Exile's Return (Conclave of Shadows Series #3)

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"Only days ago, Kaspar, the powerful Duke of Olasko, had great armies at his command and was feared by nations. Now, half a world away from home, he is separated from his former seat of power by merciless deserts, forbidding mountains, and vast oceans. The fall of the tyrant is complete, his dark dreams of vengeance overwhelmed by the daily struggle for his very survival. But Kaspar's prodigious skills and cunning provide him the opportunity he seeks, guarding merchant travelers returning to the other side of the world and back to his homeland."
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"Only days ago, Kaspar, the powerful Duke of Olasko, had great armies at his command and was feared by nations. Now, half a world away from home, he is separated from his former seat of power by merciless deserts, forbidding mountains, and vast oceans. The fall of the tyrant is complete, his dark dreams of vengeance overwhelmed by the daily struggle for his very survival. But Kaspar's prodigious skills and cunning provide him the opportunity he seeks, guarding merchant travelers returning to the other side of the world and back to his homeland." "Yet there is a larger drama that will entangle the broken dictator. An evil more devastating and deadly than any encountered in Midkemia for centuries seeks entrance to the land - the mystical tool of a dark empire hungry for conquest and destruction - and Kaspar has inadvertently discovered the key." The man responsible for the slaughter of countless men, women, and children must now assume a far stranger and most unlikley role - that of hero -if his world is to survive. For dire peril is advancing daily, and a long-slumbering malevolence is awakening to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting and unprepared. Suddenly, Midkemia's last hope is a disgraced and exiled duke whose history is written in blood, and who now must wield his sword as her champion...if he so chooses.
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After more than a dozen bestselling novels set in his signature realm of Midkemia, Exile's Return -- the third installment of Raymond E. Feist's Conclave of Shadows saga (Talon of the Silver Hawk and King of Foxes) -- is arguably his best work to date. After a former tyrant is exiled to the other side of the world and comes in contact with an artifact practically radiating evil, his epic quest to destroy the relic leads him to jaw-dropping epiphanies that will turn Midkemia upside down! When Kaspar, the former Duke of Olasko, finds himself suddenly deposited in a vast foreign desert, he must use every ounce of cunning to survive. After barely escaping a band of nomadic bandits, the once notorious despot is reduced to working as a farmhand for his sustenance. But then he's given an opportunity to do the unthinkable: something selfless and heroic.While most fantasy series can't go four or five novels without growing stale and redundant, it's remarkable that Feist's already lengthy Midkemia sequence has not only continued its high level of storytelling mastery but has gotten better with every new installment. By regularly introducing new characters, exploring previously unrevealed lands, and uncovering more of Midkemia's rich history, Feist keeps his realm as breathtaking and vibrant as when it was first revealed in 1982's Magician. With a cast of surprisingly complex characters, consistently brisk pacing, and the most explosive plot twists Midkemia has ever seen, Exile's Return is Feist at the very top of his craft. Paul Goat Allen
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The tyrannous Kaspar, Duke of Olasko, has been banished from Midkemia-but he might be able to get even. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Another entry in Feist's long-running Midkemia fantasy (Krondor, 2001, etc.). Kaspar, deposed Duke of Olasko, is magically exiled to the far side of his world and left in chains to be captured by nomads. He escapes and after several adventures joins up with a group of traders who want his help transporting a magical artifact: a suit of armor inhabited by some dormant but malignant entity that has caused the deaths of some 20 of their company. Intent on returning home to exact revenge on his deposers, Kaspar declines to join them, but the armor holds a geas over the traders, and having touched it, he is also under its power. In the western mountains, a powerful god tells Kaspar that the armor is a war machine from a hostile plane; the god teaches him to control it, but convinces him that its continued presence in this world bodes utter destruction. Kaspar must return with it to Olasko and consult the Conclave of Shadows, a powerful group of sorcerers who may be able to counteract its evil. Home at last, Kaspar learns that his dukedom is in good hands and realizes that he has no more desire to take revenge for his exile. His ordeals have cured him of the arrogant ambition that forced his enemies to depose him. Now he must win their trust to find the Conclave and neutralize the threat posed by the armor. After Kaspar joins forces with the Conclave, the story ends with one threat defused and an even greater one looming. Well-paced storytelling by a veteran entertainer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380977109
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/29/2005
  • Series: Conclave of Shadows Series , #3
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.17 (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 December 30, 2009

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    Exile's Return, the Conclave of Shadows trilogy, Book 3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2006

    Alot better, more unique ideas and plots on Feist's part.

