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Rides A Dread Legion (The Demonwar Saga #1)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  6,605 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
The last remnants of an ancient advanced race, the Clan of the Seven Stars, are returning at long last to their lost homeworld, Midkemia—not as friends, but as would-be conquerors. Led by the conjurer Laromendis, they are fleeing the relentless demon hordes that are sweeping through their galaxy and destroying the elves' vast empire planet by planet. Only by escaping to Mi ...more
Published (first published March 5th 2009)
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D.w.
Dec 11, 2009 D.w. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Time to retire. I have long been a fan of Raymond Feist, but when a series is dead. It is dead. This series lives on its characters now, not on any plot device, or story, or interaction between plot lines, for all basic plots are now the same.

The last series the characters defeat the worst evil imaginable that threatens them in the worst horrific way, and then a new series starts linking the characters together again. This time the evil is worse than the previous evil and it will result in the s
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Steve Haywood
Jan 08, 2012 Steve Haywood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, riftwar
For anyone who has never read a Raymond E. Feist book before, let this be a warning - it's the latest in a long line of books - the 25th in fact. It isn't one long series - they are several series and a few standalone books but they all share a common thread and some common characters. If you're new to Feist, I suggest you start with 'Magician' one of the true gems of the fantasy genre.[return][return]I've been a Raymond E. Feist addict for more than 15 years - since I was 12 in fact. Early on I ...more
Haydensdad
Apr 04, 2012 Haydensdad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
As far as fantasy books go this one is a little disappointing. It started out well enough but just didn't grab my attention and drag me into the story. I however held out to the end and still was disappointed. The basic plot line is that the world/worlds (as the characters know them)are being plauged by savage demons. It has a rather large cast of characters who all have to be introduced and a little bit of their backstories told in order to build the plot line of the series. I was a little thro ...more
Andrew Obrigewitsch
This story is like beating a dead cat. The series should have long since ended, but the author keeps writing it. It's like a zombie series, that does not know when to die.

Compound that with the fact that the author spends half the book explaining everything that happened in the earlier book, and one tends to lose interest. The idea of the story is decent.

I wish the early books in this series where available in audiobook format, as they are where actually pretty decent.
Prudence
Feb 05, 2015 Prudence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Feist....is....back
I REPEAT
Feist is back in business.

I think the fact that we are nearing the final stretch...it's all picking back up.

Do not start here if you are a first time feister! (start from the beginning....all 26 books needed before this one)

4 TO GO FROM HERE!!!!!
Richard Eyres
I got this in a buy one get one free offer Audible ages ago. I have been going through my backlog of audiobooks, and this one came up. I have never read any of Feist's books before, and didn't know where this fitted in.
I now know that this is book one of two, in a long running series of books - and this is somewhere near the end.
The book was OK, i enjoyed some of the characters and i followed the story. I didn't feel like i needed the other books to enjoy this one (yes, it sounds like some of t
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Dawn
Apr 23, 2010 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2011
I'm not quite sure how to review this... I gave it three stars, but that's only because I'm extremely generous. It wasn't bad. It wasn't poorly written... It was just old. Talk about beating a dead horse! The world is in peril again? Oh my god! Demons are invading? Who would have guessed! Because that's a totally new scenario, nothing like that has ever happened before... But seriously. I love Mr. Feist, love him I tell you. He was one of my first fantasy authors, and he holds a very fond place ...more
Linda I
Apr 26, 2010 Linda I rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story! Though I haven't read Feist's previous works, I most certainly will in the future. This story may be a continuation of an ongoing saga within the world of Midkemia, but Feist adds enough detail that the previously uninitiated do not have any trouble keeping up with the storyline. A new threat looms over Midkemia. The Taredhel, or the lost race of elves, return to Midkemia after having fought and sustained many losses in a battle with a horde of demons. Proud and arrogant, they simpl ...more
Chris Gardner
I've read Ray Feist from Magican right on through Rides A Dread Legion and I do not believe he has lost a beat. This book was a page turner just like all of its predecessors.[return][return]This is the next, possibly final, chapter in the ongoing drama that is Midkemia. High Elves who fled Midkemia during the Chaos Wars are now being forced to return Home, as they call it, by hordes of neverending demons. What do these High Elves mean? How will the peoples of Midkemia deal with them?[return][ret ...more
Paul
May 04, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as action packed as some of the previous in the Pug universe and he seems to have the characters tell the same story over and over again (Yes Amirantha, your mother was a witch, your brothers are insane, one of them is trying to kill you, and you know lots on demons) I found myself skim reading some parts. However the plot is very interesting and it defiantly feels like Feist is setting up for the final chapter of and epic adventure.
Blodeuedd Finland
I adore the first trilogy. I enjoyed the second. I liked the next ones, but somewhere along the road it just got all meh and here, I can even bother anymore
Simon Barron
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Rik
Oct 06, 2016 Rik rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Pretty disappointing overall. Picked this up because I'd seen the authors name appear on my suggested list, however I didn't realise, until reading other reviews, that the characters are well established from the many previous books. I felt this didn't work as a stand alone novel. The characters were shallow and the dialogue dull, I thought I was reading a YA novel with no suspense, tension, or intrigue. I couldn't wait to finish it.
Jan
Mar 04, 2017 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
'Rides a Dread Legion' gets some new blood / characters in Amirintha (Warlock and Demon Summoner), his side kick Brandos, Sandreena (a priest or rathe knight-adamant of Dala); as well as the two Star Elves brothers Gulamendis and Laromendis
Robert Aldrich
May 12, 2012 Robert Aldrich rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a review that hurts me more than a little to write.

