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Flight of the Nighthawks : Darkwar Saga Series : Book 1 - USA Edition - Raymond E. Feist

Flight of the Nighthawks

Darkwar Saga Series : Book 1 - USA Edition

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Published: 27th March 2007
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A new evil threatens Midkemia, its web stretching from the deepest criminal underworld all the way up to the highest seats of power in ancient Kesh. And the Conclave of Shadows, charged unexpectedly with the training of two apprentices, must also best powerful agents of the darkest magic . . . for the fate of two worlds lies in the balance.

The New York Times bestselling author and master of fantasy Raymond E. Feist returns to his signature world of Midkemia in this first book in a gripping new trilogy that ushers in the third, and most dramatic, Riftwar yet: the Darkwar.

In the middle of the night on Sorcerer's Isle, the powerful sorcerer Pug is awakened from a nightmare that portends destruction for all of Midkemia. Disturbed by the dream, Pug calls for a convening of the Conclave of Shadows. Though Pug does not yet know it, his son Magnus has discovered the cause of Pug's prophetic dream: a beacon has been unleashed, directing a vast army of alien invaders to Midkemia, an army so formidable that even the might of the Tsurani Empire might fall before its fury.

Meanwhile, in far Stardock town, two boys are coming of age. But on the dusty path that leads them from home they are thrust by fate into a life undreamed of, becoming enmeshed in intrigue, murder, and treason. Though untrained and unready, they are called upon by the mysterious Conclave to travel deep into the heart of the Empire of Great Kesh, to confront a plot so dark and twisted it will implicate even the highest-ranking nobles of the Empire, even members of the royal family itself. And behind this plot they discover the ancient Brotherhood of Death, the clan of assassins known as the Nighthawks.

And Pug will find himself once again facing his old nemesis, the evil wizard formerly known as Sidi, now Leso Varen, in a confrontation with everything at stake: his honor, his life, and the future of Midkemia.

About the Author

Feist is one of the world's leading fantasy writers. His Riftwar and Serpentwar Sagas have been global bestsellers for years. Born and raised in Southern California, Raymond E. Feist was educated at the University of California, San Diego, where he graduated with honours in Communication Arts. He is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Riftwar Saga.

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A racing adventure from Raymond Feist

By Asrael Goldwing

from Melbourne

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Pros

  • Compelling Characters
  • Easy To Read
  • Original Story
  • Takes You To Another World
  • Well Written

Cons

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    • Fantasy Fan

    Comments about Flight of the Nighthawks:

    I love Ramond's books, but some of them are very violent. Fantasy writers like to load up the body count. This one's not so bad and I loved the characters, especially the teenage boys. Very vivid scene setting and some quiet humour.

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    "A promising start to what looks like a strong, dire trilogy of fantastic adventure."--San Diego Union-Tribune

    Chapter One

    Brothers

    The boys burst through the door.

    Chickens scattered; one moment they had been peacefully pecking the ground, seeking spilled grain and the occasional insect, the next they were squawking in protest and scurrying in all directions as the two boys landed in the village street with loud grunts.

    To passersby the boys appeared as a flurry of fists, elbows, and knees rolling on the ground pecked clean by the chickens. As they thrashed about, their blows were ineffective but heartfelt as each boy sought enough leverage to land a winning strike, while at the same time prevent his opponent from punching back effectively. The result appeared to be more of a pointless wrestling match than a serious fight.

    The boys appeared to be roughly the same size and age -- about sixteen summers old. The dark-haired youth wore a maroon-colored tunic and leather trousers. He was slightly shorter, but possessed broader shoulders and was arguably the stronger of the two. The boy with dark blond hair was dressed in a blue tunic and leather trousers. He possessed a longer reach, and was arguably faster.

    They had been raised as brothers for almost their entire lives and, like brothers everywhere, were prone to conflict in an instant. Both were handsome after a rough fashion: sunburned and possessing the lean strength gained from long hours of hard work and barely adequate food. Neither boy was stupid, but at this moment they were not behaving as if they were particularly bright.

    The cause of their current conflict hurried out of the door after them, shouting angrily. "Tad! Zane! Stopthis right now or I won't go to the festival with either of you."

    The struggling combatants appeared oblivious to her warning as they rolled in the dust. "He started it!" shouted the dark-haired boy.

    "No I didn't!" countered the other.

    The girl was the same age as the erstwhile rivals. She had brown hair like Zane, and green eyes like Tad, was smarter than both of them put together, and was arguably the prettiest girl in Stardock Town.

    An older woman followed Ellie from the house carrying a bucket of well water and she unceremoniously tipped it over the boys.

    Shouting at their sudden drenching, the lads released each other and sat up. "Ma!" shouted the blond boy. "What'd you do that for? I've got mud all over me now."

