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Here you will find the latest news in the world of Raymond E. Feist. It maybe the title of the next book, a new release or even a new project, but it could also be an update on an existing project. What ever it is though, we hope to present it to you as soon as we are aware of it. If you know something we don't, that relates to Raymond E. Feist, and believe it should be here, then please contact us.

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Mon Nov 22nd, 1999

Korean Editions

Ray posted this about the deal for Korean editions:

As I understand it, it's a done deal. I don't have the name of the publisher, but I'll find out.

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Mon Nov 22nd, 1999

The Thief of Dreams

Although it was never made, there was an developed plot to The Thief of Dreams, Dynamix's planned sequel to Betrayal at Krondor. Sierra dropped the license and Ray moved the next game to 7th Level (before it returned to Sierra amid 7th Level's financial destruction). Here's Ray's thoughts on plot of Thief:

Well, I never read a final script, 'cause one never got written. I think Neal thinks the idea was his best. Could be.

Short version.

Jimmy and Co goes to Kesh, to Durbin, to investigate something, I think rumors that the Crawler is in Durbin. They find a religious movement taking place, with a 'prophet' out in the mountains. He's the guy who found the Codex (I gave it to Nakor when Thief of Dreams fell apart) and he's become very powerful, and a little unhinged because of no REM sleep for years.

Some good ideas, but as I never read a final script, I can't comment on the overall quality.

Neal tends to shoehorn lots of things into scripts and then hook them all together, which is very useful for games. A pain in the ass for books. <g>

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Mon Nov 22nd, 1999

krondor.com Update

A temporary page recently appeared on www.krondor.com , which Ray recently acquired control of. Here is some more information on the site:

I didn't put that [the temporary page] up. That's network solutions. Do it for Krondor.net or Krondor.org and you get the same page. It's their way of saying someone's grabbed the address, but hasn't handed it off to a network administrator.

As for when it goes live and what we're doing with it, that's up to Steve [Abrams]. I'll see him on Thanksgiving and ask what he thinks.

When asked about how he acquired the ownership of the domains (they were previously owned, but unused, by another party), Ray said:

They asked, and I said, 'No, no payment. You can keep it if you like, and keep paying for it, but if you use it commercially, I'll hit you with a cease and desist lawyer letter so fast it'll turn your shirt around. If you sell it to anyone for commercial reasons I'll sue both parties. Have a nice day.' They let it go.

Hopefully the new site will be live before the end of the year, with tons of 'official' information regarding all of Ray's upcoming projects.

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Mon Nov 15th, 1999

Computer Game Update

In his continued effort to be as cryptic as possible, Ray posted this recently:

At this time we have no relations with any computer game company. We're listening to other people's ideas at present.

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Mon Nov 15th, 1999

Finished

I just finished Krondor: The Assassins, and I really enjoyed it. Until I can write a more detailed review, I'll simply say that it is not as good as Ray's earlier works, but is still damn entertaining. Ray did a great job of weaving in some of the elements from the games, but this book (much more so than Krondor: The Betrayal) covers a lot of new ground. Go read it!

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Fri Nov 12th, 1999

Chuck Mitchell, Jedi Knight

It seems that LucasFilm has selected Chuck Mitchell, who created the soundtrack to Return to Krondor, to produce two foreign-language editions of Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace. Here's more from the http://www.voiceofthearts.com Voice of the Arts' website :

Voice Of The Arts' Owner and Chief, Chuck Mitchell, has been entrusted by 20th Century Fox and Lucasfilm, Ltd. To supervise the Cantonese and Russian dubs of Star Wars, Episode 1.

From recording to mix, Chuck has been contracted to take the responsibility of interfacing with the studios and talent of bothHong Kong and Russia, and return for final mixing of these versions at the acclaimed Skywalker Ranch in Northern California.

"I think this is a perfect use of my 20 years of audio recording and producing experience." States Mr. Mitchell. "Working on the projects during the last several months has been an exciting experience. I'm quite proud of my dedicated team members and the final results our efforts."

