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King of Foxes (Conclave of Shadows #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  12,066 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
Young Tal Hawkins was the only survivor of the massacre of his village -- rescued, recruited, and trained by the mysterious order of magicians and spies, the Conclave of Shadows. Already exceptionally skilled in swordsmanship, he has since developed into one of the secret society's most valuable agents, keeping ever alert for the opportunity to arise when he can avenge the ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by Harper Voyager (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dávam tri lebo sú Vianoce a ja to konzumujem popri iných vianočných dobrotách. Výdatne zaliate domácim kokosovým likérom sa to dalo. Inak je to nekreatívny stredný medzi-diel, kde sa toho stane veľa až sa z toho hlava točí. Ale superhrdinovia rozchodia všetko a končatiny im dorastajú. wtf klišé.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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.
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'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,
Ben O'neill
Feb 16, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comfort-food
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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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Jono Lewis
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.
Thomas Van reeth
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leest zoals altijd. De drang naar wraak bij het hoofdpersonage doet wat denken aan de graaf van montechristo.
loving this triology
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jude Desbrow
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a relatively quick and easy read. The main characters had depth and background and a story to be told. Raymond Feist wrote a realistic story line interspersed with magic which came together well for a very enjoyable read.
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rousing adventure. Well written and fun. A good read
Plesz Roland
sajnos rengeteg önismétlés van benne; Feist remekült ért ahhoz, hogy szerethető karaktereket valamilyen elfogadható okból különböző kalandokba rángasson bele; de az emberfeletti ügyességgel/reflexekkel/kardvívási skillel rendelkező emberekből akik megmentik a királyságot és Midkémiát ez már a harmadik generáció és - sajnos - jobb lett volna, ha egy kicsit tud megújulni.

Kar kvázi olyan, mintha Arutha és Sebes Jimmyt ötvöznénk, csak a tolvajok helyett a vadont ismeri mint a tenyerét. Az első gene
Simon Barron
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Matthew Green
An unworthy follow-up to the first of this trilogy, King of Foxes bore little of what made Talon of the Silver Hawk worthwhile and even twisted up some of it so that it came out badly.

In the second half of the previous novel, Talon became a somewhat generic character, though it was somewhat excusable since he was playing a role and crafting a persona for himself. However, for the vast majority of King of Foxes, that person is the only character Tal evinces. Talon became almost completely subsume
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

Another enjoyable read by Feist and a good follow up to the first book of the trilogy, “Talon of the Silver Hawk”. The majority of the story was really enjoyable and fluid but the ending came up short and sort of tied things up nicely which seems odd to say this is the 2nd book in a trilogy.

I found that there wasn’t much character development after the first book, which did play out little like a training montage in some parts, but I don’t think the story lacked for this and could concentra
Nina Schmitt

The second instalment of a brand new epic fantasy from the master of the genre.

Among the Orosini tribe, every boy must undergo the traditional manhood ritual in order to understand his place in the universe and discover his manhood name. Kielianapuna must survive on the remote mountain peak of Shatana Higo until the gods grant him his vision. But Kieli has already waited for four days and nights, and now he is cold, lonely, despairing, and very, very tired... When he is woken by the terrifying

Jan 25, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy, owned, bg
Вторият том подхваща историята оттам, откъдето ни остави автора с финала на първата книга от поредицата. Тал Хокинс се завръща в Ролдем, за да намери начин да се превърне в част от свитата на херцог Каспар, и след известни маневри успява. Новото назначение на Тал бързо тръгва в посоката, която Конклавът на сенките е предвидил, и ородонът се превръща в доверен човек на своя най-върл враг. След изпълнението на една-две деликатни задачи, обаче, херцогът показва истинското си лице, и Тал е предаден, ...more
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May 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to give this a 3.5 - after reading it I was certain a 4 would be sufficient, but after mulling over it I have decided to drop it down a notch.
I felt a little cheated by this book. Sure, it had some swashbuckling snippets and intrigue, but in the end the reader comes away with so little.
The foundation of the story is lost to another storyline; one I had no real connection with. Who did I care about more - the big-hearted 11y.o. Talon or man-whore 23y.o. Talwin; clearly the vir
Joe Aguiar
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the Conclave Of Shadows trilogy finds Talon/Talwin manipulating himself into the service of Duke Kasper of Olasko, the very man who ordered the death of his people, and thus in proximity of the vile magician Leso Varen, the target the Conclave has sent him after. But,a horrible betrayal sends Talwin to a remote prison to die, and while others may submit to defeat, the tenacious Orosini might yet turn this twist of fate into a strike for revenge. Another great adventure by Feis ...more
Nov 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own
This rating is really a 4.5, but I didn't think giving a 5 was justified. I liked this book more than the first in the series (Talon of the Silverhawk) mostly because it had much more action and the plot seemed to flow more naturally than did the first book. A criticism that I have for this book is that while the main character evolves throughout this book (and the first) his evolution seems to be forced by the author to further the plot in some places. Feist should have spent a few more pages a ...more
Allen Garvin
Tal Hawkins is suave, dashing, daring, the best swordsman in the kingdom (he won a contest), AND he gets all the girls... though, he does have a stupid sense of honor (one that only pops up when it's necessary to advance the plot) and occasional parenthetical regrets and misgivings based on his primitive tribal upbringing. This one is slow to get started, and mostly predictable, then Tal gets humbled, imprisoned, has his arm cut off (though it grows back later), and then the novel roars ahead at ...more
Apr 19, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having had this on the shelf for several years, I picked this up looking forward to returning to Kelewan after a long absence.
However, although it is a decade since I read The Magician and the tremendous Daughter/Servant/Mistress of the Empire trilogy, my memory of them is going to be far fonder than my memory of King of Foxes.
It was not a bad tale, but I found it pedestrian, unimaginative and as the plot unrolled, the potential for manifold suprises, twists and political machinations which had
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“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.” 1 likes
“It takes a man of unusual character to openly confront his own shortcomings. It’s so much more convenient to blame others.” 0 likes
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