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Shadow of a Dark Queen

Narrated by: Peter Joyce
Series: Riftwar Cycle, Book 10, The Serpentwar Saga, Book 1
Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (547 ratings)

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Summary

The astonishing first volume in Raymond E. Feist's best-selling Serpentwar series.…

Ancient powers are readying themselves for a devastating confrontation, and a dark queen has raised a standard, gathering armies of unmatched might.

A band of desperate men are forced into this battleground of good and evil, and their only hope for survival is to face this ancient power and discover its true nature. Their quest is at best dangerous and at worst suicidal.

Among them are some unlikely heroes: Erik, a bastard heir denied his birthright; his friend Roo, an irrepressible scoundrel with a penchant for thievery; and the mysterious Miranda, upon whom all must wager their lives. She appears to be an ally but also possesses a hidden agenda and may prove to be a more deadly foe when the final confrontation is at hand.…

Shadow of a Dark Queen is the first book in the Serpentwar Saga. The quartet continues with the second book, Rise of a Merchant Prince.

©2014 Raymond E. Feist (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Epic scope… vivid imagination… a significant contribution to the growth of the field of fantasy." ( Washington Post)
"Well-written… intelligent… intriguing." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Another fantastic novel!

Mr Feist has done it again! Loved this book, love Mr Joyce's narrative just excellent.

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Raymond back to his best

A refreshing storyline gives new life to the Feist mythology. Keeps a decent pace throughout and doesn't disappoint those looking for a continuation of the saga nor those looking for a decent story.

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Brilliant

Loving every syllable of every book. Thanks Raymond and thank you Peter for bringing the characters to life. Superb stuff.

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Classic Feist

Must be my 5th time through the series but a new experience to hear someone vocalise the characters. A great way to enjoy these epic stories while keeping your hands free to work.

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A favourite tale of mine

Would you listen to Shadow of a Dark Queen again? Why?

Yes... I read it many years before. It was the first story I read that got me hooked into Feist world. I found the plot interesting surrounding the characters Eric and Roo.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow of a Dark Queen?

Well, there was a few but the most poignant memorable moment had to be when Eric and Roo facing hanging... They had just watch some others being hung and now it was theirs turn to be hang.

What about Peter Joyce’s performance did you like?

I like his style and the way he portrayed the main characters... It brought the story to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is a story which I enjoyed when I read the book and recently heard the audio version...

Any additional comments?

This was my first book that I read set in the world of Midkemia... I went on to read the others in this series. My most favourite was The Magician. I would recommend not just this book but others. Over the past year I have been hearing the books that I read and for me I have enjoyed them again, Peter Joyce adding to the pleasure.

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The narrator murders this story as I listen and th

e way its recorded is abysmal. each separate sentence is recorded separately and there is no feeling of continuity. each time speech ends you can hear dead air. you would think that given time to prepare each sentence, it would be delivered better by the narrator, but each is as bad as the last. What makes is worse is the extra sibilence of this narrator which makes the effect of different characters hard to believe as it is apparent in every characters speech. the tempo and timbre of Peter Joyce's speech is also difficult to listen to at length, as it hardly varies at all. I will not be buying any of the other books in this series, read by Mr Joyce. I would rather read them.

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superb

from start to finish this book is gripping. the narrator is excellent. well worth a listen

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The accents!!

It took a while, but soon enough all the characters had taken on a life of their own. I'm not sure how it would sound to say Americans but hearing well loved characters turn out to be brummies was bloody hilarious!!

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Wonderful.

Great story, read in a beautiful manner. I loved listening to every second. Great book.

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Thoroughly enjoyed

As a fan of Raymond E.Feist I was looking, to a new way of enjoying his books, as my first audio book, I will be honest and say the first chapter took some getting used to, but I got into it it's a great book, well thought and an enjoyable experience, I am looking forward to the next one, I promise this book will not disappoint!!!

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  • Jacquie
  • 18-04-16

Epic Read

If you could sum up Shadow of a Dark Queen in three words, what would they be?

Couldn't Stop Listening

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow of a Dark Queen?

The false hanging

What does Peter Joyce bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Breadth and timbre of voices bringing the characters to life

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Just made me want to keep listening to hear what happened next.

Any additional comments?

A great "read"!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-11-19

love Feist books but performer is not great

while I love all the books written by Raymond Feist, reading them multiple times, this performance had me gritting my teeth in some instances. There is no emotion, accents are terrible, and some pronunciations left me annoyed. It is very clear this was an inexperienced performer or Peter Joyce is very unfamiliar with performing non-fiction. It was a waste of one of my credits...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-08-18

Nice book

Good lissen😊 exiting and Well read. Recomdnded after the riftwar saga👍🏻 A must for Feist fans.