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Flight of the Nighthawks (The Darkwar Saga #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  9,672 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews
A portent of annihilation awakens the powerful sorcerer Pug in the dead of night—a dread vision warning of a vast and terrible army descending upon the exposed heart of Midkemia. Even the formidable might of the Tsurani Empire will not beat back the alien invaders. And in far Stardock town, two boys—untrained, unready, and barely come of age—will be called upon by the myst ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 2007 by EOS (first published January 1st 2004)
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Will Collins
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was actually the first Feist book I've read and I think it serves as a great introduction to anyone who also hadn't read his other works.

Nighthawks still remains one of my favourite Feist books too.
Matthew Green
Flight of the Nighthawks has a good narrative that flows rather nicely. However, the plotline is one of Feist's weaker works, resulting in a somewhat meandering and, in the end, cliched style.

The book begins focusing on the two boys, Tad and Zane, though somewhere along the line, Feist seemed to forget about them, leaving me wondering why he introduced them in the first place. Identifying a main character toward the end seemed rather difficult as it seemed to be spread out over numerous characte
Aug 13, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, Raymond Feist is really phoning it in here. Feist is one of my guilty pleasures as far as books go, and only one of two high fantasy authors I read everything from any more (the other one being George R. R. Martin). That may have to change, though.

Flight of the Nighthawks really isn't all that well written, what with half the characters using idioms straight out of the 20th century and with clumsy and distracting phrasing that any editor should have been able to catch. It seems pretty clear
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantastical
An inauspicious start to this trilogy... Feist has this down to a formula, with strict ingredients and instructions. A standard trilogy starter, with cardboard characters and a generic plot. Pug, Miranda, Nakor and Tomas take their usual turns in this fantasy, without much reminding us of why we liked them to begin with. Leso Varen, the mad mage from the previous trilogy, is back and madder than ever. This is a guy who can't die! Some cheap theatrics and poorly written intrigue with the court of ...more
Plesz Roland
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sok dolgot nemértettem ezzel a könyvel kapcsolatban. De volt benne tipikus kiképzés, világbemutatás... mondjuk leso varen továbbra is csapnivaló főgonosz. Nagyon gondolkozom a három és a négy pont között; végül négy pontot fog kapni, de csak mert Feist...
a good start to a new series- good setup for the next novel.

was not enthralled with new characters (tad and zane) but loved the fact that pug and nakor have some "screen time" after being largely distant from feist novels for a while

this is not a series that somebody fresh to feist world can pick up- alot of references to previous books and characters.

I also dislike the use of Varen, he had his moments but hopefully will be pushed aside for the dasati
Mar 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Three things. First, someone should rewrite the preface. This isn't really a story of brothers or assassins. It's more politics and sorcery. Second, this book is alright. It's nothing great, but narration flows nicely and the anticipation to the climax is steady. Third, as warning, as I found out, this book is the first of a saga, but is not something brand new. There are more works, more story already built into the world this story takes place in.
Jun 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite fantasy author of all time. It's just a joy to read his work, as he continues the story of Pug, and totally keeps you hanging on by having Pug, many books ago, told everyone around him, his loved ones, would die. Amazing character development.
Thomas Arvanitis
Jun 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like 3.5 stars really. A breezy read, interesting without being overly deep. Quite enjoyable, but with many, many jarring typos. The editor of this edition was asleep at the wheel.
Callie Pickering
I only managed to get to page 258 before I truly stopped caring. I'm counting this as finished. This writing style doesn't work for me, and to be honest, I couldn't care less about the characters.

Dont get me wrong, its not awful, I did manage to get over half way. But then I put it down one day and its been months since I even bothered to pick it back up. I tried again tonight and I just don't care enough to keep trying.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Quite like this one, though it does feel a bit rushed at times.

We spend a lot of time with Caleb (Pug's son) and his adopted sons Tad and Zane investing the doing's of Leso Varen in Kesh, where he is hiding after the fall of Olasko.

We also get introduced to Ralan Bek, one of the more interesting characters (and a rather important one), nicely stepping up the next few books
Katrina Evans
It's been a fair few years since I last spent time with Pug and the gang so it took a little bit of time to remember who was who.

This particular book isn't a shining example of fantasy, nor is it a stand out performer within the Magician series but it's a familiar, fast-paced, enjoyable story nonetheless.

Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I enjoyed this book, however, it was a bit disappointing to realize that the writing took the turn of "I just don't want to get rid of the bad guy yet". I love the characters however, so I will continue the series.
Elena Chan
Slightly confusing end. The villain is slightly annoying and predictable
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed Flight of the Nighthawks, though the ending I felt was rather haphazard. However, finding out that Leso Varen had again escaped makes for another great in Into the Dark Realm.
michael bryan
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic first book involving some old and some new characters
Lance Schonberg
Book one of the Darkwar trilogy, which I plan to read all of this year, just not in a row. I’ve found in the last few years that I need the smorgasbord of my reading to have a lot of variety in it. Too much of one thing in a row, no matter how good it is, can get, if not boring, then temporarily stale. And this start to a new trilogy isn't quite as exciting as I'd hoped, so we're not exactly starting in a great spot.

