Sunday, September 7, 2008

Shadow of a Dark Queen by Raymond E. Feist

Link to Amazon synopsis: Shadow of a Dark Queen (The Serpentwar Saga, Book 1)

Feist has started another winning series in my mind. I actually don't have much to say about it. It is another intriguing Fantasy series, born out of the setting and characters of the previous Riftwar series. My only concern is that while the plot is different, the strategy is not. Here is his formula: War happens, there is a little-known magical undertone to the battle which means that if the bad guys win it will be the end of the world, not just the war. There is the classic "quest" and at the end the questors are reduced to a few barely living heroes who get saved by a master magician who until that point in time couldn't get involved for one reason or another. This was the formula for the Riftwar series, as well as some of its individual books, and also the basis for the two intermediate books, The King's Buccaneer and Prince of the Blood. Again, he leverages his formula very well, but I hope to be a little more surprised in the next book. Obviously, Feist is talented enough that I will be reading the next book.

Date Completed: 9/5/2008
Rating: 4.0