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King of Ashes

The Firemane Saga, Book One
Narrated by: David Thorpe
Series: The Firemane Saga, Book 1
Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
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The first volume in legendary master and New York Times best-selling author Raymond E. Feist’s epic heroic fantasy series, The Firemane Saga - an electrifying tale of two young men whose choices will determine a world’s destiny.

For centuries, the five greatest kingdoms of North and South Tembria, twin continents on the world of Garn, have coexisted in peace. But the balance of power is destroyed when four of the kingdoms violate an ancient covenant and betray the fifth: Ithrace, the Kingdom of Flames, ruled by Steveren Langene, known as "the Firemane" for his brilliant red hair. As war engulfs the world, Ithrace is destroyed, and the Greater Realms of Tembria are thrust into a dangerous struggle for supremacy.

As a Free Lord, Baron Daylon Dumarch owes allegiance to no king. When an abandoned infant is found hidden in Daylon’s pavilion, he realizes that the child must be the missing heir of the slain Steveren. The boy is valuable - and vulnerable. A cunning and patient man, Daylon decides to keep the baby’s existence secret, and sends him to be raised on the Island of Coaltachin, home of the so-called Kingdom of Night, where the powerful and lethal Nocusara, the "Hidden Warriors", legendary assassins and spies, are trained.

Years later, another orphan of mysterious provenance, a young man named Declan, earns his Masters rank as a weapons smith. Blessed with intelligence and skill, he unlocks the secret to forging King’s Steel, the apex of a weapon maker’s trade known by very few. Yet this precious knowledge is also deadly, and Declan is forced to leave his home to safeguard his life. Landing in Lord Daylon’s provinces, he hopes to start anew.

Soon, the two young men - an unknowing rightful heir to a throne and a brilliantly talented young swordsmith - will discover that their fates, and that of Garn, are entwined. The legendary, long-ago War of Betrayal has never truly ended...and they must discover the secret of who truly threatens their world.

©2018 Raymond E. Feist (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Kyle
  • 19-05-18

Feist takes his writing to the next level

Having read all of Feist’s Rift War sagas I anticipated the release of his new book. Feist did not disappoint. The story has an excellent pace and weaves the main characters together brilliantly. World building has always been a strength of Feist’s, but I find the characters drawing my attention in this book. His previous works seemed to have cardboard characters but now they feel like real flawed people with depth. Often I found it difficult to decipher which characters were important due to how well rounded they all were.

By the time I finished the book I was drawn in and invested with all the characters. My only regret is finishing the book the same week it was released. I will patiently await the next installment, for it will clearly be worth waiting for.

Other authors I enjoy are Brandon Sanderson, Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch, Rothfuss and Martin( despite lack of finishing the sagas they started), Larry Correia, Jim butcher, and Mitchell Hogan.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 23-08-18

beginning of a new classic

I first read feist back when I was a young man, I though there was no way for a second series that rivaled the rift war series! I was wrong, this first book had everything that the rift war series had and more, but unlike the rift war saga it unique enough to be totally different! heros, heroines, villains, and your average man are abound in this new book. if you loved Pug and the whole rift wat saga then this is a must get! you want be disappointed!

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  • Joshua Rumph
  • 31-07-18

A solid return

I was worried about returning to Feist after reading literally every Riftwar Novel he put out. I felt I'd seen everything he can do and had gotten fatigued with his writing after 30 some odd books. This is a very solid return for him and is certainly worth your time.

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  • m.gray
  • 16-08-18

not midkemia

This new book is a story all its own, new characters, new lands, and new evils.
i did not excpect a new world and honestly i was taken aback by it, but as always Raymond has drawn me in again. after reading EVERYTHING he has written, i can honestly say, i was NOT disappointed!!!
if you like Feist, this is a great read

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  • Jamie
  • 27-08-18

Can’t wait for the next installment!

A great story line and leaves me wanting more. Well written, well read. I would welcome the chance to recommend this book/series.

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  • gr81matt
  • 10-08-18

perfect everything !!! loved it and look forward

perfect everything !!! loved it and look forward to the next volume. high recommendation from me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-08-18

Great book

Great book by my all time favorite epic author. World building at its best with very complex plot over very long story lines. Glad to see a new Story by Feist

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  • Scott
  • 05-07-18

I loved riftwar, but this was not that

I was a huge fan of earlier stuff. this seems like an attempt to jump on grim dark wagon, it did not work. I was also u sure about the number of times scenes and phrases seemed to repeat. The idea is good and fun, feist has always created interesting worlds. If it had been written like feist used to write itcould have been a really good read.

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  • Jed
  • 12-02-20

Wish Nick Podehl had narrated this

Great start to a series. Enjoyed the character development. I look forward to enjoying this series.
My main complaint is the narrator. Not bad, but not great either.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-09-19

Overall worth reading

The book sets a solid foundation for what could be interesting characters as they develop going forward. I'm a little disappointed in Feist's blatant slide into trying to fit into the PC mode and not sticking with his strengths. He's a great writer who knows how to tell a good story. I would have loved to see him veer from the overdone sexual aspects as in my opinion it is getting overdone and did distract from the story. However, it was not bad enough to detract me from purchasing his next book in this series. It's not a Darkness at Sethanon or Magician's Apprentice, but it is worth your time and carries the overtones of what could be a fun and interesting read going forward.