Genre: Fantasy, YA Fantasy
Series: The Riftwar Saga
Author Info: http://www.crydee.com/
First published in 1982, the Riftwar Saga has been one of the classics of the fantasy literature for decades. I have re-read this series a few times, as I did Harry Potter, LOTR and the Icewind Dale Trilogy. It’s one of those timeless, precious classics. The characters are very lively and reading their development is quite enjoyable. Krondor has always been one of my favorite cities in fantasy literature. It is magnificent and very realistic with its rich and poor quarters, and it has that legendary Thieves’ Guild which has no doubt influenced the Thieves’ Guilds in many video games.
Raymond Feist has done something different here and created two entirely different worlds. Midkemia, which is the main world, is based on medieval Europe, but the other world Kelewan is somewhat similar to Japan with its Samurai-like culture, however its complex political structure and some elements of the culture are not even remotely like anything we know in the real world. It’s very foreign and quite different. It also has a completely original non-human race. The originality and the meticulous details of the world are quite striking.
My favorite characters from this book (and the Riftwar series in general) are prince Arutha, Amos Trask (whose presence is not much in this book but he gets to steal the show later in the series), Pug, Tomas, Macros the Black and the mysterious huntsmaster Martin.
If you love D&D you will appreciate this book (and the series in general) cause Feist’s D&D background is evident in his writing. If you are a lover of the fantasy genre and still haven’t read this, I suggest dropping everything else and getting a copy right away, for it’s one of the finest pieces of the entire fantasy genre. It’s also available on Kindle, unlike some other books by Raymond E. Feist, which are available only as hard copy due to copyright issues after the publishing house mergers (I asked Raymond Feist on Twitter why they were not available in Kindle/Nook, and he was kind enough to explain the reasons.)
So even more reason to read it, since the author is such a nice and down to earth person.