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Krondor: The Betrayal (The Riftwar Legacy #1)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  11,200 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
The video game industry has always drawn upon works of fiction for inspiration--sooner or later, the process had to reverse itself. Krondor the Betrayal began its life as the best-selling role-playing video game of all time, written by Raymond E. Feist for Dynamix Inc. Feist, whose Serpentwar Saga has sold millions of copies and established him as one of the most popular f ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published 1999 by Voyager (first published 1998)
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Jul 29, 2010 Anthony rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have fulfilled my annual quota of self-flagellation by forcing myself to finish this book. This book, which I later discovered was based on a video the author wrote, was the stupidest "You have completed Quest A! Now I need you to complete Quest B!" chain of events I have ever subjected myself to. Forced camaraderie and ridiculous dialogue round out the brutality of this kick to the groin.

Awful, just awful.
Michael T Bradley
By the end I was skimming like mad, assuming I could just read the 'previously in' section of book 2 of this series to figure out anything I missed, I was that bored.

Feist has a very distinct style. He is, above all else, interested in plot. The plot often meanders, and very rarely deviates from the 'quest is received, quest is eventually fulfilled' formula, but the thing that drives me crazy is that characters are pretty much ... nonexistent in his work. Locklear, my favorite character from th
Ana  Vlădescu
4.5 stars.

I haven't read the whole shebang with the actual mamuth series Feist wrote, but these books, in the Riftwar Legacy, I like a lot. A lot.

From the first 10 pages of this, I was enthralled. It got me. I didn't leave it out of my hand, I wouldn't do anything else except read it.

Of course, "Krondor: The Betrayal" doesn't reach the complexity and awesomeness level that some other well known works have had, but it's up there with the best, I think. It's a classical piece of fantasy, where
Sue Smith
Mar 25, 2013 Sue Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ain't gonna lie ..... I liked this book. I needed this book. It was a welcome change in my reading world. Love that it had a map to follow all the book activity. Loved it more that you can find a better map online, as well as a complete interactive role playing site of said world as well. Haven't gotten into that yet, but I'm game to try it out! I've always wanted to have an alternate elf ego ....... just have to come up with an appropriate elf-like queenly name! Oh yes my friends - it's good ...more
Balázs Pataki
If I recall correctly, good old Uncle Feist hasn't taken part in making the 1993 video game. Only at a later stage did he become involved, and wrote his own book version afterwards. This explains why Krondor: The Betrayal reads like a video game put to paper. Game features like the constant ambush scenes and side quests simply don't work in the writte narrative. On the other hand, the book lacks the features that gave the video game its remarkable and unique atmosphere. Descriptions are rough at ...more
Joe Aguiar
Apr 14, 2012 Joe Aguiar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As part of the Riftwar Legacy, Krondor: The Betrayal turns back the clock to a time following the Riftwar to an untold adventure with Jimmy The Hand and Squire Locklear teaming with a rebel Moredhel, Gorath, to save Midkemia and maybe the world from a devious plot between Moredhel and Tsurani. Magician Pug and Prince Arutha return as well and there are some new characters introduced to the mythos too. The action and intrigue is non-stop as this page turning adventure spans the kingdom and across ...more
May 25, 2011 Eeepi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The only positive of this book is Gorath, who is a pretty likable character that should have been featured in the original series instead. The book itself is pretty much what it is supposed to be - a linear game story, with the basic 'move to the point A - kill monster - move to the point B - repeat' formula. Another weak one.
Annika Howells
Aug 28, 2010 Annika Howells rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book when I was a kid because I was obsessed with the computer game. I never managed to finish the game, but I read this book over and over again. I adored the characters, especially James. I went on to read the previous Riftwar Saga, and though I tried to read other books by Feist, they weren't the same without my favourite characters.
Peter Blanckaert
Gebaseerd op een computerspel en leest als een computerspel. Soms een beetje te 'simpel'. Het verhaal mag wat meer om het lijf hebben.
Apr 27, 2010 Calhor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enthicing tale. Worth every moment spent reading it! I'll simply have to finish the series someday...
Apr 11, 2010 Ryan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, abandoned
The Riftwar Legacy was horrible, trite, pithy, predictable, sad... I couldn't get past 50 pages.

Maybe I just couldn't appreciate it not having read any of the others before this.
Irina Alexeyenko
Mar 20, 2017 Irina Alexeyenko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
I liked the book until the point where Feist was getting rid of the characters only to make the story fit into the world already set in Serpentwar saga. But the insight in the moredhel and the struggles of yet young Squire James are as interesting as I wished them to be.
Dec 24, 2016 James rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This happened, and then that happened. They were in the great city when they destroyed the evil ogre. Then the fought a bloody battle, etc.
Nina Schmitt

A new episode in Feist's massively successful Riftwar saga. From the endlessly inventive mind of one of fantasy's all-time greats, comes a spellbinding new adventure featuring old favourites Jimmy, Locklear and Pug. It is nine years on from the aftermath of Sethanon. There has been peace awhile and it's been needed. But news is feeding through to the people of the Kingdom of the Isles that deadly forces are stirring on the horizon. The bringer of the latest tidings is Gorath, a moredhel (dark el

Alec Young
Feb 22, 2017 Alec Young rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reading, own
this one always felt weird to me compared to the other ones and how it was written. only on this read-through did I realize at the end it talks about how it was a video game that he decided to make into a book. they had approached him about writing for the video game but he decided not to then he liked how the video game turned out so he decided to actually make it into a book.
Simon Barron
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Aug 12, 2015 omars rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Feist's writing for enjoyable, immersive, lightweight Fantasy. But this one is just awful.

