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Midkemia: The Chronicles of Pug

(Riftwar Cycle)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  396 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Harper Design (first published January 1st 2013)
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TS Chan
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-book
Just as Dragonlance started my love for fantasy, The Belgariad fuelled the flames and The Riftwar Saga forever cemented it. I have since read Magician possibly three times, and the trilogy at least twice, but it was only five years ago that I've finally finished the Riftwar Cycle. There are, however, a few sub-series that I have not read, i.e. The Empire Trilogy (which I will address soon), The Riftwar Legacy and Legends of the Riftwar.

This book is pretty much fan service and unless you are a d
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
This book is fine but nothing special. To be fair, the title says it all so it's probably not going to surprise anyone that it's basically just a summary of Feist's books with a little more emphasis on the first couple series. Thirty minutes of skimming was all I really needed, but I'll concede there might be some hidden gem in there somewhere that I missed. Feist has also tossed in some new maps (towns, the countryside, whatnot), but few look like they took more than 20 minutes to produce. Wors ...more
Adam Whitehead
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
In 2013 Raymond E. Feist concluded his Riftwar Cycle of epic fantasy novels. The sequence that began in 1982 with the publication of Magician concluded with Magician's End, resulting in a massive series consisting of thirty novels spread over ten sub-series. Six of the novels were co-written with other authors, but the rest are solely by Feist. However, it's less well-known that the world of Midkemia is not Feist's creation, instead being conceived by Stephen Abrams. Abrams and Feist attended th ...more
Tracy Jenkins
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
awesome...Feist you are the man!
Sep 12, 2018 rated it liked it
While not a bad book, still a bit of a disappointing one for me. I'd hoped it would be a sort of first person brief trawl through Pug's life, but instead it came across more of a travel guide to Midkemia. I enjoyed some of that, finding out more about the world than is clear sometimes in the books, but I wanted more of Pug's and other character's perspectives on things, but they tended to gloss over a lot of the actual important events. The first part was a bit stronger, as did feel a bit closer ...more
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Probably not the first Riftwar book one should read, but it was the only one in my local library. I put it down after reading about a third of it. Each chapter is an excerpt from a magician's journal, plus comments from his son, as well as various quotes from persons involved in the Riftwar saga. I'm not sure how much of an audience this book would appeal to. It seems more an exercise by the author, filling out the history of his Riftwar saga.
Tracy Michelle
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
awesome...Feist you are the man!
Meabh (Bookish Meanderings)
3 stars for content, 5 stars for the maps, illustrations and overall beauty of this book
Oct 25, 2019 marked it as to-read
So, I bought this (without reading any description) because I recognized the author and it had the word "pug" on the cover. Sadly, I find out that there are no pugs in this book. So disappointed.
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great recap on a fantastic story..
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Midkemia
Shelves: fantasy, collections
I generally don't read these types of books but as i read all of the works set in this world it appealed to my inner completest.

I've now read from cover to cover over the period of several months and initially i was a little sceptical. I wondered if it was just going to summarise the plot of each book sequentially and to an extent, it does do that but with the added perspective of Pug who was writing it almost as a log of what happened at or near the time it happened but with interje
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Returning my last bit of manga to the library, I decided I should read more of a book-book, like a novel or something... So I decided to walk to the sci-fi/fantasy section and just started poking at the books. This one being a rather nicely bound, but plain hardcover caught my eye. So I picked it up and opened it and to my surprise I found it full of maps. I love maps. I mean, I really, really <3 maps. So I had to check this one out. I've not read any of the Riftwar Saga that this summarizes, ...more
I kind of fell off the Midkemia thing during the Serpent War cycle... Just didn't like Erik and Roo as much as Arutha and Jimmy.

There are a surprising amount of typographical errors in the edition I have, a classy red glossy hardback with a dust jacket that is shorter than the book is tall. I imagine that some of the spelling errors would be authentic, due to the many different sources Pug and Magnus collected their maps from. However, mispelling names in the list of characters at the beginning
You'd expect this to be a summary of all the books but it's not quite. It really is written from the point of view of Pug (with Marcus popping in here and there), and this aspect was done well. It does recount all the tales of Midkemia, but it doesn't really go into details except as introspection or retrospection. A nice touch is that the details and fluidity of the journal format sort of reflects what Pug is supposed to be going through emotionally and time-wise. If you've been reading these t ...more
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
When I first heard that Mr. Feist was writing this book I was fairly intrigued, as it was intended as a cartographic companion to the Riftwar Saga. In the end, there were a few maps, but they added fairly little to what was available in the previously published books and omitted any world exception Midkemia. Further, the book itself is primarily a recap of the events of the various Riftwar books, but does not provided much insight into the story or Pug's thoughts or motivation. While it had a lo ...more
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Don't read this unless you have read the whole series. A summary of the series with as you'd expect in an atlas fantastic maps. The photos don't always convey the scene brilliantly but that's a personal thing. Great for fans to own. Highly recommend
Dannie Lane
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you like, or loved like me, chaos/ rift war cycle this book is a must have. While it is a "recap" of the whole thing it also gives some in site into things that happened in the stores that readers had questions about.
Kaleb Michaud
Aug 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is ONLY for fans of Feist's series of books based mostly on Midkemia. As sad as I was to read Magician's End and have all of his series/sagas end, this was a nice compendium/atlas and a way to revisit so many of his stories from the past 34 years.
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you're a fan of Feist's Magician and the story of Pug, or perhaps of the ensuing Riftwars, you'll love this book. If none of the previous made any sense to you, then this book won't mean anything to you at all.
Apr 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
a good picture book
some would make great wallpaper
Oct 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I've always enjoyed the Riftwar Cycle novels and this book was no exception. Unfortunately, while it did have some interesting tidbits of information it was mostly just a recap of the whole series.
Dec 24, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: bookshelf-6
An excellent read. Fills in a lot of the blanks left throughout the Riftwar cycle. Would highly recommend to any fans of Feist's work.
Joe Cheverie
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good synopsis of the entire riftwar saga, along with decent maps...but the real prize is the fantastic artwork in there-great stuff!
Kim Heimbuch
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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

Other books in the series

Riftwar Cycle (1 - 10 of 31 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)
  • Daughter of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy, #1)
  • Servant of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy, #2)
  • Mistress of the Empire (The Empire Trilogy, #3)
  • Prince of the Blood (Krondor's Sons, #1)
  • The King's Buccaneer (Krondor's Sons, #2)
  • Shadow of a Dark Queen (The Serpentwar Saga, #1)