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Erik von Darkmoor has trained well and fought valiantly in the service of the Prince - and has risen up through the ranks to become a respected leader of men. Though still young in years, both he and boyhood friend Rupert "Roo" Avery - one of Krondor's preeminent merchants and one of the Kingdom's richest men - have been aged by experience. And each has an essential role to play in the cataclysm that is to come - as has every warrior, tradesperson, thief, spellweaver, spy, royal, and subject alike who stands to lose far more than life alone to the invading forces of darkness. For a demon king has escaped a world already devoured to feed on one consumed by chaos and war. A foul and terrifying thing, a nightmare creature of dark and murderous nature, it seeks to own and corrupt the very source of life itself. And soon more of its dread kind will follow - unless the most powerful sorcerers in the embattled realm can close forever a demon-spilling rift...and unlock a mystery far more dangerous and profound than anything ever known before.

The eagerly awaited installment in this immensely popular saga offers a thrilling tale of danger, adventure, suspense, and magic, continuing the exploits of Erick von Darkmoor and Rupert Avery as they are caught in a war for the survival of their world. "Feist's newest saga has a freshness of vision."--Publishers Weekly. 416 pp. Author tour. Radio ads. 100,000 print. (Fantasy)

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San Diego Union-Tribune
An epic reading experience.
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Conspiracies and treachery beset the realm of the Demons in this third volume (after Rise of a Merchant Prince) of Feist's immensely popular Serpentwar Saga. Pug the magician and his allies, including the sorcerer Macros, have to cross a good part of the cosmos to fight the Demon King on his own ground. Erik von Darkmoor, meanwhile, becomes a married man and a senior officer in the hosts of beleaguered Krondor, while his trader friend Rupert Avery has both woman and money troubles. As usual, Feist makes relentless use of classic fantasy elements. He also employs a vivid imagination. In Krondor, troops do not, as they do in too much other fantasy fiction, spring up at an author's command. Money needs to be raised and troops need to be trained. Feist's depiction of the fall of Krondor is grim and gripping. But against these virtues lean a pedestrian use of language and antiquated images of women. As high fantasy, this isn't state of the art, but it is commercially adept and should sell well. 100,000 first printing; author tour. (Apr.)
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Feist's fantasy saga continues (Shadow of a Dark Queen, 1994; Rise of the Merchant Prince, 1995) as the folk of Midkemia, already battling the snaky Saaur and their Emerald Queen, face an invasion of hungry demons seeking new wellsprings of toothsome lifeforce for their insatiable leader, Great Maarg. Returning to the fray are the familiar magicians Pug, Miranda, and Macros, along with soldiers Erik von Darkmoor and his sidekick, Roo Avery—and they will still need help from their former enemies, the Black Robes of Kelewan. There's probably a kitchen sink in here somewhere, too.

Somehow, Feist always manages to wring out another plot twist or scrape together a new and improved gaggle of bad guys to keep the stew bubbling; the real puzzle is how the fans tolerate his graceless, often downright inept prose and limping dialogue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780380974733
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Series: Serpentwar Saga Series , #3
  • Pages: 436
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.38 (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. He lives in San Diego.

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Chapter One



Erik signaled.

Thesoldiers knelt just below his position in the gully, watching as he silently motioned where he wanted each of them. Alfred, now his first corporal, gestured from the far end of the line and Erik nodded. Each man knew what to do.

The enemy had camped in a relatively defensible position on the trail north of Krondor. About three miles up the road was the small town of Eggly, the objective of the invaders. The enemy had stopped their march before sundown, and Erik was certain they would launch an attack just before dawn.

Erik had watched them from his hidden vantage, his men camped a short distance away while he decided his best course of action. He had observed the enemy erect their camp, and saw they had been as disorganized as he had suspected they would be; their pickets were placed poorly, and were undisciplined, spending as much time looking into the camp to chat with comrades as actually watching for an enemy approach. The constant glances in the direction of the campfires were certainly diminishing their night vision. After gauging the strength and position of the invaders, Erik knew his choices. He had decided to strike first. While outnumbered by at least five to one, his men would have the advantage of surprise and superior training; at least, he hoped the latter was true.

Erik took a moment for one last inspection of the enemy's position. If anything, the pickets were even more inattentive than they had been when Erik had sent for his company. It was clear the invaders thought their mission one of minor importance, taking a small town off the beaten track, while major conflicts would be ragingto the south near the capital city of Krondor. Erik was determined to teach them that there were no minor conflicts in any war.

When his men were in place, Erik slipped down a small defile, until he was almost within touching distance of a bored guard. He tossed a small stone behind the man, who looked without thought. As Erik knew would be the case, the man glanced back into the camp, at the nearest campfire, which blinded him for a moment. A soldier sitting near the fire said, "What is it, Henry?"

The guard said, "Nothing."

He turned to find Erik standing directly before him, and faster than he could shout alarm, Erik hit him with his balled fist, catching him as he fell.

