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Prince of the Blood (Krondor's Sons #1)

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A fifteenth anniversary edition of the classic tale by the author of the Riftwar saga is updated and revised to include new material omitted from the book's original publication and chronicles the adventures of royal twins Princes Erland and Borric, who m..Title: .Prince Of The Blood..Author: .Feist, Raymond E...Publisher: .Random House..Publication Date: .2005/06/28..Numb ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 464 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by BantamSpectra (first published July 28th 1989)
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Pawn of Prophecy by David EddingsMagician by Raymond E. FeistThe Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer BradleyQueen of Sorcery by David EddingsThe Elfstones Of Shannara by Terry Brooks
Best Fantasy of the 80s
33rd out of 216 books — 258 voters
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Evgeny
The King has no male children, so it looks like one of his twin nephews, Borric and Erland has to take the crown after his death. The twins are typical spoiled brats, so their father Prince Arutha of Krondor sends them as ambassadors to Kesh - the old and mysterious nation (think ancient China) along with James (aka Jimmy the Hand), Locklear, and some other familiar characters. The ambassadors stumble onto a conspiracy, and it is up to the wonder boys - Borric and Erland to save the day.

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Dirk Grobbelaar
Mr Feist is one of the ‘old guard’, in my opinion, as far as fantasy authors are concerned. He is also, in my opinion, one of the more endearing of these. I loved Magician and it’s sequels, especially A Darkness at Sethanon. These novels established the setting and feel of the Riftwar canon. Prince of the Blood is the next in this canon, following A Darkness At Sethanon. It’s a stand-alone work, but it does have a place in the series and readers will recognise quite a few characters from the ear ...more
Tim Hicks
I am one of the few who had not read a Feist before this. This is the 2004 Author's Edition, rewritten a tad.

Taken on its own, this is a fairly standard entry in the swords/horses/inns serving stew genre. Plus 1 for the bad guys not being the mustache-twirling all-evil cardboard characters they often are. Plus 1 for not having the equivalent of orcs - plodding infantry that are there to be slaughtered by our heroes. Plus 1 for Nakor, who made me think of Master Li from Barry Hughart's magnifice
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David
You will notice that this book has a different style from the epics that Feist has produced (e.g. the Riftwar Saga). This one is meant for a lighter read, as evident in the humor and sometimes not-so-serious portions evident in the book. Surprisingly, it turned out to be rather fitting given the 2 protagonists - Erland and Boric, the twin sons of Prince Arutha of the Riftwar fan. The two are as you would expect of powerful and rich, yet well-meaning, nobles. I don't usually like such characters, ...more
Majanka
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Judith
En het boek is uit. Heerlijk verhaal, heerlijke humor. In feite zit in dit boek meer humor dan in de vorige boeken. De plot is ietsje minder geloofwaardig. Ik geloof bijvoorbeeld nooit dat ze (view spoiler) ...more
Jeremy
For me this was the series that got me hooked on reading. I had an English teacher in high school that would let us write 2 book reports per quarter which got you a C over all in the class. So all I did for a year was read in class, write the reports and take the test blind. Got an A ;-)

I tore through this series and have been reading since.

Feist is an amazing story teller and his world of Midkemia sets the stage for some really crazy and beloved characters. Of all the series I have read I think
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Glitterfairy
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Danielle Futoran
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Victoria
Oh, I loved this book! While I didn't remember all of the details of the plot, from reading it a long time ago, once again, it was Feist's wonderfully entertaining characters that stayed with me - Nakor and his oranges, in particular. I had a lot of fun re-reading this book and while Kesh has a lot of similarities to the Tsurani, there were unique enough characteristics to make this lush world detailed. A great deal of fun to read, this is definitely one of the highlights of the series.
Nikki
I liked this, but wished there was more of Arutha and less of his sons, who I didn't like so much.
Blake
Interesting side story from the usual "PUG" story, but liked it just the same.
Rey Mysterioso
This one is a pretty amusing send-up on the "spoiled royals go into the world and learn a thing or three about humility and 'noblesse oblige' "

It's amusing because Feist writes well, if a bit pedantically.
It's amusing because Hey! Jimmy the Hand! I missed this guy. Locklear too, good to see you!

