Honoured Enemy first edition cover.
|Author||Raymond E. Feist
William R. Forstchen
|Cover artist||Geoff Taylor|
|Series||Legends of the Riftwar|
|August 6, 2001 (UK)
June 27, 2006 (US)
|Media type||Print (hardback)|
|Pages||336 (first edition)|
ISBN 0-06-079283-3 (US)
|Followed by||Murder in LaMut|
Honoured Enemy (or Honored Enemy in the US) is a fantasy novel by American writers Raymond E. Feist and William R. Forstchen. It is the first book written in the Legends of the Riftwar and is the only one of the series to be coauthored by William R. Forstchen. The story is set in the fantasy world of Midkemia, which is the world used for the majority of Raymond E. Feist's books.
Honoured Enemy is written to coincide with the events in Feist's Riftwar Saga acting as a sidebar to the main action from the saga. It focuses on a group of elite soldiers trapped behind enemy lines, forced to ally with one, honourable, enemy to defeat a dishonourable enemy. The novel was explicitly written to have resonances with Bernard Cornwell's novels about Richard Sharpe.
It was first released by Harper Collins on August 6, 2001 in the United Kingdom. Roughly five years later Harper Collins released it into the US market.
At the beginning of the book, Duke Borric of Crydee is said to be second in command of the Armies of the West, to Lord Brucal, Duke of Yabon. However, in Feist's original Riftwar novel, Magician, Borric of Crydee is given command of the Armies of the West, with Brucal serving as his second.
The "mad King", Rodric the Fourth, had proposed giving command of the armies to Brucal, at the suggestion of Duke Caldric of Rillanon. However, when the Tsurani attack and overrun some of Brucal's Yabonese garrisons, the King became outraged and instead gives command to Borric.