Krondor: The Betrayal (The Riftwar Legacy #1)
Awful, just awful.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This is a pretty good stand-alone fantasy novel by itself ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
(view spoiler)[ I am getting a bit sick of Pug saving the day! (hide 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 ...more
Towards the end, it all came together a bit more coherently, and I'm hopeful that the next book ...more