The twins are going to figure it out, because this is high heroic fantasy, and all Feist's good guys get it figured out one way or another. They are really punks to begin, so the transformation is very f
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Maria
Depois de ler os quatro livros de "O Mago", tinha de ler "O Príncipe Herdeiro", uma vez que gostei muito da primeira serie, especialmente dos últimos dois, nomeadamente de algumas personagens que aparecem nesses dois volumes, em especial o Jimmy ou James. Como ele faz parte destes novos livros, bem como Arutha e a sua família (que eu também gosto bastante),achei que fazia todo o sentido eu ler estas aventuras dos filhos de Príncipe Arutha.

Gostei da história. É diferente da d' O Mago, e ainda be
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Mieneke
Welcome back to the Midkemia reread. This week it's time to take a look at Prince of the Blood, the first of two stand-alone novels, which Feist wrote after finishing the Riftwar Saga. In my memory of it Prince of the Blood was one of my favourite books in the entire Riftwar Cycle, as I loved the intrigue and adventure of the story. And while I still massively enjoyed Prince of the Blood, held to today's standards there are some serious problems in its portrayal of the Keshian royal ladies. So e ...more
Steff
There is nothing wrong with this book; it's a solid read in Feist's solid universe. For me, it simply wasn't as compelling as the books in the first two series.

First, I was quite disappointed to find out that this book had very little to do with the original Riftwar and the Tsurani. After having an exciting new perspective of the Riftwar from Kelewan, I was expecting more.. at least some kind of view on the effects of Lady Mara's dealings with the Kingdom: what the trade is like, how the polit
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Kami
- Wholly cow Goodreads! That synopsis is long!

- I love that I got to read about Arutha and Anita's kids. The twins are very different but very similar to their father and mentors. I really enjoyed their character development. They started out as spoiled royal brats, but their trials and journey turned them into men!

- Seeing James and Locklear as adults was fun. They turned out just as I knew they would. I wish Jimmy the Hand still got to spy and do thief stuff, but I suppose he has his duties no
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Matt
I really don't know how to rate this novel. I tend to rate Feist's works high, mostly because he is an excellent author and his stories are full of excitement, strong characters, realistic fantasy worlds and are just plain entertaining. But this book felt different.
I did enjoy the book, and it definitely had Feist's touch when it came to developing the land of Kesh and how it was viewed by the Kingdom of Isles. Also I was a fan of some older characters being brought back again, such as Pug, Jam
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Nina Schmitt

This Author’s Preferred Edition of Raymond E. Feist’s bestselling coming-of-age saga celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of its publication. Feist introduces a new generation of readers to his riveting novel of adventure and intrigue, revised and updated as he always meant it to be written. It is a work that explores strength and weakness, hope and fear, and what it means to be a man—in a kingdom where peace is the most precious commodity of all.

