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  • Paperback: 664 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (29 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 000726481X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007264810
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 4.8 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Epic scope… fast moving action…vivid imagination' Washington Post

‘Feist’s fans will look forward to the saga’s final episode’ Publishers Weekly

‘If you gain any enjoyment whatsoever from reading fantasy then this is a novel that you simply cannot afford not to read’ Fantasy Book Review

‘Feist has a command of language and a natural talent for keeping the reader turning pages’ Chicago Sun-Times

‘Feist constantly amazes with his ability to create great casts of characters’ SF Site

‘With his storytelling mastery and ear for colourful language and nuance, the author of numerous books set in the dual worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan here launches a series that takes his fantasy universe into a whole new phase’ Library Journal

About the Author

Raymond E. Feist was born and raised in Southern California. He was educated at the University of California, San Diego, where he graduated with honours in Communication Arts. He is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Riftwar saga among other books.


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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Daniel O'Connor on 11 May 2013
Format: Hardcover
Whew! That was a goodie.

After all the lazy, 180-page, phoned-in Riftwar novels we've had over the years, all the editorial mistakes, all the various, contradictory Big Bads we've had, "Magician's End" really pulls things together at the... well, at the *end*.

And it is an end. The final pages leave you in no doubt that although Midkemia may keep on spinning on its axis, the characters that we've grown to love over the decades have completed their stories. I *so* hope that Feist doesn't decide to reboot the whole thing for a final cash-in, because this is as good a finale as any fan of "Magician", "Silverthorn" and "Sethanon" could have wished for.

It's a long book -- more than 600 pages. You get the universe-scale drama -- Pug trying to figure out how to stop everything in existence from not going up in a puff of smoke -- and the human-scale story, too -- the conDoin brothers and their part in the civil war of the Kingdom of the Isles. You can't help but admire Ray's enthusiasm for this stuff; how many more ways can there possibly be to describe sieges or massed battles?

"Magician's End" is the first Riftwar book in a very long time that makes me really think that Feist has actually gone back and read his first books ("Magician", in particular). You get a few cameos from characters you didn't think you'd see again and namechecks of, well, pretty much every major character that's ever appeared over the years, from Princess Carline to Roo Avery. And FANTUS! It's nice to have them remembered.

I remember looking at the paperback of "Magician" back in 1984, flicking through it and gradually deciding to buy it as I mentally reapportioned my available cash reserves away from tubes of Refeshers and bars of Caramac.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. David on 27 Jun. 2013
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You'll be sad when you read this book - sad because the saga has ended (we think, unless there are more Jimmy the Hand prequels), sad because you say goodbye to some much-loved characters, sad because Raymond Feist gives them - in most cases - a fitting finale and its worthy of emotion. You'll also be slightly sad that bits of it are needlessly reflective and maudlin, and an opportunity for Mr Feist to say goodbye to his favourite characters.

Still - I got through it in a few short hours and welled up a little. You definitely need to be a Feist / Midkemia fan, though. Tomas throws down some awesome moves in this book - after too long a break from the action!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Bennett J. Dunn on 8 July 2013
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I'm going to structure my review as follows: good points; bad points, and my summary.

Good points:

1. The punctuation, spelling and grammar were much improved.
2. The story had more pace to it than other books in the series.
3. Tomas finally does something, although it's not QUITE as exciting as in previous books.
4. Feist tied up quite a few questions, albeit in a rather extenuated process which occasionally left me as baffled as Miranda as to the point of the 'lessons'.
5. There is a grand and fitting finale with all sorts of powerful entities in motion and quite a cute sub-ending to top it all off.

Bad Points.

1. The military scenes felt pointless throughout, without you ever really caring about what happens and I found myself impatiently scanning them over to get to the 'good parts'.
2. Feist insists on a complex battle schematic which had me repeatedly checking the map to see who was attacking from where, and why/how it was important. Ultimately it was confusing and didn't push the story along.
3. The taredhel didn't get to do that much, which was rather disappointing as I would have liked to see them more 'in action', as it were.
4. There were still some unanswered questions, e.g. what happened to the angel warrior in the last book? You could speculate on it from the information Feist provides, but it seems there wasn't really any need for her to appear, nor were there any negative consequences as a result of her death.
5. Some of the scenes feel a bit contrived retrospectively, and were just there to 'say goodbye to Midkemia'. I mean this is understandable considering it's the last ever book, so it's just a small complaint.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amethyst Bookwyrm on 8 May 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is the final book of the series, in which the Kingdom of the Isles has been plunged into civil war by the death of King Gregory and the reluctance of the Congress of Lords to appoint his successor. Hal, Duke of Crydee, and his brothers Martin and Brendan, along with Jim Dasher Jamison and his grandfather Lord James are trying to prevent hostilities breaking out. At the same time Pug, Marcus, Nakor, as reincarnated by Belog, and Miranda, as reincarnated by Child, have been caught in a trap by the Adversary, and have been transported to a higher realm, and may not be able to return to save Midkemia.

Magicians End is a fitting finale to this epic fantasy series, which has spanned 30 years and 30 books consisting of series, collaborations and even a game tie-in series. The epilogue will be appreciated by those who have read and enjoyed the first book Magician. Magician's End is a very hard going book and feels much longer than it actually is; however, if you are a fan of the series DO NOT miss this book, as it ties up all the loose threads from throughout the rest of the series, whilst leaving the ability for a sequel series if Raymond E. Feist decides to.

My favourite characters are Pug and Thomas, as we have seen them grow and develop throughout the whole series, from youth's entering into apprenticeship, to the Greater Path magician Milamber and Ashen-Shugar, to the Duke of Stardock and consort of the Elven Queen, to what they are today.

I would only recommend Magician's End to those who have read and enjoyed the rest of the series, but would recommend this series to those who enjoyed King's Blades by Dave Duncan, and the Belgariad by David Eddings.
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