Synopses & Reviews
Jimmy the Hand, boy thief of Krondor, lived in the shadows of the city. The sewers were his byways and a flea-ridden, rat-infested cellar his home. Although gifted beyond his peers, he was still but a nimble street urchin, a pickpocket with potential. Until the day he met Prince Arutha.
Aiding the Prince in his rescue of Princess Anita from imprisonment by Duke Guy du Bas-Tyra, Jimmy runs afoul of Black Guy's secret police. Given the choice of disappearing on his own or in a weighted barrel at the bottom of Krondor's harbor, Jimmy flees the only home he's ever known, venturing south to the relatively safe haven of Land's End. Suspecting that the rural villagers have never encountered a lad with his talent and nose for finding wealth—other people's wealth—he's fairly optimistic about his broadening horizons. But Jimmy is completely unprepared for what greets him.
For Land's End is home to others who tread the crooked path, and more, to a much darker secret: a dangerous presence unknown even to the local thieves and smugglers. And Jimmy's youthful bravado and courage will plunge him deep into the maw of chaos and even—if he isn't careful—death.
"Feist and Stirling bring humor and pathos to 13-year-old Jimmy the Hand's third escapade (after 2002's Murder in La Mut). Krondor's ever-resourceful boy thief, not content with helping Princess Anita and Prince Arutha make a seaward escape from the city's viceroy, rescues Hotfingers Flora and some unlucky fellow thieves from prison. Jimmy goes into exile with grateful Flora, hoping to find her Land's End relatives, and soon winds up aiding another damsel in distress: fellow teenager Lorrie Merford, searching for her younger brother, who was kidnapped by her parents' killers. This simple, charming fairy tale will appeal to adult fans of the Riftwar books as well as mature teens who don't mind a bit of romance in their sword-and-sorcery." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
From the "New York Times"-bestselling author comes the third volume in the exceptional Legends of the Riftwar series, which continues the story begun in "Honored Enemy" and continued in "Murder in LaMut."
About the Author
New York Times
bestselling author Raymond E. Feist's previous novels include the Chaoswar Saga (A Kingdom Besieged
), the Demonwar Saga (Rides a Dread Legion
and At the Gates of Darkness
), the Darkwar Saga (Flight of the Nighthawks
, Into a Dark Realm
, and Wrath of a Mad God
); the Conclave of Shadows (Talon of the Silver Hawk
, King of Foxes
, and Exile's Return
); the Riftwar Legacy (Krondor: The Betrayal
, Krondor: The Assassins
, and Krondor: Tear of the Gods
); the Serpentwar Saga (Shadow of a Dark Queen
, Rise of a Merchant Prince
, Rage of a Demon King
, and Shards of a Broken Crown
); the Riftwar Saga (Magician
, and A Darkness at Sethanon
); Faerie Tale
; The Prince of the Blood
; and The King's Buccaneer
. He lives in San Diego, California.
A well-regarded author of alternate history science-fiction novels, S.M. Stirling has written more than twenty-five books, including acclaimed collaborations with Anne McCaffrey, Jerry Pournelle, and David Drake. His most recent novels are T2: Infiltrator, The Peshawar Lancers, and the Island in the Sea of Time trilogy.