isolated Kaspar, the former Duke of Olasko, and followed him in his exile. Now while this is a nice story of redemption it was almost a story that could have stood on its own. My last update mentioned that we don't see Talwin Hawkins, but as I finished the book, the reader does get to meet him again for a brief moment. He is used simply as a conduit for inf ...more
Apr 12, 2011 Trayana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, owned, bg
Третата книга спокойно може да бъде считана за съвсем отделна от първите две – както вече споменах, развръзката на „Лисичи крал” поставя достатъчно убедително край на сагата за Талвин Хокинс.

Херцог Каспар Оласко е изоставен от Конклава на сенките на континента Новиндус – твърде далеч от възможността да се свърже с когото и да било от своите подчинени. За пръв път той ще трябва да се изправи срещу живота, без да се облагодетелства от потеклото, парите или властта си. Жестоката пустинна земя, от к
Joe Aguiar
Jul 30, 2012 Joe Aguiar rated it really liked it
The third book in the Conclave Of Shadows trilogy asks the question... can a man who has slaughtered many for his own personal gain, now find redemption and heroism in his heart? With the story of Talon/Talwin Hawkins concluded for the most part at the climax of book 2, book 3 needs to shift focus to a new hero. And in a bold and daring move, master fantasy writer Raymond E. Fiest chooses the villainous Duke of Olasko himself, Kasper. Having been spared by Talwin Hawkins,who's grown weary of all ...more
Mar 12, 2013 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This never felt like a final book in a trilogy and that made it feel a bit disconnected to the other two I’d previously read. The main character is likeable enough even though he was one of the big bad guys in the previous book. It’s soon becomes apparent he was non compos mentis for most of his actions and we are soon supposed to forgive him of the earlier genocide and other bad will he cast in the previous books.

Talon, the main character from the first two books, makes a small cameo at t
Jun 27, 2011 Sam rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've just finished reading this trilogy back to back over the past few weeks. Overall I feel pretty letdown by the whole affair. The first book was a paint-by-numbers revenge tale, but it worked, and I enjoyed the nostalgic aspect of stepping back into Midkemia.

The second book continued to follow the protagonist 'Tal Hawkins'(aka Talon of the Silver hawk) as he completed his mission of vengeance. The sequel 'King of Foxes' offered some fairly fulfilling closure on what was set-up in part 1 but o
Ben O'neill
Feb 16, 2011 Ben O'neill rated it liked it
Well, it could have been worse. It could have been book two with a new cover.

What didn't suck: Feist displayed at least a tiny bit of creativity here by having the main antagonist from the last book become the protagonist in this one. While it's not exactly breaking new ground, I still found it tolerably interesting.

As for the plot, well, while it was still an exercise in predictability, at least it wasn't boring this time around. People died, stuff blew up, magic spells flew everywhere. A new r
Apr 26, 2008 Douglas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I especially liked this explanation of life, death and evil.
"But it's not, you see. It becomes heat, and light, and smoke and ash. When a man dies, the body becomes corrupt, and like everything else in nature, it is part of a cycle. We bury bodies or we burn them, but it doesn't matter if the body feeds worms or turns to ash, it is transformed, not destroyed."
"But the mind and spirit, they live on. The spirit we know goes to be weighted, and if worthy returns to a better place on the Wheel of Li
Jul 06, 2012 Kailash rated it liked it
While this is officially the last of the "Conclave of Shadows" trilogy, it felt more like the first of the next series. The story takes off tangentially from the previous 2 books of the series, and the original hero, Talon, is nowhere to be seen until the end. Moreover, the villain of the previous books, Kaspar, becomes the main guy now.

But thats not necessarily bad. The story sees Kaspar, formerly Duke of Olasko, ousted from his duchy by Talon and exiled to Novindus. Here he comes across someth
Matthew Green
Mar 23, 2013 Matthew Green rated it liked it
As Exile's Return is the conclusion of Feist's Conclave of Shadows trilogy, this review almost of necessity must incorporate some interpretation of the full trilogy and not only the one book.

