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    Sometimes a book comes along at just the right time.The year after high school I was working a dead end job as a receptionist for a company that ground lenses for prescription glasses I was glad to see the back of everyone from high school I d been awkward and gawky and utterly overlooked, and the word frenemy had not yet been coined, or I would have understood why the one girl I thought was on my team consistently ran me down to others But I was very aware that everyone else had gone off to Sometimes a book comes along at just the right time.The year after high school I was working a dead end job as a receptionist for a company that ground lenses for prescription glasses I was glad to see the back of everyone from high school I d been awkward and gawky and utterly overlooked, and the word frenemy had not yet been coined, or I would have understood why the one girl I thought was on my team consistently ran me down to others But I was very aware that everyone else had gone off to college, and I could not No one in my family had ever been and I lacked the cultural capital to understand what I had needed to do to even apply Or what one studied at college But, anyway, New Zealand had no student loans back then, and you had to pay tuition up front This was financially impossible.I had already gigantically screwed up one job, and I was low level incompetent at being a receptionist, spiking to appalling on a regular basis I had an abusive boyfriend who was faking a back injury from his job as a navy mechanic so he could live on disability I was in my second flat share house and I had 20 cents a day budget for food one deep fried potato fritter supplemented with endless quantities of free alcohol, bought for me by my boyfriend s cronies, who, in retrospect, hoped to get me drunk enough I d go for a foursome Needless to say, my body wasn t doing well on this diet, the skin flaking off me as if I were a scrofulus medieval peasant.I was living in monkey mind, wading through hormones and ignorance, flailing my way from one moment to the next with no thought of tomorrow unable to imagine that the next day could be any different.The tobacconist next to my bus stop sold books I d just been given the unheard of sum of 80 by my dying great aunt, who intended me to buy moisturizer and body scrub so I would stop scaring unprepared members of the public with my sloughing I bought Magician, and Silverthorn, and A Darkness at Sethanon Yes, I was medically malnourished and deficient in every vitamin known to humans, but I bought books And I fell in love with Tomas, and Arutha, and Admiral Trask I fell in love with Jimmy the Hand No, I wanted to be Jimmy the Hand And I discovered I wanted a purpose, something, anythingthan the shithole my life was.I ditched the boyfriend the never realized foursome retains the faint pastel aura of regret I took a second job waiting tables six nights a week I found out what I needed to do to go to college I applied and was accepted business management I saved money I paid my tuition in cash I grew up and took responsibility for looking after myself.Today I found my original copy of Magician It s held together with masking tape and hope Maybe it s true that another story would have started it all even if I d never found Feist s work, but I ll always remember Magician as the book that saved me


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    Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC s Big Read Poll of 2003.I was looking forward to getting back in to fantasy Lately, it s mostly been literature classics, contemporary, genreless fiction nothing particularly fantastical This excitement was high, fantasy is my bread and butter It is not the magic, or the made up nature, nor indeed the plots It is just everything about fantasy that makes me enjoy it Usually, no matter what Of course, going in to Magic Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC s Big Read Poll of 2003.I was looking forward to getting back in to fantasy Lately, it s mostly been literature classics, contemporary, genreless fiction nothing particularly fantastical This excitement was high, fantasy is my bread and butter It is not the magic, or the made up nature, nor indeed the plots It is just everything about fantasy that makes me enjoy it Usually, no matter what Of course, going in to Magician I was filled with a deep sense of anticipation But I was quickly disappointed The first 150 pages or so are pure Lord of the Rings and I could not get past that Beyond, the storyline expanded and went beyond the standard trope of fantasy that was and sometimes still is prevalant in high fantasy, but to no avail I felt nothing for any character They all seemed to have one or two traits, and nothingTheir voices were similar, their ideals and morals seemed interchangeable They were just characters, not people I cared for none of them Not relevant, and possibly petulant, but I hated the name Pug, and his other name, and couldn t seem to get past his stupid names Futher, I do not think anything particular about the plot Sometimes standard fantasy, sometimes beyond the norm, often with clich s and often unique and imaginative, but never enough to keep me interested It just seemed as if things were just happening, as opposed to the characters actually influencing or making the plot happen It just sort of stumbled along And lastly, because I dislike taking anytime than its necessary in talking about a book I have not enjoyed, the writing was vague and mediocre But standard fantasy, I think Perhaps when it was first published, at some point in the 80s, it was nice and new and fun back then But now, it just seems flat and dull.Blog Reviews Instagram Twitter


