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A Darkness at Sethanon A Darkness at Sethanon is the stunning climax to Raymond E Feist's brilliant epic fantasy trilogy, the Riftwar Saga Here be dragons and sorcery, swordplay, quests, pursuits, intrigues, stratagems, journeys to the darkest realms of the dead and titanic battles between the forces of good and darkest evil Here is the final dramatic confrontation between Arutha and Murmandamusand the perilous quest of Pug the magician and Tomas the warrior for Macros the Black A Darkness at Sethanon is heroic fantasy of the highest excitement and on the grandest scale, a magnificent conclusion to one of the great fantasy sagas of our time


About the Author: Raymond E. Feist

Raymond E Feist was born Raymond E Gonzales III, but took his adoptive step father's surname when his mother remarried Felix E Feist He graduated with a B.A in Communication Arts with Honors in 1977 from the University of California at San Diego During that year Feist had some ideas for a novel about a boy who would be a magician He wrote the novel two years later, and it was published in 1



10 thoughts on “A Darkness at Sethanon

  1. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    Lord have mercy, at one point I thought one of my characters was dead and I thought, don't be doing this to me today. Don't make me get all cray up in here! But, it's all good =)

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    This book and the one before it were my favorites. The whole series is sooooooo good though.

    Everyone is back in this book even if it's just a little part here and there.

    There some evilness out to kill Arutha again. I mean leave him the hell alone! So we are off to see the wizard again. <-- Heh, I didn't even realize how that sounded because you know, Pug is in it and he's a wizard and, oh forget it.

    Arutha, Jimmy, Gardan and some others go off to where's it to figure out what's going on.

    In the mean time we have Pug (yay) and Tomas (yay) back together. I remember when they were just little boys together =) But, they are grown and Pug is a masterful wizard and Tomas has some issues when he put on this armor. It was back when he was in a mountain tunnel with Dolgan the dwarf <-- remember him! He's back too. Anyway, Tomas put on this armor for reasons and he changed. He changed into something a little bizarre and he went to live with the Elves.

    Well, we get to find out why Tomas changed in this book and it's cray, just like everything else.

    AND THERE BE DRAGONS! I love Ryath ♥

    Time passed, and the stars overhead moved in their course. Then in the distance a sound of mighty wings beating upon the night air could be heard. Soon the sound was a loud rush of wind and a titanic shape blotted out the stars.

    Landing in the clearing was a gigantic figure, its descent swift and light, despite its size. Wings spanning over a hundred feet on each side gently landed a body bulking larger than any other creature in Midkemia. Silver sparkles of moonlight danced over golden scales as a greater dragon settled to the earth. A head the size of a heavy wagon lowered, until it hung just above and before the two men. Giant eyes of ruby color regarded them. Then the creature spoke. Who dares summon me?


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    Oh, and there is a wonderful revelation behind the dragons <-- pun intended to those who read the book and know what I'm talking about.

    Pug and Tomas have to travel to a place (with Ryaths help) to find Macros. Yes, it turns out you can find that which you think is lost. They need his help to conquer some evil.

    I loved the ending with the exception of one thing. :-/

    They had a little battle and things went well for the most part. I just hate to see it end. I do have the other books in the Riftwar Saga and will get to read about some others, but still, it makes me sad.

    Recommend to all fantasy peeps!

    MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List


  2. Matthew Matthew says:

    I gave this a star rating back before I was adding reviews to every book - I am sad about that because this book is a great ending to a great saga and I hope that a verbal review will draw more readers to the flame of Feist's fantasy world! Even though this ends the Riftwar Saga, there are many more books in the series overall to keep this story going!

    Thanks to Melissa for reminding me to come back and recommend this series to others! If you are a fantasy fan, you owe it to yourself to read this series.

    Click here for Melissa's review - go over there and show her some love, too!


  3. Choko Choko says:

    *** 4 ***

    A buddy read with some friends @ BBB

    ...“power is limited to the strength of will within the man who holds it. Falter in your resolve and you will fall. Remain steadfast and you shall prevail. Always remember that. ...

    This was a nice way to wrap things up for this first arc of 4 books in the Riftwar Saga. It started a bit shaky, there were some meandering passages, but overall, it was a classic Fantasy which hit a lot of favorite notes for the fans of the genre.

    Loved Jimmy and Loky! Aruda was the man throughout and Pug, Tomas and the old Magnus were a pleasure to read about once again. The last three win the award for the most interesting characters, while the two young squires for the most compelling and relatable. We rooted for the good guys, forgave couple of the previously shady dudes, and felt mostly contempt for the bad fellows.

