Shadow of a Dark Queen (The Serpentwar Saga, #1)
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Shadow of a Dark Queen

by Raymond E. Feist
Release date: 1994
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy

A compelling new series from the creator of the Riftwar saga.

From a true master of the fantasy genre comes the first volume in the long awaited Serpentwar Saga, set in the same imagined world as Raymond E. Feist's bestselling Riftwar books. Shadow of a Dark Queen is a stunning confirmation of Raymond E. Feist's reputaion as one of the most accomplished fantasy writers of our time.

Something dark is moving in distant nations, and great and ancient powers ready themselves for a final confrontation. A Dark Queen has raised a standard in remote lands and is gathering armies of unmatched might.

Into this battleground of good and evil comes a band of 'desperate men', among them, Erik, bastard son of the Baron of Darkmoor and his boyhood friend, Roo. They join with Calis, neither man nor elf, a being of incredible strength and skills who is apparently ageless; Calis's right hand man, Robert de Loungville who is willing to die for his master - and kill for him as well; Luis the Rodezian, Billy Goodwin and Sho-Pi - each with his own reasons for embarking on a quest that is at best dangerous and at worst suicidal.

These six join a company of condemned criminals, disguised as mercenaries, whose only hope for survival is to travel to face this ancient power and discover its true nature. With them travel Nakor the Isalani, the gambler who knows more magic than most magicians, yet who claims magic doesn't exist. He alone knows the true nature of the Dark Queen whose shadow threatens to engulf their world.

And there is the mysterious Miranda upon whom all must wager their lives. She appears to be an ally but knows much more than she is willing to tell. Does she have a hidden agenda of her own? And will she prove ally or even more deadly foe when the final confrontation is at hand?

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After reading the previous book from Feist (King's Buccaneer, part II of Krondor's Sons) and not liking it at all, I had serious doubts about this one. For a reader who has followed Feist through his previous series, this one offers little that is new. Although it is clear that this is not exactly a stand alone novel, the biggest problem was that I just didn't grow fond enough of the characters to care about what happens to them in the sequels. Feist tells bluntly what happens and why, ... (more)
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Shadow of a Dark Queen is the first book of The Serpentwar Saga. I enjoyed reading this book, although it wasn't as the previous books (Magician etc). By the way, if you've read the Finnish translations of The Serpentwar Saga books, you should definitely read Magician, Silverthorn, A Darkness at Sethanon, Prince of the Blood and The King's Buccaneer before you begin to read this series. If you haven't read these books, you probably won't enjoy reading The Serpentwar Saga.
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