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A Kingdom Besieged: Book One of the Chaoswar Saga (Hardcover)

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Description


After nearly thirty years and more than two dozen novels, Raymond E. Feist's Riftwar Cycle has become one of the most iconic, beloved, and enduring sagas in modern fantasy. The Riftwars—including the original Riftwar, the Serpentwar, the Darkwar, and the Demonwar—were epic battles between Good and Evil whose ramifications have echoed through generations. The latest entry in the epic, A Kingdom Besieged, ushers in the most fearsome threat the Kingdom has yet faced—the Chaoswar—a magic apocalypse with cataclysmic results.

A Kingdom Besieged

Years ago, the Empire of Great Kesh failed in its attempt to conquer Krondor after the Serpentwar, thanks to the bravery, cunning, and magic of the sorcerer Pug and the Conclave of Shadows. Since then, peace has benefitted both nations, and the Kingdom has been free from the threat of another Keshian invasion. Yet now, the dark clouds of war gather again. . . .

From the Far Coast in the west to the frontier with the Eastern Kingdoms, rumors, uncertainty, and political instability are rampant. Spies have gone missing—some were murdered while others have turned traitor. Factions are rising, powerful legions from the Keshian Confederacy have been mobilized, and an attack on the kingdoms of the Isles and Roldem is all but certain.

As the men of the Western Realm begin to mount a defense, Martin conDoin, the middle son of Lord Henry, Duke of Crydee, finds himself leading the charge against the invaders—like his legendary ancestor, Prince Arutha, who stood firm to the death against the Tsurani invasion. But Arutha had an entire army at his command. Martin has just a ragtag force comprised of a few old men and young boys.

As Kesh's invading hordes once again descend upon the Kingdom, no one is safe—not experienced masters of intrigue Lord James Dasher Jamison and the beguiling and deadly Lady Franciezka; not the brave warrior Knight-Adamant Sandreena and a new generation of loyal yet untested defenders; not even the great Pug himself, the most powerful magician the world of Midkemia has ever known. A threat far more terrifying has arisen, an evil whose burgeoning power portends Midkemia's demise. And soon even the Kingdom's enchanted defender will find himself questioning everything he's ever held abiding, true, and treasured . . . including the loyalty and desires of his beloved son, Magnus.

About the Author


New York Times bestselling author Raymond E. Feist's previous novels include the Chaoswar Saga (A Kingdom Besieged), the Demonwar Saga (Rides a Dread Legion and At the Gates of Darkness), the Darkwar Saga (Flight of the Nighthawks, Into a Dark Realm, and Wrath of a Mad God); the Conclave of Shadows (Talon of the Silver Hawk, King of Foxes, and Exile's Return); the Riftwar Legacy (Krondor: The Betrayal, Krondor: The Assassins, and Krondor: Tear of the Gods); the Serpentwar Saga (Shadow of a Dark Queen, Rise of a Merchant Prince, Rage of a Demon King, and Shards of a Broken Crown); the Riftwar Saga (Magician, Silverthorn, and A Darkness at Sethanon); Faerie Tale; The Prince of the Blood; and The King's Buccaneer. He lives in San Diego, California.

Praise for A Kingdom Besieged: Book One of the Chaoswar Saga…


“Originality and wit a rollicking tale Feist’s narrative skill, ingenuity at creating systems of magic, and eye for plausible militaryscenarios stand him in good stead. His many fans will be pleased.”
-Booklist

“Sheer readability.”
-San Francisco Chronicle

“[Feist] introduces a new dimension to his universe and added new depth to recurring characters while creating fascinating new heroes and villains. With a fast pace and clean, crisp storytelling, this fantasy saga belongs in most libraries.”
-Library Journal

“A promising start to what looks like a strong, dire trilogy of fantastic adventure.”
-San Diego Union-Tribune