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    Peace and prosperity flourish in the strong Kingdom of the Isles on the world of Midkemia Upon the death of King Rodric the Third, his son Rodric the Fourth was elected king by the Congress of Lords after Prince Erland of Krondor and Duke Borric of Crydee, both prominent and powerful noblemen of the royal line, pulled out of the succession in favour of their nephew, thus solidifying his claim on the throne But the young king is set upon a dark path towards the depths of madness, and the stabil Peace and prosperity flourish in the strong Kingdom of the Isles on the world of Midkemia Upon the death of King Rodric the Third, his son Rodric the Fourth was elected king by the Congress of Lords after Prince Erland of Krondor and Duke Borric of Crydee, both prominent and powerful noblemen of the royal line, pulled out of the succession in favour of their nephew, thus solidifying his claim on the throne But the young king is set upon a dark path towards the depths of madness, and the stability of the kingdom is threatened both by his own reckless impulses and the machinations of the scheming eastern nobles attempting to control him.In the city of Crydee in the far west, two young boys are approaching the age of apprenticeship in a certain trade Tomas is training to one day become a warrior in the Duke s household guard, while his childhood friend Pug has a destiny greater still But both of their lives are drastically changed when a strange and alien looking ship wrecks on the shores of Crydee, carrying mysterious warriors from another world All passengers are dead before they can be interrogated, and none of the Duke s many advisors are able to identify the vessel s origins.Pug and Tomas are chosen to travel alongside Duke Borric and his son Arutha to the far east of the Kingdom, to warn the king and the nobles of the east of the imminent danger to the kingdom Their great journey takes them through abandoned dwarven mines, the isle of a black sorcerer and the grand city of Krondor, before they finally reach the capital of Rillanon and the court of the king And even then, the story has just begun For when they return to the west after speaking with the King, a rift between worlds has been torn open, and an invasion has begun The story of Magician is mostly split into three different points of view The tale of Lyam and Arutha is the tale of the princes The tale of the two sons of a powerful but relatively minor duke who rise up to become two of the most important military and political leaders of a kingdom in grave peril Lyam is the elder brother, a kindly and lighthearted man, and honourable to a fault Arutha, in contrast to Lyam, is the pragmatic, silent and calculating kind of a man who rarely shows his face with a smile, but whose actions are still based on good intentions for the future of the realm.Tomas tale is the tale of the warrior The tale of a young castle boy who finds a dark and mysterious artifact in the depths of the dwarven mines, an artifact of an evil long forgotten His life is spent training as a warrior among the dwarves and the elves, eventually becoming something of a legend in the lands of the elder races, for good or ill.And finally, there is Pug s tale The tale of the magician Pug has spent his childhood dreaming of becoming a warrior like his friend Tomas, but lacks the physical strength and the skill at arms When the young boys of Crydee line up for the ceremony in which they will be chosen for the different apprenticeships, Pug experiences the worst nightmare that has befallen him so far he is the only one not chosen by any master But as he stands alone and in shame in the middle of the great courtyard, a voice suddenly speaks his name The voice of Kulgan, the Duke s court magician And thus Pug s career in magic begins A career that will eventually take him through the rift and into the world of the strange invaders.Besides the protagonists, there are lots of interesting characters in this book One such is King Rodric, a young man of grand vision whose madness threatens to destroy all Another is Princess Carline, sister to Lyam and Arutha, whose courage and determination are almost as great as her beauty Then there is Guy du Bas Tyra, the greatest general in the kingdom, but a sworn enemy of Crydee and Krondor And last but not least there is Macros the Black, the ancient and enigmatic magician who inhabits the fabled Sorcerer s Isle.The most impressive part about Magician, is the pure scope of it It is far from the longest book I have read in number of pages, but it is the magnitude of the story that is particularly impressive The book spansthan a decade in the history of Midkemia It tells of bloody wars, journeys to far lands and shady conspiracies It tells of different cities and lands and continents and even worlds There are tons of characters with completely different personalities and motivations, and the story, while mostly predictable, is filled with twists and turns and revelations.Another remarkable thing about this book is that there is no evil At least not in the normal sense of the word There are ambitious and cruel characters, but there is no dark lord nor any demons to be found here To be honest, there is actually not even a proper antagonist Only a story of different people acting differently for different reasons.Feist s writing is pretty great I would not go so far as to call it remarkable, and this is not the kind of book I will frequently quote in the future, but the overall writing is exactly as good as it needs to be to serve the purpose of the book which is to be an entertaining and fascinating fantasy novel.It also needs to be said that there are strong similarities with Tolkien Occasionally even stronger than the same similarities found in books like The Sword of Shannara The overall plot is quite unique, but certain scenes appear to be taken straight out of The Lord of the Rings This did not bother me in any way when reading the book, but I know that a lot of people are bothered by such a thing.I truly enjoyed reading this book Had I based my rating solely on the objective quality of books, I would say that this one deserves five stars My ratings are normallyor less purely subjective, however, and there were a couple of aspects about the book I did not enjoy as much as the others The main characters, with the exception of Arutha, were rather dull and uninteresting the switches between different point of view was done rather clumsily at times though that can be excused as this was the author s first major fantasy novel , and there were also aspects of the story itself I did not really care much for Still, I would say that this book deserves a place among the greatest of the works of fantasy, and I really look forward to continuing with the series


