This is the sequel to Raymond E Feist's excellent Magician and book two of The Riftwar Saga.
Set a year after the initial invasion by the Tsuranni the world of Midkemia has been at peace.
King Lyam and his brother Arutha now the Lord of Krondor has sailed around the Kingdom and now back for Aruthas marriage to Princess Anita.
On his arrival to the city and assassination attempt on Arutha life is thwarted by Jimmy the Hand the best thief in the Mockers Guild and who briefly appeared in Magician helping the Prince.
A second attempt on Prince Aruthas life on his wedding is again stopped by Jimmy but Princess Anita is hit by a poisoned arrow.
The now powerful magician Pug the main character in the previous novel puts a spell on Anita to slow time for her as the poison will kill her.
The Prince, Jimmy, Pug and another small group find out the cure is from the Silverthorn plant which is found in only one spot in the Northlands which is home to the dark Mordhel and a new enemy wanting the death of Arutha and the destruction of the Kingdom.
I loved Magician which I wish I had read when I first got it twenty years ago and the same is said for this.
In fact I enjoyed Silverthorn more as I already knew the main characters and the World(s) they inhabit.
Whereas second books can sometimes lag this had more action and more enemies including undead Mordhel and humans and giant magical beasts.
The characters are again well rounded including minor ones and Jimmy is now a main character which at first wasn't keen on but he's one of the better ones.
Again the other world of Kelewan is visited by Pug who manages to open a portal there to find out which dark forces are responsible.
Overall - more action, more monsters a quicker lighter read with characters you love. Can't wait to read the third novel A Darkness at Sethanon.
Score - 10/10