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Into a Dark Realm: Book Two of the Darkwar Saga (The Darkwar Saga #2)

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The Conclave of Shadows has smashed the Nighthawks' dread plot to destroy the Empire of Great Kesh through civil war, putting an end to the murderous brotherhood's reign of terror. But there is no time for the victors to celebrate, for the mad sorcerer, Leso Varen, has taken refuge with the Magicians of the Assembly on the world of Kelewan, and is lost among the most power ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published September 4th 2006)
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Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where to start…
A very good feist book- actually one of the first I have enjoyed since before the conclave of shadow saga.

The only real reason I have given it a high rating is because it returns to my favourite characters- Pug and Nakor.

I understand that feist is setting up the whole view by including Jommy, Zane and Tad…but to tell you the truth - I find their plight a bit boring and too in depth. truly just want a little 2 page description every now and then of what they're up to, what's happen
Jordan Grossman
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I love the concept of creating a new world and organizing a social structure that is completely different than any other I have read about. The Dasati might not be the best of those new worlds, but I enjoyed immensely.
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Another good Riftwar-universe story. I've been reading through all the Riftwar books and I think I've discovered what makes them good (for me, anyway). It's the introduction of new realms - sometimes entire worlds, sometimes new areas on an existing world. Every time one of these books takes us to a new realm, it's kept my attention. The books that try to set new stories in existing realms seem to fall a bit flat.

This particular story spends plenty of time in the worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan,
Robert Aldrich
May 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is another favorite of my written by Feist. There is not a lot of plot fact one could say that this novels purpose is to just set up for the third book in this set, But, regardless of that, I love this book. Feist does a great job introducing and creating an alien culture that is twisted and unlike anything I have read in other books.

There is a lot going on in this book and Feist gives us a diverse cast of characters, so if crazy-powerful wizards are not your thing, there is
Brian Turner
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 stars

There's nothing on this book to say it's part 2 of a new trilogy (if you pick it at random from a bookshop shelf), so takes a bit of getting used to what is essentially a whole new lot of characters than what you'd expect.
You're thrown in at the deep end as you work out whose who and what is going on.

Once past that, this is a good story with lots going on. More rifts are opening up on Midkemia and Pug and his friends and family have to work out what threat may be coming their way this t
Katrina Evans
Another enjoyable escapade of Pug and the gang.

I really, really loved the descriptions of the Dasati people and their world - so much scope for stories and exploration.

Looking forward to book three.
Kind of entertaining, but not really a stand alone novel. The ending just kind of happened, obviously requiring the next book. The 'lore' is sort of interesting, and sort of too complicated - so many gods and high level magicians, making it hard to keep track of what's possible anymore.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are these books getting good again?? Feist is certainly at his best when exploring new worlds and societies. Let's see where it goes.
Elena Chan
Best part was the end. Otherwise was a bit meh.
Plesz Roland
talán az eddigi leggyengébb feist könyv, hiába volt benne sok nakor meg pug... nem érted miért van benne a jommy tad zane szál :(
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, used-to-own
Along with David Eddings, Raymond E. Feist was one of my first loves when it comes to Fantasy writing. They always used magic as a tool, rarely as a plot device and they avoided the long passages in Elvish that can make Tolkien so much of a chore. I may have always had a slight preference for Eddings, but my copies of Feist's original Riftwar trilogy are showing serious signs of use these days.

I may not have kept up with Feist's writing over the years, missing "The Conclave of Shadows" trilogy,
Lance Schonberg
I'll have more detail to write later, but just having finished the book a few minutes ago, I've got three things to throw out there.

First, all roads lead to Macros the Black. Really. Still.

Second, the Dasati society is ridiculously wasteful of the lives of its warrior caste. More than one character makes note of that, but it seems more than enough that it couldnt possibly sustain itself more than a genetation or two.

