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A Darkness At Sethanon (The Riftwar Saga #4)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  39,594 ratings  ·  363 reviews
An evil wind blows through Midkemia. Dark legions have risen up to crush the Kingdom of the Isles and enslave it to dire magics. The final battle between Order and Chaos is about to begin in the ruins of the city called Sethanon.
Paperback, 527 pages
Published September 6th 2007 by Voyager (first published March 1986)
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Brenton
Meh.

Maybe I'm misremembering, but when I read Magician I thought Feist's writing was pretty decent, if heavy on fantasy tropes (some of which I'm sure he helped create). So I don't know if his writing got worse or my tolerance of it went down since then, but I just found this book a trifle tedious. The dialogue is trite, there's far too much overblown exposition, everything "seems" to do something or does something "as though" doing something else, and by god could you not change POV without war
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Penny
I found this is very satisfying last book in a series (within a series). The Riftwar Saga is home to some of my all time favourite characters and even the ones I just kinda liked rather than adored all had their place and contributed to my enjoyment of this book.

I'm so happy not to be experiencing the series hangover I often get at the end of a great trilogy since there are still many series within a series waiting to be read :) I've heard nothing but good things about The Empire Trilogy so I'm
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Heather
Aug 22, 2008 Heather rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: series fantasy addicts
Recommended to Heather by: Chip
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Jim
This felt more like the second part of Silverthorn than an entirely separate book, but was very good. It wraps up the Rift War pretty well. The characters can still go on, as people do, but so many loose ends were tied up for me that I really appreciated it.
Kaitlin
This book was a mixed one for me because some of it I really enjoyed whilst other parts were very slow and dragged on so much I couldn't be bothered with it. For the third book in the trilogy and the final part of this storyline I was expecting something rather epic, and although this storyline does have some wonderful aspects and some chilling and crazy scenes, a large majority of the story seems a bit redundant and dull.

This is the continuation of book 2 and is much more in line with the story
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Jeremy Brown
I personally felt that A Darkness at Sethanon is a very good book and a fitting end to a very good fantasy series. The author stepped up the action quite a bit and the battle of Armengar is just amazing. If there is one thing about The Riftwar Saga that I will always remember, it is the battle of Armengar. The rest of the action is very well written and the author's use of the character Guy was superbly done. While I really enjoyed the battle scenes in the novel, I was really confused by some of ...more
Jon
Jun 02, 2011 Jon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: FBCS Riftwar Saga May 2011 Selection
The final installment to the Riftwar Saga series contained page-turning action and most of the answers to mysteries and questions posed from earlier in the series, including a surprise twist that posed ... more questions. While I enjoyed reading A Darkness at Sethanon, I felt the characters gained less growth this time around, being more reactive to the harsh circumstances thrown at them on their quest to stop Murandamus. The Pug, Tomas and Macros cameo chapters intrigued me the most, providing ...more
Christopher
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fiacha
Bem terminei a leitura desta saga e só posso estar satisfeito com o que li. Não é George Martin ou Robert Jordan, não é uma saga que traga algo de novo, no fundo tudo se trata da luta entre o bem e o mal e quando isso acontece com maior ou menor dificuldade sabe-se para que lado a balança se inclina, o que tornou o final algo previsível, mas isso não impede de poder dizer que estamos perante uma saga muito boa, com surpresas atrâs de surpresas, personagens muito interessantes e um enredo muito c ...more
Mary King
Not one strong female in the entire series. After reading the entire Wheel of Time series (where strong females grace every storyline) last year I wandered off to see more of the fantasy genre. Sadly I will not be reading anymore Feist. I loved the fast pace but hated the sexism. The main women in the storyline are always beautiful and never have anything helpful to say. They are always badgering the male characters.

Like another reviewer I don't believe it was done maliciously, it just seemed to
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Michael T Bradley
This is a difficult book to codify. I like a lot of things that occur in this book (Locklear's sudden jumps of character being at the top; he was my favorite character from the start, and where his arc goes in unexpected & interesting). And the first 2/3 of the book are not dull. And I liked that the reveal of the "Enemy," while a little less than mind-blowing, did make a lot of sense, and followed from the things the book had been focusing on, and was not just some sort of 'big threat from ...more
Jennifer
The last in the initial Riftwar Saga (though it still continues today), this one was wonderful again, though at the same time my least favourite. Whilst the first (Magician which in the version I read contains both Master and Apprentice) was very character driven, and the second was a quest novel, and both of them contained plenty of fighting, this one is much more pre-occupied with the techniques, strategy and equipment of war with the truly frightening Murmandamus.
It would be unfair, in my vi
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Ana
Foi com muito entusiasmo que comecei este livro, o quarto e último da saga do Mago.
A história continua com a luta de Arutha contra Murmundamos, que no livro anterior tinha ficado em aberto. Todo o enredo desta batalha é surpreendente, detalhado e com muitas surpresas à mistura. Arutha continua com um papel importantíssimo e destacado ao longo do livro, o que faz com que seja impossível não gostar dele.
Mas para mim, o grande destaque neste livro são três personagens extraordinárias, Pug, Tomas
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Katy
Overall, a satisfactory conclusion to the trilogy (not quite the series - he's written a few more set in the same world, but this finishes the stuff that should be read close together). Just one bit I wanted to mention. Just remember that these books are considered a classic in fantasy writing from the mid 80s.