See, I've been reading Raymond E. Feist novels since I was a kid--literally since I was in my early teens. I've always been a fan and own all the books (some I have multiple copies of).

But with this addition to the series, I started reading it with more than a little cringing from the moment I read the cover copy.

I don't usually write reviews with spoilers or comments about specific content, but I will be here, so if you don't want to re
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David
Oct 17, 2013 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I initially started reading this book because I learned that in Magician's End: Book Three of the Chaoswar Saga Feist is going to finally let Pug go to his eternal rest. With that in mind, I wanted to catch up to where I'd left off in the story.

While the story is decent, it's nothing spectacular, nothing that we haven't seen before in fantasy. In many ways it was more a rehashing of large parts of the Pug story, with him even visiting worlds he'd visited much earlier in his career. There is a ne
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Bibliophile
Mar 29, 2016 Bibliophile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jessica
Sep 11, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story begins with Amirantha ��������� a Warlock who can summon demons - summoning a demon that breaks his control and with the help of his ���������son��������� Brandos they conquer it and get paid by a local leader for their work. Such is what they do apparently to villages in order to make a living. Next the story moves onto a temple where an apparently beautiful woman named Sandreena is trying to meditate but fails instead because she is thinking of many things along with her past and th ...more
Ben Babcock
Raymond E. Feist is probably among my favourite fantasy writers, simply because he's mastered the ability to create such realistic fantasy settings while still populating them with fantastic feats of magic. However, Rides a Dread Legion did not live up to my expectations for a new book in a new series of Feist's ever-expanding oeuvre.

