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Magician: Apprentice Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1993
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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).
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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I rate this up there with Tolkien, I have not been so engrossed in a book since Lord of the rings. I had a hard time putting the series down, and when done with the series found... Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Loved this series when it first came out... was running out of books to read to my son, remembered this series and bought it. So happy we did. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amy P
I've read this man's work through age 15 to 23 and never regretted a momentPublished 1 month ago by jeffrey
This book is okay. The plot won't insult your intelligence.... much. The problem is: the character development is poor and the author sometimes skips things which could have been... Read morePublished 3 months ago by David R
This series needs to be on kindle. Get whatever legal mumbo jumbo is holding that up worked out please :(Published 6 months ago by Sonya Eden
This is the worst story I've ever read. Raymond Feist is the worst writer I've ever read. Sadly, he's still alive, but one day the literary world will be far richer. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Neon Martini