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The King's Buccaneer Paperback – 5 Mar 2009
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Praise for Raymond E. Feist:
‘File under guilty pleasure’
‘Get in at the start of a master’s new series’
‘Well-written and distinctly above average… intelligent… intriguing.’
‘ Epic scope…vivid imagination…a significant contribution to the growth of the field of fantasy.’
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Long recovered from the ravages of the Riftwar, the land and people of the kingdom of the Isles thrive. Nicholas, the youngest son of Prince Arutha, is intelligent and gifted but vastly inexperienced. In hopes of hardening him, his father sends him and his irreverent squire, Harry, to live at Rustic Castle Crydee to learn of life beyond the halls of privilege. But within weeks of Nicholas and Harry's arrival, Crydee is viciously attacked by unknown assailants, resulting in murder, massive destruction, and the abduction of two young noblewomen. The raiders have come from a pirate haven and are no ordinary foe ... but an enemy connected to dark magical forces that threaten the lands Nicholas will someday rule -- if he survives. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This is perhaps Feist's strongest novel. It does not rely on past events overly and although it does set the stage for events to come, the story is still both complete and fully entertaining. Feist's real strength shines through in Buccaneer - his ability to draw engrossing and realistic characters with depth.
One of my all-time favourtites.
Prince Arutha's youngest son, Nicholas, is sent to Crydee to gain some experience outside of Krondor's court. When Crydee is devastated by a brutal raid Nicholas and a band of survivors attempt to track down their captured loved ones, but to do so they must sort out a convoluted scheme involving Tsurani assassins, Keshian slavers, pirates and the Pantathian serpent priests. Their adventure will take them across the ocean to the mysterious land of Novindus.
Although supposedly a sequel to 'Prince of the Blood', this book is a continuation of the story of 'A Darkness at Sethanon' in ways that it's predecessor never was. The story is at all times gripping and the young people struggling with responsibility, love and the harsh realities of the world is very reminiscent of Feist's greatest work (and first) 'Magician'. With the inclusion of Pug and Nakor, Feist even manages to expand on his exploration of the nature of magic itself, without over exposing the idea. Which gives me an entry to say just how much I love the character of Nakor. Pug is always aloof and mysterious (as you'd expect from the most powerful magician in the world), but Nakor is a thoroughly personable character and his excentricity blends excellently with his obvious power and wisdom. Nakor's training of Anthony was one of my favourite elements of this book.
I don't have alot bad to say about this book. The way in which everyone ends up finding that special someone and falling in love was a little too unlikely for my tastes and I thought that Nicholas' whirlwind relationship with Iasha was doubly unlikely considering the way their interaction goes throughout the book. This book also suffers slightly from the fact that you're always aware that it's really just a prelude to the Serpent War saga, cheapening the otherwise brilliant reading experience.
Raymond E Feist is one of the handful of fantasy authors that I have collected and kept on my shelves over the years and re-read chronologically from time to time.
The King's Buccaneer continues the saga and as always is a good read, fast paced and entertaining.
Feist's epic saga is still one of the best fantasy series ever.
Feist does offer the reader moments of unexamined action and pleasurable escape. The problem is that these modest diversions appear more and more to be much of the same: Names and places change, the action shifts chronologically, but the overall story remains familiar. But like McDonalds, I suppose, Feist appeals to those who like the expected.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't believe how Raymond E Feist can come up with so many stories set in Midkemia and keep us wanting more. He keeps adding more characters and situations within the familiar. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Writing girl
Another thrilling story with quick pacing and charming characters.
The book was slightly worn out but to be expected from a second hand book
Everything else I've read by Raymond E. Feist is spectacular. This is no different.Published 13 months ago by SRBurrows