Wrath of a Mad God Book three of The Darkwar Saga "At this very moment, a dome of black energy is being expanded in a vale in the far north. This is not merely an invasion, but the beginning of a colonization, a process that will e The celebrated New York Times bestselling master of fantasy returns with the thrilling conclusion to his enthralling, explosive Darkwar Saga. This is not merely an invasion, but the beginning of a colonization, a process that will end with the complete annihilation of every life-form on this world.
To save the future of both worlds, the powerful sorcerer Pug and select members of the secretive Conclave of Shadows must journey deep into the dangerous realm of the bloodthirsty Dasati, there to carry out an audacious mission that has little, if any, chance of succeeding. In Midkemia, young warriors Tad and Zane, and their fellow soldiers, protect the Kingdom from raiders. And Pug's beloved wife, Miranda, finds herself a prisoner of the Dasati and, even more ominously, of Pug's nemesis, the evil sorcerer Leso Varen.
Salvation may come from a friend thought long dead, an unlikely ally whose remarkable powers will be sorely needed in the momentous battle to come. Hardcover , pages. Published March 25th by Harper Voyager first published January The Darkwar Saga 3 , Riftwar Cycle To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Wrath of a Mad God , please sign up. How can I get the audio book in my area which is Augusta, Ga? See 1 question about Wrath of a Mad God…. Lists with This Book. Mar 21, Scott rated it it was ok. Ray, I love you, man, and I admire the size and scope of your creation, but damn, this one was perfunctory.
The Darkwar Saga ends. Pug and his supremely annoying wife Miaranda struggle to save their world from Mass invasion of the Dasati. But there is a far more insidious threat underlying the Dasati invasion- their Dark God hungers for the very fabric of life in Pug's world. What follows is a slow motion catastrophe as the world becomes a battleground for the Dasati versus the Tsurani. I was very interested in the developments with Bek and Nakor. I won't give it away but the explanation for their abil The Darkwar Saga ends.
I won't give it away but the explanation for their abilities was rather cool as it ties in neatly with the background of the first book. I enjoyed this series overall. While not the groundbreaking series some have hyped it to be, I found it rather a typical fantasy story. An interesting world, though Pug and Miranda are getting a little long in the tooth-sheesh let the younger kids have shot.
As far as Miranda, I find her supremely smug and irritating. BUT I have a respect for power and those who can use it well. Her escape from the Deathpriest's lair and some of the magic she pulls off is worthy of respect and my admiration for her skills has gone up several notches, though as far as her personality? I wish she'd fall in a pit and just stay there. A magus as powerful as she would just levitate out. Fesist's trilogy was a fun read and while not groundbreaking, per se, it IS entertaining.
That's really all I ask of my fantasy-entertain me! Apr 05, Matthew Green rated it did not like it. Raymond Feist's original Magician was in many respects such a gem of a book because it used a world that was normal enough to be relate-able with just a few twists to make it interesting. Feist has been twisting and tweaking that world ever since, and it has come to a point with Wrath of a Mad God where it is essentially broken, disfigured beyond any semblance of reality. There is little way for the reader to relate to the world any longer, and nearly everything dealt with is simply alien.
I sup Raymond Feist's original Magician was in many respects such a gem of a book because it used a world that was normal enough to be relate-able with just a few twists to make it interesting. I suppose this is fine if you're seeking utter escapism, but it almost forces you to sink into the action rather than the universe this way, which is like trying to be entertained by non-stop explosions instead of finding a way to enjoy whatever life offers. Moreover, initially Feist wrote in such a way as to follow characters with some depth, flaws, and layers, but he has increasingly turned away from character-driven to event-driven plots and populated the world with generic figures that even he doesn't know what to do with.
This trilogy began with Tad and Zane, but by the end, Feist had all but forgotten about them and turned them to shells of people. Then, for what seems little reason, he introduces from nowhere yet one more semi-phenomenal player with amazing abilities in Jim Dasher, whose one weakness poses no actual threat to him. Wrath of a Mad God's characters are simply flat.
The previous novel began to devolve at the end so that the narrative kept jumping from setting to setting and character to character every two to three pages. One might argue that this was to heighten the sense of urgency and action, but Wrath of a Mad God uses this same technique in the middle of the book, and it just feels choppy. I felt like I was getting literary whiplash from being jerked from scene to scene.
And let us not forget the random side-plot that was thrown in at the Peaks of the Quot that had only the most tenuous connection to the rest of the book. It might have been set up for later books, but what I can find suggests that Feist completely dropped it.