I started this story with the anticipation of visiting some favourite characters
Holly Cashman
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Filler, good to read the first time but just a stepping stone between good books once you have read it a few times.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's fine. All the other reviews here are very thoughtful and accurate, go read them.
Lonny Grout
Certainly not his best work, but not bad either. First the bad: One reader already mentioned he had too many modern phrases and references, which was true, but not in the extreme. What was extreme was the number of references to past characters and books, that it seemed like reading a "clip show" in book form. Although some background is needed, this was done in excess and even references that had nothing to do with the current plot were used. Obviously he was relying too heavily on past success ...more
Jul 21, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the first book by Raymond E. Feist that I've read - by accident mostly as I messed up the titles and picked up the wrong (or rather, not intended) trilogy at my local library.

And for the first encounter... it was not that bad. I didn't like the first half of the book, but I always try to finish what I've started and I'm glad I didn't stop. Initially the pace was really slow and the plot not really engaging. The whole system of - let's say - realities seemed quite complicated but hopeful
The first of the Darkwar Series, set a year or so after "Exile's Return", is a decent read if nothing more.

I'm always excited when we go down into Kesh, and the majority of this book was based down there. The Conclave are on the constant lookout for the dangerous necromancer Leso Varen, and believe he is orchestrating chaos in the Imperial Court of Kesh.

It's a rather straightforward plot, and although the plot itself didn't move me particularly, the subtle foreshadowing of things to come did. Th
This book continues from where the "Conclave of Shadows" series left off. 'Exile's Return' ended with two big questions. The mysterious & extremely dangerous killing-machines from another world, called 'Talnoy', and a resurgence of the band of assassins, the Nighthawks. This book takes place mostly in the Empire of Kesh and deals almost exclusively with rooting out the Nighthawks (although we see precious little of the assassins). Nakor, Pug, Miranda, Magnus, Caleb & his foster sons and ...more
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A ho-hum story without a real hook to it
Bottom Line: Try before you buy
Never read any of Feist's book before this one. The cover looked really good, and the it had gotten some pretty decent reviews.
So, the first part of the book, with Pug waking from a dream was didn't make any sense. And then we from that to the two boys, and the guy their mom likes. I had no idea who Pug was, and why did the book start with him?
Fast forward a ways, to the explanation of the all Gods..the Lesser Gods
Joe Aguiar
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Flight Of The Nighthawks takes place a few short years after The Conclave Of Shadows series with Pug and the Conclave now facing a new threat from the vile sorcerer Leso Varen, who now seeks to destabilize and destroy the Empire of Great Kesh. Agents Talwin Hawkins, Kasper, And Caleb, along with his new stepsons Tad and Zane, head to the desert empire in hopes of stoping Varen once and for all. But, with the assassin Nighthawks doing his bidding, this may be an almost impossible task. Once again ...more
Riki Solanen
Nov 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mid-series
This book was an improvement on the previous trilogy, Conclave of Shadows. I really had a hard time staying interested in those, but hung on in the hopes that the story would pick back up. This book is another installment in this long Midkemia story, but thankfully reintroduces some characters I really like, like Pug and Nakor. Feist has a fantasy formula he follows pretty well, and this trilogy is showing to be no exception, but that's fine as I love his stories. Pug lives so long that of cours ...more
Flight of the Nighthawks introduces two new heroes to the ongoing Riftwar Saga - Tad and Zane, the obligatory young men with little skill or prospects who find themselves caught up in the adventures of Pug, Tomas, Nakor and the others. Adopted into the extended father when Caleb, Pug's son, marries their mother, they soon venture to Kesh with their stepfather to stop the plots of evil Varen.

Tad and Zane's story feels like a retread of what Feist has done before. It is everything that is going o
Well, book 1 of the Darkwar Saga is a promising start. Love the fact that the previous plot has been broadened to warrant intervention from the most powerful people in Midkemia. The book starts off slow but as the plot builds, so does the tension. It boils into a nicely crafted, if somewhat predictable, finale. I expected a bit more from the magical battle, so that was slightly disappointing. Overall though, with the inclusion of so many characters and different viewpoints, Feist manages to make ...more
On the surface, Flight of the Nighthawks tells the story of two "brothers", coming of age to be men, Tad and Zane, which Feist does really, really well. I find the more interesting part of the story is how Pug and Nakor continually discuss the very nature of good and evil, while Pug's mind is always on his new family and the one that he has lost. They are also trying to deal with the threat of the Dasati invading Midkemia, through a new rift that is open with the help of the Great Ones. Also, th ...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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