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- 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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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.Read more ›
'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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Reread after a few years, great series of books and a wonderful author. I can't wait for the new series to come out.Published 10 days ago by z m
Easily my favourite fantasy book. Lotr and got have nothing on this. I've read it a dozen times and still enjoy it. A must have in any fantasy library. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Josh
Having read this series when it was first released, it is a pleasure to return to this tome, it has lost none of its shine and sparkle that mark it out as a leader in he fantasy... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Rai
Brilliant. Got a kindle for christmas and bought this book. Im dont usually read books but cant put this one down.Published 25 days ago by Graeme Lynn
Fabulous book for Fantasy fans. Loads of interesting characters and a storyline that I'm sure Mr Tolkien would have been proud of.Published 27 days ago by Char L
Excellent saga. It kept me turning the pages. However, I did get to the end and had no desire to read the next book of the trilogy.Published 1 month ago by D. J. Milner