Tales of the Rift War Book 1: Honoured Enemy

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9780002247191: Tales of the Rift War Book 1: Honoured Enemy

The first of a major new Feist acquisition, returning to his best-loved series.

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Hartraft’s Marauders, a crack band of Kingdom raiders, are a special unit designed to infiltrate and fight behind enemy lines. They are currently heading for a frontier garrison, after a disastrous encounter with the Tsurani.

Meanwhile, a Tsurani patrol is sent to support an assault on the same garrison. Both sides arrive at the same time and discover the garrison has been overrun by a migrating horde of moredhel (dark elves) and they are forced by circumstances to band together and fight as one to survive.

The only problem is, who do they hate the most – their mutual enemy, or each other? As they make their way across the unknown Northlands to freedom, they have to struggle not only with the elements and their enemies, but also their conscience. For what is more important – one’s life or one’s honour?

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Honoured Enemy is the first of a series of novels-- Legends of the Riftwar--which act as sidebars to the main action of Feist's epic of the clash of two worlds. Here, in the middle of the desperate war between the Kingdom and its Tsurani invaders, patrols from each side find themselves forced into a perpetually collapsing alliance against an enemy that wants to kill both. The Kingdom commander, Dennis, has a fairly standard set of scores to settle, notably the seizure of his ancestral home on his wedding night and the death of his entire family, including his new wife. The Tsurani leader, Asayaga, has a complex set of political feuds and obligations to balance against his need to survive. Add to the mix a couple of attractive sisters and a long-standing fratricidal blood feud between their light-elve scout and the dark-elf commander of the pursuing army, and the stage is set for a superior Sword and Sorcery western--and yet at times it becomes something more. There is a real sense here of the depths of winter and of the difficult practicalities of replacing a wrecked bridge in the middle of a battle, of scouting and quarter-mastering and all those unglamorous tasks that get soldiering done. -- Roz Kaveney

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Like many a fantasy author before him, Feist appeared to have lost the inventiveness and imagination that distinguished such early books as the Riftwar saga. And many an enthusiast groaned when he began to write books in tandem with other authors (when have these joint efforts ever produced anything as impressive as solo work?). So hopes may not be high for this new Riftwar book. Nevertheless, despite the presence of Forstchen (who probably contributed much of the text here), this is something of a return to form. Hart Raft's Marauders is an elite band of Kingdom raiders: a special unit designed to infiltrate and fight behind enemy lines. At the same time, a Tsurani patrol has been despatched to support an assault on the same garrison. And as the disparate groups are forced to join together to fight the enemy, we are in for some vividly written fantasy adventure.

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Feist, Raymond E.; Forstchen, William
Published by 2002-01-02. (2002)
ISBN 10: 0002247194 ISBN 13: 9780002247191
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Book Description 2002-01-02., 2002. Book Condition: New. Voyager. New edition. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 336pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1750152

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