“Fast action, appealing characters, and a splendid setting will delight readers of fantasy and leave them eager for the next battle.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“A massive, entertaining tale.”
-Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“There’s an evil sparkle here, brighter and hotter than any of Feist’s works since the Magician trilogy. The Dasati and their world are sumptuously realised . . . It’s an entertaining, at times intoxicating mixture.”
-SF Site

“Feist brings a new world alive.”
-The Oregonian (Portland)

“Originality and wit... A rollicking tale... [Feist’s] narrative skill, ingenuity at creating systems of magic, and eye for plausible military scenarios stand him in good stead. His many fans will be pleased.”
-Booklist

“Feist has a natural talent for keeping the reader turning pages.”
-Chicago-Sun Times

“[A] compelling and profoundly moving tale… an invaluable addition to a beloved canon.”
-barnesandnoble.com

“This tale of shape-shifting magicians, human sacrifice, man-eating demons, and a little young love will satisfy Feist’s fans, and the ending will leave them waiting for another volume.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Action and intrigue and evocative writing . . . Feist brings a new world alive.”
-The Oregonian (Portland)

“A sensitive coming-of-age tale in which brutality and camaraderie are equally present, Feist’s newest saga has a freshness of vision that suggests it will avoid the staleness that often eats away at multi-volume epics.”
-Publishers Weekly

“An epic reading experience . . . Unpretentious, fast-paced . . . Shadow of a Dark Queen works admirably.”
-San Diego Union-Tribune

“A story of redemption and heroism featuring an unlikely hero . . . This classic fantasy should find a welcome audience among the author’s fans.”
-Library Journal

“A great read and a wonderful addition to Feist’s collection.”
-SF Site

“An action-packed story of intrigue and betrayal.”
-Library Journal

“A fine yarn . . . vivid . . . suspenseful . . . The action is nonstop.
-Booklist

“As usual, Feist brings this off wonderfully.”
-Science Fiction Chronicle

“Another crowd-pleaser for Feist to add to his already impressive resume.”
-Publishers Weekly on King of Foxes

“CLASSIC.”
-Chicago Tribune

“Feist has the universe firmly under his control, and the adventure is grand[.]”
-Contra Costa Times

“Feist’s fans will look forward to the saga’s final episode.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Feist is at his best.”
-Science Fiction Chronicle

“Originality and wit . . . A rollicking tale . . . Feist’s narrative skill, ingenuity at creating systems of magic, and eye for plausible military scenarios stand him in good stead. His many fans will be pleased.”
-Booklist

“In the forefront of contemporary fantasy adventure.”
-Library Journal

“FUN . . . A place to start for those yet to discover Feist’s fantasy worlds.”
-Locus

“Fine entertainment . . . Feist works his signature magic . . . an absorbing and carefully crafted adventure with pleasing density of plotting, good characterization . . . this is populist Dickens out of Tolkien, and it works.”
-Sydney Morning Herald

“Sure to please Feist fans and win new ones.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Splendid . . . fast action, appealing characters . . . (It) will delight readers of fantasy.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Shows Feist in top form.”
-Adelaide Advertiser

“This simple, charming fairy tale will appeal to adult fans of the Riftwar books as well as mature teens who don’t mind a bit of romance in their sword-and-sorcery.”
-Publishers Weekly

“This is a series that gets better as it goes along.”
-Science Fiction Chronicle

“With his storytelling mastery and ear for colorful language and nuance, the author of numerous books set in the dual worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan here launches a series that takes his fantasy universe into a whole new phase. ”
-Library Journal

“The prose is smooth, the plot is exactly what you’d expect and the characters do exactly what Feist tells them . . . File under guilty pleasure.”
-The Guardian

“The most interesting character in the saga to date, Kaspar . . . another complicated and compelling protagonist . . . [W]ill have Feist fans eagerly awaiting the next installment.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Well-paced storytelling by a veteran entertainer.”
-Kirkus Reviews

Product Details ISBN-10: 0061468398
ISBN-13: 9780061468391
Published: Harper Voyager, 04/01/2011
Pages: 368
Language: English