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Prince of the Blood Paperback – Nov 2 1989

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Grafton (Nov. 2 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0246130784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0246130785
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.4 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,022,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

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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Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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By A Customer on 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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By A Customer on 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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By MISTER SJEM on March 23 2001
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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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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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