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“great review from shelfari”Susan Sullivan wrote this review Wednesday, April 17, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The second book in the Krondor Sons series is another coming of age story, but unlike the first presents a likeable protagonist and increases the action. If you enjoyed The Blood Prince you will likely appreciate this addition even more.
Still it has its faults which prevent it being great. Some characters are introduced at great length to then disappear, while others are either overly convenient or caricatures. There are not too many surprises here and that will leave some readers feeling getting through these obvious pieces a chore.
Having not read the surrounding books some of these criticisms may well pay off later but still they hamper the story here. If you wish to read only one of the series start here, but if coming from the previous book definitely a must read. ”
“Loved it”A wrote this review Thursday, June 14, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Not my favorite but still good”MJ Schutte wrote this review Saturday, July 9, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“duh.”Michael E wrote this review Sunday, February 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Warning: The following review may contain spoilers for Magician, Silvethorn, and a Darkness at Sethanon!
The King’s Buccaneer, formerly part two of the mini-series Krondor’s Sons, but now officially the last part of the Riftwar Series – a change of heart I greatly support, because without being part of a larger series, the Krondor’s Sons books are a bit lacking – is a nice closure piece for said series, but also a prelude for what is to come. The problems Nicholas faces when two of his friends are abducted to a far away, foreign country, seem almost like an omen for the next series: The Serpentwar Saga. Even more than with the folks from Kelewan, Midkemia has had trouble with the Panathians, evil snake-like magicians who worship a goddess of death and would gladly die to be reuinited with said goddess. They could care less about the life of others, and would even gladly kill their own soldiers as to strengthen their mistress. These evil creatures already made their appearance in Silverthorn and A Darkness at Sethanon, but the plan they have come up with this time strikes all imagination.
As if burning Crydee to the ground, killing half the population there, and kidnapping two noblewomen wasn’t enough, all this bloodshed is just a minor part of the grand sheme to destroy entire Midkemia. Ofcourse, no one in their right mind would want to destroy an entire world, but we can’t exactly call those Panathians bright and clever fellows, although later on, we have to admit that the way they were going to pull this off – you know, the great mystical ‘kill everyone until no one is left’ plan – is nothing short but brilliant. Unfortunately for them, young prince Nicholas, who has some issues with his misshaped foot, and continues to whine about it for halfway through the book, owns a set of qualities fit for a prince of the kingdom: courage, determination, a heart of gold, and a teenage crush on one of the captured noblewomen. Immediately he takes control – in a rather unbelievable fashion, I might add, as if all of the sudden he gets +100 intellect and finally realises his education might come in handy some day – and sets of to sail to the Sunset Isles, home to all the cut-throat pirates on the entire planet, with the help of none other than former scare of all seas, Amos Task, Nicholas’ very own cousin Marcus, his best friend Harry, the funny and witty Isalani Nakor and the strong warrior Calis. An unlikely alliance that hopes to be successful against all odds.
Nicholas’ personality, although much more developed than the one from his older brothers Borric and Erland – who greatly annoyed me throughout the previous novel, Prince of the Blood – has some downsides, which make him all the more human. About one forth of the book Nicholas is complaining about his misshaped foot, and although I’m not going to argue that this might be a burden, and he does have the right to whine about it if he wants to, I also have a message for the young prince It’s a foot. You can still walk on it, hardly anyone who doesn’t know you will notice, and you’re still prince of the Kingdom of the Isles. Get over it. At least, don’t let it hold you down in every bloody thing you do. But no worries, because halfway throughout the novel, Nicholas all of the sudden ‘gets’ it, and moves on. Gone is the foot-whining, hello to the suddenly decision-making buccaneer. A swift and sudden change, but one for the better. Personally by the end of this book I would have preferred it if Nicolas became successor for the throne of the Isles, rather than either one of his brothers.
There are some things to mention about the supportive characters. The reappearance of Amos Task was wonderful, as is the old menacing pirate. His witty sense of humor, the way he just laughs when Death looks him right in the face, with this captain on my ship I’d sail to the other end of the world, and beyond. Furthermore, there is Nakor, who always manage to surprise even me, as he comes up with new, fun schemes and manages to enter even the most secured of places. Without both of these characters, this novel would certainly not have been this enjoyable. The other characters are somewhat lacking. Marcus is a quiet, but strong and courageous lad, who has had some bad luck as of late, so it’s natural he’s even more quiet than usual. On the other hand, Nicholas’ best friend Harry talks enough for two, maybe three of them, so that makes up for it. The plot is exciting, with some nice plot-twists (some predictable, others unpredictable), and for people like me, who are more interested in the internal struggles in Midkemia rather than the planet-war (or however you would call it) between Midkemia and Kelewan, this novel is definately interesting.
Personally, I liked this book more than its predecessor, Prince of the Blood. However, this isn’t Feist in the way of Magician, this isn’t a mind-blowing, brilliant piece of art. It’s a nice novel, interesting story, and fun characters, but that’s about it. Feist does get bonus points for creating the additional content of Novindus, and describing it in such a beautiful, insightful manner. The King’s Buccanneer is obviously another coming-of-age-story, very similar but also very different from Prince of the Blood, a great way to end the Riftwar Series, and an even greater prelude to the upcoming Serpentwar Series. Do me a favor when you’ve read this book: don’t wait too long to start Shadow of a Dark Queen, and you will trully grasp how well this novel fits inbetween. If you liked Prince of the Blood, you will love this novel. If you like Feist’s witty sense of humor that he portrays so well in his characters, you will occasionally find yourself laughing throughout this story. If however, you’re a bit nostalgic for the grandeur that was Magician, you will not find any of that here.”
“Well, I think that this book has been my favorite of the entire series so far! Adventure on the high seas, intrigue in yet another foreign land... and all with Amos Trask and Nakor, the orange-eating trickster in the forefront!! The only one sadly absent was Jimmy the Hand! Once again, through masterful plotting and lovable characters, Feist crafted an exciting read. A wonderful addition to the series - and with more strong female characters like Brisa, which really rounded out and completed the story to a much stronger whole than many of his other books. One of the fullest novels so far, I am very excited to continue on with the series that so far just keeps getting better and better!”Victoria K wrote this review Thursday, July 29, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No