A Darkness at Sethanon by Raymond Feist (Riftwar Sage Vol III)

Just finished reading: A Darkness at Sethanon.  The third and final installment of Raymond Feist’s Riftwar Saga

This is a really excellent series that any readers of fantasy will enjoy.  Obviously there are many similarities to Tolkien and certain elements of this third book are very familiar but Feist does bring a fresh element to his story by introducing a whole new world with different magic, different cultures, different people and then joining these two worlds by using a rift in magic (hence the Riftwar Sagas).

The third book brings us the final battle between good and evil with Arutha leading the charge with all his old companions playing a part.

I have really enjoyed this series of books and would recommend them.  To be honest, I probably prefer Tolkien because I read  his novels so long ago and so I suppose for me they set the standard but that being said these books are well written and fast paced with plenty of action and likable characters.

If I have any criticism it would probably be the whole magic element – which personally I thought became a little bit too much – too much description of the magic involved and with Pug, Tomas and Macros becoming almost invincible which seemed to make everybody else’s efforts pale into insignificance.  I think this is why I probably preferred the second book (as it seemed to rely less on the magic element – or at least the overly descriptive chapters) – the first book also had a very large section dedicated to Pug’s gaining a whole new level of magical ability and I found that particular chapter/chapters a little bit drawn out.  Which isn’t to say I just like the action.  I do like the fact that there are magicians in the story, but I find the whole ‘path of discovery’ chapters a bit much.

Rating B.

A Darkness at Sethanon

A Darkness at Sethanon

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