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Flight of the Nighthawks (The Darkwar Saga #1)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  6,688 ratings  ·  85 reviews
A portent of annihilation awakens the powerful sorcerer Pug in the dead of night—a dread vision warning of a vast and terrible army descending upon the exposed heart of Midkemia. Even the formidable might of the Tsurani Empire will not beat back the alien invaders. And in far Stardock town, two boys—untrained, unready, and barely come of age—will be called upon by the myst ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 2007 by EOS (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jamie
Wow, Raymond Feist is really phoning it in here. Feist is one of my guilty pleasures as far as books go, and only one of two high fantasy authors I read everything from any more (the other one being George R. R. Martin). That may have to change, though.

Flight of the Nighthawks really isn't all that well written, what with half the characters using idioms straight out of the 20th century and with clumsy and distracting phrasing that any editor should have been able to catch. It seems pretty clear
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Matthew Green
Flight of the Nighthawks has a good narrative that flows rather nicely. However, the plotline is one of Feist's weaker works, resulting in a somewhat meandering and, in the end, cliched style.

The book begins focusing on the two boys, Tad and Zane, though somewhere along the line, Feist seemed to forget about them, leaving me wondering why he introduced them in the first place. Identifying a main character toward the end seemed rather difficult as it seemed to be spread out over numerous characte
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Gavin
Jul 02, 2013 Gavin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Three things. First, someone should rewrite the preface. This isn't really a story of brothers or assassins. It's more politics and sorcery. Second, this book is alright. It's nothing great, but narration flows nicely and the anticipation to the climax is steady. Third, as warning, as I found out, this book is the first of a saga, but is not something brand new. There are more works, more story already built into the world this story takes place in.
Novanz
I'm really enjoying Feist's Riftwar Cycle. They're classic, easy to read adventures, with just enough magic & fantasy 'stuff' (Nod to Nakor there) to add some spice. But dear god the editing. Anyone else notice the nice moment Kaspar has observing the princes of Kesh, appreciating their sibling bond despite Kaspar and his daughter being only children? Wait, what?! So, we just deleted his beloved sister that we've just read about for several books, and invented a daughter despite numerous sec ...more
Blake
My favorite fantasy author of all time. It's just a joy to read his work, as he continues the story of Pug, and totally keeps you hanging on by having Pug, many books ago, told everyone around him, his loved ones, would die. Amazing character development.
Thomas Arvanitis
More like 3.5 stars really. A breezy read, interesting without being overly deep. Quite enjoyable, but with many, many jarring typos. The editor of this edition was asleep at the wheel.
Travis Cottreau
This book seemed somewhat pointless. It seems to follow the same pattern as many, many other Midkemia books. I won't get into it, since it would involve spoilers, but I believe this entire book could have been a few paragraphs in a description of previous events in the life of the Conclave of Shadows. One of the weakest books in the series.

I finished the previous trilogy and quite enjoyed it, but this one was low on interesting content and nothing surprising or innovative happens, just more of
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David
Well, book 1 of the Darkwar Saga is a promising start. Love the fact that the previous plot has been broadened to warrant intervention from the most powerful people in Midkemia. The book starts off slow but as the plot builds, so does the tension. It boils into a nicely crafted, if somewhat predictable, finale. I expected a bit more from the magical battle, so that was slightly disappointing. Overall though, with the inclusion of so many characters and different viewpoints, Feist manages to make ...more
Lonny Grout
Certainly not his best work, but not bad either. First the bad: One reader already mentioned he had too many modern phrases and references, which was true, but not in the extreme. What was extreme was the number of references to past characters and books, that it seemed like reading a "clip show" in book form. Although some background is needed, this was done in excess and even references that had nothing to do with the current plot were used. Obviously he was relying too heavily on past success ...more
Nina Schmitt

A portent of annihilation awakens the powerful sorcerer Pug in the dead of night—a dread vision warning of a vast and terrible army descending upon the exposed heart of Midkemia. Even the formidable might of the Tsurani Empire will not beat back the alien invaders. And in far Stardock town, two boys—untrained, unready, and barely come of age—will be called upon by the mysterious Conclave of Shadows to confront a sinister plot that implicates even the highest-ranking nobles in the land. For a nig

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Joe Aguiar
Flight Of The Nighthawks takes place a few short years after The Conclave Of Shadows series with Pug and the Conclave now facing a new threat from the vile sorcerer Leso Varen, who now seeks to destabilize and destroy the Empire of Great Kesh. Agents Talwin Hawkins, Kasper, And Caleb, along with his new stepsons Tad and Zane, head to the desert empire in hopes of stoping Varen once and for all. But, with the assassin Nighthawks doing his bidding, this may be an almost impossible task. Once again ...more
Chris
A ho-hum story without a real hook to it
Bottom Line: Try before you buy
Never read any of Feist's book before this one. The cover looked really good, and the it had gotten some pretty decent reviews.
So, the first part of the book, with Pug waking from a dream was weird...it didn't make any sense. And then we from that to the two boys, and the guy their mom likes. I had no idea who Pug was, and why did the book start with him?
Fast forward a ways, to the explanation of the all Gods..the Lesser Gods
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Bookboy
Flight of the Nighthawks introduces two new heroes to the ongoing Riftwar Saga - Tad and Zane, the obligatory young men with little skill or prospects who find themselves caught up in the adventures of Pug, Tomas, Nakor and the others. Adopted into the extended father when Caleb, Pug's son, marries their mother, they soon venture to Kesh with their stepfather to stop the plots of evil Varen.

