A Crown Imperiled (Chaoswar Saga Series #2)

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Riftwar Cycle—including the original Riftwar, the Serpentwar, the Darkwar, the Demonwar, and now the Chaoswar—comes the latest entry in one of the most treasured and enduring sagas in modern fantasy.

A Crown Imperilled

War rages in Midkemia once again, and behind the chaos, disquieting evidence points to dark elements at work.

As enemies march across the realm ...

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Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Riftwar Cycle—including the original Riftwar, the Serpentwar, the Darkwar, the Demonwar, and now the Chaoswar—comes the latest entry in one of the most treasured and enduring sagas in modern fantasy.

A Crown Imperilled

War rages in Midkemia once again, and behind the chaos, disquieting evidence points to dark elements at work.

As enemies march across the realm wreaking destruction, its brave and loyal defenders battle to survive—a struggle made more perilous now that Jim Dasher's trusted intelligence network has been cleverly dismantled. Region by region, Midkemia is being ripped apart, and the loyal spy and his allies find themselves overpowered at every turn.

Signs of the kingdom's impending doom surround them. King Gregory of the Isles has yet to produce an heir. Roldem and Rillanon have each been plagued by palace coups that threaten to topple their thrones. Lord Hal of Crydee and his great friend Ty Hawkins, champion swordsman of the Masters' Court, have been entrusted with smuggling Princess Stephané and her lady-in-waiting, the lovely and perplexing Lady Gabriella, out of Roldem to safety. But the rising danger has made finding refuge treacherous.

Nowhere is safe, including Ylith, Midkemia's strategic bastion, where Hal's younger brothers Martin and Brendan hold off an onslaught of brutal Keshian Dog Soldiers and a mysterious force from beneath the sea. Yet courage alone is not enough to withstand the continued enemy assault. Without reinforcements, hope of success fades. Martin, Brendan, and their compatriots know that while losing Crydee, the legendary city on the kingdom's edge, would be devastating, the realm can still be saved. But if Ylith falls, all is lost.

As Jim, Hal, and all their brothers in arms fight for their lives, Pug and the Conclave of Shadows embark on a magical quest to hunt down the dark force orchestrating the destruction before Midkemia is annihilated. And time is running out. . . .

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This new installment of Raymond E. Feist's epic Riftwar Cycle pits the ruthless invading hordes of the Kesh against the intrepid defenders of the Kingdom. But within the gates of the Kingdom, another, perhaps even more dangerous threat is growing, silently sending out its tendrils of treachery and betrayal. Another brick in a mighty wall of fiction. Now in mass-market paperback and NOOK Book.

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“Feist has a command of language and a natural talent for keeping the reader turning pages.”
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“Sheer readability.”
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“Feist constantly amazes with his ability to create great casts of characters.”
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“Feist has a command of language and a natural talent for keeping the reader turning pages.”
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“Sheer readability.”
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“Feist constantly amazes with his ability to create great casts of characters.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061468414
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Series: Chaoswar Saga Series , #2
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond E. Feist is the multiple New York Times bestselling author or coauthor of thirty previous books—all but one of which are Riftwar Cycle novels. Magician's End is the final entry in the Chaoswar Saga, the fifth of the Riftwars. Feist lives in San Diego, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Really??? An author or remarkable skill and you screw a whole ch

    Really??? An author or remarkable skill and you screw a whole chapter up like that!!! That was a huge mistake and how did it get by the editors? Also who ever reviewed this before printing needs to learn how to use spell checker.
    Other than that the story was alright. bounced all over the place. Read at your own peril.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2012

    this was the worst book yet...it was poorly written...then a who

    this was the worst book yet...it was poorly written...then a whole chapter just totally messed up, the the spelling of words....why would an editor or author continue to cheat paying customers...who are fans of the series....just poor, poor, poor....totally ashamed

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2012

    Just finished the book and have to say that (1) the editing was

    Just finished the book and have to say that (1) the editing was absolutely terrible. As noted elsewhere, a whole chapter where Pug was referenced when it should have been Magnus and then incorrectly spelled words, incorrectly used words, over and over again. Who did the editing on this edition, they should be ashamed.

    I also quite honestly felt the Mr. Feist did as poor a job on this story line as I have ever read. I have read all his books from the beginning and always look forward to his next book, in fact they can't come soon enough, but I felt lost at times within this story and that he really was not at all cohesive in the way he put things together. As a Feist fan, I was disappointed in this book, hopefully he will redeem himself the next time around.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    No more...

