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King of Foxes (Conclave of Shadows #2)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  11,164 Ratings  ·  91 Reviews
King of Foxes (Conclave of Shadows, Book 2)
Mass Market Paperback, 365 pages
Published April 2005 by Harper Torch (first published January 1st 2003)
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Sam
Jun 14, 2011 Sam rated it it was ok
I quickly consumed this Fantasy pap middle chapter after enjoying the paint-by-numbers origin story in 'Talon of the Silver Hawk'.

I wanted to spend more time with our hero Talon (or 'Tal' as he's known now) but his company is starting to wear thin. There's just something so pedestrian about this series. It's enjoyable, and yes, Raymond E. Feist still writes with 'vivid imagination' as the back cover proclaims, but the problem is he already imagined this stuff three or four times before, and now
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Michael
Aug 06, 2010 Michael rated it liked it
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Danielle
Aug 08, 2014 Danielle rated it liked it
'What did you do over Easter, Danielle?' I will no doubt be asked when I dawdle into work bright and early on Tuesday morning.

'I read', will be my half asleep reply.

And that will be the ridiculous truth. I have done nothing but read, eat, ducked into work to clear the chute, done my washing, and slept. And then I read some more.

"King of Foxes" is the second instalment in the "Conclave of Shadows" series. It continues to follow Talon of the Silver Hawk/Tal Hawkins as he becomes a spy, a prisoner,
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Ben O'neill
Feb 16, 2011 Ben O'neill rated it did not like it
In which Raymond E. Feist displays absolutely no creativity whatsoever. Ugh. I know in my review of the first book in the series, I was ranting about what a lovely trait a bit of predictability can be... but seriously, I'm pretty stupid. This book did absolutely nothing I haven't seen in another fantasy novel; furthermore, it did nothing I haven't seen in a FEIST novel. It's pretty bad when you start cannibalizing your own plot lines.

What doesn't suck: Um. Lets skip this part.

What sucked: In the
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Alisha
Sep 03, 2016 Alisha rated it really liked it
Shelves: comfort-food
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Victoria
Aug 20, 2010 Victoria rated it really liked it
This sequel picked up right where Talon of the Silver Hawk ended. And as Talon of the Silver Hawk, or Tal Hawkins, developed, he became a stronger and more likable character. Some of the hardships he faced could have made this a much darker book, but lucky interventions in the same vein as the last book, kept Tal optimistic and surprisingly upbeat.
I wonder what will happen in the next book, especially considering the fate of the villain....
My favorite scene, though, was the shark/beach scene -
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Elar
Jul 20, 2014 Elar rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Book picks up first book pace very well and one adventure follows an other with even a variant of Count Monte Cristo story. There are rough edges and some scenes do not play as well as it might/should.
Debbie
Mar 13, 2017 Debbie rated it really liked it
Rousing adventure. Well written and fun. A good read
Jude Desbrow
Oct 16, 2016 Jude Desbrow rated it really liked it
This book was a relatively quick and easy read. The main characters had depth and background and a story to be told. Raymond Feist wrote a realistic story line interspersed with magic which came together well for a very enjoyable read.
Plesz Roland
sajnos rengeteg önismétlés van benne; Feist remekült ért ahhoz, hogy szerethető karaktereket valamilyen elfogadható okból különböző kalandokba rángasson bele; de az emberfeletti ügyességgel/reflexekkel/kardvívási skillel rendelkező emberekből akik megmentik a királyságot és Midkémiát ez már a harmadik generáció és - sajnos - jobb lett volna, ha egy kicsit tud megújulni.

Kar kvázi olyan, mintha Arutha és Sebes Jimmyt ötvöznénk, csak a tolvajok helyett a vadont ismeri mint a tenyerét. Az első gene
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Simon Barron
May 31, 2012 Simon Barron rated it liked it
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Matthew Green
Mar 20, 2013 Matthew Green rated it it was ok
An unworthy follow-up to the first of this trilogy, King of Foxes bore little of what made Talon of the Silver Hawk worthwhile and even twisted up some of it so that it came out badly.

In the second half of the previous novel, Talon became a somewhat generic character, though it was somewhat excusable since he was playing a role and crafting a persona for himself. However, for the vast majority of King of Foxes, that person is the only character Tal evinces. Talon became almost completely subsume
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Richard
Dec 13, 2012 Richard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
8/10

Another enjoyable read by Feist and a good follow up to the first book of the trilogy, “Talon of the Silver Hawk”. The majority of the story was really enjoyable and fluid but the ending came up short and sort of tied things up nicely which seems odd to say this is the 2nd book in a trilogy.

I found that there wasn’t much character development after the first book, which did play out little like a training montage in some parts, but I don’t think the story lacked for this and could concentra
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Nina Schmitt

The second instalment of a brand new epic fantasy from the master of the genre.

Among the Orosini tribe, every boy must undergo the traditional manhood ritual in order to understand his place in the universe and discover his manhood name. Kielianapuna must survive on the remote mountain peak of Shatana Higo until the gods grant him his vision. But Kieli has already waited for four days and nights, and now he is cold, lonely, despairing, and very, very tired... When he is woken by the terrifying

