Rides a Dread Legion (Demonwar Saga Series #1)

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The remnants of the Clan of the Seven Stars are returning to their long abandoned homeworld . . . but not as friends. The elves, led by the conjurer Laromendis, flee the relentless demon hordes sweeping through their galaxy—and the conquest of war-weary Midkemia is the Clan's sole hope for survival . . . if the Dread Legion does not pursue them through the rift.

The magician Pug knows what horrors will surely follow the elven invasion, for slaughter alone will sate Demon King ...

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Overview

The remnants of the Clan of the Seven Stars are returning to their long abandoned homeworld . . . but not as friends. The elves, led by the conjurer Laromendis, flee the relentless demon hordes sweeping through their galaxy—and the conquest of war-weary Midkemia is the Clan's sole hope for survival . . . if the Dread Legion does not pursue them through the rift.

The magician Pug knows what horrors will surely follow the elven invasion, for slaughter alone will sate Demon King Maarg's minions. For the death tide to be turned, Midkemia's constant defender must somehow unite bitter foes and vengeful former lovers—because failure to do so will mean annihilation.

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Ten years have passed since the struggles chronicled in the Darkwar Saga, but that short respite of peace is slamming shut. A conjuror from another world is imploring a race of high elves to seize Midkemia, which he assures them is their ancient homeland. In Midkemia, Pug and the Conclave of Shadows are forming their own decisions about the elf refugees, conclusions that will either save them or doom them.
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Ten years after the Darkwar that pitted the lands of Midkemia and Kelewan against dark forces from outside the world, a group of elves led by the conjurer Laromendis enters Midkemia, intent on taking back the world they consider their lost homeland. With his storytelling mastery and ear for colorful language and nuance, the author of numerous books set in the dual worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan here launches a series that takes his fantasy universe into a whole new phase. Anticipate demand.


—Jackie Cassada
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061468353
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Series: Demonwar Saga Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 236,623
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 4.28 (h) x 1.14 (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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Rides a Dread Legion

Chapter One

Warlock

The demon howled its outrage.

Amirantha, Warlock of the Satumbria, reeled back from the explosion of mystic energies unexpectedly hurled at him. Had his protective wards not been firmly established, he would have instantly died; the demon was powerful enough to send sufficient force through the barrier to slam the magic-user hard against the cave wall behind him. The blow he took on the back of the head was going to raise a nasty bump in quick order.

Demons always brought with them a large amount of mystic energies, enough to destroy any unprepared mortal standing nearby as they entered this plane of reality. It was one of the reasons for erecting wards, beyond merely confining the demon to a specific location. This one had arrived with a much more impressive explosion than the Warlock anticipated, and that surprised him.

Amirantha incanted a single word, a collection of otherwise meaningless syllables that together formed a key, a word of power that activated a much more complicated enchantment. It was a trick taught him years before, which often had been the difference between effective control of a summoned demon or dismemberment at his hands. This word strengthened the ward spell that confined the creature.

Amirantha regained his feet as the demon continued to howl at discovering himself summoned to this realm and confined. Experience had taught the Warlock that demons rarely objected to being summoned, as they found this world easily plundered. They just hated being confined and controlled. It was the one thing that made Amirantha's chosen area of study problematic: that whichhe studied kept trying to kill him.

Amirantha took a deep breath to calm himself and studied the enraged conjuration. The demon was not one he recognized; this was obviously a battle demon of some sort. Amirantha knew more, perhaps, than any man living on Midkemia about demons and their nature, but he knew only a tenth of what he wished to know. This particular one was new to him-though he conceded he hardly had an exhaustive knowledge of every demon in the Fifth Circle. He recognized the basic type: massive upper torso, roughly human in build, with a bull's head, or at least something that resembled a bovine. Long horns arched down and forward, giving weight to the Minotaurlike appearance. Absently, while beginning to conjure a spell designed to immobilize the demon, Amirantha wondered if such a monster had been the basis for the ancient myth of the Minotaur.

