Prince of the Blood (Krondor's Sons, #1) by Raymond E. Feist

Prince of the Blood (Krondor's Sons, #1)

This Author's Preferred Edition of Raymond E. Feist 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. ...

Details Prince of the Blood (Krondor's Sons, #1)

TitlePrince of the Blood (Krondor's Sons, #1)
Release DateDec 18th, 2007
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Epic Fantasy, High Fantasy

Reviews Prince of the Blood (Krondor's Sons, #1)

  • Evgeny
    The King has no male children, so it looks like one of his twin nephews, Borric and Erland has to take the crown after his death. The twins are typical spoiled brats, so their father Prince Arutha of Krondor sends them as ambassadors to Kesh - the old and mysterious nation (think ancient China) along with James (aka Jimmy the Hand), Locklear, and some other familiar characters. The ambassadors stumble onto a conspiracy, and it is up to the wonder...
  • Tim Hicks
    I am one of the few who had not read a Feist before this. This is the 2004 Author's Edition, rewritten a tad. Taken on its own, this is a fairly standard entry in the swords/horses/inns serving stew genre. Plus 1 for the bad guys not being the mustache-twirling all-evil cardboard characters they often are. Plus 1 for not having the equivalent of orcs - plodding infantry that are there to be slaughtered by our heroes. Plus 1 for Nakor, who made me...
  • Duffy Pratt
    The makers of "Seinfeld" had a motto: "No hugs, no learning." It's one of the things I like, for example, about dark fantasy a la Joe Abercrombie. Feist puts himself more to the other end of the spectrum. A pair of royal twins get sent to a foreign land for a light diplomatic mission, and for some seasoning. There are assassination attempts, sales into slavery, some betrayals, a lot of good old fashioned male fantasy sex, and, in the end, lots of...
  • Dirk Grobbelaar
    Mr Feist is one of the ‘old guard’, in my opinion, as far as fantasy authors are concerned. He is also, in my opinion, one of the more endearing of these. I loved Magician and it’s sequels, especially A Darkness at Sethanon. These novels established the setting and feel of the Riftwar canon. Prince of the Blood is the next in this canon, following A Darkness At Sethanon. It’s a stand-alone work, but it does have a place in the series and ...
  • Sotiris Karaiskos
    Συνεχίζοντας την περιπλάνησή μου στο έργο του Raymond E. Feist, έχοντας περάσει από την εξαιρετική τριλογία της αυτοκρατορίας κατέληξα και εδώ. Ο συγγραφέας μας μεταφέρει πάλι σε μία προβληματική αυτοκρατορία για να δούμε πως τα πάει η επόμενη γενιά τω...
  • Majanka
    With Prince of the Blood, Feist takes a rather firm step away from epic warfare, elves, wizards and the like, and instead tells a tale of treachery, plots to destroy an empire and the clash of cultures. It’s something new for Feist, and a rather large step away from the fantasy genre, so it’s only the question if he can pull it of. The answer is yes, despite some character flaws and minor plot issues.The main protagonists in this less-fantasy...
  • David
    You will notice that this book has a different style from the epics that Feist has produced (e.g. the Riftwar Saga). This one is meant for a lighter read, as evident in the humor and sometimes not-so-serious portions evident in the book. Surprisingly, it turned out to be rather fitting given the 2 protagonists - Erland and Boric, the twin sons of Prince Arutha of the Riftwar fan. The two are as you would expect of powerful and rich, yet well-mean...
  • Djordje
    UKUPNA OCENA (overall rating) - 6/10Radnja (story) - 6/10Likovi (characters) - 7/10Pripovedanje (writing style) - 8/10Okruženje (setting) - 6/10
  • Alice
    As you know, I have many weaknesses. I’ve listed them several times. Once more I’ll say: I am weak for devil-may-care princes. A spoiled prince who learns a few lessons on his journey is a tried and true trope, and I’m a total sucker for it. I thought I hit the jackpot with twin princes. I thought I was going to experience a rich fantasy court setting–Feist is, depending on your social circles, considered one of the granddad’s of fantas...
  • Jennifer
    This stood up to the the test of time better than I thought, even though I generally don't like reading fantasies about teenage boys as the main protagonists. It has been so long since I read this last that I couldn't remember who was the guilty party in the conspiracy! It was as if I was reading it for the first time. I do like political intrigue, but after reading books where it is complex and layered (ie Game of Thrones), this book's intrigue ...
  • Johari Taylor
    Not as good as the previous entries in the series, but still a good read.
  • Judith
    En het boek is uit. Heerlijk verhaal, heerlijke humor. In feite zit in dit boek meer humor dan in de vorige boeken. De plot is ietsje minder geloofwaardig. Ik geloof bijvoorbeeld nooit dat ze (view spoiler)[Borricks lijk zouden hebben laten liggen om niet te laat te komen bij de keizerin. Alles wees erop dat die keizerin ook geen oorlog wilde en het lijkt me dat een kroonprins toch iets te belangrijk is om niet zeker te weten dat hij dood is voor...
  • Jeremy
    For me this was the series that got me hooked on reading. I had an English teacher in high school that would let us write 2 book reports per quarter which got you a C over all in the class. So all I did for a year was read in class, write the reports and take the test blind. Got an A ;-)I tore through this series and have been reading since.Feist is an amazing story teller and his world of Midkemia sets the stage for some really crazy and beloved...
  • Sven Mysterioso
