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Title:King of Foxes
Authors:Raymond E Feist
Info:Voyager (2004), Edition: New Edition, Paperback, 384 pages
Collections:2012, Your library
Rating:***1/2
Tags:kindle, fantasy, 2012

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Talon works toward his revenge, goes thru adventures, and at the end chooses not to personally take vengeance against those who slaughtered his people. I am really enjoying this series. Different from the Riftwar, but very enjoyable. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Dukes, mad sorcerers, sword fights, court intrigue...what's not to love? ( )
  BooksForDinner | Feb 3, 2016 |
An unworthy follow-up to the first of this trilogy, King of Foxes bore little of what made Talon of the Silver Hawk worthwhile and even twisted up some of it so that it came out badly.

In the second half of the previous novel, Talon became a somewhat generic character, though it was somewhat excusable since he was playing a role and crafting a persona for himself. However, for the vast majority of King of Foxes, that person is the only character Tal evinces. Talon became almost completely subsumed beneath Talwin, and rather than being a character-driven novel, this became event-driven. Tal's character became stagnant, and the only instances of anything other than the generic Midkemian noble appearing were short, awkward, and emotionally forced. Feist attempted to weave the crafted persona and underlying character together at the end, but it was accomplished in 15 pages with little progression done beforehand to justify the changes in Tal necessary for him to come to such a place. Tal's character development was simply unrealistic and forced and seemingly done only to tie up loose ends.

In addition, Feist used a number of fairly miraculous happenings to drive the plot along in ways that were too cliched to be worthwhile. Some of his choices seemed to lack creativity or serious thought, which makes me wonder if he felt under time constraints from his publisher or internally that he could not spend the time to work out more interesting and novel ways of solving the problems he established for his characters. Toward the end, the circumstances suddenly expanded to encompass most of the eastern world in ways that the rest of the storyline did not quite justify, which came off feeling like grandiosity for its own sake.

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  kantr | Jan 18, 2016 |
Good continuation. ( )
  willowcove | Sep 1, 2010 |
I've been a big fan of Feist's books for years, and I love the Midkemian world, but this particular trilogy falls flat. I'm sad to say, I've found the whole thing pretty boring, and none of it struck a chord with me. I pushed through the first book out of optimism and loyalty. After forcing myself to finish this book, though, I've come to admit that I won't be picking up the third book in the foreseeable future. ( )
  TheBooknerd | Jun 17, 2010 |
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In the mountains of Midkemia,
a boy came brutally of age in blood and
in terror. And now he lives for one
purpose alone ... revenge!

An exceptionally skilled swordsman, young Tal Hawkins was the only survivor of the massacre of his village -- rescued, recruited, and trained by the mysterious order of magicians and spies, the Conclave of Shadows. Now one of the secret society's most valuable agents, he gains entrance into the court of Duke Olasko, the bloodthirsty and powerful despot whose armies put Tal's village to the sword, by posing as a nobleman from the distant Kingdom of the Isles. But the enemy is cunning and well protected -- in league with the foul necromancer Leso Varen, dark master of death-magic -- and to gain the Duke's trust and confidence, Tal Hawkins must first sell his soul.

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Young Tal Hawkins was the only survivor of the massacre of his village -- rescued, recruited, and trained by the mysterious order of magicians and spies, the Conclave of Shadows. Already exceptionally skilled in swordsmanship, he has since developed into one of the secret society's most valuable agents, keeping ever alert for the opportunity to arise when he can avenge the craven slaughter of his family and friends. That time is now. Posing as a nobleman from the distant Kingdom of the Isles, he gains entrance into the court of the Duke of Olasko, the bloodthirsty and powerful despot whose armies put Tal's village to the sword. But the enemy is cunning and well protected -- in league with the foul necromancer Leso Varen, dark master of death-magic -- and to gain the Duke's trust and confidence, Tal Hawkins must first sell his soul. Only by swearing an oath of allegiance to his hated nemesis can Tal hope to get close enough to kill the Duke and bring his empire crashing down. But the tyrant demands that his new acolyte prove his loyalty with blood. Sent off to do his "master's" malevolent bidding -- each depraved mission more odious than the last -- the Talon of the Silver Hawk faces a spirit-crushing dilemma. Only through evil can his vengeance succeed, yet his alternatives are more terrible still: madness, torture, damnation, and a slow, lingering death in the Fortress of Despair.… (more)

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