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Trayana
Jan 25, 2011 Trayana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, owned, bg
Вторият том подхваща историята оттам, откъдето ни остави автора с финала на първата книга от поредицата. Тал Хокинс се завръща в Ролдем, за да намери начин да се превърне в част от свитата на херцог Каспар, и след известни маневри успява. Новото назначение на Тал бързо тръгва в посоката, която Конклавът на сенките е предвидил, и ородонът се превръща в доверен човек на своя най-върл враг. След изпълнението на една-две деликатни задачи, обаче, херцогът показва истинското си лице, и Тал е предаден, ...more
Rand
Nov 05, 2013 Rand added it
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David
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Laura
May 16, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
I really wanted to give this a 3.5 - after reading it I was certain a 4 would be sufficient, but after mulling over it I have decided to drop it down a notch.
Why?
I felt a little cheated by this book. Sure, it had some swashbuckling snippets and intrigue, but in the end the reader comes away with so little.
The foundation of the story is lost to another storyline; one I had no real connection with. Who did I care about more - the big-hearted 11y.o. Talon or man-whore 23y.o. Talwin; clearly the vir
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Joe Aguiar
Jun 13, 2012 Joe Aguiar rated it really liked it
The second book in the Conclave Of Shadows trilogy finds Talon/Talwin manipulating himself into the service of Duke Kasper of Olasko, the very man who ordered the death of his people, and thus in proximity of the vile magician Leso Varen, the target the Conclave has sent him after. But,a horrible betrayal sends Talwin to a remote prison to die, and while others may submit to defeat, the tenacious Orosini might yet turn this twist of fate into a strike for revenge. Another great adventure by Feis ...more
Matt
Nov 22, 2009 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, own
This rating is really a 4.5, but I didn't think giving a 5 was justified. I liked this book more than the first in the series (Talon of the Silverhawk) mostly because it had much more action and the plot seemed to flow more naturally than did the first book. A criticism that I have for this book is that while the main character evolves throughout this book (and the first) his evolution seems to be forced by the author to further the plot in some places. Feist should have spent a few more pages a ...more
Allen Garvin
Feb 19, 2008 Allen Garvin rated it it was ok
Shelves: high-fantasy
Tal Hawkins is suave, dashing, daring, the best swordsman in the kingdom (he won a contest), AND he gets all the girls... though, he does have a stupid sense of honor (one that only pops up when it's necessary to advance the plot) and occasional parenthetical regrets and misgivings based on his primitive tribal upbringing. This one is slow to get started, and mostly predictable, then Tal gets humbled, imprisoned, has his arm cut off (though it grows back later), and then the novel roars ahead at ...more
Iain
Apr 19, 2012 Iain rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having had this on the shelf for several years, I picked this up looking forward to returning to Kelewan after a long absence.
However, although it is a decade since I read The Magician and the tremendous Daughter/Servant/Mistress of the Empire trilogy, my memory of them is going to be far fonder than my memory of King of Foxes.
It was not a bad tale, but I found it pedestrian, unimaginative and as the plot unrolled, the potential for manifold suprises, twists and political machinations which had
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Suhail
Jun 12, 2014 Suhail rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the course of book 1 the main character was getting less and less likeable. But in this book he starts to realise that not all changes are good. The struggle he has with his own personality was more interesting than the physical fights. Though I felt that there was one situation that got resolved a little too easily. It's under the spoiler tag.

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Oh and it's definitely a guy book. The main character is
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Matt
May 14, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: feist, fantasy
This is a great continuation from Talon of the Silver Hawk. It picks up on Tal's character and how he has become a man of importance in the kingdom. He is still seeking vengeance for the slaughter of his village years prior, but has also carefully created a life for himself with the tutelage of the Conclave of Shadows.
This book pretty well clears up the plot line of Tal, and probably should have been the end of this arc of the myth of Midkemia. When I read the last page I recall feeling that sen
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StrangeBedfellows
I've been a big fan of Feist's books for years, and I love the Midkemian world, but this particular trilogy falls flat. I'm sad to say, I've found the whole thing pretty boring, and none of it struck a chord with me. I pushed through the first book out of optimism and loyalty. After forcing myself to finish this book, though, I've come to admit that I won't be picking up the third book in the foreseeable future.
Marcus
Nov 18, 2012 Marcus rated it it was amazing
Just to add my own opinion of this book, I think its really good how he's taken a different approach in this series, unlike others which is very much repeated material, I like how it about Pug's secret organisation, as well bringing in a character from somewhere we don't really know much about. This is one of my favorite series that Raymond has made and i cant wait for the final installment of 'The penultimate volume of the mighty riftwar cycle'.
Julie
At the beginning, I wasn't too keen on this one. I didn't know if I'd continue with the series. But by the middle, I was sucked back in. I was very concerned about Tal's humanity and the seeming loss of it. But I was pulled back in and I was very satisfied with the conclusion. I don't know what's next in the series, but I will probably check it out.
Kim
Apr 07, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it
A great book, relatively simple one to read, good story, and although I'd guess a bit lightweight as far as literature goes, its really good fantasy, and I'd recommend this, as well as other books of Raymond E Feist if you like the classical fantasy literature in same style as D&D and other fantasy writers inspired by the Tolkienish worlds with elves and magic.
Jordan Grossman
Nov 17, 2016 Jordan Grossman rated it really liked it
A little bit better than the first book in the series. The nice thing Feist does is skip the boring parts. Instead of going through a couple more years of training, the next chapter just fast forwards to import events. It can get disjointed, but at least he doesn't need 10 books to cover what should be done in three.
Kaylah
Mar 20, 2012 Kaylah rated it really liked it
I loved the transition from book one to this one. I felt like it was very convincing and didnt get blown out of the water like many other Feist books have done. I love the ending to this book, while it is cliche I loved the way it felt and turned out. It was'nt exactly expected but it was a over played move. But I loved it anyways.
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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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“Remember, never rely on one plan, Tal. Always have two or more in place when you undertake something perilous. If the first one fails, go to the second plan. If the second plan fails, go to the third.” “If the third plan fails, Your Grace?” Kaspar laughed. “Then run like hell if you’re still alive.” 1 likes
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