    ...“the most ancient lesson of the Tsurani: duty is the weight of all things, as heavy as a burden can become, while death is nothing, lighter than air....

    If I am completely honest, I was more invested in the first two books than the last two, but I think a lot of that had to do with my personal weird mood as of late... Maybe I need a bit of a break from the genre, which I have been reading non-stop for the last two years... Some fluffy historical romances might just do the job ☺! Despite all of that, I would recommend this more traditional Fantasy to fans of the genre, adventure and military fiction.

    Now I wish you all Happy Reading and many more wonderful books to come!!!


  4. Hasham Rasool Hasham Rasool says:

    I am satisfied with the conclusion of the 'Riftwar Saga' Alhamdulillah!

    'Magician' is the best book in the series.


  5. Wanda Wanda says:

    A satisfying end to an acceptable fantasy series. The Riftwar books suffer by comparison to modern high fantasy series, but in their day, they were the next step for those looking for a LOTR substitute. At least Feist came up with his own version of The Enemy to deal with, instead of just dusting off Tolkien’s idea, changing a few names and calling it good.

    Yes, there are elves, goblins, trolls, and such—and although they share some characteristics with their counterparts in other fantasy literature, Feist does try to make his versions stand off a little way and have some new & interesting characteristics. Pug/Milamber (both rather awful names for the same man) is a Gary Stu, seemingly able to learn everything and only rarely make mistakes (and those few then seem to work out in his favour). Enough familiar faces perish to make things more believable, as not everyone can live through such momentous battles. And some less familiar faces re-appear and make a much better impression in their second time around.

    The siege and battle at Armengar was impressive, only vaguely resembling the siege of Minas Tirith (and that mostly in timing of the battle). I was happy to learn about the rather mysterious creation of the city before the book ended.

    This final entry in the series was extremely light on what was happening with the female characters that we got to know in earlier installments. They seem to have been relegated to household and maternal duties and no longer get to truly participate in the action. I thought that some scenes from Anita’s or Carline’s points of view might have been interesting or at least a good contrast to the battle zone.

    All the major characters seem to be suitably paired off by book’s end, leaving us to assume that things proceed happily ever after, but Feist doesn’t linger around examining the aftermath. The story ends when it is clear that all will be well—there is no “Scouring of the Shire” type follow-up.

    Very good for its day and probably still a good choice for young readers searching for another story of noble quests and fierce battles.


  6. Zitong Ren Zitong Ren says:

    Thus ends another series.

    There’s not all actually that much that I really want to say that I haven’t said already in my review on the first two books, Magician and Silverthorn.

    I did see one of the biggest cases of instalove(well technically two) that goes in the way of hey, you’re pretty, let’s bang. And after that they are off to get married. No build up, no chemistry, I mean, the characters got one conversation between them before they were having sex, and what do you know, they’re married. Essentially, the romances in this series is basically because of plot and the author said we had to.

    The writing is honestly not that great compared to what is being put out today, it’s all very dramatic and event after event after event with no breaks. It’s also straight up telling things instead of, and I’m going to sound like an English teacher here, showing.

    Also female characters serve no purpose in these series other than trophy pieces for men to stare at and get married. Not the series if one is looking for better representation. I was actually surprised at one part where woman where allowed to fight but that got quickly turned around when they were basically crawling over the guys. Look, I understand the time when this book was published and there are small instances to show that that the author did try. I’m merely comparing to modern standards where books openly deal with mental illness, feature main characters who are of colour and or LGBTQIA+.

    To summarise: It all felt a bit underwhelming tbh.

    6/10


  7. Brenton Brenton says:

    Meh.

    Maybe I'm misremembering, but when I read Magician I thought Feist's writing was pretty decent, if heavy on fantasy tropes (some of which I'm sure he helped create). So I don't know if his writing got worse or my tolerance of it went down since then, but I just found this book a trifle tedious. The dialogue is trite, there's far too much overblown exposition, everything seems to do something or does something as though doing something else, and by god could you not change POV without warning? The story itself is ok, but the big reveal/plot twist wasn't that compelling to me. Some of the history of the Valheru and the different elf races is interesting, but it's pretty brief and conveyed in one of Thomas' annoying flashbacks. There was also very little tension in the book - maybe it's because I'm reading this years after it was published and know there are lots of books following - but I think the suspension of disbelief required to think the heroes might not triumph is impossible. It wraps up just too neatly, despite how messy things should have been. I know the advice can be overused, but in this case I think Feist would have been well-served by being beaten about the head with a sign reading SHOW DON'T TELL.

