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Magician: Master (The Riftwar Saga #2)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  45,978 ratings  ·  351 reviews
He held the fate of two worlds in his hands...

Once he was an orphan called Pug, apprenticed to a sorcerer of the enchanted land of Midkemia.. Then he was captured and enslaved by the Tsurani, a strange, warlike race of invaders from another world.

There, in the exotic Empire of Kelewan, he earned a new name--Milamber. He learned to tame the unnimagined powers that lay with
Mass Market Paperback, Author's Preferred Edition, 499 pages
Published January 1993 by Spectra (first published November 1982)
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Michael Y. Patuwo
After "Magician: Apprentice", I was hoping that the second half of the Feist's Magician series would deliver closure to the multitude of plot threads that have been constructed in the first half, but as it turned out, I was disappointed. There are many problems with this book that impede my enjoyment, because every other page of the book seems to make me look up and whisper to myself, "What? Why? How is this reasonable? Why do I have to see this scene? Why is the guy I'm supposed to be rooting f ...more
Jeremy Brown
Magician: Master is a deeply engrossing story which is fairly straight forward from beginning to end. Based on the title of the novel and the actions in Magician: Apprentice it is obvious that the book will revolve around Pug’s capture and his training to become a Master Magician. This book involves more political intrigue and less action than Magician: Apprentice but the author manages to make the political intrigue interesting enough to make me not lose interest in reading the novel.

The one ma
Apr 20, 2011 Jon rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jon by: FBCS February 2011 Selection
The second half of Magician became increasingly dark as I approached the climactic end to the Kelewan-Midkemian Riftwar. I observed definite growth to full maturity between Pug and Tomas, and perhaps that growth from boyhood through young adult into adulthood is what I lament - the rite of passage of most normal young boys, though Pug and Tomas could never be mistaken for normal. While everything seemed wondrous and adventurous in the first half of the novel (also known as Magician: Apprentice), ...more
Passados 4 anos desde o cerco a Crydree, a guerra contra os Tsurani continua. Os amigos seguem caminhos diferentes.

Pug encontra-se escravo do povo de Kelewan. É através deste e de Laurie, o seu novo amigo que o autor nos dá a conhecer o outro lado da guerra. Entrando em terras do inimigo, ficamos a conhecer os seus costumes, a sua cultura, os jogos políticos, e a sua hierarquia. Apesar de Pug começar por ser um escravo no mundo dos Tsurani, ao longo do tempo vai aprendendo a conhecer e a control
Mrs. S
This is the second book in the Riftwar Saga. This was a new author for me but I have always been a fan of fantasy novels. The first book, Magician: Apprentice was okay, but this book was great. For just the one scene where Pug, now called Milamber, first uses his full magical powers, the book is worth recommending. Fortunately, the entire book is highly entertaining and VERY readable.

Synopsis: A rift has been created between two worlds. In this book, Pug is a slave on Kelewan, the capital city o
As much as I loved 'Apprentice' this was a worthy follow up & ended satisfactorily. Oh, there's plenty more story to be told, but I appreciated that I could put the series down for a while. I didn't feel that way when I finished 'Apprentice'.

I think I'm going to pick up the Empire trilogy when I start to re-read the series again, although I'm waiting to see what Mr. Feist has to say about the matter. (He's doing a Q&A in the Fantasy Book Club Series group where we're reading this now.)
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Dave Philipson
Thankfully a Total Absence of Campfire Songs

A well realised, clever political story. That said it really was a take in two acts for me.

The first act made me feel that the author was reading LOTR while he was writing. 'The pass is blocked we will have to go through the mines'!! Hmmm where have I heard that before? If I hadn't been a fan of the genre I would have stopped reading here.