Finally, clearly a middle book. It's only a piece of a story, has chatacter arcs
Matthew Green
Feist has developed a habit, in the books leading up to Into a Dark Realm, of sliding into sloppiness in the last few chapters, and this is no exception. Before I get to that, however, let me note what worked.

Feist's depiction of Pug and the others' learning what the Dasati world would be like and how they must come to acclimate to it was fairly well written and an interesting piece of fiction. The introduction of Valkor's training and rise to lordship complemented this well, giving a sense of t
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We are back to the heart of that which matters the most, 'The Conclave of Shadows' and its most powerful magicians. While Pug, Magnus, Nakor and Bek commence a journey into the second realm of reality, Miranda is left on the first realm to deal with the Assembly of Black Robes in Kelewan. Add the mad & hugely powerful magician Leso Varen, now inhabiting a Great One's body, to the mix, and things really start to boil over. Meanwhile on the Dasati world, we get a glimpse into the chaotic, barb ...more
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Feist’s works are always impeccable and I’m hard-pressed to identify anything I don’t like in his stories. “Into a Dark Realm” was no exception, and in fact exceeded my expectations with its creativity and complexity.

What I liked about it was the total transportation into another realm. It provided a culture immersion that I haven’t really seen since his “Daughter of the Empire” trilogy written with Janny Wurts. This time, however, the world w
A fan of Feist's setting and world imagination will absolutely love the stuff being introduced and painted here, expanding far beyond Midkemia and Kelewan.

To start with a rant though, some of the bad things from the previous book carried over. Repetitive descriptions of a character's trait or behaviour, as if I need to be explicitly reminded of it every few chapters. Same thing with the proofreading - primarily towards the end - with obvious grammatical mistakes and missing words.

Still, ignoring
Joe Aguiar
This is the first book by master fantasy writer Raymond E. Feist that I can say is a bit weak. Sure the characters are all strong as is Feist's trademark, it's just the story is mostly set-up and really doesn't go very far with most movement in the last few chapters. The story focuses on our main characters being split up with Pug and his group preparing to embark on their mission to the Dasati home world and then the boys beginning school and then military service in preparation for the conflic ...more
Jul 26, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paper
This is definitely not turning out to be the best series written by Feist. While most of the overall storyline is interesting, and the worlds he draws for us are intriguing, there are just too many hard-to-believe turns of fate (especially when it comes to not being able to find leso varen) to really make me like it. The pathetic way in which they can't even begin to figure out how, at such times when a rift opens to kelewan, evil guy disappears there, and one of a pair of magicians sent to inve ...more
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the originality of the new places and races that Feist introduces. The environment, atmophere and overall mentality of the Dasati race - despite being a misguided species - is so different and outside many natural laws! I find it refreshing and interesting. He does it so cleverly with all that limitless imagination, that I don't mind having my brain create new cells to accommodate all the NEW STUFF that gets thrown into the mix. The cliff hanger is indeed one to make you fizz up inside! I ...more
Jeffrey Jelmeland
Once more Feist returns to Midkemia, the setting that made me fall in love with fantasy. Unfortunately, while an enjoyable read, I can't say that this is one of his best works. Early on we revisit a character from earlier in the trilogy, and just as we start to bond with him he is abandoned only to visit us briefly as an aside much later in the book.

As the middle book in a trilogy it fills that role well, but pacing was a bit slower than what I am used to seeing in Feist's work. The constant bou
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oof. I need to lie down. Sit in a corner. Think about stuff.

"Flight of the Nighthawks" was a fairly average book. "Into a Dark Realm" took me into a dark room and beat me senseless to the point the only questions coming out of me are "Who/What/When/Where/Why/HOW??!?!?!?!?!?"

It was almost as if this book was an exercise in "oh you think you know how that works? PSYCHE" and yet it still makes sense.