This volume (and maybe its whole trilogy) is based on the 1990s computer games of the same era.

And rather than adapting that vintage game's premise as the plot for this book, the book instead reads like a game of that era. And while those games were a heck of a lot of fun to play, they wouldn't be very fun to watch over the player's shoulder...and even less fun to read in transcript form...which is
Jan 06, 2013 Lindsey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Whenever I do a Feist reread (which is every three years or so), I want to do it in chronological order. First the Riftwar, then the Krondor series, then Krondor's Sons, then onwards to the Serpentwar and others. The only problem is I always stall at the Krondor series and the reason for that is that it's just not as good.

Krondor: The Betrayal is based on a video game and you can sort of tell. The plot winds and twists and there's so many different characters and small quests and tangential thin
Well, it's a novelization of the computer game, Betrayal at Krondor . Unlike movie novelizations, game novelizations are interesting because you can probably read the book in less time than it takes you to play the game, but you also lose a dimension of interactivity in the translation. And seeing as how we're talking about one of the greatest computer RPG's of the 1990's, this book feels a comparison, because you lose that extra dimension. Don't get me wrong - it's still a g ...more
A new Moredhel warrior has risen in the Northlands and unites the Brotherhood of the Dark Path for a charge on Sethanon to retreive the Lifestone. Jimmy the Hand, Locky, Owyn, Patrus & Arutha have their hands full trying to stop the dark army while dealing with a new wave of Nighthawks. A renegade dark elf & Pug have important parts to play to once again save the Lifestone from those who would use it to bring back the Dragon Lords.

This is a pretty good stand-alone fantasy novel by itself
Jan 24, 2017 Jan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Let's just state it outright: The entire Riftwar Legacy is not one of Feist's better works (and you could skip it), and Krondor: The Betrayal illustrates this well.

It starts off bad, as we get introduced key characters (such as Makala) nearly randomly rather than in the thoughtful style Feist typically introduces characters. He is 'just there' in the Kingdom all of a sudden, as employ of the Tsuranni emperor.

The flow is all pretty poor, and disjointed - it feels a bit like we are jumping betwe
Jan 15, 2016 R.H. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've given this 3 stars instead of two, to make up for my own stupidity.
I did not realise this trilogy is a "Legacy" in that it goes back in time – I didn't enjoy that very much. Familiar characters reappear and you have to adjust to the scene and the time again. It doesn't help that I already got confused in the previous trilogy with who was who as newborn royals and other got given names which their ancestors had before them. Luckily two of the main characters are new, one of which, Ohwyn, int
Robbie Cox
Raymond E. Feist is one of my favorite authors. I love his series and his writing. His characters never fail to grip me and keep me turning pages. The worlds he has created are realistic and look forward to returning to them often.

However, this book read choppy to me. I know it was written to go along with a computer game and to be honest it read that way. The characters and description that I have come to count on from Mr. Feist simply were not there. Furthermore, the ebook version lacked the p
Buckbeak Books
Jan 30, 2016 Buckbeak Books rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am a massive fan of Raymond Feist's work, but I'm afraid that this book was the worst I have read by him so far - even worse than Murder in LaMut and Jimmy the Hand, if that's possible. It failed to keep my attention throughout and I found myself really having to force my way through it. None of the characters were interesting; even though Jimmy and Locklear were two of my favourites from the original trilogy, I found myself being unable to distinguish between the two of them during this book ...more
Though I read this book before, I did not remember any of it! I am not quite sure why the other books in the series stuck with me more than this one, but this re-reading was more like reading it for the very first time. It was very exciting and involved some of my favorite characters from _The Riftwar Saga_. I must admit that for a first book in a trilogy, everything was neatly tied up in the end, so I must admit I am wondering what the next two books will be about! But this was well-plotted and ...more
I was stuck to this book for the first third, really wanting to know what would happen next. It's a very political book, and the set-up was truly fun.

However, though this is the first in a series, it is set in a wider world that Feist has written a lot of other books in. And as the book progressed, I started to get a little lost. The characters seemed more like chess pieces than heartfelt personalities, and the overall battle was so epically out of their hands that I started to wonder why I was
Jan 02, 2013 Monique rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
(view spoiler) This plot is a bit tired, being quite similar to Battle at Sethanon.

(view spoiler) I had hopes that maybe Pug wouldn't play as big a role in this book, and that might leave it open for the relatively new magicia
Jesse Treviño
Dec 15, 2012 Jesse Treviño rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very enjoyable indeed. I must say the rift-way legacy was enthralling and kept me attached all the way through, and I must say to all you nay-sayers claiming the video game sucked? ... Play it for yourselves... in my opinion, it is one of the greatest PC games ever created, yes the graphics are primitive, but the creators created such a beautifully vast world that was way ahead of it's time. The non-linearity of the story and the vast arsenal of items and weapons, all with their ow ...more
Veronica Bailey
I was actually a little disappointed in this book, I didn't feel it held up to the other Midkemia books I've read. It was apparently based on a computer game set in that world, and frankly, it showed. While I know from the afterward that Feist left out a lot of sub-quests and such, there was still a lot of "Yay, we finished that quest! Let's get the next! Here are our NPCs for this mission!" going on.
Towards the end, it all came together a bit more coherently, and I'm hopeful that the next book
The problem with this book (the entire trilogy actually) is that it reads like a computer game. There's a lack of character depth and empathy, the dialogue are rigid, and the plot is quite formulaic - with obvious leads from fact-finding to obvious action. While there are attempts to tie the events in this trilogy to the events surrounding Midkemia as a whole, those are light at best. This is probably nothing more than cashing it in. Feist's style is only evident in several places, most of it is ...more
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The Riftwar Legacy (4 books)
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