"Henry?" said the man at the campfire, starting to rise, vainly trying to see into the gloom beyond the campfire light.

Erik attempted to imitate the guard's voice. "I said, 'Nothing.'"

The attempt failed, for the soldier started to shout alarm and pulled on his sword. But before he could clear the blade from his scabbard, Erik was upon him like a cat on a mouse. Grabbing the man by the back of his tunic, Erik pulled him over backward, slamming him hard into the ground. Putting a dagger at the man's throat, he said, "You're dead. No noise."

The man gave him a sour look, but nodded. Softly he said, "Well, at least I get to finish my supper." He sat up and returned to his dinner plate, while two other men blinked in incomprehension as Erik circled the campfire and "cut" each of their throats before they realized an attack was under way.

Shouts from around the camp announced that the rest of Erik's company was now in force among the enemy, cutting throats, knocking down tents, and generally creating havoc. The only prohibition Erik had put on them was no fires. Although tempted, he thought the Baron of Tyr-Sog would not appreciate the damage to his baggage.

Erik hurried through the struggle, dispatching sleeping soldiers as they emerged from tents. He cut a few ropes, trapping soldiers inside as the canvas fell upon them, and heard shouts of outrage from within. Throughout the camp, men cursed as they were "killed," and Erik could hardly contain his amusement. The strike was fast and he was at the center of the camp within two minutes of the start of the assault. He reached the command tent as the Baron came out, obviously half-asleep as he buckled his sword belt around his nightshirt, and clearly displeased by the disruption. "What have we here?" he demanded of Erik.

"Your company is destroyed, my lord," said Erik with a light tap of his sword upon the Baron's chest. "And you are now dead."

The Baron studied the man who was sheathing his sword: he was tall, unusually broad across the shoulders without being fat, like a young blacksmith, with unremarkable features. His smile was engaging, however, friendly and open. In the firelight his pale blond hair danced with ruby highlights.

"Nonsense," said the stout Baron. His neatly trimmed beard and fine silk nightshirt said volumes about his campaign experience. "We were to attack Eggly tomorrow. No one said anything about this -- he waved his hand around the campsite -- "business of a night attack. Had we known, we would have taken precautions."

Erik said, "My lord, we are attempting to prove a point."

A voice came out of the darkness. "And you proved it well."

Owen Greylock, Knight-Captain of the Prince of Krondor's Royal Garrison, came into the light. His gaunt features gave him a sinister appearance in the dancing shadows of the firelight. "I judge you've killed or incapacitated three-quarters of the soldiers, Erik. How many men did you bring?"

Erik said, "Sixty."

"But I have three hundred!" said the Baron, clearly disturbed. "With an auxiliary of Hadati warriors."

Erik glanced about and said, "I don't see any Hadati. From out of the dark came an accented voice. "As it should be."

A group of men dressed in kilts and plaids entered the camp. They wore their hair tied atop their heads in a knot, with a long fall of it spilling down their backs.

Rage of a Demon King. Copyright © by Raymond Feist. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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    Excellent Series!

    I love Feist's characters, and I love the fact that this series is referring way back to concepts mentioned in the first book (Magician: Apprentice). If you are ready for some brilliant storytelling and epic tales, this series is for you!

    If you like this author, you might also like the Dragonlance books by Weis and Hickman. Also, check out my all time favorite series by Feist and Wurst: Daughter of the Empire!

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  • Posted September 2, 2011

    great book

    Excellent book. I plan to buy more books by Raymond e feist.

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  • Posted July 31, 2009

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    just one problem

    I love feist. the man is a stud. But I am really starting to hate Pug the magician. All he does it sit around while people die. He is supposed to be a powerfull magician but he sucks. He is my least favorite character. I just had to say something. I mean, COME ON PUG. DO SOMETHING.....Thats my only complaint about Feist....If you read all the books up until now then you know what im saying. Im just so tired of hearing about the powerfull magician Pug....At least Nakor is interesting and so is Miranda. Think of how many lives would have been saved throughout the series if Pug would have acted. But, NO, He wants to sit around all day and sulk about everything.......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2003

    Very well done!

    The book was very good. It has been the best book from feist. I liked the characters, (Nakor and Pug are some of my favorites). The plot was GREAT, many twists and a great way to tie the whole series together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2000

    Highly Recommended!

    An absolutely outstanding read. I haven't been able to put down the Serpent War Saga since I began, and this book (the third installment) took the cookie. Full of action and adventure as the warring peoples of Novindus have found their way to the Kingdom for the ultimate conflict! Probably the most enthralling and exhausting books of the series! Very satisfactory resolution at the end of the book, but I can't wait until I get a hold of book 4!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 1999

    Fantastic ( Feist did it again )!!

    Excellant as all of this saga has been! Feist has the gift of lore I hope he continues this great saga-I'm off to get the next book-Shards of a Broken Crown (I think Feist is from Midkemia and I'd like to go back with him LOL)

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