Prince of the Blood (Riftwar Cycle: Krondor's Sons) (英語) マスマーケット – 2005/6/28
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This Author’s Preferred Edition of Raymond E. Feist’s bestselling coming-of-age saga celebrates the fifteenth anniversary of its publication. Feist introduces a new generation of readers to his riveting novel of adventure and intrigue, revised and updated as he always meant it to be written. It is a work that explores strength and weakness, hope and fear, and what it means to be a man—in a kingdom where peace is the most precious commodity of all.
If there were two more impetuous and carefree men in the Kingdom of the Isles, they had yet to be found. Twins Borric and Erland wore that mantle proudly, much to the chagrin of their father, Prince Arutha of Krondor. But their blissful youth has come to an end. Their uncle, the King, has produced no male children. Bypassing himself, Arutha names Borric, the eldest twin by seconds, the Royal Heir. As his brother, Erland will have his own great responsibilities to shoulder. To drive home their future roles, Arutha sends them as ambassadors to Kesh, the most feared nation in the world. Borric and Erland will be presented to the Queen of Kesh—the single most powerful ruler in the known world—at her Seventy-fifth Jubilee Anniversary.
But they have not even left Krondor when an assassination attempt on Borric is thwarted. Aware that he is being provoked into war, Arutha does not rise to the bait. His sons’ journey will not be deterred, for nothing less than peace is riding on it. Yet there is to be no peace for the young princes. When their traveling party is ambushed, Borric disappears and is presumed dead—sending Erland into spirals of rage and grief as he is forced to navigate alone the court intrigues at Kesh. But unbeknownst to anyone, Borric lives and has escaped his captors. In a strange land, with a price on his head, Borric must use all his wits and stamina to find his way back to his brother.
On separate paths, the two men—one a fugitive and one a future king—make their journey toward maturity, honor, and duty. For every step they take could sway the fragile peace of the land, as those who crave war rally against them—and become ever more daring.
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 --このテキストは、ペーパーバック版に関連付けられています。商品の説明をすべて表示する
Besides Borric and Erland, who are both believable and fun to read about, this book is full of other great characters, both old and new. Jimmy the Hand and Gamina, from previous books play a significant role, and we meet Suli Abul, Nakor the Blue Rider, a mercenary named (?), and a few very exciting Keshian ladies. As usual for Feist novels, this one is really driven by the characters, as he does such a good job of developing them over time, but also of making them interesting and enjoyable to read about.
While more mundane than most of the Riftwar Saga (with very little magic and more politics), PRINCE OF THE BLOOD actually reminded me a little of Magician: Apprentice, as it is really a story about two young people coming of age. Instead of Pug and Tomas, we have Borric and Erland, who are great fun to read about as they mature through the course of this book. Exploring the land of Great Kesh is also lots of fun, as Feist continues to expand his cash-cow of a fantasy setting.
While less epic than some of his other works, this is still a very enjoyable book. Recommended.