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Krondor, The Betrayal by Raymond E. Feist

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Submitted by Sarah Norton
(May 28, 2001)

I'll be honest. I'm a big fan of Betrayal at Krondor, the game that created this book, and the game drew me in the wonderful universe of Midkemia. After Riftwar Saga and halfway into Serpentwar (slow book releases) I was overjoyed when I heard that Mr. Feist was working on a book, Krondor the Betrayal, on my beloved game! After waiting for a long time, I finally got a chance to read the book, and I was....disappointed. The characters are not as deep as they were in the game, surprisingly, and don't even get me start on some of the most corny dialogues I've seen. A lot of nice touches that made the game one of the greatest probably couldn't make it into the book for practical purposes, so I felt like I'm reading a stripped Krondor. And a lot of things are inconsistent with both the game and the previous Midkemia books. Owyn 'Belefote'? He was Beleforte! As a flunk-out student from Stardock? Owyn never went to Stardock! He used his cunning to redirect his father's funds for a secret tutor! And he was always eager, not this dour! There were some more of this, and it let me down considerably. Character development's not that great either. On the other hand, plot-wise, it's pretty nice stuff. Rather faithful novelization of the game, even though it's somewhat barebone. If you like Betrayal at Krondor, you might want to check this out to see the characters go at it one last time and see Feist's own take on thing. It's a pretty good book if you don't put too much expectations on it.

Submitted by Sojourn
(Dec 23, 2000)

While I thoroughly enjoyed the 'Riftwar Saga', its companion books and the 'Serpentwar Saga', Feist's latest offering failed to impress me. For one thing, Feist obviously wrote 'Krondor: The Betrayal' assuming that his readers were already familiar with the world of Midkemia, its history and its inhabitants or have played the PC game which the book was based upon. I can see newcomers to Feist's world being quite confused with all these references being made to people or events they aren't familiar with. Secondly, the overall tone of the novel was exactly what I think Feist intended it to be: a novelisation of a computer game. As a result, the characters lacked the depth and substance normally attributed to characters in a good, long yarn (unless you already knew them from Feist's previous books) and the dialogue was so corny at times, it read like the script of a stereotypical Americanised action movie.I suppose after reading the work of authors like George R R Martin, a return to such lacklustre fantasy fare merely reminds me that perhaps I've been weaned off below-average writing. 'Krondor: The Betrayal' wasn't a novel, in the sense that many 'movies' aren't exactly 'films'. It was a game in book form.

Submitted by Julian
(Dec 18, 2000)

I'll keep this review short and simple, as all great things are. Krondor the betrayal is simply fantastic. The depth and understanding you develop for the characters is, well... very deep and understood. You feel as though you know the characters and they are part of you or your life. This is the best part of the book. All of Feist's books are like this and I highly recommend you read them. Jimmy the Hand is a lengend by the way.

Submitted by Jon Pfenghanssl
(Jul 02, 2000)

I have read and followed Feist's work since his first series, and have to say that his latest work, Betrayal at Krondor is in my oppinion his finest work to date. Feist manages to captivate even the most sceptical of SF readers, and make them believe. This book follows the adventures of the characters from the original series, characters whom loyal Feist readers have come to understand and love. While all of the characters are embarking on a noble quest, Feist takes the time to make us understand that all of the characters have serious underlying flaws and motives. The plot is well thought out and Feist draws the reader along never letting the" cat out of the bag" so to speak, making this book exceptionally difficult to put down.

 I highly recomend this book to those readers who want to feel what the characters are feeling, and see what the characters are seeing.Definately a great addition to the library of any sci/fi reader.

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