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(The Riftwar Saga #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  59,050 ratings  ·  955 reviews
The second volume in Raymond E. Feist's highly acclaimed epic fantasy Riftwar Saga With the Kingdom of the Isles at peace, Prince Arutha can at last look forward to marrying the Princess Anita in the city of Krondor. But the capital in the west harbours many shadows. When Jimmy the Hand, a young thief in the Guild of Mockers, upsets an assassination attempt on Arutha, a si ...more
Paperback, 386 pages
Published January 17th 2013 by Harper Voyager (first published May 7th 1985)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Reread - unhaul paperback - getting audio and kindle

I loved this book soooooooo much!

I loved the story of Jimmy and Arutha in the beginning. Well, all through the book but it tells more about them in the beginning. I love Jimmy so much! He's so good! I mean he's a thief and all but still he soon becomes someone important in Arutha's crew.

Lyam is the King and Arutha and Martin are his brothers. This is about Arutha for the most part though. I love Martin too but I digress. Anyway, someone or t
The next step in the Riftwar series. If you enjoyed Magician, continue the adventure here with a quest led by Arutha (my autocorrect does not like Arutha). If you have not read Magician: Apprentice and Magician: Master, stop, slowly step away from this review, and then quickly get those and start reading!

As you may have seen, I challenged my fantasy loving friends to read this series. If you made it this far, you're welcome!
*** 4.25 ***

Loved it!!!! Old school all the way and loving it:):):)
Hasham Rasool
I loved this book. I find this book quite intrigued as 'Magician' but I think 'Magician' is better than this book.

My favourite character are Jimmy the Hand, Arutha, Pug, Martin and Tomas.
This is the one and only book of this series which my public library possesses. Go figure. Why have only the 3rd volume of a 4 volume series? Another one of the mysteries of library acquisition.

I found this the most engaging book of the series that I’ve read, perhaps because it deals less with Pug & Tomas and more with Prince Arutha and his new squire, Jimmy the Hand. There is a certain amount of comedy to be devised by making a thief into a squire and his shenanigans lighten the mood of some ot
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The long awaited and joyous wedding of Arutha, Prince of Krondor, to the beautiful young Princess Anita, is cruelly cut short when Anita is struck by a poisoned arrow, from the bow of the Nighthawks - an underground cult of death, in league with the darkest and most evil powers.
It is discovered that the nighthawks are being used by the enemy, the dark lord, the enemy, Murmandamus, to assassinate the Lord of the West, Arutha. This in order to fulfill the ancient prophesy, necessary for Murmandamu
NAT.orious reads ☾
4 STARS ★★★★✩
This book is for you if… you ache to continue this scifi x high fantasy adventure that tastes especially great when you’re on vacation.

Unpopular Opinion Time.
High fantasy is best read on vacation. That's the truth and I said it. This specific weightless feeling you have when you enjoy your time off work gives the intricate and vast worlds of high fantasy narratives that special edge it just doesn't offer you when you're trying to squeeze in a chapter between the end of w
So much fantasy goodness packed in this one. Even if the first two were complete in themselves, they still serve as perfect vessels to bring about a somewhat standalone adventure full of nearly all the characters we've grown to love. Even Pug has a role, but mostly we get to follow and love Jimmy the Hand and Arutha.

This is not a simple "find the freaking herb to save his love" quest no matter how simple the blurb makes it seem. Indeed, there's a lot of intrigues, big bads only hinted at in the
Zitong Ren
Ehh, I mean, it just wasn’t amazing compared to what has been published since then. From what I understand, Feist is, or perhaps was quite big in fantasy with his Riftwar and Serpantwar Sagas as since this is more traditional fantasy and for several decades ago, I’m certain that this would have been spectacular. I personally loved the Serpantwar Saga when I first read it as apart from Lord of the Rings and Earthsea, it was one of my first entries into adult epic fantasy. The problem is that I fe ...more
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book quite different to Magician. It spanned a far shorter period of time and concentrated on a smaller band of characters. I adore Jimmy the Hand and really enjoyed his role in the story. He made me laugh a lot :) The story was fun and well paced and kept my interest all the way through.

I took issue with the fact that the goodreads description gave away plot points that were only revealed one and two thirds of the way into the book, respectively. I'm not a fan of spoilers.

On to A D
Graeme Rodaughan
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a love of epic fantasy
"A thing of despair fashioned in a shape of utter horror descended from the sky." - What a great line.

It's been so long since I last read this, that it was like reading it for the first time. This is a middle book, that works really well to setup for the finale in 'Darkness at Sethanon.'

In general, I loved the book. I think the pacing could have been a little better, especially at the start, but that's a quibble.

As is usual for a Feist novel, themes of love, courage, duty and sacrifice in the f
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Silverthorn is the third (or second, depending on how you count Magician) book in Raymond E. Feist’s Riftwar Saga, the first subseries in the Riftwar Cycle. This one picks up about a year after the previous book left off. There’s one more book in the subseries, so this one wraps up the most immediate problem that our characters are focused on, but it leaves a lot of dangling threads waiting for resolution in the next book.

Silverthorn brought the Feist Nostalgia Factor back in full force. 20 year
Dirk Grobbelaar
Jan 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, fantasy
I was introduced to high fantasy, way back, by three very notable works: The Lord of the Rings, The Earthsea Quartet and, of course, Magician. The latter was such a complete work that I abstained from reading the sequels. In hindsight, it was rather odd and out of character for me, since I really enjoyed Raymond E. Feist's writing and rank Magician as one of the finest works I've ever read.

