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Serre du faucon argenté
Raymond E. Feist
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Serre du faucon argenté (Conclave of Shadows #1)

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Evil has come to a distant land high among the snow-capped mountains of Midkemia, as an exterminating army wearing the colors of the Duke of Olasko razes village after village, slaughtering men, women, and children without mercy. And when the carnage is done, only one survivor remains: a young boy named Kieli. A youth no longer, there is now but one road for him to travel: ...more
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I hedged between 3-4 stars for this book and it could easily been a 4.

First, I typically like stories, like here, where you have a youngling driven to accomplish some great deed whether driven by revenge, noble ideals, pursuit of power, etc. Here we deal with revenge on a grand scale (main character Talon's family and country are murdered). I like watching the development of the character as the mature both in age and abilities. Talon is adopted by members of the powerful Conclave of Shadows an
Rebecka (is hilarious, shut up)
Actual rating: 2,5

Mostly, this book just served to remind me of why I prefer modern fantasy. In my experience, older fantasy tend to focus significantly less on the individual and his/her feelings and development, instead leaning heavily on honor and often some kind of epic quest. This was the case here, and I definitely did not like it. I like my characters human and complex and, most importantly, I want to be by their side every step of the way and feel with them as they grow and change.

Sep 10, 2011 Mithrendiel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
So I was a bit disappointed in this book. It was VERY slow starting. Now, this is somewhat to be expected with the first book in a trilogy, but by VERY slow… I mean a good 85% of the book was all character development. Not even exciting character development. Nope, the protagonist was getting trained, getting laid, and having pretty much no adventures along the way. And in all of that character development, the author never managed to make me identify with or really like his protagonist. I don’t ...more
Dec 23, 2012 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Really 2 1/2 stars. Granted, I read this way too soon after the Kingkiller books which set a crazy high standard...but this book really under delivered.

It started off promising. None of the poetry of Rothfuss, but definitely some interesting concepts. Talon's culture, a pretty obvious analogue to Native American culture, sets up an interesting character and premise. A revenge story? I'm in. Even when Talon starts to become "trained" with logic games etc. etc., I was still pretty interested. I li
Allen Garvin
Recommended to me Dave as "possibly the best Feist ever". Starts out with a tribal kid out on his day of naming, basically where he becomes a man. He thinks about all his loving family members, great life growing up, and he's up on a mountain all alone. By page 3, I knew his village was going to be wiped out by murdering, cruel thugs of some kind, and hey! page 8 he sees smoke and circling carrion birds in the distance. Of course, you don't read Feist if you want an original Fantasy story, and h ...more
Jun 14, 2011 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a fan of 'Magician' in my teens and subsequently read the remainder of 'The Riftwar Saga', but I eventually lost interest somewhere near the end of 'The Serpent War Saga' and thus ended my Feist frenzy. I don't recall exactly why I stopped reading these fantasy novels, but I think it was a combination of Fantasy fatigue combined with the ever-evolving complexity of the series, especially the political aspects which generally bore me. It simply all got too elaborate and complicated for my t ...more
Jul 29, 2016 Milou rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book. Earlier this year I picked up Magician by Feist and did really enjoy reading it. This one though…

There is no characterization. Every person in this story is exactly the same, apart from their name and set of skills. The one can hunt, the other is good with a sword and then there is one that can cook. That’s it. None of them have personality whatsoever. Our main character, having lived till his 16th in a group of people with a very different culture should therefore be
May 08, 2012 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an establishing book for a trilogy I couldn't help but feel a little short changed by the end.
For those who enjoy reading fantasy novels, you may become a little irritated by the protagonist's long list of convenient talents:
- Fluent in six (or more?) languages
- Amazing eyesight
- Philosophical mind
- Painter
- Wine appreciator
- Military strategist
- Lean, fit body
- Culinary chef
- Super swordsman
- Impeccable manners (yes, in my world this is a super power)
- Sexy-as lady-killer
- Fashionable