If you're ever in Hong Kong OR Russia, be sure to see the fruits of Chuck's work at the local theaters.

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Fri Nov 12th, 1999

Krondor: the Assassins

Krondor: the Assassins has finally been released in the United States, and I just purchased my copy today. Hopefully I'll get it read this weekend and will have some sort of review posted shortly thereafter.

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Fri Nov 5th, 1999

Legends Review

J. A. Hitchcock posted this to the list:

My review of LEGENDS 1, which includes Raymonds 'The Wood Boy' is finally up at EON Magazine at

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Mon Nov 1st, 1999

Crydee.com Update

Over the past week, John Bunting has made numerous changes to his http://www.crydee.com website. There are too many to list them all, but they include new cover art, character bios, and other interesting items. The neatest is a scan of an article titled 'Alien Wine' that Ray wrote, which can be found here.

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Mon Nov 1st, 1999

Krondor: the Assassins Review

While most of us Americans are waiting patiently for KtA (hopefully only a few more days!),J. A. Hitchcock has posted her review:

My review of Krondor The Assassins is up at the EON Magazine web site

I also reviewed LEGENDS, Volume 1, which includes Raymond's story, 'The Wood Boy,' but it's not up on the site yet. Maybe later today.

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Mon Oct 25th, 1999

Tales of the Riftwar

Ray posted this about the Tales of the Riftwar:

Tales of the Riftwar was discussed as a possible short-story unbrella, but my publisher at the time wasn't interested. It's still a possibility in the future. I will probably never 'farm out' the world, though (notice I didn't say 'never'), as I feel if my name's on the cover, I should have written something inside.

Later, John Bunting posted this listing he found on the internet:

Well Ray, I bet you didn't know this, it might help you with writing the book though, only 400 pages <G>

Title: Tales of the Rift War: Book 1
Author(s): co-author, Raymond E Feist and
ISBN: 0002247186
Status: Not yet published
Readership: Adult - General
Binding: Hardback
Number of Pages: 400
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint: Voyager
Page dimensions: 234 x 153mm
Publication date: 20-Jun-2001
Place of Publication: London

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Sun Oct 24th, 1999

Dutch Translations

Arrian Ruttin posted this information to the mailing list:

I've just had contact with someone at Ray's Dutch publisher, who told me some new, interesting things:

* 'De macht van een koopmansprins' (Rise of a merchant prince) will be in the stores next week.

* The title of the translation of 'Rage of a demon king' will be 'De razernij van een demonenkoning' and this book is expected to be published in March 2000.

* The title of the translation of 'Shards of a broken crown' will be 'Scherven van een verbrijzelde kroon' and this book is expected to be published in June 2000.

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Tue Oct 19th, 1999

Let Your Voice be Heard

Want to encourage Ray's publisher's to re-issue his novels in hardcover? Here's how:

We did a reissue of everything from Magician to Prince of the Blood in hardcover in 1992.

You can write to Pat LoBruto, Editor Bantam Books 1540 Broadway, New York, NY 10036.

Just put forth calmly why you'd be willing to purchase a series of hardcover reprints, and maybe we'll get it done for the 20th Anniversary in 2002. That would cover everything from Magician to Buccaneer.

I think you'd better start looking for the Morrow/Avon titles in used bookstores/out-of-print services, as those are pretty new to be reprinted this soon.

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Mon Oct 18th, 1999

Computer Game Status

Ray posted this about the legal status of future computer games, specifically dealing with the de-tangling of all legal dealings with Sierra:

We're still waiting for a couple of lawyer letters, but at this point we're free to negotiate with anybody with the means.

