Wrath of a Mad God (Darkwar Saga Series #3)

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The Darkwar rages, bringing bleak days of destruction and despair to Midkemia and Kelewan. To save both worlds, the powerful sorcerer Pug and select members of the mysterious Conclave of Shadows must journey deep into the dangerous realm of the bloodthirsty Dasati on an audacious mission that has little, if any, chance to succeed. In Midkemia, young warriors Tad and Zane and their fellow soldiers must protect the Kingdom from raiders. And Pug's beloved wife, Miranda, finds herself a prisoner of the Dasati and, ...

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Overview

The Darkwar rages, bringing bleak days of destruction and despair to Midkemia and Kelewan. To save both worlds, the powerful sorcerer Pug and select members of the mysterious Conclave of Shadows must journey deep into the dangerous realm of the bloodthirsty Dasati on an audacious mission that has little, if any, chance to succeed. In Midkemia, young warriors Tad and Zane and their fellow soldiers must protect the Kingdom from raiders. And Pug's beloved wife, Miranda, finds herself a prisoner of the Dasati and, even more ominously, of Pug's nemesis, the evil sorcerer Leso Varen.

But salvation may come from a friend thought long dead—an unlikely ally whose remarkable powers will be sorely needed. For there is a momentous battle looming . . . a final, fevered onslaught against the most malevolent agents of evil ever known.

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In order to prevent war from ravaging his beloved world of Midkemia, master sorcerer Pug and his Conclave of Shadows have journeyed into the belly of the beast-the Dasati homeworld, where they encounter a stranger named Bek who may hold the key to Midkemia's survival. In Midkemia, the captive Lady Miranda struggles to escape the Dasati invaders so that she can bring back vital information that can help her world prevail. Feist's latest addition to his ongoing chronicle, and the conclusion of the Darkwar Saga, investigates a realm of brutal invaders and their resisters in a tale that joins familiar characters with new ones to flesh out a fascinating and richly visual world. A consummate storyteller, Feist has a large following among fans of epic fantasy. Recommended for most fantasy collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ12/07.]
—Jackie Cassada

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060793005
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/24/2009
  • Series: Darkwar Saga Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 212,421
  • Lexile: 1030L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.20 (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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Wrath of a Mad God
Book Three of the Darkwar Saga

Chapter One

Escape

Miranda screamed.

The searing agony that seized her mind relented for the briefest moment, and in that instant she found what she had been seeking. The preponderance of her awareness was occupied with the battle of wills with her captors, but a tiny fragment—a disciplined fraction of her consciousness—had been readied. Over the days of interrogation and examination she had used every respite to partition off this one sliver of her intellect, to somehow overcome the blinding pain, and observe. During the last four encounters with the Dasati Deathpriests she had achieved that detachment and willed her body to withstand the pain. It was there, she knew, inflamed nerves protesting about the alien energies coursing across the surface of her mind, probing it, seeking insights into her very being, but she had learned to ignore physical pain centuries before. The mental assaults were more difficult, for they attacked the root of her power, the unique intelligence that made her a supreme magician on her home world.

These Dasati clerics lacked any pretense of subtlety. At first they had ripped open her thoughts like a bear pulling apart a tree stump looking for honey. A lesser mind would have been savaged beyond recovery on the first assault. After the third such onslaught, Miranda nearly had been reduced to idiocy. Still, she had fought back, and knowing there was no victory if there was no survival, she had focused all her considerable talents first on endurance, then insight.

Her ability to shunt aside the terrible assault and focus on thattiny sliver of knowledge she had gained kept her sane. Her determination to overcome her captivity and return with that knowledge gave her purpose.

Now she feigned unconsciousness, a new ploy in her struggle with her captors. Unless they possessed finer skills than she had so far encountered, her charade was undetected: to them she appeared incapacitated. This counterfeit lack of awareness was her first successful conjuration since her captivity began. She risked just enough body awareness to ensure that her breathing was slow and shallow, even though she suspected the Deathpriests who studied her still knew too little about humans to understand what physical signs to observe. No, her struggle was in the mind, and there she would eventually triumph. She had learned more about her captors than they had about her, she was certain.

