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Silverthorn (The Riftwar Saga #3)

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  41,358 Ratings  ·  487 Reviews
A poisoned bolt has struck down the PrincessAnita on the day of her wedding to Prince Arutha ofKrondor.

To save his beloved,Arutha sets out in search of the mystic herb calledSilverthorn that only grows in the dark andforbidding land of theSpellweavers.

Accompanied by a mercenary, a minstrel, and a cleveryoung thief, he will confront an ancient evil and dobattle with the dar
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published 1986 by Grafton Books (first published May 7th 1985)
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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
9th out of 233 books — 392 voters
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Hasham Rasool
I love this book. I find this book intrigue as Magician. Alhamdulillah.

My favourite character is Jimmy the Hand, Arutha, Pug, Martin and Tomas.
This is the one and only book of this series which my public library possesses. Go figure. Why have only the 3rd volume of a 4 volume series? Another one of the mysteries of library acquisition.

I found this the most engaging book of the series that I’ve read, perhaps because it deals less with Pug & Tomas and more with Prince Arutha and his new squire, Jimmy the Hand. There is a certain amount of comedy to be devised by making a thief into a squire and his shenanigans lighten the mood of som
Nov 05, 2012 Penny rated it it was amazing
I found this book quite different to Magician. It spanned a far shorter period of time and concentrated on a smaller band of characters. I adore Jimmy the Hand and really enjoyed his role in the story. He made me laugh a lot :) The story was fun and well paced and kept my interest all the way through.

I took issue with the fact that the goodreads description gave away plot points that were only revealed one and two thirds of the way into the book, respectively. I'm not a fan of spoilers.

On to A D
Apr 27, 2011 Jon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: FBCS March 2011 Selection
(view spoiler)I wondered where Raymond Feist would take me in Silverthorn , the next novel in the Riftwar Saga series. The three brothers (Arutha, Lyam and Martin) spent a year touring the Kingdom and returned to Krondor to plan Arutha and Anita's wedding. Jimmy the Hand, a young full-of-himself thief and rising star in the Mockers, foiled an assassination attempt upon Prince Arutha. Because Jimmy aided both Anita and Arutha i ...more
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book in the series, although like the first two (which were originally one book & then published in the US as 2 paperbacks) this book reads as half of one. There is far too much left hanging, so plan on having A Darkness at Sethanon at hand when you finish.

The main characters shift & a new star is introduced, but story is better for it, IMO. The heroes of the previous books are around, but they're wrapped up in other matters. This allows the world to expand in a more believa
Sep 14, 2014 Kaitlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting follow on from the first book with a lot more drama and a lot less world-setting which is cool but also slightly baffling...
Such a different style of book though, very odd. I like it in it's own right but it's a very weird continuation...
Ben Richardson
May 16, 2012 Ben Richardson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Silverthorn is the second book of the authors preferred version of the rift war saga, it immediately enticed me and shocked me for I was expecting another adventure from Pug. Uncommon for most sequels it does not follow the previous main character. Instead it follows that of a Prince rather than an orphaned boy who became a Magician's Apprentice.

The book is immediately filled with changes and mystery. The plot develops quickly as you are reminded of where things were heading from the previous st
Jun 05, 2013 Mieneke rated it really liked it
Silverthorn is Raymond E. Feist's second novel set in Midkemia and in the Riftwar Saga—not to be confused with the Riftwar Cycle, which is the name for the entire 30 books-spanning series. While I love Magician , Silverthorn is where I really lost my heart to this series, largely due to the focus on my favourite characters, Arutha and Jimmy the Hand. Of course, the cast of characters we met in Magician mostly returns as well, but for the main part this is Arutha's and Jimmy's story.

On the face
Dirk Grobbelaar
Oct 03, 2010 Dirk Grobbelaar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, books-i-own
I was introduced to high fantasy, way back, by three very notable works: The Lord of the Rings, The Earthsea Quartet and, of course, Magician. The latter was such a complete work that I abstained from reading the sequels. In hindsight, it was rather odd and out of character for me, since I really enjoyed Raymond E. Feist's writing and rank Magician as one of the finest works I've ever read.

