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Publisher's Summary

The astonishing first volume in Raymond E. Feist's best-selling Serpentwar series.…

Ancient powers are readying themselves for a devastating confrontation, and a dark queen has raised a standard, gathering armies of unmatched might.

A band of desperate men are forced into this battleground of good and evil, and their only hope for survival is to face this ancient power and discover its true nature. Their quest is at best dangerous and at worst suicidal.

Among them are some unlikely heroes: Erik, a bastard heir denied his birthright; his friend Roo, an irrepressible scoundrel with a penchant for thievery; and the mysterious Miranda, upon whom all must wager their lives. She appears to be an ally but also possesses a hidden agenda and may prove to be a more deadly foe when the final confrontation is at hand.…

Shadow of a Dark Queen is the first book in the Serpentwar Saga. The quartet continues with the second book, Rise of a Merchant Prince.

©2014 Raymond E. Feist (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Epic scope… vivid imagination… a significant contribution to the growth of the field of fantasy." ( Washington Post)
"Well-written… intelligent… intriguing." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Amazeballs... Triumph

Peter Joyce, R.E.F and Audible, such a beautiful partnership. Diverse, artistic and well thought out.

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Excellent!

Iconic storyline in an epic series. Narrative was on 1.25 which kept things moving and helped the different accents and voices. Overall an excellent job and wonderful listen. Now to the next one .... ;)

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All Raymond e fiest books are pure awesome sauce

Never a dull moment when you hitch a ride to Midkemia with Raymond loved every second of this book.

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Amazing author, Amazing narrator

I have been a fan of Feist for 20 years since I by chance bought the first book Magician at an airport bookstore when I was 15. Best fantasy universe out there with amazing scope and deep-deep character development. Peter Joyce has an amazingly talent for characterization in his narration and is a master of choosing the correct tone for the character selected. Amazing work mates.

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very enjoyable

performance by Peter Joyce is soooogood MAKES A GOOD BOOK VERY MUCH BETTER LOVED IT

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Great book

Loved it. Love all of the books so far. addicted to them so badly, I just need to finish them all

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another great installment

fleshes out the still remaining characters that are well known and loved, and kicks off the bigger story in earnest. adding in a few new characters

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Multi dimensional saga continues

Expanding the multi dimension theme Feist introduces a number of new characters ready to entertain us. Another great addition to the series.

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peter Joyce is the man

pretty standard fair for Feist. Narrator was most excellent. I enjoy his character voices. sounds like John Hurt.

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  • MB
  • 09-02-2019

Good Reading and Listening Experience

I prefer to read a hardback copy or softcover. In this case the Harper Voyager Softcover had larger print than the Harper Collins Hardcover, though I was able to read both comfortably. I listened on Audible while I was driving and generally on the move while doing chores etc. I used the ipad when I am by myself around the house and the iPhone with earphones (plugs) while on the bus, shopping or walking etc. Sometimes I found the voice on audible a little harsh but okay overall. I read a lot faster then the Audible narration. The story was a little slow in places but good overall. I had to listen a lot to the Audible narration this time which is a different experience.

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  • Jacquie
  • 18-04-2016

Epic Read

If you could sum up Shadow of a Dark Queen in three words, what would they be?

Couldn't Stop Listening

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow of a Dark Queen?

The false hanging

What does Peter Joyce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Breadth and timbre of voices bringing the characters to life

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just made me want to keep listening to hear what happened next.

Any additional comments?

A great "read"!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-2019

love Feist books but performer is not great

while I love all the books written by Raymond Feist, reading them multiple times, this performance had me gritting my teeth in some instances. There is no emotion, accents are terrible, and some pronunciations left me annoyed. It is very clear this was an inexperienced performer or Peter Joyce is very unfamiliar with performing non-fiction. It was a waste of one of my credits...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-08-2018

Nice book

Good lissen😊 exiting and Well read. Recomdnded after the riftwar saga👍🏻 A must for Feist fans.

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  • neil
  • 22-11-2015

Another fantastic novel!

Mr Feist has done it again! Loved this book, love Mr Joyce's narrative just excellent.

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  • Max
  • 08-02-2015

Raymond back to his best

A refreshing storyline gives new life to the Feist mythology. Keeps a decent pace throughout and doesn't disappoint those looking for a continuation of the saga nor those looking for a decent story.

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  • Mingus
  • 07-02-2015

Brilliant

Loving every syllable of every book. Thanks Raymond and thank you Peter for bringing the characters to life. Superb stuff.

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  • David H
  • 04-02-2015

Classic Feist

Must be my 5th time through the series but a new experience to hear someone vocalise the characters. A great way to enjoy these epic stories while keeping your hands free to work.

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  • stuart
  • 14-12-2014

A favourite tale of mine

Would you listen to Shadow of a Dark Queen again? Why?

Yes... I read it many years before. It was the first story I read that got me hooked into Feist world. I found the plot interesting surrounding the characters Eric and Roo.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow of a Dark Queen?

Well, there was a few but the most poignant memorable moment had to be when Eric and Roo facing hanging... They had just watch some others being hung and now it was theirs turn to be hang.

What about Peter Joyce’s performance did you like?

I like his style and the way he portrayed the main characters... It brought the story to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is a story which I enjoyed when I read the book and recently heard the audio version...

Any additional comments?

This was my first book that I read set in the world of Midkemia... I went on to read the others in this series. My most favourite was The Magician. I would recommend not just this book but others. Over the past year I have been hearing the books that I read and for me I have enjoyed them again, Peter Joyce adding to the pleasure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-11-2020

Great listen

Loved this rendition, it's a wonderful story and the interesting introduction of new characters plays well. I enjoy how each triliogy is of the same world but a different set of adventures. Would recommend

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-09-2020

The narrator murders this story as I listen and th

e way its recorded is abysmal. each separate sentence is recorded separately and there is no feeling of continuity. each time speech ends you can hear dead air. you would think that given time to prepare each sentence, it would be delivered better by the narrator, but each is as bad as the last. What makes is worse is the extra sibilence of this narrator which makes the effect of different characters hard to believe as it is apparent in every characters speech. the tempo and timbre of Peter Joyce's speech is also difficult to listen to at length, as it hardly varies at all. I will not be buying any of the other books in this series, read by Mr Joyce. I would rather read them.

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  • jules
  • 29-06-2020

superb

from start to finish this book is gripping. the narrator is excellent. well worth a listen

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  • Matty Winter
  • 09-06-2020

The accents!!

It took a while, but soon enough all the characters had taken on a life of their own. I'm not sure how it would sound to say Americans but hearing well loved characters turn out to be brummies was bloody hilarious!!

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  • cindy stephens-law
  • 15-01-2020

Wonderful.

Great story, read in a beautiful manner. I loved listening to every second. Great book.

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