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Have any of you read the Riftwar series by Raymond Feist? I just began it after not being able to get into Covenant. Worth it?
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The first books are definitely worthwhile. After that Feist gets himself a bit into the standard problem of D&D: his heroes become too powerful, so they need ever more powerful opponents to pop up out of the woodworks, and it gets repetitive.
I can advise you to also read the Empire spin off he wrote together with Janny Wurts. That's a very good trilogy.
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When u say first books do you mean original trilogy?
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The first books are definitely worthwhile. After that Feist gets himself a bit into the standard problem of D&D: his heroes become too powerful, so they need ever more powerful opponents to pop up out of the woodworks, and it gets repetitive.
I can advise you to also read the Empire spin off he wrote together with Janny Wurts. That's a very good trilogy.
^^^ What he said.

Other than the original Riftwar series (first five books) and the Daughter of Empire series with Janny Wurtz, the franchise degenerates into "RPG Transcripts."
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Yeah, but it can also be fun too read. They were my summer vacation books for one or two years
It doesn't all have to be high class.

Just don't expect complicated things and some things do get repetitive, but it can be fun!
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Just started the first book of that. So far so as could be expected...
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And now I've finished it. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would when I first started. The plot was quite predictable, and the characters slightly one-dimensional, or stereotypical at least, but the story never got boring and moved along at a good pace. I will be reading the others in the trilogy, although not exactly rushing out to buy them immediately..
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And now I've finished it. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would when I first started. The plot was quite predictable, and the characters slightly one-dimensional, or stereotypical at least, but the story never got boring and moved along at a good pace. I will be reading the others in the trilogy, although not exactly rushing out to buy them immediately..
Some stereos get typed a bit less in those following books, though a couple of others are added to make up for that.
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Some stereos get typed a bit less in those following books, though a couple of others are added to make up for that.
Good to know. My last post sounds a bit harsh now I see it again, it wasn't supposed to be. I enjoyed the book, it reminded me of David Eddings, but I think that was the slightly one-dimensional nature of the characters. I always loved those books tho, even when he brought all his characters back and repeated the entire story again for the Sparhawk series.
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Haha, yeah Feist is like Eddings only i would put him a little bit above it
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^^^ What he said.

Other than the original Riftwar series (first five books) and the Daughter of Empire series with Janny Wurtz, the franchise degenerates into "RPG Transcripts."
^^^^^What they both said...the first few are worthwhile.


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Haha, yeah Feist is like Eddings only i would put him a little bit above it
I really liked Eddings...when I was 12. I still read them to remember that time period and they are definitely one dimensional but nonetheless a fun read. I tended to like the Sparhawk books more than the Garion ones though.
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I guess it depends on which eddings series you read first i read belgarion first, so i liked that one better,
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I guess it depends on which eddings series you read first i read belgarion first, so i liked that one better,

Yeah, I read Sparhawk first so I like that one more. Then I read The Belgariad and then The Mallorean (aka Belgariad on another continent) and then The Tamuli (aka The Elenium on a different continent).

He's still better than Terry Brooks or Terry Goodkind. Maybe guys named Terry suck at writing Fantasy.
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I guess it depends on which eddings series you read first i read belgarion first, so i liked that one better,
Not necessarily. I actually prefer the Elder Gods series despite having read all of Eddings works in the order they were published.
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He's still better than Terry Brooks or Terry Goodkind. Maybe guys named Terry suck at writing Fantasy.
Could be, yeah. But being named Terry does not automatically make you a bad writer. I do like the travel stories that Terry Pratchett writes about visiting the Discworld.
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I really liked Eddings...when I was 12. I still read them to remember that time period and they are definitely one dimensional but nonetheless a fun read. I tended to like the Sparhawk books more than the Garion ones though.
I agree with the first two sentences, but it was always the Garion ones for me, I always wanted to be able to change myself into an animal. I enjoyed the Sparhawk books but the characters were just a little too similar. They also wrote a book called Regina, I think, did anyone ever read that? I remember enjoying it but thinking it could have been developed further than it was. I might have to dig that out to read it again...

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Could be, yeah. But being named Terry does not automatically make you a bad writer. I do like the travel stories that Terry Pratchett writes about visiting the Discworld.
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