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Magician's End (The Chaoswar Saga #3)

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  3,152 ratings  ·  259 reviews
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 Stephane 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
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Hardcover, 638 pages
Published May 6th 2013 by Harper Voyager (first published 2013)
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Bob Milne
The End is Here! The Riftwars are Over!

And so we find ourselves at the end of another long-running fantasy series, left with nothing more than the pages we hold in our hands to provide some sense of closure. The final book of any series is always a difficult one to read, and it often seems as if the longer the series, the greater the potential for disappointment. With an open-ended series like this, where each subsequent book has added more characters, more plot threads, and more mythology, th
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Seamus Quigley
Something occurred to me in the run up to the release Magician’s End. It has been 15 years since Feist released a really good book.

Of all the books published since Shards of a Broken Crown, only those focussing on Talon manage to surpass being okay. Everything since has been a steady decline; a trend that Magician’s End just barely bucks. But then, given the editing and continuity problems in A Crown Imperilled, further decline was difficult.

It was reading Feist’s long awaited finale that made m
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Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
This and my other reviews can be found at http://amethystbookwyrm.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks to Edelweiss and Harper Voyager for giving me this book to review.

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 h
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Dan H
May 11, 2013 Dan H added it
Good? Bad? Doesn't matter! I read the other 300 books in this series, I'm legally obligated to read the very last chapter.
Artemas
Disappointing.

This book would have been ok if an editor removed the 250ish pages of metaphysical/astronomical junk that felt like it did not belong.

The best way to describe it is to imagine that scene from the third "Matrix" movie where the architect gives that boring monologue to Neo when they are in the TV screen room.

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Gary
I cant really review this as single book. If I did it wouldn't rate 4 stars, but as an ending for characters I have been reading about for nearly 30 years it does.

Pug, Thomas, Jimmy, Nakor, and the conDoin family will always have a place on my bookshelves.
Gareth Otton
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 mont
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Aildiin
I didn't review the previous two books in the Chaoswar Saga, but seeing how this book ends that saga as well as the whole Feist Riftwar 30 book saga, it does deserves a few words.
Sadly those worlds are not going to make you want to read those books.

My main big issue with this book is that same one I have had with the last 15 or so Feist books.
When the writing deals with the common people ( meaning soldiers, dukes, even kings) it is good and engaging and Feist has a knack at making you like his c
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Scott
I was 13 when Magician came out (I'm 44 now) so I have history with this series and I've read almost all the books (21 of them) so there are mixed feelings at reading and finishing the last book in the series.

Feist writes some of the best political fantasy out there and he didn't disappoint in this book but the problem was - the things that were interesting in this book were the politics and the non-magical characters. Everything magic related (and that includes that pages upon pages of philosop
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Kris
I have been reading the Midekemia books of Raymond Feist since the early 80's when they were first published. I don't think that Feist could have brought this series to a satisfying ending just because it was so long and the characters have become almost institutions and not really people any more. I think that he did give it a good shot though and I admit that I felt ok when I reached the end but the series was starting to already feel like it had stayed past it's expiration date so some of tha ...more
Eleanor
It's hard to write a review of Magician's End without going into a bit of the entire Riftwar Saga. This is not something I wish to do because the saga contains 30 books, of which I have read 27. I started reading the Riftwar books as a teenager and even though I took breaks, always came back to the story to find out what happened to Pug, Tomas, the conDoin family and Jimmy's family. I only skipped Talon of the SIlverhawk because it was so unrelated to the characters I knew and loved already, but ...more
Nix Gerit
Is there really any good way to close a 30-book long series? There has already been so many deaths and so many small endings, usually taking away any desire to read on, even though I always forced myself to continue after a few days. I got used to it and now I just seem to wait for another book, another continuation of this infinite wheel of life.
Some of the fates ended as I have been expecting them to end ever since the beginning of the book, some of them surprised me and some of them I severe
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Kim
May 17, 2013 Kim rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
What can I say? What can I possibly say about the final book in this epic saga that changed my life fifteen years ago? God, it's such a bittersweet moment. I feel incredibly sad to know there will never be another book in this series, or even on this particular world, but I am so, so thankful that Magician's End turned out to be so freakin' fantastic. For now, I don't want to read anything fantasy-related for a couple of days, because this book, this series, has been the most important series in ...more
Steve
Apr 10, 2014 Steve rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Feist
Sometimes when an author I love publishes a new book, I am so excited that I almost skim through the book to find out what happens and I miss some of the finer points. That is what happened with this one. Also, what happens is that I'll re-read the same book or series over and over, each time gleaning a little more. I'm sure that will happen with this book.

