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The Riftwar Cycle is the name given to the series of books authored or co-authored by Raymond E. Feist that revolve around the fantasy worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan.

The Riftwar Universe


The majority of Feist's works are part of The Riftwar Universe, and feature the worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan.[1] 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 & 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 that universe.[2]

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 10 major and 10 minor gods – comes from Tekumel. Feist claims to have been unaware of this origin when he wrote Magician.[3][4]


Several books of the Riftwar Cycle although "A Darkness at Sethanon" should be placed after "Silverthorn".

Most Riftwar novels' stories occur in chronological order following the publishing order, with a few exceptions. The Empire Trilogy starts during Magician and concludes after A Darkness at Sethanon. The Riftwar Legacy occurs between the Riftwar Saga and Krondor's Sons. The Legends of the Riftwar novels occur between Magician and Silverthorn.

Novels are grouped into their respective series, with series ordered by the publishing date of the first novel in the series.

Short stories

  • Profit and the Grey Assassin (1982) in Fantasy Book (Journal)
  • The Wood Boy (1998) in Legends
  • The Messenger (short story) (2003) in Legends II

Other media


The videogames Betrayal at Krondor and Return to Krondor were developed with input from Feist and take place during the Riftwar cycle, their stories were also novelized by Feist as part of his Riftwar Legacy books.

On February 2, 2022, Six Studios, a production company started by Jeff Huang and Carl Choi, announced it would develop the first six books in The Riftwar Cycle into a TV series. Hannah Friedman, Jacob Pinion and Nick Bernardone are attached to write.[5]


  1. ^ "Writer: Raymond E. Feist (1945 - , United States)". www.scifan.com. Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-06-14.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ Claire E. White (2000-03-01). "A Conversation With Raymond Feist". WritersWrite.com. Retrieved 2008-06-14.
  3. ^ Shannon Appelcline (2012-02-05). "Designers & Dragons: The Column #13: Midkemia Press, 1979-1983". RPG.net. Retrieved 2012-07-21.
  4. ^ Arthur B (2007-07-06). "The Reading Canary On: The Riftwar Saga". FerretBrain.com. Retrieved 2012-07-21.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2022-02-02). "'The Riftwar Cycle': TV Series Adaptation Of Fantasy Books In Works At Newly Launched Six Studios". Deadline. Retrieved 2022-02-02.