Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Magician (The Riftwar Saga, #1-2)” as Want to Read:
Magician (The Riftwar Saga, #1-2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Magician (The Riftwar Saga #1-2)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  36,742 ratings  ·  835 reviews
Raymond E. Feist's classic fantasy epic, Magician, has enchanted readers for over twenty years. The revised edition was prepared to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its publication, and incorporates over 15,000 words of text omitted from previous editions.

At Crydee, a frontier outpost in the tranquil Kingdom of the Isles, an orphan boy, Pug, is apprenticed to a master ma
...more
Paperback, Revised edition, 681 pages
Published 2009 by HarperCollins (first published October 1st 1982)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
The Final Empire by Brandon SandersonThe Name of the Wind by Patrick RothfussHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. RowlingThe Way of Kings by Brandon SandersonThe Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Most Interesting Magic System
59th out of 1,526 books — 5,398 voters
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. TolkienThe Name of the Wind by Patrick RothfussThe Hobbit by J.R.R. TolkienMagician by Raymond E. FeistLegend by David Gemmell
Best Heroic Fantasy
4th out of 504 books — 725 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Emma Sea
Sometimes a book comes along at just the right time.

The year after high school I was working a dead-end job as a receptionist for a company that ground lenses for prescription glasses. I was glad to see the back of everyone from high school: I'd been awkward and gawky and utterly overlooked, and the word frenemy had not yet been coined, or I would have understood why the one girl I thought was on my team consistently ran me down to others. But I was very aware that everyone else had gone off to
...more
Markus
Peace and prosperity flourish in the strong Kingdom of the Isles on the world of Midkemia. Upon the death of King Rodric the Third, his son Rodric the Fourth was elected king by the Congress of Lords after Prince Erland of Krondor and Duke Borric of Crydee, both prominent and powerful noblemen of the royal line, pulled out of the succession in favour of their nephew, thus solidifying his claim on the throne. But the young king is set upon a dark path towards the depths of madness, and the stabil ...more
Penny
I really enjoyed this book! I was captivated and interested from the start which is really important for me. I don't like books that are slow to start and often put them aside after a few chapters if it hasn't grabbed my attention by then.

I didn't notice Feist spend any time at the beginning on world-building, but rather it felt like he let the world of Midkemia spring up around a diverse and interesting cast of characters. I loved all of the main characters and felt them grow and change as tim
...more
Evgeny
A young orphan boy Pug is taken as an apprentice to a master magician. He shows a lot of promise, but completely fails to do any magic while at the same time his friend Tomas takes military training with more success. While this still goes on the peaceful life of the kingdom is shattered when a mysterious alien invaders came out from nowhere. The boys are swept by all the drastic events and are destined change their whole world.

This book could and should be used as a checklist for fantasy cliche
...more
Shivesh
Dec 26, 2007 Shivesh rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy readers
Shelves: fantastical
Good story, but filled with fantasy cliches. Feist wrote this back in the early 80's so he should know better - Tolkien, Norton, Moorcock and others tread this ground before.

Admittedly though, it is a hell of a pageturner even though the characters are badly drawn and the narrative is wacky as it speeds through years of development in a single paragraph. The love and romance is painful to read, skip over them.

Considering that Feist stumbled upon a unique and admirable new fantasy conceit in thes
...more
April
Lord of the Rings written for Middle Schoolers, but with aliens.

I was looking for something easy to pick up and put down, something story driven that wouldn't be too much of a mental commitment; in that way, this book was perfect.

However it felt very... done. I suppose all fantasy books have the misfortune of being compared to Lord of the Rings (the only fantasy series I've ever devoted myself to), and this one is no different. The elves, the dwarves, and goblins. There's a bit of political dra
...more
Aidan Walters
One of the best novels ever to be released? In a word yes.

Magician remains the greatest stand alone fantasy novel ever to be published despite being a quarter of a century old. Truly epic in scale the novels main focus is the story of Pug, from his humble beginnings as orphaned kitchen boy, to his apprentice and mastery of the magic arts. So far so normal, as far as fantasy novels go. What sets this novel apart is the sheer scale of the thing, it is set over 25 years for a start. Also it is set
...more
Jessamay
I loved the whole idea - the clash of two fantasy worlds. And I LOVED Tsuranuanni, it's just a fascinating place - no metal, Ancient Chinese culture, giant ants...anyway, it's all good stuff.

But what I loved most, was watching something happen to Feist that it seems like he didn't entirely plan. I dunno, I could be totally wrong. Maybe he planned from the start to have Arutha kind of monopolise the story and make his other two main characters look...fairly boring. Okay, Pug wasn't boring, but he
...more
Anirudh
I know that this book was written in the 80s and should not be judged by 2014's standards, but despite that there was very little which held my interest in this book. I had high hopes for this series but unfortunately I did not like anything in this book.