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    This book is rich with themes Love, loyalty, duty, and courage, all figure strongly in this amazing tale.Completed a re read of this marvelous book It was a joy to be reacquainted with all the original characters Pug, Tomas, Arutha, Amos, Jimmy the Hand, the family of the Shinzaiwai, Macros and the sacrifices he has to make.I ve recently begun reading the Book of the Fallen by Stephen Erikson SK , and this book is very similar in themes Although stylistically different, there is little of t This book is rich with themes Love, loyalty, duty, and courage, all figure strongly in this amazing tale.Completed a re read of this marvelous book It was a joy to be reacquainted with all the original characters Pug, Tomas, Arutha, Amos, Jimmy the Hand, the family of the Shinzaiwai, Macros and the sacrifices he has to make.I ve recently begun reading the Book of the Fallen by Stephen Erikson SK , and this book is very similar in themes Although stylistically different, there is little of the back and forth banter that you can get with SK, the multi level conflicts between characters of matching powers is common to both Both writers have enormous and richly detailed worlds which are awesome to behold and seamless in execution I rank these two writers at the top of what I ve read, and I look forward to readingbooks from each author in the near future.From my original reviewI had the good fortune to discover and read this book in the early 80s when it first came out and I was hooked If anyone asked me who my favourite author was for the next 30 years I could be relied upon to state Raymond E Feist Whenever I saw a hard cover come out I would buy it no questions asked.The adventures of Pug and Tomas and the many assorted characters of this world have been a true fascination for me and I am pleased to say that every second I spent reading these books was time well spent and I would be willing to bet that my view will be the same on my death bed.Long live heroic, epic fantasy the truest form of story I have ever come across When Feist passes on, Tolkien will welcome him into the next world as an equal and the two of them will swap stories over a fine brew and a pipe of the finest of the Shire 5 True Epic Fantasy, stars


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    A young orphan boy Pug is taken as an apprentice to a master magician He shows a lot of promise, but completely fails to do any magic while at the same time his friend Tomas takes military training withsuccess While this still goes on the peaceful life of the kingdom is shattered when a mysterious alien invaders came out from nowhere The boys are swept by all the drastic events and are destined change their whole world.This book could and should be used as a checklist for fantasy cliche A young orphan boy Pug is taken as an apprentice to a master magician He shows a lot of promise, but completely fails to do any magic while at the same time his friend Tomas takes military training withsuccess While this still goes on the peaceful life of the kingdom is shattered when a mysterious alien invaders came out from nowhere The boys are swept by all the drastic events and are destined change their whole world.This book could and should be used as a checklist for fantasy cliches it has them all Sturdy miner dwarves Check The almighty dragons Check Mysterious and somewhat arrogant elves Check A mysterious invader force bringing peaceful life to the brink of complete annihilation Check A mysterious race of powerful warrior sorcerers which vanished with no explanation a long time ago, but left some artifacts behind Check An evenmysterious sorry, I seem to overuse the word magician with practically God like powers who will not reveal his intentions to mere mortals because they will not comprehend them Check A young boy better yet orphan whose destiny is to become the mover and shaker of the world with kings bowing to him Double check both Pug and Tomas fit the bill.I can go on and on, but I think I made my point Having said all this I really need to point out that this is not a bad book by any means The story is good and so are some of the characters Jimmy the Hand often ends up in different lists of the best fantasy thieves I never felt bored while reading it, but the feeling of being there, done that as well as the fact that there was nothing really outstanding about it really prevents me from giving this novelthan 3 stars.This review is a copy paste of my BookLikes one


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    I love this book Alhamdulillah It is a very different kind of fantasy book not like Harry Potter or other fantasy books.I think anyone who likes fantasy books should read this book Also I would recommend these who haven t read fantasy before to read Magician by Raymond E Feist.


