The penultimate volume of the mighty Riftwar Cycle. War rages in Midkemia but behind the chaos there is disquieting evidence of dark forces at work. Jim Dasher’s usually infallible intelligence network has been cleverly dismantled; nowhere is safe. He feels that the world is coming apart at the seams and is helpless to protect his nation.
Quiet palace coups are underway in Roldem and Rillanon; and King Gregory of the Isles has yet to produce an heir. In each kingdom a single petty noble has risen from obscurity to threaten the throne.Lord Hal of Crydee and his great friend Ty Hawkins, champion swordsman of the Masters’ Court, are entrusted with the task of smuggling Princess Stephané and her lady-in-waiting, the lovely but mysterious Lady Gabriella, out of Roldem to a place of greater safety. But is there any safe haven to be found?
Meanwhile, Hal’s younger brothers Martin and Brendan are attempting to hold the strategic city of Ylith against an onslaught of Keshian Dog Soldiers, and a mysterious force from beneath the sea. The Kingdom might lose Crydee and recover; but if Ylith falls, all is lost.An unknown player appears to orchestrating these conflicts. Can Pug and the Conclave of Shadows track down this source before Midkemia is destroyed?
©2012 Raymond E. Feist (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
“File under guilty pleasure.” (Guardian)
“Epic scope…vivid imagination…a significant contribution to the growth of the field of fantasy.” (Washington Post)
So, the only issue i have is with the change in narrator. No slight intended to either voice narrator, but the difference between the two took me a while to overcome before i could settle back into the story.
Once I adjusted, great narration and story again. Feist is a master and this series his magnum opus. Really undervalued on audible.
The narrator ruins the immersion, too fast paced. new New new New new New new
The story is as always fantastic, however this new reader is beyond awful.
He does not take time to pause between sentences and character dialogue, leading to an often confusing listen.
new narrator is mispronouncing names qnd locations from previous narrator and lacks full range of emotions and differences in tone between charactors
Im not saying that John is a bad narrator, nothing wrong with him. However, when the previous 15 or so books were done by Peter Joyce it kills the continuity by changing up the voice reading the story.
If you've listened to the entire series by Peter Joyce this will be a real let-down in terms of performance. The opening intro his pronunciation of the words Valheru and names are so alien to the past 17 books of narration, that it made me stop and wait until i could read the actual book instead. I'll still give it a listen to, but only after I read it hearing Peter Joyce's pronunciation, accents and voices in my head.
A great build up to the finale, so its a great addition to the series, in terms of content.
No. Probably biased due to his performance in this series, but in my opinion, his narration is not suitable for fantasy fiction.
"A great book, ruined by the narrator."
Great book by Feist as always, but dreadful narration. The guy needs to learn how read clearly and consistently. Sometimes staccato, other times in a sine-wave of speed, other so fast it's difficult to know when a breath would be taken. Also he needs to learn how to pronounce certain words, as he's clearly guessing. Loved the book, hated tge narration.
"One or two small issues"
Changing the narrator was the main issue with this, made it feel somehow childish and did not have the gravitas that the book should have had. Its a pity that one out of the whole series is different. Lots of issues with pronunciation, timing, changes between paragraphs/sections not being clear and at one point Magnus turned into Marcus. There is also an issue with this version of the book that is noted on the authors site. That is not the narrators fault but surely you could have used one of the copy's that are corrected. It is an obvious mistake and causes a lot of confusion in the story.
But the story is part of a much greater whole and thankfully plays into the next book that has gone back to the original narrator.
"What an amazing imagination - you have to love it!"
Epic scope, amazing characters, filled with many unexpected and pleasant surprises - a must read!
I have been listening to the entire Crydee series of books.
TWENTY SEVEN books in a row narrated by the same narrator - Peter Joyce.
He was reasonably consistent throughout the series and his voice became everything you expected in every character.
Suddenly the twenty-eight book is narrated by someone else.
Now it's not just that the narrator has changed, it's that John Meagher is a very poor narrator indeed. I keep screaming at him while listening!
What makes a poor narrator that ruins a story?
He talks way too fast. Every sentence is said like he is in a race, and there is barely a pause between sentences.
I cannot believe that this close to the end of such a huge series by such a well-known author, it can be totally ruined by anyone having paid money to such a poor narrator.
Very bad narrator compared to previous books. Almost made me return the book. Glad they returned to the original narrator in the last book.
"Awful narration ruined this"
Why did they not stick to Peter Joyce who narrated all the first two books in this trilogy bewilders me. It's jarring, all the pronunciations of characters is not slightly different, but massively. Also the style of narration is flat with no emotion and monotone making it difficult to bother listening too. It may just be bearable if all three in this trilogy were read by the same narrator but to use one for the first two then switch is unfathomable and ruined the whole set for me.
Only as book not audio book unless it is narrated by a different person, steer well clear of John Meagher
Narration ruined this, so much so after 1/3 of the book i just gave up and bought the actual book and read it so i could find out what happens in the end of the series.
"i am so annoyed"
Listened to all the others and Peter Joyce does a good job of narration. Imagine my annoyance to find him gone for the next one. I'm trying to listen to it, but an hour in i want to pull my hair out!
"Good story, terrible narration."
Yes the story was enjoyable, but the narration was terrible.
The disappointment of listening to John Meagher is all encompassing.
By having Peter Joyce re-record it and erasing this version from history.
Yes, write this review to suggest that the story is re-recorded.
Keep John Meagher well away from narrating fantasy novels.... any novels.
"The narration is horrendous and flat!"
Why oh why would they not use Peter Joyce on this book?! This is the third part of a trilogy and I can't even bring myself to finish it because of the narrator. I tried to listen to it for several days and just couldn't handle it.
Extremely disappointed with it. Not even sure how good the story was as I couldn't complete it.
If I could give minus stars I would.
"I want a refund"
Just started and already annoyed. It beggars belief that you would change the narrator for the second to last book in what has been a fantastic series. Peter Joyce did a fine job, so why change. Sounds like a cartoon, takes away all the atmosphere of what should be building up to a grand finale after nearly 20 books. Absolutely disgusted. Please refund my money and have peter do the book properly. This is a joke. Rated the story 1 because can't finish. Unfair for Raymond cos I know it will be good.
"Narrator change - Brian blessed to Bart Simpson."
The change in narrator is so jarring. He sounds like a little American kid compared to Peter Joyce who has done every other main entry in the series and has a wonderful tone of voice. I have read all of Raymond Feist's books before more than once but not sure if I will make it through this audio book the narrator may prove to be unlistenable to me.
"Abysmal choice of narrator."
Peter Joyce has effectively and with some gravitas narrated all the Feist novels until now. Your choice of narrator is inexplicable. An appropriate narrator for Andy Pansy or Nosey not Feist.
"Great Story but why oh why the change of Narrator."
the subject says it all. did not like John Meagher narrating, it grater after the excellent work of Peter Joyce in all the other books.
"Excellent story (as ever) but terrible narration"
The penultimate episode of Raymond E Feist's "tour de force" saga does not disappoint, as he begins to bring all the threads of this long cycle to their conclusions. I'm just utterly mystified why the publishers selected John Meagher to narrate instead of the most excellent Peter Joyce! Meagher's delivery is bland and totally uninspiring. No characterisation and little proper "storytelling". He seems to just want to read the words as quickly as possible.
"New narrator ruins it for me :("
Changed the narrator, this one is no way near as good. Please bring back Peter joyce!
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