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At the Gates of Darkness (Demonwar Saga Series #2)
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At the Gates of Darkness (Demonwar Saga Series #2)

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by Raymond E. Feist
 

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

New York Times bestselling master fantasist Raymond E. Feist returns to beleaguered Midkemia and its capital, Krondor, in At the Gates of Darkness, the second volume in his enthralling DemonWar Saga of magic, war, and peril. An author the

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

New York Times bestselling master fantasist Raymond E. Feist returns to beleaguered Midkemia and its capital, Krondor, in At the Gates of Darkness, the second volume in his enthralling DemonWar Saga of magic, war, and peril. An author the Science Fiction Chronicle proclaims, “Without question one of the very best writers of fantasy adventure practicing today,” Feist graces eager readers with his most astonishing adventure yet. Feist fans, readers of Terry Goodkind, George R. R. Martin, and Terry Brooks, and everyone, in fact, who loves superior epic fantasy will not want to miss At the Gates of Darkness.

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Library Journal
The Darkwar ended a decade ago, but trouble once again threatens the dual worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan as the Demon King and his Dread Legion seek entry from their realm into the lands of the living. As Pug, the world's greatest magician, and his allies search for the knowledge to defeat them, even darker magic is at work. Feist ("The Riftwar Saga," "The Darkwar Saga") develops the plot threads begun in Rides a Dread Legion, stepping up the danger and introducing new enemies. VERDICT Feist's avid readership will look forward to the continued adventures of familiar characters, and fans of David Eddings and George R.R. Martin should enjoy this ongoing fantasy megaseries.
Publishers Weekly
Another day, another demon war. It's all child's play for Feist's heroic Conclave of Shadows in this follow-up to 2009's Rides a Dread Legion, which continues the popular Midkemia series begun in the '80s. Villainous sorcerer Belasco releases demons who battle the usual suspects: clever magician Pug of Sorcerer's Isle; daring Conclave agent James Dasher Jamison, great-grandson of Jimmy the Hand; demon master Amirantha; warlock Brandos; and the tricky elven brothers Laromendis and Gulamendis. Sandreena, Knight-Adamant of the Order of the Shield of the Weak, also gets involved, though she's still brooding over her past relationship with Amirantha. There's an air of “been there, done that” to the familiar YAish fantasy plot, relegating it to the status of comfort reading for Feist's longtime fans. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061468377
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/06/2010
Series:
Demonwar Saga Series , #2
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

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Raymond E. Feist's previous novels include the first volume in the Demonwar Saga, Rides a Dread Legion, 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.

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At the Gates of Darkness (Demonwar Saga Series #2) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 119 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Insane necromancer Belasco called up and sent demons to destroy Midkemia. However, a shaky alliance between enemies, especially Pug the Black Sorcerer of Sorcerer's Isle and the Conclave of Shadows led by field agent James Jamison defeated the Demon King Maarg and his horde (see Maarg Rides a Dread Legion). Although they won that battle, the war is far from over as Belasco has other demonic contacts ready to fight. In the Valley of Lost Men, Belasco regroups with Dahun the demon as they unite in a level of dark magic never tried before. Still healing physically, they have no time to do so mentally especially to grieve for so many valiant, who died in their just cause, James warns the band of Midkemia protectors that the next battle has begun. James, Pug, Amirantha the necromancer, Brandos the warlock, Sandreena the Knight-Adamandt, the Star Elven siblings, and others set out to end the latest deadly threat; none of the brave heroes and heroines expect to come back alive. The second Demonwar fantasy is an exciting thriller that continues the latest demonic assault on Midkemia. The story line is fast-paced and fun to follow as the various cast of heroes and the two prime villains make their magical skills and species seem genuine. Well written even long time fans wondering when Pug will start receiving medicare will think two ways about Yogi Berra's comment "deja vu all over again" as Raymond E. Feist like Mantle and Maris hits back to back home runs though his saga has that sameness feel from the previous series. Still readers will enjoy the latest battle against the demon minion. Harriet Klausner
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ahunr661 More than 1 year ago
Better than the first installment but still not a story that I could not put down. I hope it will continue to improve.
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charlirahe84 More than 1 year ago
Swing and a miss - it had potential but answers no questions, and changes the driving force behind what you thought you knew in previous books. I think it's time to retire.
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Whitecougar More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, but he has done better previously. Still a good read nonetheless.