Flight of the Nighthawks is another installment in the seemingly never-ending chronicle of the world of Midkemia. Raymond Feist continues to tell his story of a world that is plagued by repeated incursions of evil forces who seek to conquer the world. It’s standard fantasy and Flight of the Nighthawks is simply another novel in another trilogy that is linked with everything all the way back to Magician, which I read in the early 80s.
Feist continues to use some of the same beloved series characters; Pug and Tomas are still defending their world from constant threats to their civilization. He introduces some new supporting characters, too. Throw in a recurring evil mad sorcerer and you have the basic plot of the book.
In Flight of the Nighthawks, we do get further information about how these threats continue to emerge due to an imbalance in the overall power-sharing of the Gods. It’s also nice to see some of the personal concerns addressed and to see what happens when the weary hero creates a home and family while he’s not trying to save the world. Feist gives us plenty of information to fill in the details and expand the world that he has been working on all these years.
Flight of the Nighthawks is not ground-breaking fantasy. If you are a fan of the series already, then this is a good book and you will enjoy seeing some of the major characters taking a more active role again. It’s not a regurgitation of old storylines, but rather Feist connects things together and brings a certain sense of continuity to the whole epic. Flight of the Nighthawks is a fun read with good characters and it serves as the starting point for the next trilogy.
The Darkwar Saga — (2005-2008) Also takes place in Midkemia. Publisher: The Conclave of Shadows faces two challenges, finding and destroying the evil magician Leso Varen, and neutralizing an army of ten thousand magical warriors hidden in a cave on the other side of the world. On the world of Kelewan, Pug’s son, Magnus, and the master magicians of Kelewan study one of the warriors, called a Talnoy, and discover that it is acting as a beacon for a vast army of alien invaders, one so formidable that even the might of the Tsurani Empire could fall before its fury. Three other agents of the Conclave — Kaspar, Talwin, and Caleb — are sent deep into the heart of the Empire of Great Kesh charged with uncovering a new nest of Night Hawks who are plotting to overthrow the imperial government; a scheme so dark and twisted it implicates even the highest ranking nobles of the Empire and members of the royal family itself.
The Demonwar Saga — (2009-2010) A sequel to The Darkwar Saga. Publisher: Ten years after the cataclysmic events of Wrath of a Mad God took place, Midkemia now faces a new danger thought buried in myth and antiquity. Laromendis is a conjurer from another world — a world inhabited by a race of high elves whose home is being ravaged by the Dread Legion of the Demon King. The elves’ only hope lies in finding the lost homeworld — Midkemia — and now they must reclaim it, at any cost! Pug summons the help of a warlock and a holy demon-taming cleric, but in doing so, he has unwittingly reunited two former lovers whose parting was bitter… and who just might have secret agendas of their own.