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A Kingdom Besieged (The Chaoswar Saga #1)

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Discover the fate of the original black Magician, Pug, and his motley crew of agents who safeguard the world of Trigia, as prophecy becomes truth in the first book of the last ever Midkemian trilogy.

THE KINGDOM BESIEGED The Darkness is coming… The Kingdom is plagued by rumour and instability. Kingdom spies in Kesh have been disappearing - either murdered, or turned to the
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Voyager (first published January 1st 2011)
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Stonewalljackman I think if you read the demonwar saga first (there is just two) Rides a Dread Legion and At the Gates of Darkness, both those books talk about the…moreI think if you read the demonwar saga first (there is just two) Rides a Dread Legion and At the Gates of Darkness, both those books talk about the major characters enough. I have read the entire 20+ book series and if you were truly interested I would start with Magician, the first one that started it all. There are several stanalones you can skip which only add to the universe. (less)
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Bob Milne
It has been an astounding 30+ years since Raymond E. Feist first introduced us to Pug, Tomas, and the other heroes of Midkemia in Magician (broken into Magician: Apprentice & Magician: Master in North America), the first book of the The Riftwar Saga. I can vividly remember devouring all three books of original trilogy back in high school, and I still count it as one of my favourite series.

I, of course, went on to read the Krondor's Sons duology, along with The Empire Trilogy - which had the
Veronica Morfi
The darkness is coming…

If you are a fan of epic fantasy novels, knights, battles, kings, queens, magicians, elves and everything related to them this is a fantasy world you’ll love.

The story of Midkemia started 26 books ago and still worth waiting every single book. In this 27th book the Kingdom is threatened by the empire of Great Kesh. Spies from both the Kingdom and Roldem are disappearing or turned to the enemy side. And when Jim Dasher, an agent from both the Conclave of Shadows and the Kin
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
A Kingdom Besieged is the latest book in the long-running Riftwar Cycle by Raymond Feist and the first in what appears may be the final trilogy of the story. Depending a bit on how one chooses to count, this is the 19th book in the primary series (which is subdivided into a variety of sagas), with an additional 9 related books (6 co-authored) retroactively filling in story gaps with alternate tales and points of view. Broadly speaking the primary series has generally declined in quality through ...more
To me this book felt like a well needed return to form for Feist. The Demonwar saga was a let down for me but this, the start of the end, really got things back on track.

The action was good and varied, Pug wasn't wallowing so much and started to seem like himself again, the story of Child was great and the pieces are all moving into place.

There were some negatives of course. The amount of characters is starting to get confusing, especially with Feist's love of naming them the same thing. I need
R Bartel
A Kingdom Besieged was my first introduction to Feist’s novels. The author makes a huge assumption – that I have read his previous books. This assumption is revealed in the fact that he spends almost no time introducing his characters. By the middle of the book I had to assume that if I didn’t know who someone was, they must have been brought forward from an earlier series. Since this book is touted as “book one” of a new series, I felt tremendously disappointed. I then researched Feist’s writin ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
The fifth riftwar is about to start. Pug and the Conclave have been searching for demons for a few years and have not noticed that something is happening. And since I love Pug I am always happy to see him, and I hope there will be a lot of him. But he is also very sad since he lost his wife and son, and because of all the others he has seen die since he has lived so long.

The other characters in this book are Martin and Hal conDoin, sons of the Duke of Crydee, and they will play a big part in thi
Alexander Draganov
Another excellent epic fantasy by Raymond E. Feist. As he begins the final trilogy in the long-running Riftwar series we see again old friends and villains and meet new heroes. After centuries of peace, the Empire of the Great Kesh attacks the great Kingdom and Crydee, the city from which the great Magician Pug and the mighty Dragon Lord Tomas are from is again under siege. And a young conDoin, a distant ancestor of the legendary Prince Arutha, must protect his people. In the same time, spy nets ...more
From the Magician: Apprentice to this title that I'm sure Raymond E. Feist made an incredible journey for its readers, but sadly I have only read his Riftwar Saga and Krondor's Sons. I have to say that, after reading this, I am sure that I haven't made a bigger mistake in my reading experience.

I fell in love with Magician: Apprentice on first sight. Ever since that first sentence, ever since that first scene with Pug, I was gripped with the whole world of Midkemia and Televan Feist created. But
Another page turner, obviously, when is Feist ever not?

