/ Key title The first book in the brand new series, Conclave of Shadows, from world-wide bestselling author of 'Magician,' Raymond E. Feist. / Raymond E. Feist is one the world's most successful fantasy writers and his work rivals David Gemmell and Terry Goodkind for action and drama / 'Talon of the Silver Hawk,' the first novel in this series, sold over 80,000 copies. / 'King of Foxes,' the follow-up, has so far sold over 45,000 copies in hardback. / 'Magician,' Feist's first novel, was voted one of the nation's favourite novels in the BBC Big Read poll and has sold well over 1 million copies of the UK edition alone. / The superb new cover design is taking Feist to a larger readership than ever before. / Competition: David Gemmell, Robert Jordon, David and Leigh Eddings
David Gemmell, Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind
This first of a new fantasy trilogy from bestseller Feist (Exile's Return) reintroduces a now ancient but well-preserved Pug (the juvenile hero of Magician) plus numerous generic situations, not the least of which is the return of Pug's old nemesis, the evil wizard Sidi, and a further menace that threatens the land of Midkemia. All the characters talk in completely 21st-century vocabulary, and while some of the inhabitants of the imaginary setting have unusual names suggestive of alien language and culture, we also meet folks named Miranda, Tomas, Magnus, Caleb and Zane. The result does not add up to any sense of a real, other place like Middle Earth or Earthsea, in which mythic events might plausibly occur. Those looking for the numinous wonder of Tolkien or the beautiful language of Ursula Le Guin will have to look elsewhere, but readers seeking to move one step up from adventure-gaming tie-in novels will find this a good starting place. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
'File under guilty pleasure.' Guardian 'Get in at the start of a master's new series.' Daily Sport
Last seen in Exile's Return, top sorcerer Pug has such a nasty dream that he calls for a Conclave of Shadows. When two boys arrive at the conclave by accident, they're drafted to battle the evil Nighthawks. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.