Silverthorn

Riftwar Cycle: The Riftwar Saga, Book 3
Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
Series: Riftwar, Book 3, Riftwar Cycle, Book 3
Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
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Publisher's Summary

A poisoned bolt has struck down the Princess Anita on the day of her wedding to Prince Arutha of Krondor.

To save his beloved, Arutha sets out in search of the mytics herb called Silverthorn that grows only in the dark and forbidding land of the Spellweavers.

Accompanied by a mercenary, a minstrel, and a clever young thief, he will confront an ancient evil and do battle with the dark powers that threaten the enchanted realm of Midkemia.

©2017 Raymond Feist (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"I found Silverthorn to be as exciting and absorbing as Magician in every way. The excellent characterization wedded to a tight and well-timed plot makes it one of the outstanding fantasy offerings of the season." (Andre Norton)

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Love it

Love this book, been waiting a long time, and it was worth the wait. I can not wait for the rest of the books in the cycle

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I cherish this series.

I have read these books many times. These characters are dear to me. I was so happy to get these in audio book form. But the narrator is ill suited for these books. His pronunciation of places and names pulls me out of the story. His performance is too sedate for this tale.

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Another great book

Fiest does it again. Another great book. It ends a little abruptly but only makes me get the next one faster.

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Some minor weak points, but an excellent 3rd book.

Centering more on Arutha and his clandestine mission, to a degree, Silverthorn departs from Pug. It does not hurt for this, but helps to continue Feist's progression of opening a larger story to his audience.

At the outset of this series, I considered him to be slightly deficient, but Nicholas Guy Smith has developed into a solid narrator. While he doesn't possess a wide range of unique voices, in this third entry into the Riftwar Saga he shows himself more than capable of a compelling reading.

In many series, the penultimate book lacks a satisfying resolution. Not so with Silverthorn. It is, however, within this conclusion that it suffers. It completes the tale, but it feels as though it was wrapped hastily and without the time and consideration that the rest of the novel exudes. Minor events seem illogical and the number of pages given are few (perhaps more of an editing decision).

Again, the deficiencies here really aren't significant enough to reduce it to 4 stars. This is a well-written tale with characters we're growing to enjoy, love, and even respect.

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need the rest of the books!

I love the world of crydee. wish all of the books were on audible already! do you just need someone to read them? I'll do it!

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Rifr Wars at its best

if you have never read Fiest this series is where to start. Read it paperback as a kid and this does it justic and more.

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Fantastic!!!

Never a dull moment. Action packed all the way. Ready for the next one. Thank you.

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Another fantastic story by the Master!

I still say that Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games came out of Feist's body of work. This was so good ! Can't wait to start the 4th book. I plan to read them all!!

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one of my favorite books in this series

while considered mostly a side story, this is one of my favorite within the series

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A step down from the first books

I first read Feist when I was a teenager. 30 years later I still enjoyed them as much as I did back then. It makes me wonder if the game Betrayal at Krondor is still out there.
The first two books are excellent. Feist is a master of world building and created characters you really come to like. The latter really helps with this 3rd book as not much happens for the first half of it.
The first two books centered on the Magician Pug and his friend Thomas, the focus shifts here to Prince Arutha and the young thief Jimmy and it does not hurt the story at all to shift the prior main characters to supporting roles.