A caveat: my experience with the Riftwar Cycle is spotty at best; I think I've read at least one book from every series, but I can't necessarily recall all the deta
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Plesz Roland
Feb 19, 2017 Plesz Roland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
tipikus feist féle trilológia nyitás.. újabb generációs remek képességű embereket követhetünk, jó sokáig tart, mire az új 5 karakter szerethetővé válik, de utána beindul az esemény.
April
May 02, 2010 April rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What I learned upon reading this book is that even though I grew up on and loved epic fantasies like this one, I have moved on and no longer have much patience for the genre. I used to devour three- or five-book series by men like Brooks, Donaldson, and Eddings, set in fantasy worlds where magic exists and good and evil clash. I used to love that the stories never quite ended and that you had to read the next book to read what is essentially the next chapter in one super long tale. An epic, lite ...more
Jimmy
Dec 24, 2013 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jimmy by: Barnes & Noble.com
I’m a huge fan of Raymond E. Feist’s work, so it will come as no surprise that I really liked this book. It’s difficult for me to find the words to express just how much I enjoy his work. His books are so good that I must wait until the series is completely released so that I can read them one right after the other. The action, fighting, and drama are so high and intense that I can’t read one and wait until the next is released.
The entertaining and knowledgeable Taredhel brothers Gulamendis, a
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Jimmy
Sep 25, 2010 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jimmy by: Science Fiction Book Club
Shelves: fantasy
I’m a huge fan of Raymond E. Feist’s work, so it will come as no surprise that I really liked this book. It’s difficult for me to find the words to express just how much I enjoy his work. His books are so good that I must wait until the series is completely released so that I can read them one right after the other. The action, fighting, and drama are so high and intense that I can’t read one and wait until the next is released.
The entertaining and knowledgeable Taredhel brothers Gulamendis, a
...more
Jimmy
Sep 25, 2010 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jimmy by: Barnes & Noble.com
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
I’m a huge fan of Raymond E. Feist’s work, so it will come as no surprise that I really liked this book. It’s difficult for me to find the words to express just how much I enjoy his work. His books are so good that I must wait until the series is completely released so that I can read them one right after the other. The action, fighting, and drama are so high and intense that I can’t read one and wait until the next is released.
The entertaining and knowledgeable Taredhel brothers Gulamendis, a
...more
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
Taking place a decade after the previous trilogy, this book introduces a new trilogy in Feist's long-running Midkemia novels. Overall, it's a bit of a mixed bag. The book opens with a fight between a demon, a wizard, and a fighter. The wizard and fighter are new characters (reasonably interesting ones at that), but their banter during the battle is almost off-putting. There is a long history in the fantasy literature of banter during battles, but it's not something I recall Feist doing previousl ...more
Matt
May 14, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feist, read-in-2011
I haven't read Raymond E Feist in quite awhile, and I was really excited to start reading this. When I came across the characters that I was familiar with; Pug, Tomas, Miranda etc, I really started enjoying the book even more.
As far as Feist goes, this book is perfectly in line with what I was expecting. It is a solid introduction book to a new series set in Midkemia. It effortlessly introduced a few new, strong characters, Amirantha, Sandreena, Belasco, Gulamendis and the rest of the Teredhel,
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Cheryl Landmark
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

This was my first Raymond Feist book. I probably should have started with one of the previous series, as this one seemed to build on events and characters from his other books. However, despite that, I thought the author did an excellent job of world building and, with the rehashing of previous events, I had a pretty good understanding of what was going on. There was a little too much detail and reminiscing at times, making the plot a little slow-paced in places, but I st
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Josh
Not the best entry in this series, but certainly not the worst. I'm not going to rush out looking for book two, but I'm fairly likely to continue on with this trilogy. Some of my continuing interest in this series is the lingering affection for the earliest books, which were terrific high fantasy adventure with Feist having created an interesting and unique universe with plenty of opportunities to really interesting things.

Unfortunately, an inability to move on from certain characters and even w
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Matt
Nov 22, 2009 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I want to preface this review by saying that I am a fan of Feist's early work. This book was a disappointment to me. For one, all of the plot devices that Feist frequents are done to death in all of his other books (mostly "something really terrible is threatening the planet so lets go beat all the odds and kick it's ass"). There was also very little in this book, as far as number of pages, that was truly entertaining. I really don't understand why this book and the second in this series weren't ...more
Đenis
Aug 26, 2016 Đenis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-shelf
Do deja sa dostávajú noví elfovia, ktorí sa odtrhli a utiekli od dračích vládcov pred ukončením nadvlády. Vytvorili miliónovú civilizáciu ďaleko od domova, kde si buď podmanili alebo zničili všetko ostatné. Filozofiou sa odklonili od lesných elfov a tvoria mestá, technológie a iné druhy mágie.
Ako sa tak rútili v rozmachu, niekde sa otvorila brána do 5 úrovne reality a po dlhé stáročia ich ničili démoni. Z miliónovej civilizácie prežívajú desiatky tisíc, objavujú Midkemiu - domovinu z ktorej poc
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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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