If there were two more impetuous and carefree men

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Simon Barron
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Tempo de Ler
O primeiro livro de Os Filhos de Krondor, O Príncipe Herdeiro, vem apresentar-nos os filhos gémeos do príncipe Arutha que ocupa agora o trono de Krondor há cerca de 20 anos e cujas aventuras acompanhámos anteriormente com a Série O Mago.
Os gémeos Borric e Erland não passam de dois jovens inconsequentes que só pensam em se divertir até que são finalmente confrontados com as suas futuras obrigações para com o Reino: sem filhos varões e sem a possibilidade de vir a gerar um, Liam não tem quem o suc
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Stone
Apesar de se poder ler este livro sem ler primeiro os quatro livros que compõem a saga “O Mago”, a verdade é que se desfruta melhor “O príncipe herdeiro” se for lido na sequência dos anteriores.
No livro em apreço reencontramos algumas das personagens mais emblemáticas do Mago: Arutha, Anita, Jimmy, Pug e Gamina. E também algumas novas personagens, nomeadamente os dois gémeos que dão o nome ao livro, os herdeiros à coroa de Kondor, os gémeos Borric e Erland e que, para além de herdeiros à coroa,
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Hilary
It started out as just good - I liked the characters in the Riftwar Saga so it was nice to revisit them, but as you got into the story the speed picked up and the story got really good. Borric's storyline was my favorite and I enjoyed the characters that joined him. At first I thought re-introducing Gamina was a bit lame, but she helped explain the story, so I can see why she was included in the story. I am reading the books in the recommended order (ie. by published date), but I have to admit t ...more
Adrielle Pottle
I read the revised edition of this novel, released in 2008. It starts off slowly and the princes are a bit unbearable but the development and world building is definitely done in the Feist fashion. While nothing like my favourite 'Silverthorn' from the Magician trilogy 'Prince of the Blood' is still skilfully crafted and enjoyable. As always, I seem to feel a kindred spirit with the misfits, I love Ghunda and little Suli :-) Well worth the time.
Scurra
Probably my favourite "Midkemia" book, perhaps because it is more self-contained than any of the others (apart, perhaps, from The King's Buccaneer) and yet, despite the sprawling story, never gets out-of-hand.

And, of course, it introduces Nakor, one of the great characters of the series, who merits a star by himself - he always feels to me as though he accidentally fell into the Feist universe from somewhere else, but somehow he fits perfectly here.

The story itself, about duty, honour and friend
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Monique
This is a story of the two twin princes - Borric and Erland. While Erland visits the land of Kesh and pretty much just has sex the entire novel, poor Borric gets the rough end of the stick and is captured, survives the desert, makes it back to save his brother and pretty much saves the day - his brother - from murderous Keshians who are plotting to kill him so that they may rise up the ranks in their land). This was a really quick read. It was nice to see how the twin princes had grown up.

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Bertrand
J’avais beaucoup aimé la Guerre de la Faille du même auteur, paru en trois tomes (quatre en français, puisque l’éditeur s’était amusé à couper le premier tome en deux) sous le nom de « Chroniques de Krondor ». En revanche, cette suite est relativement décevante. Prince de Sang est réellement le minimum syndical qu’on peut attendre d’une suite : l’intrigue y est relativement pauvre, sans réel enjeux puisque la fin est prévisible, de plus les personnages principaux qui sont introduits sont parfait ...more
Shivesh
Totally corny, badly plotted. Characterization is poor. Why did I even bother to finish this book..?

It just may be possible that Feist is using a ghostwriter on the post-Riftwar books, because the narrative, the characterizations, and the writing itself is piss poor in this book. Pace is off from the beginning, and characters shift their tone and style in the same paragraph sometimes! The book is simply not consistent - its like it was written in one draft and dashed off to the publishers.

Thanks
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Vincent Wood
Mr. Feist knows where his money comes from. He wrote a wonderful and successful series and most of what he has written since then has taken place in the universe he created. This is his first book that takes place on Midkemia after his first series. Characters who were young in Darkness at Sethanon are now older and the children are now adults. We get to see more of this world with most of the events that take place happen in the Empire of Kesh, a country that is mentioned occasionally in the or ...more
Hayley
I preferred this book to the previous Feist I read but still felt that it was quite slow and took a while to engage my interest. This may have because of the change in characters. I was still more interested in Jimmy and Locky than the two princes. I am also finding it a bit confusing as to the best order in which I should read these books. Most of the lists I have found on line suggest reading this after the original magician trilogy but several events were mentioned which made me feel that I h ...more
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Raymond E. Feist was born Raymond E. Gonzales III, but took his adoptive step-father's surname when his mother remarried Felix E. Feist. He graduated with a B.A. in Communication Arts with Honors in 1977 from the University of California at San Diego. During that year Feist had some ideas for a novel about a boy who would be a magician. He wrote the novel two years later, and it was published in 1 ...more
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