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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 36 hours and 13 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 24 Oct. 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FGKZFR2
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Ok, I'm cheating here slightly but I think this is the best place to mention something useful for anyone like me who, after reading Magician, are tempted to continue reading Mr Feist's works until what I really hope is the last trilogy he'll ever write around the Riftwar. Just to clarify, I have read all the books essential to reading the entire story (which is contained in 20 books), plus the 3 Empire books which are optional.

Beyond the shadow of a doubt, Magician is Raymond E Feist's finest work, and almost nothing he has written since has come anywhere near as close. I imagine this is due to the fact that he developed the ideas and plot for it over several years, whereas for all the subsequent novels he has written, he has probably spent an average of 1-3 years in writing them. It is a beautifully written book with rich characters and an amazingly intriguing and captivating storyline. Its sequels, Silverthorn and Darkness at Sethanon, are lesser books, but still not bad and are definitely worth a read if you enjoyed Magician.

Taking a slight tangent with the Empire Trilogy, here is a story set in the world of Kelewan on the other side of the rift, and that too is actually worth reading.

Next up we have two stories which are fairly decent and which are sold combined as Krondor's Sons. These are books are also not bad, the first being a standalone story, the second being a sort of sequel but one which leads up to the next trilogy set in Midkemia. This is know as the Serpentwar Saga, and I'll be brutally honest about it: the first three books are about as far as I would go or recommend anyone to read. Again, they are quite interesting, quite well told in some respects, and it ends quite nicely.
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Fantasy stories tend to rely on stock characters, as well as some pretty standard clichés. Characters such as the naïve but uniquely gifted young boy and his powerful yet mysterious instructor, and clichés such as the seemingly undefeatable foe and journeys across great distances that function as the backdrop to passages into adulthood. Depending on your point of view these can either be negative or positive aspects of the genre. But considering this is my absolute favourite genre of all- obviously these are characters and clichés I just can't get enough of, even if I must occasionally trudge through those plainly unimaginative and painfully formulaic examples.

'Magician' however, whilst containing all these characters and clichés and more common themes besides, is an exceptionally original and absolutely gripping novel. At first Pug is the uninspired hero, who aspires to the service of the Duke of Crydee and in companionship with his boyhood friend Thomas begins his unrelenting pursuit of that goal. But the twists and turns in Pug's story are unlike those in most fantasy stories- his ascendance into adulthood and the form his service to his country takes are completely different from that of his fellow apprentices and indeed his fellow heroes in fantasy.

Concepts of space and time, as well as the mastery of magic are areas terrifically brought to life by Feist and it's in the education of Pug in these arts that this book really comes into its own and where all competition is completely blown away. Clearly Feist has done a lot of research into this area, particularly in regards to some unequivocally harsh teaching techniques that seem to take their inspiration from Eastern philosophies, as do the 'undefeatable' foes and their far-off land.
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After many years of meaning to read this, I finally got round to it. It was voted into the top 100 of 'Britain's Best Loved Books' in a well publicised competition where the public could chose any book they wished. With so many people loving it, I had to give it a go. It's a very long novel - just over 700 pages - a true fantasy epic. And in so many ways it really is everything you look for in a good high fantasy novel. There are elves and dwarves, castles, magic, dragons, kings and princes, feisty orphans, woodsmen with mysterious pasts, long-lost heirs... If you think this reads like a tick list from Diana Wynne Jones' satirical 'Tough Guide to Fantasy Land', then you'd be right. But this is one of those books that shows why all those tropes have become so popular they can be seen now as clichés - because done well, they work.

The story centres on Pug, a loveable orphan who becomes apprenticed to a magician. But there are many other characters, and the story has multiple threads, in true fantasy epic style. As with all such books, there is an enemy to be battled, but unusually this is not a faceless, pure-evil 'dark lord'. Rather it is the soldiers of an empire from another world - albeit a similarly classic fantasy type one - that have arrived through a magical portal or 'rift' between the worlds.

It is a really easy book to read, and never dull despite its length. It is packed full of incident and excitement, and the multiple characters and subplots mean that it requires that number of pages to do all everything justice. I quickly came to like and care about all of the characters, and that can always carry me through the longest of sagas. Provided you are invested in the characters and their fates, 700 pages can feel like 200.
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