The King's Buccaneer

The King's Buccaneer

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Long recovered from the ravages of the Riftwar, the land and the people of the Kingdom of the Isles thrive on the bounty of good times. Nicholas, youngest son of Prince Arutha of Krondor is intelligent and gifted, but vastly inexperienced in worldly matters. In hopes of hardening him, his father sends him and his squire, Harry, to live at rustic Castle Crydee to learn of life beyond the halls of privilege. Thus begins the most harrowing experience of their young lives. Within weeks of Nicholas's arrival, Crydee is viciously attacked by assailants unknown. The result: murder, massive destruction, and the abduction of two young noblewomen, friends to the prince. And Crydee isn't the only town that's been hit - towns up and down the coast have suffered the same merciless devastation. From out of the wreckage two facts become clear. The raiders have come from the distant Sunset Islands, home to pirates of every stripe - and possibly even farther away than that. But more significant, these are no ordinary pirates: their mission is connected to dark magical forces that have threatened the Kingdom before. As brother to the future king, Nicholas feels compelled to follow the abductors and rescue those taken from Crydee - but the threat he ultimately faces is one that places the fate of all of his people in his inexperienced lands.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2004
Copyright Date: ©1992
ISBN: 0553563734
Branch Call Number: PBRACK SCIENCE FICTION
Characteristics: x, 523 p. : maps ; 18 cm

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mammothhawk229e
Mar 28, 2018

Novel is the bridge between Riftwar saga & the Serpentwar Saga.
One hand, it's an old-school coming-of-age adventure to rescue fair maidens after attack by unknown invaders. On the other hand, it's thriller on scouting in a frenemy trading island & a newly discovered continent.
It feels more Dudley Pope's Rampage series than say Ian Fleming's James Bond in that enemy consolidating its gains after temporary defeat rather than totally defeated.

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cpurvis
Mar 01, 2010

THE PEACE CRUMBLES...

Set ten years after the events recounted in Prince of the Blood, The King's Buccaneer is a new and exciting epic adventure from one of the world's most popular fantasy writers.

Long recovered from the ravages of the Riftwar, the people in the Kingdom of the Isles enjoy peace and prosperity. Nicholas, third son of Prince Arutha of Krondor, is a bright and gifted youngster, but sheltered by the restrictive life of his father's court. To learn more of the world outside the palace walls, Nicholas and his squire, Harry, set sail for pastoral Crydee.

Shortly after their arrival, Crydee. is brutally attacked by unknown forces. The castle is reduced to ruins, the townspeople slaughtered and two young noblewomen - friends of Nicholas - abducted. Soon the young Prince and his companions discover that the surprise attack was no isolated incident. The invader have come from the distant Sunset Islands, home to cut-throats from every known land, and have gathered to make war upon Nicholas's homeland. But it is more than a simple raid for slaves - they serve a dark force which threatens the entire world of Midkemia, a terrifying force that Nicholas must confront.

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