Nicholas, third son of Prince Anutha of Krondor, is a bright and gifted youngster, but sheltered by the restrictive life of his father's court. To learn more of the world outside the palace walls, Nicholas and his squire, Harry, set sail for pastoral Crydee. Thus begins an adventure that will place the fate of his nation on his unsure shoulders.
Shortly after their arrival, Crydee is brutally attacked by unknown forces. The castle is reduced to ruins, the townspeople slaughtered and two young noblewomen - friends of Nicholas - abducted. More than a simple, raid for slaves, the invaders serve dark forces intent upon the wholesale destruction of the Kingdom of the Isles.
As brother to the future King, Nicholas must undertake a long and dangerous journey. And as he ventures further from the familiar landmarks of his home, Nicholas learns that more than the fate of two girls is at stake, even more than the fate of the Kingdom, for behind the murderous pirates stands a force that menaces the entire world of Midkemia and he is destined to confront this terrifying threat.
About the Author
Feist is one of the world’s leading fantasy writers. His Riftwar and Serpentwar Sagas have been global bestsellers for years.
Born and raised in Southern California, Raymond E. Feist was educated at the University of California, San Diego, where he graduated with honours in Communication Arts. He is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Riftwar Saga.
Feist returns yet again to Midkemia, the world of his "Riftwar" trilogy (Magician, Silverthorn, A Darkness at Sethanon), this time focusing on the younger generation: his protagonist, Prince Nicholas, is the son of a main character in the trilogy. As the title suggests, the story is a generic swashbuckler, with no pretense to great originality or depth. Sent to a frontier outpost for a taste of the rugged life, Nicholas and his friend Harry are thrust into danger when pirates raid the town and make off with hostages, including the ruler's daughter. With the help of a crusty old admiral, Amos, the boys sail off in pursuit. After a variety of adventures - shipwreck, starvation, ambush, sorcery, and plenty of combat - they arrive home safe, ready to assume the responsibilities of leadership. Feist includes a full complement of colorful supporting characters (some familiar from previous volumes), exotic settings, and fantastic marvels - including a dragon. Feist's large body of fans, and younger readers who haven't seen it all before, will probably find this one exactly to their taste. More sophisticated readers may be annoyed by the author's plodding style, especially at such generous length. (Kirkus Reviews)
Series: Riftwar Saga
Number Of Pages: 640
Published: May 1993
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.7 x 11.1 x 3.5
Weight (kg): 0.32