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Silverthorn (The Riftwar Saga #3)

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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 BradleyQueen of Sorcery by David EddingsThe Elfstones Of Shannara by Terry Brooks
Best Fantasy of the 80s
9th out of 225 books — 313 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
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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 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
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
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.

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Dirk Grobbelaar
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
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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
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!
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
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
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
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
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
Cheri Portman
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.
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
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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 :)
This is a classic fantasy tale as a group of heroes travel into hostile territory to save the life of a princess. in my opinion 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.
This book was okay, and had some really interesting and exciting parts in it, several well-described monsters, and reasonable villains like the moredhel [basically dark elves].

Whats bad
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
Federica Leva
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
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
While Feist's stories are entertaining, the thing that really irritates me about his writing style is the constant set of improbable coincidences that allow a random nobody to come into power and glory without any reversals whatsoever. In the last two books, it was Pug, which was at least somewhat interesting, but in this book he tries to do it again with Jimmy/James in a way that just stretches plausibility one too many times. Compared to the Magician book(s), the story also feels rushed, as th ...more
Como tem sido hábito com os livros desta série, gostei bastante deste volume. Foi muito bom acompanhar Arutha na sua demanda e Jimmy é um personagem espectacular, que me fez soltar boas gargalhadas.

O novo vilão parece ser de facto prometedor e mal posso esperar por ver o desenrolar e saber como tudo vai terminar no próximo livro. Estou muito curiosa com Pug! O que será que ele vai descobrir e que saberes inestimavéis vai ele trazer ao Reino?
Veronica Morfi
This is the sequel to magician, after the 12-year riftwar is over. Now, a new evil, that raises the dead and makes corpses battle with the living, threatens the new king of Midkemia. And a new quest for the antidote to a poison has to be made in order to save the life princess Anita. With Prince Arutha on the lead a new adventure is unfolding and new characters are intoduced. Silverthorn is a stirring tale of magic, chivalry and romance.
A continuation of the previous two books (Magician: Apprentice and Magician: Master).

I enjoyed the beginning and the end but the middle part felt like filler. Essentially the entire book is one long quest to find a plant (silverthorn), but while there are dangers that beset them on every side (mostly from an ancient evil and his minions) there is something of a lack of urgency. Honestly I enjoyed the sections with Pug, the magician better. Yet even there I felt once again teased as I saw hints o
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(Spoilers for Magician: Apprentice and Magician: Master are below. Spoilers for this book will be presented in a clearly marked section of the review)...

Feist’s Magician had a pretty conclusive ending, everything except for the Dark Lord aspect of the book was resolved. The Dark Lord could have been written out of the story completely, which would have been great as Feist could have done without introducing another tiresome fantasy trope, bu
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Riftwar Saga (4 books)
  • Magician: Apprentice (The Riftwar Saga, #1)
  • Magician: Master (The Riftwar Saga, #2)
  • A Darkness At Sethanon (The Riftwar Saga, #4)
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