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

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  15,484 Ratings  ·  169 Reviews
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 ...more
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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 BradleyDragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret WeisQueen of Sorcery by David Eddings
Best Fantasy of the 80s
45th out of 233 books — 388 voters
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. TolkienThe Name of the Wind by Patrick RothfussThe Hobbit by J.R.R. TolkienMagician by Raymond E. FeistLegend by David Gemmell
Best Heroic Fantasy
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Evgeny
Jan 14, 2014 Evgeny rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
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.

What do
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Duffy Pratt
Sep 02, 2015 Duffy Pratt rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The makers of "Seinfeld" had a motto: "No hugs, no learning." It's one of the things I like, for example, about dark fantasy a la Joe Abercrombie. Feist puts himself more to the other end of the spectrum. A pair of royal twins get sent to a foreign land for a light diplomatic mission, and for some seasoning. There are assassination attempts, sales into slavery, some betrayals, a lot of good old fashioned male fantasy sex, and, in the end, lots of hugs and lots of learning. I enjoyed it, though I ...more
Tim Hicks
Dec 10, 2011 Tim Hicks rated it liked it
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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Dirk Grobbelaar
Jun 24, 2011 Dirk Grobbelaar rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, books-i-own
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
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
Dec 31, 2010 Majanka rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, high-fantasy
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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
Sep 18, 2007 Jeremy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 28, 2008 Glitterfairy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Sven 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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Danielle Futoran
May 16, 2014 Danielle Futoran rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-readings
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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.
Dylan
Dec 07, 2015 Dylan rated it liked it
This book started out... kinda... not great. By the end i really enjoyed it, but man... the twin sons of Prince Arutha from the previous series, were total assholes and i hated them. It was great getting to see some familiar characters come back, a little older and a little wiser, but i'm pretty glad this was a stand-alone story and not part of a larger series... because i don't think i could have taken much more of Borric and Erlund's bullshit. Even by the end, they hadn't actually redeemed the ...more
Rose
Aug 18, 2009 Rose rated it really liked it
While this book was by no means one of Feist's bests, I sincerely enjoyed it because it revisited Midkemia 20 years after the Riftwar ended. I always enjoy revisiting worlds and characters that I loved, and among my favorite fictional characters ever are Jimmy the Hand, Arutha conDoin and Pug the Magician. This books revisits all of them, as well as new and interesting characters.
Wesley-James Robinson
I like Raymond E. Feist's writing, I really do. This one was just a little off for me. I read a reissued ebook version of it, which had additional story added to it, and I strongly encourage reading the updated version. That being said the story seems to lack the "all or nothing" vibe of the other stories that leave the fate of the known universe in the balance. At the same time, it feels like his first attempt at writing a smaller scale story, with more personal stakes. It isn't, the mistress o ...more
Patrick Bättig
Feb 13, 2015 Patrick Bättig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Prinz Borric und sein Zwillingsbruder Erland werden zur Geburtstagsfeier der Kaiserin von Gross Kesh geschickt. Baron James, aus den ersten Bänden besser bekannt als Jimmy die Hand, und sein Freund Baron Locklear (Locky) begleiten sie bei ihrer wichtigen Mission zum Frieden zwischen Gross Kesh und dem Königreich. Auf der Reise werden die zwei Prinzen getrennt und Erland muss die Reise nach Kesh alleine mit den Baronen James und Locklear fortsetzen. In Kesh , der Hauptstadt und dem Sitz der Kaise ...more
Nikki
Jun 15, 2008 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I liked this, but wished there was more of Arutha and less of his sons, who I didn't like so much.
els reid
Nov 19, 2015 els reid rated it it was ok
The least of the Riftwar Series so far. Flat characters, little-to-no development, deus ex machina and no storyline to speak of. It was bland, predictable and really quite irritating. I only give it a two because of a couple of good characters who had far too little time in the book.
The princes are boring and rely too much on others for ...well, everything. The "nuanced" politics are so transparent it borders on the ridiculous and the bad guy is instantly noticeable as the bad guy.
Each book of t
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Blake
Jul 10, 2010 Blake rated it liked it
Interesting side story from the usual "PUG" story, but liked it just the same.
Danielle
Jan 23, 2016 Danielle rated it it was amazing
The first in the small series "Krondor's Sons" and the first written after the emphatic Riftwar Saga, "Prince of the Blood" was, put simply, awesome.

Borric and Erland begin as selfish brats, but of course, like all 19-year-olds, they just require a bit of tenderising. Which they most certainly get.

Set on the back drop of The Empire of Kesh and their brutal and debilitating politics, Borric and Erland must represent their father (my bae, Arutha) at the 75th Jubilee of the Empress of Kesh. The boy
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Troels Rasmussen
Dec 18, 2015 Troels Rasmussen rated it liked it
It is good by the book fantasy, but not great. The characters are a bit flat and you never get really involved with them...

I like the setting and the lore is rich but the magic tends to be to powerfull and can save the day by pulling a rabbit out of the hat. I prefer magic that can either be explained or used again in a clever fasion.

If you don't have anything else to read, looking for an easy digestable fantasy experience or if you fallen in love with Midkemia then I recommend this novel.

/Troe
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Molly
Jul 15, 2013 Molly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
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
Nov 14, 2011 Steff rated it liked it
Shelves: ridiculous-feist
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
Jul 20, 2013 Kami rated it really liked it
- 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
Aug 05, 2010 Matt rated it liked it
Shelves: feist, fantasy
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
Sep 14, 2012 Nina Schmitt rated it really liked it

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
Oct 14, 2013 Simon Barron rated it it was ok
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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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Magda Pais
Sep 01, 2014 Magda Pais rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, my-own
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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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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