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De eervolle vijand

(Legends of the Riftwar #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  7,206 ratings  ·  134 reviews
Het verhaal van De eervolle vijand begint in het negende jaar van de Oorlog van de Grote Scheuring tussen de strijdkrachten van het Koninkrijk der Eilanden en de Tsurani, afkomstig van de verre wereld Kelewan. Aan het westelijke front is de winter aangebroken. In de Grote Noordelijke bergen is een groep Koninkrijkse soldaten actief die De Stropers genoemd worden. Deze sold ...more
Published December 2nd 2013 by Boekerij (first published January 1st 2001)
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Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, fantasy, library
Raymond Feist - I am not worthy of your Fantasy writing prowess!

I cannot believe I am 18 books into this series and they are still so entertaining to read. I have seen a few others who felt like the Riftwar Cycle was not the same after ten or twelve books, but for me it is still going quite strong.

This book is the first time the story has jumped all the way back to the same time as the Riftwar. It was very interesting - and surprisingly not difficult - to get my mind back into the mindset of th
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2019-shelf
What a pleasant surprise!

I kinda expected some old side stories placed at the end of the original Riftwar taking place on the outskirts in the cold north, but not a REALLY GOOD novel about enemies banding together to survive against an implacable foe alien to both.

The tale itself is pretty simple in outline but really told well in detail. The nitty gritty is what this is all about, keeping their men alive at all costs, the dangers and distrust, the cultural exchanges, the growing trust, and of c
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fantasy
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Raymond E. Feist is an author I grew up reading, yet haven’t picked up in a long time. But when I saw this standalone novel set during the Riftwar, I decided to take a chance on one of my old favorites. Now, I’m glad I did, because Feist and William R. Forstchen deliver a great military fantasy story with Honored Enemy.

It is nine years into the Riftwar on Midkemia. The battle lines are fairly stable. Frontier forts and garrisons lining the cold, rugged and war
Honored Enemey is the first book in the Legends of the Riftwar subseries which is in the larger Riftwar Cycle. The books in this subseries are all co-written with a different author and, at least going by this first book and the title of the subseries, it appears they all take place during the time span of the very first book (or set of books depending on how you read it), Magician. This book is co-written by William R. Forstchen, an author I’m not familiar with.

The story focuses on original cha
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the first of my book reading where I've decided to go back and read all of the Feist, Salvatore and Weiss that I missed/skipped over the years. An active decision made to go back to authors who can tell a good tale because I'm so disillusioned with the current fantasy offerings that are being published.

This book is a stand alone novel in the Riftwar series.
It's nine years into the war with the Tsurani.

Dennis Hartraft's garrison is up near a frontier outpost.
A Tsurani garrison is there as
Literary Han
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adult, adventure, epic
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I wasn’t invested in the beginning but this story firmly wormed itself into me throughout the novel.

I loved the ending!!
Kristina Van Hoose
Note: Actual review is 3.5 stars

This was my first experience with the world where the story takes place. The characters and the premise were definitely interesting, and they kept me reading. Tinuva was a mystery, and I was really worried that the authors were never going to explain his subplot. I wish there had been more information regarding the two types of elves though, particularly regarding the Returning. Why tell us about something that sounds really intriguing only to never explain WHY it
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unlike most of Raymond E. Feist (the author) books, this book lacked the fantasy element. Granted, this is a standalone sidebar to the Riftwar Saga (another series by the same author) and there were elves, dark elves and some reference to rifts but this book is just pure fiction and action.

Fans of the Riftwar Saga will not see their heroes in action and find themselves embroiled in a action packed, fast paced war fiction similar to the novels of Bernard Cornwell's (a historic fiction author) Sha
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm not going to lie, I was more than a little bit worried to read this book. As I mentioned in the Magician: Apprentice review, some of Feists later books are, less than good. It was right around this period when I think some of the books went off course, but I'm happy to say that this wasn't the case for this one. Be it Forstchen's coauthorship or Feist returning to the beginning of the series, Honored Enemy was amazing.

I'm currently going through all of the Feist book, some for the third or
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading this book many years ago. From what I can remember of it, this was one of the many spin-off novels based around Feist's original Magician novel. I liked this one in-particular because it offered a different viewpoint on the Riftwar saga. Enemies sometimes must 'bury the hatchet', so to speak. If you liked Magician, Silverthorn and A Darkness at Sethanon, you'll more than likely enjoy this too. ...more
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
Writing and story was surprisingly good, so I think author really did a good work here. Enemies thrown together in desperate situation brings out best and worst of people giving reader thrilling adventure story.
Wenzel Roessler
May 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me a little bit to understand all the different places and races in this book but when I did I enjoyed this story (although it was a bit repetitive) that was driven by excellent character development. There were a few excellent moments in here making this an entertaining book.
Frederico Lages
A weak and boring book ...

I have very low expections for this 3 books .
I quite enjoyed this simple tale set near the end of the Riftwar. I was not terribly impressed with the Riftwar trilogy, enjoying moments but being disappointed overall. But I loved the Empire trilogy. Those were just fantastic. So it was interesting to have a bit more on the Tsurani during the Riftwar in Honoured Enemy.

