Exile's Return (Conclave of Shadows, Book 3) Paperback
The penultimate volume in The Conclave of Shadows from worldwide bestselling author Raymond E Feist.
Featuring one of the most fascinating characters and scenarios ever created in the genre.
The series promises to become one of the great all-time classics in the field.
Once absolute ruler of his nation Kaspar, former Duke of Olasko, has been cast into exile.
Abandoned in the wilds of a continent on the other side of the world and left with nothing but his wits and determination, he must fight merely to survive.
Armed with guile, cunning and an iron will, he starts his odyssey with a single goal: to return to his home and revenge himself upon the man who cast him down, Talwin Hawkins.
But fate has other plans for Kaspar, and as he struggles against adversity, he encounters dangers greater than any he had imagined.
More is at stake than he realised and Kaspar is but a single player in a far greater game than he imagined, for pitted against the Conclave of Shadows are the agents of the Dark Empire, a looming menace that threatens not only Kaspar's homeland, but the entire world of Midkemia.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 05/09/2005
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9780006483595
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Review by reading_fox
Al though published as the conclusion to the Conclave of Shadows, this isn't - it is very much the beginning of a new story although some of the mortals continue from the previous books, everything else is new. This also contains many spoilers (or references) from the Serpent War miniseries. I suspect that readin gthat first would have been a good idea.Kasper deal's with his exile from his Dukedom, free at last of Loren's magical compulsion he sowly regains his sense of honour and learns what life is like as a peasant. Something he'd never contemplated before. However there should have been made more of the comparison to Talon - he endured 3 years of deprevation wihtout moaning. Kasper starts to feel sorry for himself after only a few months. he is an annoying character although a slight amount of sympathey can be felt. I wasn't so taken with this plot, it is quite far feathed even by Feists usual standards, It appears that bengs form other dimenions not just worlds are once agian poised to overcome Midekemia, Quite why our heors shoudl have been born on such a desirable and luckless world out of the millions in Feists's universe isn't explained. By dint of lucky coincedences only some of which are explained, and some inexplicable magic Kasper gets to meet many of the most powerful people in Midkemia and has another chance at killing Voren. Whether he will remain human at the end is question whose answer you don't really care about.Still told in Feist's light fantay style, this doens't work as well as the previous two volumes, the magnitude of the enemies becoming ever more ludicrous as the coincidences mount which keep them at bay. However as it features Tomas again I'll probably still read the hopefully concluding part of this nominal trilogy.