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Prince of the Blood [Paperback]

Raymond E. Feist
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5 Mar 2009

A newly revised edition of Raymond E. Feist' s continuation of his classic Riftwar series.
Set twenty years after the events of the Riftwar, Prince of the Blood follows the adventures of Prince Arutha's sons in the dangerously unstable Great Empire of Kesh.

Set twenty years after the events in The Riftwar Saga, Prince of the Blood follows the adventures that erupt when a group of powerful nobles attempt to overthrow the Empress of Kesh, bitterly dividing the court. In the centre of the conflict are the two princes of Krondor, Borric and Erland. When Borric escapes and makes a desperate journey back tothe court to warn of the traitor’s plans – which if they were to succeed, would start a war that would twar the Empire apart.

From the author of the phenomally successful novels in The Riftwar series comes the newly revised tale of swashbuckling adventure in one of the most popular fantasy worlds ever created. Prince of the Blood is the classic, action-packed saga of conflict and love, magic and legend, from the master of epic fantasy.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; Reissue edition (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007176163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007176168
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Feist is one of the world's leading fantasy writers. His Riftwar and Serpentwar Sagas have been global bestsellers for years.
Born and raised in Southern California, Raymond E. Feist was educated at the University of California, San Diego, where he graduated with honours in Communication Arts. He is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Riftwar Saga.

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‘A solid backdrop and engaging characters inhabit a well-rounded fantasy world’

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From the Author

When did you start writing?
If you mean when did I seriously start writing, that was in 1977, the year I graduated from University. I really got serious a year later which was when I took a rough coming-of-age story and started turning into Magician, my first published novel.

Where do you write?
I have a home office.

What are the pros and cons of being a writer?
The same as with any self-employment: you’re your own boss, you set your own schedule, you determine the quality of the product, etc. The downside is you have no corporate safety net, no unemployment insurance, no health care benefits, no retirement plan, so you bear responsibility for all of those things. It is not a job for the timid.

What writers have inspired you?
Too long a list to cover them all. Anything good, in one fashion or another influences. There are some very obvious names, to begin with: Shakespeare, Marlow, Dickens, the Russians, Twain, Melville, and some slightly less obvious, Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alexander Dumas, Anthony Hope, and the other "boy’s adventure" authors. Also, historical authors like Mary Renault, Rosemary Suttcliff, and Thomas Costain. And the pulp authors: Arthur Conan Doyle, H. Ridder Haggard, A. Merrrit, and among fantasy writers, Fritz Lieber. Toss in as diverse a range of writers as Zane Grey and Louis L’amour in westerns to Dashel Hammett , Raymond Chandler, and John D. McDonald in mystery, to comedic writers like Max Schulman and Dan Jenkins. I could keep going, but that’s the tip of the iceberg.

How important is a sense of place in your writing?
Tough question to answer in brief; every element in a fantasy has to “make sense” to the reader. You can not condescend to your art because it’s “make believe,” so even though the place in which I set my work is a fantasy world, it has to feel “real” structurally, else the reader will ultimately be unhappy.

Do you spend a lot of time researching your novels?
Only enough to convince the reader the characters know what they’re doing. I don’t have to be the expert; I just need to be persuasive.

Do your characters ever surprise you?
All the time. In fact, as I get older, more and more often. I suspect this is a function of my subconscious coming up with better story notions than I had originally planned.

