A Darkness at Sethanon, By Raymond E. Feist
Now this is the book that I wanted during Silverthorn. Silverthorn’s more like a prologue than a book. It’s long enough to be a book, but in terms of the series its importance is very minor. I know we all love Anita but she could have died without the plot being seriously impacted, for there was no need to add in another book. But this one definitely deserves its status. A Darkness at Sethanon is certainly a ‘fate of the world’ book, and even ‘fate of the worlds.’ For this evil is so evil, that it threatens every world, and not just Midkemia. I would like to name that evil, and some of you might even be able to guess it, but I won’t spoil it for the rest of you. Lets just say it’s really spiffy.
Feist certainly pulls out the stops on making this book hard to predict. He does things I wouldn’t expect, characters show up in a surprising fashion, and it’s exciting! I will have to go on in a slightly spoilery manner for a bit for the rest of the paragraph, because this is too good to keep silent about. We get to meet Black Guy! We’ve heard about him, and heard about him, and now we get to meet him. He was kind of a strange character before, because we never got to meet him. We only had hearsay, and all of that was bad. He was momentously important to the plot of the first two books, and we never have a scene with him. Interesting, isn’t it? I wasn’t expecting him to show up, but he does, and brings a cool city along with him. And it explodes! We get to have an exploding city! I just wish I could see that on film.
A Darkness at Sethanon is not the best book in the Riftwar Saga, but it is not the worst. I would put it on par with Magician: Apprentice, just below Magician: Master. And as this draws the Riftwar Saga to a close, I would advise all of you to find yourself copies of it to read, for although it has its generic moments, Feist conquers them with good skill and opens up a new world for us to explore. And that’s always good fun.