So, Silverthorn. This is the immediate sequel to Magician, and a finely crafted novel indeed. I should hav
Saints 12-0
Dec 11, 2009 Saints 12-0 rated it it was amazing
Arutha has become prince of krondor and thinks he has found his soulmate princess anita. Meanwhile little jimmy has grown from a theif to now a squire and has left his clan of theifs to help prince against the assasians.The black hawks.When the prince is about to merry anita a attended for arutha strikes her.the bolt would not have been fatal but it was poisoned and they find out that the only cure for it was a plant that grew rarely by morelin. The dark elves forest. Pug the master magician put ...more
Nuno Mateus (Kratos)
Este 3º livro da saga revelou-se para mim o melhor até ao momento do Feist, pois a história fica mais interessante e sempre misteriosa sem saber que esperar com o desenvolvimento!
Neste livro confirmo o que vi em mts criticas sobre este 3º livro se destacar mais Jimmy Mãozinhas e a sua influencia na história e o desenvolvimento de sua personagem que cresceu e muito e de Arutha que se destaca mais com sua demanda por amor à princesa e sua jornada para salvá-la seja foi para mim as personagesn prin
Apr 08, 2011 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2011
This was a re-read for me. Overall, I liked it.. But not nearly as much as Magician. Where as Magician started out feeling like a very traditional coming of age story, and then sort of morphed into something different, Silverthorn started out traditional and tame and finished traditional and tame. That's not to say it wasn't an enjoyable read, just not my favorite of the series.

I love Jimmy, so I liked to see him take an up front role in the story. Story wise - like I said, it was very traditio
Silverthorn continues where Magician left off and follows many of Magician's characters plus a few new ones on their highly perilous quest to find a cure for a lethally wounded princess. The book is a little light on Pug stuff, which is a pity, but the other characters are a likeable enough bunch whose fast-paced adventures are a joy to follow. The fact that they're up against zombies only serves to make the story that much more exciting. Nice characters + quest + zombies = good read!
Sep 13, 2015 Dan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2014
Quite good..
Jan 23, 2015 Brittany rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5/5

Apprentice will always be my favorite Riftwar book, although I still have one more to read in this saga. However, this book still held my interest and was a fun read. I love these characters and the world Feist created. Just like the previous two books, the story is fairly simple, but I don't mind this because Feist is so great at what he does. I've said this before and I'll say it again, I LOVE the way Feist writes. He doesn't spend four pages about what someone is eating and I re
Federica Leva
Apr 29, 2014 Federica Leva rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-e-sf
Il dardo avvelenato scagliato dallo Schernitore Jack l'Allegro, morto e riportato in vita da un potere oscuro, colpisce per errore la principessa Anita sul finire della cerimonia nuziale con il Principe Arutha, condannandola ad una morte svelta e incosciente. Ogni rimedio è vano, e persino i monaci di Sarth sono costretti ad ammettere la loro impotenza: nessuno conosce il magico veleno di cui la freccia era imbevuta, però qualcun altro, forse... Inizia così una forsennata ed entusiasmante caccia ...more
Apr 27, 2014 Evelynne rated it really liked it
Shelves: raymond-feist
Silverthorn by Raymond E. Feist is the third book in the Riftwar Saga and together with A Darkness at Sethanon forms a kind of duology within the series. This first part tells the story of Prince Arutha’s search for the magical silverthorn plant to cure his beloved Anita from magical poisoning and of the growing threat of Murmandamus,

I consider Feist to be one of the master storytellers of his generation. Let me tell you a story to prove it. I studied language and literature at university and af
Apr 26, 2014 Ponthos rated it did not like it
I read Silverthorn right after reading Magician, that got 3 stars. Even though Magician is full of cliches and has some flaws, it was saved by the Tsurani, and somewhat interresting characters.

However Silverthorn lacks those elements. The plot and pacing is weak. A big part of the book is spent on Arutha's quest. T
wo thirds through the book I was bored, because the quest had been a cycle of travelling, fighting or fleeing from bad guys, and arrriving at a friendly location, where they would tell
Apr 09, 2011 Mike rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There’s nothing like a day of traveling by plane (with a long layover) to help with finishing a book. And it’s a good thing I had the help, because I’m afraid that this was simply a bad book. I’m not 100% sure why, since I really did like the first two books, but this was just bad. I didn’t like the characters as much (and it was the same characters, so maybe it was the choice of focal characters and their lack of growth), and I found the book very hard to get into (particularly at the beginning ...more
Jan 19, 2012 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
Livro fantástico!

