A TALE OF WEALTH AND AMBITION IN A WORLD OF MURDER, MAGIC AND INTRIGUE.
Roo Avery, recently returned from a harrowing brush with the armies of the Emerald Queen, is now free to choose his own destiny and his ultimate ambition is to become one of the richest and most powerful merchants in Midkemia.
But nothing can prepare him for the dangers of the new life he has chosen where the repayment of a debt can be as deadly as a knife in the shadows. Even those closest to him are suspect and as Roo struggles to build his financial empire, betrayal is always close at hand. His instinctive cunning will serve him well, but he will soon realise that the road to success is far from smooth.
And while Roo works towards achieving his goal, the memory of the distant forces of darkness are never far away. For the war with the Emerald Queen is far from over and the inevitable confrontation will pose the biggest threat yet to his new found wealth and power.
Feist has been a massive influence on my writing, and one of the best fantasy authors of his age.
This is book 2 in the Serpentwar Saga but can be read as a standalone. (This can be a minus if you’re reading in order and wanting to main story arc to progress, but I found it charming.) Of all the novels I’ve read from him, this is by far my favorite. If you’ve never read a Feist novel, this is a great place to start.
Roo is a complex character that you can’t help but admire, even when he is being a total asshole. It you like economics and political intrigue, you’ll love this novel as he tries to become richest merchant in Midkemia.