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A Crown Imperiled

(The Chaoswar Saga #2)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  6,683 ratings  ·  195 reviews
The penultimate volume of the mighty Riftwar Cycle

War rages in Midkemia but behind the chaos there is disquieting evidence of dark forces at work.

Jim Dasher's usually infallible intelligence network has been cleverly dismantled; nowhere is safe. He feels that the world is coming apart at the seams and is helpless to protect his nation.

Quiet palace coups are underway in Rol
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Hardcover, 480 pages
Published March 13th 2012 by Harper Voyager (first published 2011)
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Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Unfortunately, A Crown Imperiled didn’t do much to improve my opinion of these later Riftwar books.

I’ve torn apart the first book in this trilogy (A Kingdom Besieged) for its lack of plot advancement and over-dependency on nostalgia for the original characters. The lack of plot advancement continues in the second book with a vengeance, where all notable events can be counted on one hand (made worse by diction that refuses to use contractions, making every sentence annoyingly drawn out… much like
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YouKneeK
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second-to-last book in the Chaoswar Saga, as well as the second-to-last book in the entire Riftwar Cycle. One book left!

I enjoyed this. There are a lot of interesting storylines in this subseries, although it didn’t hold my attention quite as fully as the previous book did. This one had some slow spots, but not too many and they never lasted too long. I really don’t have anything to say about the book though – a lot of things are left hanging at the end, so I need to find out how eve
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Bradley
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-shelf, fantasy
This second book in the last trilogy is pretty standard fare for Feist. War, politics, mages, and the mysterious duo (not so mysterious now that we got to know them in the previous novel) as they get to know all our favorite characters. The trust issue is very real. And rather disturbing. But fortunately for us, in Feistland, if characters are meant to be together, then all paths are paved. :)

Is this a bad thing? No. It is entertaining.
Streamlined, but entertaining. After all, we want to see the
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Brandon Zarzyczny
Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book, but I found a big problem with the writing/editing of it. I believe that Raymond E. Feist somehow swapped two of the characters (Pug and Magnus) for an entire chapter. In Chapter 4 page 77-101 the characters Pug, Amirantha, and Sandreena are exploring the home island of the Pantathians (snake people). The chapter ends with a smallish cliff-hanger: "Pug took only a single step outside: confronting him was a completely unexpected sight. Six tall pillars of light in a di ...more
Bob/Sally
Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-epic
With this, the second volume of The Chaoswar Saga and the second-to-last volume of the entire Riftwar Cycle, Raymond E. Feist doesn't necessarily advance the story, but instead elaborates on the significance of the events in A Kingdom Besieged, and builds some necessary (and much-appreciated) depth on the part of the characters. While it left me impatient to move on with the story, to advance things towards the ominously titled Magician's End, it was largely satisfying in terms of securing the o ...more
Kim
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So here we are at the penultimate entry in the epic Riftwar saga. I'm glad to see Feist is continuing his return to form with this book being strong from start to finish. Everything is finally starting to come together with (I believe) most of the major players appearing. I'm very glad for the return of Nakor, one of my favourite characters in the series.

The book had some flaws though. It needed a much better editor to go over it with a fine tooth comb. There were quite a few words missing, sent
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Lily
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Scott
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Book Two in the series and this review will sound an awful lot like the last one which is...

Feist has held on too long to these characters and this world. Having him try to create a crisis that will top the previous 95 of them leads to confusion (on my part) as to what the hell is going on, why are these characters doing that or acting that way. You've got every country on the continent in war and yet there's actually no reason for the war (that's been explained). Maybe the war is a distraction
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Jamel
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
after the stupid mistake of mixing pug and magnus up, i had to just skip thru the book... this story is just being rehashed over and over again... another jimmy, more characters coming back from the dead (remember macros).. its just a boring read now. hopefully, it will just end with the next book.. time for mr feist to write about another world cause this one feels like im reading the same trilogies over and over again... sigh.
Sotiris Karaiskos
The second part of the trilogy has less action, with our interest shifting more to politics and its great magical powers as it becomes apparent that behind what happened in the first part are much more complex aspirations. Our heroes try to understand what is happening but at the same time, they have to deal with more emotional issues, which in some cases are very complicated. Towards the end, almost out of nowhere, the setting of an apocalyptic battle is set in an impressive way, which makes th ...more
Greg
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good story, distracted by typos

