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At the Gates of Darkness (The Riftwar Cycle: The Demonwar Saga Book 2) (edition 2009)

by Raymond E. Feist (Author)

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The Conclave of Shadows battles the villainous sorcerer Belasco and his demon servants.
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Title:At the Gates of Darkness (The Riftwar Cycle: The Demonwar Saga Book 2)
Authors:Raymond E. Feist (Author)
Info:Harper Voyager (2009), Edition: edition, 336 pages
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Well, I have to admit this book tickled so many of my fancies. I mean, big magic, bigger magic, OP characters, and enough demons to fill several realms AND we get to learn even more about them. :)

This is a FAR cry from some of the earlier novels that started small and stayed small. The storytelling might have a lot more nuance, but if you're missing the big blow-outs, just look here. An interesting if slightly providential new character introduced in the previous novel continues to shed some light on one of the most interesting villains in the series. And the villain himself has gotten himself in DEEP this time. :)

Worth it? Yep! The big stuff is here and while I may have a few quibbles they're nothing special. The plot must progress and all the loose ends need to be wrapped up, and if a loose end just happens to be the fate of all levels of this particular set of odd heavens and hells, then so be it. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
At the Gates of Darkness is the last book in the Demonwar Saga, the second-to-last subseries in the very large Riftwar Cycle. Only 3 books left.

This was better than the previous book, where I complained that the large amounts of recaps in the first half became tedious and boring. This book had minimal recaps and more action, and I did enjoy the story, but for some reason I never became as engrossed in it as I have with many of the other books in the series. I did enjoy it, though. There were some interesting new characters and situations introduced, and more questions raised that I look forward to seeing answered in the final subseries.

Major spoiler for the previous book, not so much for this one: I guess Feist felt the need to keep an irrational, temperamental female around. After killing off Miranda in the previous book, in this book we get more Sandreena. Yay.

I’ve started to feel a slight bit exasperated when certain writing tactics Feist likes to use show up repeatedly, so maybe I’m finally starting to experience this mysterious author fatigue that some people talk about! This was book 28 of 31, after all. I’ll probably go into a little more detail on his general writing style and what I liked/disliked if I have the energy for it when I review the final book. I’m rating this one at 3.5 stars, but rounding down to 3 on Goodreads. ( )
1 vote YouKneeK | Mar 6, 2020 |
Aardig boek, maar niet een van de beste van de schrijver. Het leek een hele lange introductie te zijn naar een marginale uitkomst. op het einde van het verhaal werd de demon Nahun vernietigd door scheuring waar door hij op de wereld kwam te vernietigen... Maar toch niet, want hij zat in het lichaam van een ander, die met een simpele dolk gedood werd. En dus was ook Nahun dood

De enige reden dat ik dit boek uitgelezen heb, is dat ik de andere delen ook gelezen heb, en graag wil weten hoe het allemaal afloopt.

Sorry, maar snel vergeten dit boek., en op naar een volgend deel, want ik zal de serie uit lezen, ook al moet ik me er door heen worstelen.

De reden dat ik zo lang over deed om dit boek uit te lezen was dat in de tussentijd mijn e-reader de geest gaf.
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  EdwinKort | Oct 18, 2019 |
I wish I had the books in between this series and the initial 4 books Feist wrote about Midkemia and Pug, but sadly our public library only has bits and pieces of most authors' series. I did at least get to read the first book in this trilogy, and Feist does a pretty good job of filling in readers who have missed earlier books in the sequence.

In this trilogy Pug and his friends are faced with a whole branch of magic and magical creatures beyond Pug's knowledge and understanding, demons that have overrun several worlds already and that seem poised to invade Midkemia next. In addition to these demons, a small but deadly bunch of elves have appeared, descended from the elves that fled Midkemia many centuries ago. They are arrogant and narrow-minded, hell-bent on conquering or enslaving the races that occupy their ancestral home, so long as they can do so without the demons taking advantage of the chaos and destroying them all. ( )
  JBarringer | Dec 30, 2017 |
Good continuation of the overall series... ( )
  GSB68 | May 19, 2015 |
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I was appalled at how sloppy and unprofessional it was. Feist's editors really need a kick up the backside, allowing him to turn in what is effectively an unfinished work, and having the nerve to foist it upon loyal readers.
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