Set 20 years after the events of the Riftwar, Prince of the Blood follows the adventures of Prince Arutha's sons in the dangerously unstable Great Empire of Kesh. Twenty years have passed since the end of the Riftwar. Prince Borric con Doin and his twin brother Erland have been summoned back to their father's court in Krondor. Prince Arutha has decided he needs to tame his spirited progeny and teach them statecraft and responsibility.
Shortly after they arrive home, therefore, he orders them to Kesh, to represent the Isles at the Empress' 75th jubilee. But before the new ambassadors depart, they are attacked. The foiled assassin's suicide reawakens fears that the Nighthawks - a brotherhood of killers for hire - are active once more. But the truth is far more disturbing: The assassin was a member of the Royal House of Kesh....
Despite the dangers, Borric and Erland's mission continues, it being vital to sustaining the fragile peace between the two nations. But the brothers have little idea of the exotic world of Kesh, the strange players at this alien court, nor the hidden forces intent upon tearing the empire apart.
©1989 Raymond E. Feist (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Epic scope... vivid imagination... a significant contribution to the growth of the field of fantasy." (Washington Post)"Well-written... intelligent... intriguing." (Publishers Weekly)
I don't want to spoil things for others, so I'll just say 'the death of a young person in the latter stages of the story'. It was heartbreaking. The contents of Nakor's (? spelling) bag fascinates as ever. The relationships between the royal children and many others keep one gripped to the book.
Peter Joyce IS the voice of The Riftwar Cycle. His narration of all the books is first class and he easily differentiates and brings life to each of the characters.
There is one book on Audible narrated by an American, and I had to return it. Sorry, but he was awful.
I'm not going to spoil this book for others. There are plenty of moving and memorable moments. James finds love and confronts his demons.
This is yet another great Riftwar story, one of the best, not that there is a bad book and the Audiobook versions are made greater by Peter Joyce.
I'm 40 yrs young, married to my beautiful wife for 20 yrs. We have 2 gorgeous children. I'm quite new to Audible but loving it already! x
I have loved and lived every sorry so far that's been penned by the great Mr Feist!
However this is the very 1st one to let me down a little :(
It just seemed like the characters are too forced into trying to be previous heroe roles.
Previous stories, including the Empire trilogy, are illustrious adventures.
This I'm afraid was a stroll to the pub and back.
Never mind, still a true believer and will persevere with the rest!
Blind listener who misses words so much!
Still a great book on audio. I have all of fiests books, but I'm now blind and have to use audiobooks, narration is excellent!
Depending on what your reading ability is like, the audiobook version allows you to differentiate he voices and enjoy the ability to multi task. This edition is better than the first Feist novel (Magician) as the narrator has begun to understand he importance of inflection and tonality when reading aloud.
The underlining plots keep the reader riveted and the interesting similarities between the real world and Feist's Midkemia are helpful when understanding the subtle nuances of the novel itself.
Joyce has yet to master the art of reading aloud. The unusual choice of pronunciation is easy to get over once into the full swing of the tale. At times his voices are very similar, but are distinguishable in the end.
Yes and no. 16+ hours of listening is quite an undertaking.
Enjoy yet another novel in Feist's collection. I just hope all of his novels will be on audiobook as the current selection cuts off the middle part of the series, making if difficult to understand the later books.
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