The legs were, if anything, goatlike, and there anything remotely familiar about the creature ended. The eyes burned like hot coals, and the body was covered in something like black fur up to the waist, though it was not wool, hair, or fur as Amirantha recognized such. The upper body was black leather, but slicker, shinier, as if leather had been tanned, dyed, and polished, and his horns were blood-red. Amirantha also observed from the howls shaking the cave that the demon's disposition was getting nastier by the second.

More to the point, the demon looked on the verge of rending his way through wards that should be impenetrable. Amirantha knew better than to ever place too much stock in the word "should" when a demon was involved.

He finished strengthening his spell of confinement and saw the demon step back a moment, shudder, then return to his attempt to rend the wards, accompanying his effort with an even louder bellow.

Amirantha's eyes widened slightly, his only outward concession to surprise. The demon just shrugged off a spell designed to immobilize any conjured entity. Or at least Amirantha's idea of "any" until this very moment.

Looking at the railing demon, Amirantha, Warlock of the Satumbria, stroked his chin whiskers as he considered what he observed. A vain man by any measure, he affected purple robes with silver needlework at the collar and sleeves and had his servant trim his beard and hair weekly, knowing exactly how it should look each time. His receding hairline had caused him to let his dark hair fall to his shoulders, and his dark brows and pointed chin beard gave him a look to match his calling in life: a summoner of demons. Or at least look the part to those who were willing to pay gold for the summoning or banishment of demons.

He muttered a very reliable invocation and watched. The demon should have instantly knelt before his master in abject obedience, but he could sense the summoned creature's rage growing at the command. Amirantha sighed in a mixture of frustration and confusion, and wondered what he had conjured this time.

Ignoring the ringing in his ears, the Warlock reached into a large belt pouch. He had personally sewn this pouch years ago, patiently weaving magic into the threads as he labored under the supervision of a master artificer named Leychona, in the great City of the Serpent River, his one and only attempt at fabricating magic cloth. He had been pleased with the results, this confining bag that let him gather together many stones of power without disastrous consequences. He was especially proud of the needlework, but found the entire process so tedious and exasperating he now paid artificers and tailors to fashion what he needed in exchange for his own skills or his gold.

His finger rubbed lightly against a series of embroidered knots inside, which indicated each pocket he had fashioned. He found the one he sought in less time than it took to think on it and withdrew a stone prepared against a time such as this. Holding it aloft, he incanted a spell that drew power stored in the stone and he directed it to the hastily reinforced barrier. He felt, almost physically, the shock reverberating through the ward as the demon hurled himself against the mystic defense.

Then the creature paused, looking at the space in the air where the barrier stood, as if he could see it, and pulled back his massive right fist. He unleashed a blow that might shatter a bull-hide shield, and Amirantha could swear he felt the shock from it travel through the air to strike him. At least that's what he told himself when he flinched.

Rides a Dread Legion. Copyright (c) by Raymond Feist . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted March 20, 2009

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    Great fantasy

    For over a century, the horde of the Demon King Maarg has defeated the Taredhel elves, kicking the ancient race off of many planets and leaving few left. After their latest defeat on Andcardia, the desperate remnants of the Clan of the Seven Stars led by Laromendis the mage flee to their origin planet that they left millennia ago, the legendary home world Midkemia.

    Pug the magician assumes the elves are friends united in a cause to defeat the demon legions who pursue them. He underestimates the newcomers whose leader plans to brutally seize control of Midkemia and use the orb in a desperate last stand that could readily mean extinction of everyone on the planet. Pug knows no one magician can stand against the coming invasion. He hopes to obtain the help of Amirantha the demon master Warlock of the Satumbria, the Order of the Dala cleric Sandreena, Queen Miranda the elf, and Tomas the warrior to join him and the Conclave of Shadows, unaware of previous relationships but not caring anyway. This is their last prayer to forge a stronger magical alliance to fight the coming Dread Demon horde.

