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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars High adventure and a departure for Feist June 28 1999
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This novel is really one of Feist's best. Let's get real here: Feist could never be accused of being a great writer but what he does he does very well; and that is constructing shallow but entertaining fantasy adventure tales with likeable characters that offer a few hours of escape. Not that I'm complaining about that. I've been a fan since Magician.
This one is a bit of a departure for Feist being a stand alone adventure in Midkemia and more of a 'journey fantasy' than the strictly plot based Riftwar Saga books. As usual a slow start soon ratchets up into high action and adventure as Princes Borric and Erland traverse the great desert in Kesh on a diplomatic mission. They encounter assassins and the infamous Durbin Slavers Guild before running into Feist's two best characters: Ghuda and Nakor the Isalani (my personal favourite!) and eventually on into the Imperial City where they become enmeshed in the Empire's own seething political intrigues. This is actually my favorite Feist novel (even though Magician was a more original and fully realized tale with engaging characters).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous fun for Feist fans July 4 1996
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This is one of best, most captivating novels in the land of Midkemia. If you have read the great riftwar saga, and would like to read more Feist, The Prince of the Blood is an excellent choice. The kingdom has enjoyed twenty years of peace since the final battle at Sethanon, and now Arutha's
twin sons' Borric and Erland are coming into their manhood. Arutha, in an effort to turn his fun-loving boys into the wise rulers they will have to become, sends them to the exotic empire of Keshp on a diplomatic mission. In Kesh, the brothers encounter adventures they, and you, will remember
for a lifetime. In a land vastly greater and more powerful than the one their uncle rules, with every step they take, they face assassins that are trying to kill them for reasons they can't begin to understand. This is an excellent addition to Feist's collection of Riftwar-related novels and
should not be overlooked by anyone who is even mildly interested in fantasy!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Major Disappointment March 23 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After the superlative RIFTWAR SAGA, I had no idea where this book came from and the writing style was really off in comparison.
What happened? Maybe Feist didn't want to write another so soon after being on contract? I don't know.
Whatever the case, the writing was totally off of his usual, brilliant style and after reading this and the BUCANEER'S TALE, I came to the sad conclusion that I would no longer get the emotional resonance I had gotten from the RIFTWAR SAGA. A true pity.
I think this is an okay read but I can think of some 30 to 40 fantasy novels alone that are better. George R.R. Martin's A GAME OF THRONES, for instance, and THE LEGEND OF HUMA or NINE PRINCES IN AMBER or ELFSTONES OF SHANNARA.
If his books got much better since, email and let me know with reasons.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Intrigue than Fantasy Jan. 3 2001
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This book continues where the Riftwar Saga (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) left off. It centers on the sons of a prince, and is kind of like their coming of age story.
While most of the books in this series are very fantasy oriented, this book has more mundane significance. A land only preivously touched upon is more fully explored, the Empire of Great Kesh which lies to the south of the Kingdom that the previous saga dealt with.
It is very interesting to see the politics and culture of this new land. Again, as expected, Feist shows off his hallmark character development. Unforgettable characters such as Nakor and tragic characters such as ...(not revealed!!)... make this novel very memorable.
Not as intense as the rest of the series, but a very worthwhile read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You'll lose sleep with this one
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2006 by Jerry
4.0 out of 5 stars It will keep you guessing
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. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by C Moss
2.0 out of 5 stars Please
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...
Published on March 28 2004 by "aarif1"
5.0 out of 5 stars OVERALL SCORE: (A)
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... Read more
Published on Dec 19 2003 by Pequegnat
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks, Feist, for another great novel
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 27 2003 by alyssa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This book is a great continuation of the Riftwar saga. It's definitely different in tone, lighter and faster, but entertaining nonetheless. Read more
Published on April 7 2003 by MICHAEL J EVANS
5.0 out of 5 stars The Second Book in a very Feisty Series
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... Read more
Published on July 22 2002 by R. Reinhart
4.0 out of 5 stars More of an Adventure/Mystery than a Fantasy
Great novel, but not the usual from Mr. Feist. This novel does not contain the High Fantasy that is contained in the Riftwar and Serpentwar Sagas. Read more
Published on April 18 2002 by Christopher Nash
4.0 out of 5 stars nice story
Fiest is a good writer, and I like his stories, they are old fashioned swash buckling fun. It seems to me that a lot of the newer fantasy is written in todays languages with todays... Read more
Published on March 9 2002 by Jason A. Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
Has just about everything a fantasy fan could ask for. It has humor and tears and romance, just what I love in a nice fat novel. Read more
Published on Dec 13 2001
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