    This one is a pretty amusing send-up on the "spoiled royals go into the world and learn a thing or three about humility and 'noblesse oblige' "It's amusing because Feist writes well, if a bit pedantically. It's amusing because Hey! Jimmy the Hand! I missed this guy. Locklear too, good to see you!The twins are going to figure it out, because this is high heroic fantasy, and all Feist's good guys get it figured out one way or another. They are real...
  • Glitterfairy
    I never thought I'd do this, but there's something incredibly Mercedes Lackey about this book. Except this is slightly more 'epic' in terms of scale, and it's working with characters I love.If I hadn't read the previous books, I'd never have gotten into this one. There are also more plotting errors than before... what's with Locky dying? What's with the complete lack of expressed pain from James and Caroline? Entirely unbelievable. Suli's death w...
  • Victoria
    Oh, I loved this book! While I didn't remember all of the details of the plot, from reading it a long time ago, once again, it was Feist's wonderfully entertaining characters that stayed with me - Nakor and his oranges, in particular. I had a lot of fun re-reading this book and while Kesh has a lot of similarities to the Tsurani, there were unique enough characteristics to make this lush world detailed. A great deal of fun to read, this is defini...
  • Rose
    While this book was by no means one of Feist's bests, I sincerely enjoyed it because it revisited Midkemia 20 years after the Riftwar ended. I always enjoy revisiting worlds and characters that I loved, and among my favorite fictional characters ever are Jimmy the Hand, Arutha conDoin and Pug the Magician. This books revisits all of them, as well as new and interesting characters.
  • Hellder Pinho
    Mais uma fantástica história com a imaginação no limiar do possível e a roçar encantadoramente o fantástico.
  • Robin
    Twenty years after the Riftwar (see Magician, Silverthorn, and A Darkness at Sethanon), the 19-year-old twin sons of Prince Arutha are a couple of trouble-making scamps. They certainly don't have the maturity to rule over the Kingdom of the Isles in the world of Midkemia. And now that Arutha has declared his intention to renounce his claim to the throne, should he outlive his brother King Lyam, Borric and Erland are first and second in the line o...
  • Blake
    Interesting side story from the usual "PUG" story, but liked it just the same.
  • Nikki
    I liked this, but wished there was more of Arutha and less of his sons, who I didn't like so much.
  • Jake Recktenwald
    The Riftwar Saga (Magician, Silverthorn, A Darkness at Sethanon) are some of my favorite books of all time, and made me love fantasy novels. They made me want to read more of Raymond E Feist's works, and thus I read Prince of the Blood. This book is a side story that takes place after the Riftwar Saga and it follows Arutha's eldest sons (Borric and Erland) after they are sent into the Keshian Empire on a diplomatic mission. They end up getting dr...
  • Mieneke
    Welcome back to the Midkemia reread. This week it's time to take a look at Prince of the Blood, the first of two stand-alone novels, which Feist wrote after finishing the Riftwar Saga. In my memory of it Prince of the Blood was one of my favourite books in the entire Riftwar Cycle, as I loved the intrigue and adventure of the story. And while I still massively enjoyed Prince of the Blood, held to today's standards there are some serious problems ...
  • Barbara
    Prince of the Blood was better than the Feist's debut trilogy but only by a little. Still, the plot was much tighter and the dialogue was slightly less stilted. In my humble opinion, Feist's weakest area is characters and character development. His one-dimensional characters put me in mind of children's books and yet the content is not suitable for young readers. Anyway, the improvement is noticeable from book to book, if only slight, and if the ...
  • Simon Curling
    Another story set in Feists world Midkemia, this time set a few years after the Riftwar. it is a standalone book but it would help to have read previous books in the series. This story is more light hearted than previous installements covering the mission of 2 royal princes on a diplomatic mission to a neighbouring empire. The world building is good, there is plenty of action by violent, diplomaic and other... Some interesting new characters as w...
  • Simon Barron
    Ok, there's an issue with Prince of the Blood that even Feist - in his notes - acknowledges. He alludes to certain things in his life at the time and the pressures of publishing deadlines that meant that, even though he's had the opportunity to revise PotB, it's not the book he wanted it to be. He mentions a few key elements, and I'll also cover those here in agreement with him, but there's unfortunately a flaw with the whole book: it's just not ...
  • Amanda
    3.5 stars. This book was slow to start, and I didn't particularly care for the twins at first. However, I loved the setting of Great Kesh and thought Feist did a wonderful job of building a multi-faceted world. Once the story started picking up, it got much better. I kind of miss the old Jimmy though; grown up Jimmy is a little too refined.
  • Maxi Bolongaita
    This had many misprints, I wanted to call the copyeditor and complain. Borric and Erland's names were mixed up so many times. Other than that, fun read. But Gods, I wish the errors weren't there because after finding more than three, I started to hate the book because it was so distracting.
  • Michael Coop
    It had an intro, 200 pages of dull, and an ending. One major and mostly minor things happen. The ending was OK but this book has put me off reading on in the Riftwar Saga.I'll read another series and come back to it.
  • Jan
    I actually quite like Prince of the Blood - a refreshing and entertaining book, helped by Jimmy the Hand, Locklear, and the Princely Twins - and prefer it to the King's Buccaneer...