But I'm glad I didn't because the second act is brilliantly original. I really liked the mixture of cultures, and t
Another heroic romance, one of my favorite types of reading, Magician-Master is the one that I reacted to most strongly of the 5 book series. Feist wrote this as his second novel, but, from the beginning, to me, seems to have had a handle on what makes a story good. Pug and Tomas are two young boys who set out on their journeys to adulthood in quite different ways. Pug, an orphan who was fostered by Tomas' parents becomes an apprentice magician while Tomas, taller and stronger, enters service as ...more
Magician: Master, the second half of Raymond E. Feist's 'Magician,' (after it was subdivided for audiences with shorter attention spans) picks up some years after the first half ends. Pug has been captured and enslaved on Kelewan, serving the Tsurani. One day, a passing Great One (magic user) notices Pug's latent power and immediately takes him for magical training. Unlike Pug's home world of Midkemia, on Kelewan, magic users are revered, as they form the basic protective and governing body of t ...more
It's a guilty pleasure. Extremely enjoyable, even though many aspects of the book are directly ripped off from Tolkien and other older fantasy books. The best book in the Riftwar series.
Ultimately I liked it, but I was startled by how fast time and how quickly Pug's training went by in the book; I feel as the reader we didn't grow with him. He literally started as an apprentice and then through the magical/mental trip was a master magician in no time. I was a little disappointed in that sense, but it was a good ending and the other characters had more explained growth than Pug's seemingly near-instant transformation into an adult and master magician. I have zero urge to read th ...more
This was my second time reading Magician: Master, and I think I loved it just as much as the first time around. I read (and am rating) this separately from Magician: Apprentice, despite the fact that both books were originally published as one volume. Partly that's because I'm doing this as a group read, and it was easier length wise to tackle one volume per month. But more so it's because that's how I originally read it. When I first picked up Apprentice, I had no idea it was only half of the s ...more
Jeffrey Grant
Once again, very well-written old school fantasy, though not too old school.
Pug was certainly my favorite character through all of this, though Amos and Arutha grew on me, more so than in the first book. Unfortunately I was never enthralled by the Tomas arc; I understand what was going on, but the way it was written made it seem to me like Tomas himself had very little part in it and the elves, ancient magic, and Macros were all more a part of what was happening than he was.
Overall the book has
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A few spoilers from the previous novel, Magician: Apprentice, are scattered throughout this review

Magician: Master is the second novel in Raymond Feist’s best-selling Riftwar Saga. In my previous review, I gave Magician: Apprentice quite a hard time for staying so close to the standard Tolkien-esque tropes (dwarves, elves, etc.). I was not particularly eager to read Magician: Master; I already had a copy on my bookshelf, though, so I dove in. Luckily, Magi
Magician: Master is the sequel to Magician: Apprentice, but it is really the second half of a larger book (Magician was originally published in a single volume and later split for the “author’s preferred edition”).

The book opens with a three and a half page summary of the events of the first book. Essentially jumping in at the middle, we find our protagonists are hip-deep in conflict. After his capture, Pug has been transported to Kelewan and made a slave. Tomas’s powers continue to grow as he l
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Since I have read this book previously and enjoyed it, I felt like I'd be in for the same treat. Unfortunately, this series is failing to live up to what I remember it to be. Pug as a slave and a Great One was great. A powerful plot string and an intriguing look into another culture. Every other plot line in the book, however, failed to interest me. I skipped entire sailing and pirating sections of unimportant travel, as well as overly descriptive battle scenes. Tomas' plight was interesting, th ...more
I really enjoyed this conclusion! Although, I must admit, that for the sake of convenience, I am much relieved that Apprentice and Master are broken up into their own volumes. Two characters that I recalled quite fondly from the first time reading this series, Amos Trask and Jimmy the Hand, play larger roles here, and I am quite excited to continue reading this series. And while this is a conclusion, of sorts, by the end there are still many questions raised and issues left unresolved at the end ...more
Oct 19, 2009 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All fantasy fans
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One of my favorites. It is not often that an author will take a character and grant them huge power and still write about them. Pug and Tomas each grow beyond the scope that characters are usually allowed to reach in a series of books. In the Riftwar Saga, the focus does shift from these two fellows and tends to follow events of the world. They are however always there and remarkably still growing. It all begins in Magician: Apprentice and Magician: Master (Originally published one volume, I do ...more
Surprisingly good. I picked this up expecting it to be another fat fantasy novel to read for fun, but it had some creative story and setting elements tat set it apart from the dime a dozen other fantasy paperbacks that you can find at used book stores. The character development was also good enough that I cared about what happened to them.