Tad and Zane's story feels like a retread of what Feist has done before. It is everything that is going o
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Kailash
This book continues from where the "Conclave of Shadows" series left off. 'Exile's Return' ended with two big questions. The mysterious & extremely dangerous killing-machines from another world, called 'Talnoy', and a resurgence of the band of assassins, the Nighthawks. This book takes place mostly in the Empire of Kesh and deals almost exclusively with rooting out the Nighthawks (although we see precious little of the assassins). Nakor, Pug, Miranda, Magnus, Caleb & his foster sons and ...more
Shivesh
An inauspicious start to this trilogy... Feist has this down to a formula, with strict ingredients and instructions. A standard trilogy starter, with cardboard characters and a generic plot. Pug, Miranda, Nakor and Tomas take their usual turns in this fantasy, without much reminding us of why we liked them to begin with. Leso Varen, the mad mage from the previous trilogy, is back and madder than ever. This is a guy who can't die! Some cheap theatrics and poorly written intrigue with the court of ...more
Riki Solanen
This book was an improvement on the previous trilogy, Conclave of Shadows. I really had a hard time staying interested in those, but hung on in the hopes that the story would pick back up. This book is another installment in this long Midkemia story, but thankfully reintroduces some characters I really like, like Pug and Nakor. Feist has a fantasy formula he follows pretty well, and this trilogy is showing to be no exception, but that's fine as I love his stories. Pug lives so long that of cours ...more
Ty
i have read almost all of Feist's books and this one is not one of his best. i read the first dozen of so books set in Midkemia and really enjoyed them, but then i hit the "Krondor" series and gave up for a while. i picked them back up with the Conclave of Shadows trilogy and found that Feist was back on his game. now with this book, the first in the Darkwar Saga trilogy, it feels like he has gone back to the poor writing that made the "Krondor" series so bad.

i will likely at least try the 2nd
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Allen Garvin
It's been a decade or so since my last Feist book (the Merchant Prince one, which I never finished). I found this one at Half-Price Books and thought I'd give a try. The start seems a little clumsy in the introduction of the characters, but it is a reasonably enjoyable piece of fluff. Some young boys with special talents show their incredibly potential; there's a shadowy guild of assassins that threaten the king (and finding them involves contacting the thieves' guild and travelling through the ...more
Brian Weiner
At this point I'm getting pretty tired of the Night Hawks as villains. Other than that though I quite enjoyed the introduction of a few new characters which help fill in some back story to some favorites. If it weren't for the Night Hawks I probably would've given this a 4 star.
Frederico Lages
One more book , this says all about this one .


Once again more two New characters, some old story they help save the day ....


At least we begin to understand more about the main story
Joëlle
On commence à se lasser des états d'âme de Pug.
Trop de complexité dans la description du Bien et du Mal et de la place des Dieux...
Elar
Same universe new characters :). Little bit chaotic introduction of new themes, places and people. Writing style is very rough.
Alex Hiras
just an ok book and easy to read. nothing special i just enjoyed reading it.
Jason
Flight of the Nighthawks is the first book I have read of Feist's. The story was ok, but the plot was very slow to develop. This could have used a lot more action in it. A lot of the dialogue between the sorcerers was about past actions and tales. It made me think I was coming in to a series in the middle and I should have read a couple more books before getting to this one. I don't believe that is the case, just the author giving the characters common backstories, but it was like being an outsi ...more
Amanda
I've never been disappointed with any of Feist's Midkemia novels. I haven't read any of them in quite a long time, so while it was fun revisiting Midkemia I did feel a bit unfamiliar with the world. Some of the characters like Pug and Nakor I remember quite well, but the mortal characters are from the more recent Conclave of Shadows trilogy, of which I only read the first book, and that was several years ago. I think I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if I reread all the other Midkemia no ...more
Janannie Clough
A slow start to this novel, which picks up halfway through, but this book is not really about the Nighthawks so it is an interesting title.
Bryan Stevenson
I heard about Feist and picked this book up from the library on a whim. I think I made it halfway through. The two main characters were nondescript place holders or moving scenery. No depth. I couldn't tell them apart and I kept forgetting their names. The magic didn't make any sense. There were aliens and kingdoms and a myriad of obscure references. Maybe I need to start at the beginning of his world building, but as the first book in a new series I would expect a better explanation about what ...more
Matt Krabbenhoft
Ugh. I read many of Feist's early books and enjoyed them. But this is not one of his best. He tells a mediocre story that is burdened with retelling a lot of history. Feist also commits a mortal sin. Twice. At the climax of the story a character reveals that he knows who did it. Other characters agree and discuss everything BUT whodunnit. In the following chapter, he does it again. For my money, that is a cheap, dirty trick of storytelling. I may not read the next book even though I've already b ...more
Tammy Dorrycott
Jan 21, 2009 Tammy Dorrycott rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy
Shelves: 2009
I enjoyed this book as it is an easy read and it brought back characters I had liked in other Feist books. I especially have a fondness for Nakor and his "tricks" . The relationship between Caleb and the boys grows throughout the book and watching the boys develop into men is very interesting. The evolution of the Dasati world is troubling, could we really "de-volve" into that? All in all it was a good read and I look forward to it's sequel "Into a Dark Realm" that I am currently reading.
Yonit
Great intrigue I can't wait to finish the saga.
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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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