Raymond Elias Feist was first born with the name Raymond E. Gonzales III in the year of 1945 in Los Angeles, California. Feist is a well known American author who primarily writes novel in the fantasy fiction genre. He is most popular for his work titled The Riftwar Cycle series. His popular books have been translated into many different languages and have sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Feist currently resides in San Diego with his children where he happily collects wine, books and DVD’s.
Feist graduated with a B.A. in Communication Arts with Honors in 1977 from the University of California at San Diego. During that same year Feist developed some ideas for a novel about a boy who would eventually become a magician. He wrote the novel nearly two years later and it was finally published in 1982 by Doubleday Publishing Company.
Fiest’s other series Midkemia was originally created as an alternative to the famous Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game. While Feist continued his studies at the University of California, San Diego he and his friends created a totally new role-playing game that was based on their own original world of Midkemia in which they had created. His group of friends called themselves the Thursday Nighters just because they played the Midkemia role-playing game nearly every single Thursday evening. When the group changed a bit and began meeting on Friday evenings instead, they then called themselves the Friday Nighters. The original group that used to play the game on Thursday evening eventually formed a company they called Midkemia Press, which has continued publishing campaigns set in Midkemia to this very day.
The Riftwar Cycle- War rages in Midkemia but behind the chaos there is disquieting evidence of dark forces at work. Jim Dasher's usually infallible intelligence network has been cleverly dismantled; nowhere is safe. He feels that the world is coming apart at the seams and is helpless to protect his nation.
Quiet palace coups are underway in Roldem and Rillanon; and King Gregory of the Isles has yet to produce an heir. In each kingdom a single petty noble has risen from obscurity to threaten the throne. Lord Hal of Crydee and his great friend Ty Hawkins, champion swordsman of the Masters' Court, are entrusted with the task of smuggling Princess Stephané and her lady-in-waiting, the lovely but mysterious Lady Gabriella, out of Roldem to a place of greater safety. But is there any safe haven to be found?
Meanwhile, Hal's younger brothers Martin and Brendan are attempting to hold the strategic city of Ylith against an onslaught of Keshian Dog Soldiers, and a mysterious force from beneath the sea. The Kingdom might lose Crydee and recover; but if Ylith falls, all is lost.
An unknown player appears to be orchestrating these conflicts. Can Pug and the Conclave of Shadows track down this source before Midkemia is destroyed?