Dark and powerful forces threaten the world of Garn once more in this second novel in legendary New York Times bestselling author Raymond E. Feist’s epic fantasy series, the Firemane Saga.
Hatushaly and his young wife Hava have arrived in the prosperous trading town of Beran’s Hill to restore and reopen the fire-damaged Inn of the Three Stars. They are also preparing for the popular midsummer festival, where their friends Declan and Gwen will be wed.
But Hatu and Hava are not the ordinary loving couple they appear to be. They are assassins from the mysterious island of Coaltachin, home to the powerful and lethal Nocusara, the fearsome “Hidden Warriors.” Posing as innkeepers, they are awaiting instructions from their masters in the Kingdom of Night.
Hatu conceals an even more dangerous secret. He is the last remaining member of the legendary Firemanes, the ruling family of Ithrace. Known as the Kingdom of Flames, Ithrace was one of the five greatest realms of Tembria, ruled by Hatu’s father, Stervern Langene, until he and his people were betrayed. His heir, Hatu—then a baby—was hidden among the Nocusara, who raised him to become a deadly spy.
Hatu works hard to hide his true identity from all who would seek to use or to destroy him, as fate has other plans for the noble warrior. Unexpected calamity forces him to make choices he could not have dreamed awaited him.
A series of horrific events shatters the peace of Beran’s Hill, bringing death and devastation and unleashing monstrous forces. Once more, the Greater Realms of Tembria are threatened—and nothing will ever be the same again.
Feist displays his mastery of epic fantasy in this impressive second installment to the Firemane Saga (after King of Ashes), which sees newlywed innkeepers Hatu and Hava forced to rely on their childhood training as assassins and spies after calamity upends their lives. Hatu was raised by a criminal syndicate, but his true parentage marks him as the sole heir of the Firemanes and the destroyed Kingdom of Ithrace, putting a target on his back for those who see him as a threat and others who would use him as a pawn in their political machinations. On the day of his wedding to Hava in the remote town of Beran's Hill, an overwhelming armed force attacks, leaving few alive and razing the town. Hatu is spirited away from the fighting by members of the Flame Guard, a secret society devoted to protecting his family line. Hava also survives and tracks Hatu to Port Colos, where she is seized by forces speaking an unknown language. Hava must escape captivity to find Hatu, who slowly learns more of his Firemane heritage. Feist fans will recognize his hallmarks here quiet moments of a common life interrupted by sweeping battles, and high seas journeys to distant continents. Fantasy readers of all sorts will appreciate his command of both subtle characterization and vast, panoramic story. This is a knockout.
Another great book! The fireman’s series is amazing and I am sad that I will have to wait another 2 years or more for another book. Great twists and turns. Don’t want to spoil anything with this review but I love how there aren’t cliff hanger endings. I will be re reading this multiple times.
The first book in the Firemane saga was the first novel I’d ever read by Raymond Feist and I was highly impressed, so I purchased some of his other works with high expectations. Well turns out this guy is a one trick pony and his books are below average in my opinion. The Queen of Storms is the perfect title for this disaster of a story and isn’t worth your purchase. I also think this book set a world record for the amount of times it used the word chuckle