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Publisher's Summary

A fantastic new novella from the master of magic and adventure. Best-selling author Raymond E. Feist returns to the city of Krondor and one of his most loved characters, Jimmy the Hand.

The Crawler: a name whispered in fear...

In the crime-ridden back alleys of Krondor, a rival gang has sprung up to threaten the Upright Man's Mockers. Does the Crawler control the rival gang? Where does his power come from? And does it threaten the peace of the Kingdom?

James, personal squire to Prince Arutha of Krondor, but in the underworld known as the thief and trickster Jimmy the Hand, must travel to Kesh in disguise. There, working with William, lieutenant of the prince's household guard and son of the magician Pug, and Jazhara, niece to the Keshian lord Hazara-Khan, he must attempt to unmask the mysterious Crawler and rid Krondor of his influence.

©1987 Lionel Shriver (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Epic scope...vivid imagination...a significant contribution to the growth of the field of fantasy." ( WashingtonPost)
"Well-written...intelligent...intriguing." ( Publishers Weekly)

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More of a short story than a full book

Not enough content to warrant full price. Also not narrated by Peter Joyce unlike the rest of the series.

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Listening to an actor reading characters well established by someone else throws off the story

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Sad end to a trilogy

Loved the first 2 books of this series by the change of narrator for the third book was disappointing and did not deliver the story in the high quality that is usually associated with these books.

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What happened to Peter Joyce?!?!

I have listened to every book so far in this series and have become used to Peter Joyces' narration. This narrator was talented and easy to listen to though rang oddly in my ears after a few hundred hours of Peter. Great book as always.

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Nicely narrated.

And that's about it. Where's the rest of it?
That was a dismal ending to The Crawler story arc.
The only good point was the narrator, it was a nice change to hear else other than Peter Joyce read a Midkemia book. Not that there's anything wrong with Peter Joyce.

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love the book not the voice

The book is very good and gives a great little window to a in between books. But can't really adjust to the reader.

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Plain ending, not may favourite

It's an ok book. different reader which is annoying when you ate going through the series but you deal with it

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solid ending but unremarkable

very short not sure if short story wrap it up with different narrator, solid unremarkable

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Mat Bates is good but not as good as Peter Joyce

story was really good and if you have read the other books in the series you will like this but. I'm used to Peter Joyce's voice for the characters and his acting. unfortunately mate bates is very dry and dosnet act much and only does like once accent

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Finally correct pronunciation

Good story about Jimmy setting up his spy network. William and the Keshian magician are along for the ride. A bit short

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  • JoSSte
  • 05-11-2019

A bit rushed.

A bit rushed. But ties up a couple of loose ends from the previous three books. Not essential reading.

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  • david longstaff
  • 27-07-2017

classic fiest

I'm a fiest fan he got me into this book,good
listen a bit rushed at the end but overall fine fits into the underlying story line through out all his books fills in a few holes

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  • ConstantGardener
  • 05-06-2021

The WORST book so far.

The combination of Matt's boring montone voice and inability to act different characters was enough to ruin this book. I want Peter Joyce back, will be reading the next 3 books instead of listening for this reason.

as well as this, the story, particularly the ending, was weak and contrived... which i suspect isn't down to feist.

skip these four books. they do nothing for the riftwar saga

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  • Sean
  • 23-01-2021

Don't be put off that it's not Peter Joyce Reading

At first I was wary about the new reader and found it difficult to adjust to anyone but Peter Joyce voicing these familiar and loved characters. And I'll admit there was an uncomfortable adjustment period of a half hour or so. But once it gets going, this reader does an outstanding job of narrating this story and the voices of all the characters. The writing is also some of the strongest that Feist has come out with. I found the ending very moving. And the bulk of the tale is some of the best of any Jimmy the hand writing. Highly recommend that anyone unsure should give this book a chance. If you're a fan of Feist I think you'll find this shorter tale particularly memorable.

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  • Angus1
  • 12-01-2021

Who wrote this?

Narration was ok, not up to Peter Joyce standard. I am not convinced that REF wrote this story. Plot, writing and characters out of sync. All of a sudden the plot has “amorous“ connotations? Not convinced. I was close several times to stopping listening, however, managed to plough my way through. On a side note went to a REF book signing a few years back in Edinburgh, a very poor show from REF, complete lack of interest in his audience and the characters in the books. Yet again I left thinking there is no way he wrote the books.

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  • still dave
  • 28-09-2020

¦-| I would like Peter joyce back.

Not fond of the narrator, characters sounded too similar, making it harder to understand who was talking, he also felt very monotone

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  • Roman_Ondus
  • 22-02-2019

Rushed but brutal ending.

The relationship of the main characters and the overall contribution to the whole saga is well worth reading or listening the to the story

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  • Kristian F.
  • 17-02-2019

A contemptuous conclusion

First off, the less said about the narrator the better, but hopefully he'll soon find his true calling of narrating accountancy textbooks.
As for the book; Feist returned to the characters of the Riftwar Legacy series thirteen years after dropping their story due to publishing problems, and, while this could have been a triumphant revisiting or a glorious send off, it's really nothing more than a contemptuous disposal and tying off of some loose ends. The writing is bad, the pacing rushed and the storyline forgettable. There are no memorable characters, almost no impactful events in the long-term history of Midkemia, and the resolution of the series' major open plot points is, to repeat myself, contemptuous.
Do yourself a favour and leave these mysteries unresolved.

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  • redfeend
  • 29-03-2017

Good enough

Having finished Magician's End I decided to have a go at one of the stand alone books.
It's a great shame that Peter Joyce has not done the narration, but this reader does OK.
The story is strong and this short book is surely improved by having a limited cast of players. The end is sad, made more so if you have read the other books and aware of William's fate.
This story also fills in some unanswered questions from previous books, but it works as a stand alone story too.

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  • Bradley Lane
  • 15-03-2017

Short and sweet

This book is not long though well read. It also closes off a few hinted events from earlier books.

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  • P M.
  • 08-03-2017

I love this author but to basic

However the ending was too simple and the book was far too short (that may be because I love Fiest and always want more) there were also none of the plot twists we expect from the author.

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