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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different to the first book but still amazing
While this book is very different to Magician it is still an amazing read. While it does follow on and many of the same characters are present the plot and style of the story is different. It is very fast paced although due to this some of the new characters lacked depth. Saying this, those characters were not central to the story. It was good to hear of Jimmy the Hand...
Published on 20 Sep 2006 by Alexa

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SilverThorrn in the side of Feist
OK....you've just finished Feist's epic Magician and you are desperate to continue the riftwar saga. Silverthorn is not the best follow-up to his first book but then again, how do you follow such an amazing opener?
The best section of the book is one that will stay in your mind throught your Feist journey. Jimmy the Hand jumping gracefully across the roooftops of...
Published on 4 Sep 2003 by Owen Anslow


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different to the first book but still amazing, 20 Sep 2006
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Alexa (East Sussex, England) - See all my reviews
While this book is very different to Magician it is still an amazing read. While it does follow on and many of the same characters are present the plot and style of the story is different. It is very fast paced although due to this some of the new characters lacked depth. Saying this, those characters were not central to the story. It was good to hear of Jimmy the Hand again as he plays a big part in this story. The only downside was where Magician finished satisfactorily it felt like Silverthorn was just part 1 of the story and to finish it you must read A Darkness at Sethanon. While this isn't necessarily bad it doesn't really follow on from the style of the clean cut ending of Magician.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very different Riftwar book., 19 Sep 2003
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Ian Tapley "thefragrantwookiee" - See all my reviews
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THE STORY:
Prince Arutha's fiancee is poisoned on their wedding day and Arutha must set off with his friends in search of the cure - the Silverthorn.
WHAT'S GOOD:
This is a classic fantasy tale as a group of heroes travel into hostile territory to save the life of a princess. The characters are excellent and the interaction between Arutha and his half-brother Martin is especially interesting. Jimmy the Hand is always a welcome character too (and, I suspect, Feist's favourite). This book is largely a prelude to 'A Darkness At Sethanon', but does not suffer for it, building the tension of the coming conflict.
WHAT'S BAD:
Unfortunately 'Silverthorn' lacks the epic scale of 'Magician' and is, in every way, that book's inferior. However, a masterpiece such as 'Magician' would be a tough act to follow anyway, so don't judge this book too harshly.
An excellent continuance of the story of Midkemia.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SilverThorrn in the side of Feist, 4 Sep 2003
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Owen Anslow (Ipswich, Suffolk Great Britain) - See all my reviews
OK....you've just finished Feist's epic Magician and you are desperate to continue the riftwar saga. Silverthorn is not the best follow-up to his first book but then again, how do you follow such an amazing opener?
The best section of the book is one that will stay in your mind throught your Feist journey. Jimmy the Hand jumping gracefully across the roooftops of Krondor to take on an assasin trying to take out Prince Arutha.
Sadly, the book slows down from there and although Arutha's journey into the enemy heartland is a gripping ride, there is little to make this an exciting book.
Nice story-line (Prince trying to save his Princess) but lacking in the quality we all now Feist is capable of.
Despite the bad reviews, your need to read this book to set yourselves up for the next installment - possibly Feist's greatest novel - A Darkness At Sethanon.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A suspenseful quest., 12 Mar 2002
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This is the second book of the Riftwar Saga (after Magician and before A Darkness at Sethanon).
In Krondor, while discreetly escaping on the roofs after robbing a rich local merchant, Jimmy the Hand stumbles across a Nighthawk, an assassin. Finding out the target was Arutha, who has just come back from Rillanon to wed Anita, Jimmy decides to warn the Prince and help him discover who wants his death.
As two Nighthawks are captured for questioning, one of them turns out a disguised Moredhel. But just after dying, the creature strangely rises up again and starts attacking the Prince. Only with much magic will they be able to kill the monster.
After a raid in the Nighthawks' headquarters where the zombie assassins were neutralised by burning the whole building, peace returns and the wedding can take place. But as Arutha and Anita are walking down the aisle, Jimmy catches sight of Laughing Jack, a former colleague of Jimmy who he'd yet killed that night on the roofs, hiding in ambush in the cupola with a crossbow. Nimbly climbing up to try and prevent the worst, Jimmy only manages to deflect the arrow, which strikes Anita.
On closer inspection, they discover the arrow was poisoned: Anita is slowly dying. After exhorting Jack to tell them the name of the poison, Silverthorn, Arutha and his friends set out on a quest to find the antidote.
