“Complicated storyline, and enough characters to satisfy even the most diehard fantasy readers. The two lead characters are both fabulous protagonists, they share common traits, but counterbalance one and another enough to give a complete hero.”see full review » see other reviews »
“Complicated storyline, and enough characters to satisfy even the most diehard fantasy readers. The two lead characters are both fabulous protagonists, they share common traits, but counterbalance one and another enough to give a complete hero.”Chris M wrote this review Wednesday, February 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not sure yet, characters are still thin - halfway through the book...it does not really grasp me yet. But it is a bit pf a transition- book, waiting for the 5th one of George RR...”Tommes wrote this review Thursday, July 7, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In this new and equally enthralling series, fantasy-bestselling-author Feist returns to the enchanted world of Midkemia. But rather than reintroduce us to the characters we’ve come to love, or reinvite us to the beautiful city of Krondor, he starts his story practically at the other side of the Kingdom of the Isles, namely the small town of Ravensburg. There we find an enigmatic blacksmith’s apprentice called Erik von Darkmoor who is to face his most pressing problem: how to endure his mother’s annual public confrontation with his father, the Baron, and her insistence that the Baron recognize Erik as his legitimate heir. But like he doesn’t suffer enough by this yearly unnerving event, lfe becomes considerably more complex when Erik and his best friend Roo avenge the rape of a friend by killing Erik’s half-brother, the Baron’s chosen heir. An unexpected storyline with strong, well-developed characters. Seems like Feist is back, and he’s here to impress his readers even more.
Newly claimed fugitives, Erik and Roo manage to escape to the city of Krondor, only to get captured and sentenced to death by no other than Nicholas, Arutha’s youngest son and now regent for his throne. Because of some unlikely circumstances and a plan to save the Kingdoms that is nothing less than suicidal, Erik and Roo are spared at the last minute and impressed into an elite fighting corps composed of equally desperate men. Their mission is to move against the conquering army of the Emerald Queen, an army of mercenaries led by the Pantathians, reptilian creatures with magical powers. Erik’s company of 60 men is to infiltrate the Emerald Queen’s seemingly invincible army, ascertain any weaknesses, and report back to the King of the Western Lands. You know, the sort of mission you do every day. The company is aided in their task by the intervention of magicians – none other than the amazing, funny Nakor, the leadership of elves – Calis, son of Tomas, half-Valheru, half-human, half-elf (well that’s one half too much, but you get my point), the ingenuity of various members of the company, and a fair amount of luck. But they will need it.
Based on storyline alone, Shadow of a Dark Queen is easily the most original and innovative story by Feist. Not only does he turn the ‘farmer-boy-turns-into-hero’ perspective all the way around, but he does this with a style and grace that totally makes you forget the storyline is actually based on one of the oldest and most annoying fantasy-clichés. By hard work, going through hell and crawling out of it again, farmer boy Erik proves his qualities as a swordsman and fighter for the Kingdom. But if it wasn’t for the support of his team mates, and some of the extraordinary members on their little expedition, their mission wouldn’t have stood a chance. The greatest strength of this novel is that it shows how you can turn a plot-cliché around and turn it into a believable, original story with great characters who display both strengths and weaknesses as individuals, but turn out to be so much more when battling as a team. It shows the things you can accomplish with the help of others, and how common goals can turn great people into even greater people.
In this novel, Feist reconnects with something he seems to have lost ever since A Darkness at Sethanon: a touch of magic that turns his stories from great into absolutely magnificent. A Shadow of a Dark Queen has his best storyline so far, with some of the most amazing characters ever born from Feist’s imagination, is well-written and an absolute pleasure to read.”
“The start to an extension of the Riftwar Saga by Feist. Though not quite as magicky as Riftwar, still a fun show of warfare with a great medieval feel to it.”john d wrote this review Monday, September 6, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Though a bit slow to start, this turned out to be a very exciting book. And while Erik and Roo are not quite as likable as some of Feist's other characters, there were other new characters, like Miranda, that made up for the lack. And the reappearance of some old favorites, like Nakor, helped the book along as well. Starting a new saga with some fresh mysteries and plots, the strands are begging to be tied up in the next books, and it is very tempting to stay up even later and keep reading this series.
It is a bit difficult to review an epic series like this, because even if you don't love a single book, you know how necessary they are for later books...”
“A little slow in the morning, but a great rise and ending.”Mae wrote this review Wednesday, June 16, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Feist isn't my favorite Fantasy novelist, but this series is highly entertaining and if you are looking for a entertaining read with some good action, you won't be disappointed”Troy T wrote this review Wednesday, April 14, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Dirty Dozen of Fantasy.”mark s wrote this review Friday, September 25, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Meet Erik and Roo. Two of my favorite characters. And welcome back to the lovable Nakor.”Jeff W wrote this review Monday, September 14, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“l enjoyed the riftwar saga and have picked up the serpent war saga in the hope of experiencing more war games and close combat Feist style. Though it seems Magician has been hard to top so far, it certainly echos the same consistency of ingredients that are used thru his popular books. ”Domhnall wrote this review Friday, August 29, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No