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King of Ashes
« on: January 04, 2014, 12:05:28 AM »

Looks Feist is working on something new. It doesn't sound interesting and I'm unlikely to read it, but I do look forward to hearing what you people have to say about it if you do.

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A new novel from the internationally bestselling author, Raymond E. Feist. After 30 years and as many books, Raymond E. Feist's Midkemia series, The Riftwar Cycle, came to a satisfyingly cataclysmic end in 2013. Next year will mark the publication of Feist's first non-Midkemia based book for many years. KING OF ASHES is the first book in the planned WAR OF FIVE CROWNS trilogy and draws influences from medieval history and Arthurian legend.

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Right now I’m at work on The King Of Ashes, which is the first volume of a new series The War Of Five Crowns that’s about a completely different world with different rules of magic, different politics, and very different characters. I can say no more. Although as we’re talking about George RR Martin, I will say that you’ll get an idea of what Five Crowns is about if I tell you it’s a little bit like Game Of Thrones with show tunes. And I’m actually struggling to get certain rights, because I just wrote the scene where the King Of Sandura breaks out with, ‘I Get A Kick Out Of You!’”

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Re: King of Ashes
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2014, 06:06:51 AM »

Hmm. Despite my better judgement, that does pique my curiosity. Mostly because Ray's impatience with his Midkemian epic was palpable reading the last three sagas of the Riftwar Cycle. I get the feeling he felt like he'd messed it up and wanted to keep starting anew with new reincarnations of old characters, but then couldn't muster the effort. This new series could be his fresh start, and maybe it'll show in the writing. That said, I'm pretty sure my estimation of his literary talents is irreparably damaged. I'll be surprised if it's actually any good.

Also, I'm baffled by the whole 'show tunes' thing ... I guess he's joking?
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Re: King of Ashes
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2014, 10:26:00 PM »

Feist's wikipedia page states two additional book titles for The Wars of Five Crowns cycle:

King of Embers (TBA)
King of Flames (TBA)
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Re: King of Ashes
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2014, 09:28:05 AM »

Also, I'm baffled by the whole 'show tunes' thing ... I guess he's joking?

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Not rightly sure. I read that quote straight from a facebook comment he made.
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Re: King of Ashes
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2015, 12:27:03 AM »

So:

According to REF's Wikipedia Page

May 5th, 2016

According to Amazon

April 7th, 2015

Amazon says it's the paperback version. FictionDatabase says it's the hardcover version.

I wonder what's the truth. How about we ask Feist this?
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Re: King of Ashes
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2015, 06:47:56 AM »

Quote from: REF
There is no official release date, as I have not finished the book.  So, it's one or the other of those two days, or another one.
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Re: King of Ashes
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2015, 09:13:24 PM »

So he's essentially caught the Martin, though I guess it could be the Lynch strain instead. Worst case scenario, he's got the Rothfuss.
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Re: King of Ashes
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2015, 10:22:28 PM »

Well, it will make or break. I think Feist was strongest in the earlier books with a strong presence of kings and court dealings, war etc. Later it became all magicians and other worlds. Perhaps focusing on that early aspect of his writing will bring the best back.
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Re: King of Ashes
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2015, 08:54:46 AM »

He was definitely at his best with more of the political intrigue and warfare themes. Though I thought the Empire collab with Wurts went overboard with that sh!t.

I still haven't properly read Faerie Tale. Not sure how I feel about Feist outside of Midkemia.
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Re: King of Ashes
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2015, 08:57:59 AM »

He was definitely at his best with more of the political intrigue and warfare themes. Though I thought the Empire collab with Wurts went overboard with that sh!t.

I still haven't properly read Faerie Tale. Not sure how I feel about Feist outside of Midkemia.

Most people I've talked to (outside of this board) tend to consider the Wurts collab the best of the lot, but they also figure it is because she must have done the bulk of the writing. Haven't read them myself.
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Re: King of Ashes
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2015, 01:13:37 PM »

Faerie tale was good, so was the Empire series. I think a major problem with REF was that at some point he had a contract to write x amount of books and his motivation was low, with a shifting background of castles and kings to 'greater things' on various worlds. Still, he finished the job and we can only hope this has set him free and on the path of quality seen back in those old days.
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Re: King of Ashes
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2016, 06:18:25 PM »

Found on the web another release date of King of Ashes as May 4th 2017. Along with the following text:

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Legendary master and New York Times bestselling author Raymond E. Feist follows up his epic Riftwar Cycle saga with the start of an all-new series - The War of Five Crowns - in which the fates of two young men will determine a world’s destiny

A bitter war engulfs five Greater Realms after four brother kingdoms violate the ancient Covenant. Ithrace, the Kingdom of Flames, is destroyed by battle, ending an ancient balance of power.

As a Free Lord of Osean, Daylon Dumarch owes allegiance to no king, but knows it is unwise to betray any of them. So when an infant hidden in his pavilion is discovered, he knows instantly that the child is the missing heir of the slain king of Ithrace - and decides to use that knowledge to his advantage. A cunning and patient man, Daylon keeps the baby's existence secret, sending him to be raised on the Island Kingdom of Coaltachin, the Kingdom of Night, where the most powerful and lethal soldiers - the Nocusara, the Hidden Warriors - are trained.

Years later, a young man named Declan earns his Masters standing as a smith. Blessed with intelligence and skill, he unlocks the secret to forging King's Steel, the apex of a weapon maker's art shared by only a 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, two young men - the rightful heir to a throne and an exiled smith - will discover their fates entwined... and that the War of Five Crowns has never truly ended.

So.... what do you think of this small blurb?
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Re: King of Ashes
« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2016, 10:30:46 PM »

So.... what do you think of this small blurb?

It reminded me why I stopped reading much of this side of the genre. Bunch of Proper Nouns doing Generic Fantasy Things.

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Re: King of Ashes
« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2016, 09:13:30 PM »

Yeah, if this blurb is the real thing then I'm starting worry. Especially this part: he knows instantly that the child is the missing heir of the slain king of Ithrace

Because it was tattooed on his forehead?
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Re: King of Ashes
« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2016, 02:23:31 AM »

It is certainly a departure from A Game of Thrones with show tunes. Perhaps he couldn't secure permission to use the songs he wanted.

The synopsis threw me through a bit of a loop because the transition to Declan's bit had me assuming this was the king's lad all grown up and I just couldn't figure out the logic of sending the DESTINED HEIR to Ninja Island to become a blacksmith. So I'm guessing the king's brat and the exiled blacksmith are going to team up for ven...

Wait a sec.

Arya and Gendry, is that you? Maybe it is like A Game of Thrones after all...
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Re: King of Ashes
« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2016, 09:54:44 PM »

Wouldn't know, I have yet to read A Game of Thrones. (Yeah, it's rare, I know.)

I don't want to whine too much about the blurb, because let's face it, I haven't read the real thing yet and maybe I'm criticizing something that will be a good or decent read in the end. Some of the blurbs of Feist's best Riftwar Cycle books aren't too brilliant often either.
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Re: King of Ashes
« Reply #16 on: April 21, 2016, 08:44:48 PM »

I have to reread the rift war cycle first, since I stopped and don't remember where I was. So, have to start again with magician. But then, I'm sure I will read his new works, for old times sake. It is Feist after all.
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Re: King of Ashes
« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2016, 09:52:31 AM »

Why reread Aurian? According to REF this will be unrelated to the riftwar cycle.
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Re: King of Ashes
« Reply #18 on: April 28, 2016, 04:48:02 PM »

Reread because I like to finish a series before I start a new one. That way, when I'm old and crazy, I will remember what happened in which series.
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