Rise of a Merchant Prince (The Serpentwar Saga #2)
Roo Avery, recently returned from a harrowing brush with the armies of the Emerald Queen, is now free to choose his own destiny and his ultimate ambition is to become one of the richest and most powerful merchants in Midkemia.
But nothing can prepare him for the dangers of the new life he has chosen wher...more
The story focuses on a character who was extremely wimpy and boring in the first book, and all this one does in its 400+ pages is show us how despicable a person he really is as he becomes the city's richest man--marrying for money and power, cheating on his wife, neglecting his children, killing rival business men--anything for power and mon...more
The second book in Raymond Feist's super-selling quartet: The Serpentwar Saga. Triumphant but overconfident after his defeat of the reptilian Sauur army, Roo must resist a beguiling seductress who threatens to undo him and all of Midkemia. Roo Avery, recently returned from a harrowing brush with the armies of the Emerald Queen, is now free to choose his own destiny and his ultimate ambition is to become one of the richest and most powerful merchants in Midkemia. But nothing can prepare him for t...more
Do you every get tired of fantasy novels that lean completely on the crutch of cliche? Tired of the newest batch of wizards and swordsmen? Do you ever long for a novel that exists in a fantasy world, but explores the life of a relatively normal fellow?
No? Well, feel free to move along then. I, on the other hand, long to see the daily life of someone who has a real job and normal set of responsibilities in an oth...more
In 'Rise' the motley crew have returned from their mission to Novindus after escaping the clutches of the Emerald Queen, Roo and Erik go their separate ways as Erik remains in the army to train a new force capable of...more
Roo's handling of his wife confused me a lot. He'd get t...more
In short, Rise of the Merchant Prince was Feist's most ambitious outing since the original Magician and, imho, it was the peak of Feist's writing in general - after the Rise, Feist soon started to write faster and settled on targeting his books to young adults with no further attempts to improve his storytelling skills. I've often wondered how much this had to do with the developments in Feist's p...more
This is a tough read because the main focus of the book (Roo) is really not a very good man. You can see that he is faithful to his friends, but he flip-flops on several items. He m...more
Plus Roo's r...more
Towards the end of the novel, we start to see more action as Calis and his company return to the land down under to take on the Emerald Queen's army once again.
I also like how Feist expands...more
Shadow of a Dark Queen
Rise of a Merchant Prince
Rage of a Demon King
Shards of a Broken Crown
This novel charts Rupert's business and romantic dealings in the shadow of bad guys coming to attack the continent. I'm sympathetic to the plucky life lessons and view of human nature.
This book is all about one man and his affairs. It is so concentrated on his fall into corruption, that it is a breath of fresh air to see him "fail" at the end.
Unless a huge fan of the roo avery character, id suggest skipping onto rage of a mad king, which is possible without missing a beat.