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Evil has come to a distant land high among the snow-capped mountains of Midkemia, as anexterminating army wearing the colors of theDuke of Olasko razes village after village, slaughtering men, women, and children without mercy. And when the carnage is done, only one survivor remains: a young boy named Kieli. A youth no longer, there is now but one road for him to travel: the path of vengeance. And he willnot be alone. Under the tutelage of the rescuerswho discovered him, Kieli will be molded into a sure and pitiless weapon. And he will accept the destiny that has been chosen for him ... asTalon of the Silver Hawk.But the prey he so earnestly stalks is hunting himas well. And Talon must swear allegiance toa shadowy cause that already binds his mysterious benefactors - or his mission, his honor, and his life will be lost forever.
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Raymond E. Feist is the multiple New York Times bestselling author or coauthor of thirty previous books—all but one of which are Riftwar Cycle novels. He lives in San Diego.From Booklist:
A prolific purveyor of solid conventional fantasy launches a new Midkemia saga, Conclave of Shadows. Kieli, a young boy of the mountain-dwelling Orosini, is the sole survivor of a massacre of his people by ruthless mercenaries. From a bird that visits him when he thinks he is dying, he takes the name Talon of the Silver Hawk, and re-enters civilization with a vague notion of destiny and the grimly focused aspiration to avenge his people. As he matures, he is drawn into the arms of a good many women and even farther into the machinations of the sorcerers of the Shadow Conclave, headed by Pug and Miranda, old friends to fans of previous Midkemia sagas. Talon learns that he has both human and magical foes, and he becomes a deadly swordsman to function in the role of one of the conclave's agents. By the end of this book, he has achieved at least one of his goals but faces a whole new set of perils that begins with swearing allegiance to the formidable duke of Olasko. Further volumes in Talon's tale are to come from other accomplished fantasists, including S. M. Stirling and Joel Rosenberg, so the prognosis is highly favorable for continued good reading for dedicated Midkemians, many of whom could start with this book that stands well alone and is noticeably smoother reading than a goodly portion of Feist's other work. Roland Green
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Book Description Voyager, 2002. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0002246813