Jimmy the Hand (Legends of the Riftwar #3)
The third novel of Feist's successful collaborative series. From the endlessly inventive mind of one of fantasy's all time greats, comes a spellbinding new adventure of high magic, treachery and bloody war. This time in conjunction with master of alternative US history, Steve Stirling, Feist returns to tell the full tale of one of his fans' favourite most colourful Riftwar characters, pickpocket, montebank and confidence trickster Jimmy the Hand. Jimmy the Hand, boy thief of Krondor, lived in th...more
368 pps, 18 Chaps & Epilogue, 110,000 words.
Story based on one of the minor characters from the Riftwar series set on another world and another time, as opposed to Earth. Jimmy is a thief by profession due to being an orphan in a city without welfare care. He performs an act of heroism which makes him the target of the boss of the criminal fraternity and results in him being exiled on threat...more
Note that Raymond Feist did not actually write this book. In the afterword he admits to only penning the rough outline of the story and giving it to S.M. Stirling to actually write. I only mention this because Stirling, unfortunately, is not as engaging a writer as Feist.
The chemistry between Fiora and Jimmy was interesting to read, but I still wish she was mentioned in the previous books that take place after these events. It seems like it is just an internal story even t...more
Not sure I'd go...more
First of all, it appears that I am biased, or perhaps unbiased, in the fact that I haven't read the main series yet - my introduction to Feist has been through the Legends series, so I don't have the familiarity with characters like Jimmy the Hand, who others have seen later on in his life in other books.
But, for me, it wasn't a bad...more
The third novel of Feist's successful collaborative series. From the endlessly inventive mind of one of fantasy's all time greats, comes a spellbinding new adventure of high magic, treachery and bloody war. This time in conjunction with master of alternative US history, Steve Stirling, Feist returns to tell the full tale of one of his fans' favourite most colourful Riftwar characters, pickpocket, montebank and confidence trickster Jimmy the Hand. Jimmy the Hand, boy thief of Kro...more
Overall, Jimmy the Hand is an OK read. I wouldn’t recommend it to friends, but I wouldn’t slap it out of their hands if they picked it up to read it either.
I thought the book would revolve chiefly around the exploits of Jimmy the Hand and...more
I think that everyone who reads Feist and read this book, can see the difference in the writing style and the way the story is presented because of Sterling. The book gives you an entirely different view on Jimmy's character and it's really different than the rest books by Feist. Instead of a huge wild war,...more
This did not let me down and the story about a young Jimmy was engaging from start to finish. All the elements of Jimmy we grew to love are present in this tale. Sure he is s thief but he has a big heart and is loyal to those he cares about.
Of the three books written with other authors this was just about the best.
I'd recommend it to someone reading the entire series for the first time, and doing so chronologically. I'd hesitate to do so to someone that's read any of the books that come after this one.
I love Jimmy The Hand. He's one of my favourite characters of the entire series. Therefore, I was very excited to read this book. Whilst it is entertaining, it just lacked...something...for me. I think there was way too much time spent on other characters and plot twists that didn't involve Jimmy.
Interestingly, got to meet Raymond E. Feist last night when he came to town on his book tour. He mentioned that he felt this book was a bit unfinished and that he could ha...more
In terms of writing style, I find the prose too short after having gotten used to reading sagas running through several books. Nevertheless, given the restraints, the effort to create a plot that will not ma...more