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The Riftwar Cycle
The Riftwar Cycle is the name given to the series of books authored or co-authored by Raymond E. Feist that revolve around the fantasy worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan; the majority of Feist's works are part of The Riftwar Universe, feature the worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan. Human magicians and other creatures on the two planets are able to create rifts through dimensionless space that can connect planets in different solar systems; the novels and short stories of The Riftwar Universe record the adventures of various people on these worlds. Midkemia was created as an alternative to the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game; when Feist studied at the University of California, San Diego, he and his friends created a new role-playing game based on their own original world of Midkemia. They called themselves the Thursday Nighters, because they played the Midkemia role-playing game every Thursday evening. After some time, when the group changed and began meeting on Fridays, they became known as the Friday Nighters.
The original group have since formed a company called Midkemia, which has continued publishing campaigns set in Midkemia. Feist acknowledges that the Tekumel setting from M. A. R. Barker's Empire of the Petal Throne was the source for much of Kelewan; the original D&D campaign which he based his books on had an invasion of the Midkemia world by Tekumel. As a result, much of the background of Kelewan - the Tsurani Empire, the lack of metals and horses, the Cho'ja, the pantheons of 10 major and 10 minor gods - comes from Tekumel. Feist claims to have been unaware of this origin. Most Riftwar novels' stories occur in chronological order following the publishing order, with a few exceptions; the Empire Trilogy concludes after A Darkness at Sethanon. The Riftwar Legacy occurs between Krondor's Sons; the Legends of the Riftwar novels occur between Silverthorn. Novels are grouped into their respective series, with series ordered by the publishing date of the first novel in the series. Magician republished in two parts in the United States as Magician: Apprentice and Magician: Master Silverthorn A Darkness at Sethanon Daughter of the Empire with Janny Wurts Servant of the Empire with Janny Wurts Mistress of the Empire with Janny Wurts Prince of the Blood The King's Buccaneer Shadow of a Dark Queen Rise of a Merchant Prince Rage of a Demon King Shards of a Broken Crown Krondor: The Betrayal Krondor: The Assassins Krondor: Tear of the Gods Jimmy and the Crawler - a novella replacing the cancelled novels Krondor: The Crawler and Krondor: The Dark Mage.
Honoured Enemy with William R. Forstchen Murder in LaMut with Joel Rosenberg Jimmy the Hand with S. M. Stirling Talon of the Silver Hawk King of Foxes Exile's Return Flight of the Nighthawks Into a Dark Realm Wrath of a Mad God Rides a Dread Legion At the Gates of Darkness A Kingdom Besieged A Crown Imperiled Magician's End Profit and the Grey Assassin in Fantasy Book The Wood Boy in Legends The Messenger in Legends II
King of Foxes
King of Foxes is a fantasy novel by American writer Raymond E. Feist, the second book in the Conclave of Shadows trilogy, part of The Riftwar Cycle, it is followed by Exile's Return. An exceptionally skilled swordsman, young Tal Hawkins was the only survivor of the massacre of his village - rescued and trained by the mysterious order of magicians and spies, the Conclave of Shadows. Now one of the secret society's most valuable agents, he gains entrance into the court named Duke of Olasko, the bloodthirsty and powerful despot whose armies put Tal's village to the sword, by posing as a nobleman from the distant Kingdom of the Isles, but the enemy is cunning and well protected - in league with the foul necromancer Leso Varen, dark master of death-magic - and to gain the Duke's trust and confidence, Tal Hawkins must first sell his soul
Krondor: The Assassins
Krondor: The Assassins is a fantasy novel by American writer Raymond E. Feist, it is the second book in The Riftwar Legacy and was published in 1999 by HarperCollins under their Voyager imprint. It was preceded by Krondor: The Betrayal and followed by the third book in the saga, Krondor: Tear of the Gods; the series was planned to be five books but the project was stalled by the owners, due to some differences between Raymond and Sierra Entertainment, although the series may come to conclusion through an alternate medium. Squire James of Krondor must find the cause for many unexplained murders plaguing Krondor. While a war is waged between the Mockers and agents of the Crawler a rival criminal with ties to Kesh; as a further complication eastern nobles arrive the Crown Prince of Roldem and the Duke of Olasko and his son and daughter. William the son of the magician Pug and Katala is commissioned as a Knight-Lieutenant and soon he is escorting the Duke on a hunt which turns out to be an ambush with two attempts on the nobles’ lives one by a group of magicians controlling panthers and another during the night by nighthawks William manages to keep them alive until aid arrives.
