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

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Ten years beyond the Darkwar, the demon hordes are relentless in their quest to subjugate a realm of magic and wonder . . .

The defeat of the Demon King Maarg hasn't stemmed the death tide, and an even graver danger now looms. The fearsome demon Dahun and the mad necromancer Belasco have joined forces—a union of black magics that no power on Midkemia may be strong enough to withstand.

The conflict has already claimed the lives of nearly ...

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Overview

Ten years beyond the Darkwar, the demon hordes are relentless in their quest to subjugate a realm of magic and wonder . . .

The defeat of the Demon King Maarg hasn't stemmed the death tide, and an even graver danger now looms. The fearsome demon Dahun and the mad necromancer Belasco have joined forces—a union of black magics that no power on Midkemia may be strong enough to withstand.

The conflict has already claimed the lives of nearly everyone dear to the Black Sorcerer Pug. In uneasy alliance with the Conclave of Shadows, Midkemia's clandestine protectors, the distraught champion must stand firm against the demonic plague that has overrun worlds. And at the gates of darkness—where shadows hide deeper shadows—Midkemia's most terrible battle will be joined . . . as a malevolence beyond anything that came before is unleashed upon the world.

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The Demonwar ended ten years ago, but at this perilous juncture, it seems like a quaint timeout between cataclysms. The Demon King and his Dread Legion have unleashed vast armies of destruction on Midkemia. Still mourning the loss of his wife, Pug the magician must summon all his bravery and leadership skills to thwart this terrifying threat to his peaceful world. Now in mass market and NOOK Edition versions.

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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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061468384
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/29/2011
  • Series: Demonwar Saga Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 213,058
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (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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  • Posted February 7, 2010

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    The second Demonwar fantasy is an exciting thriller

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2013

    The warriors den

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  • Posted February 14, 2012

    Recommended

    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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  • Posted October 28, 2011

    Miss

    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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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Good book

    I enjoyed this book, but he has done better previously. Still a good read nonetheless.

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

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    This Book Delivers

    After the devastating loose on Sorcerer's Isle, this book delivers more mystery, more powerful magic, and more suspense than its really great predecessor. After witnessing the unbelievably horrific dark and deadly rituals of the Black Caps, the question still remains, what is Belasco up to and how will this help him kill his brother Amirantha? Pug and his son Magnus are closer due to their dramatic lose, and the trouble with closing the portal/rift from Hub World is being dealt with by them and the Taredhel brothers. All of what the Demon Masters thought they knew about demon lore barely amounts to anything, when they try to get their hands on the one book made of living flesh that can reveal all of hell's closely guarded secrets. Sandreena's thoughts continue to be crowded with Amirantha. Hopefully the conflict she has with Amirantha will be resolved before her distracting thoughts and emotions about the warlock get her and/or her team killed. Ultimately, how will the mightiest of magic wielders not only fight, but also survive against the insane Belasco and a Demon King up to dark evil that will leave Midkemia like all the other worlds the Demon Legion has been to? Totally devoured of all life! All I'm sure of is that the next trilogy Raymond E. Feist writes will trump even these two, as his work gets better and better, and as more of the interesting and somewhat forgotten history of the Chaos Wars unfolds.

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

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    This Book Delivers

    After the devastating loose on Sorcerer's Isle, this book delivers more mystery, more powerful magic, and more suspense than its really great predecessor. After witnessing the unbelievably horrific dark and deadly rituals of the Black Caps, the question still remains, what is Belasco up to and how will this help him kill his brother Amirantha? Pug and his son Magnus are closer due to their dramatic lose, and the trouble with closing the portal/rift from Hub World is being dealt with by them and the Taredhel brothers. All of what the Demon Masters thought they knew about demon lore barely amounts to anything, when they try to get their hands on the one book made of living flesh that can reveal all of hell's closely guarded secrets. Sandreena's thoughts continue to be crowded with Amirantha. Hopefully the conflict she has with Amirantha will be resolved before her distracting thoughts and emotions about the warlock get her and/or her team killed. Ultimately, how will the mightiest of magic wielders not only fight, but also survive against the insane Belasco and a Demon King up to dark evil that will leave Midkemia like all the other worlds the Demon Legion has been to? Totally devoured of all life! All I'm sure of is that the next trilogy Raymond E. Feist writes will trump even these two, as his work gets better and better, and as more of the interesting and somewhat forgotten history of the Chaos Wars unfolds.

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  • Posted July 9, 2010

    Good but not his best

    I love everything Raymond Feist writes. He is one of my top authors. The Demonwar Saga series was not his best. I enjoyed the story and plot twists but at times the pace of the book seem a bit pedestrian, recanting old stories enough to tickle the reader's memory but not enough to really explain things if you had not read the dozens of previous books on Pug and his friends. Having said that, I could not put it down so I guess Mr. Feist wins again - another page turner!

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    Not as good as the last 10 books

    I did enjoy reading this book as I have all of the books prior to this. The thing that stand out the most is that it always seamed that nothing big was going to be resolved in this book. In others there was always something that would be completed yet you were left with the fact that there could be something more. When getting through half the book I realized that what they were going to resolve was just a bump in the road. The final battle in the book should have been longer and more dramatic.
    There were also a few other battles that were skimmed through. If the book was about 100 pages more it would have been up to the usual great standards of all his previous books. Overall a very easy read and a good book.

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