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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 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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Absolutely wonderful

My first dive back into this saga since I first read through all of Feist's works many, many years ago, and the Serpentwar Saga is just as excellent as I remember it (if not more, now that's it's also tinged with nostalgia and remembrance of characters). If you've not read these but have read the Riftwar saga, do yourself the favour - these are arguably the pinnacle of the whole epic Feist provided. If you're new to Feist, start at Magician and make your way here - you could just start here, but it will add so much richness and depth to the story.

Honest, genuine 10/10 from start to finish. Can't get enough.

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Another masterpiece, both writer and reader!

Magician was the first book I read, that I could not put down. I skipped school to read it, aged 15yrs old. Now, over 30 years later, I still am entranced by Feist’s story telling. Shadow of a Dark Queen is yet another adventure unfolding on every page. Masterful and captivating narration by Peter Joyce

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A good continuation of the riftwar legacy.

This deep into the seroes, I might be biased to the sunk cost falacy a bit. But I still Enjoy these books. was taken a vit aback by the huge 24 year timeleap since last we saw our heroes, and k owing some favourites to be dead or dying of old age had a melancholly to it.

But I do live a good legacy story and this seroes does not dissappoont to i troduce new and interesting characters while paying homage to those gine and keeping those still around relevant.

Also great performance by Peter Joyce.

Favourite character has to be Nackor.

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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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  • Mac
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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...

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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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  • R Lovett
  • 21-05-2021

Another solid story

enjoyed reading this and Peter Joyce's reading was done well. found the accents amusing at times.

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  • Linda Todd
  • 29-04-2021

An amazing story

Love this story I loved the way the narrator told it it was clear and decisive and out with a beautiful well written story.

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  • Steve
  • 07-04-2021

Great story ruined by incorrect pronunciation

The overall story is great, as is the writing, but it is let down, as are so many in this series, by the narrator. His voices do not fit the characters generally and he has a tendency to chose poor pronunciations of charactor names. I almost stopped listening to this series because of this. Wish they hadnt chosen this narrator.

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  • Helen Smith
  • 14-03-2021

Another Brilliant Listen

Another installment in the amazing world of Midkemia. Fantastically read by Petet Joyce who is a pleasure to listen to.

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  • Staceystacey
  • 06-12-2020

Outstanding!

Once again another absolutely fantastic listen, the characters are wonderfully brought to life and the story is another fantasy masterpiece.

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