How much of your life and the people around you do you put into your books?
In specific, none of it; in general, all of it. The old saw is that writers write what they know. It’s like what actors call “sense memory.” You have to sell emotion and there has to be a foundation of validity or it will not work. How did it feel when you saw your book in print for the first time? A little disbelieving, and very pleased.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing now?
Probably looking for a job, given this economy. My last one was in the health field as an administrator.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where has the fantasy gone? 10 Jun 2001
By A Customer
After reading the first threee books of Feist's amazing riftwar saga I looked forward to Prince of the Blood. But I was in for a surprise. Firstly, this book is set some twenty years after the events of the riftwar, so Feist decided to kill off some older characters during those years. Secondly, the fantasy elements that made his first books, seem to have disappeared. Thinking I was buying a fantasy book, I was quite disapointed. But the good story and characters nearly make up that. If you enjoyed the first books, and you really want to know whats happens to the twin boys, Borric and Erland during their cross into adulthood, I fully recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! 13 July 2004
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Feist - its brilliant. 9 July 2005
By A Customer
The revised edition is not in fact that much different to the original. Where in Magician and the other Riftwar books you build up rapour with the characters, the original Prince of The Blood didn't really do this for Prince Arutha's sons Borric and Erland - the revised edition definitely repairs this.This revised edition follows the movements of The royal princes on a vistit to Great Kesh. However, waylaid by a band of soldiers, Prince Borric, heir apparent to the Kingdom goes missing and is presumed dead. Borric is captured by slavers and taken to Durbin where he escapes with the help of Suli, a pathetic thief. He choses to continue on to Kesh, to warn his brother Erland of the plot to incite war between the Kingdom and Empire by a faction of the Keshian Court.Its an absolutely brilliant read, fans of Feist's previous works will definitely enjoy this, and those who aren't will do so too. Though, I still feel the same regarding both editions... Buy it - its great!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High adventure and a departure for Feist 28 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book. 4 Jan 2002
After reading the Riftwar Saga I was looking forward to this book so much that I had very high expectations for it. It didn't disappoint.
Moving away from the more fantastical and writing a thoroughly engrosing tale, Ray has again proved to be a master storyteller and hopefully readers of other genres will pick up this book and appreciate it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 19 Feb 2001
By A Customer
I read the first three Riftwar books some time ago, and I put off reading this one because a friend told me it wasn't as good.
I've just read it though and thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot had me gripped from the start and I couldn't put it down. The climax was perhaps a bit of a let down, but it didn't spoil the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feist shows us how much depth Midkemia has 3 Feb 2000
I've been a Feist fan for years, and recently reread Prince of the Blood. Wow! It provides insights into the Keshian mind, and great characterisation of Borric, Erland, Nakor, and Jimmy. The impetus for rereading the book was Nakor's comment to Borric in Rise of a Merchant Prince :' I liked you better when you were just the Madman'. To any new fan, READ THIS BOOK. To Feist, if your going to reenter the Kingdom via the Riftwar Legacy, lets find out about Rillanon, Jimmy's time there, and Borric and Erland. After 18 years, I think us fans deserve it
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book when it first came out and bought ...
I loved this book when it first came out and bought it in hardback, but to reread it now on the train, kindle is the only option
Published 1 day ago by seagull
4.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this. A lighter tone and a wonderful fill ...
I really enjoyed this. A lighter tone and a wonderful fill between the Riftwar Saga and the Serpentwar Saga. Read more
Published 4 days ago by drangelmedicinewoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
totally absorbing
Published 5 days ago by graham lornie
4.0 out of 5 stars Another great one for Fans of this series
Very enjoyable. If you're a fan of these books, this is a must read. Great characters and very interesting to find out a bit more about Great Kesh
Published 4 months ago by Jcatesby
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A fine yarn, but could have been better imo.
Not a lot of action , as like his other books, but I would say still a Damon fine story with a lot of intrigue, and plots.
Published 9 months ago by Shifty One
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Had read the book years ago, it's not one of the author's best but it sets up characters for the next few books. I enjoyed it more this time as I am rereading the books on kindle.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best yet
This is one of Feist's best books so far, could not stop reading until it was read from cover to cover and is probably one of the few books i would read AGAIN! Read more
Published 10 months ago by chloe
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good book in all. However it does not compare to the previous books. It links well with a time gap and introduces new characters to the plethora of pre-existing characters and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alex Harley
3.0 out of 5 stars Good plot idea
I want to love this book. The story idea is awesome, but the execution needs work. The writing could use some polishing. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Katigirl
5.0 out of 5 stars prince of the blood
I thought this book was very good it finished of the series of books perfectly. Its definately worth reading the series.
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