Most helpful positive review
Integrated, Surprising, and Behavioral
on September 19, 2003
It might be true that whoever reads Shadow Of A Dark Queen will be somewhat disappointed by how slow things go in Rise Of A Merchant Prince, but the book nonetheless is far from 'below average.' Though some fantasy fans demand an all-action-24/7 set of novels, I believe Feist, as a writer, did very well in adding the aspects of the human daily life in a world of extreme fantasy and adventure.
Rupert Avery, who's a gap-filling character in Shadow Of A Dark Queen, came surprisingly alive in Rise Of A Merchant Prince. His struggle with Tim Jacoby, his dedication to becoming 'the' richest man in Krondor, his struggle with himself over his wife, Karli; one day seeing some beauty in her and the other day he can't stand her. His lust for Sylvia, the stunningly beautiful mistress and finally his loyalty to the Kingdom as to leave his business and go rescue his boyhood friend. . .all that came together very well, forming a great book, leaving you anticipating the sequel.
Do not miss this one!