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Magician by Raymond E. Feist

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Submitted by Ryan 
(Sep 27, 2005)

Magician is a stunning piece of fantasy to say the least. Feist has been able to follow the many characters paths throught the novel, creating a sense of constant activity throughout the book. What makes this book so readable is the amount of story within the basic premise of 'The Riftwar Saga'. By doing so Feist makes the book much more enjoyable to read and make you want to continue straight onto 'Silverthorn'. I recommend this book to anyone out there who is looking for a great fantasy novel, and I guarantee once you reach chapter five you'll plough straight through and on to 'Silverthorn' and 'A Darkness At Sethanon'.

Submitted by Adrian Sweeney 
(Jun 20, 2004)

Magician is one of the best books I have ever read, the story follows just enough characters with out expanding the core character set like Wheel of time (By Robert Jordan recommended reading) is starting to do. I first read this book years ago and own both editions the original and the extended version. I find this book a must for any Fantasy reader you are doing yourself an injustice if you don't read this book, Once you get to around page 60 you will not want to put this book down no one I know can I know I didn't and each time I have reread the book it's the same effect and I've read it at least ten times so far, I have to make sure I have nothing on for the next few days as the hours will fly by. You get immersed in the story so quickly expect to go to sleep late if you read it in bed.

This has to be one of my favourite books of all time I recommend it strongly. My recommended reading path is

Daughter of the Empire (Raymond E Fiest & Janny Wurts)
Servant of the Empire (Raymond E Fiest & Janny Wurts)
Mistress of the Empire (Raymond E Fiest & Janny Wurts)
Then back to the series written by Raymond E Fiest

My reason for this is that the books Daughter through to Mistress flow at the time of the rift war and are a great insight in to the mind set of the Tsuranuanni, These three books help you understand the mind set that Raymond E Fiest was instilling into the characters of the book, These three books help to lift the Magician Series to new heights of reading pleasure,

As ever I enjoy rereading the series again and again.

Submitted by lessa_diddley666@hotmail.com 
(Jan 20, 2004)

I was a Lord Of The Rings freak and thought nothing could be anywhere near as good as it, until my dad advised me to read this!

I thought it was going to be some piece of wizard writing like Harry Potter, but it turned out to be brilliant! I didn't realise a book could be anywhere near as good as this, for I didn't really believe in reading anything else than Lord of the Rings.

This book made me realise the "magic" of books and I am now addicted to fantasy and can't stop reading them. I love Pug and Tomas, though Pug is my favourite because he is like me with his relationship to Tomas, people are only friends with him because he is friends with Tomas who is the coolest boy.

Though I am 13, and I was only 12 when I read it, I can still see its brilliance and I think it can be loved by people of any age!

Submitted by n_rudd@hotmail.com 
(Apr 04, 2003)

With all honesty, this book is what I would classify as a non-stop action mixed in with adventure, romance, the feats of growing up, along with many other characteristics of what is simply a great book. Rays' ability to explore the mercantalistic era mixed in with the fantasies of young children is just amazing. All my regards.

Submitted by czar 
(Apr 04, 2003)

Magician was an enjoyable two book series. Feist initially walks along the path of traditional fantasy, borrowing most obviously from Tolkien (you cannot have a shortcut under the mountain without invoking Lord of the Rings comparisons), but eventually the story goes in an interesting and original direction. My biggest gripe is that the characters all remain two dimensional (ie. Pug- the everyboy with "the special gift," the sagacious wizard, the rowdy pirate, etc.), but the plot, the massive scope and the history distinguish this book quite significantly. The surprisingly emotional encounter with a dragon, the first half of the second book's bizarre trajectory, and Feist's ability to make monsters tangible creatures overcome my criticisms. An easy to read and fast paced book with loads of creativity and energy. I give it 4 out of 5, but I give almost nothing 5/5. -Czar

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