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About the Author
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.
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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!)
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.
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.Read more ›
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This book tells the story of a young keep boy named Pug and his adopted brother Thomas. The story follows their lives from adolesence to adulthood. Read morePublished on May 28 2000 by bunyea
This was the first fantasy book I ever read, and have now lost count the number of times I have the entire Midkemia/Kelewan series. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 1997 by Ward_Pete@msn.com
This book was GREAT! Unlike most novels that start off a little slow and build up to the climax this book starts off exciting. Read morePublished on Oct. 9 1997
One of the best novels I've read in a long time. It takes you into the life of Pug, an ordinary orphan from Crydee, and shows how he will make a difference in the fate of two... Read morePublished on Sept. 23 1997 by firstname.lastname@example.org