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Rise of a Merchant Prince (The Serpentwar Saga, Book 2): Serpentwar Saga Bk. 2 [Paperback]

Raymond E. Feist
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5 Mar 2009 The Serpentwar Saga (Book 2)

The second book in Raymond Feist’s super-selling quartet: The Serpentwar Saga.
Triumphant but overconfident after his defeat of the reptilian Sauur army, Roo must resist a beguiling seductress who threatens to undo him and all of Midkemia.

Roo Avery, recently returned from a harrowing brush with the armies of the Emerald Queen, is now free to choose his own destiny and his ultimate ambition is to become one of the richest and most powerful merchants in Midkemia.

But nothing can prepare him for the dangers of the new life he has chosen, where the repayment of a debt can be as deadly as a knife in the shadows. Even those closest to him are suspect and as Roo struggles to build his financial empire, betrayal is always close at hand.

But while Roo works towards achieving his goal, memories of the invasion haunt him still. For the war with the Emerald Queen is far from over and the inevitable confrontation will pose the biggest threat yet to his new found wealth and power.


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Product details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; New Ed edition (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006497012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006497011
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,915 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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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.

From the Back Cover

A TALE OF WEALTH AND AMBITION IN A WORLD OF MURDER, MAGIC AND INTRIGUE

Roo Avery, recently returned from a harrowing brush with the armies of the Emerald Queen, is now free to choose his own destiny and his ultimate ambition is to become one of the richest and most powerful merchants in Midkemia.

But nothing can prepare him for the dangers of the new life he has chosen where the demand for repayment of a debt can be as deadly as a knife in the shadows. Even those closest to him are suspect and as Roo struggles to build his financial empire, betrayal is forever close at hand. His instinctive cunning will serve him well, but he will soon realise that the road to success is far from smooth.

And while Roo works towards achieving his goal, the memory of the distant forces of darkness are never far away. For the war with the Emerald Queen is far from over and the inevitable confrontation will pose the biggest threat yet to his new found wealth and power.

“Feist writes fantasy of epic scope, fast-moving action and vivid imagination.”
WASHINGTON POST