As an aside, the women, who are supposed to be "strong" are rather boring and don't actually do anything that *shows* that there strong. It was just irritatin
Great fantasy story and good ending to the previous book, but it had some shortcomings. Sometimes when you really feel that there is something you want to read more about author skips some months/year of time and you only hope that in some next book these things will be explained in detail.
Picking up where Magician: Apprentice left off, Magician: Master plunges right into what happened to Pug after his fateful raid against the rift. Having been captured, not killed, he's now a slave on the other side of the rift. With no way home and no future, he's passing one day at a time---until a stranger notices him and draws him into a larger game still.

After a short introduction catching up readers on the events of the first book, the story begins by tackling the biggest question Apprentic
I feel like 4 stars is a very accurate rating for this book.
The reason I feel this is probably because I feel as if Feist created a seriously intriguing world, with a huge, epic and insanely interesting scope both in the physical sense (I.e. The novel spans two worlds and features a battle between the whole armies of two worlds) and the academic sense (I.e. We explore the culture of the Tsunari, we learn about Feist's interpretation of magic, and generally the whole history, background & law
I liked it! but I have a real affinity for this type of story. That said it has some things that could be better. Ostensibly it's about Pug the magician apprentice soon to be master but really Pug is only one of a bunch of characters and herein lies the books weakness. Its fairly hard to get invested in any one of them since you'll be left hanging. And by treating all equally they seem underdeveloped with actions that make little sense. The real story here is the plot of one society reaching out ...more
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(Spoilers for Magician: Apprentice are below).

Magician: Master is the second half of Magician, which was one book published in two parts in the United States. Continuing the journey of Pug and his friends and allies, Feist brings the story to a definitive conclusion, one that was so definitive that it had me wondering why write more books with these characters?

Nevertheless the same issues in the previous book arise in this as well; there was
Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
Παρά το μέγιστο λάθος μου να το ψιλοξεφυλλίσω κι οπότε και είδα ότι ο ήρωας της προτίμησής μου πεθαίνει σχετικά γρήγορα (με αποτέλεσμα να απογοητευτώ, να διαβάσω τις τελευταίες δέκα σελίδες και μετά να το παρατήσω), ήταν καλύτερο από το πρώτο.

Τελικά γύρισα και το ολοκλήρωσα και η άποψή μου εξακολουθεί να είναι η ίδια. Έχει αρκετά κουραστικές περιγραφές κάποιες στιγμές κι άλλες φορές απλά τρέχει. Από την άλλη η σύλληψη του κόσμου και τα επιχειρήματα των χαρακτήρων σχετικά με τις πράξεις τους μου
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Holy cow, you guys. I can't believe what Feist has done with this series. I absolutely LOVED the first book and I was worried I wouldn't feel the same magic from the second book. However, I was wrong. Feist does an amazing job creating two completely different worlds feel so real and complex. There is one scene that stands out to me the most is when Pug (who goes by another name) travels up a tall tower and has visions of the past.
Neste livro ficamos a conhecer o mundo dos Tsurani (Kelewan), pelos olhos do astuto aprendiz de mago, Pug e apercebemo-nos da existência de estranhas raças inteligentes como os Cho-já (criaturas semelhantes a formigas) e os Thūn (criaturas tipo centauro). Em Kelewan, Feist criou uma sociedade bem diferente da de Midkemia, com regras extremamente rígidas e punições severas, um mundo ávido de guerras e conquistas, onde o Jogo do Concelho é uma constante.

Tal como em O Mago – Aprendiz, encontramo-no
Having read many other fantasy series (including Brent Weeks, Robin Hobb, Steven Erikson, Brandon Sanderson, etc.) this book (Apprentice and Master) really just does not compare. I enjoyed the story and characters, but there were so many holes.
1. Descriptions of the characters, especially Arutha, were strange and did not appear to be true from the interactions shown in the book. For example, Feist repeatedly describes Arutha as moody, but he does not appear moody at all - in fact, he seems to be
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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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The Riftwar Saga (4 books)
  • Magician: Apprentice (The Riftwar Saga, #1)
  • Silverthorn (The Riftwar Saga, #3)
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