I must admit, though, that dropping it was a positive considering that it is nothing but a rehashing of the lifestone plotline in a new form, making me question whether the author's creativity has simply run out. Plus, with the introduction of the anoredhel, it feels as if when Feist grows uncertain of what to do, he just adds another race of elves like a floundering chef, tossing spices into the pot with the hopes that they will enhance the quality of the dish. I understand that this is the foundation for the following trilogy as well, compounding the problem.
Finally, various plot points were problematic in of themselves. First, some were contradictory to previous books in the series.
For example, the Minwanabi ominously are returned to the series despite their destruction, though don't actually end up causing any problems. Other plot points were simply confusing. I still don't really understand what happened at various fairly important points despite reading the paragraphs several times before giving up and moving on. Things were often wrapped up quickly and in unclear prose with little reflection following.
Even the characters seemed to feel little emotions in response to the closing events or at least no impetus to talk about them with one another. It felt like the author knew what was happening but wasn't concerned with communicating it clearly and simply wanted to finish up and move on. The narrative to the book was, ignoring the sections where it pinballed from scene to scene, sufficiently good to keep me reading, but after it ended, upon reflection, I grew more and more frustrated with the book.
I'll not insult Feist by saying it was a tale told by an idiot, but I'll definitely aver that it was full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Lots of people die, and lots of them of course die heroically, but that's nothing new in Feist's world. Leso Varen just keeps on going on and on, for no apparent reason other than that he's necessary in the end as a plot device.
Nakor's final scenes and explanations are incoherent, apparently incomplete, and otherwise badly fleshed out, so as to make me wonder what exactly I was supposed to glean from reading 'his' final thoughts. Too little of the how and why surrounding th Everything's too easy. Too little of the how and why surrounding the 'vessels' was explained compared to the number of casual allusions made. Pug just keeps on going, even though he's constantly exhausted, while the chronology of the final 2 chapters is murky at best. Where is he getting the energy? I've seen enough Sympathetic People die by now.
The story is interesting, but by the time it's over there are so many holes that I have a very hard time being satisified by the outcomes, even though I really like the universe as a whole. Wherever there are numbers mentioned of the number of people that were involved, there seem to be inconsistencies, either within this one cycle, or between this cycle and the Serpentwar cycle this book mentions k people, whereas the SWS mentions k. Similarly, the population figures for the Dasati keep switching between millions, tens of millions and billions, and there is no real reason given for why the Dark One would want to not first eat billions of Dasati before continuing onwards to the next world, as he does at the end of this book Apparently choosing to leave them alive for no apparent reason other than 'haste'.
All in all, it struck me as badly redacted, and very intent on thrill-mongering through mentioning big figures. In stead of Great Ones Riftwar saga , there apparently only are by the time of this series Why would there be fewer magicians if there is a bigger pool to draw from?
Too many of these kinds of questions remain, although the author seems to think that they've all been answered. Sure, you can play around with literal deus ex scenes, but too much is left unexplained for reasons other than "the gods won't tell you the reader everything". May 12, Robert Aldrich rated it really liked it. A really good book, on par with many of Feist's other works. I had one moment of "WTF" near the end, view spoiler [ where Pug creates a gigantic rift to shear off a portion of a moon to kill the Dread Lord.
I wonder to myself that if he could make one that big, why didn't Pug to that to move the refugees? But aside from that one thing, I really liked this book. It is a shame that this is the last appearance of Nakor—he is one of my all-time favorite characters, but I like that Feist does not ste A really good book, on par with many of Feist's other works.
It is a shame that this is the last appearance of Nakor—he is one of my all-time favorite characters, but I like that Feist does not steer away from ending main characters, because it makes the world and setting more realistic and dynamic. Pug is of course awesome, but I have to wonder how these events will change him and where he will go from here? Aug 28, Victoria rated it liked it Shelves: A lot happened in one book! In many ways, strands of the plot started all the way back in Magician: Apprentice were tied up - so much so that I am very curious to where the future of this series will head.
But, really, in other ways, this was my least favorite book Mostly, I am nervous about the characters in the next books Pug has never been one of my Wow! Pug has never been one of my favorite characters, and while I initially liked Miranda more out of relief that there was finally a strong female main character , she has become trite and stereotypical and WHY does her eye color change so often? Truly, the only character from the beginning on that I still like is Tomas, and even he is beginning to show some serious flaws.
His ever-so-convenient Valheru flashbacks have become an over-used plot device to validate information.
Also, his powers have been so strong in previous books, his absence in other books makes little sense. Mostly, what upset me about this book was that it was rife with errors. More so than Miranda's fluctuating eye color, Kaspar claimed to have never met elves before, and Tomas only once in passing, when in Exile's Return he was in Elvandar So, his whole experience with the Sun-Elves really frustrated me!
