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Exile's Return (Conclave of Shadows #3)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  8,475 ratings  ·  72 reviews
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
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Mass Market Paperback, 343 pages
Published April 2006 by Harper Torch (first published January 1st 2004)
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Blodeuedd Finland

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
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Ty
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
Elar
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.
Kaylah
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
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Connie53
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
Simon Barron
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Matt
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
Tanabrus
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Michael
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
Trayana
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
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Nina Schmitt

Exile's Return is book three in Raymond E. Feist's "Conclave of Shadows" fantasy sequence set in his established world of Midkemia, a hundred years after the Riftwar Saga which first made his name.The story begins with a riches-to-rags upset for Kaspar, former Duke of Olasko, who is now punished for his villainy in a previous volume by magical teleportation to a remote, bleak desert full of hostile nomads. By strength, cunning and a little luck, he just barely survives ordeals that range from ma

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Joe Aguiar
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
Richard
6/10

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
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Sam
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
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Ben O'neill
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
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Douglas
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
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Kailash
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
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Matthew Green
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
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Harold Ogle
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
Matt
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
Jo
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.
David
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
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Victoria
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
Frederico Lages
Perfect book ...

A twist for the ones who read the two books of this trilogy ... One of the best
Renske
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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Scott
Pretty good three book set. While it's possible to read this as a stand alone series, it pulls a lot of reference back to the main books that he wrote. Saying that, he wrote a lot of filler into the books trying to tie the reader into what "had already happened" and if you'd read the serires, you'd find yourself skimming over those parts.

Was surprised at the ending, which turns out to be a cliffhanger type leading into the need for additional books to finish out the story arc.. so not really a t
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David
On the final analysis I think I liked the second book in this series best. Overall the series was entertaining, quick to read, and satisfying...but not a challenge in any way. They were great books to bring into the bathroom for a morning poop! Seriously though, this final book got way out there and diverged from the story arc of the first two in the series. It does a good job of setting up a following trilogy...Feist is certainly good at making us come back to his world for the next series. All ...more
Allen Garvin
The last, and best book of the triology, with hardly a dull moment in it as the Duke Kaspar, exiled on a distant continent because of his villainy, reflects on his past acts (but not at length, thank goodness), repents, and gets involved in a vast war between good and evil that threatens the very existence of Midkemia. Fast paced right to the end, but ANNOYINGLY there's not even a hint of resolution. It just sets up the next trilogy (the first book of which I've already read, see above). GRR!
D. James Fortescue
Great story. Mr Feist's stories are always an effortless read.

The only negative thing I could say of it is...

*spoilers*

It did not feel like the close of a trilogy. It did wrap up all the plots of the first two books, but it seemed to build towards the next series with a particular plot twist and its final battle scene. It felt like it is Book 3 of a 6 book series, not the final book in a trilogy.

*end spoilers*
Kate
Somewhat more satisfying than the previous two in this series, the story runs along at a good pace, and Kaspar actually develops as a character and even finds it within himself to feel remorse for what he's done.

However, when will poor old Midkemia stop being the focus for the Big Bad(s) that keep turning up all the time, I'm not sure I like the look of these Dasati things....
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