1. Plot & World Building The story is about Pug, an orphan turned magician/squire. The world follows the rule of dungeons and dragons and does not offer any kind of surprise. The plot is predictable and mundane. Elves, Dwarves etc make an a
...more
Ben Richardson
Raymond Feist brings together a world so alive, so compelling, and with such depth that the reader feels that they are there joining the well developed characters. In "Magician", the first novel written of the world of Midkemia, Feist first introduces the reader to Pug of Crydee, then follows him through his journey (spanning two worlds) of becoming a great magician. Then to Tomas of Crydee, the keep cooks son who rises to become a great warrior posessed by the spirit of the long since dead Drag ...more
Kate
Love it! I've been waiting a long time to revisit Midkemia and Kelewan because there are just so many books in this series, and once you start, you just have to read them all.

Magician really is sweeping in its scope, both in years and distance as well as sheer inventiveness. The characters are not deeply drawn and the dialogue can sometimes be a bit cheesy, but the story is always gripping, there are no bits where you skip or go "bored now".

I first read the Riftwar Saga in 1987 as a 16 year old
...more
Jonathan
I first read this book as a teenager, about 20 years ago. At the time my friends and I considered Magician to be the pinnacle of the Fantasy genre, and I still see it discussed with the same reverence today.

A few years back I re-read Magician with very high expectations, but found it a fairly bland read. Neither the story or its characters gripped me, and the narrative structure seemed somewhat clumsy.

I finished reading Magician, but didn't rush out to buy the other books in the Riftwar saga.

At
...more
Majanka
There is not much that can be said about Magician. It is, in all fairness, a masterpiece, a work of high-standing literature that casts a new light on fantasy novels in general. If there was ever a worthy successor of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, than it is without a doubt Feist’s Riftwar Series. Magician was the very first adult fantasy novel I ever bought, approximately eight years ago, and I was hooked right away. No matter how many times I reread this amazing adventure, it can still keep me ...more
Geraint
Magician is one of those rare books that you stumble upon by accident, but end up loving for the rest of your life. I forget exactly how I came by it, either a gift or a purchase by me, but either way I'm distinctly grateful to have had the chance to read this book.

The story is of an orphaned keep boy, Pug, discovered to have limited talents with magic. But more than this, it's also a story of being a boy, of growing up and finding a place in the world. The Kingdom of the Isles is well realised
...more
Newton Nitro
Magician (que foi publicado no Brasil em dois volumes, Mago:Aprendiz e Mago: Mestre)é um livro de fantasia do período entre Tolkien e a popularização do "grimdark" (fantasia brutal sombria) da Companhia Negra do Glen Cook , os Drenai do David Gemmel, entre outros e mais posteriormente, os livros do George R.R. Martin. É uma fantasia mais clássica, que começa bem tradicional, com um jovem sendo tomado como aprendiz de mago, mas que, aos poucos, vai se desdobrando em diferentes pontos de vista, e ...more
Mach
This was one of the first fantasy books i read after LOTR. It's not anything new, but it was a great read and i was at the time really impressed. If you want a classic fantasy tale with swords and magic, this is one of the best ones out there. Unfortunately Feist loses the "magic" after this book.
James 'Eagle'
This review was previously published on Fantasy Faction: http://fantasy-faction.com/2014/magic...

Now, I must say that I am approaching this review with a certain amount of trepidation. For one thing, FF has reviewed it once before. For another, Magician by Raymond E. Feist is, without a doubt, one of the core foundational novels of the fantasy genre. In the BBC’s 2003 list of the top 100 books to read, this was one of the few fantasies included. From this list alone one can garner the amount of
...more
Jennifer
This is the author's edition of this classic work of Sci-Fi. But I should say up front that I have not read the edited version of this work, and that it may actually lack some of the indulgence that this one does contain from time to time. That said, this is an amazing work, a real epic saga covering two worlds and countless characters, and, for me, maintaining my interest with a sense of awe at the ambition of it all as I read. I wonder if I would have been so gob-smacked by the scope of this n ...more
Susan
Hmmmmm..... What shall I say. I read it like I was recommended to. And the Only thing I liked about this book was the first 100 pages or so of love story. Then the rest of the story I found to be unoriginal and just traditional for what you'd expect a fantasy story to be.

It seemed like someone was a little jealous of Tolkien but couldn't quite match his talents and so tried to copy what Tolkien started. Or I dunno if this is true as this is my first real fantasy book. but that's what I was thin
...more
Mieneke
Magician is the first book in the Riftwar Cycle. First published in the United States in 1982, it has since been republished numerous times and published in over 25 countries. It's also been published in two parts, Magician: Apprentice and Magician: Master, in a revised, author's preferred and a special 20th anniversary leather-bound edition, one of which resides in my bookcase. The fact that I went and bought the anniversary edition, despite being a perpetually short-on-cash university student, ...more
Joaquin Garza
Wow, llegué a este libro por recomendación de la lista de lecturas de 'El Libro Peligroso para los Chicos' de Conn Iggulden. Aquí el autor calificaba a Magician como 'una de las mejores novelas de fantasía que se han escrito'.