I was impressed with the subplots, Richard, Tsugama, and especially Tinuva and his brother. I didn't see Corwin's betrayal coming, but it was plausible enough – I've been unfortu
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is pretty much a standalone story set within the wider Rift War environment. Once again Feist takes us back in time as it were for story set during the original war between Midkemia and Tsurani. Two small groups of combatants from each side a Tsurani patrol and the Hartraft's Marauders a band of kingdom fighters used almost exclusively behind enemy lines and a thrown together when they are both surrounded by a much large force of moredhel (dark elves). The leaders are faced with a stark ch ...more
James Watling
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the first of three books (Legends of the Riftwar) which look back and focus on a specific event taking place during the riftwar.

Honoured Enemy is co-authored with William R Forstchen and tells the tale of two disparate bands of soldiers, one Kingdom and one Tsurani, who find themselves forced to work together to defeat a band of Moredhel.

Reading this after the lacklustre Riftwar Legacy series was a revelation. The characters are absolutely fantastic and the authors so a great job of gett
3 stars with an average of 7/10
My rating system:
1 star: 1.0-2.9/10
2 stars: 3.0-5.4/10
3 stars: 5.5-7.0/10
4 stars: 7.1-9.0/10
5 stars: 9.1-10/10
Rating based on plot, characters, and writing (2x)

Characters: 7/10
Plot: 7/10
General enjoyment: 6.8/10

The dynamics between Asayaga and Dennis were great. You could see a friendship developing and it caused funny banter (the friendship is enemies to friends). I really liked it, but I thought the characters on their own just didn't feel like
This was my first book in this world, and first by either of these authors. It got off to a rocky start, with a few unbelievable scenarios in short order. (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another book co-written in the Midkemia/Tsuranuanni universe. Except for Murder in LaMut, I've really enjoyed them. In fact, the Empire trilogy are some of my favourites of the whole series (co-written by Janny Wurts). This one takes place during the Tsuranni invasion and both sides are running from the dreaded Moredhel. Bitter enemies must work together to survive. Already a fun concept, it also helps that the two leaders of the opposite armies are well written and strong characters wit ...more
Glenn the Geeky Hippie
Let me be clear, I really enjoyed the story of this book, but Honoured Enemy by Raymond E. Feist and William R. Forstchen is one of the sloppiest books I have ever read. I read some books a year or so ago I thought needed an editor, but migods, this book takes the cake. Character names changing in the matter of a sentence or two. Details getting switched around all over the place. Heck, even had contradicting details in the same sentence. The other book in this little trilogy "Legends of the Rif ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Jason Welty
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The measure of a good book...

I find myself rating books by several measures. Was it a good story, did the author develop its characters, was there enough detail for me to imagine being in the pages of the story? But perhaps the most important factor when I rate a book is, did it keep my attention.

I purchased Honored Enemy: Legends of the Riftwar, Book 1 on November 30 at 5 PM. It is now just a little before noon on December 1. Needless to say, I couldn't out this book down. I'm currently making
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This was a fast, enjoyable read. A side plot of the Riftwar that unfolds as a non-fluff adventure which takes us right back to the classic Magician which started this epic saga. My personal favorite was the further glimpse into Tsurani culture - specifically their take on fighting in a war so far from their home world of Kelewan and the ways the “Great Game of the Council” still influences them. Honoured Enemy delivered the quality of story I’ve come to expect from Feist. May you enjoy it as muc ...more
Adam Coe
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Years after reading all of Feist's main riftwar books, I finally got around to reading the first in the Legends series. I'm not sure why I put them off, just never got around to them, even though I am a fan of his other books. Honored Enemy is a solid book back in the Riftwar realm, focused on two Soldiers who must learn to work together in order to survive, and keep their men alive. A good read, with good characters and an interesting tale. ...more
Jun 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Oh how I have missed you Raymond E Feist! I'm not sure why I haven't read one of these in a while, but I somehow got off track on some horrible fantasy novels and it was like a breath of fresh air coming back to these books. The story and characters were as good as always, and frankly I was surprised it was coauthored - seamless story telling! ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is not the grand scope of the other books in this saga but it is a wonderful novel of people getting to know each other while battle for survival against impossible odds. There is plenty of action and drama but the most important thing is the characters which are wonderfully developed here. Fun.
Christopher Meola
An oldie but goodie

Since the damn pandemic started I’ve been re-reading Feist’s works which I read as a kid in high school. I’m so glad for the extra time for them. This one is a lot of fun as Feist takes time to develop the tensions between ancient brothers and human enemies forced into amity. High fantasy at its best.
This book was much better written than the Riftwar Legacy books, but it was pretty dull as a story. With the exception of the odd scene of interest, the rest had me zoning out and not really caring what happened to these characters. Filled some time I guess
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
An enjoyable side story in the Riftwar series, spinning off the main plotlines without much affecting them - just a tense little military adventure against the backdrop of a larger war, where two sides must make common cause against a third that opposes both of them.
Pete Bartel
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good character development in this one.
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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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