A Kingdom Besieged (Chaoswar Saga Series #1)

A Kingdom Besieged (Chaoswar Saga Series #1)

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by Raymond E. Feist
     
 

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For years following the terrible Serpentwar, the Empire of Great Kesh remained peaceful, but now dark clouds of conflict gather once more. Rumors abound from the Kingdom's far western borders of spies missing, murdered, and turned. Powerful legions from the Keshian Confederacy are being mobilized, and an attack is all but certain. As his legendary ancestor Prince

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For years following the terrible Serpentwar, the Empire of Great Kesh remained peaceful, but now dark clouds of conflict gather once more. Rumors abound from the Kingdom's far western borders of spies missing, murdered, and turned. Powerful legions from the Keshian Confederacy are being mobilized, and an attack is all but certain. As his legendary ancestor Prince Arutha did, Martin conDoin, middle son of the Duke of Crydee, must defend the lands against the invaders. But Arutha commanded a mighty army. Martin has only old men and young boys.

Pug, Midkemia's most powerful magician, fears what is in the wind, for he senses an encroaching darkness whose growing power surely spells his world's end. And soon the Kingdom's enchanted defender will find himself questioning everything he's ever held true and dear . . . including the loyalty and desires of his beloved son, Magnus.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
“CLASSIC.”
Booklist
“Originality and wit . . . A rollicking tale . . . Feist’s narrative skill, ingenuity at creating systems of magic, and eye for plausible military scenarios stand him in good stead. His many fans will be pleased.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“Sheer readability.”
The Guardian
“The prose is smooth, the plot is exactly what you’d expect and the characters do exactly what Feist tells them . . . File under guilty pleasure.”
barnesandnoble.com
“[A] compelling and profoundly moving tale… an invaluable addition to a beloved canon.”
Locus
“FUN . . . A place to start for those yet to discover Feist’s fantasy worlds.”
San Diego Union-Tribune
“An epic reading experience . . . Unpretentious, fast-paced . . . Shadow of a Dark Queen works admirably.”
Science Fiction Chronicle
“This is a series that gets better as it goes along.”
Sydney Morning Herald
“Fine entertainment . . . Feist works his signature magic . . . an absorbing and carefully crafted adventure with pleasing density of plotting, good characterization . . . this is populist Dickens out of Tolkien, and it works.”
Contra Costa Times
“Feist has the universe firmly under his control, and the adventure is grand[.]”
SF Site
“A great read and a wonderful addition to Feist’s collection.”
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
“A massive, entertaining tale.”
Chicago-Sun Times
“Feist has a natural talent for keeping the reader turning pages.”
Adelaide Advertiser
“Shows Feist in top form.”
The Oregonian (Portland)
“Action and intrigue and evocative writing . . . Feist brings a new world alive.”
Chicago Sun-Times
“Feist has a command of language and a natural talent for keeping the reader turning pages.”
Library Journal
Now a mature magician, Pug is back in what will reportedly be the final trilogy in the long-running "Riftwar" cycle. Alas, he's starting to question everything, including his beloved son. Fans will want, of course; with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061468407
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Series:
Chaoswar Saga Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
166,458
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.40(d)

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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. He lives in San Diego.

