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Magician [Hardcover]

Raymond E. Feist
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Oct. 24 1983
In the westernmost province of the Kingdom of the Isles, upon the world of Midkemia, an orphan kitchen boy named Pug was made apprentice to the magician Kulgan. Here starts an adventure that will span lifetimes and worlds. Discover where the story begins. The world had changed even before I discovered the foreign ship wrecked on the shore below Crydee Castle, but it was the harbinger of the chaos and death that was coming to our door. War had come to the Kingdom of the Isles, and in the years that followed it would scatter my friends across the world. I longed to train as a warrior and fight alongside our duke like my foster-brother, but when the time came, I was not offered that choice. My fate would be shaped by other forces. My name is Pug. I was once an orphaned kitchen boy, with no family and no prospects, but I am destined to become a master magician...
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'File under guilty pleasure' Guardian 'Totally gripping' WASHINGTON POST 'Epic scope...fast-moving action...vivid imagination' WASHINGTON POST 'Tons of intrigue and action' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 'A fine yarn ... vivid ... suspenseful ... and the action is non-stop' Booklist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Raymond E. Feist was born and raised in Southern California. He was educated at the University of California, San Diego, where he graduated with honours in Communication Arts. He is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Riftwar saga among other books. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable!!!! April 11 1997
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I dont think I ate for the three days that I read this book! It's probably a good job it wasn't a few thousand pages long or I might have died trying to finish it! I have to say that nothing in the realms of phantasy literature has ever come close to it and I have reade a few books!!

I think if I had to be one character from all the books I have ever read it would have to be Tomas... He's one one mean mother and he gets the girl at the end of the day(even if she is a few hundred years old!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every bit as good as Lord of the Rings Aug. 23 2001
'Magician and The Riftwar Saga' are among the greatest works of fantasy/science fiction ever.
Yes, I believe Raymond E Feist is just as good as Tolkien!
It is filled with great new ideas, and while he has in his books some of the older concepts from Tolkien and Lewis - eg Elves, Dwarves, Goblins, Elvandar and Mc Mordain Cadel, which bear similarities to places and peoples in the older works, he has reworked them with great creativity into something new and exciting. in the some way that Shakespeare's works took concepts from older balladeers and authors.
There are new concepts such as the Valheru (the Dragon Lords) , the Tsurani , the Rift , the Empire of Great Kesh and new types of magic. What emerges is a great and engaging epic that matches up every bit to Lord of the Rings.
Feist's advanced understandings on magic, warcraft, the nature of world and it's peoples, and its internal politics is astounding. It is jam packed with energy and is somewhat faster moving than Tolkien.
I also like Feist's gentler concept of dragons, far more than Tolkien's (the pet firedrake Fantus is just great) I love reading about all the Princes, Dukes, Earls, Squires, Knight-Marshals etc in the Kingdom, as I similarly enjoy the stranger politics of Tsuranuanni (which is based of Japan/Korea as the Kingdom is on Europe/North America)
With it's system of honor and Great Families, the Emperor, the Warlord, the Great Ones, and the different shifting alliances and parties such as the Blue Wheel Party , the War Party , the Party for Progress etc.
I also think the characters are nicely developed. I finished the book wanting more of Thomas, Pug, Carline (one of my favourites), Arutha, Anita, Amos Trask, Gardan etc, which are available in the subsequent Midkemia/Kelewan books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a CLASSIC you just gotta have! Feb. 25 1998
Fiest's Series of sci-fi books are the best thing that anyone has ever written. Everytime I go to the bookstore i search for new novels out. Fiest brought to life the characters in his book and made them seem real. The plot dragged you inside and made it seem as if you were really involved in the happenings. You feel the pain, the agony, the excitement, and the rush. You feel like your the main character and you have the power of a magician. Fiest truly is a superior writer. I have been addicted to his works for many years and strive to feel that same feeling flowing inside me when I read and re-read his riftwar saga. I truly felt I was involved in his books for even I have caught myself speaking as if I was Pug myself on top of the stadium preparing to use the magic that I have been taught. A truly excellent most have book to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MY FIRST FANTASY READ. I,M HOOKED!! Feb. 26 1998
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Since reading this book, my first fantasy novel, about 7 years ago, I was litterally hooked to Fantasy. I read every book Raymond brought out after that and collected them. This particular book has all the elements of a great Fantasy story, its fast, funny at times, serious at times, it has romance and compassion. There is this time, though, where Pug disappears and nobody knows what has happened to him. It felt like forever before we eventually found out.
I am a great Feist fan and even though I am not fond of the "enemy" (the demons) in his recent books, I do love his stories and the world of Midkemia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Marvelous Book ! worth buying! July 23 1999
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I must say that this book is the first fantasy genre novel I have ever read.Its language structures and words are simple to understand.The story is awesome and I totally hooked to it for weeks as the story of the characters were so lively and real....Pug ,Tomas and Carline many more.I salute Raymond E. feist for his creativity and I am going to be his fan for a long time and going to collect all the Ritfwar novels. Is there any big difference between the two part series of Magician and the single one? The one I just finished reading was the reviewed edition published in 1997 and some 16000 words were ommited. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magician is a great fantasy/adventure story. July 27 1999
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I have read most of Raymond E. Feist books, and though they are a bit old for me, (I am twelve) I still enjoy them and understand them. Magician has a good storyline, with lots of adventure and action. I admire the author's imagination, and I love the characters. I particularly like Jimmy the hand, who features in the next book (Silverthorn). It has a good balance of emotions- love, greif, frustration, and humour. I love Raymond E. Feist's books, and Magician is dear to my heart. I would recommend it to any adult and teenager. My only complaint is that his books are a bit too grim at times.
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