Brand new epic fantasy from the master of the genre. Among the Orosini tribe, the traditional manhood ritual begins three days before the Midsummer's celebration. Alone, the child must survive the wilderness; exploring remote climes, contemplating the lore of his family and clan, his tribe and nation, and seeking the wisdom of his ancestors in a search to understand his place in the universe and discover his manhood name. Kielianapuna -- red squirrel -- is struggling. For two days and two nights he has waited for the gods to grant him a vision, the key to their plan for him, but so far he remains cold, lonely and despairing, and on the brink of giving up. Returning to his village, nameless and still a child, he stumbles upon devastation. His village is being burned, his people slaughtered, but as he hurries to help his family Kieli is struck from above. Sharp claws pierce his shoulders as a rare silver hawk lands and takes
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Raymond E. Feist was born and raised in Southern California. He 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 (Magician, Silverthorn, and A Darkness at Sethanon), Prince of the Blood, Faerie Tale and The King's Buccaneer. He is co-author (with Janny Wurts) of Daughter of the Empire, Servant of the Empire and Mistress of the Empire. The Serpent War Saga (Shadow of a Dark Queen, Rise of a Merchant Prince, Rage of a Demon King and Shards of a Broken Crown) has continued his phenomenal success, and his epic new Riftwar series includes bestsellers Krondor: The Betrayal, Krondor: The Assassins and Krondor: Tear of the Gods.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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