The fantasy adventure genre tests the imaginative powers of its creator, but judging by the more than two dozen books to his credit, Raymond E. Feist thrives in this literary style. Feist has started a new adventure (The Chaoswar Saga) with the first chapter, "A Kingdom Besieged" (Harper Voyager, 353 pages)
Ages ago, the Keshians lost their ancient land of Bosania to the Kingdom.
But the Keshians aim to reclaim and settle their old territory and have begun a massive invasion. Protecting Crydee Castle, an insignificant outpost in the Western Realm of the Kingdom's Far Coast, is left to the Duke's middle son, Martin.
In the midst of this chaos, there has arisen a force so evil it terrifies even the demons. This hideous daughter of the void threatens a destruction on a cataclysmic scale.
Adventure stories always have that certain touch of evil and Feist delivers a memorable menace in the form of this cannibalistic Child, a creature with such an all-consuming appetite for knowledge that she literally devours the brains of her many victims.
But the fantasy story must have a truly human element and to this effect, the reader will delight in the budding love story between Martin and Lady Bethany as well as the "professional" relationship between the two spy masters, Jim Dasher and the married Lady Franciezka Sorboz.
Feist pens a dash of humor as in Jim's description of Franciezka whom he considers to be "the most intelligent woman he had ever met, and he had met a lot of intelligent women. They had to be intelligent to put up with the idiots they married."
Feist conjures up an exciting tale for the adventure fan in "A Kingdom Besieged."
For those who want to delve more deeply into the history of Feist's mythical land of Midkemia, they may want to pick up "At the Gates of Darkness" (Harper), his second book in his Demonwar Saga which precedes his Chaoswar Saga.