Flight of the Night Hawks: Book One of the Dark War Saga

Raymond E. Feist, Author . Eos $25.95 (347p) ISBN 978-0-06-079278-7

This first of a new fantasy trilogy from bestseller Feist (Exile's Return ) reintroduces a now ancient but well-preserved Pug (the juvenile hero of Magician ) plus numerous generic situations, not the least of which is the return of Pug's old nemesis, the evil wizard Sidi, and a further menace that threatens the land of Midkemia. All the characters talk in completely 21st-century vocabulary, and while some of the inhabitants of the imaginary setting have unusual names suggestive of alien language and culture, we also meet folks named Miranda, Tomas, Magnus, Caleb and Zane. The result does not add up to any sense of a real, other place like Middle Earth or Earthsea, in which mythic events might plausibly occur. Those looking for the numinous wonder of Tolkien or the beautiful language of Ursula Le Guin will have to look elsewhere, but readers seeking to move one step up from adventure-gaming tie-in novels will find this a good starting place. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 02/20/2006
Release date: 04/01/2006
Genre: Fiction
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