Meanwhile, James discovered something that will lead him to the main nest of the nighthawks with the help from Ethan Graves. James, William and a few soldiers disguise and approach the supposed location which used to be a Keshian outpost, they discover a back door and enter saving one of their captured scouts and causing havoc while they wait for Prince Arutha and his army. Jimmy is readied for a sacrifice in a demon summoning, he manages to upset the ritual and the demon is loosed on the nighthawks instead of the prince’s army. William and his squad force the demon to confront Arutha who in turn kills him with his magic imbued sword; the search of the nest results in a sealed chest and documents. Arutha orders a forced march to port Vikor and there he is met by Admiral Trask who takes them swiftly to Krondor. There they open the chest; the creature is defeated with help from a priest of Prandur but a lot of damage is caused to that wing of the palace. Further inspection and translation of the captured documents reveals that the Duke of Olasko is behind the attempted murder and Arutha sends the eastern nobles back to Roldem under escort.
The Mockers are back in power as the Crawler's agents are defeated, Jimmy meets the unconfirmed Upright Man of the Mockers. It is further revealed that Sidi is behind the chaos
Flight of the Nighthawks
Flight of the Nighthawks is a fantasy novel by American writer Raymond E. Feist, it is the first book in the Darkwar Saga and was published in 2005. It was followed by Into a Dark Realm, published in 2006. Leso Varen is still at large and the Conclave of the Shadows must find a way to neutralize ten thousand magical warriors that are hidden in a cave on the other side of the world. In Kelewan and the Tsurani magicians are studying a Talnoy and discover, a beacon for a huge army of alien invaders. Meanwhile, Kaspar and Caleb have been sent to The Empire of Great Kesh to uncover a nest of Night Hawks who are plotting to overthrow the government. Flight of the Nighthawks focuses on the adventures of two young boys and Zane, the organization they become involved with, the Conclave of Shadows; the story picks up shortly after the end of Exile's Return, the final book in the preceding Conclave of Shadows series by Feist. The book begins in the town of Stardock. Marie, Tad's biological mother and Zane's surrogate mother is concerned about the boys' tendency to get into trouble, when her lover, comes back to Stardock, she begs him to take the boys to be apprenticed.
Caleb travels with the boys to The Empire of Great Kesh to find them an apprenticeship. Along the journey they are ambushed by bandits and Caleb is gravely wounded; the boys manage to bring Caleb to a friend, unbeknownst to them, agent of the Conclave. The Conclave is able to heal Caleb, while they decide what to do with the boys, Caleb decides to formalize his long relationship with Marie and marries her, adopting the boys as well; the Conclave becomes aware of trouble in the capital of Kesh, where nobles are being murdered, ostensibly as part of political maneuvering between two factions to establish the next emperor. The Conclave sends three sets of agents to investigate: Talwin Hawkins and his assassin-turned-servant Petro Amafi and Pasko, Caleb and the boys. During their time in the city and Zane are aided in a fight by a boy named Jommy, living in the streets, whom Caleb takes into his care; the Conclave's agents discover that the necromancer, Leso Varen, has entrenched himself and intends to use the secret guild of assassins, the Nighthawks, to cause utter chaos in Great Kesh.