Individually the Dasati were no match for her, nor even for one of her more advanced students back home. She had no doubt without the snare concocted by Leso Varen to disorient her, she would have easily disposed of the two Deathpriests who had seized her. But Varen was a force to reckon with, a necromancer with centuries of experience, and she alone would be hard-pressed to best him: three times one of his bodies had been killed to her knowledge, by multiple foes and taken by surprise, but still he survived. Between Varen and the Deathpriests, she had been quickly overwhelmed.

Now she knew the Deathpriests for what they were, necromancers of a sort. Throughout her life, Miranda had chosen to ignore clerical magic, as was common for most magicians on Midkemia, as being some sort of manifestation of the gods' powers. Now she regretted that oversight. Her husband, Pug, had been the only magician with whom she was familiar who had some insight into clerical magic, having made a point to learn as much about it as he could, despite the tendency of the various orders to be secretive. He had learned a great deal about this darkest of magic because of his repeated encounters with the Pantathian Serpent Priests, a death cult with their own mad ambitions. He had confronted several attempts on their part to wreak havoc throughout the world. She had listened indifferently to several discussions on the subject, and now she wished she had paid closer attention.

However, she was learning by the minute; the Deathpriests were clumsy and imprecise in their investigation and often revealed as much about their own magical nature as they learned about hers. Their lack of subtlety worked in her favor.

She heard her captor leave, but kept her eyes closed as she slowly let her consciousness return to the upper levels of her mind, every instant clinging to the insight she had just achieved. Then clarity returned. And with it, pain. She fought back the urge to cry out, and used deep breathing and mental discipline to manage the agony.

She lay up on a slab of stone, but stone that had its own evil nature, a sense of energy alien to Miranda. Simply touching it was uncomfortable, and she was strapped to it without benefit of clothing. She was drenched in perspiration and nauseous. Her muscles were threatening to cramp, and with her limbs restrained, the additional pain was unwelcome. She employed every trick at her disposal to control the urge, calm herself, and let the pain flow away.

For almost a week she had undergone the Dasati examination, enduring humiliation as well as pain, as they sought to learn as much about her and the human race as possible. She was secretly grateful for their heavy-handed approach for it provided her with two advantages: they had no experience with human guile and they vastly underestimated her.

She put aside her speculation on the Dasati, and turned her attention to escape. Once trapped by Leso Varen and the Deathpriests, she had quickly realized that her best course of action was to give her interrogators just enough truth to make credible everything said. Varen, his malignant consciousness currently inhabiting the body of the Tsurani magician Wyntakata, had not appeared since she had been taken, a fact for which she was grateful, as he would have given the Dasati a far greater advantage in dealing with her. She knew he had his own mad agenda and had only been in league with the Dasati for as long as it suited him, and cared nothing for the success of their insane ambitions, only for his own.

Wrath of a Mad God
Book Three of the Darkwar Saga
. Copyright © by Raymond Feist. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted December 29, 2009

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    Wrath of a Mad God, the Darkwar trilogy, Book 3

    This book was phenomenally amazing! It has nail-biting suspense, great adventure, and is such a great read, that I could not put it down! (I can understand why it took the two previous books to set up this story!) There are a great many surprises in store for the reader, and I don't want to be a spoiler, so let's say Pug and his team do get to the TeKarana, and Bek is there with Nakor's guidance, but it doesn't play out like I thought it would. It's much, much better! The Dasati do invade Kelewan at a much greater rate than Pug anticipates. He is torn by those he will not be able to save. Even Leso Varen, whose madness makes me laugh out loud, comes to a surprise! The Darkwar Saga is a definite must read for any fantasy lover, and is a triumph for Feist!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    series fans will relish the finish to Raymond E. Feist¿s fine fantasy trilogy