I can’t help but think that Feist is phoning this one in. As a conclusion to the Rift War saga it’s logical that it reflects some of the beginnings of the Rift War series, but there doesn’t seem to be much original plot. Instead, it’s an escalated repeat of previous plots. The characters are also pretty predictable, lower class noble falling for the beautiful although unattainable princess and several more predictable tropes.

All that said, I fell in love wit
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Tincangoat
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book was terrible. Not terrible because of the re-hashed story line, but terrible because of the atrocious editing.

I tried to first ignore the errors. Then I tried to remember just to mention the errors in my review. But after a while the errors were too plentiful and my mind too soft. Besides that, I figured no one would believe me, so I grabbed a notepad and started keeping track of a few.

There are many more errors than the ones I list below. I guess there is a big continuity error that m
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Eric Leblanc
This book was initially going to get a 4 stars from me. It is an enjoyable Silverthorn-style story, where you follow many different characters on their various endeavors that are direct follow-up from the previous book. You get Martin trying to defend the city of Ylith, Hal and Ty escorting a princess in the woods while being harassed by pirates, and the magic users Pug, Magnus, etc trying to understand what the heck is behind all this.

However, this book came down to 3 stars for editing reasons.
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Colin
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Whilst I've enjoyed the last few of Feist's books, they have been slightly underwhelming. More comforting that exciting. A Crown Imperilled (and its predecessor A Kingdom Besieged to a slightly lesser extent) seems to be a return to form. But (and its an annoying but) it seems to be because Feist is falling back on previous character types. Nothing has come close to the 'magic' of Pug, Thomas, Arutha and Jimmy the hand of the original trilogy, and it's as though Feist has realised that. So whils ...more
Marcus
Nov 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First Off, Just to get it out the way. There was a LOT of errors in this book, I wont take the time to write them all out as I've seen other reviews doing, but yes the editing in the book is terrible, and I do hope some people get fired because of it.

Unlike other readers, I'm quite new to the world of Midkemia, But I've read them all quite recently and have it all fresh in memory. I really like how they have followed 'Hal' throughout the book, and always enjoy the references to their ancestors
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James
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Oh Mr. Feist, how you're slipping. light spoilers ahead.

I am a big fan of Feist's work, and I've read every book in the cycle. But the last six books have had some issues that took me some time to work out.

The biggest problem with this series is the lack of character development. In the earlier books, and even up into the Conclave of Shadows trilogy there is engaging and deep character development and growth.

In the past six books a combination of unoriginal characters and the great reliance of
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Clay Kallam
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
I’ve been with Raymond Feist and the world of Midkemia almost the whole ride since 1982, and with the publication of “A Crown Imperiled” (Harper Voyager, $27.99, 469 pages), he is one book removed from wrapping up the saga of Pug the magician and the battle against the undefined evil known as the Dread.

“A Crown Imperiled,” which is book two of the Chaoswar Saga, is book 28 of the Riftwar Cycle, which actually began in the mid-1970s as a role-playing game at the University of California at San Di
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Jason Kahn
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
I had read a lot of negative comments about this book, mainly regarding editing errors and typo's, which is why I waited until it was available on kindle for a cheaper price. Having read it, I can understand some of the complaints. There were some obvious mistakes, words missing here and there, etc. And also some places where the scene shifted in ways that simply did not make sense. This might have made a difference if it were the first or second book in the series, but it's like what, the twent ...more
Peter
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
The second to last book in this epic saga. Feist is trying to come up with answers to all the hints and plotlines that have been dropped over the years.