Also, it is mentioned in passing that Erik never married In secret, to the ex-thief! In fact, I had been wondering about her ever since Erik was brought back into the series. I realize that series construction and continuity is difficult, but even if the author did not catch these errors, it is the job of the editors to do so Really, all in all off-putting.
So much so, that unless something terrifically exciting happens in the next two books, I think it will be another decade or more until I re-visit Feist's epic series again. Via Book Reviews by Niki Hawkes at www. I love his plots, his settings, and his characters. They are all memorable and dynamic and the main reason why I pick up each new book. These later works by Feist contain a great balance of new and old, which I love because it keeps the story both fresh and nostalgic at the same time.
I loved the premise for this story, but I had a little trouble with the concepts.
They seemed a bit self-indulgent, requiring a great deal of explaining. There is no space travel, but people from different worlds still find ways to interact through magical rifts and wrinkles in dimensions. While this shift in genre is interesting, part of me misses the epic fantasy feel of his earlier works.
Overall, I am slightly dissatisfied, but only when comparing it to the standard of other Feist novels. I usually hand the first book Magician: Apprentice to anybody wanting to try fantasy. Feist did an excellent job of tying in old favorites, and setting the stage for the next series. Only now as I am typing this review do I realize that a major plotline was left unaddressed Regardless, I didn't feel like I was missing that thread, because the end tied up all of the crucial, immediate elements very neatly.
I resist saying anything else, as it would be considered a spoiler, and I know I avoid reviews that give away details! Jun 13, Blake rated it it was amazing. Great end to another great series by Raymond Feist. Like most of his book 3, always leaves it for another series to come.
Love his character development, and how they all accompany each book hand in hand. Jan 09, Alex Harrison added it. Jul 28, Theo rated it did not like it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a "preview" review based on how bad the novel has started. Will update if it gets any better. Godfrey is now apparently Geoffrey. Who edited these novels??? So a scouting force from an army is on a coast somewhere for the Conclave of Shadows waiting for something. The Conclave knows that this has something to do with the Dasati thing.
So does the Conclave provide a Magic User to assist this force in case something extra dimensional happens. No, they do not. This completely lack of magic using force is supposed to deal with a potential extra dimensional threat. Pug, Nakor, Magnus and Miranda aren't the only magic users in the Conclave. And, not so surprisingly, like in a poorly written TV script when something obvious is going to happen that someone can't handle due to poor planning ahead, the obvious happens. Not sure I really want to keep reading lazy plot points and an inability to keep track of characters names.
For the 3rd book in a trilogy, there is way too much retelling of older novels. One particularly egregious thing is the Kaspar storyline. He had an entire novel about his exile. It's been re-told in some fashion in every subsequent novel. Leaving this at 1 star.
On se rapproche de la fin de l'aventure Ce changement de perspective manque un peu dans ce tome, l'apprentissage d'une nouvelle culture, d'autres habitudes. Apr 18, Martin Chalupa rated it liked it Shelves: The last part of The Darkwara Saga trilogy. I liked that even you can recognize some Feist's storytelling patterns from his previous work there are still enough surprises to keep you entertained without feeling that you already read the same story. Unfortunately, characters from previous two parts Tad and Zane are put a bit in the background.
Feist currently lives in San Diego with his children, where he collects fine wine, DVDs, and books on a variety of topics of personal interest: Books In This Series 3 Books. Others include Erik's past, Jim's weirdness with Jimmy the Hand plus the tasteless and pointless part about Michele , House Minwanabi still around, and the Acoma estates being uninhabited when they had been gifted away. Evil is bigger than the world that he has his characters, some of whom his affection for is shown throughout the work. Following their dangerous mission to the realm of the alien Dasati, Magnus and the other members of the Conclave must now find a way to use what they discovered to help save their own people from the wrath of a mad god.
I think they were a refreshing part of the universe and old good heroes from previous sagas. If you are a fan of Faist's books this one will be good for yo The last part of The Darkwara Saga trilogy. If you are a fan of Faist's books this one will be good for you, but if you are a new reader of his books or you weren't excited from them you can probably skip this one. I'm in the first category so I enjoyed reading it and I'm curious what will be the next adventure for my favorite characters. The final volume of the the weakest Feist trilogy I have read so far - it jumped around too much in terms of who was the protaganist - it sets up a couple of characters early on then almost abandons them in favour of Pug - which is fine but I think it suffered because of that in that you weren't really following a story of a key protaganist such as Eric or Tal as per previous series.
