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Rise of a Merchant Prince

The Serpentwar Saga

By Raymond E. Feist

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Format: Paperback, 496 pages
Other Information: 1 map
Published In: United Kingdom, 30 January 1996
Roo Avery, recently returned from a harrowing brush with the armies of the Emerald Queen, is now free to choose his own destiny and his ultimate ambition is to become one of the richest merchants in Midkemia. But the memory of the distant forces are never far away.

About the Author

Raymond E. Feist was born and raised in Southern California. He was educated at the University of California, San Diego, where he graduated with honours in Communication Arts. He is the author of many titles, including the bestselling and critically acclaimed 'Riftwar' saga. Feist lives in Sante Fe.

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A usual problem with sequels‘that they don't measure up to the original‘applies to this follow-up to Shadow of a Dark Queen, which also suffers from unexpectedly stodgy prose and a paucity of action. Focusing on Rupert Avery's rise to power and influence in the mercantile class of the City of Krondor, the narrative follows ``Roo'' as he forms a business alliance with a merchant, Helmut Grindle, whose daughter, Karli, he marries for a multitude of reasons, none of which is love. Roo begins an affair of sorts with the nasty and calculating Sylvia Easterbrook but also manages to have two children with Karli. Meanwhile, his friend and compatriot Erik von Darkmoor travels back down to the land of Novindus to battle the Pantathians (the serpents referred to in the subtitle). Throughout, the pacing is slow and the characters less than persuasive. While Feist sows enough interesting seeds here to redeem this series in its next (and final) installment, this volume is up to neither snuff nor par. (Nov.)

Praise for Raymond E. Feist: 'File under guilty pleasure' Guardian 'Get in at the start of a master's new series' Daily Sport 'Well-written and distinctly above average... intelligent... intriguing.' Publishers Weekly ' Epic scope...vivid imagination...a significant contribution to the growth of the field of fantasy.' Washington Post

EAN: 9780006497011
ISBN: 0006497012
Publisher: HarperVoyager
Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.1 centimetres (0.23 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Keely Dornom on
 
Once again Raymond Feist confirms his status as one of the most entertaining authors of this generation. The compelling plot prohibited me from putting the book down, and I’m currently keenly awaiting his next novel. Fantastic plot, fantastic characters, a fantastic book. Rise of a Merchant Prince is a must-read for anyone with the vaguest interest in fantasy.

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