Es increíblemente fácil decir eso de cualquier novela del género que nos guste. Y decir 'una de las mejores' es una afirmación que para mí, es insostenible, pero eso no quita al final que nos estemos enfrentando a una novela bastante por arriba del promedio. De hecho, mi ca
...more
Matt
Quite possibly the best fantasy book I have ever read to date. The world that Feist creates is absolutely perfect for this story (and the countless following). I was easily able to feel that Pug and Thomas were real characters and found myself anticipating each new plot turn as I was reading.
Characters aside, Magician sets up the fantasy world of Midkemia, a land of magic, warriors, peasants and kingdoms. Its been a few years since I have actually read this book so a few details a fuzzy, but I
...more
Natalie
I’ll admit this right off the bat – I doubt I will ever be able to review this book without some sort of bias. Also, it’s important to note that my copy of this book has both parts in one. But you might find Apprentice, and Master separately.



Magician has been one of my absolute favourites for YEARS now. It wasn’t the first Feist book that I read, not even one of the first actually, but it stands out as a work of greatness. It’s high fantasy at it’s most epic, it’s most grand. It’s traditional fa
...more
Jay Babington
From the title, you would probably think there is a lot of magic in this one. Well, there is but there is also a lot of political intrigue and romance as well. Some people might call this a Tolkien imitator, but I think it actually plays by a different set of rules from The Lord of the Rings. The multi universe concept of the story and the ability to move in between worlds makes it much different from The Lord of the Rings. This is not to say that the quality of this book was much different from ...more
Jenny Felstead
It made me laugh, it made me cry, and each time I never saw it coming. The best thing I've read in a long time. Everyone who loves fantasy should read this book.
Mike (the Paladin)
Another good read. While I haven't read "everything" Feist has written I liked these.
Kosjenka
Very nice descriptive style – in the beginning I thought I would give it 4 stars at least. Yet after a while the style becomes rather overbearing and seems to try to compensate for the lack of really good storytelling.

Most people in the book are friendly to each other (at least in the first half), which was a welcome relief from some books I've read lately. But then, characters are bland and potential challenges are often resolved way too quickly and easily – again, at least for the first half
...more
Katherine
This week I read Magician by Raymond E. Feist. This is a classic fantasy novel, first published in 1982. It’s an epic fantasy, over 800 pages long, and it packs a lot into that book. I almost don’t know where to start reviewing it.

The book is very traditional in a lot of ways, almost cliché from a modern perspective. It’s set in a world called Midkemia, where men live alongside elves and dwarves. There are magicians too. It’s a very standard European middle ages fantasy world.

The main character
...more
Daisy
As much as I hate to do this, after lingering and setting this aside for a few weeks I'm going to say as of right now, this is a DNF.

I had high hopes for Magician. I was looking for something along the lines of Brandon Sanderson and Patrick Rothfuss that would awe me and become a new addiction. It started off well, the ideas were all there, but I suppose it was just the execution that didn't quite live up to my expectations. Feist's writing wasn't as tense and vivid as I thought it would be. In
...more
Andrew
This is my second time around with this book - so there are really two ratings for this book (both 5 before you wonder). The reason why it is the second time around is that I have just ordered the last of the series and I want to see how it starts (again) before it all ends.
The reason why I said there are two reviews here is that the first - come from my early University days. The book was leant to me by a good friend off the course I was studying on. At that time I was only really in to Horror
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Sci-fi and Heroic...: Magician 45 102 Feb 17, 2015 10:56AM  
Fantasy books 4 69 Aug 27, 2013 05:04AM  
SciFi and Fantasy...: Magician - Final thoughts *spoilers* 15 103 Jun 05, 2013 03:35PM  
  • Raymond E. Feist's Magician Master
  • Darkspell (Deverry, #2)
  • Waylander (Drenai Saga, #3)
  • Warhost of Vastmark (Wars of Light & Shadow, #3; Arc 2 - The Ships of Merior, #2)
  • The Ruby Knight (The Elenium, #2)
  • Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders, #3)
8588
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
More about Raymond E. Feist...

Other Books in the Series

The Riftwar Saga (4 books)
  • Magician: Apprentice (The Riftwar Saga, #1)
  • Magician: Master (The Riftwar Saga, #2)
  • Silverthorn (The Riftwar Saga, #3)
  • A Darkness At Sethanon (The Riftwar Saga, #4)
Magician: Master (The Riftwar Saga, #2) Magician: Apprentice (The Riftwar Saga, #1) A Darkness At Sethanon (The Riftwar Saga, #4) Silverthorn (The Riftwar Saga, #3) Daughter of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy, #1)

Share This Book

5 trivia questions
4 quizzes
More quizzes & trivia...
“Some loves come unbidden like winds from the sea, and others grow from the seeds of friendship.” 37 likes
“The first love is the difficult love.” 8 likes
More quotes…