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King of Foxes

(Conclave of Shadows #2)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  13,767 ratings  ·  131 reviews
The second enthralling installment in the highly praised Conclave of Shadows series—an epic saga of adventure, danger, magic, and intrigue from the New York Times bestselling master

Rescued, recruited, and trained by the mysterious Conclave of Shadows, Tal Hawkins, hero of Talon of the Silver Hawk has become one of their most effective operatives. But to destroy the nemesis
Mass Market Paperback, 365 pages
Published April 2005 by Harper Torch (first published January 1st 2003)
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May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2019-shelf
This one turned out quite a bit darker than the first, happily, and the hero of our tale got himself very nicely snagged as a minor noble in a big chaotic game of the Duke.

The duke is, of course, the king of foxes, and he really won’t be outfoxed.

All told, I had a good time, enjoying a lot of intrigue fluff, long-game revenge planning, and natural reversals. It’s game of thrones, Feist-style.

There is nothing groundbreaking here, but it was entertaining, and that’s all I’m looking for at the mo
David Firmage
Quick easy read while the rain lashes down. 2.5 stars.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
King of Foxes is the second book in the Conclave of Shadows subseries within the larger Riftwar Cycle series by Raymond E. Feist. The story continued to focus on the characters introduced in the first book and moved forward with the story begun there.

This was another solid, enjoyable read. I really don’t have much to say about it that I didn’t already say about the first book. I was actually surprised that most of the plot seemed to have been wrapped up by the end even though there’s one more bo
Sotiris Karaiskos
In my review of the first part of this series, I have said that the story it tells is more grounded, mainly because of the limited role of magic in it. In the second part, magic has an equally limited role, but that does not mean that the story is just as grounded. I am always lenient at the excesses of some fantasy works, but in the case of this book for the most part the plot did not make any sense. We continue to monitor our hero's attempt to infiltrate the enemy camp, but the general plan be ...more
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
I quickly consumed this Fantasy pap middle chapter after enjoying the paint-by-numbers origin story in 'Talon of the Silver Hawk'.

I wanted to spend more time with our hero Talon (or 'Tal' as he's known now) but his company is starting to wear thin. There's just something so pedestrian about this series. It's enjoyable, and yes, Raymond E. Feist still writes with 'vivid imagination' as the back cover proclaims, but the problem is he already imagined this stuff three or four times before, and now
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great story well presented. I will definitely look out for more books in this series.
Aug 08, 2014 rated it liked it
'What did you do over Easter, Danielle?' I will no doubt be asked when I dawdle into work bright and early on Tuesday morning.

'I read', will be my half asleep reply.

And that will be the ridiculous truth. I have done nothing but read, eat, ducked into work to clear the chute, done my washing, and slept. And then I read some more.

"King of Foxes" is the second instalment in the "Conclave of Shadows" series. It continues to follow Talon of the Silver Hawk/Tal Hawkins as he becomes a spy, a prisoner,
Sep 07, 2017 rated it did not like it

This isn't an 'I FINISHED!' it's an 'I'm FINISHED WITH THIS SERIES!'. Ugh. Perfect man-boys who are good at everything and are only interested in women for 'love-making'. Done and done.
Aug 06, 2010 rated it liked it
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Ben O'neill
Feb 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
In which Raymond E. Feist displays absolutely no creativity whatsoever. Ugh. I know in my review of the first book in the series, I was ranting about what a lovely trait a bit of predictability can be... but seriously, I'm pretty stupid. This book did absolutely nothing I haven't seen in another fantasy novel; furthermore, it did nothing I haven't seen in a FEIST novel. It's pretty bad when you start cannibalizing your own plot lines.

What doesn't suck: Um. Lets skip this part.

What sucked: In the
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comfort-food
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Aug 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
This sequel picked up right where Talon of the Silver Hawk ended. And as Talon of the Silver Hawk, or Tal Hawkins, developed, he became a stronger and more likable character. Some of the hardships he faced could have made this a much darker book, but lucky interventions in the same vein as the last book, kept Tal optimistic and surprisingly upbeat.
I wonder what will happen in the next book, especially considering the fate of the villain....
My favorite scene, though, was the shark/beach scene -
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Book picks up first book pace very well and one adventure follows an other with even a variant of Count Monte Cristo story. There are rough edges and some scenes do not play as well as it might/should.
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
The continued story of Talon if the Silver Hawk, or Tal Hawkins as he's known as, is one that, although I enjoyed it as much as the first, had some, either convoluted, or disjointed, plots within plots - I leave each reader to decide that for themselves.

In King of Foxes Tal, with both expected, and unexpected, help, goes on a journey of revenge and retribution.

On this journey, he loses himself, as a way of getting that revenge but, through betrayal, and then unexpected companionship, finds the s
Miranda Kate
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: raymond-e-feist
This is the second book in the Conclave of Shadows series. The first lay the groundwork for this book, which is full of action and finishes Talwin Hawkins part of the tale ... for now.

