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Talon of the Silver Hawk (Conclave of Shadows, Book 1) (original 2003; edition 2004)

by Raymond E. Feist

Series: Die Erben von Midkemia (1), Conclave of Shadows (Book 1), The Riftwar Cycle, Publication Order (Conclave of Shadows, Book 1), The Riftwar Cycle, Alternative Reading Order (Conclave of the Shadows, Book 1), The Riftwar Cycle, Chronological Order (Conclave of Shadows, Book 1), Die Spaltkrieg-Saga (27)

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A sweeping new epic fantasy series from worldwide bestselling author Raymond E Feist, marking the 20th year since the first publication of his first novel, Magician. Featuring one of the most fascinating characters and scenarios ever created in the genre, The Conclave of Shadows promises to become one of the great all-time classics in the field. Among the Orosini tribe, every boy must undergo the traditional manhood ritual in order to understand his place in the universe and discover his manhood name. Kielianapuna must survive on the remote mountain peak of Shatana Higo until the gods grant him his vision. But Kieli has already waited for four days and nights, and now he is cold, lonely, despairing, and very, very tired When he is woken by the terrifying sensation of sharp claws piercing his skin and finds a rare silver hawk upon his arm, it is such a disorientating moment that he is not sure whether it has even happened, or whether it was a vision. Returning to his home, nameless and still a child, Kieli stumbles upon devastation. His village is being burned, his people slaughtered. Although it means certain death, Kieli throws himself into the battle Against all the odds, he survives, alone of all the Orosini, who have been cut down where they stand: every last man, woman and child. A distant voice echoes in his mind: Rise up and be a talon for your people The visitation of the bird on Shatana Higo was indeed his naming vision. He is a boy called Kielianapuna no more. Now he is Talon of the Silver Hawk, a man who must avenge the murder of his people, whatever that may take… (more)
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Title:Talon of the Silver Hawk (Conclave of Shadows, Book 1)
Authors:Raymond E. Feist
Info:Eos (2004), Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
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Heroes Journey. Traditional.

That being said, I honestly had a good time following this future era, post-Krondor war building of a hero. Young/old Pug is here, briefly, but for the most part, this is not of magic, but the crafting of one quick boy into a hell of a weapon.

Simple premise, really, and one we've all seen, but I really enjoyed the journey. The last of his tribe, he's taken in by the Conclave of Shadows, full of magicians and spies, trained and inducted in their order, and is sent out into the world to infiltrate and get everyone ready for the evil that spreads through the land.

This is Feist at his most crafty. The story might be old but it is still very entertaining. Lots of sword-play, some intrigue, and even more REVENGE. :) In other words, all the things we usually turn to when it comes to old-style fantasy. I've read much worse and only a few that do this better. But all-in-all? I can definitely recommend this for sheer entertainment value if not world-building, epic-building, or mind-blowing reveals.
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  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Talon of the Silver Hawk is the first book in Conclave of Shadows, yet another subseries in the very long Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E. Feist. After the previous 7 books which had returned to some earlier time periods in the series, this book resumes our forward chronological progress and is set about 30 years after the Serpentwar Saga.

This was a solid, entertaining read. It mostly focused on brand new characters and less familiar settings. I really liked the characters, including the main character, Talon. Talon was maybe a bit too talented with too many different types of skills to be completely believable, but I enjoyed him and his story anyway. This book didn’t hold anything groundbreaking or unusual for epic fantasy, and in fact it depended on several tried and true tropes, but Feist writes them well and I never lost interest.

