Raymond E. Feist – Shards of a Broken Crown

Undeniably riveting. (Booklist)

The terrible Emerald Queen is vanquished…but the war in Midkemia is not yet won, as the remarkable Raymond E. Feist concludes his magnificent Serpentwar Saga with Shards of a Broken Crown – a spellbinding tale of magic, conflict, and treachery that sees the rise of a new threat from the ashes of defeat, an evil poised to strike mercilessly at realm triumphant but weakened by war.

This is epic fantasy adventure at its finest – a classic that stands tall alongside the best works of Terry Goodkind, George R. R. Martin, Terry Brooks, and other acclaimed fantasists. Feist once again works his breathtaking magic in Shards of a Broken Crown, and, as always, he brings a new world alive (Portland Oregonian).

Author: Raymond E. Feist
Narrator: Peter Joyce
Duration: 20 hours 46 minutes
Released: 20 Apr 2002
Publisher: HarperAudio
Language: English

User Review:

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Alastair Duncan gives a fantastic performance so no gripes about this. Though, at one point he does have to switch between saying “Balder” and “Boulder” in rapid succession, which don’t sound different at all when he says them.

The overall arch of the story is fantastic. A father and son journey filled with trials and tribulations.

Now for the ‘but’ portion of my title. This is a novelization of a video game, and you can tell. Fights are described in few words, scenery description is short, and pacing accelerates rapidly toward the end, often missing descriptions which would be welcome. A novelist brought on board to better transcribe the Barlogs’ vision to prose would have been as amazing as the action in the source material.