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Mon Oct 18th, 1999

Full Krondor: the Assassins Review

Paul G. Allen, the editor of Explorations, Barnes and Noble's sci-fi/fantasy book review, recently wrote a glowing review of KtA (mentioned below). He was kind enough to send me the full text of the review:

Krondor: The Assassins
Book Two of The Riftwar Legacy
Eos/Avon
$25.00; November


Who is the most popular fantasy author of all time? What's the most popular sci-fi/fantasy series of all time? If sci-fi/fantasy fans could be one genre related character for a day, who (or what) would it be? Unanswered questions like this were running around inside my head for months until I came up with the perfect plan. I went to my nearest Barnes and Noble bookstore on a busy Saturday afternoon and hung out in the science fiction/fantasy section with a clipboard and some questionnaires. (I wore a suit and tie so I wouldn't scare people off, I'm pretty scary in person...) After six hours, I had talked to almost two hundred people and, after swearing that I really was the editor of Explorations, gathered a ton of interesting and potentially useless information.
One of the most surprising results was Raymond Feist being voted the favorite all-time fantasy author. (I had thought the consensus would've beenJ. R.R. Tolkien but he was a distant second.) I can't disagree with two hundred people though, Feist is a genius. His world of Midkemia is one of the most fully realized, rich and wondrous worlds in literary history; even more complex than Tolkien's middle-Earth and Silverberg's Majipoor. After reading Feist's Riftwar series and his Serpentwar saga (Shadow of a Dark Queen, Rise of a Merchant Prince, Rage of a Demon King and Shards of a Broken Crown), I feel as though I've lived in Midkemia for years! I've been to Sorcerer's Isle and seen the magnificent tree city of Elvandar. I've sailed the Bitter Sea and watched hundreds of people die on Nightmare Ridge. I've seen the Sauur, twelve foot high serpent people, and I've crawled through the sewers of Krondor looking for the Mockers.
His newest series, the Riftwar Legacy, uncovers more of Midkemia's never ending supply of awe-inspiring secrets and evil-hearted villains. In the first book, Krondor: The Betrayal, Prince Arutha and his loyal followers battled and eventually defeated the dark elf Delekhan and his army of elves and The Six, a mysterious group of powerful sorcerers. The precious Lifestone buried under the abandoned city of Sethanon was saved and the kingdom of Krondor was spared yet again. Krondor: The Assassins begins quite peacefully, at least for a few pages. Prince Arutha is coming home from the war and everyone is looking forward to a few well earned years of tranquility. Yeah right.
Before Arutha even gets to the city gates, he's informed that there's been a rash of murders in the city. Someone is randomly killing off the citizens of Krondor. The street people are dying, the magicians are dying, even the Guild of Thieves, the Mockers, are dying. Arutha calls his trusted squire James (aka Jimmy the Hand) for help. James is a veteran of the Krondor underworld and soon finds out things are worse than they seem. A group of Keshian thugs led by a man who calls himself the Crawler are overtaking the city, battling the Mockers for supremacy of the crime underworld. And to make matters worse, the Guild of Death, the Nightcrawlers, are back in full force.
Feist concentrates on some new characters in this novel. The wizard Pug's son, William, is one of the main characters and Lord Radswil, Duke of Olasko, and his royal family play an integral role in the story. Some characters from the first book are conspicuously missing, namely Locklear and Owyn Belefote, off on their own adventures.
Go out and buy the newest Riftwar Legacy installment, it's classic Feist. 100% pure Midkemia. A word of warning though, usually all of Feist's novels conclude with a nicely tied-up ending. This conclusion leaves a lot of plot lines blowing in the breeze. I'm not going to mention any of them to you because I don't want to ruin your fun but when I finished this book, I almost screamed! The epilogue of Krondor: The Assassins is basically the first chapter of the next Riftwar Legacy novel. A huge secret is uncovered and yet another sinister plot is set in motion. Mr. Feist, if you're listening, I want you to know that you are going to be torturing millions of readers with this novel. If there's an ounce of sympathy in your body, you'll publish the third book of this series as soon as humanly possible.

- P.G.A.

Thanks, Paul! All of us American's who have had to wait for this book are certainly drooling now.

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