Although I could have done without the tale of Jommy, Tad, and Zane, the rest was just awesome. Seei
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2011
This was the most gripping Midkemia book I have read since "A Darkness at Sethanon". Feist is definitely back on form, Pug and Co's foray into the realm of the Dasati is pretty chilling, and Miranda finally comes into her own. It's nice to see some glimpses of Tsurannuanni and the Great Ones on Kelewan, and also a tiny little bit of back history which has taken place from the end of the "Empire" series.

All in all, this makes me glad that I soldiered on through the bad times (Serpentwar and Concl
Tad, Zane and Jommy's education is continued when they are assigned to the Royal University of Roldem, where they befriend the prince and cousin of the king. After saving the prince's life, they are knighted, and enlisted into the army!
While the story of Valko is being told, the team of Pug, Magnus, Nakor and Bek are preparing to meet him in Kosridi. Feist weaves a curiously, dangerous new world of the Dasati. There is a lot more information brought to us by discovering this new reality with th
Steve Haywood
This is the second book in the 'Darkwar' saga, following on from Flight of the Nighthawks, and is set in Feist's fictional fantasy world of Midkemia.[return][return]While I no longer read much fantasy, I am still a big Raymond E. Feist fan and have read all his books before this one. Be warned, it can't really be read as a standalone novel. This book was a very good read, much like most of his others. It features Pug, Nakor and other old favourites, together with a few new characters. My only cr ...more
Now this is one puzzling book. It is kind of expected from the second volume to be a little break, to introduce events that will be developed in the last part but not too much. However, after reading 2/3 of the book I found myself thinking "but there's nothing happening here!". There was not much of character development, and the biggest change was this of the setting. I would say that only the last 50 pages brought about any engaging plot - and by that I mean one that potentially has a direct i ...more
Allen Garvin
Feb 19, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
Second book in the most recent trilogy. I went ahead and got the hardback. Here the scope of the conflict is, by the end, realized, and is immense: spanning aeons and planes of reality. The depiction of Dasati homeworld is particularly well-done. We get a glimpse into the motivations of the other side, for the first time, I think. The side-story of Zane, Tad, & Jommy as they go to the university and then save the prince and get knighthood and are thrown into the army... I guess it's supposed ...more
Wow! The plot has really thickened... This addition the series provided a lot of answers and information! The Second Circle is fascinating and though overall rather horrific, the new characters make for an interesting change of pace. Enough old characters balance out the new, making them more of the focus. Unfortunately, some of the plot devices were a bit predictable. Still the overall sense of buildup is rising and the absolute cliffhanger of an ending makes it nearly impossible to stop readin ...more
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent middle book of a trilogy. There was a little excitement had by all of the major characters and the plot thickened. The Dasati race was fun to read about; Feist always does a good job introducing new characters and new worlds.

I was a bit surprised by the character of the Gardener near the end. I didn't expect Feist to use that particular character again, but I trust he knows what he is doing.

Looking forward to reading the final book in the series and seeing what becomes of the Talnoy, t
May 04, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? I'm a sucker for Raymond Feist. I've long since made my peace with the fact that, while he isn't the best writer, he's certainly one of the best storytellers in the genre. The Conclave of Shadows series continues to develop the intriguing new storyline Feist began in "Flight of the Nighthawks." It draws ever closer to to the Dungeons & Dragons roots which inspired it (ex., planar travel of high-level magic users), while at the same time retaining the fun and atmosphere that m ...more
Joe Cheverie
convoluted middle book of the trilogy. it seemed to me that the author was unsure how to introduce the plot elements to chase down the Dasati threat. I'm really not sure how the Roldem plot figures prominently into the mix, it seemed mostly filler to me. The big reveal near the end of the book only raises more questions and seems forced. Still, Feist sure knows how to tell a tale and I appreciate how he introduces different elements into each riftwar series. I'm hoping the third book will provid ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Darkwar Saga (3 books)
  • Flight of the Nighthawks (The Darkwar Saga, #1)
  • Wrath of a Mad God (The Darkwar Saga, #3)