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    I really enjoyed this book I was captivated and interested from the start which is really important for me I don t like books that are slow to start and often put them aside after a few chapters if it hasn t grabbed my attention by then I didn t notice Feist spend any time at the beginning on world building, but rather it felt like he let the world of Midkemia spring up around a diverse and interesting cast of characters I loved all of the main characters and felt them grow and change as tim I really enjoyed this book I was captivated and interested from the start which is really important for me I don t like books that are slow to start and often put them aside after a few chapters if it hasn t grabbed my attention by then I didn t notice Feist spend any time at the beginning on world building, but rather it felt like he let the world of Midkemia spring up around a diverse and interesting cast of characters I loved all of the main characters and felt them grow and change as time passed, even when months or years passes between two pages I m not a big fan of cliff hangers so I thought the end of Magician was really well executed I started the next in the series Silverthorn the same night because I wanted to know what would happen next, not because I needed to In short, there s a good reason why so many people list Raymond E Feist as one of the best fantasy writers


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    4 stars Look, I want to say, that I loved this book, but I didn t love it since I had so many problems with it, yet at the same time really loved many elements of the book, so this four star rating makes me fell pretty conflicted about it A bit of history between me and this author was that his Serpantwar Saga was one of the first truely epic fantasies that I ever read around a little two years ago ish I had, ultimately read other fantasy books, but not a lot of fantasy that would be conside 4 stars Look, I want to say, that I loved this book, but I didn t love it since I had so many problems with it, yet at the same time really loved many elements of the book, so this four star rating makes me fell pretty conflicted about it A bit of history between me and this author was that his Serpantwar Saga was one of the first truely epic fantasies that I ever read around a little two years ago ish I had, ultimately read other fantasy books, but not a lot of fantasy that would be considered epics aside from Lord of the Rings and Earthsea if that is considered epic fantasy In a way, I almost have to say that it was Serpantwar that propelled me to readfantasy in a sense, even though by then, fantasy as already my favourite genre Ultimately, I have read a lotfantasy since then, and alsobetter fantasy in my opinion, such as A Game of Thrones or anything by Brandon Sanderson really Now Magician, in a way felt to me that it almost felt like then sort of book that tried to combine all the popular elements in fantasy at the time of publication, such as magic, elves, dwarves, dragons, etc It is evident that there are many aspects influenced by Tolkien s Middle Earth There s nothing wrong with that and I personally am a huge sucker for elves and the like, so I had no real problem with that Dare I say it, but it almost felt that too many things were pushed into this one book, and that may seem surprising since it is over 800 pages, but as many people have mentioned, it the book does skip years at a time, which makes it feelevents are occurred than they actually have He also does this in his later books, such as Talon of a Silver Hawk It s a tad bit unusual and does make some parts of the book feel choppy and I feel like we do miss parts of a character Further, this singular book here as enough events in it to make it into a trilogy and by the end of the book, if all the threads are tied up which they aren t , the entire series could have been finished here There is a lot of good stuff in here that makes it feel like it is definitely fantasy and there are numerous parts that does make me, a total fantasy nerd feel happy inside It is very military centred and most of the important characters are all male, which is hugely typical oftraditional fantasy novels.Something I would like to bring everyone s attention to is that the romances is this book are utterly garbage Very rarely to we actually get a scene of interaction between male and female and then they are off proclaiming their love for each other There are some nice moments, granted, but it still makes it feel weak Almost everything is based off physical attraction and we straight up have century old Elf Queens needing a lord, which like, just feel so bad There s nothing that makes me feel that certain characters do in fact love each other, apart from the fact that every single woman in this book is stunningly beautiful in appearance I far prefer modern fantasy which features strong female characters that actually have some flaws and are useful to the story other than just as a tool for big powerful dudes to lust over.Beyond that, the world building and history of everything is done pretty well and I really do like the world of Midkemia, though some things can feel a tad bit standard However, it does feel pretty realistic and I know many people will disagree with me on this, but I like at how the world does not feel empty but rather is full of all sorts of things It is clear that the author has planned out things pretty well and it works well There s politics, castles, lords and everything else expected in a medieval inspired society I was a bit nervous at how the Kingdom was maintaining a war for so long, but thankfully it stated that the Kingdom was exhausted by the end of things.Overall, for it is, and that is, a traditional fantasy book written almost forty years ago, it s pretty good and I really enjoyed and will be continuing on with the series In terms of representation and the quality compared to lots of modern fantasy, it falls a bit short 8 10