I liked most of the books in this series (some more then others) and this one was no exception. Off course it follows the Feist manner of story telling with lots of capable young men, independent women and some magic to top it off.

Since the story is nearing it's end, some of the longer lasting characters start reminiscing events in previous boo
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Sergio
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Feist is my favorite author. The original Arutha and Jimmy are some of my favorite characters in the book world. This book though ... this book was absolute garbage. From spelling errors, grammar errors, and even an outright mix up of characters that throws the whole read off. Feist mixes up the characters actions from previous books, as well. Attributing the crèche destruction to Pug and Magnus instead of Calis and his Crimson Eagles.

Get your act together, Feist.
Blake
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
As always, Raymond Feist keeps the pages turning, chapter after chapter, with amazing characters you never want to see die. Been reading his books for so long, his NEW books are as comfortable as a good cup of coffee in the morning or after a good meal. I am already wishing the next book was out so I can continue the story.
Danail Yovev
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Amazing beginning, amazing end, but in the middle... not so epic. Arkam is a lovely character!
Gareth
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Book 2 in the trilogy, and keeps things moving along at a reasonably fast pace. Unfortunately have one of the copies with the editing issue, so does get a bit confusing at one point :/ The multiple threads going on make it a bit tricky to keep track of it all, with certain parts of the overall plot only briefly touched on a couple of times during the book. Certainly feels like building towards some sort of major confrontation, though while the book is reasonably fast paced, at the same time the ...more
Jesse
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is good despite it's faults, which it does have aplenty. There are several excellent storylines (Hal and Ty, Miranda and Nakor, Martin), some deep worldbuilding that seems to fit with the previous books in the series, and several strong characters, some new (within this series) some old. Despite that, there are some poor points. Very self referential, in that it keeps constantly reminding you of things that happened in previous books, mostly it seems to try to draw on goodwill from tho ...more
Cherryonion
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
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Angela
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I have been Buddy-Reading this series over the last couple of months with a ‘book-club’ friend who had not read Raymond E. Feist’s work before. As I have been a long-time fan of his work, I have compared it to The Lord of the Rings books but have actually enjoyed this series more. When I mentioned this to my friend, she immediately wanted to read the series, and convinced me to read them with her- not that it was a big ask 😊.
It is an epic action-packed fantasy adventure saga- with wonderful wor
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Steven Booth
It's always good to look up the order that books were meant to be read. While I did read the first book in the series, I was generally ignorant of the career-long back story of Raymond E. Feist's universe. While for the most part the series has held its own as a stand alone series, toward the end, a bunch old characters and milieu show up that complicate the story to the newly converted. That being said, the characters are likable and believable, and the story about a war between a kingdom and e ...more
Katy
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
As the second to last book in the total magician series, I both enjoyed the many points of view given, as the whole cast of characters involved in the many plots start coming together one at a time.

There were the usual plot twists and surprises and although, as a whole, I enjoyed this book, there were times when it dragged a little - as if the author was dragging it out a little to meet a word count, or something like that - but that didn't take away my enjoyment of the book, thankfully.

The endi
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Elly
May 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Better than the last book, but still very blah. All the actions taken by our characters were for naught. Crydee falls, the princess ends up back in court, the matrix is a trap (obviously, it always is). Jimmy is reincarnated as a new Jimmy, hanging out in sewers or being followed or using boltholes and different guises. The same old formulaic bs that have been the last seven/eight books is still holding true (unfortunately). Then the last chapter of the book (the most interesting chapter) herald ...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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“As they walked he glanced sideways and at last asked, "You are the one they call Pug?"
If Pug hadn't already been surprised by what they had encountered, he was now openly taken aback. "Yes," he said.
"I'd thought you'd be taller," mused the Pantathian.”
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