Review: A Crown Imperiled by Raymond E. Feist

A Crown Imperiled (Chaoswar Saga Series #2)A Crown Imperiled by Raymond E. Feist

  • ISBN-13: 9780061468414
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Pages: 480
  • Series: Chaoswar Saga Series , #2
  • Source: Purchased

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Riftwar Cycle—including the original Riftwar, the Serpentwar, the Darkwar, the Demonwar, and now the Chaoswar—comes the latest entry in one of the most treasured and enduring sagas in modern fantasy.

A Crown Imperilled

War rages in Midkemia once again, and behind the chaos, disquieting evidence points to dark elements at work.

As enemies march across the realm wreaking destruction, its brave and loyal defenders battle to survive—a struggle made more perilous now that Jim Dasher’s trusted intelligence network has been cleverly dismantled. Region by region, Midkemia is being ripped apart, and the loyal spy and his allies find themselves overpowered at every turn.

Signs of the kingdom’s impending doom surround them. King Gregory of the Isles has yet to produce an heir. Roldem and Rillanon have each been plagued by palace coups that threaten to topple their thrones. Lord Hal of Crydee and his great friend Ty Hawkins, champion swordsman of the Masters’ Court, have been entrusted with smuggling Princess Stephane and her lady-in-waiting, the lovely and perplexing Lady Gabriella, out of Roldem to safety. But the rising danger has made finding refuge treacherous.

Nowhere is safe, including Ylith, Midkemia’s strategic bastion, where Hal’s younger brothers Martin and Brendan hold off an onslaught of brutal Keshian Dog Soldiers and a mysterious force from beneath the sea. Yet courage alone is not enough to withstand the continued enemy assault. Without reinforcements, hope of success fades. Martin, Brendan, and their compatriots know that while losing Crydee, the legendary city on the kingdom’s edge, would be devastating, the realm can still be saved. But if Ylith falls, all is lost.

As Jim, Hal, and all their brothers in arms fight for their lives, Pug and the Conclave of Shadows embark on a magical quest to hunt down the dark force orchestrating the destruction before Midkemia is annihilated. And time is running out. . . .

 

My Thoughts

A Crown Imperiled is the book two in The Chaoswar Saga and the next to last book in the Riftwar Cycle.  Everything seems to be falling apart in Midkemia, and no one seems to know why.  This was a great read that left me with more questions than answers concerning the overall plot of the series.  I believe the most interesting part of the whole story though, were the few pages worth devoted to the new character, Rider.  It certainly put a different light on the entire Riftwar.  I’m definitely looking forward to the next book, but am sad that the series is ending.  The editing in this book was something that you would expect in an ARC.  Hopefully this is corrected before the next book comes out.  

My Rating:

 

 

 

This book would have been rated closer to a 4 if it were not for the editing.

  • I haven’t read any Feist since his Empire trilogy with Janny Wurts. I tried another of the post-Riftwar series and the gritty military fantasy didn’t hold half the appeal of Pug and friends. If he’s come back to the core storyline to finish the series off, I may have to revisit him. Thanks for the review.