At the Gates of Darkness: Book Two of the Demonwar Saga- (Anglais) Poche – 29 mars 2011
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“Feist has a natural talent for keeping the reader turning pages.”
New York Times bestselling master fantasist Raymond E. Feist returns to beleaguered Midkemia and its capital, Krondor, in At the Gates of Darkness, the second volume in his enthralling DemonWar Saga of magic, war, and peril. An author the Science Fiction Chronicle proclaims, “Without question one of the very best writers of fantasy adventure practicing today,” Feist graces eager readers with his most astonishing adventure yet. Feist fans, readers of Terry Goodkind, George R. R. Martin, and Terry Brooks, and everyone, in fact, who loves superior epic fantasy will not want to miss At the Gates of Darkness.
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Ten years beyond the Darkwar, the demon hordes are relentless in their quest to subjugate a realm of magic and wonder . . .
The defeat of the Demon King Maarg hasn't stemmed the death tide, and an even graver danger now looms. The fearsome demon Dahun and the mad necromancer Belasco have joined forces—a union of black magics that no power on Midkemia may be strong enough to withstand.
The conflict has already claimed the lives of nearly everyone dear to the Black Sorcerer Pug. In uneasy alliance with the Conclave of Shadows, Midkemia's clandestine protectors, the distraught champion must stand firm against the demonic plague that has overrun worlds. And at the gates of darkness—where shadows hide deeper shadows—Midkemia's most terrible battle will be joined . . . as a malevolence beyond anything that came before is unleashed upon the world.
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In the middle of this book, I realized why I read Feist despite declining creativity and an increasing reliance on revisionist writing and a need to deliver to readers an escalating danger.
I read Midkemia books to check in on what Pug is up to, along with some supporting characters. Understandably, with time, my other favorite Midkemians have dropped out of the storyline due to age, and new descendants have tried (never entirely successfully) to replace them. This doesn't mean I don't like Jim Dasher, but he'll never replace Jimmy the Hand.
If you want new ideas and fresh concepts, just move on from Raymond Feist.
If you enjoy a good storyteller telling you stories you kinda remember from somewhere, but with characters you like, keep going.
After 20-something books, Feist doesn't deliver freshness. But he can give you a warm, happy, satisfying feeling, without ever reaching the delightful heights he once did.
That having been said, I deducted an additional star for making this a trilogy instead of a single book. This has been done by a method that has become increasingly common, and increasingly tiresome - Page Inflation. Let's compare this book to another contemporary book from the same genre: Jim Butcher's "First Lord's Fury".
At first glance, Butcher's book only appears to be about half again as long as this book (480 pages vs. 320). But closer examination of those pages shows that this book's page count has been inflated by using large print and extra blank space on the page. When you start looking at word count, this book is only about half the size of Butcher's book - yet has a suggested retail price of $2.00 more. Frankly I'm getting tired of being ripped off this way.
However, somewhere around Talon of the Silver Hawk his writing started to lose interest, the same concepts were brought in over and over, and the one ever present character in all books, Pug the magician, had reached a stage in which he had been made so powerful by the author that Rayomind just couldn't come up with decent challenges and storylines anymore.
This book is more of the same, repetetive situations and ideas, the author squirming and trying to alter and abandon previously introduced truths and premises just so the new book might somehow end in a climax. A hopeless endeavour as the story is bland, lacks any form of character development, tries to confuse, obfuscate and then reveal a new set of premises in an utter let down ending.
It's devoid of any interesting, exciting chapters to such an extent that it feels like one long conversation between a few main characters.
It's a shame seeing a series you've been following avidly go downhill rapidly, and I will always love the early work Raymond did, but I cannot in good faith recommend this to anyone.
To be honest I can hardly believe Raymond wrote this, so far is it from the wonderfully engaging work he used to come up with.
That said, this is the worst book he has written. In the past, he has had really interesting characters, in particular Nakor, Arutha, Kulgan, Jimmy the Hand, Gamina, William, Nicolas, Eric von Darkmoor, Hocopeppa..........and, I could go on and on. And, he has killed all of them off, and has not replaced them with anyone that comes close to being interesting. The book now revolves around Pug, with only one or two characters to support him in the book. And, the characters he does have are not very likable, and are not very developed in the book. Pug also is very one dimensional. He just seems to lead his characters from one scene to the next, without any character deveopement to go along with it.
We don't know what is happening in Rillanon or Krondor, or any of the cities. What is happening to the Tzurani and their new homeworld? Whats happening in Kesh? I want to know more about Jimmy the Hands grandchildren and great grandchildren. What is happening to Pug's adopted grandchildren?
His past books have brought Midkemia alive with his characters, all the different people learning to live together on the same planet, and his world has been developed with bright and colorful descriptions. All of that is gone in this book and the one before. He seems obsessed with Demons, and frankly I am really tired of them.
There seems to be so much more he can still do with Midkemia- maybe he should read some of his past books to remember his beautiful world and see it in a new light. I really hope he can rediscover Midkemia and bring it back to life, because I have, and continue to, love his previous books (most of them).
It is clear that the Demonwar Saga is little more than Feist marking time, and frankly given the results, he needn't have bothered. The first book in the series, Rides a Dread Legion, was bad enough, but I think I rationalized it as an attempt to set the stage and introduce important elements and characters for the rest of the series.
I especially found Miranda's death at the end of Rides A Dread Legion to be about as stupid and contrived as could be. Feist might as well have simply had her have an aneurism and said, "and then Miranda died." I know that these people have to die to satisfy the prediction of Lims Kragma, but really, can you do it with a bit more imagination?
But with the second book, it gets worse, not better. Now that we have the second and final book in the series it is plain that either Feist has just lost enthusiasm for the world he created, or that he has lost his touch.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about At The Gates Of Darkness is the title. Once you get beyond that, the story continues in the same boring and unimaginative vein as the first. The characters we were introduced to in the first book don't really grow or evolve.
The Star Elves are only talked about and we never actually visit them in their new enclave. The twin Taredhel brothers spend most of their time bumbling about on other worlds trying to get Home, and the Knight-Adamant Sandreena (sp?) is the improbable centepiece of most of the Midkemia action. I say improbable because she seems to be absurdly competent, almost a superwoman, yet we see none of her developement and the pallid backstory given along the way doesn't really explain how she got the way she is. As for the dialog, it is as boring and silly as the plot. As for the dialong, the banter back and forth between the elven twins is so grating that I wanted to skip ahead on several occasions and the dialog between the rest of the characters is almost as bad.
Unlike in previous novels where we got to see the main characters develop and get a feel for their personalities, their faults and strengths, in the Demonwar saga, the characters are so one dimensional that it's like it was written by a child.
The plot is mostly a plodding straight line with little of the the side and parallel plots we are used to from Feist. The story starts a few years after the first book in the series began (as best as I can tell) and then proceeds along the same track as before.
Demons are attempting to invade Midkemia and and the Good Guys are trying to find out where and stop them.
Actually, the sentence I just wrote is about as interesting and comprehensive as the book itself.
I hate to be this negative about a Raymond Feist book, but I think he has done a lot of damage with this series.
His previous works weren't perfect, but they were entertaining at least. While I think the Serpent War saga was probably his best work, the Conclave Of Shadows was fine, if not quite as good. This last series, and especially the latest book however, are just awful and not worthy of the writer that has put out those other fine stories.
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