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After more than two dozen fantasy novels based in his signature worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan, Raymond E. Feist's Into a Dark Realm -- the second book in the Darkwar saga -- is arguably his most ambitious work to date, incorporating story lines from virtually every one of his previous Midkemia/Kelewan novels.
With the members of the Guild of Assassins being systematically tracked down and eradicated, Midkemia is, for the moment, relatively peaceful. But with insane necromancer Leso Varen hiding out somewhere in the world of Kelewan and unexplainable spacial rifts appearing throughout the realm, the magician Pug and the rest of the Conclave of Shadows know that something catastrophic could be looming on the horizon. That something is a Riftwar to end all Riftwars -- and in order to stop the annihilation of hundreds of thousands of innocents, Pug and a small group of allies must travel to the homeworld of the Dasati, a race of cold-blooded killers whose nightmarish realm has been described as Hell itself.
Since the release of Magician in 1982, Feist's ongoing Midkemia sequence has consistently been one of the highest-quality fantasy sagas around -- not only in terms of pure entertainment value but specifically concerning character development, world-building, narrative scope, and thematic complexity. When all is said and done, Feist's realm of Midkemia -- and all of its peripheral realities -- will be remembered as one of the most historied and richly described fantasy realms ever imagined: comparable to Tolkien's Middle-earth, Silverberg's Majipoor, and Brooks's Shannara. Fantasy fans who have yet to experience the majestic magic and mayhem of Midkemia should do so soon: As far as epic fantasy story lines go, this is the crème de la crème. Paul Goat Allen