Book Review: Raymond E. Feist_Magician

Title: Magician
Series: The Riftwar Saga
Author: Raymond E. Feist
Stars: 3.5

Good Reads Synopsis: At Crydee, a frontier outpost in the tranquil Kingdom of the Isles, an orphan boy, Pug, is apprenticed to a master magician – and the destinies of two worlds are changed forever.
Suddenly the peace of the Kingdom is destroyed as mysterious alien invaders swarm the land. Pug is swept up into the conflict but for him and his warrior friend, Tomas, an odyssey into the unknown has only just begun.
Tomas will inherit a legacy of savage power from an ancient civilisation. Pug′s destiny is to lead him through a rift in the fabric of space and time to the mastery of the unimaginable powers of a strange new magic.

I was first told to read this years ago. Having recently been reminded of this by the same person and in the search for new author to become addicted to, I finally read it. After getting into the story I wondered why I hadn’t taken up this advice sooner.
In foreword to the revised edition E. Feist writes “My willingness to plunge blindly forward into a tale spanning two dissimilar worlds, covering twelve years in the lives of several major and dozens of minor characters, breaking numerous rules of plotting along the way, seemed to find kindred souls among readers the world over.”
The storyline of Magician plunges forward blindly with little sense of direction or structure. It has more than the average amount of main characters each with it’s own tale to go with it. A few parts of the book I read while wondering why this part wasn’t edited out. Maybe it was… After all, I did read the Authors Preferred Edition. Despite the large amounts of characters and subplots that at times I lost track of, there is something nostalgic about the way it is written. It was all too easy to fall into the stories of Pug, Thomas and the fate of Midkemia and to not want to go to work because this is by far more interesting.
Thankyou Vince for finally getting me to read this. I will definitely be reading more of E. Feist soon.


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