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Rides A Dread Legion (The Demonwar Saga #1)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  4,906 ratings  ·  133 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.
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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Haydensdad
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
Steve
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
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.
Linda I
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
Dawn
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
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
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.
Maddy Churchhouse
The entire book is not much more than a glorified, over-extended prologue, which becomes rather frustrating after a while.

I was also annoyed by how the Token Female, after being built up as badass for three hundred pages, is in the last few chapters reduced to the status of 'Jilted, Vulnerable and Whiny Ex Lover', and to a creepy man twice her age. I'm sorry, but that's just demeaning, and especially jars when the only other female with even a minor speaking role in the book has been convenient
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Donna
This is the first Raymond Feist book I have read, and I found it very entertaining. I picked it up in the library and expected to take a while to get into it as it is clearly one of the later stories in a long-running saga. This was not the case, as it works well as a standalone story, and I absolutely flew through it!
The story is told through a number of different points of view, and all the characters were intriguing, so that I was pleased when each one reappeared as the story steadily built.
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Jessica
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 then doesnt succeed. She has ...more
Simon Barron
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Matt
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
Matt
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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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
Nina Schmitt

The first book in a brand new series by the master of epic fantasy, Raymond E. Feist. Ten years after the cataclysmic events of Wrath of a Mad God took place, Midkemia now faces a new danger thought buried in myth and antiquity. A lost race of elves, the taredhel or 'people of the stars', have found a way across the universe to reach Midkemia. On their current home world, these elves are hard pressed by a ravaging demon horde, and what was once a huge empire has been reduced to a handful of surv

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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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Robert Aldrich
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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Jimmy
Aug 04, 2014 Jimmy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Aug 04, 2014 Jimmy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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Jimmy
Aug 04, 2014 Jimmy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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David
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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April
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
Sean Howard
Oy. Feist has officially lost his touch. This book is insanely boring and ridiculous. It is like an entire tome of exposition with characters you won't care about or remember, with only a couple exceptions. Halfway through the audio version of this book, it was still going on and on about the lore and history of the land. The characters are prescient of all facts and it reads like a bunch of characters spouting encyclopedic entries. Ick. Avoid. It's too bad as Feist was once a master of prose an ...more
Karol Piczak
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K
3.5 stars

It’s been awhile since I last had a Feist fix (despite my username :P). Before reading this, I was a little concerned I had outgrown Pug and Midkemia, I am pleased to say that I need not have worried.

Sure, it’s a bit of a comfort read – familiar characters, a rather familiar storyline, not too many surprises, I’m assuming Pug is going to save the day at the end of this series. And yet, despite all this, I was still drawn into the story and read it all in one weekend. So whilst it may n
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Adam
The rift war saga continues, after the wrath of a mad god i was a little disapointed, granted i hadnt read Feist in a few years and the mad god was the last book in a trilogy that i never got round to finishing... to many other good books. However it has set the scene rather perfectly for the demon war saga. A great read, and by the end of the book i had re-established my lost conection with the main characters and was looking forward to the second (third book yet published... i hate that, the w ...more
Joe Aguiar
Another fun read from Raymond Feist. This story takes place 10 years after the Dasati invasion was thwarted and sees a new threat coming to Midkemia. A group of elves from another world have found their way back home to flee an advancing horde of demons. But, these elves see themselves superior and have plans of conquest not friendship. But, an evil sorcerer plans to loose the hordes of demons on Midkemia itself and Magician Pug knows all to well to stop these creatures the invading elves need t ...more
Wade
Jun 09, 2011 Wade added it
There is one thing that Raymond E Fiest does very well: spin a story that goes and goes and goes and goes. It's what he's always done best. His characterisation has always been only average, but he seems to know this. And sometimes starting the story is a struggle.

This volume takes a while to get going. There are five or six major plotlines, all with two or three new characters to introduce and establish. This is a little clumsy, with several pieces of infodump. I know Feist is better than that.
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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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