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Magician: Master (The Riftwar Saga #2)

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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
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Mass Market Paperback, Author's Preferred Edition, 499 pages
Published January 1993 by Spectra (first published November 1982)
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Wanda
Lots of plot, very little characterization. The young men of the first book, Pug and Tomas, grow up and by second book’s end are reunited. Several things felt a little off to me—that both youngsters should have such an easy time becoming very powerful men, that Macros would instigate treachery rather than negotiate with the Midkemians & Tsurani, and that everyone at book’s end would just be so accepting of that whole situation. In fact, so many potentially highly charged situations are solve ...more
Michael Y. Patuwo
Jun 06, 2012 Michael Y. Patuwo rated it did not like it
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
Laura (Kyahgirl)
Jul 05, 2016 Laura (Kyahgirl) rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
4/5; 4 stars; A-

I really enjoyed the characters and the adventure in this book. It seemed quite a bit tighter than the first book in the series. I was going to read book three now but think I will switch to Daughter of the Empire to get the viewpoint from Kelewan during the Riftwar.
Jeremy Brown
Jul 04, 2007 Jeremy Brown rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mycollection
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
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George Jankovic
Feb 12, 2016 George Jankovic rated it it was amazing
Loved this one. It's better than the first book. My favorite scene is when Milamber gets mad. Reminded me of Rand in the Wheel of Time.
Jon
Apr 20, 2011 Jon rated it really liked it
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
Mrs. S
Oct 07, 2012 Mrs. S rated it it was amazing
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
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Silvana
A very thin, emaciated (and possibly stunted) 3-star rating. (Disclaimer: I might even lower the rating to two stars if I find myself still fuming about this book the week after I read it, like I did with Joe Abercrombie's Half A War)

This book is rather annoying, to be frank. While I appreciated the fast pacing story in Magician: Apprentice, that book has less plots and subplots compared to this one. I could not even find myself liking Pug and Tomas because their character grew exponentially (if
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Ana
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
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Dave Philipson
Jul 15, 2011 Dave Philipson rated it liked it
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
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Josh
Mar 26, 2012 Josh rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
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Lauren
Jul 15, 2014 Lauren rated it it was amazing
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
Jim
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
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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Dan
Sep 13, 2015 Dan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Very good.
Amelia
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Don
Apr 24, 2013 Don rated it it was amazing
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
Tish
Apr 21, 2015 Tish rated it really liked it
Lots of threads--complicated and well-developed world(s) and characters. I really liked the focus on the characters and the tough decisions they faced. There was also a lot of action, intrigue, magic, etc., so there was never a dull moment. Looking forward to #3!
Nathan
Aug 22, 2008 Nathan rated it it was amazing
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.
Vera Maslow
Mar 09, 2016 Vera Maslow rated it liked it
Riftwar Saga Book #2

The continuation of the first book. There is more focus on other characters that I grow to like more the the MC (Pug). It is a massive world with many characters that I feel the writing is very... simple. I usually expect more complex when it comes to fantasy worlds this big. I can see where there is more to come, but there is an ending that wraps things up in a nice little bow.
I feel like these first two books speed through from the characters being children to grown men/wo
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El
Dec 12, 2014 El rated it really liked it
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
Brittany
Oct 17, 2014 Brittany rated it really liked it
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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.
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Dawn
Mar 07, 2011 Dawn rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 03, 2013 Jeffrey Grant rated it really liked it
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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Ranting Dragon
Jun 20, 2013 Ranting Dragon rated it really liked it
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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
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H.
Aug 24, 2011 H. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spec-fic
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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Ithlilian
Jan 11, 2011 Ithlilian rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Victoria
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
Eric
Oct 19, 2009 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All fantasy fans
Shelves: favorites
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
Benozir Ahmed
Feb 07, 2016 Benozir Ahmed rated it really liked it
Though I finished the book many days earlier and was procrastinating to write a better review. I liked this book more than the first one. Pug is now a master magician.
However, the chapter of the book which attracted me the most is the one which focufocused on the history of this world. When I read it first I thought the writer was high while writing it. That's why he was imagining so many things and few of which seemed bit irrelevant to me. But as I was continuing to read suddenly I felt the ne
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Jennifer
Apr 16, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
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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)
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