    "Then go clean yourself up, Tad." The woman was tall and regal looking, despite her plain homespun dress. Her light brown hair had some gray, and her face was sunburned and creased, but her expression was youthful. Looking at the darker lad, she added, "You, too, Zane." Her brown eyes were merry though her expression was stern. "Caleb will be here soon and then we're leaving with or without you two hooligans."

    The two boys stood up, dusting themselves off as best they could, as the woman threw a large cloth at them. "Get the mud off with this, and then go to the well and rinse it out!" she admonished the two boys. "It's one of my good kitchen rags."

    Ellie stood looking at the hesitant brawlers. "You idiots. I said I'd go with both of you."

    "But you said it to me, first," said Tad. "That means you'll dance with me first."

    "No it doesn't," said Zane, ready to resume the fisticuffs.

    "Stop this before it starts again!" shouted the older woman. "Now get out and clean yourselves up!" Grumbling, the two boys complied.

    "Marie, why are they always fighting?" asked Ellie.

    "They're just bored." Then she looked at the younger girl. "When are you going to tell them?"

    "Tell them?" said Ellie, feigning ignorance.

    Marie laughed. "You'd better tell them soon, girl. It's a poorly kept secret and they might hear about it at the festival."

    The girl's brow creased and her eyebrows raised as she made an expression of exasperation. "We used to be like family, you know?"

    "All things change." The older woman looked around the town. "When my family first came here, Stardock Town was still a small place. Now it's twice the size. The Academy was only half finished, now look at it."

    Ellie nodded as they both stared at the distant island across the lake. "I see it every day, Marie. Just like you do."

    The massive building dominated the island in the middle of the Great Star Lake rose, rising like a massive dark mountain. The village that rested at the academy's edge now engulfed the entire northeastern end of the island. Only those who served in the Academy of Magicians lived there. Stardock Town had grown around the ferry station to the island -- at first just a simple trading stop, but now a bustling center for commerce in the region.

    "Well, if Grame Hodover's anything like his pa, he'll start yakkin' as soon as he has some ale in him."

    "And Tad and Zane will be throwing punches before anyone can talk sense into them," finished Ellie.

    "So, best sooner than later," said Marie as she motioned for Ellie to follow her back into the house. They entered a large, single-roomed building, with room for a hearth, a table, and bedding for three. Once inside she said, "The boys are your best friends, though they don't realize it right now. Each thinks himself in love with you, but that's born from competition rather than for any serious reason I can see."

    Ellie nodded. "I do love them, but like brothers. Besides, even if I wished to marry one of them, Father -- "

    "I know. Your father is the wealthiest shipper in Stardock Town and Grame's pa is the only miller, so it's a natural match."

    "I do love Grame," said Ellie. "At least enough to live with him."

    "Love is not the simple romance that the tales make it out to be," cautioned Marie. "Tad's father was a good enough man, but we had our moments. Zane's pa treated . . .

    Flight of the Nighthawks. Copyright by Raymond Feist. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
    Raymond E. Feist

    Raymond E. Feist (full name Raymond Elias Feist), is a Southern Californian by birth and a San Diegan by choice. He was educated at the University of California, San Diego, where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts with Honours in 1977.

    A New York Times, and Times of London Best-seller, he is the author of Magician, Silverthorn, and A Darkness at Sethanon, the three novels comprising The Riftwar Saga, the first series in the Arc that has become known as the Riftwar Cycle. Other works include the Empire Trilogy (co-authored with Janny Wurts), Krondor's Sons, comprising Prince of the Blood and The Kings Buccaneer, and Faerie Tale a dark-fantasy set in contemporary America. Subsequently he wrote  the Serpentwar Saga, and The Riftwar Legacy series which is based in part on the hugely successful computer games set in his universe, Betrayal at Krondor and Return to Krondor.Picture of Raymond E Feist 1982

    In more recent collaborations, we saw the arrival of the Legends of the Riftwar, which included, Honoured Enemy with William Forstchen, Murder in LaMut with Joel Rosenberg, and Jimmy the Hand with Steve M. Stirling.

    Following a move to the Eastern Realms, he has introduced us to Talon of the Silverhawk and the Conclave of the Shadows. The subsequent trilogy, the Darkwar Saga comprising Flight of the Nighthawks, Into a Dark Realm, and Wrath of a Mad God.

    His latest book in the growing Riftwar Cycle, being Rides a Dread Legion, the first book in the new Demonwar Saga.

    Hobbies include collecting movies on DVD, fine wine, books on the history of Professional Football, and the works of American Illustrators.

    Visit Raymond E. Feist's Booktopia Author Page


    ISBN: 9780060792794
    ISBN-10: 0060792795
    Series: Darkwar Saga
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 400
    Published: 27th March 2007
    Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Dimensions (cm): 17.3 x 13.3  x 2.8
    Weight (kg): 0.19