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Preview — Exile's Return by Raymond E. Feist
Exile's Return (Conclave of Shadows #3)
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 ...more
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 ...more
Book wise, it was alrig ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Ik denk nu dat ik deze serie o ...more
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 ...more
The only negative thing I could say of it is...
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.
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....