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Prince of the Blood

(Krondor's Sons #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  22,446 ratings  ·  278 reviews
This Author’s Preferred Edition of Raymond E. Feist’s bestselling coming-of-age saga celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of its publication. Feist introduces a new generation of readers to his riveting novel of adventure and intrigue, revised and updated as he always meant it to be written. It is a work that explores strength and weakness, hope and fear, and what it means ...more
Paperback, 429 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by BantamSpectra (first published July 28th 1989)
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Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I first thought of reading these books back in the 90's, I had some sort of presentiment that I wouldn't like it half as much as the Magician books... and so I let it go by the wayside. Now, so many years later, I decided to go back and pick up all the rest of the Feist novels and finally enjoy them anyway. The author has proven a lot of staying power... and it's for good reason.


Prince Arutha's twin sons, Erland and Borric, begin a couple of troublemakers who get into just
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
The King has no male children, so it looks like one of his twin nephews, Borric and Erland has to take the crown after his death. The twins are typical spoiled brats, so their father Prince Arutha of Krondor sends them as ambassadors to Kesh - the old and mysterious nation (think ancient China) along with James (aka Jimmy the Hand), Locklear, and some other familiar characters. The ambassadors stumble onto a conspiracy, and it is up to the wonder boys - Borric and Erland to save the day.

What do
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Going more or less in publication order, Prince of the Blood is the third subseries in Raymond E. Feist’s larger Riftwar Cycle. I say “more or less” because this book was published between the first and second books in the previous subseries. To keep things more cohesive, I’m reading in “publication order of first book in subseries” rather than strict publication order. I think after this subseries, those two orders will amount to the same thing. When I originally read the first 16ish books, I r ...more
Tim Hicks
Dec 10, 2011 rated it liked it
I am one of the few who had not read a Feist before this. This is the 2004 Author's Edition, rewritten a tad.

Taken on its own, this is a fairly standard entry in the swords/horses/inns serving stew genre. Plus 1 for the bad guys not being the mustache-twirling all-evil cardboard characters they often are. Plus 1 for not having the equivalent of orcs - plodding infantry that are there to be slaughtered by our heroes. Plus 1 for Nakor, who made me think of Master Li from Barry Hughart's magnifice
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Thoroughly enjoyed this book.It was the fantasy w/o the mystical dragons,but there was magic.And to my surprise there was a mystery involving a death.

Although it's really a coming of age story of two brothers it is mainly focused on.

They are the sons of the Prince of Krondor!
Duffy Pratt
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The makers of "Seinfeld" had a motto: "No hugs, no learning." It's one of the things I like, for example, about dark fantasy a la Joe Abercrombie. Feist puts himself more to the other end of the spectrum. A pair of royal twins get sent to a foreign land for a light diplomatic mission, and for some seasoning. There are assassination attempts, sales into slavery, some betrayals, a lot of good old fashioned male fantasy sex, and, in the end, lots of hugs and lots of learning. I enjoyed it, though I ...more
Ian Hall
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm so glad I'm back in the world of feist again. I put off reading the next books after the original trilogy because I did not think they could compare as magician is one favourite books of all time and in part I was right, Prince of the blood isn't as good as the original trilogy but it follows on nicely and was a welcome comback into the series.
This book is set 20 years after sethanon but somehow loses none of the adventure and story from the original trilogy.
I enjoyed this book a lot and enj
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love Raymond E. Feist and his Rift War Series. It has likable characters and a superb storyline. Whether you are a fantasy reader or mystery reader, this book has it all. I recommend it.
Welcome back to the Midkemia reread. This week it's time to take a look at Prince of the Blood, the first of two stand-alone novels, which Feist wrote after finishing the Riftwar Saga. In my memory of it Prince of the Blood was one of my favourite books in the entire Riftwar Cycle, as I loved the intrigue and adventure of the story. And while I still massively enjoyed Prince of the Blood, held to today's standards there are some serious problems in its portrayal of the Keshian royal ladies. So e ...more
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
As you know, I have many weaknesses. I’ve listed them several times. Once more I’ll say: I am weak for devil-may-care princes. A spoiled prince who learns a few lessons on his journey is a tried and true trope, and I’m a total sucker for it. I thought I hit the jackpot with twin princes. I thought I was going to experience a rich fantasy court setting–Feist is, depending on your social circles, considered one of the granddad’s of fantasy, after all. What I got instead was surprisingly lackluster ...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
Nov 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, fantasy
Mr Feist is one of the ‘old guard’, in my opinion, as far as fantasy authors are concerned. He is also, in my opinion, one of the more endearing of these. I loved Magician and it’s sequels, especially A Darkness at Sethanon. These novels established the setting and feel of the Riftwar canon. Prince of the Blood is the next in this canon, following A Darkness At Sethanon. It’s a stand-alone work, but it does have a place in the series and readers will recognise quite a few characters from the ear ...more
You will notice that this book has a different style from the epics that Feist has produced (e.g. the Riftwar Saga). This one is meant for a lighter read, as evident in the humor and sometimes not-so-serious portions evident in the book. Surprisingly, it turned out to be rather fitting given the 2 protagonists - Erland and Boric, the twin sons of Prince Arutha of the Riftwar fan. The two are as you would expect of powerful and rich, yet well-meaning, nobles. I don't usually like such characters, ...more
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
I preferred this book to the previous Feist I read but still felt that it was quite slow and took a while to engage my interest. This may have because of the change in characters. I was still more interested in Jimmy and Locky than the two princes. I am also finding it a bit confusing as to the best order in which I should read these books. Most of the lists I have found on line suggest reading this after the original magician trilogy but several events were mentioned which made me feel that I h ...more
Oh, I loved this book! While I didn't remember all of the details of the plot, from reading it a long time ago, once again, it was Feist's wonderfully entertaining characters that stayed with me - Nakor and his oranges, in particular. I had a lot of fun re-reading this book and while Kesh has a lot of similarities to the Tsurani, there were unique enough characteristics to make this lush world detailed. A great deal of fun to read, this is definitely one of the highlights of the series.
Aug 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
While this book was by no means one of Feist's bests, I sincerely enjoyed it because it revisited Midkemia 20 years after the Riftwar ended. I always enjoy revisiting worlds and characters that I loved, and among my favorite fictional characters ever are Jimmy the Hand, Arutha conDoin and Pug the Magician. This books revisits all of them, as well as new and interesting characters.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Twenty years after the Riftwar (see Magician, Silverthorn, and A Darkness at Sethanon), the 19-year-old twin sons of Prince Arutha are a couple of trouble-making scamps. They certainly don't have the maturity to rule over the Kingdom of the Isles in the world of Midkemia. And now that Arutha has declared his intention to renounce his claim to the throne, should he outlive his brother King Lyam, Borric and Erland are first and second in the line of royal succession. It's a pretty pickle. So, Arut ...more
Dec 31, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, high-fantasy
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Johari Taylor
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not as good as the previous entries in the series, but still a good read.
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Prince of the blood, written by Raymond Feist.
ISBN 0-553-28524–6 and published by Batam Books in 1990.
Cover illustration by Kevin Johnson and map by Jackie Aher. Finally, the name of the map-maker!

