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Magician: Apprentice Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1993

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"Totally gripping ... . A fantasy of epic scope, fast-moving action and vivid imagination." -- The Washington Post Book World.

"Most exciting ... a very worthy and absorbing addition to the fantasy field." -- Andre Norton

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"To the forest on the shore of the Kingdom of the Isles, the orphan Pug came to study with the master magician Kulgan. But though his courage won him a place at court and the heart of a lovely Princess, he was ill at ease with the normal ways of wizardry. Yet Pug's strange sort of magic would one day change forever the fates of two worlds. For dark beings from another world had opened a rift in the fabric of spacetime to being again the age-old battle between the forces of Order and Chaos. "Totally gripping ... . A fantasy of epic scope, fast-moving action and vivid imagination." -- The Washington Post Book World. "Most exciting ... a very worthy and absorbing addition to the fantasy field." -- Andre Norton
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Product Details

  • Series: Riftwar Cycle: The Riftwar Saga (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553564943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553564945
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Nash on March 31, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just read this book for the fifth time. Raymond Feist spins a wonderful tale filled with interesting characters. The first book in the Riftwar Saga revolves primarily around an orphan named Pug and his best friend Thomas. Pug and Thomas are caught up in a war with a mysterious invader from another world. Pug as the apprentice to his Dukes magician is right in the middle of the conflict. Thomas is separated from Pug and comes into the possession of a magical set of armor, which gives him great fighting abilities. However, the armor seems to be changing Thomas into something other than human.
This novel is a well-rounded fantasy read. I highly enjoy the combination of Elves, Dwarves, Dragons and Magic. The story is not too heavily weighted with these elements though. Mr. Feist spends more time developing the characters and plot than slinging magic around.
So if you have not read this series then I recommend you either go buy it or find a friend who has already read and loved it and borrow his/hers.
In deference to the negative reviews I must say that this is not a highly thought provoking book. However, it is a very fast paced enjoyable read. I have read hundreds of fantasy novels and this series is one that I have enjoyed more than most (Top Ten). I read novels in a series as some others read chapters, so it is a little hard to just review this book. I highly recommend any fantasy lover to read this series. There are also many novels that come after this series that are just as good (i.e. Serpentwar Saga).
Also, at least read books 1 and 2 before making any final judgments (since they were originally one novel).
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96 of 116 people found the following review helpful By MISTER SJEM on March 23, 2001
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Plenty of reviews on this wonderful novel already so I'll just cover some personal highlights (will avoid spoilers):
CONCEPT: Epic scope here. See two young boys in a backwater Duchy rise up in power as they help the lands from an alien invasion coming through a gateway. Lots of mystery with this alien race, which is a combination of Japanese, Korean and Chinese Kingdoms. Lots of wonder, exotic and mystical places as well as a real delving into the two different cultures. Excellent to superb characters. OVERALL FEELING: epic scope; wondrous; superbly woven characters
SCORING: Superb (A), Excellent (A-), Very good (B+), Good (B) Fairly Good (B-) Above Average (C+), Mediocre (C ), Barely Passable (C-) Pretty Bad (D+), Dismal (D), Waste of Time (D-), Into the Trash (F)
DIALOGUE: B+ STRUCTURE: A HISTORY SETTING: B CHARACTERS: A EVIL SETUP/ANTAGONISTS: A- EMOTIONAL IMPACT: A- SURPRISES: B+ MONSTERS: B PACING: B+ THE LITTLE THINGS: A OVERALL STYLE: A- FLOW OF WORDS: B+ CHOICE OF FOCUS: A TRANSITIONS/FLASHBACKS/POV: A- COMPLEXITY OF WORDS/SYMBOLISM/THEMES: A-
OVERALL GRADE: A-
CONCEPT: A beautiful epic fantasy whose true strength lies in the emotional details of its characters. Story focuses on the orphan pug who starts out as an apprentice to the wizard, Kulgan, and shows little promise. As events continue to progress, the nation faces a devastating war with the Tsurani, a warrior Asian race of beings who come through a rift from another world. In the meantime, each different character must deal with the war and its effects on their territories.
HISTORY: Good. Feist gets away with talking about only bits and pieces of the History.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Hinde on May 3, 2000
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Raymond E. Feist originally wrote one large volume called "Magician" to kick off what turned into a major series. In 1998 this extremely large novel was broken into two, edited by the Author and published as "Magician: Apprentice" and "Magician: Master". In the process, extra material was added, filling in some of the gaps and fleshing out a few characters more fully.
In retrospect it seems like the original book was begging for a split. Almost exactly half way through, there was a major change in direction. The focus moved from one world to another along with the central character, Pug. Naturally, the Apprentice and Master mentioned in the book's titles refer to Pug's stages in his training as a magician.
I was not completely happy with the remaining books in the series, however, the two Magician novels are perfect and also work well without ever reading the proceeding books. The characters are real, rich and engrossing. The plot is complex but focused. The environment, is carefully crafted, particularly the political landscape.
At the risk of becoming hackneyed, you will have difficulty putting these books down. The underlying level of suspense is intense which in itself is the sign of a good writer but even more, you will begin to care deeply for Pug and a need will grow to find out how everything turns out.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dan Dean on February 16, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
MAGICIAN had been sitting on my "soon to be read" shelf for nearly four years, having been put off time and time again because I had a feeling it would be a Belgariad clone. Surprisingly, it was far superior.
I've seen dozens of fantasy epics featuring the "orphan kid who grows up to save the kingdom," but this one grabbed me right away and kept me glued with its steady flow of action.
The RIFTWAR SAGA, at first glance, seems to be your standard fantasy setting with elves, dwarves and the generic goblins and monsters... but Feist's interesting system of magic, and the idea of the "rifts" that allow the enemy to invade -bring new life to the formula making MAGICIAN very worth while.
-As someone else said- this is indeed a great introduction to fantasy reading!
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