Kaspar realizes that Varen has taken over the body of the Emperor, while Caleb falls into a trap set for them by the Nighthawks, manages to escape alive. The Conclave agents regroup, make plans to root out the nest of Nighthawks and foil Varen's plan. Pug and Magnus venture into the sewers to locate the Nighthawks' hideout, but both possible locations are empty; the Conclave realizes the Nighthawks have established themselves in the palace itself, the entire royal family is in danger. On the eve of Banapis, the midsummer celebration and the biggest festival of the year, Varen reveals himself and attempts to kill the members of the royal court, he is stopped by the Conclave, with Caleb and the boys stumbling into a Nighthawk staging area and assisting in its destruction, Kaspar managing to aid in securing the safety of the emperor's heirs, Pug, Miranda and Magnus opposing Varen's deadly magic. In the end, Varen's body is destroyed, but his soul manages to escape again through a rift into the world of Kelewan
Shards of a Broken Crown
Shards of a Broken Crown is a 1998 fantasy novel by American writer Raymond E. Feist, the fourth and final book of his Serpentwar Saga and the twelfth book of his Riftwar cycle. Thanks to an enemy general who has a change of heart now that the enemy leaders are gone, the reclamation of the western realm of the Kingdom is made easier - but not by much - with Kesh threatening Krondor and the Eastern Armies returning to the east. On top of that, a new evil is unleashed by the enemy, with the dead rising and fighting the Kingdom forces. Pug, Tomas and Miranda must defeat the enemy magicians and their unnatural allies for the Kingdom to survive. General Fadawah has sent Duko to hold Krondor with his army. Jimmy and Dash are sent to Krondor to recover information, they discover Malar, a man who's survived during the winter. They are found by a patrol, separated. Dash is pressed into a work-gang rebuilding Krondor, he escapes with Talwin into the sewers, where they are found by the Mockers. Meanwhile, Jimmy is discovered by Duko's men.
Duko reveals. Jimmy is sent back to Darkmoor to relay this information. Dash is set free, with the promise from his great-uncle - leader of the Mockers Lysle Rigger - that all Mockers will be pardoned for helping in the capturing of Krondor. Jimmy tells Patrick of their peace offering. Patrick is furious at this, but Duke Arutha convinces him otherwise. Duko swears fealty to Patrick, retakes Krondor. Erik von Darkmoor is sent north to scout Sarth with Roo. Jimmy is sent south to Duko, now Duke of the Southern Marches, at Port Vykor. Dash appoints 40 constables as the new city watch. Erik and Roo find Roo's trading partner, they discover what they want, leave Roo to take the only ship in the harbour. They discover Lord Vasarius's wealth on it; as they leave, a Quegan galley charges them. Kingdom ships soon sink both ships, with Roo and Vasarius surviving. Arutha is sent with Captain Subai's pathfinders and a group of Crimson Eagles to infiltrate Sarth's abbey, they capture most of the force. However, Arutha is killed.
Erik and Greylock charge Sarth and take it quickly. Afterwards, they march up and find the road fortified. Erik and Pathfinders infiltrate the camp and cause enough confusion to open the gates and win quickly. On their way to Port Vykor, Malar poisons leaves him to die. However, a patrol finds Jimmy, he is healed, they ride to stop Malar as he has notes that reveal Krondor's weaknesses to Kesh. They discover him amongst 20 soldiers, they lead a surprise attack. They ride back to Port Vykor. Meanwhile, two of Dash's constables have been dumped in front of the jail. Dash discovers through Talwin they were Kingdom agents. Dash seeks help of the Mockers to find the culprits. Shards of a Broken Crown on Feist's website
Mistress of the Empire
Mistress of the Empire is a fantasy novel by American writers Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts, it is the third and final book in the Empire Trilogy and was published in 1992. It was preceded by Servant of the Empire, published in 1990. After rising to power, Mara of the Acoma must now face the power of the brotherhood of assassins, the spies of rival houses, the might of the Assembly, who see her as a threat to their power. In the last novel of the series, Mara's actions in the first two books come back to haunt her. Although revered by the general population as the Servant of the Empire, her enemies plot revenge. Mara's son and heir Ayaki is killed by the Hamoi Tong in an attempt on Mara's life. Although the tong is known for preserving the secrecy of its employers, a token of the Anasati house is found in the assassin's hiding place. With her heart set on vengeance, Mara, as leader of Clan Hadama, calls for war with Clan Ionani, of which the Anasati, led by Lord Jiro, are a member; the Assembly of Magicians, "Great Ones" tasked with protecting the Empire, forbid the war, claiming the conflict would tear the Empire apart.