This adventure is set 20 years after A Darkness at Sethanon and tells the events of the twin brothers Erland and Borric conDoin. The sons of Arutha and Anita conDoin. The two brothers set of a journey to Kesh and are accompanied by the well-known Baron Locklear and Baron James (Jimmy the Hand). There i
Sep 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sven Mysterioso
This one is a pretty amusing send-up on the "spoiled royals go into the world and learn a thing or three about humility and 'noblesse oblige' "

It's amusing because Feist writes well, if a bit pedantically.
It's amusing because Hey! Jimmy the Hand! I missed this guy. Locklear too, good to see you!

The twins are going to figure it out, because this is high heroic fantasy, and all Feist's good guys get it figured out one way or another. They are really punks to begin, so the transformation is very f
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2015, library, series
Another enjoyable fantasy novel! I was not sure where this series would go after the Riftwar, but the transition to other stories, other people, and other lands has been smooth so far.
Sean Byrne
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fine story from Ramond E. Feist, although I must admit that there were a few small things that took away from it for me. Firstly, there were a few similarities with the Riftwar Saga, (view spoiler), and at times I just felt like we were treading old ground.

It was interesting, however, to see the likes of Jimmy and Locklear a bit older and
Carolyn Taylor
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-books-read
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Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, re-read
This stood up to the the test of time better than I thought, even though I generally don't like reading fantasies about teenage boys as the main protagonists. It has been so long since I read this last that I couldn't remember who was the guilty party in the conspiracy! It was as if I was reading it for the first time. I do like political intrigue, but after reading books where it is complex and layered (ie Game of Thrones), this book's intrigue is pretty simplistic. I admit being surprised at a ...more
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Not thrilling but a good story.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Feist is a fun new find for me. The fantasy was compelling. The reader of the audio Version was a delight to listen too. I’m going to read more Feist. I hope you discover or rediscover his work.
Nina Schmitt
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it

This Author’s Preferred Edition of Raymond E. Feist’s bestselling coming-of-age saga celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of its publication. Feist introduces a new generation of readers to his riveting novel of adventure and intrigue, revised and updated as he always meant it to be written. It is a work that explores strength and weakness, hope and fear, and what it means to be a man—in a kingdom where peace is the most precious commodity of all.

If there were two more impetuous and carefree men

Chip Hunter
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
While somewhat of a side-story to the main sequence of Feist's Midkemia-based books, PRINCE OF THE BLOOD is nonetheless a great book, full of all the things that keep readers coming back to Feist time and again. Great characters lead the list, but this book also has an intriguing plot, lots of action, and a wonderful (and new) setting to explore. The book picks up 20 years after the close of A Darkness at Sethanon, with Arutha's twin sons, Borric and Erland, having grown into typical adventure-s ...more
Jun 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
- Wholly cow Goodreads! That synopsis is long!

- I love that I got to read about Arutha and Anita's kids. The twins are very different but very similar to their father and mentors. I really enjoyed their character development. They started out as spoiled royal brats, but their trials and journey turned them into men!

- Seeing James and Locklear as adults was fun. They turned out just as I knew they would. I wish Jimmy the Hand still got to spy and do thief stuff, but I suppose he has his duties no
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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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