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Book Review: The King’s Buccaneer, by Raymond E. Feist.

About this book:

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 pastoral Crydee, where Arutha grew up.

Shortly after their arrival, Crydee is brutally attacked. The castle is reduced to ruins, the townspeople slaughtered and two young noblewomen – friends of Nicholas – are abducted.

As Nicholas ventures further from the familiar landmarks of his home in pursuit of the invaders, he learns that there is more at stake than the fate of his friends, more even than fate of the Kingdom of the Isles, for behind the murderous pirates stands a force that threatens the entire world of Midkemia, and only he is destined to confront this terrifying threat

What I thought:

An interesting read, though completely different from what I had expected. I guess my knowledge of sea voyages such as appear is this novel is quite limited. I did however find the story line to remain intriguing. The characters really make the book worth the read. The author has again distinguished himself in his characters as they are well defined and imaginative. Following the youngest son of Arutha on his journey to become a man was quite entertaining even though I feel it’s not quite of the same standard as the Rift War saga. I have enjoyed it nonetheless.

Overall I would recommend this book to the more mature age group who are interested in the fiction fantasy genre. All in all the Sons of Krondor are worth the read. I give this book the rating of 7.5/10 stars.

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Book Review: The Poison Song, by Jen Williams.

About this book:

All is chaos. All is confusion. The Jure’lia are weak, but the war is far from over.

Ebora was once a glorious city, defended by legendary warriors and celebrated in song. Now refugees from every corner of Sarn seek shelter within its crumbling walls, and the enemy that has poisoned their land won’t lie dormant for long.

The deep-rooted connection that Tormalin, Noon and the scholar Vintage share with their Eboran war-beasts has kept them alive so far. But with Tor distracted, and his sister Hestillion hell-bent on bringing ruthless order to the next Jure’lia attack, the people of Sarn need all the help they can get.

Noon is no stranger to playing with fire and knows just where to recruit a new – and powerful – army. But even she underestimates the epic quest that is to come. It is a journey wrought with pain and sacrifice – a reckoning that will change the face of Sarn forever.

My Thoughts

The third and final book in the Winnowing Flame Trilogy, has been exciting and full of suspense. Plunging straight into conflict as soon as the first few pages have gone by, this book has been impossible to close. I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next. This book has an intersting and fitting ending. I like endings that are different. Not all stories have a happy ending for all characters.

Overall this book has been far from what i had expected but even better than i had hoped. I feel the series is well worth the read. I recommend this book to all fantasy lovers, young and old. I give this book a rating of 10/10 stars.

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Book Review: Prince of the Blood, by Raymond E. Feist.

Krondor’s Son’s is the second epic fantasy set that I have endeavoured upon. The Rift War Saga was an amazing series and the characters have captured my heart and imagination. This is a seriously good writer and the story line itself is one which is impossible to put down once picked up. And I have not been disappointed in this first book of a two part series. I had always hoped that Arutha’s sons were going to have a future story since their father was such a fantastic and complicated character, I hoped that some of these traits would be passed on. I was again not disappointed in the least.

This book takes the twin prince’s Borric and Erland into territory they are both unfamiliar with and unprepared to deal with. It is with a lot of luck that either of them makes it to the final pages! The story is fast paced and the adventure unravels quickly before the reader before our hearts break from events that will change the future for many of them forever. Emotions run high at various stages throughout this read, but the devastation of separation is one that stays in my mind, as well as the elation of the addition of old friends to the ever growing regal’s and nobles of Sarn.

Overall I have to say I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. Once I started and familiar names and places began to appear on the pages, I found myself easily plunged back into Sarn and the world that contains Pug, Tomas, Arthura, Lyam, Anita, Martin, and so many more fantastic characters. I recommend this book to anyone interested in fantasy fiction. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.