    The fact that these errors were known, and they released it anyway, shows a lack of respect to the loyal customer in my opinion. Yes typos can happen, but this was to much. I think i may be done with this author.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    Great story, but terrible editing. The number of misspellings,

    Great story, but terrible editing. The number of misspellings, odd passages, and in one case, an entire chapter where one character was referred to by his fathers name, made the book confusing to read at times.

    I have to agree with other reviewers that as a loyal Feist fan that buys his books rather than hitting the torrent sites for a "free" version, I deserve better than a poorly edited book. Either refund my money or give me the final book for free.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    The errors in this book were known and acknowledged by the publi

    The errors in this book were known and acknowledged by the publisher for months before the US edition went on sale. The errors were in the UK edition, and simple repeated in the US edition, as I just found out when reading the US edition tonight. This is inexcusable. Feist and HarperCollins should REPLACE every single copy, just like they promised in the UK. Or give us the next book for free. This isn't something that makes the book rare - it's a rip-off.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    I have read all of Feist's books over the many years, and it can

    I have read all of Feist's books over the many years, and it can be quite formulaic. This one did stand out as perhaps being a bit rushed to publication due to the typos and such, but still an enjoyable read. It does seem that he is tying up all the loose ends that he can find, with many different concurrent storylines heading towards completion. I hope the last book in this series does it, and is a worthy ender to the very fine work Raymond has done with Pug et al.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    He's phoning it in and cashing in on reader's loyalty and the need for closure.

    I started reading Feist's books about seven years ago. The landscape that he brought to life was an is incredible. Will go down as one of my favorite stories ever to have read. That being said... I feel like he didn't even try to proof read his work this last go around. Secondly, whomever is in charge of editing should be fired. There were so many mistakes that I had to put the book down and walk away on several occasions. Some of those were actually when reading Magician's End.

    Shame on Feist and his publisher for the shoddy effort that went into the fine tuning of the last two books. If it weren't for the long history with Pug and the Conclave I would have put it down, sent an angry email, and never picked it up again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    A Crown Imperiled

    I am a fan of the series, and will finish it. BUT! The spelling was terrible, and Feist totally messed up one chapter by using Pug in the action when it should have been Mangus. The editors, if there were any, did a poor job. I want my money back. Can youget refunds for e-books?

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  • Posted May 2, 2013

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    Pulls things together nicely, setting up a fitting conclusion to the Riftwar Cycle

    With this, the second volume of The Chaoswar Saga and the second-to-last volume of the entire Riftwar Cycle, Raymond E. Feist doesn't necessarily advance the story, but instead elaborates on the significance of the events in A Kingdom Besieged, and builds some necessary (and much-appreciated) depth on the part of the characters. While it left me impatient to move on with the story, to advance things towards the ominously titled Magician's End, it was largely satisfying in terms of securing the overall story arc.

    A Crown Imperiled does three things exceptionally well. Number one, it reestablishes the Conclave of Shadows as a force to be reckoned with, giving them not only power, but a purpose. The period of mourning their losses is over, Pug is invested in the fate of Midkemia once again, and Magnus seems finally positioned to fulfill the critical role his family legacy has so long demanded. More than that, the psudeo-resurrections of Miranda and Nakor that had me groaning at the end of the first book are not only explained, but handled exceptionally well. The scene in which Pug is confronted with a demon who carries all of his dead wife's feeling and memories is one of the strongest emotional moments Feist has ever written.

    Number two, the book sheds some light on those subtle political coups taking place across the land. I felt they were really underplayed in the first book - introduced and hinted at, but left very vague in terms of exactly what was happening any why. Here, we see that aspect of the tale really expanded upon, elevating a lackluster minor plot thread to a level of significance worthy of Midkemia's final chapter. Hal, Martin, and Brendan are drawn back into the heart of the conflict, elevating their tangential adventures into something as relevant as they are exciting. The entire flight sequence with Princess Stephané is probably the most exciting, swashbuckling event the series has seen in quite some time.

    Number three, the book has some big . . . and I do mean BIG . . . moments. I won't spoil them here, other than to say there is a scene with dragons taking flight that has me grinning with excitement, and a world-ending cliffhanger that had my jaw dropping to the floor. It's not as strong of a book in terms of plotting as the first, but it does pull things together nicely, setting up what will hopefully be a fitting conclusion to the Riftwar Cycle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2013

    Good book, if a little confusing due to editing.

    My second favorite author after David Eddings who really got me into fantasy. I know all good things come to an end, and this series seems to be the end. I will have to read them ALL again from Magician to Magician's End. My only wish is that it could go on forever. Overall, I liked the book and wish people would just quit complaining about the editing and just enjoy the book for what it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Another great book about my favorite land.

