But though his courage won him a place at court and the heart of a lovely princess, he was ill at ease with the normal ways of wizardry. For dark beings from another world had opened a rift in the fabric of spacetime to being again the age-old battle between the forces of Order and Chaos. Feist, Janny Wurts Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues Length: 19 hrs and 51 mins Unabridged 5 out of 5 stars Performance 5 out of 5 stars Story 5 out of 5 stars Magic and murder engulf the realm of Kelewan. Fierce warlords ignite a bitter blood feud to enslave the empire of Tsuranuanni. While in the opulent Imperial courts, assassins and spy-master plot cunning and devious intrigues against the rightful heir. Now Mara, a young, untested Ruling lady, is called upon to lead her people in a heroic struggle for survival.
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Silverthorn, by Raymond E. Feist, is a classic quest story. Anita is a victim of an assassination attempt on Arutha. She lies next to death and he undertakes a quest to find the antidote to the rare Silverthorn, the poison.
He faces the "undead," who magically return to life and are determined to kill him. Silverthorn is a classic good versus evil science fiction novel about love and danger between two worlds. Arutha and Anita plan to marry after being apart for a year. Princess Carline insists that Laurie, a troubadour, will marry her as well.
Jimmy manages to avert the attempt on his life, and joins Arutha in the castle. Jimmy and Laurie help to search out the assassin guild. They find the Nighthawks infiltrated by moredhel Black Slayers. Fire is the only method to kill these evil ones. They burn a brothel to kill the Slayers and Nighthawks. At the wedding, Jimmy prevents the assassination of Arutha, but the poisoned bolt hits Anita.
The captured assassin, filled with fear of the dark one, agrees to help if they can keep him out of the grips of this evil being. He reveals the poison is Silverthorn, and a priest of death helps him die. Arutha searches for the antidote, chased by Black Slayers. Fighting Slayers as they travel, the group faces magical beings, undead Slayers, and assassins. The abbot gives Arutha a talisman that prevents the Slayers from finding him.
At Stardock, Pug is building a school to teach magic. A seer sees a moredhel destroy cities. Then he sees the moredhel sit throne, set on a mound of bodies, with an evil being behind him. Pug returns to Kelewar, creating a rift that will take him there. He finds that politics difficult, and the Warlord intends to take over the Empire. He gains support from two old friends, but the Warlord captures them. The Emperor allows him to stay and search for information about the Enemy, the dark one.
The moredhel are elves. Some have renounced mortality to kill for their master, Marmandamus, who seeks to kill Arutha as the Lord of the West. Silverthorn only grows next to the lake, Moraelin. Renegade moredhel and humans, led by Murad, guard Moraelin. They find a different route to the lake and search for Silverthorn.
On the third night, they find Silverthorn in the lake. They race back toward the elven forest, but the distance is great and Jimmy is hurt. One elf runs on for help while the rest make a stand Black Slayers. The Hadati kills Murad and cuts out his heart so he cannot return to life. As they are about to be overrun, the elves arrive and help the humans run back to the safety of their forest. There Tomas destroys all the Slayers in the band as they cross the stream into Elven land.
Arutha returns to Krondor with the antidote, saving Anita. Pug travels far to the north where there is only ice. There he finds the legendary watchers, who are Elves from his world, come to another world. They have created a forest city under the ice and have waited for Pug to arrive. He will stay a year for training and teaching so he can be strong enough to defeat the Enemy.
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Silverthorn (Riftwar Saga Series #3)
Shelves: fantasy , worldbuilding-sf , shelf So much fantasy goodness packed in this one. Even Pug has a role, but mostly we get to follow and love Jimmy the Hand and Arutha. This is not a simple "find the freaking herb to save his love" quest no matter how simple the blurb makes it seem. No spoilers, but even this "nearly" standalone adventure has all the makings of epic greatness of a slightly different flavor from before despite the familiar characters.
Silverthorn Summary & Study Guide
About the Author Raymond E. He travels, collects wine, and lives and dies with the San Diego Chargers. Read an Excerpt Twilight The sun dropped behind the peaks. The last rays of warmth touched the earth and only the rosy afterglow of the day remained. From the east, indigo darkness approached rapidly. The wind cut through the hills like a sharp-edged blade, as if spring were only a faintly remembered dream. The old witch looked up, her dark eyes widening slightly at the sight of the three.
Setting a trap, they capture two agents, who are revealed to be operating out of the temple of Lims-Kragma , Goddess of Death, one of whom is a moredhel whose appearance has been altered. During interrogation, both prisoners will themselves to death rather than divulge their plans. As the High Priestess of Lims-Kragma seeks the truth by bringing them back from beyond the grave, one of the prisoners rises by the power of an unknown enemy, and attacks his captors, slaughtering many royal guards, and addressing Arutha as "Lord of the West" before being destroyed by Father Nathan, a priest of Sung. Injured in the attack, the High Priestess warns Arutha that the forces which opposed him were so powerful that they held the gods in contempt. Believing the threat to be over for the time being, Arutha proceeds with his wedding.