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Magician: 1 (Riftwar Saga) Paperback – 1 Sep 2008

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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586217835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586217832
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.6 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (640 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Like a venerable patriarch, Magician stands at the head of a great tribe of fantasy writing. When Raymond Feist's enormous novel was published, critics called it "the best new fantasy concept in years", and Feist has refined and explored that concept over a dozen novels. His "concept" was to bring together two (and later, more) whole, intricately realised fantasy worlds. Midkemia is a Tolkienian realm, a European- Medieval series of kingdoms in which magic is prominent, and where men share the earth with dwarves and elves. Feist's genius was inventing another sword and sorcercy realm based more closely on eastern models, the Empire of Tsuranuanni, as vast as Ancient China, as formalised and devoted to the arts of war as a samurai Japan. A magical rift in time-space brings these two worlds clashing together, and the young boy Pug and his soldier friend Tomas are thrown into the ensuing maelstrom of invasion and epic battle, before embarking on a more fundamental magical journey towards the very roots of evil itself. Feist's two sequels to Magician, Silverthorn and A Darkness at Sethanon complete the richly conceived Riftwar Saga, and Feist has gone on to chronicle other aspects of his invented worlds. More recently he has returned to the world of Medkemia, and to his hero Pug, with the Serpentwar saga, beginning with Shadow of a Dark Queen and continuing with Rise of a Merchant Prince, Rage of a Demon King and Shards of a Broken Crown. Heroic Fantasy is a crowded-enough field, but Feist stands out in it for his sheer inventive power, the scope and range of his narratives, the diversity of his characters and his thundering battle sequences. Start reading here, and you may find yourself unable to stop until you have followed the saga right up to date. --Adam Roberts

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'Epic scope… fast moving action…vivid imagination'
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'tons of intrigue and action'
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By M and A Hepworth TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Oct. 2016
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This was the first series of books that I ever read and I must say I think that it should have been made into film by now. What an absolute masterclass in fantasy writing. Mr Feist stands tall with the greatest writers of all time. These books are amaing and everyone should read them at least once. Become part of Midekemia.
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Once I was in this world , I never wanted to leave it - I was utterly spellbound . Pacy and imaginative , a perfect book to lose yourself inside .
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About the 5th time I have purchased this in the last 15 years. A great book!!!
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One of my all time favourites, I've loved this series for years and reccomend them. 1-3 a great trilogy.
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fine
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i have known and loved this book for many years. it has depth and feeling, is well written and has all the best fantasy elements.

being the kindle edition there are some typos as always, but none that distract from the flow of the story.
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Amazing to hear one of my favourite stories!
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By D. McNeill TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 April 2013
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One of the best books ever written and after years of hunting I have finally been able to get it in Hardback. Now will you please print a Sethanon and Silverthorn reprint in Hardback...........please!!
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