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Raymond E. Feist was born and raised in Southern California. He was educated at the University of California, San Diego, where he graduated with honours in Communication Arts. He is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Riftwar Saga (Magician, Silverthorn, and A Darkness at Sethanon), Prince of the Blood, Faerie Tale and The King's Buccaneer. He is co-author (with Janny Wurts) of Daughter of the Empire, Servant of the Empire and Mistress of the Empire. The Serpent War Saga (Shadow of a Dark Queen, Rise of a Merchant Prince, Rage of a Demon King and Shards of a Broken Crown) has continued his phenomenal success, and his epic new Riftwar series includes bestsellers Krondor: The Betrayal, Krondor: The Assassins and Krondor: Tear of the Gods.


Squire James, formerly known to the Guild of Thieves as Jimmy the Hand, is looking forward to some rest when he returns home from battle against the Morhedel and the Tsurani. But Prince Arutha gives him a new assignment: James must learn the cause of a spate of murders spreading across the city of Krondor. No one is safeÄthieves and honest men alike are turning up dead. Who is the Crawler, the mysterious man who is wiping out the Thieves' Guild? What are Prince Vladic of Olasco and his uncle Radswil doing in Krondor? Whence the mysterious threat to their lives? And what do these matters have to do with the NighthawksÄthe dreaded Guild of Assassins? James's knowledge of the sewers and his underworld contacts make him the man to find out. But as James forms his fledgling spy ring, the panic in the sewers continues, and the threat against Krondor itself steadily grows. Now, together with his friend William conDoin and the gruff veteran Knight-Captain Treggar, James must find the Nighthawks in their desert lair and prevent whatever it is that they're planning. This tale of shape-shifting magicians, human sacrifice, man-eating demons and a little young love, a sequel to Krondor: The Betrayal (1998), will satisfy Feist's fans, and its ending will leave them waiting for another volume. Author tour. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Praise for Raymond E. Feist:

'File under guilty pleasure'

'Get in at the start of a master's new series'
Daily Sport

'Well-written and distinctly above average... intelligent... intriguing.'
Publishers Weekly

' Epic scope...vivid imagination...a significant contribution to the growth of the field of fantasy.'
Washington Post

When a series of murders threatens the peace of the city of Krondor, King Arutha assigns his best agent, Squire James (formerly known as Jimmy the Hand), to discover the cause. Familiar characters from Feist's earlier Midkemia novels combine with new heroes and villains in a tale of treachery and sorcery, loyalty and courage. The author's skill in depicting fully realized characters and fast-paced action scenes places him in the forefront of contemporary fantasy adventure. Recommended for most fantasy collections. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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