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.