    Just when long running fans of Pug figure he is ready to retire, Raymond E. Feist begins a new adventure for the hero with the first book in the Demonwar fantasy. Pug struggles to put together an alliance of enemies as each is threatened by a greater opponent. The story line is fast-paced though the beginning is a bit slow but the opening act is needed to introduce the varying factions. RIDES A DREAD LEGION is filled with action, but it is the Machiavellian intrigue between allies who distrust everyone else on their side that makes this tale work, each expects betrayal so almost everyone plots betrayal even though none can stand up alone while Pug struggles to keep the alliance together as the legendary Dreaded Demon Legions are coming to Midkemia.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

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    A Huge Fan

    I'm a huge fan of Raymond E. Feist's work, so it will come as no surprise that I really liked this book. It's difficult for me to find the words to express just how much I enjoy his work. His books are so good that I must wait until the series is completely released so that I can read them one right after the other. The action, fighting, and drama are so high and intense that I can't read one and wait until the next is released. The entertaining and knowledgeable Taredhel brothers Gulamendis, a Demon Master, and Laromendis a Conjurer, were essential to not only understanding about demon lore but also to learn how the Taredhel come to be so very different from the other Elves we are used to reading about on Midkemia. Amirantha, a warlock who is a summoner of demons, is more than he appears to be. And because of this, he is both a contributor and a victim of the Demon Legion. He's also got himself caught in a complicated romance. Every time that his and Sandreena's, Knight-Adamant of the Order of the Shield of the Weak, paths cross she punches him in the face, knocking him to the ground. Pug's mind is heavy with the price he must pay, to see all the ones that he loves die before him. With the aid of members of the Conclave like the multi-talented and highly secretive Jim Dasher and Father-Bishop Creegan of the Temple of Dala, they must find a way to interpret the vague and not very helpful insights given to him by the Oracle. Only by this group of potential enemies working together and gathering more and more information to answer the questions that keep mounting, will Midkemia be able to hold off the Dread Legion invading the last know habitable world.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

    This is another one of my favorite authors and he has not disappointed me.

    In typical form he has crafted another great story. Well done highly recommend this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2014

    Crew Management

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Great Story

    This is the first book I have read by this author, and I am very impressed! The pacing and characters were amazing. Too many authors have problems with keeping the storyline moving, this author kept me interested the whole book. This is one of my favorite books in this genre.

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  • Posted February 14, 2012

    Recommended

    Recognizing the start of a series must provide the basis for the story that follows, this was a rather dry start consisting of a lot of character conversations that were drawn out too long. hopefully the following books will include a bit more action to keep readers enthralled.

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  • Posted October 28, 2011

    Hit or Miss

    Could've been good but he changes the culprit that he'd been going off of the last dozen books. It's still better than Legends of Krondor, which was terrible.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

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    A Huge Fan

    I'm a huge fan of Raymond E. Feist's work, so it will come as no surprise that I really liked this book. It's difficult for me to find the words to express just how much I enjoy his work. His books are so good that I must wait until the series is completely released so that I can read them one right after the other. The action, fighting, and drama are so high and intense that I can't read one and wait until the next is released. The entertaining and knowledgeable Taredhel brothers Gulamendis, a Demon Master, and Laromendis a Conjurer, were essential to not only understanding about demon lore but also to learn how the Taredhel come to be so very different from the other Elves we are used to reading about on Midkemia. Amirantha, a warlock who is a summoner of demons, is more than he appears to be. And because of this, he is both a contributor and a victim of the Demon Legion. He's also got himself caught in a complicated romance. Every time that his and Sandreena's, Knight-Adamant of the Order of the Shield of the Weak, paths cross she punches him in the face, knocking him to the ground. Pug's mind is heavy with the price he must pay, to see all the ones that he loves die before him. With the aid of members of the Conclave like the multi-talented and highly secretive Jim Dasher and Father-Bishop Creegan of the Temple of Dala, they must find a way to interpret the vague and not very helpful insights given to him by the Oracle. Only by this group of potential enemies working together and gathering more and more information to answer the questions that keep mounting, will Midkemia be able to hold off the Dread Legion invading the last know habitable world.

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  • Posted June 20, 2010

    Always engaging, as expected from Feist

    Great beginning to a new series from R.E. Feist. He incorporates well known characters into a new plot pretty seamlessly and the story moves along at a good pace. If you like the Riftwar Saga, you'll enjoy this one, too.

