Rise of a Merchant Prince by Raymond E. Feist
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Oddly enough, I had a lot more fun with this than I expected I'd have with a title with MERCHANT and PRINCE in it.
As a matter of fact, I pretty much loved every part of Avery and his rise to grand wealth from practically nothing. All the bit parts from characters we've seen and loved before were just icing. Avery, on the other hand, was the real star. I think I liked this better than the first book in the Serpentwar Saga. By a lot.
HOWEVER, I do have one gripe that has a lot more to do with my personal preferences more than anything else.
Why do we need MCs who are unable to keep their pens in their pockets? I was pretty thrilled by his marriage and the news of his kid. I would SOOOO have preferred it if the man just stayed loyal. It really killed much of my enjoyment. I would have given a full five stars for his clever exploits. This other stuff just left a bad taste in my mouth. A different kind of Achilles heel would have been just about perfect.
Oh, well. Win some, lose some. I'm just happy that the rest of the novel was fun. :)
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