    Sorry, but Westeros has nothing on Midkemia. Mr. Feist has done it again. Please dont ever end this series, thank you for giving me a few days of pure enjoyment.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Come on this was a great book. Forget the bad editing job and ge

    Come on this was a great book. Forget the bad editing job and get the thrust of the plot. Think about it!! The final confrontation. The return of the Valheru. Tomas reemerging. All of that good stuff.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2012

    I anxiously awaited this latest book. The story is very good as

    I anxiously awaited this latest book. The story is very good as far as keeping things moving and making you anxious for the next book. Unfortunately I was majorly disappointed in the area of proof reading and continuity as far as Pug. In the beginning on pages 77 through 101 Pug, Sandreena and Amirantha follow the death and destruction of a deamon attack force through the Island of Snake-Men where they battle the demon force outside a Pantathien city. On page 96 one of the Presidents, Autarchs, Tak'ka' tells Pug that Pug has killed a lot of his people and that our people have very strong feelings about Pug of Stardock. On page 101 Pug sees the "Sven-ga'ri' in the Pantathien city. On PageSandreena and Amirantha have transported back to Stardock and beging to tell Pug about the Pantathien city and the Pantathiens as if Pug was not with them during pages 77 - 101. On pages 324 - 328 Pug transprts to the Pantathien city and acts as if he had not seen the Sven-ga'ri' there before. Tak'ka' acts as he has not seen Pug before then. A large lack of plot congruity here. There are numerous typos and grammar errors through out the book. For $27.99 I thought there would be a lot fewer typos and grammar errors. I have been a fan since I read "Magician" twenty some years ago. I anxiously look forward to the next book but I hope the proof reading will be much better than it was here.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

    Not just the misspelling errors but major plot errors too. Pug f

    Not just the misspelling errors but major plot errors too. Pug finds Pantanthians that a more like regular people, and then later in the book it's said he never went there and was introduced to everyone as if he was meeting them for the first time. So he discovered a real city of them and fights against demons right at the gates to the city and then later he's never been there before. Don't read unless you want to discover things multiple times by the same person.

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  • Posted April 3, 2012

    Feist is final back writing as he did in the begining!

    Feist is final back writing as he did in the begining!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    Glorious!

    I really don't see why so many people are making such a big deal over the errors. Do people often read books just for the editing. If so i can suggest several books or series that make as many or more errors per book. My only complaint is the length. Kinda sad about how short it is but i'm enjoying the story, setting, and characters enough to still really enjoy it. To be honest as soon as the corrected version is released i will buy the other copy to support my favorite author.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    The story line is a logical continuation of a seemingly never-en

    The story line is a logical continuation of a seemingly never-ending saga, greatly diminished by syntactical, grammatical and spelling errors...such as defence, instead of defense. I believe the only "proofing" this release received was 80 proof! Is Harper Collins outsourcing the gallery proofs? Having read all of the previous novels in this series, it's is obvious something has changed, and not for the better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Wast there a mistake for an entire chapter where he had Pug figh

    Wast there a mistake for an entire chapter where he had Pug fighting on Serpent Island and it was really Magnus? Who cares, you figured it out. Did he reference Marcus in another spot when it should have said Magnus? Again, who cares, I knew who he meant. It was a remarkable book, and I can't wait for the final book...and I will be depressed when the final book is finally done. Feist is the best ever. I can't believe that I am saying this, seeing how I did not know who he was 2 years ago, but after putting away every book he has written in the past 23 months, he is better than Stephen Donaldson and Lloyd Alexander. Better than everybody. Brilliant. Must read...but if you haven't read the other 30+ (I honestly can't remember), buy them...go to the library...doesn't matter, just read them all.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Feist's current series (Chaos War Saga) is, for me, better than

    Feist's current series (Chaos War Saga) is, for me, better than the previous one. The story spans more characters, including old favorites, and is less about huge magic battles and more about the more "ordinary" characters (non-magic users). The story sucked me in and I stayed up way to late to finish the book. However, the editing was atrocious. Incorrect spelling and grammar, sometimes the wrong word altogether, incorrect character names, problems with chronology, etc. are VERY distracting. I was aware that these errors occurred in the UK and Australian releases, but I had hope that they would be cleaned up by the time the book was released in the US. I expect the publisher to make corrections and to update my Nook book version. They have really let down fans and paying customers with these errors. This would be a 5 star review, but the editing errors are shameful...

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