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    Magician and The Riftwar Saga are among the greatest works of fantasy science fiction ever.Yes, I believe Raymond E Feist is just as good as Tolkien It is filled with great new ideas, and while he has in his books some of the older concepts from Tolkien and Lewis eg Elves, Dwarves, Goblins, Elvandar and Mc Mordain Cadel, which bear similarities to places and peoples in the older works, he has reworked them with great creativity into something new and exciting in the some way that Shakespeare Magician and The Riftwar Saga are among the greatest works of fantasy science fiction ever.Yes, I believe Raymond E Feist is just as good as Tolkien It is filled with great new ideas, and while he has in his books some of the older concepts from Tolkien and Lewis eg Elves, Dwarves, Goblins, Elvandar and Mc Mordain Cadel, which bear similarities to places and peoples in the older works, he has reworked them with great creativity into something new and exciting in the some way that Shakespeare s works took concepts from older balladeers and authors.There are new concepts such as the Valheru the Dragon Lords , the Tsurani , the Rift , the Empire of Great Kesh and new types of magic What emerges is a great and engaging epic that matches up every bit to Lord of the Rings.Feist s advanced understandings on magic, warcraft, the nature of world and it s peoples, and its internal politics is astounding It is jam packed with energy and is somewhat faster moving than Tolkien.I also like Feist s gentler concept of dragons, farthan Tolkien s the pet firedrake Fantus is just great I love reading about all the Princes, Dukes, Earls, Squires, Knight Marshals etc in the Kingdom, as I similarly enjoy the stranger politics of Tsuranuanni which is based of Japan Korea as the Kingdom is on Europe North America With it s system of honor and Great Families, the Emperor, the Warlord, the Great Ones, and the different shifting alliances and parties such as the Blue Wheel Party , the War Party , the Party for Progress etc.I also think the characters are nicely developed I finished the book wantingof Thomas, Pug, Carline one of my favourites , Arutha, Anita, Amos Trask, Gardan etc, which are available in the subsequent Midkemia Kelewan books Feist explores albeit in a tasteful way love and sensualitythan does Tolkien.And Feist s worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan are also well developed, you ll really find yourself lost in these intricate lands.Certainly Magician and it s sequels are immense in scope in creating a vast world of magic,war,adventure,love,hate and political intrigue


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    An absolute joy to read It may seem too generic, orphan boy makes good, but written in 1982, this was ahead of its time Brilliant story of magic, treachery to steal the thrones, dwarves, elves, dragons, portals to a strange warlike people similar to feudal Japan, battles, love and heartbreaking loss..the list could go on Sweeping nine year story that is just a brilliant tale and totally captivating Could not have enjoyed this .


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Magician Raymond E Feist S Classic Fantasy Epic, Magician, Has Enchanted Readers For Over Twenty Years The Revised Edition Was Prepared To Celebrate The Tenth Anniversary Of Its Publication, And Incorporates Over , Words Of Text Omitted From Previous EditionsAt Crydee, A Frontier Outpost In The Tranquil Kingdom Of The Isles, An Orphan Boy, Pug, Is Apprenticed To A Master Magician And The Destinies Of Two Worlds Are Changed ForeverSuddenly The Peace Of The Kingdom Is Destroyed As Mysterious Alien Invaders Swarm The Land Pug Is Swept Up Into The Conflict But For Him And His Warrior Friend, Tomas, An Odyssey Into The Unknown Has Only Just BegunTomas Will Inherit A Legacy Of Savage Power From An Ancient Civilization Pug S Destiny Is To Lead Him Through A Rift In The Fabric Of Space And Time To The Mastery Of The Unimaginable Powers Of A Strange New Magic Reviews Epic Scope Fast Moving Action Vivid Imagination WASHINGTON POST Tons Of Intrigue And Action PUBLISHERS WEEKLY