Em primeiro lugar quero destacar o crescimento da história! Este volume, para mim, é muito mas muito melhor do que os dois primeiros desta saga.

Mais aventuras, mais mistério, mais suspanse, mais perigos, uma atmosfera mais dark, com personagens, que apesar de serem praticamente as já conhecidas dos livros anteriores, mostram-se aqui muito mais interessantes e desenvolvidas.

Em termos de personagens quero destacar o Jimmy. O Jimmy para mim é a peça chave deste livro, para mim.
Jeremy Brown
Jul 07, 2007 Jeremy Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mycollection
There are so many high points to this novel that I don’t even know where I should start. The author provides an absolutely amazing story that just keeps getting better as you read it. The determination of the heroes coupled with their increased desperation to find a cure is expertly written and you can really feel the tension mounting throughout the novel. There was also more action in this novel than in the previous Magician novels. The duel between Baru and Murad was amazingly choreographed an ...more
Jul 06, 2011 Matthew rated it it was amazing
The last 2 books of Feist's Riftwar Saga. Now that I've read them while a little older, I'm seeing them a little less rosily. The stories are still very compelling and exciting, and I still love the characters, but knowing what I know now about writing, I see how clunky he is. Feist writes in a loose 3rd person omniscient POV, and switches back and forth between POV characters willy nilly, even within the same paragraph. I still love the series. A Darkness at Sethanon - the siege of Armengar spe ...more
Jun 11, 2015 Cheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Silverthorn continues in the vein of the other Riftwar Saga books: this is a roleplaying adventure in book form.

So of course I like it.

Is it the best of the best? No.

Is it riveting escapist fiction that has interesting characters battling evil? Yes. Big Bad Evil Guys. Evil minions. Rogues with hearts of gold. True love, friendship, and, yes, skinning the cat (Read to find that one out. It's not horrible.)

Will I read the next one? Yup.
Mar 27, 2016 Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite of the series so far. One of the best, bloodiest, violent one on one battles I have read in a long time. Loved the MCs being Arutha and Jimmy. That was a surprise to me. Also I am soooo happy I DID NOT read the back cover since it completely tells you the biggest surprise in the book. I don't understand why they would give that part of the story away like that. I had no idea that was going to happen. So glad I didn't. :) thrilled I have the next book ready to go.
Sep 18, 2007 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
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
What a fun continuation of the series! Jimmy the Hand is simply one of my favorite characters! And I must say, that in re-reading this one, I had remembered much more of it than either Magician: Apprentice or Magician: Master, but it still was quite an exciting and altogether fun read! I am just really excited to be re-reading this series, since so many books have been published since I last read them! I remember Amos Trask so well, so I suspect that the next book will involve more of him, which ...more
May 30, 2013 Christopher rated it it was amazing
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Jun 09, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully paced. And the tension was almost palpable. Holy crap I have to get the next book.
The character interaction was not only realistic but hilarious. Both Jimmy and Arutha pulled through as main characters despite only being sides in the main book.
It was great revisiting the old mains and seeing how they'd developed after the events of Magician.
The battle scenes were amazing, painted with gorgeous and emotion pulling words. I felt at the edge of my seat the
Jun 10, 2014 Elar rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Enjoyable story in familiar universe, although it has some story and logic shortcomings. For example why cannot wizard transfer himself during long journey to known place to rest for some days and then go back to continue adventure as he already knows both places. No, that would be too easy :)
Jan 07, 2016 Noel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Reading this book was a chore. The first 200 pages were incredibly boring. There wasn't much plot, just action. A fight at an inn, a fight in the woods, a fight with some crazy creatures, another fight in the woods, etc. I suppose if you're a fan of that sort of thing it might work for you, but I did not enjoy it. I don't feel like Feist writes action scenes very well. They're tedious. And after the first 200 pages, the book was just okay. There were a few good revelations towards the end, but i ...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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The Riftwar Saga (4 books)
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  • Magician: Master (The Riftwar Saga, #2)
  • A Darkness At Sethanon (The Riftwar Saga, #4)

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