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Magician by Raymond E. Feist

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Submitted by Danijel 
(Jan 19, 2003)

This book is fantastic. It the first book I read to myself and I was hooked. It brought out the reclusive in me, I didnt go out for days and I read till my eyes were sore. I was only 15 when I read it and I have found most, other books boring and disappointing (including Lord of the Rings).

The way Ray keeps the story interesting is genius, for such a large story I dont think I wanted to stop reading at any time. I enjoyed the way he brought the charecters to life, you could grow to love them or hate them, and more often then not understand and sympethize with them.

This man and this book needs to be more widely recognised for this classic saga, as it is more then competition for Lord of the Rings. I urge anyone who has not read this book to at least think about it on the next visit to the book shop or library.

Submitted by Sean 
(Dec 12, 2002)

This Book is easily my favourite book although my favourite series is Lord of the Rings not one or even two of those books add up to the Magician. Not only does this book introduce you to the epic fantasy world of Medikemia, it also introduces you to to the much more alien world of Kelewan. You read as you discover the interesting characters such as a smart pirate, a mad King, A unsuccessful apprentice magician and many many more. The enemy (Kelewan) isn't stereotyped such as this DarkLord and that evil Wizard too. It is simply a world seeking metals and honour. I loved the middleages castle of Crydee for it was easy to imagine and I really wish I could live there. While the rest of the riftwar saga seemed to me to be some old cheesy horror movie with all its walking dead acting like the girl of the exorcist it still had its moments maybe I was expecting another Magician from silverthorn. Oh well all in all this is easily the best book ever written.

Submitted by gamina 
(Oct 13, 2002)

After picking this book up for the first time I found it to be a permanent fixture in my hands,I didn't sleep for nights on end and my kids were pleading with me to put it down just long enough to feed them.
In my opinion a truely fantastic piece of story-telling by a master author. A story of two young boys whose whole lives and everything they once knew are changed forever by their very different destinies and how the fate of two worlds are inter-twined with each other. It really is very hard trying to say how good a book this really is without going into a long and probably very boring description of a very un-boring story. The author has a certain something that drags you into this story.I can't remember ever being so inside a book in all my life.
Even after having read if for the third time I am still noticing things I missed first & second time around.
Full marks to Feist for one of the best reads ever!!!

Submitted by Leo Sorel 
(Nov 23, 2001)

Magician, the first book by Raymond Feist can also be called Epic. It spans close to 20 years, two worlds, multiple races of beings in a true fantasy setting that seems to be brought to life and seems to have a realism all it's own. It's the tale of two teenage boys who grow up to become men of unimaginable abilities and vast potential. This book can be read as a stand-alone and you won't be disappointed, but it is the start of a multi-book series called the Riftwar Saga. The first part of the book is on a world called Midkemia in a country called Kingdom of the Isles, loosely based on a European Feudalized society. As this is a Fantasy book, the world is dominated by Humans, but there are other races, such as Elves, Orcs, Dark Elves, Trolls, Goblins, Dwarves and Dragons to name just a few. The second half of the book is mostly on a world called Kelawan in a country called Tsuarrani, loosely based on an Asian Feudalized society. There isn't very many other races here, but there are quite a few creatures of a different sort. Both of these worlds have Magic and practitioners of Magic, but just as the two societies are different, these practitioners of magic are widely diverse. There are also clerics who practice a form of worship and can do some types of magic granted by their particular deities. There are no Paladins in this world, in the sense of Knights being able to wield clerical magic. Pug & Tomas (the main protagonists) are the focus of the two sections of the book, although it does sometimes portray it from another persons point of view. The book starts out in a small section of the Kingdom, on the edge actually, one of the most recently "acquired" sections a few generations ago. The book shows the discovery of the two worlds to one another, the start of a major war and it's period of basically a generation. It's hard to actually give you a review without actually telling you about the plot or any of the main happenings of the book as everything is so totally interlocked, that even the mention of one thing can lead you to other things that are best discovered as you read it. I hope you enjoy the book, as it is one of my most favorite fantasy books, and Pug is one of my most favorite characters.

Submitted by sandy milne
(Mar 20, 2001)

Magician must be good. It now sells as a modified/updated version from the first, a bit like the film Star Wars in which the latest film animating techniques are adopted. I've never read a book twice except when I had to during my time at University when the tedious information passed through my brain like a white water rafting holiday. But, Magician is fantastic and well and truly riveted me. The book starts delicately and as part of a trilogy (for us older people)ends aggressively and imaginatively and even better, Feist doesn't ruin the end because he wants the damn thing finished. He finishes it satisfying ready for his next four.

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