One of the characters is a magician who appears to be exceptionally long lived - he pops up at critical points in the first couple of books, but explains some of his history towards the en
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Nuno Mateus (Kratos)
Ao acabar de ler este livro vejo o encerrar desta Saga de "O Mago" neste 4ºlivro com um final de história brilhante e muito bem elaborado sempre cheio de emoção e acção e suspense e revelações até á ultima página!
Neste quarto livro é o encerrar da batalha do Bem contra o Mal no qual o mal é protagonizado pela personagem misteriosa de Murmandamus e no qual irá finalmente se revelar no desenrolar da história, e depois temos o Bem no qual lutará através de duas facções , uma através da luta humana
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Ben Richardson
'A Darkness at Sethanon,' is the epic finale to the rift war saga. In the first book: Magician, we get to know Pug & Tomas, & are with them, as they grow both in power & stature in very different ways. In Silverthorn we are more with Arutha, & co. as they search for the remedial flower for Anita, & the threat of Murmandus is revealed, as the party stumble across nighthawks & Black slayers on their quest. In the final section, Pug travels to icy peaks in Tsurani, to study ...more
Molly
Depois de ter lido os outros três livros do Mago e de ter ficado completamente apaixonada pelo Espinho de Prata, foi com enorme curiosidade que comecei a ler As Trevas de Sethanon.

O livro é espantoso! Completamente maravilhoso e fantástico.

Arutha, o Principe de Krondor, continua a ser alvo dos temíveis Noitibós. E com eles adivinha-se o terrível Murmandamus, aquele que pretende dominar Midkemia e matar Arutha, uma vez que numa antiga profecia, Arutha é visto como a "Ruína das Trevas".

Com a aj
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Jeffrey Grant
This was a good story, but it wasn’t “amazing”. In form, it was sort of a rehash of the previous two books; there’s a band of mortal men from the kingdom that go off on a quest (Book 2) and then there’s Pug and Thomas being generally immortal (Book 1, latter half).
I understand the split, because Pug and Thomas’ arc doesn’t involve a lot of direct conflict; both of them have apparently risen to the level of gods, and very little to nothing is capable of directly opposing them, so having them inv
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Nina Schmitt

An evil wind blows through Midkemia. Dark legions have risen up to crush the Kingdom of the Isles and enslave it to dire magics. The final battle between Order and Chaos is abotu to begin in the ruins of the city called Sethanon.

Now Pug, the master magician sometimes known as Milamber, must undertake an awesome and perilous quest to the dawn of time to grapple with an ancient and terrible Enemy for the fate of a thousand worlds.

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Majanka
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Dirk Grobbelaar
I'm slightly conflicted about the rating I've given this book. The problem is: any review of this book will inevitably be a review of the entire Riftwar Saga. Perhaps this novel is a better spiritual successor to Magician than Silverthorn was, since it elaborates more closely on the events of the aforementioned. On the other hand, Silverthorn introduced some pivotal characters and bridged the gap between Magician and A Darkness At Sethanon nicely. On its own, A Darkness At Sethanon probably garn ...more
Jeff
This book completes the saga (though it's been revisited in other books since) in a very satisfying way - the big final blowout is nicely staged and multilayered and i was pleased overall. I might have given these books more than 3 stars, but for the last thing that really bothered me - the sexism. It isn't blatant, but i was terribly disappointed to find no strong females in this world. All of the heroic figures are men. Ok - in the last book there is a strong female warrior-type who comes from ...more
Cheri Portman
Yup! DnD adventure in a book! The writing seems to be getting better as Feist finds his author-ly stride; I'm getting pulled out of the story by weird dialogue and awkward exposition less and less. A good thing!

The world(s) is (are) complex and compelling; the bad guys are, truly, bad - and the good guys are flawed - yet mostly able to get over themselves. I like this in a fantasy book.

On to the next Feist series!
David
A Darkness at Sethanon is the incredible finale to the Riftwar Saga. The tale picks up where the earlier book left off, with Arutha, Pug, and Tomas at the forefront. There's a lot explained of an ancient enemy and of Macross the Black. The twists and turns will still surprise you as old and new characters play critical roles in the fight against evil. This book is an incredible climax to the saga. The writing is beautiful and the story proceeds at a brilliant pace. The author conveys the magic i ...more
David Pearson
Really struggled over what to rate this, and think over time it may drop to a 3/5. The characters are great, and the story interesting, but the lack of rules to the magic system made things somewhat easy in some situations. Tomas & Pugs quest got a bit weird and I felt it quite out of place with the rest of the book, Mario kart rainbow road the worst of it.
Elar
Somehow Feist manages to put more into the final book of Riftwar Saga and it has same quality, intrigue and fascination as the first book. For me mainly some new concepts and constant action made it delightful listening.
Logan
This wraps up the Riftwar Saga. The last half of the book was really good, and I just wish the rest of the books had been as interesting. There were really neat scenes, colorful and horrible descriptions of the siege that left me cheering for the defenders, some incredible displays of magic etc. So this book ended on a nice note, I'm just not sure it's worth working through the other three and a half books worth of material to get to it.
Alexander Draganov
Possibly the most epic novel ever written, a triumph of the fantasy genre. The magician Pug and the warrior and Dragon Lord Tomas try to save the world against impossible odds as they travel trough time and space in search of the nature of their mysterious and malevolent Enemy. In the same time, the noble Prince Arutha faces a vast armies of unstoppable evil. Non-stop action, tons of magic and mystery and extremely likable characters make this book one of the best fantasy stories ever. Feist is ...more
Victoria
I enjoyed this conclusion quite a bit! All of my favorite characters from the series were present and the plot took one exciting turn after another! Truly wonderful! It was a lot of fun to read, but I must admit that there was a plethora of minor editing errors, typos mainly. I was quite shocked. I know that new editions have been released since this 1994 edition of mine, so I do hope that they were corrected! Other than that, a fun read - I hope these wonderful characters continue to appear in ...more
Sean Brennan
Excellent, by far the best book in the series so far!
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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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