Raymond E. Feist is the international bestselling author or co-author of twenty one novels, including Magician, Silverthorn, A Darkness at Sethanon, Faerie Tale, The Kings Buccaneer, Talon of the Silver Hawk, and King of Foxes. Feist is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, and resides in Southern California with his family. He travels, collects wine, and lives and dies with the San Diego Chargers.?
The concluding volume of Feist's ``Rift-war'' trilogy opens with the Kingdom of the Isles enjoying a deceptive peace. Under cover of the Festival of Presentation, however, the dreaded Nighthawks come out of hiding in the warrens and sewers of Fish Town to attempt the assassination of Prince Arutha and his replacement by a double. Nothing in the ensuing 400 pages matches this lively opening. After Arutha fakes his own death, he sets out with a small party to avert a devastating war by killing his adversary, the evil lord Murmandamus. Their adventures, involving wizardry, siege war, goblins and giants, finally reveal that behind Murmandamus are the Dreadlord powers, intent on using the Lifestone to open a rift between universes. Although well-written and distinctly above average for such heroic fantasy, this is still a frustrating novel: intelligent, but not inventive; intriguing, but not involving. (March 7)
Further praise for the Riftwar saga:
"Most exciting...a very worthy and absorbing addition to the
-- Andre Norton on Magician "As exciting and absorbing as Magician in every way. The excellent characterization wedded to a tight and well-turned plot makes it one of the outstanding fantasy offerings of the season."
-- Andre Norton on Silverthorn "A lively tale where engaging characters inhabit a well-rounded fantasy land." -- Publishers Weekly on Prince of the Blood
"Has humor and tears and romance...just about everything a fantasy fan could ask for...This is a book to read whether or not you have read the earlier trilogy."
-- UPI on Prince of the Blood "A superior, rousing adventure."
-- Publishers Weekly on The King's Buccaneer "An entertaining tale of high-seas adventure and exotic fantasy."
-- Locus on The King's Buccaneer