Spoiler alert (so don't read on if you haven't read the book yet) : I have to comment on the demon thing... at first I was like "what is going on with Child?", and then later I was still like "what is going on?" I mean I knew it was going to be an important part of the story but come on! This is Feist and I want content with Pug and The Conclave and Thomas! Meanwhile, I did enjoy meeting the new characters from Crydee, gotta love going back
A much anticipated (by me anyway) return to the world of Midkemia disappointed as a fairly frustrating read.

With 30+ books worth of history behind the Riftwar Cycle now I guess it was inevitable that some time had to be spent on exposition and reminding the reader of some of the history - but it just came across as if 80% of this book was just that. It felt like large swathes of history and rehashing past events interspersed with short little bits of new story throughout most of the book.

James Whitehead
I continue to read these books so I can get to the end of the story, but it seems a bit to me like the books just aren't as polished as they used to be. Other reviews here have already pointed out the repetition of the Magician's Tower description, but I've found a few other instances that just didn't quite feel right as I read them. Of course, I've never read a series as extensive as this one (although Jordan's Wheel of Time trumps Feist with page-count, it falls far short of characters and ove ...more
I love the way Feist writes. So why not a higher rating? Because in order to make a series top the one before it you have to have a bigger bad guy, a bigger end of the world, a bigger everything and to tell you the truth after 30 years of Pug and the Kingdom it's just not as believable anymore. It also was hard to keep all the references and past characters straight (we are talking about 30 years and probably at least 25-30 books) and having to sort them out in my head took me out of the story.

I usually really like Feist novels. The 'Magician' books were a lot of fun to read as well as 'Kings Buccaneer' and the books he co-wrote with Jenny Wurts, but this book was filled with too many characters, too much time talking about past books and too little story. This was the first book in yet another trilogy which might be part of the problem. The author was setting everything up in this book to get things going in the next two...hopefully. Another problem is i read this book out of order. ...more
So happy to read Feist again and sad at the same time cause after 30 years this story is
gonna end.

Reading this book felt like coming home...
Laura Darroch-Lassey
I'm really angry that I wasted my time reading this. Fuck you, Feist. You suck.
This was my first book by Robert Feist and I can't say I was impressed. It wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. After seeing everyone else's reviews of Feist, I expected better. I was hoping for some "A Song of Ice and Fire" quality but I got more Star Wars expanded universe quality...

For instance, it took me awhile to even start to care for characters. I didn't like to start Martin until the last couple chapters of the books. I don't know why but it's hard to feel anything for the characters
The problem with Feist's later novels is they are too repetitive! And they can never measure up to the first Tsurani trilogy. Essentially every book following the originals is about a malignant evil moving from a darker plain of existence to steal a body and manipulate an army into attacking the Kingdom. However, I really enjoyed Caspar of Olasko's story because it veered from this Feistian paradigm and I was gripped from start to finish.

I flew through this novel and quite enjoyed it but at tim
Evgeni Kirilov
I am sad to say that this book is not what I hoped it would be. I had been more than a little disillusioned with the last few of Feist's books, but I hoped that after taking a several years break Midkemia would suck me back in. Unfortunately, this was not the case. There is way too much description, not enough action, the plot barely advances, and the various families of Midkemia still insist on using only 2-3 names for their descendents.

This last part is a small thing compared to the others, bu
Jan 07, 2012 Tyrone rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Midkemia completists
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
Despite being a huge Raymond E. Feist fan I have to admit approaching this book with some trepidation. Partly because the recent additions have not always been as good quality or held my interest as much a some of the earlier parts of the series. And partly because I know that this is likely to be the last entries in a series of books that have accompanied me through much of my reading life.

I've not always been as gripped by the Conclave of shadows as i was with the fate of the Kingdom. I also h
Mon premier Feist.

Voilà un auteur de fantasy qui propose une œuvre intéressante. Depuis ses débuts comme écrivain en 1982, tous ses romans se situent dans le même univers (Krondor) qu'il a inventé avec quelques amis lorsqu'ils jouaient au jeux de rôles à l'université.

Au sein de cet univers, Feist met en scène ses personnages et, au fil du temps, leurs descendants, donnant à son travail l'aspect d'une vaste saga.

Cependant, Feist est malin et sait mener son histoire de manière à ce que chaque nouv
If you read fantasy, you've probably at least heard of Feist and his Riftwar series. A Kingdom Besieged is the first book in the fifth series set in this world. I read the Serpentwar Saga (the third series) at the respectable age of I think 11 or 12 and I remember really enjoying them. So, when this one showed up on NetGalley for review, of course I hit the request button!

