Years ago, I started reading a sci-fi/fantasy book that started with a bunch of people on some world dying in a war.

There was this big hole in the sky that was eating people's souls and a reptile guy was working for the king wearing robes. I think everyone was a reptile but it could have just been the enemies.

They all get their souls eaten and then it goes to a different world where the main character is a young man.

He is having to help prepare because some duke or earl is coming through town. The duke or earl is actually his father.

That's all I can remember but it has been bugging me.

I think there was the word sword in the title but I don't know for sure.


  • What happen when someone's soul gets eaten? do they die? become an empty living shell, like a zombie? – Trish Ling Feb 19 '15 at 22:48

This sounds like Shadow of a Dark Queen, the first book of the Serpentwar Saga, part of the Riftwar Cycle by Raymond E. Feist.

The prologue describes how a world of serpent people (Saaur) is destroyed by demons coming through a portal. Afterwards the story starts with Erik on the day the local baron visits his village. His mother indeed claims that the Baron is his father.

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  • I've read the Serpantwar Saga twice, but this didn't spring to mind at all! Good job! – Daft Feb 20 '15 at 9:57
  • I found this in a google search yesterday but decided it didn't sound right. Dangit. Good find, though. – Omegacron Feb 20 '15 at 14:50

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