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Magician Hardcover – October, 1982

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'Totally gripping' WASHINGTON POST 'Epic scope...fast-moving action...vivid imagination' WASHINGTON POST 'Tons of intrigue and action' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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He held the fate of two worlds in his hands...

Once he was an orphan called Pug, apprenticed to a sorcerer of the enchanted land of Midkemia.. Then he was captured and enslaved by the Tsurani, a strange, warlike race of invaders from another world.

There, in the exotic Empire of Kelewan, he earned a new name--Milamber. He learned to tame the unnimagined powers that lay withing him. And he took his place in an ancient struggle against an evil Enemy older than time itself.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 545 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (October 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385175809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385175807
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,330,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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65 of 71 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Friedman on March 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
When I look for a Kindle version of the Magician (both Apprentice and Master), it's no where to be found on Amazon or any other legitimate book site in the US. It has been released in Britain and that does cause one to wonder just what the problem is with releasing it in US? Of course, if Feist and his publishers want to lose money, they can hold out and the pirates will flourish. I'd really rather buy the book and ensure the author gets his royalties. Isn't it about time that Feist insists his US publisher do its job and publish this wonderful book.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Timothy A. Coonfield on January 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is perhaps my favorite fantasy book that I have ever read. This is actually split into two books in most publications (Magician: Apprentice and Magician: Master). They follow the tail of Pug, a wayward lad whose dreams of riding off to war as a soldier are dashed when the only castle master who would take him in as an apprentice was an eccentric magician, Kulgan. His dreams then turn to becoming the world's most powerful magician, while boyhood friend Tomas sets his sights on the path of a warrior...he made it in the soldier's program, after all.

Little do the lads know the events they set in motion. They become unwitting catalysts in a war that engulfs two worlds, and potentially existence as a whole. Magician follows their tale from humble beginnings to a struggle that depends on their untapped potential to resolve.

The story is quite well written and is an enjoyable and engrossing read. While slow at times (particularly at the start), it's still a faster moving story than Tolkien, Robert Jordan, and many other fantasy writers. A smart combination of magic theory, war tactics, and political intrigue give this book many levels on which to enjoy.

Whether you're a longtime fantasy fan (and if you are, you have probably read this book) or a newcomer to the genre, this is a wonderful book to have, and will launch you into a fantastic trilogy of The Riftwar Saga. Enjoy!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mitchell Bowker on July 22, 2003
Format: Hardcover
In a couple of words; this story is fantastic! Raymond Feist surly knows how to construct a story which is both intriging, moving and intense with action and suspence. Every single character has a life of there own, no character is second hand, all with there own dept and force.
I loved it to the very end and hope to read the rest of the books which follow on from this. It should be magnificant. It is amazing how Feist has created a world with a long and eventful history so unique to all other books written as fantasy.
It is like Lord Of The Rings, but we get much more adventure and less exposition and endless dialogues, but I'm not saying that in LOTR that is bad!
Those who haven't read it, should! for it is a thrill!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ed on April 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is certainly a benchmark and one of the most important fantasy books of all time. Raymond Feist is an extremely talented writer, he develops his characters well and he certainly doesn't overdo the fantasy element. It has all the classic features of a tolkienesque tale - elves, dwarves, magic, and a dragon. Yes, in a way it is cliche and in later volumes his characters are perhaps a little over-developed in the sense that they become as gods, a kind of no-no in fantasy writing. However, if you pick up this book you will not put it down, nor will you have a bad thought about it as you read. The rest of the series is really, really good, and in this vein of fantasy Feist is quite unmatched. I hunted down a first ed. HB copy for my collection, and I have read and re-read it as well as the rest of the series. If you have any inclination towards classic fantasy, then look no further. The character development and a well woven plot will have you hooked.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1999
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 2, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book is in two parts, book 1 and book 2. Book 1 primarily lays the foundation for book 2, which is a more compelling and interesting read. I have friends who compare Feist to Tolkien and I disagree. He's good, but not that good. Feist borrows from Tolkien with elves, dwarfs, etc. This book is definitely a fun ride, but you do have to be able to enjoy a LOT of battle scenes. This is a book about warring nations, and the battles are a lot of what this book consists of. But Feist does a pretty good job of exploring the characters as well. Fairly predictable, but still a good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By azquim on January 28, 2015
Format: Paperback
A classic and a landmark for the coming of age epic fantasy stories, especially of the last 30 years or so - there's a lot of adventure, mystery, war and magic, lots of fun. While Feist went on to write a lot of stories set in Midkemia, this first book (and the next two) are real high points. I actually enjoy a lot of the secondary characters as much as the leads, but watching Pug and Tomas grow into heroes is always pretty satisfying.
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