So, Silverthorn. This is the immediate sequel to Magician, and a finely crafted novel indeed. I should hav
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

Arutha, Dark Prince, Little Storm Cloud, has fallen in love with his cousin Anita. A Royal Wedding is the ultimate national celebration.

But this one ended in tears.

Anita is struck down with poison. Thus begins Arutha’s quest for the cure: Silverthorn.

As all of the teens from the previous books are grown, book 3 places POV emphasis on young Jimmy the Hand. His skills and bravery quickly ingratiate him with our favorite characters.

Pug’s end of book discovery beneath the ice of Tsuranuanni was utt
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars****

Although there are points in the story that not much action happens. I’m not sure what it is but the older style fantasy with the strong journey or quest really takes me along for a ride with the characters. This style of book feels comfortable and enjoyable to read. I can’t wait to read the next part and complete the Riftwar Saga!
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book in the series, although like the first two (which were originally one book & then published in the US as 2 paperbacks) this book reads as half of one. There is far too much left hanging, so plan on having A Darkness at Sethanon at hand when you finish.

The main characters shift & a new star is introduced, but story is better for it, IMO. The heroes of the previous books are around, but they're wrapped up in other matters. This allows the world to expand in a more believable fash
When Princess Anita is poisoned , Prince Arutha, his brother Martin, and friends must go to find the cure to save her life. Can they succeed in their quest while outrunning the dark forces of the dark brotherhood? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a great installment of the Riftwar saga that I plan to finish next month. It's very action packed, full of magic and more. If you love epic sword and sorcery fantasy novels like this, be sure to check this book out at your local library and w
Mark Harrison
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Just did not click with this one. 'Magician' was such a classic but this was all rather mundane with very little magic and the very annoying Jimmy the Hand. All a bit predictable and instantly forgettable. Sorry, ...more
Derf H
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More!!!!! I want more .... 😂😊
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A very interesting follow on from the first book with a lot more drama and a lot less world-setting which is cool but also slightly baffling...
Such a different style of book though, very odd. I like it in it's own right but it's a very weird continuation...
Jan 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: FBCS March 2011 Selection
(view spoiler)I wondered where Raymond Feist would take me in Silverthorn , the next novel in the Riftwar Saga series. The three brothers (Arutha, Lyam and Martin) spent a year touring the Kingdom and returned to Krondor to plan Arutha and Anita's wedding. Jimmy the Hand, a young full-of-himself thief and rising star in the Mockers, foiled an assassination attempt upon Prince Arutha. Because Jimmy aided both Anita and Aruth ...more
Maja Ingrid
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
3,5 stars + 0,5 nostalgia stars

It's kinda fun how much I remembered from Magician and how little I remembered from this one. Also 90% of what I remembered from this book I thought happened in A Darkness at Sethanon and not this one (I thought the whole of Pug's plotline took part in Sethanon but apparently i misremembered). So now I remember very little of what happens in the last book.

I also remember finding this book weaker than Magician back when I was 13-14. Mostly because I was pissy Pug go
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
lots of good ideas and lots of cliches with this one. one thing that bothered me was that everyone used the same speech: the royalty, the highborns, the elves, the aliens, the thieves, the assassins all spoke the same way, with the same words.
Literary Han
Closer to 3.5 stars!

I enjoyed this magical quest but it did feel quite childlike at times!!
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Since the beginning of the “rebirth” of Fantasy in the early ‘80s, the genre has managed to evolve and be loved over the years as, perhaps, no other and this book, the third part of the Riftwar Saga’s chronicles, is a perfect example of that era.
A book from a series that has managed to stand out on its own unique way and to mark the Fantasy genre, and making it thus even more lovable, but that also proves Feist's skills as an author as, after his successful debut, manages to bring a much b
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Welcome back to Midkemia in Feist’s second instalment in the Riftwar Saga. After having read Magician and thoroughly enjoyed it I went onto Silverthorn fairly soon after. This one was somewhat different to book 1 in that it revolves around a traditional fantasy quest and doesn’t contain the same depth of plot as Magician; it was still a fun read though.

The quest itself was entertaining but just a little bit too predictable and I think that was largely due to it being in the shadow of Magician. A
Greg Strandberg
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was a good third volume in the series. It's an on-the-road adventure with some good banter and some good fights. Most of the book kept my attention pretty fully. I just wish the chapters were a little shorter. ...more
R.K. King
The next step in the Riftwar Saga after Magician:Apprentice & Magician:Master, Silverthorn takes a bit of a turn away from the story of Pug, at least for a while, to focus on the characters of Arutha and Jimmy.
Arutha's bride-to-be Anita gets poisoned, and it's up to Arutha and company to follow the clues and discover an antidote hidden in the far reaches of Midkemia. Will they make it in time?
It's kind of odd how this story is considered the middle chapter of a larger cycle of a saga. Where the
Benjamin Thomas
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-epic
Continuing my journey down this rabbit hole of a 31 book series, I come to number three, still part of the very first “Riftwar Saga”, a subset of the entire “Riftwar Cycle”. While the plot still includes most of the major characters of the first two books, the focus now shifts to Prince Arutha of Krondor. Pug has a major role to play in the second half but Tomas is relegated to a couple of cameo appearances, albeit an extremely important one in the novel’s climax.

This is largely a quest novel wh
Silverthorn is Raymond E. Feist's second novel set in Midkemia and in the Riftwar Saga—not to be confused with the Riftwar Cycle, which is the name for the entire 30 books-spanning series. While I love Magician , Silverthorn is where I really lost my heart to this series, largely due to the focus on my favourite characters, Arutha and Jimmy the Hand. Of course, the cast of characters we met in Magician mostly returns as well, but for the main part this is Arutha's and Jimmy's story.

On the fac
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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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