Not too
Ben O'neill
I'm a Feist fan. I have been for a long time. Not because I think he is a brilliant writer, or because his stories are particularly original. He isn't and they aren't. I'm a fan because he has a laundry list of publications, all in the same world, all interconnected. I've only had to deal with completely unfamiliar territory once or twice in what - fifteen books? And there is something to be said for familiarity. Sometimes I just want to read a generic fantasy novel, and Feist scratches that itc ...more
Steve Haywood
Jan 08, 2012 Steve Haywood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Note - First book in Conclave of Shadows, a 3 book series.[return][return]Talon returns to his home after completing his manhood ritual, to find his family and all of the Orosini mountain tribe, the only people he s ever known, being attacked by ruthless mercenaries. He tries to help them, but is knocked unconscious and left for dead. He is saved by a mysterious man named Robert and put to work in a tavern that Robert is staying at. This however is just a test, and once he is considered worthy, ...more
Jul 08, 2015 Toby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was quite a page turner for me. There was very little magic or fantasy in the book, it is basically a medieval tale of intrigue, deception and battle. The characters were believable and kept me interested in the outcome. I highly recommend it for people who like things like Game of Thrones or the like. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series and will probably go back and read some of the other series that are also set in the same world of Midkemia. I read the The Riftwar Saga and Magi ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Elar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
New series has quite good start with fresh characters and location. Very good adventure story with fantasy spliced into it. Main hero is very likable character and it is easy to imagine all the trouble he gets into and out again :)
A friend loaned me this once--he had just read it and LOVED it. I couldn't get through even the first half. 100 pages in and I was already skimming. I just wasn't interested in the world or the characters or the plot at ALL--everything felt so one-dimensional to me. Actually, no. It's not even that I just wasn't interested in any of it, it's more that I actively DISLIKED it. Maybe I'm just not crazy about Feist's style of writing, or maybe the setting just didn't work for me, I don't know. In an ...more
Nov 27, 2012 Leigh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't really know how to feel about this book, it just isnt interesting in any way, it was so flat that I dont feel strongly either way.
It wasn't bad in the sense that I would feel compelled to warn people about it, it's just a "meh" experience.
I do not feel compelled in the slightest to read book 2 and 3 but I probably will anyway just to see what else he is amazing at and what other ways Feist could make him perfect in every imaginable circumstance.
Jun 07, 2015 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
I have one major gripe against this book: it is labeled as fantasy and I feel like it really wasn't. Magic is spoken of several times and used very occasionally, but it is not described in any great detail and there weren't really any fantastical creatures running around. So I was expecting something fantastical and received very little. Also, it's in the science fiction section at the bookstore and I don't really think it fits into that category, either.

My other issues are as follows:

I didn't
Jul 19, 2012 Kaylah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, Feist has done a brilliant intro to a series. He has to do some of my favorite beginning's. I loved watching our main character experience culture clash and learn to adapt to new situations and surroundings.
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Jul 31, 2016 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

It took a lot of effort to start this book, because I was so very displeased with my reread of Shards Of A Broken Crown, I was more or less ready to be done with Feist. Nevertheless, the world of Midkemia means a lot to me and I'm determined to finish the Riftwar Cycle once and for all.

That being said, this turned out to be a pretty enjoyable read! It follows the classic fantasy plot more closely than Feist usually does: protagonist alone in the world, goes on a quest for revenge, ali
Jun 25, 2012 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that i am hooked on the Raymond E Feist stuff I thought id give this a go since it is in line with what happens after the serpent war saga.
And like the serpent war saga i am finding my self reading very fast, And having a good time reading the book.
Laura Comfort
Nov 12, 2015 Laura Comfort rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am an avid reader of Raymond Feist's books. I found this series a nice change of pace. As some have pointed it out, it was slower to start and there was a lot of character building, but I don't think all stories need to be in a hurry. It was nice how he spent the time showing how Talon, the main character could become so amazing at many things. I liked learning about other places on Midkemia and how Feist developed another culture. There are many of his books I like, but Tal is one of my favor ...more
Ian Keyes
The writing was top notch and Feist really does a good job keeping a good flow. I never found myself exausted by his writing which is nice. Some fantasies you just have to take a break from sometimes. That is the good part. This book overall seemed a bit uninspired though. The main character was not relatable. Aside from him there are no memorable characters. The fencing scenes were my favorite scenes in the book but the "big" battle was boring. Overall I would give this book a pass. Which is un ...more
Mar 26, 2016 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oops, I tripped, fell, and read this book so quickly I actually need to take a minute and remember exactly all that happened in it.

