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Rise of a Merchant Prince (Serpentwar Saga) (original 1995; edition 1996)

by Raymond E. Feist

Series: Serpentwar Saga (2), The Riftwar Cycle, Alternative Reading Order (Serpentwar Saga, Book 2), The Riftwar Cycle, Publication Order (The Serpentwar Saga, Book 2), The Riftwar Cycle, Chronological Order (The Serpentwar Saga, Book 2), Die Spaltkrieg-Saga (18+19)

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Surviving the wrath of the fearsome Sauur--a hideous race of invading serpents--noble Erik and cunning Roo have delivered a timely warning to the rulers of the Midkemian Empire, and are now free to pursue their separate destinies. Erik chooses the army--and the continuing war against Midkemia's dread enemies. Roo lusts for wealth and power--rising high and fast in theworld of trade. But with luxury comes carelessness and a vulnerability to the desires of the flesh. And a beautiful seductress with her ruthless machinations threatens to destroy everything Roo has built and become--summoning catastrophe into his future . . . and terror into his world.… (more)
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Title:Rise of a Merchant Prince (Serpentwar Saga)
Authors:Raymond E. Feist
Info:HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (1996), Paperback, 512 pages
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Rise of a Merchant Prince by Raymond E. Feist (1995)

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This book continues the story established in "Shadow of a Dark Queen," but really takes it to another level. It's still nothing profound, but the structure and characterization both get a lot deeper. The key difference is that instead of telling a straightforward fantasy adventure story as in the first book, Feist's main story is about commerce: a greedy, morally questionable fellow doing what it takes to get filthy rich. In the background, the warriors and wizards of the prior volume continue their struggle against an advancing dark army.

Adding the viewpoint of Roo to the existing ones of Erik and Miranda helps a lot, in part because Roo's a much more interesting character. Erik's ultimately pretty boring and conventional, and Miranda is largely a cypher, but Roo is deeply flawed. He's ultimately on the side of the heroes, but Feist doesn't shy away from playing up his callousness, greed, short-sightedness and lust. That plus the novelty of the mercantile plot sets this above the rest of the series. ( )
  dhmontgomery | Dec 13, 2020 |
This book took an annoying side character and made you understand how truly horrible snd despicable he is without any lasting consequences for the character and with the teensiest of character growth. Which is annoying because the set up is good, I'm all for a low stakes fantasy novel and dislikable main characters but not like this. You don't have to read this book to continue on with the series, and I absolutely recomend that you don't. ( )
  systemfailure | Jun 16, 2020 |
Oddly enough, I had a lot more fun with this than I expected I'd have with a title with MERCHANT and PRINCE in it.

As a matter of fact, I pretty much loved every part of Avery and his rise to grand wealth from practically nothing. All the bit parts from characters we've seen and loved before were just icing. Avery, on the other hand, was the real star. I think I liked this better than the first book in the Serpentwar Saga. By a lot.

HOWEVER, I do have one gripe that has a lot more to do with my personal preferences more than anything else.

Why do we need MCs who are unable to keep their pens in their pockets? I was pretty thrilled by his marriage and the news of his kid. I would SOOOO have preferred it if the man just stayed loyal. It really killed much of my enjoyment. I would have given a full five stars for his clever exploits. This other stuff just left a bad taste in my mouth. A different kind of Achilles heel would have been just about perfect.

Oh, well. Win some, lose some. I'm just happy that the rest of the novel was fun. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
I'm really enjoying a return visit to this series. The narration is excellent, and the story still keeps me wanting more. ( )
  Jawin | Feb 9, 2020 |
Rise of a Merchant Prince is the second book in Feist’s Serpentwar Saga, a subseries of his larger Riftwar Cycle. It picks up not too long after the first book left off, sort of continuing that story but focusing more on finance. There’s still a fair bit of action, though.

The main character is familiar from the previous book, but it’s a different main character. We do spend some time with other characters from the first book, but the focus on both characters and plot is quite a bit different. I enjoyed the story and it held my interest well, but I never warmed up much to the main character. Sometimes I liked what he did, but there were too many times when he did things I couldn’t respect. There were other characters around him that I did like though, so that helped.

The title kind of spoils the story; I never felt any suspense about how things would turn out because the title tells us. I still enjoyed seeing how the story got from point A to point B though.

I have one spoilery comment:
Duke James, formerly Jimmy the Hand, shows up several times in this book and he had some really great moments. I also liked his grandsons, Jimmy and Dash, what little we saw of them. I especially loved the moment when Duke James tells Roo just why Krondor and the palace are so important to him and we get a glimpse of his sorrow over Arutha’s death. It gave some much-needed weight to his death after the previous book, where it was little more than a plot point to drive other events and the characters whose heads we were in had no reason to care much. ( )
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Wealth, howsoever got, in England makes Lords of mechanics, gentlemen of rakes; Antiquity and birth are needless here; 'Tis Impudence and monkey makes a peer.
-Daniel Defoe
the True-Born Englisman, Pt. I
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This book is dedicated to Diane and David Clark, good friends
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Surviving the wrath of the fearsome Sauur--a hideous race of invading serpents--noble Erik and cunning Roo have delivered a timely warning to the rulers of the Midkemian Empire, and are now free to pursue their separate destinies. Erik chooses the army--and the continuing war against Midkemia's dread enemies. Roo lusts for wealth and power--rising high and fast in theworld of trade. But with luxury comes carelessness and a vulnerability to the desires of the flesh. And a beautiful seductress with her ruthless machinations threatens to destroy everything Roo has built and become--summoning catastrophe into his future . . . and terror into his world.

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