Krondor: The Assassins (Riftwar Legacy Series #2)

Krondor: The Assassins (Riftwar Legacy Series #2)

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by Raymond E. Feist
     
 

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New York Times bestselling author Raymond E. Feist returns us now to a place of unparalleled wonders--a sprawling kingdom coveted by enemies on all sides; a bustling center of commerce and magic, vibrantly alive and eternally in conflict. This is Midkemia, where great heroes are bred, and its glorious center...

Krondor

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New York Times bestselling author Raymond E. Feist returns us now to a place of unparalleled wonders--a sprawling kingdom coveted by enemies on all sides; a bustling center of commerce and magic, vibrantly alive and eternally in conflict. This is Midkemia, where great heroes are bred, and its glorious center...

Krondor

Prince Arutha--newly returned from battle--is concerned about a rash of unexplained assassinations that plagues his capital city. And so he commissions his most trusted agent, Squire James--formerly the thief known as "Jimmy the Hand"--to discover the source of the deadly epidemic. The answers seem to lie far beneath the streets in the dank depths of Krondor, where a terrible war rages in secret between two rival criminal gangs: those who call themselves "Mockers" and others in the thrall of a mysterious being known as "The Crawler." But the deeper the Squire delves, the closer he gets to the true nature of the horror that has left untold dead in its wake. And unless James can prevent one last, unthinkable slaying, the nightmare forces of corruption and deceit will destroy his liege and reduce his beloved Krondor to ruins.

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Editorial Reviews

Portland Oregonian
Feist brings a new world alive.
Chicago Sun-Times
Feist has a commmand of language and a natural talent for keeping the reader turning pages.
SF Site
Feist constantly amazes with his ability to create great casts of characters.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Squire James, formerly known to the Guild of Thieves as Jimmy the Hand, is looking forward to some rest when he returns home from battle against the Morhedel and the Tsurani. But Prince Arutha gives him a new assignment: James must learn the cause of a spate of murders spreading across the city of Krondor. No one is safe--thieves and honest men alike are turning up dead. Who is the Crawler, the mysterious man who is wiping out the Thieves' Guild? What are Prince Vladic of Olasco and his uncle Radswil doing in Krondor? Whence the mysterious threat to their lives? And what do these matters have to do with the Nighthawks--the dreaded Guild of Assassins? James's knowledge of the sewers and his underworld contacts make him the man to find out. But as James forms his fledgling spy ring, the panic in the sewers continues, and the threat against Krondor itself steadily grows. Now, together with his friend William conDoin and the gruff veteran Knight-Captain Treggar, James must find the Nighthawks in their desert lair and prevent whatever it is that they're planning. This tale of shape-shifting magicians, human sacrifice, man-eating demons and a little young love, a sequel to Krondor: The Betrayal (1998), will satisfy Feist's fans, and its ending will leave them waiting for another volume. Author tour. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
When a series of murders threatens the peace of the city of Krondor, King Arutha assigns his best agent, Squire James (formerly known as Jimmy the Hand), to discover the cause. Familiar characters from Feist's earlier Midkemia novels combine with new heroes and villains in a tale of treachery and sorcery, loyalty and courage. The author's skill in depicting fully realized characters and fast-paced action scenes places him in the forefront of contemporary fantasy adventure. Recommended for most fantasy collections. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Second installment of Feist's new series, following Krondor the Betrayal (1998). Prince Arutha, the ruler of Midkemia's capital city, Krondor, is faced with a bewildering plague of assassinations. To investigate, he summons his best agent, Squire James. Fortunately, James, once an expert thief (then known as Jimmy the Hand), still has contacts within the general criminal underworld. Seems that a vicious gangland war is under way, pitting a guild of thieves known as the Mockers against a rival mob controlled by the Crawler. Gradually, the motive behind these mysterious murders becomes clear: the ultimate target is Vladic, Crown Prince of Olasko, and the bad guys have some high-powered magical help. More jolly tussles featuring the customary crew. Should please the fans and sell many, many copies. (Author tour)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380803231
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Series:
Riftwar Legacy Series, #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
150,536
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.04(d)

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Chapter One

The sounds of pursuit echoed through the dark tunnels.

Limm was nearly out of breath from attempting to evade those determined to kill him.The young thief prayed to Ban-ath, God of Thieves, that those who followed were not as knowledgeable about the sewers of Krondor as he was.He knew he could not outrun them or fight them; his only hope was to outwit them.

