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Magician's End (Riftwar 4) [Hardcover]

Raymond E. Feist
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6 May 2013 Riftwar 4

The fate of the black Magician will be sealed as prophecy becomes truth in the last book of the Riftwar Cycle.

THE FINAL VOLUME IN THE EPIC RIFTWAR CYCLE.

The dragons are calling…

Civil war is tearing apart the Kingdom of the Isles, for the throne lies empty and rivals are converging. Having spirited his beloved Princess Stephané safely out of Roldem, Hal – now Duke of Crydee – must turn his attention to the defence of the ancient realm so that a king can be anointed by the Congress of Lords, rather than by right of might.

But the greatest threat may well lie out of the hands of men. Somewhere in the Grey Towers Mountains something not of this world is emerging. It will require that alliances be made between mortal enemies if disaster is to be averted.

Elves and men must stand together, ancient heroes must rise again, dragons must fly and Pug, Magnus and the other magic-users of Midkemia must be prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice if the whole world is to be saved.



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  • Hardcover: 664 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (6 May 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0007264798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007264797
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 16.4 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,294 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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, predictable, maudlin, entertaining 27 Jun 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic fantasy 26 Jun 2013
By Sue
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Bought as a present, recipient has read many of the books written by this author and thought this was well up to previous standards.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magician's End 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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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic end to an Awesome series 10 May 2013
By GOTTON
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Eleven years ago on a flight back from Florida I opened a book that I bought in a store on the way to the airport. By the time that 9 hour flight finished I had read that book in its entirety and I had discovered the beginning of a passion for all things fantasy. That book was called Magician.

Since that flight I have read every book written by Raymond E Feist that is set in the Midkemia universe and I have thoroughly enjoyed the ride. More than once I have reread the series and a couple of months ago I started again so that I would be ready for this final book.

I was both eager and nervous about this final outing for in his more recent novels I have seen the quality of Mr Feists work take a noticeable dip and nothing would pain more more than to say goodbye to Pug and Tomas in a way that was anything less than epic. I need not have worried.

This novel was a perfect example of the series as a whole. There was a great deal about it that was not special and at times a little dull. The civil war in the kingdom acted as distracting noise to me when going through this book and I sped through those pages trying to get to the meat of the story and the characters that I have come to love over the past decade of my life. I realised as I was reading this how apt this was as Raymond E Feist's series has always contained works that were less than special and bordering on mundane. But interspersed amongst those books were an equal number of moments that were so epic that they out shone the low points.

I found the same to be true with this book. The path that Pug and Tomas travelled was by far the more epic and grandiose path in this story. The tale that led to the end of this magnificent series was every bit as fitting as they deserved.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Magicians End
Excellent end to the Pug series of books and it is hard to believe that there will be no more.
Published 18 hours ago by ron
5.0 out of 5 stars Having reached the end of the whole series. This ...
Having reached the end of the whole series. This is agitating end to the sagas. I am sorry to have no more to look forward to!
Published 3 days ago by MR J F SIGGERS
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Work of art from Raymond E Feist
A very well deserved end to the series, a master piece of ingenuity and story telling which compels reading go the very end.
Published 7 days ago by Geoff Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 8 days ago by Sarah Slater
5.0 out of 5 stars Feist all the way.
Been reading Mr feist for years and having found a better without. Shame it's come to a end. Such a great ending.
Published 13 days ago by awesome.
5.0 out of 5 stars Magicians end?
Always a pleasure to follow the key characters throughout a series of stories that bind you to the end. Read more
Published 16 days ago by John Zayya
5.0 out of 5 stars a good end
Very good end to the series, A mention of all the characters from the previous books. Must say that it saddens me that this is the end of the series :(
Published 29 days ago by Mark Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars if reading was a food definatly a feast
Love his books they just take you to the place. Hard to put down once started. Love all his characters.
Published 1 month ago by gordy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great end but an opening for the next book
I enjoyed the book, it provides the epic battles we needed for this end of a great Magician. So a good read.
Published 1 month ago by Niall O'Casey
4.0 out of 5 stars This was a kong time coming but worth the wait
It was an fitting end to the series although a little too metaphysical for my liking, very enjoyable all the same
Published 1 month ago by Mr Liam O'Donovan
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