Rage of a Demon King (Serpentwar Saga Series #3)

Rage of a Demon King (Serpentwar Saga Series #3)

by Raymond E. Feist

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“A massive, entertaining tale.”

Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel


The Serpentwar rages on! In Rage of a Demon King—the spellbinding third installment in Raymond E. Feist’s masterful epic fantasy, The Serpentwar Saga—the imperiled realm of Midkemia confronts its most devastating horror, as a nightmare beyond imagining descends upon the war-torn land determined to devour and destroy. A terrible conflict reaches a breathtaking climax—a world-annihilating conflagration that pits serpent against man and magician against demon. Rage of a Demon King is Feist at his best, solidifying his standing along with Terry Goodkind, George R. R. Martin, and Terry Brooks, as the elite creators of epic sword and sorcery fantasy.

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ISBN-13: 9780380720880
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/28/2010
Series: Riftwar Cycle: The Serpentwar Saga Series , #3
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 238,265
Product dimensions: 6.54(w) x 11.04(h) x 1.31(d)
Lexile: 940L (what's this?)

About the Author

Raymond E. Feist is the author of more than 30 previous books, including the internationally bestselling “Riftwar Cycle” of novels set in his signature world of Midkemia. The Firemane Saga is his first all-new epic fantasy series. He lives in San Diego, California.

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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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Rage of a Demon King (Serpentwar Saga Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Drijien More than 1 year ago
Should have ended it here. Book three of the Serpent war Saga Series would have been the ideal ending to this chapter of the Midkemia story line. While at times the writer takes liberties with the timelines just to put characters in needless peril it does a good job of concluding the story line. The writer seems to be done with this series at this point ending it in an abrupt but decent fashion. If you really need to read book four go ahead but I think this is the best ending to the story.
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
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!
DAY-READER More than 1 year ago
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.......
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the conclusion of the Serpentwar saga. I enjoyed the characters, but I didn't enjoy this trilogy as much as the previous. The resolution here is a bit mixed, the immediate threat is ended, but its obvious there's still something big planning trouble in the background. That's fairly normal for Feist books, but at this point I started to wonder when we'd ever get an idea of what's really behind all the problems, and when they'd get to fixing it.
Trelander on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The final book in the saga was a well rounded and action packed book. As always you get the two tiered effect of epic level characters dueling gods and demons and the mid range leaders down in the rank and files. I think it ended rather abruptly but it didnt take much away from the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Needs 4th book
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siilence33 More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. I plan to buy more books by Raymond e feist.
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