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The Riftwar Saga

(The Riftwar Saga #1-4)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  10,590 ratings  ·  57 reviews
4 book set of the Riftwar saga!
Published November 1988 by Bantam
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John Montagne
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Here is a fantasy series filled with tropes... but it worked, nicely. It falls somewhere in-between what I'd consider 'High Fantasy' and 'contemporary fantasy'. If you're looking for some zany type fantasy world that you hadn't imagined, I wouldn't suggest this series. But if you like your dwarves dour and your elves in the woods (and pretty awesome descriptions as to wielding magic), then try these out. The character building is there, but the plots kinda pan out the way one expects - but it di ...more
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I read these many years ago as a kid and thought that Pug was the bomb. I was amazed at the magic and the depictions of war as not only blood and guts but an impressive exercise in tactics. Lordy, I hadn't even read LOTR at this point. Perhaps these books will still hold up upon a re-read, continuing Feist's worlds where I had left off at the then-current 4th book. I loved it then, perhaps I'll still love it now.
Jan 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Raymond E Feist may have earned himself a name but for me his writing is nothing more than mediocre. From the beginning of the first book I could tell the Saga would be fairly dry but, like any devoted reader, I soldiered on. These books aren't all bad mind you, there are some saving graces; though the captivating battles and torture scenes are sparse. Mainly, the book sports a cacophony of pointlessness. Pointlessness chiefly due to vapid, sophomoric writing and the inconsiderate use of cliches ...more
Paul Taylor
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was the first set of adult books i read as a 14 year old way back in the mid 90's and I have re-read them all a dozen times or more. I've now downloaded them onto Kindle so i can re-live the story at any time I want. Its very much a good vs evil novel with goblins & elves and magic and swords where the good guy always wins, but its an entertaining & fast moving ride through a world that has had a lot of thought put into its creation making it a comforting book to read and enjoy over ...more
Rachel Jones
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite series of all time. Feist got me back into reading when I couldn't stomach YA and didn't know where to go from there, when so much was changing along with my reading taste that I didn't even know what to look for in a book. The complexity of the plot, the sub-plots, and the most massive over-arching plot I have ever encountered, is astounding and wonderful. I expected at least some of the main characters to be obnoxious, but instead I got three beautiful princes, each with th ...more
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ethan
The plot wasn't much to start with. It is incredibly predictable, and the world Feist created is the standard Tolkien ripoff. Neither is Feist's writing style very good either. But the real death of this series is the characters. Every single one of them is a shallow stereotype, and after reading about them for 4 books you hate them. I didn't care a single bit about any of the characters and probably would have been happier if some of them died. This would have been forgivable if the books were ...more
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It was a great pleasure reading the books. Mr Feist is very good in building characters (Pug, Jimmy The Hand, Arutha etc). I loved the plot, the structure, the way the story unfolds. Witchcraft, power, evil and good, friendship, kingdoms; the books do not present something new to the reader. However, when you finally complete the saga, it makes you feel like a really good friend has moved to another city.
Dec 27, 2009 is currently reading it
This book, like most others of this genre, is basically about the struggle between good and evil, but I think it presents its argument in a very unique way, especially using science fiction e.g the settings on two different planets as well as time travel. There is also racial tensions between the inhabitants of both planets. A good reflection of the modern world,
Apr 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy
I really liked the first two books in the series (essentially the coming-of-age story of Pug as he becomes a magician), but didn't enjoy the latter two books Silverthorn and A Darkness at Sethanon, which struck me as more typical epic fantasy fare, so overall 3 stars.
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
a favorite of my youth
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read it as a child. Just remember that I loved it.
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great read!
Lily Walker
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this series! I could take it with me anywhere and reread it happily until the end of time. Wonderful characters - two beautiful but distinctly different worlds. Pug (although I hated his name the first time I read it) is a fantastic character. And Thomas as he struggles with becoming valheru makes my spine tingle and my heart soar every time I read it. One of the best fantasy series I've ever ever read. I also love the minor characters like Jimmy the Hand who get much weightier parts in t ...more
Chantelle Kinrade
A tad of a teenage book? ..... Not sure of right word. Not as in depth in the way of caring about main characters... felt like more of watching from above. I will read the final saga to series .. to see it till the end (no 4 I believe at this point)..... "tis still a good fantasy tale" just not as in depth to character building ... more of a story. ... I am not eloquent with words ... my apologies
andy noble
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good saga