The story goes on to describe, on one hand, Arutha, Jimmy, Martin and Laurie traveling in search of the cure that'll save Anita, first to the library of Sarth abbey, then to Elvandar and finally to Moraelin, on the shores of the Black Lake in Moredhel territory, and on the other hand, Pug and his friends looking for an explanation to these mysterious events.
In this volume, the centre of attention has shifted from Pug to Arutha and Jimmy, whose characters are better developed and more believable. I really found this part more captivating than the previous one, certainly because the goal was clearer, and I knew what the heroes were doing and why.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Which came first, the books or the games?, 17 Nov 2002
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It's no surprise to learn that many of Raymond E Feist's books were 'inspired' by role-play games and that some were later written as adventure games.
At times I felt like the characters in Silverthorn were in an adventure game of the find-the-key-to-unlock-the-box-to-get-to-the-spell-to-neutralise-the-guards-to-enter-the-castle variety. Although the book was compelling enough, I found the quests a little too obvious and that detracted from my overall enjoyment.
If you've read the adventures of Arutha, Jimmy et al so far then like me you're probably going to read this book anyway. But don't expect anything half as good as Magician.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense!, 14 Nov 2003
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Kurt A. Johnson (Marseilles, IL USA) - See all my reviews
This book is the second book in Raymond Feist's Riftwar Saga, and picks up after the accession of the conDoin family to the throne of the Kingdom of the Isles. When Jimmy the Hand stumbles upon a Nighthawk (member of the guild of assassins), preparing to kill Prince Arutha, it becomes apparent that something strange is going on. But, when the Prince and his men confront the Nighthawks, it soon becomes apparent that a creature of limitless power, and equally limitless evil, is on the march and wants Arutha out of the way. The situation goes from bad to worse, when Arutha's bride is shot with a poisoned arrow during their wedding. The poison is from a plant named Silverthorn, and to effect a cure, Arutha and a band of compatriots must venture into the lair of this evil and snatch one of the plants. But, there is more danger on the path than anyone could ever have expected...
This is a great book. It has a different feeling than the first book of the series, Magician, but includes many of the same characters. The action is intense, even more powerful than in the previous book, with scenes that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up! I loved this book, don't hesitate to recommend it to Fantasy lovers everywhere!
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3.0 out of 5 stars New Quest Begins in Feist Sword & Sorcery Fest, 8 Aug 1999
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Here Feist continues his Riftwar romp with a new quest as lighthearted as his earlier works. Though a bit more focused in plot than "Magician," Feist follows the formulas used in the earlier books, devoting most of his energy to action narrative in which the characters remain caricatured stereotypes all too familiar to fans of the genre. His cast of characters neglects none of the usual inhabitants of the fantasy realm, ranging from elves and goblins to dragons and pirates, as well as the inclusion of samurai (The Tsurani), Moslem warriors from the era of Saladin (The Empire of Kesh), and here ewoks thinly disguised as "gwali." The princes of the realm are handsome and heroic, their princesses beautiful and spirited. The good guys, even when rascally criminals, are brave and true and, after much hardship, their defeat of evil is assured. All in all, a storyline that could have been lifted from a D&D script. I continue to find a lack of weight or substance to the tales, and harbor some doubts that the "Riftwar Saga" will eventually devolve into a series of repetitive, banal quests. Nonetheless I will admit that so far Feist's stories do offer facile moments of unadorned diversion and amusement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Fantasy, 7 Jan 2001
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Silverthorn is the stunning sequal to Magician. This work takes on a more "High Fantasy" role, and for me, this seems to build upon the reality created in the 1st novel.I am very bored of comparisons with Tolkien - all he did was to consolidate the myths and legends of England - he did n't INVENT elves and dwarves. To my mind, Feist's work is better than TLOTR in total. ALthough the sheer epic quality does n't compare, the reality of his characters, settings and enjoyment of reading marks it as the best High Fantasy series of novels around.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If "Magician" has been bettered then this is it, 4 Nov 2001
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"Magician" was the start of something special, an epic trilogy. The sequel is a true masterpiece. Feist's depiction of the characters is astonishing, realistic and above all sincere. The fighting scenes are beautifully described and you will feel like you are watching it! Feist has a knack for developing amazing races and the moredhel are something special. This is an excellent read, if a little too short but a brilliant book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Could Have been better, 4 July 2001
Silverthorn is a very good book, and it took me less than a day to read it, but it seems incomplete. Magician was two books that tied straight on to each other, so it made sense to put them together as one. Silverthorn and Darkness at Sethanon do this too, but because they're split, it makes the story seem disjointed. I have to admit, though, the Tsurani were cool, but this Murmandamus is brilliant.
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