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A Kingdom Besieged (Chaoswar Saga Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
Beauty_in_Ruins More than 1 year ago
When I heard Feist was working on the story of the 'final' Riftwar, I knew it was time to catch up, to re-familiarize myself with the world, and see things through to the ominously titled Magician's End. That brings us to A Kingdom Besieged, the first book of The Chaoswar Saga. Much to my delight (and relief), reading this opening volume was very much like revisiting old friends. The same 'epic' sense of storytelling that I remembered was back, along with myn old friend Pug at the forefront, once again a major force to be reckoned with. Feist does a superb job of casually recapping the prior sagas, bringing up details in conversation, or reflecting on past events in the character's thoughts. He never info-dumps or delays the story, just slowly and naturally brings the world and the reader back together. There's a lot to like here, not the least of which is the story of Child, the rather unusual demon who grows in both stature and power, all the while approaching a level of sophistication that's almost human. It's not clear what role she will have to play in things, whether she'll offer salvation from the darkness devouring the land, or prove to be a harbinger of the end-times, but she's a compelling character. In fact, she just may be the most chilling character I've encountered in an epic fantasy, a character with the potential to destroy the world . . . along with the intelligence and cunning to know precisely what she's doing and why. Similarly, the reintroduction of Pug into world affairs is a welcome addition to the story, acknowledging the tragedies that have come before and gently, politely, respectfully resolving them. His relationship with his sole surviving son is an interesting one, especially given the dark pact he made with the future in the original saga, but you can't help but hope Feist will find away around demanding the ultimate sacrifice. More importantly, Pug seems ready to take a role in world affairs once again, which promises to set up some interesting confrontations, but also ensures the possibility of survival for Midkemia. What I appreciated most about the story, however, is the novelty of Kesh's plans for conquest. Feist has done conquering armies before, both human and inhuman, and done a solid job of directing battles and armies in ways that make logical sense, but which still manage to surprise. Here he takes things in an entirely new direction, introducing us to armies that are designed solely to make landfall and send the residents scurrying for cover. Rather the press the advantage and invest themselves in siege, however, the armies simply hold their ground while the refugees they've collected are set loose to colonize the land. This is not a conquest by swords, pole-arms, pikes, and magic spells, but one by spades, hoes, shovels, and farming. This is not a war of attrition, but a simple matter of displacement. It's not year clear how all these events will converge, what role the elves will deign to play, or just how much the Pantathians (surprise!) are responsible for, but it's clear that change is in the air. It's a next-generation Riftwar, with grandsons and great-nephews stepping up to take the place of their heroic forefathers, guided by the continuity of Pug. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am glad I decided to revisit Feist's world. On to At the Gates of Darkness next.
harstan More than 1 year ago
On the world of Midkemia, the Lands of the Kingdom and the Empire seem at peace as the former gained land lost to the latter during the last war. Surface serenity proves deceiving because for years the Empire secretly have prepared for a return to hostile engagements. The Kingdom realizes they may have a major problem when intelligent agents fail to come home with useful information. The mighty army of Kesh marches into the Kingdom and capture towns and killing residents as they plan to retrieve what they lost in the last Riftwar. They replace townsfolk with Kesh colonists who prefer the more fertile land than what they had back home. Their force reaches the strategic estate of the Duke of Credy as the Kesh know whoever controls this land has the upper hand in the hostilities. While the siege is occurring, Pug, the mightiest magician in the world, realizes something is brewing in the Demon Lands. Though he prefers to ignore the threat and stay home, Pug knows he must travel there to learn what is happening and how to prevent a calamity from occurring while helping the Kingdom fight the Kesh. The first thriller in the alleged fifth and final Riftwar saga is an exciting opening act although another invasion feels somewhat weary for fans of the long running series. Still with what appears to be coming from theDemon Land provides the freshness to what would have proven trite by most fantasists. Readers will root for the Kingdom as the loyal cast fear they may be losing, but refuse to abandon ship. Although Pug should be ancient and scarred, as his son reminds him, he prepares for combat on an arcane plane as fans of the Riftwar will relish the first tale in the Chaoswar military fantasy in which the Demon horde led by a powerful Demon female and her followers prepare to enter Midkemia. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a Feist fan since I discovered "Magician" in 1999. Some of his recent work was a bit disappointing, but for me "Kingdom Besieged" marks a return of the Feist I know and love. I am very excited for the next book in this series--only a few weeks away!
rob middlebrooks More than 1 year ago
I can't wait until next one. As usual very well written. I could not put it down.
wvreader67 More than 1 year ago
If you're an old fan, be happy. This book reads like the "old Feist." If you're like me, you were disappointed in the last 2 novels but this installment is more of the original. The new characters are enjoyable, the older ones introdueced in the last 2 books are more thought out. The story is slow in a couple of places but overall is well thought out. I am looking forward to the 2nd book--next year. New readers will be able to jump right in without worrying they are missing something from the other books-Feist does an excellent job of filling in the blanks without boring us old fans. There are a couple of plot twist that I think old fans will LOVE-sorry, no spoilers or even hints. Thank you Mr. Feist for returning--now if you could take care of the Crawler.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
great product
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Croter More than 1 year ago
Starts of slow with the introduction of mutliple characters and locations. So many in fact, that you find yourself wondering what's going on. The story moves slowly and though I finsihed the book, I don't think I'll finish the series.
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Recommend to anyone who enjoys Feist's writing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In line with the his other trilogy's. A good tale.
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I'm half way thrugh the book and so far I can summerize my investment in time spent as total crap. What happened, his books use to be good. I want my four hours back.
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*hums*
kamakis36 More than 1 year ago
Outstanding book. Can't wait to start on the next one!
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