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Summary

The whole of the magnificent Riftwar Cycle by best-selling author Raymond E. Feist, master of magic and adventure, now available in ebook.

For nearly a year peace reigned in the enchanted kingdom of Rillanon. But new challenges awaited Arutha, the Prince of Krondor, when Jimmy the Hand - the youngest thief in the Guild of Mockers - came upon a sinister Nighthawk poised to assassinate him.

What evil power raises the dead and makes corpses do battle with the living at the behest of the Guild of Death? And what high magic can defeat it?

Meanwhile, a life-or-death quest must be undertaken to find an antidote to a poison that fells a beautiful princess on her wedding day…

Silverthorn is the second book in the Riftwar Saga. The trilogy concludes with book three, .

©1985 Raymond E. Feist (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Epic scope…vivid imagination…a significant contribution to the growth of the field of fantasy." ( Washington Post)
"Well-written…intelligent…intriguing." ( Publishers Weekly)

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As Good As Good As I Remembered

I've read the Rift War books many times over the past 20 years and was worried that a narrator wouldn't match my memory. I had nothing to fear, other than some random pauses which must have happened as part of the mastering process the story was well told.
The story is a proper adventure/quest tale which is well paced and an excellent if too short follow up to Magician. It also sets the scene perfectly for the climax in Darkness at Sethanon.

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Big fan of feist. peter joyce isnt half bad

Big fan of feist. peter joyce isnt half bad narratng though I find him much better at 1.25x speed on audible :)

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A great listen

Read exceptionally well as before, great story and very enjoyable to listen to. Looking forward to the next installment and the conclusion.

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Awesome storytelling


Peter Joyce is an awesome storyteller. it's been 20 years since I first came to midkemia. I will listen to them all again

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The book seemed to leap about

Not as good as the magician, leaps about a lot making the story difficult to follow.

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Even better than a great book one

Silverthorn is an enthralling read - a gripping read from start to finish. Feist really opens up on his world and sucks you in. Every chapter delivers a key part of the tale without embellishing or wasting time on needless back story. I throughly enjoyed this book, even more than the first (Magician) which was great, I was compelled to find time to listen to a little bit more as often as possible. My only gripe would be that Feist tries to cram in too much action and key parts into the last few chapters although I was pleased Pug made it back to Kelewan, which I thought was a world left back on the first world. I’m totally hooked on these books and can not wait to start the next.


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Narration no longer an issue by this point.

If you've got this book, then you've presumably also gone through the previous one of "Magician" All of Joyce's foibles with the narration are par for the course by now, and his pronunciation of "Arutha", "Tomas" and the rest no longer seems an issue.

So, with that out of the way - it's a great reading. Joyce maintains his characters well, and each nation has their own distinct accent, and there's a childish glee in recognising that a certain character comes from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and his companion hails from Liverpool.

The story itself has certain weaknesses - there are too many women of unsurpassed beauty, and too many men standing a full three inches above six foot with the bearing of a noble hunter, and it's noticeably shorter than both "Magician" and "Sethanon". There are too many heroes, and none of them die, despite constantly throwing themselves into mortal peril at every turn of the page.

Still - it's all good fun, and one I'll listen to again.

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Ok

If you like lord of the rings, then you will enjoy this books. Very similar in its narrative

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A Great Tale

I love the story, indeed I love all Feists books. I do a lot of jnitting and enjoy a good tale as I work. I would like to just say that the narrator did not come up to my expectations. He did not seem to feel the magic of the story. But overalk it was magnificent. Thank you

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A race against time

Any additional comments?

If you have not listened to or read Magician, stop now and do it first.
By the end of this story, Jimmy the Hand has become a solid favourite of mine. He is courageous and intuitive and loyal to the end. Prince Arutha risks life and limb to save his beloved Anita and makes loyal friends on a dangerous quest which may cost the lives of all of the men who started it. Pug’s bravery and belief in doing the right thing, brings an end to the government of a foreign land, and he must flee for his life. Will he be safe if he can get back to his own world? Will the war between the two worlds finally come to an end? What will happen to Tomas?
I could not stop this thrilling sequel, and trust that the conclusion to this trilogy will be as much of an adventure.

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  • Allen
  • 12-05-18

An absolute vlassic

I forgot just how much I love this book. A must read for all high fantasy fans.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-02-18

A wonderful adventure.

Loved this book. Loved the narration. There were however areas in the narration where sections were repeated (eg: End of Chapter 8). An issue with how the recordings were saved perhaps? Distraction aside, it was still wonderful.

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  • R L Watson
  • 15-03-17

It's an excellent story and fantastically narrated

However there are some editing issues as there are at least 3 paragraphs that are repeated.

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  • 27-12-16

thrills and chills

Great delivery and epic story. Fantastic tale which builds expertly to the third book. Tears and shivers provided.

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  • Kat
  • 25-12-16

First fantasy I've touched

Never been into reading fantasy before, but this one is relatable and characters are great.

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  • Rasmus
  • 05-12-16

Silverthorn

A strong beginning followed by a slightly lower tuned ending, is my summation of this novella. Overall i realy enyoy this book but i feel its ending is a bit rushed and abrupt, and lacks propper intrigue. That said it is a marvelous book i whuld say and the characters are very collorfull. I whuld highly recomend it for everyone.

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  • Marcus Kana
  • 12-11-16

one of the classics

If you could sum up Silverthorn in three words, what would they be?

read it again. this book is part of the original set, and takes you through the beginnings of pug's story. you start to relate to the characters from a very young age and watch them grow.

What other book might you compare Silverthorn to and why?

non so far. i haven't followed any other series as much as i have followed this one.

What three words best describe Peter Joyce’s performance?

ok. maybe he should steer away from some of his voice overs. i always imagined someone to have a deep voice. but he gave them a high pitched squeaky voice.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

always at the end when the royalty are giving rewards