Upon re-reading Magician's End, I was struck at how well Mr. Feist was able to link so much together, especially some of the finer, less memo
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James McKenna
As much as it pains me to admit it, I have to say that I didn't find this book to be a satisfying end to a series I had mostly enjoyed. I would like to start this review off by mentioning things that I liked and things that I thought were done right. Unfortunately, even the parts that were done well were negatively effected by either my expectations coming from this being the last novel in the series or by more fundamental flaws that lay hidden in the backround.

Being that this is the final novel
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Natalie
I don't know if I can call this book a return to form. I have suspicions that the quality in general is still low in comparison to Feist's earlier works. That being said, this book made me happy, it made me sad, it made me feel something again. The last Midkemia book that made me feel anything was King of Foxes. So the fact that this one managed to tug on my heartstrings again already pushes the rating up!

The plot was not particularly complex or susprising. Pug and the gang need to save the worl
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Equinox
Definitely a worthy end to such a great series. There is also a quality here that has been somewhat absent a lot of Feist books in the more recent years, which is welcome. The book certainly captured the magic and atmosphere that made the series so interesting in the first place, particularly harking back to 'Magician'.

A must read, if only for closure to those following the series!
Alexander Draganov
Very slow beginning and the rating really should be four stars or even three and a half. But the second part of the book is probably the best thing Feist have ever written and in the end he made me cry, so all power to him and this book. Thanks for the great ride, Ray :)
Joe
The last of the rift war series was as good as any Raymond E Feist has published in the last ten years but remains a shadow of his early output. The original rift war seres, the Serpent War saga are the best. I remember reading Magician in 1984 and marvelling at its sheer drive and energy and despite some fantasy cliches it's inventiveness, which at its best echoed Moorcock. Yet the characters drove the series Pug, Tomas, Macros and Nakor. In this final book of the series we meet all of them aga ...more
Veronica Morfi
I can't believe it's over. I know it's been 30 books but I just love the world Feist created. I love Midkemia and all the characters that lived in it (and died in it). This is not going to be one of my normal review, 'cause I just can't possibly review this book the normal way. It is just going to be me, raving non stop about how awesome Feist is and how awesome this series is and how sad I am it's over.

When I first got the book I was like this


And then I started reading and fell right back in lo
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Joe Aguiar
I enjoyed Raymond E. Feist's final installment of his epic Riftwar series but, I wish I could say I loved it more. Despite it's flaws it is an enjoyable read but, for a climax to a series of almost 30 books in almost as many years, it doesn't have that epic finish feel. It feels like just another book. The story has The Kingdom in the grips of a civil war as rival contenders for the vacated crown go to war with each other as Jim Dasher, Hal and co. try to find a way to stop it and see a rightful ...more
Jesse Koops
Feist has given us many things through these past 30 years. He has given us characters to love and some to hate and some to simply stand in awe of. Now Feist not only gives us closure but he reprises his work in the most spectacular ways. This last book in the Riftwar cycle ties everything together and more.

The stars of this book are some old friends like Pug, Miranda and even... dare I say it *Oh god not him again* Macros the Black. The greatness of this book though is that it gives also gives
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Peter
Hmmmmm.

Well another series has bitten the dust, first came Robert Jordan (Brian Sanderson) Wheel of Time and now the Magician/Midkemia series has ended literally with a cataclysmic bang. What began, so many moon’s ago, with, and truth be told my first purchased fantasy novel Magician, (Tolkien’s work was previously purloined from my sister), has ended.