It follows Tal's journey as he tries to avenge his people, but ends up getting to close to the man responsible and leaving himself open to betrayal. Lots of twists and turns keep this a page turner - there were definitely events I didn't expect to happen, but I liked that the storyline - at least Tal's part of it
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it
The story of Tal the Silver Hawk continues and we find Tal having to take service with the Duke of Olasko who was responsible for the indiscriminate slaughter of Tal's mountain tribe leaving him the only survivor. Although Tal's planned end game is the Duke's death he must in the short term honour the oath of allegiance he has sworn. This result in him having to save the Duke's life and kill and spy for him. When things go wrong however the Duke has him thrown in a island prison and has his swor ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it

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 fantasy saga- with wonderful world building and scene se
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2019
I really enjoyed this second part of the Conclave of Shadows trilogy. It follows Talon as he becomes a man with exceptional swordsmanship skills. He makes the decision to work for Baron Kaspar in order to find out what he and the magician are up to until he can exact his revenge. Poor Tal suffers a lot more in this story, but I really like his resourcefulness and determination. He's a likeable character, very charming, but also kinda cold at times. As usual, there's something much darker going o ...more
Karyn Mitchell
So Whilst I really enjoyed the first part of Talons story in Talon of the Sliver hawk. I struggled through most of King of the foxes before finally giving up around the 300 page mark, because it just got to hard for me to enjoy. The first half of this book continued in the same vain as the first in the conclave of shadows books but this one, I just couldn't enjoy and had to give up. I don't know what it was that made me not enjoy it as it had all the markings of a great read but just didn't coe ...more
Jayme(the ghost reader)
This is the second book in the Conclave of Shadows series. Talon or Tal as he is called seems to be moving up into the ranks until he fails to carry out and order and ends up in prison. This doesn't keep him down. He escapes and is still able to fulfill his goal which is to seek revenge on the person who has killed his people. There is more action and character development in the second book. I enjoyed the main character more and overall the second book more. I was happy to see the main characte ...more
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this book more than I remember doing so the first time I read it, and indeed really enjoyed it. Style of it is more similar to Magician than any of the intervening books I feel, with the various time jumps and quite large ups and downs occurring, albeit mainly to one character, vs Magician's wider cast. Tal I think grows more in this book, and the antagonists for the most part are less one dimensional than in Talon of the Silver Hawk, which makes for more interesting twists and turns. Fo ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The central conceit of the book - that to destroy the men he hates most and take his revenge, Tal must serve them with all his heart to gain the intelligence he needs to bring them down, but only once they betray him - is a good one. There's a heady mix of superspy shenanigans and moral questions to it. That part is a solid 5.

Unfortunately, Feist doesn't spend enough time on it, spending a lot of time on the post-betrayal survival and retaliation. This part, and the build up to Tal taking servic
Gerald Matzke
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is the second in The Conclave of Shadows trilogy. Tal Hawkins has been on a quest to get retribution for the slaughter of his people. In this book he gathers an army and finally conquers the citadel of the Duke who was ultimately behind it. While most of his life he planned to kill Duke Kasper, as the possibility was becoming a reality he questioned his motives and the the ultimate outcome if he were to be successful. The book is full of surprises and action. I look forward to the next ...more
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Similar standard to the first book. Quite enjoyable, entertaining reading.
For a while it felt like this trilogy would be similar to the original Star Wars.
ie, The first book finishes with the end of a relatively minor mission and the second setting up suspense and a cliffhanger for the third.
Instead this second book finished similar to the first and it appears that young Tal has accomplished all he needs to.
It makes me wonder where the third book will go? Probably setting up for the next series
Jono Lewis
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this very much, however, I think you'd have to consider it 'trash fantasy'. This conclave series just follows one character, Talon, so feels quite one-dimensional. Add to that the unfolding story is very predictable, and like Jimmy the Hand, Talon never ceases to pull himself out of a tight spot.

However, it is a fun enough series to read to fill some story space that I imagine must be required for the later series.
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
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May 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Mm. It worries me when the obvious conclusion happens in the middle book, not the last. This was an okay one. I enjoyed the drop from noble to prisoner, and the escape.

I was disappointed that Tal didn’t anticipate the backhand play by Kasper (shouldn’t he have?!) and that he didn’t die. I’m hopeful the other orsoni will be found, but mostly I worry that the third book is going to be boring af, now the story has come to its natural conclusion.
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Slightly better than the last one. But again Talwin is still too perfect and things happen too easily to forward the plot. Its an easy read as the pace is very fast and at the end you are lefet with wanting to read the next part. Its a bridge to the main story. The author moves this story quickly because hes trying to get some stuff out of the way to get to the REAL reason this happening.
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

Again another fine book by Raymond E Feist. Interesting characters and a fascinating plot makes the book enjoyable. Like the other books in this series I am placing this in my read again collection on my kindle.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Tal enters into service with Duke Kaspar to reach the target of the Conclave of Shadows. Interesting strategy employed in this book. Not much intrigue or creativity, though.
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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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“The trick to not being discovered until it is too late is to become part of the expected surroundings. Stealth is more the art of blending in with the background than sneaking through dark shadows.” 2 likes
“Remember, never rely on one plan, Tal. Always have two or more in place when you undertake something perilous. If the first one fails, go to the second plan. If the second plan fails, go to the third.” “If the third plan fails, Your Grace?” Kaspar laughed. “Then run like hell if you’re still alive.” 2 likes
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