Two years an assassin of the Hamoi Tong poses as a Midkemian trader and poisons Mara with a chocolate drink. Mara's Spy Master Arakasi ruthlessly tortures the apothecary who sold the poison in order to find an antidote, her husband Hokanu, although ambushed by assassins, manages to survive and return with the recipe. Mara survives, but her unborn child dies, it is discovered that Mara will be able to bear only one more child; as she recovers, Arakasi is given the task of destroying the Hamoi Tong by stealing its records. Mara gives birth to Hokanu's daughter, named Kasuma, but Hokanu's reluctance to accept a girl as his heir damages the intimate connection between him and Mara. Arakasi infiltrates the tong, stealing the records. On delivery, it is discovered that the death of Hokanu's father, had been paid for by Jiro. Mara realizes that the Great Ones forbade the war against the Anasati as a result of a centuries-long policy of keeping Tsurani culture in stagnation, as well as a fear that she will be responsible for a radical upheaval in society.
Hoping to find a way to resist the Assembly, Mara commits her children to the protection of the Emperor and journeys to the heart of the Thuril Highlands and Chakaha, the city of the cho-ja, where she convinces the cho-ja to aid her. Two cho-ja mages—powerful creatures whose presence in the Empire is forbidden under the terms of an ancient treaty between the Tsurani cho-ja and the Assembly—return with her to her estates, where she learns that the Emperor Ichindar has been assassinated and that all the Houses of the Empire are mobilizing for war. Mara realizes that her enemies, the Anasati foremost among them, seek to claim the Emperor's Golden Throne and that it is Jiro's intention to marry the late Emperor's daughter, Jehilia. Mara's children, trapped in the Imperial City of Kentosani, represent major threats to anyone who wishes to take the throne. Allies of the Anasati are situated within immediate range of Kentosani, although the Acoma army is able to block reinforcements, neither Mara, Hokanu, or Jiro can initiate the conflict without incurring the wrath of the Assembly.
Fighting breaks out amongst other Houses, but without the involvement of the Acoma, Shinzawai, or Anasati, no definite conclusion can be reached. Mara and Jiro are summoned to Kentosani by the Assembly, she takes ten guards and makes her way toward Kentosani, while her oldest advisers and a large honour guard provide a distraction on the main roads. At the same time, she commands her army to attack the Anasati army, though the Acoma are the larger force the battle is interrupted by the Great Ones, who force a withdrawal and, after questioning her Force Commander, begin to suspect her alliance with the cho-ja, they set out to find her, but in an expensive sacrifice the decoy force succeed in taunting a hot-headed Great One into destroying them all, allowing her time to avoid an Anasati ambush and enter a cho-ja hive. Hokanu launches a mounted attack on Jiro's own honor guard, who prove ill-prepared to fight against men on horseback. Hokanu strangles Jiro proceeds toward Kentosani; the Great Ones, angered by Mara's new alliance, inadvertently break their treaty with the cho-ja in an attempt to kill her, the cho-ja mages are able to transport her to the Imperial City.
A marriage is hastily arranged between Justin and Jehilia, which takes place as the Great Ones try to breach wards set by the cho-ja. Justin's coronation is completed just as the Great Ones are about to break through, faced with a new emperor who holds the support of the temples, they are forced to accept Mara as Regent as well as the introduction of a new social order; the series ends with a reunion between Mara and Kevin of Zūn, who returns to Tsuranuanni as an ambassador from The Kingdom of the Isles, unknowing that he has fathered a child, shocked to find his son upon the Imperial Throne. Kevin and Mara, who has divorced Hokanu resume their romance. Arakasi, Mara's Spymaster, is focused upon more in this novel: he falls in love whilst infiltrating the Hamoi Tong, his struggle to reconcile his emotions and his profession form a running subplot