And for me the whole dasati thing was not well done - we were led to believe the dasati homeworld was so alien and The final volume of the the weakest Feist trilogy I have read so far - it jumped around too much in terms of who was the protaganist - it sets up a couple of characters early on then almost abandons them in favour of Pug - which is fine but I think it suffered because of that in that you weren't really following a story of a key protaganist such as Eric or Tal as per previous series.
And for me the whole dasati thing was not well done - we were led to believe the dasati homeworld was so alien and unfamiliar, but Feist has not got the skills to really pull that off, so it just left me with the impression that the dasati were basically just "bigger"! Jun 07, Gareth rated it it was amazing. An epic end to this trilogy. The ending third did feel perhaps a little rushed against the first part of the book, with a lot happening with a lot of emotional impact, but run through quicker than I think needed to be for maximum impact. Overall I really enjoyed this one.
May 21, Peat rated it liked it. There's simply too much story for one book here. The Dasati invasion of Kelewan and the coup on the Dasati worlds both deserve a book to their own right. As such, its frustrating and I think Feist in a nutshell - great ideas given too little time. I'm almost thinking of giving this a 4 anyway as its pretty entertaining, but there's simply too many times where I get frustrated by over-rapid development for it to be so. Feb 08, Sakura rated it liked it. I would have liked this better if some details weren't forgotten or changed from preceding books.
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I have been reading Ray Feist since the mid '80s. Every couple of years I would revisit Midkemia and Kelewan and the characters who have given me hours of entertainment. As many times as I have read these books, the stories have not been diminished, but have increased the wonder of this magical universe created by Mr. This volume, the final installment of the Darkwar Saga, does not disappoint.
The age old conflict of good versus evil with a little whimsy thrown in had me reading when I should have been doing more important things, such as sleeping! This review is not only for this book but for the Saga as a whole. If you have read Feist before this is a must read, if this is your first foray into this universe, STOP! You need to start from the beginning with "Magician", and enjoy the brilliant tapestry of people, places, and stories I have grown to love.
I will not give a synopsis of this book since there are many elements of previous books the summing up of this one becomes nearly impossible. I do recommend going to [ At one time Ray Feist had turned the tables on fantasy and made it refreshing, something we wanted to read with great anticipation. We had coming of age stories and quests, and wars of good and evil, but Magician, so long ago, was a change, and it had depth. This evil that our heroes fight, not on their own world, and then as the series was further developed we find that the enemy are not as bad as we thought.
So where does that leave Feist? How about something new and different. In Feist's case something new is something he is rehashing over and over. Evil is bigger than the world that he has his characters, some of whom his affection for is shown throughout the work. He is so tied to these characters that it appears that he can not find something new to write about so we return to Midkemia and Kelewan again and again. And that something new is now old. The evil is big, bigger than the world, it is several worlds in scope.
And only our heroes from Midkemia are capable of stopping it, and being targeted by it. It is an evil that will make little sense and need many pages to explain, so that you would rather sleep instead of care. When the author returns to the tales of the characters we are fond of, as they handle the aspects of this evil that they can understand, then we are engaged again. So do you want to read it? If you are invested in Midkemia, then it is passable.
If you are determined to find a strong fantasy, this would not be the place to start. It is time for Feist to move on. These characters need to retire. I began reading Feist almost from the begining and he's always been one of my favorite authors. The characters introduced in the first book of the trilogy Flight of the Nighthawks are almost non-existant Nothing they did advanced the plot particularly that bit with the Quor All in all a well written page turner that most Feist fans will enjoy.
Not too many loose ends except Quor Thomas - when did his character become so one dimensional? That whole Quor business Why didn't Kaspar or anyone else on Quor protest the killing of his injured peeps? You'd think that might upset him a little. How about include some more maps inside the book? When did the Dread folks become such major bad This novel is a good conclusion to the Riftwar books of Raymond E. If you have read his other books, this is one to pick up. Fun to see some familiar faces, as always. There are some good twists and turns.
While Feist's first Riftwar Saga was his best, this is an enjoyable read and is worthy of his efforts. Feist does a good job of tying up so many loose ends you forgot they were there. Hats off to Raymond E Feist, I have read the books several times and each time they are still hard to put down. That in itself says it all. Same old Pug and Miranda saving as many tsursnni as possible. The Dasati world was very inhospitable and hard to understand. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. This is good work, but I admit that the newest forays into Feist's worlds just doesn't hold my attention as much as the original Riftwar Saga and the immediate books after it did.
Still, I read the whole book in two sittings over a weekend, so it is far from bad. I enjoyed this book, as a fan of the original Magician Series, I picked up some of the newer books that Feist had written, and I enjoyed what I read. See all 85 reviews. Most recent customer reviews.