I haven't read a new Feist book since the Serpent War saga, and this was on sale at Amazon AUS recently and I snapped it up. I enjoyed the drips of Midkemia history through those original stories of Arutha/Martin/Lyam and Jimmy The Hand. I enjoyed this story, with the only parts that lost me being Samareena's story/encounter with the NightCaps who turned out to be Nighthawks. Other than that, the pacing was fine. I'd seek out the other stories in the series but probably only if they come on sale.
I have been an avid reader of Raymond Feist for the last twenty years, Magician was the first fantasy novel I ever read, and I have loved other works in the series. Sadly this book has fallen well short of his previous standards. The Characters don't have the feel of traditional Feist realness.Pug is stiff in one chapter and warm in the next because he spent an hour looking at his office. The tale is rambling jumping from one scene and character to the other like a bad Michael Bay film. In short the story doesn't reach out and grab you, it just doesn't make you want to care about the characters plight. I also think that he has such a deep bench thats it is really hard to provide a challenge for every character in the book.
If your desperate to learn of the beginning of the end for Pug, Tomas and friends, borrow the book from your local library, I just don't think the book is worth the bucks. I hope you have a better experience with this book and trilogy than I did.