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Raymond E. Feist's new masterpiece
Published on May 31, 2007 By Draginol In Fiction

Raymond E. Feist is the greatest living fantasy author. The author of Magician and the subsequent books, Feist has created a vivid world full of interesting, wonderful characters that are a joy to read.

His latest work, Into a Dark Realm, is book two of a new series. It still exists in the world that has been created by the preceding books but begins a fresh epic.  And boy it is an epic.

In the previous book, readers are given a glimpse into the world of the Dasati, a world in which evil reigns supreme. The sick and twisted Dasati live for cruelty and evil. It is their natural way.  What's worse, they are looking to come to the world of Midkemia and Kelewan (where all the previous books have taken place on).  These unstoppable, evil, super-warriors would love nothing less than to exterminate every living thing on the worlds we've come to know and love.

Magician hero, Pug and his friend Nakor, son Magnus and the mysterious and erratic warrior, Bek have taken a journey to the Dasati homeworld to figure out what can be done before it's too late.

The real joy of the book, however, comes as a great surprise in the form of Dasati characters. Feist builds an intricate backstory and culture for the evil world of the Dasati that is both frightening and exilerating. Seeing how a world of pure evil actually functions and, functions quite well and logically is amazing.

My only gripe is that, being the first book in a new series, it leaves the reader hungry for the next in the series.  It is a must-read for any fan of Raymond E. Feist and not a bad start for any new reader.  Few authors deliver such great characters and worlds as Feist does and this book represents a new triumph for the author.

on May 31, 2007
Raymond E. Feist is one of my favorites.
I missed the release of the paperback for book 1.
I am too rough on books so I rarely buy hardcovers.

Only correction is that Into a Dark Realm is book 2 of the Darkwar Saga and not the start of the series. Flight of the Nighthawks is book 1.


I still have a copy of Betrayal at Krondor. A computer game based on the novel of the same name.

on Jun 01, 2007


Can't wait to read it.  I LOVE fantasy.

The series thing kills me when I really like a storyline.  I don't like waiting. hahaha

on Jun 01, 2007
I've read literally every book he's written (from my much abused copy of Magician back in the 3rd grade) to Flight of the Nighthawks. Okay, to be fair, I'm only halfway through Flight of the Nighthawks. My brother's got a copy of Into a Dark Realm, but I have to let him finish reading it before I can get my hands on it.

I agree that he's one of the best Fantasy authors around. His books are definitely worth reading multiple times, just to revisit old friends.
on Jun 01, 2007
Thanks JavaScout. 
on Jun 01, 2007
Thanks JavaScout. 
on Jun 03, 2007
Wow, that brings back memories. Feist was one of my favorite fantasy authors in high school. I hardly ever read fantasy anymore because it's all so predictable, but I'm feeling all nostalgic now and we are going to the bookstore today. I am going to give this new series a try.

Thanks for the recommendation.
on Jun 11, 2007
Terry Goodkind’s first novel, Wizard’s First Rule (Tor Books, 1994) immediately established him as one of the world’s bestselling authors. Each subsequent book in the Sword of Truth series sold better than the one before and some twenty million copies of books in the series have now been sold.

The saga of the Sword of Truth started growing in Goodkind’s mind during the early 1990s while he was building his house in the forests of the northeastern U.S.

“It started with the character of Kahlan, and grew from that seed,” he recalls. “It really became a haunting experience. As soon as I started writing Wizard’s First Rule, I knew writing was my calling. I’d found something to which I truly want to dedicate my life.”

Goodkind was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where he also attended art school, one of his many interests on the way to becoming a writer. Besides a career in wildlife art, he has been a cabinet maker and violin maker, and he has done restoration work on rare and exotic artifacts from around the world — each with its own story to tell, he says.

While continuing to maintain the northeastern home he built with his own hands, in recent years he and his wife, Jeri, have created a second home in the desert Southwest, where he now spends the majority of his time.

on Jun 19, 2007
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