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Fans of Raymond E. Feist's Midkemia chronicles are in for a rare treat. In celebration of the 15th anniversary of Prince of the Blood -- a coming-of-age adventure revolving around the twin princes of Krondor -- Feist has completely rewritten his fantasy classic.
Prince Arutha's twin sons, Borric and Erland, are typically spoiled rich kids who are as impetuous as they are apathetic to the cold, hard realities of the world. But when the two young men learn that they are next in line to the throne of the Kingdom of the Isles, their carefree days are at an end. Or are they? To make them fully comprehend the gravity of their imminent positions, Arutha sends his sons as emissaries to neighboring Kesh to celebrate the empress's 75th birthday. The empress is arguably the most powerful -- and dangerous -- person in the world; and if the twins don't change their carousing ways, it could mean political disaster.
Feist remarks candidly in the book's afterword: "Prince of the Blood was to me my least satisfying work. There are many reasons, some very personal, which I won't share, but suffice it to say that for whatever reasons, the book didn't quite turn out the way I wanted."
It isn't often that an author returns to a previous bestselling work and dramatically enhances it. The new and improved version of Prince of the Blood -- with more developed characters and a more persuasive plotline -- is noticeably more exciting and entertaining than the original. This 15th anniversary edition is a must-read for any Midkemia fan. Paul Goat Allen