    A Rift (or portal) was created connecting Dasati to Kelewan, and the Dark God¿s Death priests have caught the powerful magician Miranda to find all they can about humanity before they invade. When Miranda escapes, she kills many of the powerful enemy, but also learns the Dasati not only plan to attack, but also to turn Kelewan into a place identical to their evil world which is hostile to humans. Miranda rallies the troops to go to war against a more powerful enemy, but her sides knows the outcome if they lose to the Dark God.------------ Miranda¿s husband Pug, the most powerful magician in the world, is in Dasati gathering intelligence. The Dark God has made Dasati into a dark place in which the inhabitants enjoy killing as if it is a sports contest and enjoy providing pain to others. Despite the precautions, the Dasati breech the Kelewan defensive perimeter, killing millions. On Dasati, Pug concludes the only way to end the deadly assault and return balance to the worlds is to kill the invincible immortal immoral Dark God.-------------- To fully understand what is going on in the third Darkwar Saga tale, fans must read at least the previous two stories (see FLIGHT OF THE NIGHTHAWKS and INTO THE DARK REALM) as this thrilling fantasy does not stand alone. What is even better is to peruse the entire Rift War and Midkemia novels as that will fill in a little more background especially about Pug. WRATH OF A MAD GOD is a complex tale with multiple plotlines that converge into a terrific climax. Fans of the long running series will relish the finish to Raymond E. Feist¿s fine fantasy trilogy.-------------- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

    What happened to the characters from book 1 of this trilogy?

    This was a very entertaining book, however, Feist hardly mentions any of the characters from book one of the Darkwar Saga. It's like they play no part at all in the final installment. I was disappointed that he did not build on their plots and adventures. Perhaps Feist is saving that for another book, I can only guess? I thought the final 2 books of the series are tied together well, just the first book could belong with any series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2009

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    Mr. Feist never fails to amaze me.You feel bad when main people die, because you feel for them. He does not drag a story line on with too much deep thought or reminiscing. People, places, and story line are awesome. At the end of the book, I was stuned to see how smoothly he wrote it so there could be many other books to come. This book did not let me down. Thank you sir.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2009

    Wrath of a Mad God

    All Raymond E Feist readers will love to dive back into his tales. It has all the characters that we love, as well as the excitement. As always his tales keep you ready for the next book to be published. It's a great read.

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  • Posted April 13, 2009

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    Feist continues his work of delivering the unexpected.

    Wrath of a Mad God is an excellent story for those who have read the the books that precede it in the series. Captivating and invigorating, this book has all that one would hope to find in a fantasy novel - intrigue, deception, sacrifice, innovation, and conflict on many different levels, not to mention what is perhaps the biggest event to have ever shaped the Feist universe. The magnitude of the decisions that the characters must face is monumental (dare I say world-shattering?), and the consequences equally significant. Feist throws several curveballs with his newest book that few (if any) readers will be prepared for. If you have read the two books before this in The Darkwar Saga, I would strongly recommend the last. It will leave you both satisfied and wanting more.

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  • Posted March 4, 2009

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    Read this book from start to finish in one go, just couldn't put it down (sorry, no dinner!). It has me all excited to read the entire series again. This has got to be one of my all time favorite authors (then again, I do have quite a few of those as well). Anyway, to anyone new to the work of Feist, I would strongly recommend you start from the beginning and read the lot. It is so worth the money, and you will keep coming back for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    fantasy made real

    feist has been enthraling me since the Magician seiries. The plots are fast and most importantly can be related to. While there is magic / fantastic creasures etc there is a vivid human element to relate to. The darkwar seiries is no exception.The flow of the seiries and the new vista's that are constantly explored and presented to the reader by this master writer is breath taking. Highly reccomended author for any book collection. His books should be part of hierlooms handed down the generations. A fitting end to another great triology.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2008

    It is one of my favorite books that I've ever read.

    Last summer I read the first 15 books of Raymond E. Feist. I waited for this book to come out so I could get caught up without having to wait to read the next book. It took me two evenings to read this. It is almost sad that I finshed it, because now I have to wait for Feist's next installment to come out. But the bright side is that I will have plenty of time to re-read all the books again.

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