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The King's Buccaneer (Krondor's Sons #2)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  15,114 ratings  ·  120 reviews
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 w ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 523 pages
Published January 1994 by Bantam Spectra (first published October 18th 1992)
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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
63rd out of 512 books — 779 voters
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. MartinHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. RowlingThe Eye of the World by Robert JordanA Clash of Kings by George R.R. MartinHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Best Fantasy of the 90s
59th out of 205 books — 454 voters

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The King's Buccaneer, the fifth book in the Riftwar Cycle, is another largely standalone story. Having read the previous books definitely enriches the experience, but it can certainly be read on its own. I have a soft spot for Nicholas, the protagonist of this book. His overwhelming need to be good enough, to get his father's approval, was something I strongly identified as a teen when I first read the book and my sympathy for Nicky has never left me, even if like Nicky, I mostly grew out of hav ...more
Another good Feist book! He can spin a great tale of fantasy adventure and I have yet to grow tried of the characters in this series' universe.

If you were a fan of Amos Trask in the earlier novels, this is the book for you!
Duffy Pratt
This was a good read. It's well written, but fairly standard stuff. I thought it was a significant step above Prince of the Blood. It follows Nicholas, the youngest son of Arutha of Krondor. He has a deformed foot from birth, and has always felt inadequate as a result. His father sends him to his uncle in the rougher backwater of Crydee for some seasoning. After some brief hardship as his uncle's squire, the town is raided and two of the royal women are kidnapped. They go on a quest across the w ...more
Hmm... I have mixed feelings about this book. Taken alone, the plot is ok - although it sometimes feel like a teenage boy's kind of story, where the guys get to save the girls, and while the girls are the intelligent and strong kind, they still need boys to rescue them. It starts off well, and in Feist's great style of character development. Unfortunately, a third into the book, and things start to get very cliched - including the almost classical bad-but-not-evil pirate archetype. Still, there ...more
Depois de ler "Príncipe Herdeiro", tinha de ler "O Corsário do Rei".
Tendo em conta os quatro outros livros de O Mago, e como já referi na review de "Príncipe Herdeiro", não fiquei muito arrebatada pelo Príncipe e por isso estava com um pouco de receio de também não o ser pelo Corsário, uma vez que gostei bastante dos livros de O Mago e gosto de reviver boas histórias, onde me sinta arrebatada pelas personagens e pelo enredo, algo essencial para o gosto pelo livro em questão.

Pois bem, posso afi
Well, I think that this book has been my favorite of the entire series so far! Adventure on the high seas, intrigue in yet another foreign land... and all with Amos Trask and Nakor, the orange-eating trickster in the forefront!! The only one sadly absent was Jimmy the Hand! Once again, through masterful plotting and lovable characters, Feist crafted an exciting read. A wonderful addition to the series - and with more strong female characters like Brisa, which really rounded out and completed the ...more
I enjoyed this book more than it's predecessor, The Prince of the Blood, for several reasons: the characters were more likeable, the plot was less of a murder/mystery and more of a traditional fantasy/quest storyline, and it also picked up a storyline that Feist had been developing towards the end of The Riftwar Saga. Feist, however, still hasn't quite lived up to the first 8 books that were the Riftwar Saga and Legacy.
The Kings Buccaneer, Raymond e Feists 5th book in the order was the second best book i've read so far. Nicholas, Arutha's last son adventures to crydree with his squire Harry. I found Nicolas's journey was better than both his brother's in the previous book. I found Nicholas as a young man in the beginning but as it goes through the book, he is just like his father. Good read and worth buying for the series.
Dit verhaal leest als een proloog voor een veel groter verhaal, maar dan wel een zeer aangename proloog. Prins Valentijn als hoofdfiguur vind ik veel sympathieker dan zijn tweelingbroers in het vorige boek. Boekanier des Konings was een echte page-turner voor me en ik heb het Feist-virus nu eindelijk te pakken. Voor ik aan de Slangenoorlog begin duik ik eerst nog even terug in de tijd met de Keizerrijk Trilogie.
Ben Fleming
Considering that Feist wrote this book over 20 years ago, it was wonderful to see the character and plot devices. That said, for all of my enthusiasm with the early plot twists and character development, I was left flat on a few aspects. The first (after now having read six Feist books), I am disappointed to see how he creates strong women characters, only to weaken or subvert them to minor roles, or poorly characterized actions by the end of each book. When will one of these women be allowed to ...more
Nina Schmitt

Set ten years after the events in "Prince of the Blood", this book is a remarkable adventure of mystery and magic. In Amos Trask's ship, Prince Nicholas and Squire Harry set sail for a friendly visit to Uncle Martin in Crydee. But while the two are guests in Crydee, disaster strikes. Nicholas, third son of Prince Arutha, is a gifted youngster, but sheltered by life at his father's court in Krondor. To learn more of the world outside the palace walls, Nicholas and his squire, Harry, set sail for

Simon Barron
After the difficulties experienced in Prince of the Blood, The King's Buccaneer represents more of a return to form for Feist. While at first glance it might have been a bit worrying that he was resurrecting some characters (Amos in particular) when it would have been reasonable to assume they'd either retired or shuffled off the Midkemian Coil altogether, they are good characters and they made a welcome addition to a fantasy adventure tale that was pretty decent for the most part.

Sure, certain
Tempo de Ler
Passaram-se diversos anos desde a jornada dos gémeos Borric e Erland, filhos do Príncipe Arutha, que marcou o primeiro livro de Os Filhos de Krondor, O Príncipe Herdeiro, trabalho que encaixa na Saga O Mago, e mais uma vez algo de grandioso se prepara para despontar…e assim iniciamos mais uma aventura em Midkemia!