I had been hoping to see some follow-up with Jimmy the Hand’s grandsons, Jimmy and Dash, but the 30-year jump in the time frame means we skipped over the events I’d been interested in seeing at the end of the Serpentwar Saga. The characters were briefly mentioned, but not seen. I don’t know if we’ll get to see more of them in later books, but I get the impression from the subseries titles of the remaining books that we probably won’t go back in time to fill in any of that 30-year gap unless there are some flashbacks. In any case, I also look forward to seeing what happens next with the characters introduced in this book. ( )
1 vote YouKneeK | Jan 31, 2020 |
The story was interesting, but it felt very clipped, almost like it was a first draft. ( )
  jonvoigt21 | Jan 7, 2020 |
Een jongen wordt, tijdens zijn naamgevings rite, getroffen door het noodlot. Zijn hele stam is uitgemoord, en zelf overleeft hij het... ternauwernood. Zijn eer verlangt een bloedwraak. Voor het zover is, moet hij eerst nog veel ontwikkelingen en jaren van trainingen doorstaan. Hij ontmoet vele mensen, die hem helpen om een krachtige strijder te worden. Meerdere malen kruipt hij door de oog van de naald

Dit was weer eens een Feist zoals ik die graag lees. Een verhaal dat zich rustig opbouwt om de lezer in de goede stemming te krijgen. De personages komen echt genoeg over. Weinig fantasy echter, daarom geen 5 sterren.
De ontwikkeling van de personage 'Klauw ' is goed. De jongen leert lezen/schrijven, zwaardvechten etc., en wordt opgenomen in 'het conclaaf der schaduwen'. Jammer alleen dat 'Klauw' in alles zo heel erg goed is. Het zou wat realistischer zijn geweest als hij in sommige dingen wat minder goed was, maar dan hadden Puc, Robert, Magnus en Nakur hem waarschijnlijk niet op zijn missie gestuurd.

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  EdwinKort | Oct 18, 2019 |
Talon starts off in a totally different area of Midkemia than the earlier books set on that planet, though still on the same continent as the one where the Kingdom of the Isles is based. Talon, the eponymous hero of this tale, is a young boy just entering adulthood as the story opens as he goes on a vision quest in the mountains surrounding his village. Talon does actually see his vision animal, the fabled Silver Hawk but the weather's hot and the water's low as he makes his way back to his village so it takes a while to realise something's up - invaders have come to his remote mountain home and are busy putting it to the torch. Too woozy from the quest, Talon takes on the invaders with nearly the inevitable results but he doesn't die from his wounds being found by a band of traders 'just passing through'. Taken back to their base, a defended inn, it doesn't take long for even the naïve Talon to realise that there is something a bit unusual about these people as he is nursed back to health and inducted into the mysteries of this outpost of the Conclave of Shadows.

As is traditional in this type of book, the story goes through various aspects of Talon's training, first as a server in the inn then gentleman of the world and finally master swordsman as he works on his revenge on those who'd killed his village, along the way finding that he quite genuinely liked the Duke in charge.

This is a pretty standard fantasy quest story especially as Talon finds himself gaining various different character improvements but the story itself is reasonably engaging and easily readable ( )
  JohnFair | Dec 2, 2017 |
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A sweeping new epic fantasy series from worldwide bestselling author Raymond E Feist, marking the 20th year since the first publication of his first novel, Magician. Featuring one of the most fascinating characters and scenarios ever created in the genre, The Conclave of Shadows promises to become one of the great all-time classics in the field. Among the Orosini tribe, every boy must undergo the traditional manhood ritual in order to understand his place in the universe and discover his manhood name. Kielianapuna must survive on the remote mountain peak of Shatana Higo until the gods grant him his vision. But Kieli has already waited for four days and nights, and now he is cold, lonely, despairing, and very, very tired When he is woken by the terrifying sensation of sharp claws piercing his skin and finds a rare silver hawk upon his arm, it is such a disorientating moment that he is not sure whether it has even happened, or whether it was a vision. Returning to his home, nameless and still a child, Kieli stumbles upon devastation. His village is being burned, his people slaughtered. Although it means certain death, Kieli throws himself into the battle Against all the odds, he survives, alone of all the Orosini, who have been cut down where they stand: every last man, woman and child. A distant voice echoes in his mind: Rise up and be a talon for your people The visitation of the bird on Shatana Higo was indeed his naming vision. He is a boy called Kielianapuna no more. Now he is Talon of the Silver Hawk, a man who must avenge the murder of his people, whatever that may take

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