Raymond E. Feist

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Raymond E. Feist
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Raymond Elias Feist at Salon du livre 2008 (Paris, France)
Born 1945
Los Angeles
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 1982–present
Genre Fantasy
Notable works Magician
Spouse Kathlyn Starbuck
Relatives Felix E. Feist

Raymond Elias Feist (born Raymond E. Gonzales III, 1945) is an American author who primarily writes fantasy fiction. He is best known for The Riftwar Cycle series of novels and short stories. His books have been translated into multiple languages and have sold over 15 million copies.[1]


Raymond E. Gonzales III was born in 1945 in Los Angeles, and was raised in Southern California. When his mother remarried, he took the surname of his adoptive stepfather, Felix E. Feist.[2] He graduated with a B.A. in Communication Arts with Honors in 1977 from the University of California at San Diego. During that year Feist had some ideas for a novel about a boy who would be a magician. He wrote the novel two years later, and it was published in 1982 by Doubleday. Feist currently lives with his children in San Diego, where he collects fine wine, DVDs, and books on a variety of topics of personal interest: wine, biographies, history, and especially the history of American professional football.[3]


The Riftwar Cycle[edit]

Main article: The Riftwar Cycle

The majority of Feist's works are part of The Riftwar Cycle, and feature the worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan.[4] Human magicians and other creatures on the two planets are able to create rifts through dimensionless space that can connect planets in different solar systems. The novels and short stories of The Riftwar Universe record the adventures of various people on these worlds.

Midkemia was originally created as an alternative to the Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) role-playing game. When Feist studied at the University of California, San Diego, he and his friends created a new role-playing game based on their own original world of Midkemia. They called themselves the Thursday Nighters, because they played the Midkemia role-playing game every Thursday evening. After some time, when the group changed and began meeting on Fridays, they became known as the Friday Nighters. The original group have since formed a company called Midkemia Press, which has continued publishing campaigns set in Midkemia.[5]

Feist acknowledges that the Tekumel setting from M. A. R. Barker's Empire of the Petal Throne was the source for much of Kelewan. The original D&D campaign which he based his books on had an invasion of the Midkemia world by Tekumel. As a result, much of the background of Kelewan – the Tsurani Empire, the lack of metals and horses, the Cho'ja, the pantheons of 20 major and 20 minor gods – comes from Tekumel. Feist claims to have been unaware of this origin when he wrote Magician.[6][7]

Other works[edit]

Feist has published three non-Riftwar novels, the first of which, Faerie Tale, is a dark fantasy set in the state of New York. He has also published several short stories in various anthologies.


Riftwar Cycle[edit]

The Books of the Riftwar Cycle (missing The Empire Trilogy, The Riftwar Legacy, At the Gates of Darkness, A Kingdom Besieged and A Crown Imperilled)

The Riftwar Saga[edit]

  1. Magician (1982), republished in two parts in the United States in 1986 as Magician: Apprentice and Magician: Master
  2. Silverthorn (1985)
  3. A Darkness at Sethanon (1986)

The Empire Trilogy[edit]

  1. Daughter of the Empire (1987) with Janny Wurts
  2. Servant of the Empire (1990) with Janny Wurts
  3. Mistress of the Empire (1992) with Janny Wurts

Krondor's Sons[edit]

  1. Prince of the Blood (1989)
  2. The King's Buccaneer (1992)

The Serpentwar Saga[edit]

  1. Shadow of a Dark Queen (1994)
  2. Rise of a Merchant Prince (1995)
  3. Rage of a Demon King (1997)
  4. Shards of a Broken Crown (1998)

The Riftwar Legacy[edit]

  1. Krondor: The Betrayal (1998) – A novelization of the 1993 PC game Betrayal at Krondor
  2. Krondor: The Assassins (1999)
  3. Krondor: Tear of the Gods (2000) – A novelization of the 1998 PC game Return to Krondor
  4. Jimmy and the Crawler (2013) – a novella replacing the cancelled novels Krondor: The Crawler and Krondor: The Dark Mage

Legends of the Riftwar[edit]

  1. Honoured Enemy (2001) with William R. Forstchen, aka Honored Enemy
  2. Murder in LaMut (2002) with Joel Rosenberg
  3. Jimmy the Hand (2003) with S. M. Stirling

Conclave of Shadows[edit]

  1. Talon of the Silver Hawk (2002)
  2. King of Foxes (2003)
  3. Exile's Return (2004)

The Darkwar Saga[edit]

  1. Flight of the Nighthawks (2005)
  2. Into a Dark Realm (2006)
  3. Wrath of a Mad God (2008)

The Demonwar Saga[edit]

  1. Rides a Dread Legion (2009)
  2. At the Gates of Darkness (2010)

The Chaoswar Saga[edit]

  1. A Kingdom Besieged (2011)
  2. A Crown Imperiled (2012)
  3. Magician's End (2013)

Companion works[edit]

  • Midkemia: The Chronicles of Pug (2013)[8] with Stephen Abrams – "coffee table book" with maps and illustrations,

Other novels[edit]

The War of Five Crowns[edit]

  1. King of Ashes[9] (May 5, 2016)[10]
  2. King of Embers (working title; TBA)[9]
  3. King of Flames (working title; TBA)[9]

Short stories[edit]

Role Playing Games[edit]

  • Tulan of the Isles (1981) with Stephen Abrams published by Midkemia Press
  • Jonril, Gateway to the Sunken Lands (1982) with Stephen Abrams published by Midkemia Press


  1. ^ "Raymond E Feist biography, bibliography, interviews and book reviews". www.fantasybookreview.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  2. ^ "Biography: In the Beginning". Crydee.com. Retrieved 2009-01-23. 
  3. ^ "Biography". Crydee.com. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  4. ^ "Writer: Raymond E. Feist (1945 – , United States)". www.scifan.com. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  5. ^ Claire E. White (March 1, 2000). "A Conversation With Raymond Feist". WritersWrite.com. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 
  6. ^ Shannon Appelcline (February 5, 2012). "Designers & Dragons: The Column #13: Midkemia Press, 1979–1983". RPG.net. Retrieved 2012-07-21. 
  7. ^ Arthur B (July 6, 2007). "The Reading Canary On: The Riftwar Saga". FerretBrain.com. Retrieved 2012-07-21. 
  8. ^ http://thewertzone.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/riftwar-companion-volume-to-be.html
  9. ^ a b c "The War of Five Crowns". Official Raymond E. Feist website. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "King of Ashes (The War of Five Crowns, Book 1)". Amazon. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 

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