Desta vez cabe ao filho mais novo de Arutha, Nicholas, salvar o Reino! Ao ser enviado para perto do seu tio Martin em Crydee, com o objectivo de amadurecer competências, Nicholas vê-se
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Joe Abbey
Jan 14, 2008 Joe Abbey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: one and all
The characters are all fun to read about and the plot is excellent! I really think if i were to crash on a desert island and bring one book this would certainly be it. My favorite round character would be Amos Trask, because he always is just a fast thinking person with many challenges, even though Nick is the main character.

This book is about how Nick, the youngest of Arutha’s 3 sons, goes on an adventure to what is the 'end of the world to rescue the captured people of crydee and bring them ba
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I enjoyed this book much more than its predecessor - Nicholas is more likable and less of a spoiled brat as well as several of the girls in the story are actually not quite the prototypical airheads. This is a straightforward quest novel and is quite adequate, but you still wonder why the bad guys feel the need to indulge in such a ludicrous plot device in the form of replacing people with plague carriers. They would have been as well served in infiltrating and/or replacing royal servants. Were ...more
Overall, I really did enjoy this book. That being said, it was really long! There were times when it would drag and I would find myself putting it down in favor of something else. But I never felt like I would never finish it or didn't want to finish it. There were also times when I couldn't make myself put it down! So it had good balance overall. This book tells the story of Arutha's youngest son, Prince Nicholas. This is the 15th book I've read in the Riftwar Cycle and still am not sick of it. ...more
Brecht Denijs
Buccaneer is, in a nutshell, a pirate adventure in Feist style. Which isn't a bad thing, it's a great idea to shake things up a bit without abandoning your world and story. I loved this book a lot more than the last one, where I found Borric and Erland annoying, I quite liked their brother Valentine. The new characters are great and the old ones deliver. We get a good helping of Emus Trask in this one and that always goes down well. Like it's predecessor it seems on the surface a light hearted a ...more
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
Ricardo Mota
Compôs-se. Mesmo. Se o primeiro desta série desiludiu e se as primeiras 90 páginas deste se arrastaram em meandros pouco interessantes, certo é que, daí para a frente, o livro adquire um ritmo e uma história extremamente cativantes.

Feist parece arriscar em terrenos mais maduros, deixando de parte alguma "inocência" que vinha dos livros d'O Mago, e o resultado é aprazível. Boas sequências de acção, bons twists e novas personagens a manterem-me agarrado às últimas centenas de páginas de forma ávid
The second book in the Krondor Sons series is another coming of age story, but unlike the first presents a likeable protagonist and increases the action. If you enjoyed The Blood Prince you will likely appreciate this addition even more.
Still it has its faults which prevent it being great. Some characters are introduced at great length to then disappear, while others are either overly convenient or caricatures. There are not too many surprises here and that will leave some readers feeling gettin
Krista McCracken
This is by far the better of the two books in the Krondor's Sons series in my opinion. The mix of humour, the resurgence of Pug, dragons, and sea-style adventure won me over. This book focuses on Nicholas, the youngest son of Prince Arutha, who is a bit of an underdog in the family (of course) -- but who makes personal and heroic strives throughout the novel.

Feist's use of supporting characters to reach my heart and to add a sense of humor occurs once again in this book. Readers are once again
Megan Baxter
I think I am running out of reviews for fantasy books that pretty much consist of "I liked but didn't love it." This is better written than most of the ones I've been writing about, and the plot at least takes the quest of a motley crew someplace reasonably new, but at its heart, it's another "unlikely companions go on a quest for something." Again, if I hadn't read so much fantasy recently, that would roll off my back.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodre
Feist já me habituou aos seus personagens espirituosos e neste livro adoro mais uma vez a presença do Nakor.

Nickolas tem neste livro o seu papel principal, um personagem que me cativou e prendeu porque ao longo do livro sinto que fui crescendo com ele.

Embarquei nesta longa viagem ao outro lado do mundo conhecendo novos povos e cidades. Mais uma vez atentam contra o Reino e Nicky está no centro da resolução de mais uma contenda.

Os arranjinhos também estão bem feitos embora um pouco previsiveis.
Feist always creates interesting and enjoyable stories to read, even if they do follow a similar formula. Much like the last book Prince of the Blood, one of Arutha's sons is tried and his worth as a prince is tested.

It was nice that Feist brought in a new world in this story, and he probably explores that in his later books.

However with this book I found it particularly hard to emotionally connect with any of the characters this book. In the resolution I didn't empathise with Iasha's maids or
Après le plus que décevant "Prince de Sang", Feist remonte la barre et nous offre de quoi nous intéresser à nouveau à son univers de Midkémia. La génération de la guerre de la Faille s'apprête à laisser sa place à la suivante (celle de la Guerre des Serpents?) et le Boucanier du Roi est le roman de la transmission de témoin. Il s'agit là d'un très bon bouquin d'aventure, de pirates où les rebondissements et l'action sont omniprésents. Les nouveaux personnages sont charmants et les anciens mûriss ...more
I found this novel much more enjoyable than the previous novel in the sons of Kondor series. when reading that book, the one minor character who interested me was Nicholas, so I was really glad to see that he was the main character of this novel. I was also really glad to see the return of other characters such as Amos Trask and Nakor. Though the plot was really interesting especially the serpent creatures gradually morphing into copies of people from Crydee. A very Caerphilly twist which I thin ...more
Dit boek is ietsje zwaarder van toon dan het vorige boek, maar Nakur doet goed zijn best. Een aantal karakters kan me geen barst schelen, bijvoorbeeld Marcus, de zoon van Martin. Maar Valentijn is best leuk. Jammer alleen dat (view spoiler)

Maar op dit kleine puntje na, heb ik best van het
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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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