In 1982, Raymond E. Feist made his debut in the fantasy genre with the landmark novel Magician, which introduced readers to Pug, the orphan-turned-mage; the richly imagined worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan; and the magical corridor that connects them, the Rift. The stories of the Riftwar Saga - Magician, Silverthorn, A Darkness at Sethanon, and Prince of the Blood - chronicle the story of worlds, people, and the magic at war. Now, on the tenth anniversary of the first publication of Magician, Doubleday Foundation is proud to present the next chapter in what has become a dazzling classic in the fantasy firmament:
THE KING'S BUCCANEER
Long recovered from the ravages of the Riftwar, the land and the people
of the Kingdom of the Isles thrive on the bounty of good times.
Nicholas, youngest son of Prince Arutha of Krondor, is intelligent and
gifted, but vastly inexperienced in worldly matters. In the hopes of
hardening him, his father sends him and his squire, Harry, to live at
rustic Castle Crydee to learn of life beyond the halls of privelege.
Thus begins the most harrowing experience of their young lives.
Within weeks of Nicholas' arrival, Crydee is vicously attacked by assailants unknown. The result: murder, massive destruction, and the abduction of two young noblewomen, friends to the prince. And Crydee isn't the only town that's been hit - towns up and down the coast have suffered the same merciless devastation. From out of the wreckage two facts become clear. The raiders have come from the distant Sunset Islands, home to pirates of every stripe - and possibly even farther away than that.
But more significant, these are no ordinary pirates: their mission is connected to dark magical forces taht have threatened the Kingdom before. As brother to the future king, Nicholas feels compelled to follow the abductors and rescue those taken from Crydee - but the threat he ultimately faces is one that places the fate of all his people in his inexperienced hands.
Raymond Elias Feist (born 1945, Los Angeles, California) is an American author, mostly specialising in fantasy fiction.
Feist was raised in Southern California. He was born with the surname Gonzales, before being adopted by 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 1982.
Feist currently lives in San Diego with his children, where he collects fine wine, DVDs, and books on a variety of topics of personal interest: wine, biographies, history, and the history of American Professional ... (more)
Written by Bluejay 2007-11-22
This was maybe the 10th book from Feist that I've read. Generally I like his stories but this one was a real disappointment. The story itself has a lot of potential, starts nicely but slows down and becomes repetitive. I didn't care about the cardboard characters and practically forced myself to finish the book hoping that it would surprise me and get better. It didn't.
Written by Seregil of Rhiminee 2007-10-19
The King's Buccaneer is a bit better and more enjoyable book than Prince of the Blood. Prince of the Blood was a bit boring, but this book manages to be more entertaining. If you like Raymond E. Feist's books, I can recommend this book to you. It's a good fantasy book.