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  • Posted June 9, 2010

    Feist riding the wave

    Raymond Feist is now just suckering all those who have lived thru this universe with him. He really needs to sit down and decide am I going to write or am I going to generate income at the expense of my readers. Right now he is doing the later. There is so little actual content in this book it is appalling.
    Having read all Feist's previous books he may have finally gone too far for me to continue to include him on my reading list.

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

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    The start of another great series

    Rides A Dread Legion, by Raymond E. Feist, is the first novel of what promises to be another great trilogy in annals of Midkemia. I am a devoted reader of every one of the stories of Pug, Tomas, Jimmy the Hand, and others and I have yet to be disappointed. The world of Midkemia seems to be always in peril. Periods of tranquility are almost a myth. The upcoming Demonwar appears to be the greatest threat Midkemia has ever seen. Considering the world has been invaded by the Tsurani during the Riftwar, threatened by the legions of the Emerald Queen during the Serpentwar, and become a refuge for strange races that saw their own worlds destroyed during the centuries long Darkwar, that is saying quite a bit. Throw into the mix the return of a lost race of elves, who seem bent on conquest while at the same time fleeing from the very demons who threaten Midkemia. Raymond Feist is one of the great authors, able to conjure a deep, vivid world, and a unique variation to the standard fantasy cliches of elves, dwarves, etc. This story sets the stage for what might be the most thrilling trilogy yet!

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

    Hints of the past, but effective...

    My favorite element of Mr. Feist's writing is that he can take a standard mix of fantasy concepts, such as Elves, Dwarves and Goblins and find a way to mix them with effective character development. I am a long-time fan of the Magician series and found this new book to be a solid and entertaining work. It is very intersting to see how Feist is again able to reach back into his bag of old and reliable subject matter and craft a fresh story. The introduction of the Star Elves was brilliantly delivered. Feist made them just different enough to be new yet remain clearly as Elves which which we are familiar. Upon the very subtle mention of Angels, I had to stop and wonder why I never noticed their absence in previous stories. I suspect we will find the connection, somewhere on the Peaks of Quor. A good book and an above average Feist offering.

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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    He is back

    After divorce, Feist lost some of his fire. In this book he has recaptured the pathos of loss and the mystery of magic. Admitting the most powerful sorceror on his world of Mikdemia does not know everything, the losses and the pain comes through even greater. The battle on different planets, plains, and levels can be confusing for one who has not read the previous series, but there is enough background to have this trilogy as a stand alone. I look forward to the next books and the character development, as well as the interaction with the newest introduced characters. Celtic mythology, theology, and a taste for magic will attract those readers interested in an ongoing work in a different yet "home" world.

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

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    We found more Demons! Or did they find us???

    Here we go again! More Demons!
    My review is mixed. I am a fan of Raymond Feist, and enjoy his political fantasy, having read and re-read the Serpentwar saga, as well as all his efforts. I enjoy his ability to take something pretty boring (like wheat trading) and make it page-turning reading. He is a Master!
    Saying that, I am aware that many of Mr Feist's fans enjoy swords and sorcery. This book is for them. As readers, we are focusing again on Pug, the magician. Unfortunately for me, I am tired of Pug. He is a worn-out character that in my opinion would be better used as a support figure, in a mythical role.
    I DID enjoy the rest of the book. There are new characters being developed, new branches of magic being discovered, lots of foul-tempered demons, another race facing extinction, and another branch of Elves returning back to Elvendar. To those who have read Mr. Feist's other books, these topics are unfortunately retreads of prior ideas. BUT, as I stated, I DID enjoy this book, which speaks to the author's ability as a wordsmith.

    Overall, I recommend this book. For those familiar with Mr. Feist's other works, this book is faithful, and deserves to be read. To those uninitiated, I would advise finding the lead book of his Serpentwar series, or the initial Magician novel. They are certainly the bset place for a Feist novice to start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2009

    another excellent book

    an excellent continuation of the series

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  • Posted June 4, 2009

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    Good Book

    Once again Feist tells a great story. His writing style is so easy to read and his stories usually leave you wanting more. This book, however, had a tendency to be a little slow and along the same lines as others he has written. It was still good reading and was an excellent start up for future books since I now want to know what happens next.

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