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Prince of the Blood [Paperback]

Raymond E. Feist
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Nov. 2 1989 Riftwar Series
This Author’s Preferred Edition of Raymond E. Feist’s bestselling coming-of-age saga celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of its publication. Feist introduces a new generation of readers to his riveting novel of adventure and intrigue, revised and updated as he always meant it to be written. It is a work that explores strength and weakness, hope and fear, and what it means to be a man—in a kingdom where peace is the most precious commodity of all.

If there were two more impetuous and carefree men in the Kingdom of the Isles, they had yet to be found. Twins Borric and Erland wore that mantle proudly, much to the chagrin of their father, Prince Arutha of Krondor. But their blissful youth has come to an end. Their uncle, the King, has produced no male children. Bypassing himself, Arutha names Borric, the eldest twin by seconds, the Royal Heir. As his brother, Erland will have his own great responsibilities to shoulder. To drive home their future roles, Arutha sends them as ambassadors to Kesh, the most feared nation in the world. Borric and Erland will be presented to the Queen of Kesh—the single most powerful ruler in the known world—at her Seventy-fifth Jubilee Anniversary.

But they have not even left Krondor when an assassination attempt on Borric is thwarted. Aware that he is being provoked into war, Arutha does not rise to the bait. His sons’ journey will not be deterred, for nothing less than peace is riding on it. Yet there is to be no peace for the young princes. When their traveling party is ambushed, Borric disappears and is presumed dead—sending Erland into spirals of rage and grief as he is forced to navigate alone the court intrigues at Kesh. But unbeknownst to anyone, Borric lives and has escaped his captors. In a strange land, with a price on his head, Borric must use all his wits and stamina to find his way back to his brother.

On separate paths, the two men—one a fugitive and one a future king—make their journey toward maturity, honor, and duty. For every step they take could sway the fragile peace of the land, as those who crave war rally against them—and become ever more daring.


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This welcome continuation of The Riftwar Saga picks up 20 years after A Darkness of Sethanon leaves off. In part a coming-of-age story, it tells of Borric and Erland, twin sons of the Prince of Krondor. Carelessly lighthearted, they soon learn the need for responsibility in times of danger. Borric, the elder, named heir to the throne of the Kingdom of the Isles, is sent with his brother in place of their father to the Jubilee of the empress of Kesh, a powerful neighbor. An attempt on Borric's life forces the party to follow a secret route. During a raider attack, Borric is seized as a slave and thought dead, leaving Erland as heir. While the royal entourage continues its trip, Borric escapes--but keeps his identity secret. Meanwhile, Erland has been introduced to the splendors of the palace of the world's most powerful ruler, and to the much looser sexual mores of the Keshians. He also begins to enjoy a position of prestige and influence. Several deaths occur before the plot against both countries can be unraveled in Feist's lively tale, where a solid backdrop and engaging characters inhabit a well-rounded fantasy land.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Twenty years after the Riftwar, the twin sons of Krondor's King Arutha find their sheltered upbringing severely tested as a peaceful mission to the Empire of Kesh becomes a focus for deadly games of intrigue, murder, kidnapping, and treason. Familiar characters from the "Riftwar Saga" ( Magician; Silverthorn; A Darkness at Sethanon ) join with a new generation of engaging protagonists in this well-written, lavishly detailed fantasy. Recommended.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars You'll lose sleep with this one Feb. 28 2006
By Jerry
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you don't want to lose sleep, than avoid this book. The story is quite engaging and will be hard to put down. Throughout, Feist conitues to entwine action with fantasy. Excellent.
**A book I would also recommend is The Unsuspecting Mage by Brian S. Pratt. This, the first installment of The Morcyth Saga is a great beginning for a new author. Battles, magic, gods, secret passages and intrigue, all the elements of a classic epic fantasy! Any fantasy reader will enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It will keep you guessing July 7 2004
By C Moss
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The king has no heir and the twin sons of Prince Arutha learn that they are next in line for the kingship, one to rule, and one to be in the shadows of the other at all times. On the heels of this discovery comes an attempted assassination, kidnapping, slavery, and palace intrigue on grand scales. Fiest will keep you guessing till the end. A well thought out book with good descriptions, and interesting settings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! July 4 2004
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In this sequel to A Darkness at Sethanon, author Raymond Feist takes us back to his magical world of Midkemia. Arutha's sons, Borric and Erland, are growing up to be wild; given to drinking, gambling and wenching. However, Borric is destined to be King of the Isles, with Erland being a mere step away from the throne. And so, the boys are packed off to the Empire of Great Kesh, to represent the Kingdom at the Empress's Diamond Jubilee. However, there is a conspiracy at work in Kesh, and one of its goals is the death of Borric conDoin! The twins are going to have to grow up, and quick, if they are to stay alive!
This book is a decided step away from the Elves and Wizards theme that dominated Mr. Feist's early works. Instead, this book places the (non-magical) main characters in a situation where they must use their wits and abilities to succeed - a theme that dominates the rest of his Midkemia books.
Overall, I must say that I loved this book! I really enjoyed the exotic setting, with the author mixing in familiar Earth cultures in an entirely unfamiliar arrangement. Also, even though I do like wizard characters, I thought that Mr. Feist still did a good job of using magic as an integral part of the story, even if it is not the central part.
So, I would say that I liked the setting, I liked the characters (a very nice selection of different sorts, but working together in an entirely believable way), and I liked the story. As a matter of fact, I would say that if this is not my favorite Midkemia story, it is one of my top 2! I really enjoyed this book, and highly recommend it to all fans of Fantasy literature!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Please March 28 2004
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When this book first was about to come out I was waiting with so much excitement only to be diappointed... too orientalist for my tastes...
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5.0 out of 5 stars OVERALL SCORE: (A) Dec 19 2003
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This is a stand alone sequel to the Rift War series, and if anything its even better! The action is more exciting, and so is the romance, but with the same great colorful and interesting characters and plot.
OVERALL SCORE: (A)
READABILITY: (A), PLOT: (A-), CHARATERS: (A+), DIALOGUE: (B+), SETTING: (B+), ACTION/COMBAT: (B-), MONSTERS/ANTAGONISTS: (B+), ROMANCE: (B-), SEX: (multiple scenes but not graphic), AGE LEVEL: (PG 13)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks, Feist, for another great novel Oct. 27 2003
By alyssa
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As said before by another reviewer, this book is a little more mystery than the usual Feist fantasy, but that didn't make it any less adventuresome or captivating. It started out a little slow, but once it picks up it's hard to put down.
Feist is a phenomenal author. He weaves intricate tales of adventure, mystery, and magic into a complex, rich geographical background. He also holds true to established history and fits in nostalgic anecdotes for old fans.
I read Prince of the Blood in two days. Couldn't put it down.
This is my second time reading Feist's Riftwar and Serpentwar sagas.
I recommend reading this series from the beginning, starting with Magician, to get the full effect of the books that follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! April 7 2003
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This book is a great continuation of the Riftwar saga. It's definitely different in tone, lighter and faster, but entertaining nonetheless. All the characters are wonderful and likeable. The best character is Nakor who interjects a lot of humor into this book. A must read for Feist fans!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Second Book in a very Feisty Series July 22 2002
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When you say the word Feist you know it's going to be great. Well this book doesn't dissapoint. Read about Arutha's kids and learn how they gain the wisdom to rule their kingdom in the future. Another 5 +++ star book. Another question of why?? is the Hero so much better?
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