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Magician by Raymond E. Feist
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Apr 17, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy-sword
Read in April, 2010

Mildly derivative at first, but well crafted. I had read the graphic novel first, which may have given me an odd outlook on the story. I found the second half to be a bit frustrating, as that part suffered a bit from "start of the story-itis" after the characters got separated.
This book was not as polished as some of the author's later work, but you could see that the basic thought processes were there, as he thought out some of the cultural clashes that existed alongside the military ones.
The weakest section was also the most derivative, as he included a "not quite the mines of Moria" shortcut. Otherwise, Feist used trappings that had been made familiar by Tolkien or by Dungeons and Dragons, but at least did something interesting with them as the story progressed. The best such section involved a dragon, an oddly moving passage about age, life and death...not at all what I had expected.

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