    Now, to begin this, I must congratulate Feist on this one. It was better plotted, highly active, and extremely interesting. I enjoyed reading about Kaspar, an ex-tyrant for Olasko, and having to see what he had to achieve in this story. I like the idea of a fallen hero's armor coming to life and literally the thought of how Feist described what it looked and acted like kind of scared me. The plot was decent, not flawless. I found several errors in the story, which I will not mention, but I will let other readers find that out. It was also surprising to see that the story started off in a different continent of Midkemia. The environment of the setting of Novindus changed alot of my idea what Midkemia actually looked like. Novindus to me, I could only imagine, was that of a Mongolian landscape. The terrain and climate met the bill accurately. I recommend this one, and many others of Feist's works to any intent readers looking for an interesting fantasy series. You will not be disappointed. 8)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2005

    Good book

    great book. It was an interesting twist to bring the old bad guy and turn him into a hero, who you sympathize and root for. Can't wait for next book. Can't help but hope Talon and Kaspar end up fighting back to back in the 4th book. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys fantasy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2006

    Great read

    Feist does a great job of character development without bogging down the story. Fast paced keeps you wanting to read. This book is good from an introductory standpoint into another story, however, I feel like nothing got resolved. I'm not sure if this book is the last in this series and another will pick up where it left off, or if 'Conclave of Shadows' will continue to be written. It should be the latter however, as this book in no way draws any conclusions at the end. On a side not though, is it me or has Feist not been very consistent with characters like Pug throughout his novels. It seems like he's always trying to introduce new aspects of them and constantly contradicting what we know of him from earlier books. Oh well, no complaints other than that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2005

    Read or Die Trying

    Feist works his magic again. Duke Caspar is back but this time he is on our side. I know, crazy right but he back with info for the Concave of Shadows. It even relates back to Macros the Black. Excelent book uses both past and present story to tie it together. Tore it up in one day. Have fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2005

    Good, of course.

    Great. Ray is one of the prime fantasy writers. I think I have read every one of his books...anyway, buy it, read it, and then go read any of his books you havn't yet enjoyed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2005

    feist is always fantastic

    raymond e feist has long been one of the genre best authors since magician he has always enraptured us andtransported us into his worlds HUZZZAH! I SAY maa more epics flow from one of the great masters of high fantasy

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An exciting Conclave fantasy

    Once the mighty Duke of Olasko, nomads have now captured the magically exiled Kaspar halfway around the world. The deposed evil aristocrat ultimately escapes his bondage and is obsessed with avenging his defeat and ignominious deportation. Eventually he meets traders who possess a suit of armor containing a malevolence that killed part of their group..................... Kaspar has no plans to travel with his hosts, but like them he touched the armor and no longer is free; the wickedness inside the armor controls Kaspar though he fights it with his every breath. Kaspar learns that the armor is a weapon of mass destruction from another plane that will ultimately devastate this world if not stopped. Feeling a need to defeat an essence even wickeder than he ever was; Kaspar puts aside his thirst for vengeance to return home to confer with the Conclave of Shadows¿ sorcerers who expelled his wickedness across the globe. Together, if they can learn to trust one another, they must find a way to stop the armor........................ This is an exciting Conclave fantasy in which the villain of the first two novels returns from exile having learned the hard way during his trek and his battle with a greater evil the wickedness of his former ways. The story line is action-packed, but it is the metamorphosis of Kaspar from avenging devil to world savior that makes the tale work though the audience and the Conclave sorcerers wait for him to revert. Raymond Feist provides an entertaining tale with a fine twist that his fans will appreciate.............. Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2005

    Good Set-up

    I got this book on Sunday two days before it was supposed to be released from a BandN and read it with relish since Fiest is one of my favorite writers. This book is a great book; however, it seems to me that it is more of a set up piece to the next series that seems to be coming along down the road. Where this better introduces you to more characters and get readers set to go to a grand world spanning adventure. While all this is so Fiest does a very good job of making it interesting and has me waiting for the next book. So much so I may have to have my relative in England sent me a copy since these books are all released earlier over their. I overall found this book to be quite enjoyable.

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