The boy knew that panic was the enemy, and he struggled against the terrible fear that threatened to reduce him to a frightened child, clinging to anything that might provide warm comfort while he huddled in the shadows, waiting for the men who would kill him.He paused for a moment at an intersection of two large channels and then took off to the left, feeling his way through the gloom of the deep sewers, his only illumination a small, shuttered lantern.He kept the sliding window closed to the narrowest setting, for he needed only the slightest light to know which way to go.There were sections of the sewer in which light filtered down from above, through culverts, gratings, broken street stones, and other interstices.A little light went a long way to guide him through the stinking byways under the city.But there were also areas of total darkness, where he would be as blind as one born without eyes.

He reached a narrowing of the sewer, where the circumference of the circular tunnel grew smaller, serving to slow the flow of sewage through this area.Limm thought of it as a "dam," of sorts.He ducked to avoid hitting his head on the smaller opening, his bare feet splashing through the filthy water which collected at the end of the larger sewer until the level rose up enough to funneldown the rough and rusty narrow pipe.

Spreading his legs, Limm moved in a rocking motion, his feet high up on the' side of the circular passage, for he knew that in less than ten feet a nasty outfall sent waste to a huge channel twenty feet below.Hard calluses kept the jagged build-up of sediment on the stonework from slicing open his soles.The boy shuttered the lantern as he intersected a tunnel with long lines of sight; he knew exactly where he was and was fearful of even the smallest light being seen by his pursuers.He moved by touch around a corner and entered the next passage.It was hundreds of feet long, and even the faintest spark would be visible from one end to the other.

Hurrying as best he could in this awkward fashion, he felt the tug of air as the water fell below him from a hole in the pipe he was in, splashing noisily.Several other nearby outfalls also emptied in this area, known as "the Well" to the local thieves.The sound of all the splashing water echoed in the small pipe, making its exact source difficult to locate, so he proceeded slowly.This was a place in which a six-inch misjudgment could send him falling to his death.

Reaching a point another ten feet further, Limm encountered a grate, almost bumping into it, so focused was he on the sound of those who came behind.He crouched, making himself as small a target as possible, in case a mirrored light was shone into the tunnel.

Within moments he heard voices, at first only the sound of indistinguishable words.Then he heard a man say, "--can't have gone too far.He's just a kid."

"He's seen us," said the leader, and the boy knew full well who the speaker was.He had the image of that man and those who served him etched in his memory, though he had only glimpsed them for a few seconds before turning and fleeing.He didn't know the man's name, but he knew his nature.The boy had lived among such men all his life, though he had known only a few who might be this dangerous.

Limm had no illusions about his own abilities; he knew he could never confront such men.He was often full of bravado, but it was a false courage designed to convince those who were stronger that he was just a little more trouble to dispose of than he was in actuality.His willingness to look death in the eye had saved the boy's neck on more than one occasion; but he was also nobody's fool: Limm knew that these men wouldn't give him the time to even try a bluff.They would kill him without hesitation, because he could link them to a horrible crime.

Looking around, the young fugitive saw a trickle of water coming from above.Risking detection, he briefly shone the barest light he could manage above him.The top of the grating didn't reach the roof of the tunnel, and just the other side of the grate was a passageway running upward.

Without hesitation the youth climbed up on the grate and pushed his free arm through, experience showing him how likely it was that he might pass through such a tiny passage.Praying to Ban-ath that he hadn't grown too much since the last time he had tried such a stunt, Limm pushed upward and turned.His head went first.Twisting it slightly, he thrust his face forward between the top bar and the stones above.Practice had taught him that his ears would suffer less if not bent backwards as he tried to pull his head through.A rising sense of urgency battled the pain he felt, as he sensed his pursuers clos-ing in.Yet the pain from his cheeks as he slowly pressed through the gap grew more intense.He tasted the salty, iron tang of blood and sweat and he continued to wiggle his head through the gap.Tears flowed freely, yet he held his silence as he cruelly scraped both ears, one against stone and the other against filthy iron.

Krondor The Assassins. Copyright © by Raymond Feist. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Raymond E. Feist is the multiple New York Times bestselling author or coauthor of thirty previous books—all but one of which are Riftwar Cycle novels. He lives in San Diego.

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Krondor: The Assassins (Riftwar Legacy Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
BluHawk More than 1 year ago
Although the first Krondor novel felt a little rushed, the second book was much better! This series is great in particular because it involves some of the best characters in fantasy: Jimmy the Hand and Arutha. Overall, if you are a Feist fan, read this series. If you just want a great fantasy, read this series!! If you like Feist, you might also like his "Daughter of the Empire" series with Janny Wurts. Also, "The Last Stormlord" by Glenda Larke, and "Thief's Gamble" by Juliet E. McKenna were comparable reads!
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