I do enjoyed this saga when I read it almost 25 years ago. Although it has some great characters and ideas. It lacks an edge. You know the main characters no matter how terrible their situation will not die. Therefore it lacks that realism that modern fantasy has . The female characters feel very two dimensional as well. I still have given it 4 stars due to all the wonderful memories it brought back
A.Z. Anthony
Jan 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A gentleman at the bookstore recommended I try this series after finishing The Dragonlance Chronicles. It was a great step up into more adult fiction and the series only grows from there. Foundational fiction, to say the least.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

Great book, enjoyed every word, and was sad to see it end. Just glad there are more books to follow after.
Mr Frank Reynolds
Will comeback more then once

Have read the complete trilogy years ago , best described as calling on a old friend who can tell a great yarn and how you have missed there stories.
michael l harvey
5 star

Fantastic read, has you hooked from the first page to the last. Magician being the jewel in the crown of this epic series
Belton Flournoy
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

My second time reading it and just as good as the first time. It was a good read. One more word
Ana Moir
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved and hated every minute eating these books. Hating because I didn't sleep too much 😂😂, but worth it
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasee
This is a great series. I really enjoyed the story despite the distasteful Magic at play :P Spacedragons wtf is this Gloryhammer or what. But once it sucks you in it's hard to stop :) I found it especially interesting how the charakters change over time but still keep their unique personality traits.
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my absolutely favourite childhood fantasy series, the Riftwar Saga Trilogy is an epic filled with...just about everything you can think of, really!

We've got worlds within worlds, an Enemy, elves, goblins, dark elves, mad elves, old elves, elves that aren't elves but are humans (okay, those are just humans, I'll admit), and so many more. Also, dwarves. With hammers. Big-ass hammers, too.

On a more serious note, some of my all-time favourite characters reside between these pages - characte
Mar 18, 2010 rated it did not like it
this book is $#!T
it is pathetic!
the worst book i have read in years, it is not just the fact that it is more than 800 pages long, it is the fact that is is horriblw, the mear thought of the book makes me feel sick, and sometimes when i think of it, i cant eat for days!
a huge dissapointment Raymond E. Feist, i have read another of yours, and it wasnt too bad, but this one is!
thanks for wasting a week of my life, and reckomending it to me heidi and Gemma!
you ruined my life, using this book as a to
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
A great start drifting to a mediocre conclusion, which averages out to a good read.

The original edition of Magician was a fat tome, and by far the best in the series. No wonder then that it has been split into components to drive sales revenue.

The characters are strong enough to keep you interested through to the all too predictable ending. Silverthorn and Darkness vie for the dishonour of being worst in the series, although both are blessedly short compared to the very good Magician.

That said
Troy G
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The Riftwar Saga is good. It isn't revolutionary, but it is exceptional world building, and fairly adequate characterization and story telling. This is the whole quardrilogy together in one set.

I recommend it to everyone who likes epic fantasy, especially those newer to the genre, or younger readers that are ready to graduate from Harry Potty.
C Anon
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Full of cliches with many cringeworthy moments. Even for a fanasy world the actions of the characters are not believable, ie the interaction of commoners and nobility. Overall the concepts were pretty good and you feel that if the author had fleshed out the characters more this could have been a great book.
Dan Streeper
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this trilogy. I started it on vacation this spring and I could not put it down until I was done... a week later. A wonderful imaginative story, well written. Classic good verses evil stuff! One of my favorite fantasy/sci fi of all time.
Gerard Hepburn
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second time I have read this enjoyed very much. On par with Lord of the rings should make a film of these books

Well worth a read if you enjoy fantasy novels. Takes your mind into different worlds and makes you want to read every minute to see what will happen next.
phillip carl sturdy
Excellent read

Good story, compelling from start to finish couldn't put it down. Can't wait to start the next part of the story
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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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