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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
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Paperback, Revised edition, 681 pages
Published 2009 by HarperCollins (first published October 1st 1982)
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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
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Markus
Aug 15, 2014 Markus rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2014
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
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Evgeny
Jan 14, 2014 Evgeny rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Shivesh
Dec 26, 2007 Shivesh rated it liked it
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
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Aidan Walters
Feb 26, 2011 Aidan Walters rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
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
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April
Jan 24, 2013 April rated it liked it
Shelves: npr-told-me-to
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
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Anirudh
Sep 01, 2014 Anirudh rated it did not like it
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Jessamay
May 28, 2011 Jessamay rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Ben Richardson
May 10, 2012 Ben Richardson rated it really liked it
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
Feb 18, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2011
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
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Majanka
Dec 31, 2010 Majanka rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, high-fantasy
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
Jonathan
May 19, 2014 Jonathan rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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.

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Nara
It's weird, because I kind of felt like the story was a bit generic in terms of high fantasies, and things wrapped up so neatly in the end for basically every character, but that didn't bother me in the slightest! Loved this book, and will definitely be continuing with the series.

Ratings
Overall: 9/10
Plot: 4/5
Romance: 4/5
Writing: 5/5
World Building: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Cover: 4/5
Mach
Aug 16, 2011 Mach rated it liked it
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.
Kitvaria
Dec 29, 2015 Kitvaria rated it really liked it
Overall I really liked this story.

It clearly reads like classic fantasy. Not a lot of grit, graphic violence or sex. Especially the missing "Sex sells" attitude is a reason for me too love the classics though ;)

I had quite some "Is this Tolkien?" moments, but it wasn't enough to actually annoy me. (Example: Meet some dwarfs - and the only way to get somewhere is through the abandoned mines, and whatever's in there...)

At parts it could have been slimmed down a bit, but overall the story was real
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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
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Geraint
May 18, 2009 Geraint rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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
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♡ Rachel ♡
May 24, 2016 ♡ Rachel ♡ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, magic
This is by far my favourite book, I recommend it to practically everybody I know and have yet to find somebody that didn't love it just as much as me!
It's a saga, but this book can be read stand alone
Jenny Felstead
Feb 02, 2013 Jenny Felstead rated it it was amazing
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.
Newton Nitro
Apr 11, 2016 Newton Nitro rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Daisy
Jul 16, 2014 Daisy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, dnf
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
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Jennifer
Feb 10, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 16, 2011 Susan rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
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
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Mieneke
May 23, 2013 Mieneke rated it it was amazing
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
David Sarkies
Aug 15, 2015 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
An epic quest across two worlds
13 May 2012

This was one of those must read fantasy books from my youth and there was a really good reason for this: it was a rollicking good adventure story that was self contained. It was also the first book in the Riftwar Saga, a trilogy that went on to spawn a lot more books set in the same multiverse. Now, it has been a very long time since I read this book so the exact details are still quite vague, and despite the fact that it was a must read book it is stil
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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
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Fiona
Aug 20, 2012 Fiona rated it it was amazing
Admittedly this book was a lot like the Lord of the rings. Only the world though, the story and plot were completely original. Also this book was much easier to get into, immediately putting you into the heart of the story, whereas with Lord of the Rings you had to wade through page upon page of useless hobbit song, reading it just to make sure you don't miss something important. you won't.Feist captivates you with his vivid and alive characters, every time you hadn't heard about a character for ...more
Melanie
This rating may have been boosted a bit by my nostalgic feelings towards this book :). Why, you ask? Magician is the book that single-handedly awakened my love for the fantasy genre. I first read it when I was 13, decided to go on reading this "fantasy stuff", and never looked back. Life-changing event.

Even putting aside that nostalgic bias, this book is a lot of fun. Other reviewers are not wrong when they say that many elements from the book are not original. Yes it has elves and elf citie
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Tanja Berg
Oct 13, 2013 Tanja Berg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Abandoned at page 396. The book started off well, with the orphan Pug being apprenticed to the master magician Kuglan. One day Pug's best friend finds a ship wreck which turns out to be alien. After this point, I quickly lost interest. Kuglan, Pug, Tomas and a few others set off to warn the rest off the Kingdom and gather troops against the expected alien invasion.

I thought this book would be Pug training to gain insight into his powers. I loved the first part of the book where this happens. Ho
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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)
  • Magician: Master (The Riftwar Saga, #2)
  • Silverthorn (The Riftwar Saga, #3)
  • A Darkness At Sethanon (The Riftwar Saga, #4)

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