That being said, it is a bit odd to spend the first two books of a trilogy dealing with one character, Talon, and then switch to his nemesis, Kaspar, as the new protagonist. Of course, given where King of Foxes left Talon, I'm not sure I would have much enjoyed focusing longer on him, so while it was an odd
Harold Ogle
Apr 22, 2012 Harold Ogle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, gaming
Exile's Return is another book in the roughly linear "Chronicles of Midkemia" novels, what I call the multiple series that Feist has written about different events in the fantasy world of Midkemia. Up to this book, this includes the Riftwar Saga (four books), a couple of freestanding books, the Serpentwar Saga (four more books), three books inspired by one of the most beloved computer role-playing games of all time, Betrayal at Krondor, the two books that precede "Exile's Return," and, if you li ...more
May 27, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: feist, fantasy
Although this is technically the third, and last book, of the Conclave of Shadows series, it is more of a stand alone novel than a continuation of the previous stories. The main character is the exiled Duke, who was the one who lead the attack on Tal's village in book #1, but other than that connection the story follows a different track altogether. The setting is a completely different continent of Midkemia, the main character is different, and his challenges do not tie into the previous storie ...more
Apr 14, 2014 Jo added it
I feel the book was quite long-winded at points and dragged out some of the plots and mysterious a bit too much. It was an interesting read as I have never really ventured in to the genre of fantasy books much or ever wanted to. My brother just told me to 'take a read and try something new.' It took me quite a while to read, but I am glad I did and am currently reading the second book. I will try and read the full series as I hate not finishing them.
Patrick Bättig
Feb 13, 2015 Patrick Bättig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Der junge Talon und das Konklave der Schatten haben Herzog Olasko gestürzt und ihn in ein fernes, wildes Land gebracht. Dort muss der frühere Tyrann nun täglich um sein Überleben kämpfen und kennt dabei nur ein Ziel: Er will zurückkehren und sich an Talon rächen. Doch allmählich beginnt Olasko, sein Leben mit anderen Augen zu betrachten. Da erfährt er von einer dunklen Macht, die seine Heimat und ganz Midkemia bedroht ...
Looks like a marketing gimmick to create "trilogies" where there are none. This book 3 of the Conclave of the Shadows is more like Book 0 of the Darkwar Saga as there are so many hooks setting things up for the next book.

I liked this book a bit more than books 1 and 2. The pacing is pretty good, with lots of things happening. The start of this book was very much like book 1, which actually made me dread that it's book 1 all over again, with the protagonist learning new "talents" everywhere. Luck
May 25, 2015 Jsrott rated it really liked it
Very good book! Even though it was the final chapter of a trilogy, it's definitely written as more of a prologue to the next trilogy in the same world. Unfortunately I don't have that particular series waiting for me, so I'll have to find something in the meantime to read. I think I'll manage.
Though considered to be the third volume of this trilogy, it read more like a first volume of a whole new segment of Feist's epic series. Character and point of view shift from Tal Hawkins who no longer serves as central focus. Instead, this is the story of Kaspar, the villain of the two previous books and his journey to redemption. And I enjoyed it quite a bit more than the others. The new twists to the plot were surprising and unpredictable. And the cliffhanger of an ending makes me so excited ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it
Great book, interesting because it switches POV to the antagonist from the second book in the series. Disappointing because it doesn't really end the series, it leaves it open for the next series.
Feb 12, 2015 Prudence rated it really liked it
A bit slow for the first half but definitely packs a punch in the final chapters.
It calls for an immediate reading of the next series in Feist's writings

enjoyable to say the least
Mar 29, 2015 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2015
Wow, and wow, I loved this book! I went into this book a little leery due to the fact that the first two books were about Talon, and the third book was about the villain Kaspar Duke of Olasko, and his journey from Magnus taking him to the other side of the world with nothing, to becoming a central part in exposing evil and helping the Conclave of Shadows.

The best part of the book for me was seeing some old friends that we have not seen in a long time, Thomas and the Elves!

To say I am excited abo
Oct 30, 2011 Renske rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Na dit boek ben ik een aantal jaar geleden afgehaakt met deze serie. Niet omdat het zo'n slecht boek was, maar ik had er even helemaal genoeg van. Er wordt een nieuw probleem ontdekt, wat weer ernstiger en groter is dan waar de serie daarvoor al mee te maken heeft gehad. En de personages spraken me ook niet zo aan, wat onder andere komt omdat er een aantal personages is uit eerdere boeken die ik veel leuker vond die nu dood zijn of niet (veel) voorkomen in dit boek.
Ik denk nu dat ik deze serie o
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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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