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous times at home and abroad! 15 Jun 2001
Format:Paperback
One of the great things about Feist is that you never get two dimensional characters. One moment you are reading this book admiring Roo's merchant manouvers and at others nearly despising his total lack of interest in his family. You certainly believe that the driving force behind Rupert is entirely selfish, but his wit and humour and in the end his brotherly love for Erik show that Roo has the capability of being more. Whilst the story concentrates on Roo we do follow the 'Captain' and Erik to Novinous again and whilst this is a relativly small part of the book it is still able to grab you by the throat and you just won't be able to put the book down until you know the fate of all involved. A perfect second book that adds depth and colour to the story and sets the stage for the breath taking action found in the next book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping. A great book! 11 Nov 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In this sequel to Shadow of a Dark Queen, author Raymond Feist takes us back to his magical world of Midkemia. Now that they have returned to the Kingdom of the Isles, Erik von Darkmoor has decided to reenlist in the fight against the dark powers that threaten his world, while Rupert Avery has decided to follow his original plan of marrying a rich merchant's ugly daughter and building a mercantile empire. But, life is going to prove interesting to both. Becoming a merchant prince is no cakewalk, and Roo will find his abilities taxed to the limit. And, the dark power rising in Novindus has not been deterred from its purpose.
Raymond Feist's Riftwar books were great, with epic adventure and magic, while his later books enjoyed a somewhat smaller scope. This book succeeds in walking on both sides of the street. While armies marshal and wizards weave great spells, we also follow the life of a man trying to build up his wealth and his personal life. And, I must say that it succeeds in doing both admirably.
I love stories of wizards and armies, and one gets a bunch of that here. But, I must say that I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Mr. Feist's tale of Roo Avery. I was captivated by the choices he made, both for good and for ill.
I am surprised to say that I enjoyed this book as much as I did the Riftwar books and Shadow of a Dark Queen! The action is gripping, grabbing you right on the first page, and drawing you along. Yep, this is a great book, and a wonderful addition to my fantasy library. I loved to presence of Boldar Blood, and hope that Mr. Feist will consider writing a book that develops the Hall of Worlds more!
I loved this book, and highly recommend it to you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slows the pace, and ups the intrigue. 22 Mar 2006
Format:Paperback
After the introductions of new characters and the action in the first volume of the serpent war saga this initially seems an odd way of following on.
The focus shifts from Erik to his friend Rupert "roo" Avery who's ambition is to become a horribly rich merchant.
The emphisis of this volume is on Roos clever deals to make money, his loves and losses and struggles as he gradually makes his dreams a reality.
The main storyline is pushed to the back burner as it develops slowly as we learn much about the inner workings of Krondor, the capitol of the western realm.
A different book to the first volume, but equally as enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feist does it again, but different this time 12 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have read all the Raymond Feist that have been translated into Dutch and as I write this we have to wait until april for the rage of a demon king. I can't wait. In this pageturner Feist creates a different atmophere then in his other work. There is less magic and it is more down to earth stuff. Reading I liked very much. You'll get to know the life in Krondor well and you'll stay in touch with old friends such as Robert the Hand. Anyway, buy this book and enjoy the serpent war saga at his best.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Raymond could of done better. 2 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book was good enough to keep you reading but the main story about Roo just does not make the grade. It is a fiction book but the story of Roo's rise to the ritchest man in the kingdom is just stupid. The whole way through the book it just did not feel right. Roo an uneducated, twenty year old, nobody rising so fast is just too unrealistic for me. The rest of the book is very good though. Erik and Calis returning to Novindus makes the book worth reading.
In short read it for the good bits and so you can read the next one but do not expect a spectacular read.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another page-turner from Feist 23 Jun 2002
Format:Paperback
Despite focusing on Roo and his rise to the dizzying heights as the richest man in Krondor (if not the Kingdom), this is a worthy sequel to "Shadows of a Dark Queen" and continues to set the scene for the rest of the series.
As mentioned in other reviews, there are also episodes of Calis/Erik returning to Novidus, unravelling more of the mystery there which add blood-and-guts action to the mercantile battles facing Roo.
All in all, an excellent book, well worth reading if you're a fan of Feist.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making a fantasy world as real as our own 17 Jan 2004
Format:Hardcover
Rise of a Merchant Prince is one of the more inspiring books of this author. It deals with two fairly ordinary guys who are caught up in extraordinary events, and make the most of them. Roo's journey into the business world of Krondor, filled with ruthless barons, villainous beauties, and murderous opposition is a thoroughly riveting read, and anyone who ways it is slow paced has just been watching dungeons and dragons for a little too long. As usual, the book is filled with a host of very real charachters who become even more entwined as Krondors enemies fall upon them again.
A brilliantly well thought out novel that acts as a magnifying glass over Krondor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars really good read
Such imagination keeps you reading all night. Need to read the previous books. Love the magic all the way through
Published 15 hours ago by jane
5.0 out of 5 stars no waiting this time
2nd time round for this book just as good as I remember it got the 3rd and 4th in the series so no waiting fo a year for next installment
Published 1 month ago by steven devenport
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Enjoyable and interesting. Bit of a change to focus on the business world more than the wars! I liked it.
Published 2 months ago by Sonja
5.0 out of 5 stars re-reading the best
One of the best fantasy writer's.serise is terrific. Keep them coming cant wait for finale Looks like I need to go back to magician
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent !!
I've been an avid reader of Feist for years now, this is great !!!! Well worth reading. A looking forward to the next book
Published 4 months ago by Mark Perry
4.0 out of 5 stars real characters and an exciting plot
engaging plot focused on a character who was introduced in a previous book.
Well written story whitch moves at a good pace. Read more
Published 8 months ago by JOHN D WATSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A complete change of scene, mixed with dark evil. The balance of this part of the saga is wonderful. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mike Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars He loves it
Fascinating reading for my husband for whom I order via Amazon. Not been disappointed so far. Cannot find enough time to read but will get there!
Published 10 months ago by L.B. Kosin
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best
Whilst the obligatory is good, and the parts of the book with pug, Eric, nakor etc are very good I found the character of roo who is given most prominence here to be far to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
Not the first I have read this book and I have enjoyed it every time. One of Feist's best reads
Published 12 months ago by D. Lawrence
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