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The King's Buccaneer

(Krondor's Sons #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  22,094 ratings  ·  242 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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Sean Byrne While it isn't necessary to have read Prince of the Blood first, I would recommend it. There are a few new characters in The King's Buccaneer that wer…moreWhile it isn't necessary to have read Prince of the Blood first, I would recommend it. There are a few new characters in The King's Buccaneer that were introduced in the previous book.

As for the relation to the Riftwar Saga, the events in this book happen quite a number of years after that trilogy, with many of the character's children being involved in the new story.(less)

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Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This one is a surprisingly complicated plot with one of my new favorite characters in Feist-land. :)

Nicholas is forced to do a lot of growing, of course, but what's surprising is just how comprehensive the tragedy is compared to his reactions.

Simple puppy love evolves into survival, ideology, and duty. But the scope and the scale quickly flies beyond the initial and we travel across the world, new lands to explore or be horrified by, and above all, far-ranging effects.

This is definitely not the
Megan Baxter
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodre
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The King’s Buccaneer is the second and final book in the 3rd published subseries of Raymond E. Feist’s Riftwar Cycle. The story stands alone from the first book and takes place 9 years later. It has different main characters and a separate story, although we see some returning secondary characters. In some ways, this is more of a sequel to the first series than anything, but I guess this is an ongoing plot thread that we'll see throughout the various subseries.

The previous book focused on the tw
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
Ian Hall
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was bloody brilliant a swashbuckling pirating adventure with some great companionship and friendships. The story was fast paced and entertaining. The main character nicholas starts off bumbling and unsure of himself and grows into a man over the course of the story. There was some interesting magic and discoveries that I thoroughly enjoyed. I would highly recommend this book and I'm really glad I carried on with my feist reading. ...more
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Another very enjoyable read.
Keith  Blodgett
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Like many of this author's books this takes a while to get moving but once it does, somewhere between the events in Crydee and the arrival in Novindus the story picks up and doesn't slow down. The action and intrigue are well written and believable. There's very little alternate story lines. Some few "meanwhile" moments with the captive girls but for the most part this follows the main plot from beginning to end. A very good tale!

My first book of 2021 and last started in 2020.
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The King’s Buccaneer, written by Raymond Feist.
ISBN 0-586-20322–2 and published by Voyager (An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers) in 1995.
Cover illustration by Geoff Taylor

This adventure is set 10 years after the events recounted in Prince of the Blood and tells the events of Nicolas, the third son of Arutha and Anita conDoin.

Nicolas and his squire Harry are sent to Crydee where Nicolas is to learn more about the day-to-day life at the frontier. Nicolas is expected to act as the squire of Duke
Duffy Pratt
Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Ben Fleming
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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
Not as good as its predecessor, Prince of the Blood, but still another fun outing in Midkemia, and a nice set-up for the Serpentwar Saga. I didn't remember this one as well as I did Prince of the Blood, after my last read-through of Feist's books about 15 years ago, but Nakor remains one of the better characters in Midkemia. ...more
Aug 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, 2015, fantasy, library
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!
Dec 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy, fantasy
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Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Glad to have nakor and gudha back. Fun to see nick and Harry’s development. Really love nakor the best, hope to see calis in another book ok.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
having read the riftwar Sagas, this audiobook has been a charming return to that scape
Simon Barron
May 31, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Nina Schmitt
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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

Joe Abbey
Oct 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 28, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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Aug 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff
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
Sep 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Krista McCracken
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Jan 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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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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