And while I did like the book, it wasn't as enjoyable for me as I'd expected it to be. I think it's partly because I had such
Feist has a lot of different things going on in this book. Its the beginning of the end for his series and I know he wants to include just about everything that he can that has happened over the last 25 books or so.

A war is brewing between the Kingdom and Kesh. The Demon Realm is being destroyed and an unique demon, Child is looking to escape. The Nighthawks have vital information for Pug, the Pantathians may or may not be making a guest appearance for the first time since the Serpent War, and
Its been a few years since the events of the Demonwar devastated the ranks of the Conclave of Shadows and once again trouble is brewing. Like most of the recent Riftwar books, the majority of the story focuses on a handful of new characters (almost all of whom are descendants of characters from earlier books) - in this case Hal, Malcolm and Brenan ConDoin of Crydee - who are gradually integrated with some returning characters - most notably Jim Dasher (introduced in the Darkwar trilogy) and Sand ...more
Rich Carducci
Excellent read, Feist has come back with a great story. His last two book cycle lacked a bit but he has come back much stronger and the twist at the end was fantastic and has me wanting for the next book. For those criticizing the book because they have not read the others, that is unfair and I recommend reading the other books and you will appreciate the story more. I feel he does just the right amount of retellng to refresh those who have been reading the series for years without delving too f ...more
Ongeveer dertig jaar nadat Raymond E. Feist zijn reeks boeken over Midkemia begon met Magiër, komt het einde nu in zicht met de Saga van de Chaosoorlog-trilogie. Het eerste deel hiervan, Het Bedreigde Koninkrijk, speelt zich vijf jaar na Voor de Poorten van het Duister af. Hierin verloor Puc zijn vrouw en zoon en het verdriet is nog steeds niet verwerkt. Toch kan hij zich niet al te lang afzijdig houden van wat er zich nu afspeelt op Midkemia. Het Keizerrijk Kesh blijkt namelijk een grootschalig ...more
You can read the full review over at The Founding Fields:

Shadowhawk takes a look at the first novel in Raymond E. Feist’s final trilogy of the great Midkemian Saga. This is also the fourth review in his Advent Review series and you can check out the full list at the following link:

“With this book, I returned to the world of Midkemia after a long, long time and what I found was that the setting was just as captivating
This is another exciting series from Raymond Feist.
I've been a big fan of Raymond Feist since reading
Magician: Apprentice where he introduces Pug,
a squire from Crydee who later on reaches the pinnacle
of Magic and battles all kinds of magical foes and
demons and saving his world from destruction.

I've been reading Raymond Feist's novels and his books
have always been easy to read with lots of riveting
dialogues and action that easily moves the story along.
RF is also fan friendly. I remember even bef
Brian Taylor
This book frustrated the hell out of me as a reader.

The prologue drops readers straight into action. It was interesting and left me excited to see where the story would go. And then every character started talking about an upcoming war. Seriously, they talked about the war so much I was waiting for half the book for something remotely resembling a skirmish to take place. I would finish a chapter and think the war had to be in the next chapter, time after time. When the war does arrive, character
'A Kingdom Besieged' by Raymond E. Feist, is the first book in the Chaoswar saga. It's also towards the end of the overall Riftwar Cycle, so not a good place to start. Instead, go start with the author's first book Magician (and by the way, I'm jealous, you've got a lot of good books to enjoy).

Feist's recent books have deteriorated from his excellent books of the 1980s and 1990s. I used to buy his books in hardbook as soon as they came out, and eagerly devour them. Problem was, the books started
Noor Jahangir
With Kingdom Besieged, we are returned to Midkemia and back to where the saga began; Crydee. Though this is a new trilogy (?) it picks up threads from the previous Midkemian volumes and makes full use of their history and lore. The return to Crydee is a welcome one for those Feist fans that were becoming a bid jaded with all the realm hopping and every twist that was taking us away from the characters we loved into looking to see where the plot was going.
The writing and story-telling is classic
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Goodreads Librari...: A Kingdom Besieged by Raymonde E. Feist 3 18 Jul 15, 2012 08:14AM  
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  • Chaosbound (Runelords, #8)
  • Winter Warriors (Drenai Saga, #8)
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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Other Books in the Series

The Chaoswar Saga (3 books)
  • A Crown Imperiled (The Chaoswar Saga #2)
  • Magician's End (The Chaoswar Saga, #3)
Magician: Master (The Riftwar Saga, #2) Magician: Apprentice (The Riftwar Saga, #1) A Darkness At Sethanon (The Riftwar Saga, #4) Magician (The Riftwar Saga, #1-2) Silverthorn (The Riftwar Saga, #3)

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