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,...moreMagician 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 and rich, and the writing of Feist is intelligent, flowing and gripping. As the title suggests, magic plays a key role in this book, but it just seems to be done better, more "realistically" than other fantasy novels.
Again, I always say a review is hard to do without plot spoilers, so I will just say this; if you enjoy fantasy on any level, then you should get this book and the others of the series. You won't regret it, and chances are you'll find yourself a new favourite.(less)
This was a gift from a friend, one of her favourite books, and I got the distinct impression that my precious legs would be broken if I didn't read it...moreThis was a gift from a friend, one of her favourite books, and I got the distinct impression that my precious legs would be broken if I didn't read it promptly! But I was glad I did.
Though a little slow to start for me, the story quickly gathers pace, and has a way of sucking you in between one chapter and the next. Fitz is the illegitimate son of a Prince, forced to find his place amongst those who don't hesistate to remind him of his low station. As the story unfolds, Fitz finds his own, unusual and special place in the world through some unexpected encounters. Amidst turmoil for the Kingdom and inner strife for the boy, a rich world is created that's genuinely interesting.
The book does exactly what it should do; entertains but leaves you wanting more. What actually happens to those undergoing the Forging? Will Fitz develop the Skill, and if so, how? How will he face the challenges of being around known enemies, but without the means to confront them directly? It's hard to review without giving spoilers, but suffice to say, were you to read this book and give it a few chapters to lay the scene, you will quickly be immersed in the story and will want more. Now I just have to wait until payday to obtain the others in the series.(less)
Belgarath the Sorcerer was my first introduction into the genre of comptemporary fantasy, and I think I was lucky to have landed on this. Not only was...moreBelgarath the Sorcerer was my first introduction into the genre of comptemporary fantasy, and I think I was lucky to have landed on this. Not only was it an exceptional story, but it was also a prequel that set me up for a further two five-book epics (Belgariad and Mallorean respectively).
Belgarath the Sorcerer, the Enternal Man. Disciple of the God Aldur and general ass-kicking sorcerer. The book chronicles his ascension to this status, from lowly beginnings, ending up as the man who pulls the strings behind governments across the whole Western World. No, it's not Barack Obama. But the story itself is rich, and very well told. David Eddings (later revealed to be co-writing with Leigh, his wife) is one of the few authors who intimate that women do, in fact, exist below the neck, and his writing is fluid and enjoyable. Consequently his story-telling is relatable, the characters well rounded and the political themes are easily grasped.
Although a book that seems to be intended for mid-late teens, I nontheless come back to this regularly; not just because I love the story, but because it actually reaches beyond that and can be enjoyed by all ages. I highly recommend it to anybody, regardless of preferences - it does the difficult in making fantasy believable, accessible and not too "elfy elfy sword n slashy". (less)