I don’t like to talk about plots, which character died etc, simply because future reader will be tempted to uncover the spoiler alert, I much pre
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Mitchell
I don't remember when I first picked up Magician: Apprentice, but it has to have been at least a decade ago. Since then, Feist's books have been a sort of respite from some of the deeper, harder to read books I get into. They are always fun to read, and I always tear through them in a short amount of time. Feist has an amazing way with his characters; despite many many generations passing from the beginning of the Riftwar books, I still cared about every successive generation of protagonists. Ev ...more
Aaron
Having just finished Magician's End Raymond Feist has brought use full circle, he has woven a wonderful tapestry of both war and redemption. The World of Midkemia stands on the brink of total destruction by the very heart of darkness, in order to save the wold Pug His son Magnus and all Their friends and allies must do the unthinkable. In the End Lives lost loved one gone Pug does what only a father can and trades his life for his son's dieing instead of Magnus but so great was all he had sacrif ...more
Chris King
30 books,20 ish years of reading the sagas/cycles that's it done,fin the end (pun wholeheartedly intended).



Was it worth it? Most definitely,with varying peaks and troughs throughout the various wars,sagas,cycles what have you,Mr Feist has kept me hanging in there till the bitter end,and what a ending!!!!!!!!

I found myself reading this in the surreal circumstances of being by a pool,surrounded by bikini clad beauties (and some not so) on my annual holiday,beer in hand,sun cream in my eyes (stingy
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Thomas Young
Well, given the books immediately preceding the last 3, I was nervous that Feist had completely lost his touch and would be soon joining the ranks of those used to be's who put their name on the book that someone else wrote to continue a franchise and reap the reward. Thank goodness I was wrong. Instead he wrote a love song to those of us who've read the series from the beginning. We get a trip through memory lane, but in a way that drives he story. In other words, the trip is not just for the s ...more
Todd Ross
I kinda felt like too much of this book was spent talking about weird fantasy science mumbo jumbo. Very few pages spent time with the ConDoin brothers dealing with a brewing civil war. Almost all of the events in the book besides the multi-chapter pseudo-science explanation for the Dread felt rushed and lacking depth. All-in-all this was a very disappointing book for Feist to leave us with. While the overall ending was nice and added some symmetry to the entire 30 novel series, the rest of the b ...more
Dougie
Having not read any Feist novels since the end of the Dasati set I recently decided to read everything in order to coincide with this release of this final chapter.

Although I am glad to know the final fate of so many characters I first knew 25+ years ago I found this book, as with the preceding 3 or 4, to be very very poor in comparison to earlier works. The plots were poorly thought out and almost lazy and were filled with villains who had turned the dial up to full on stupid. Did we also need
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Scurra
As others have said, this book in itself doesn't really warrant four stars, but as the conclusion to a genuinely epic series which I have stuck with since the start (thirty years?!), it is pretty much as good as it was probably possible for it to be.

Sure it's rather self-indulgent at times (although nothing like as bad as it could have been), but the retcon work of transforming central plots from earlier series into aspects of the same single backstory works well without getting too tangled up i
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Raymond E. Feist was born Raymond E. Gonzales III, but took his adoptive step-father's surname when his mother remarried Felix E. Feist. He graduated with a B.A. in Communication Arts with Honors in 1977 from the University of California at San Diego. During that year Feist had some ideas for a novel about a boy who would be a magician. He wrote the novel two years later, and it was published in 1 ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Chaoswar Saga (3 books)
  • A Kingdom Besieged (The Chaoswar Saga #1)
  • A Crown Imperiled (The Chaoswar Saga #2)
Magician: Master (The Riftwar Saga, #2) Magician: Apprentice (The Riftwar Saga, #1) A Darkness At Sethanon (The Riftwar Saga, #4) Magician (The Riftwar Saga, #1-2) Silverthorn (The Riftwar Saga, #3)

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