    All of that said, I never actively disliked the book while I was reading it. I imagine at some point in my past I might have found this very good, but I think my interests have turned toward stories that are a bit grittier and a bit more personal. Epic isn't bad, but if it's not grounded in believable, complex characters, it becomes cliched. You do have to give this guy credit for some pretty epic world building, but I think that novelty faded fast after Magician. Bottom line, I feel this book could have been quite a bit better, but it wasn't bad.


  8. Graeme Rodaughan Graeme Rodaughan says:

    Thank the gods of Midkemia - an ending worthy of the name. The final book of the Riftwar Saga brings all the threads together and weaves a seamless ending of multi-level conflicts filled with dramatic and emotional power.

    This ending was a relief after witnessing some really terrible endings recently (Here's looking at you JKR and Netflix)... Enuf said.

    As is typical with Raymond E. Feist, the story is rich with feeling, the characters are wonderfully developed, (except the bad guys - which we'll get to), and the narrative is consistently strong.

    Feist is an intimidatingly good writer.

    His one lapse is his inability to draw true evil as anything other than a form of madness. It's a limiting feature of his otherwise stellar storytelling ability. I'm not deducting a star for this, it seems to me to be a cultural issue rather than anything else, and JKR suffers the same lack of vision on this topic.

    That said, Feist is in the same league as Tolkien, Wurts, and Erikson. If you love Epic Fantasy, you can't go past Mr. Feist's books.


  9. YouKneeK YouKneeK says:

    A Darkness at Sethanon is the final book in the Riftwar Saga, the first subseries in Raymond E. Feist’s Riftwar Cycle.

    Like the previous books, this was a good story that held my interest all the way through. I didn’t enjoy it quite as well as the previous books, though. It seemed like there was less of the fun banter that I’ve enjoyed so much in previous books, although there were still some great moments. Also, although this book wrapped the story up pretty well, I had some complaints about how that was done. I still enjoyed this book a lot, but I think there are some things that I’ve just become pickier about now that I have more epic fantasy under my belt.

    I’ll elaborate on my above comments a bit behind the spoiler tags:
    (view spoiler)[I felt like the Pug and Tomas storyline was a bit over the top, and those were the only parts where my interest wavered. Fortunately, they were only a small portion of the book. It just seemed like we were piling one “big thing” after another. Yes, it’s definitely high time we got an oracle involved. Oh, and what good fantasy story doesn’t involve a visit to the Halls of the Dead? Ah, yes, a nice long hallway with portals to tons of different worlds would be a cool thing to add. And I’m skipping a few. Each place they went to was supposedly more amazingly difficult to get to than the last. Tomas and Pug also seemed to possess/gain overly-strong powers, with Tomas’ in particular seeming to come out of nowhere with some nebulous explanation that the existence of the Valheru gave him more powers that he no longer had at the end of the book when they had been defeated. Oh, and the amulet Arutha wore that protected him from being located by Murmandamus? Yes, it’s totally logical that this amulet would be used to convert his sword into something that could deflect magical energy and harm magical/supernatural beings.

    I was much more invested in the more down-to-earth parts – the almost-assassination of Arutha, faking his death, seeking out Murmandamus, the huge battle at Armengar, the race for Sethanon, etc. That made it doubly frustrating to me that most of those actions didn’t really amount to much, or else they helped the enemy in the end. For example, the battle at Armengar where they managed to kill so many of the invaders only served to strengthen Murmandamus since he fed off the deaths of both friend and foe. Arutha’s battle with Murmandamus didn’t really accomplish anything, and even Pug’s and Kulgan’s attempt to keep the rifts closed and Tomas’ fight with the Valheru only staved off the destruction. The real “hero” was the lifestone, or possibly the gods, that somehow destroyed the Valheru in some inexplicable way. We don’t even know if Tomas’ sword in the lifestone affected anything or if it was just a coincidence. I just wanted to see my heroes’ actions and suffering amount to more after spending all that time reading about it.

    Despite some of my sarcasm, I really did enjoy most of the story, and I love the characters, but I also have to admit that there are some issues. The things I do love make up for it though, and I’m sure the nostalgia factor is playing a role. (hide spoiler)]


  10. Mary King Mary King says:

    Not one strong female in the entire series. After reading the entire Wheel of Time series (where strong females grace every storyline) last year I wandered off to see more of the fantasy genre. Sadly I will not be reading anymore Feist. I loved the fast pace but hated the sexism. The main women in the storyline are always beautiful and never have anything helpful to say. They are always badgering the male characters.

    Like another reviewer I don't believe it was done maliciously, it just seemed to never occur to the writer. A tragedy.


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