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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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Sun Aug 29th, 1999

Crydee.com Updates

John Bunting posted this update:

I have uploaded the Proof cover of the US edition of KtA to my site

Select the US Proof Button, then select the KtA thumbnail for a larger image

The Final cover can be seen here

Select the US Editions Buttons, then select the KtA thumbnail for a larger image

The books ISBN is 0-380-97707-9 and the Expected release date 9 November

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Sun Aug 29th, 1999

Krondor: the Assassins Foreign Release

Apparently, Krondor: the Assassins is going to be released on September 6 in Australia and the UK. Advanced Reader Copies are already floating around (some are on eBay). I've also received mail saying it is in general release now in Australia, so call your local bookstore and check!

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Wed Aug 25th, 1999

Bobby's Burial

Ray posted this message to the list about Bobby's final resting place:

Ya. It won't get mentioned, probably, in forthcoming books, because there's probably no scene where it would make sense to, but he did get him and bring him home. Big funeral in Krondor with his ashes spread at sea.

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Wed Aug 25th, 1999

Krondor: the Assassins ARC

Anyone with some money to burn might want to check out this eBay auction of an advanced reader's copy of Ray's next book.

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Sun Aug 22nd, 1999

New Web Sites

I've added several new sites to the Link Page. The first, Legends of Krondor, is a general site. Secondly, The Midkemian Fantasy Webring is a new ring. The last site has a biography of Ray and some book reviews.

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Sun Aug 22nd, 1999

Conclave Title

Ray posted this about the title of the first Conclave novel:

Actually 'Talon of the Silver Hawk' is a character's name. The book title, I think, may end up being 'Hawk Ascending.' Or I may use the character's name for the title. I don't know yet.

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Wed Aug 18th, 1999

Arutha In Depth

Ray posted this very interesting bit about Arutha:

Arutha (the Prince) has no fear of personal failure, i.e. 'being good enough.' If he has a character flaw, it's a vanity, what middle management types call 'the error of preciousness,' the certainty that he's irreplaceable.
It comes from being very, very good when you're very, very young. He's learned a thing or two by the time we reach the Krondor series, which is why he's willing to delegate to James.
His only fear of failure is involved with not getting the job done, and that's not fear so much as concern that something might prevent him; he never for a moment doubts his own ability. His own wisdom, time to time, but never his ability.

Arutha Jamison lived in the shadow of two great men all his life, and as a result he took little pleasures in his own talents and worried about what he saw as lacks in comparison to his father and his namesake.

Further along in the post he discusses the conDion's values:

All three of Borric's sons were concerned with duty, not wealth and power.

Someone earlier in the thread alluded to the Kennedys. Despite their well publicized foibles, the fact is two of the brothers were war heroes, Joe dying in combat as a bomber pilot, and JFK's well reported rescue of his crew despite his own wounds on PT 109 during World War II. And despite wealth, most Kennedys are raised with an almost 'nobless oblige' a requirement to give service to the nation. Those that don't go into politics often work quietly for charity or educational foundations and institutions.

In a sense, that's much like the line of conDoins before the twins. They don't think in terms of personal wealth and power, but in terms of duty to the nation.

'Duty' if often overlooked in today's society, possibly because of our growing cynicism duringKorea and Viet Nam.
So in short (aren't you glad I finally got around to that?) The answer is 'those characters were driven by duty. Not honor, not greed, not a lust for glory, but rather to do the best they could by the people to whom they were responsible.

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Wed Aug 18th, 1999

Midkemian Critters

Ray posted this note to the list about Midkemia's more nefarious denizens:

In the _game_ of Midkemia, you got the full blast of every critter from every damn FRP you can imagine, so you could see minotaurs and gnolls.

In the literary Midkemia, I've tried to cut down the monster population, for a couple of reasons, dramatically and practically.

So major non-humans, elves in all their flavors, dwarves, gobblins, and trolls. Giants have been mentioned, but I'm treating them basically as horribly mutated human stock (might be a story there somewhere). The serpent people and tiger people were magically mutated by the Valheru, and are not naturally occurring.

There may be a few other intelligent races lurking around, but nothing gets really strange until after the 5th Riftwar, and from that point forward, nothing is impossible.

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Tue Aug 17th, 1999

The New Site

Sorry for the last week's silence. Moving in to UNC was a hassle :) But I'm here now and this is the new location of the site. Hopefully it will be stable :)

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Tue Aug 17th, 1999

Atlas Info

Ray reveals more facts about the Atlas:

Well, the 'Krondor' banner is what it will be published under, and it will center on Krondor, but eventually we hope to get around to the entire world. As we get father from Krondor in this first one (and maybe only one, but we can hope) we'll be seeing less detail. By the time you get to the world map there'll be lots of 'here there be dragons,' kind of stuff.

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Tue Aug 17th, 1999

Jimmy's Tale

Ray posted this about the setting of the Jimmy the Hand Tales of the Riftwar story:

Remember in Magician, when Arutha is rescuing Anita from Jocko Radburn? He throws Jimmy his sword when he sees the boy trapped on the docks? We start about an hour later. So, basically, we're going to tell the '1st' Jimmy the Hand solo adventure story. We haven't decided yet, but I think the title will be Tales of the Riftwar: Jimmy the Hand.

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Mon Aug 9th, 1999

More on Eastern Realm Politics

Ray posted more details about the political situation in the east:

The Eastern Kingdoms are small states that cause constant friction on the Kingdom's eastern border. The Armies of the East often don't fight, but there are constant skirmishes and much political intrigue.

A few of those states are related by political marriage to either Roldem or the Kingdom of the Isles, but if you want a historical Earth model, think of the Kingdoms and Duchies of Italy or Germany before it was unified.

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Mon Aug 9th, 1999

Owyn Returns (Kind of...)

Ray posted this note, clarifying Owyn Belafonte's future (after Betrayal at Krondor) in light of the Conclave series:

Actually, Owyn will not return. He may be referenced by name during the Conclaves series. He returned to his father's estate, gave up practicing magic, and was eventually given a title and estates of his own.

The problem with Owyn was fitting him into the larger Midkemian concept I had before Betrayal at Krondor was developed. There were no significant Magicians named 'Owyn' mentioned or referenced in Prince of the Blood and King's Buccaneer, so suddenly having him show up in the Serpent War would have been difficult.

The situation, however, was there was no good way to somewhere in there mention Owyn and his choices. To have Pug idly referencing him that many years later would have seem forced.

So, eventually Owyn caved and did as his father wished.

But he had a son who shows up in Conclave.

My guess would be that Owyn's son, raised on tale's of his father's grand adventure, seeks out Pug to join the Conclave and fight whichever baddies are threatening Midkemia.

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Sun Aug 8th, 1999

More on John's Site Change

In addition to the note below about the new URL for John Bunting's site, it has been renamed to The Raymond E. Feist Reference Pages.

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Sun Aug 8th, 1999

Site Update

This has been a really slow week for news. However, I have been putting the final touches on everything for the switch to this sites' new home, the University of North Carolina web server. Although I am leaving for UNC on I am not sure when the move will occur. I am going to try to get the new site up this week so I will have a little bit of time to troubleshoot it before moving in.

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