[takes minute, and a deep breath]


This is the first in the next series within the Riftwar Saga, "Conclave of Shadows". It introduces us to 3 new major players within this war against evil. Talon of the Silver Hawk/Tal Hawkins, a young boy who loses all that he holds dear and becomes an agent of good, and two brothers. Magnus and Caleb, whose parents are all too wel
Guilherme Dinis
May 11, 2015 Guilherme Dinis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the tale of a boy who rises among his slain people in the hope of getting revenge for them.
I found myself unsure about this one: on one side I really liked the characters and their development and storyline, on the other side I found that some of the elements used in this book were already overused and were a bit cliché.
Since this is only the first book of (possibly) another of Feist's epic trilogies I shall restrain myself and see how the story develops.
Honestly, a must read for all Fei
Nov 29, 2014 Emi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I don't usually comment about the books I read, but this one deserves a few words.
First of all, I chose this book because of the synopsis. I don't usually do that, but I decided to take the chance with Talon's because it looked so promising.
But I hardly found anything of what I was expecting. I was expected this to be a story full of conspiracys, revenge... well, everything you expect from a character who has to become a "Talon for his people", who has to avenge them all.
Once said that,
Simon Barron
Yep, Feist is starting to get back to what he does best with Talon. A writer who struggled to produce quality work since King's Buccaneer seems to have taken a step back and reevaluated what his strengths are and has delivered a quality read. His focus and development of a single character is one of Feist's strengths, and Talon is a quality character. Those who help him develop, like Caleb and Magnus are good too. You get the impression that bigger games are afoot in the world and often the like ...more
Ian (lonelyboy1977)
It is a daunting proposition coming to a book set in a fictional universe that has been established in several previous novels that you’ve not yet read. That was the situation I found myself in when I began reading Talon Of The Silver Hawk, book one of the Conclave Of Shadows trilogy. Although Raymond E. Feist is an author I have been aware of for many years, and even have a number of his novels on my bookshelf, I had never actually read any of his work, until now.

Obviously, there were concerns
Marci Christensen
Sep 05, 2010 Marci Christensen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I do not like this book. It is terrible. I got it for a $1.00 at DI and I feel like that might have been too much. The characters are totally cliche and flat, the story line is slow, boring, and predictable, and the writing is young adult, but with adult morals. Usually I'm pretty forgiving in my reviews, but I have yet to find something to redeem this book. I feel like I have already read this book many times, but the other times I read it it was good. Like when I read it and it was called Harr ...more
The first book of the Conclave of Shadows trilogy is a quick and simple read. There's not much to recommend except to fans of Feist or those who've already read the rest of Midkemia-Kelewan series of books. There's been a steady decline in the quality of these follow-up books such that I didn't really expect much out of this one.

This book sort of picks up on the pieces left at the end of the Serpentwar, when Pug established the Conclave of Shadows. Pug, Miranda, and Nakor make cameo appearances
Lisa (Harmonybites)
May 26, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High Fantasy Lovers
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Complete Idiot's Ultimate Reading Guide
I found this enjoyable enough I could see looking up the two other books in this trilogy, although I'm not moved to rush to the bookstore to pick them up, and in that my reaction is reminiscent to the other Feist book I've read, Magician: Apprentice also set in this universe. I believe that other book was among the first Feist ever wrote, and I do find Talon a better, smoother read than I remember that book being. The setting is fairly routine in fantasy--reminiscent of medieval/renaissance Euro ...more
Andrea Tullio Canobbio
Mollato a p. 175, non solo perché è troppo lento, ma perché di un realismo inopportuno.

Inizia con il massacro di una tribù di buoni selvaggi, gli orosini, che non sono esattamente indiani, ma indiani fantasy. Muoiono tutti tranne uno, che esplicitamente si autodefinisce “l’ultimo degli orosini” (p. 42); James Fenimore Cooper si sarà rivoltato nella tomba. Perché non scrivere direttamente un romanzo western? Prendere di peso ambienti, popoli ed eventi realmente esistititi e voltarli al fantasy mi
This is my first experience with a Raymond Feist novel. I had not read any of the books that take place in the world of Midkemia and therefore knew nothing of the Riftwars or Serpentwars. This did not in any way take away from the enjoyment I had in reading this novel. It took me very little time to read through this book. It is and easy ready with a fairly good pace.
It is a typical fantasy book, where the hero comes from troubled beginnings and sets out to redeem himself by a quest. In this c
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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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