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Praise for Feist: 'Totally gripping' Washington Post 'Tons of intrigue and action' Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Raymond E. Feist's legendary Midkemia comes to life in this illustrated deluxe volume complete with sixty full-color illustrations, including maps, blueprints of key locations, and character sketches, and featuring commentary from one of the most beloved characters in fantasy, the magician Pug of Stardock.

Based on Pug's journal, reorganized and edited with observations and insights by his son, Magnus, this lush visual compendium charts the evolution of the remarkable world of Raymond E. Feist's Riftwar Saga.

Part journal, part atlas, Midkemia: The Chronicles of Pug begins at the Far Coast, where the magician recounts his childhood and the eventual journey that takes him to the Grey Towers, Sorcerer's Isle, and Krondor. The book also documents Pug's encounters with several favorite characters he meets along the way, including Jimmy and Locky, the Saaur, and Erik and Roo in Ravensburg. Beautiful hand-drawn maps—collected by Pug throughout his life—detail changes in Midkemia's geography as war ravages the land, and thirty pieces of specially commissioned artwork illustrate key moments in the Riftwar Saga.

An in-depth look at an extraordinary world and its brilliant creator, this remarkable companion imaginatively captures the magic, wonder, and drama of Midkemia.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; First Edition edition (November 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380978261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380978267
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Rob Allspaw on January 25, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I bought this book last night thinking it was going to have some new insight, some fill in the gaps moments. Nope, none of that. Rehashes of the various books and vague phrase like "I hope that tale is told someday."
But the most disappointing aspect of this compendium, this supposed encyclopedia is the spelling mistakes and the errors in the character bio section. Simple mistakes that I found at first glance. Arutha had 2 sons, Borric (II) and Erland (II) not Lyam (II). And later Nicholas: youngest son of Arutha (I), brother to Borric (I), Erland (I), and Elena... And Eick von Darkmore.
These are not throwaway characters or simple background people. Books Have been devoted to this line throughout the series. It's this type of sloppy work and expecting fans to shrug and say "oh well" that infuriates me. I'd be embarrassed to have my name on a book of this low quality and work if I were Feist.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead on November 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Earlier this year, Raymond E. Feist concluded his Riftwar Cycle of epic fantasy novels. The sequence that began in 1982 with the publication of Magician concluded with Magician's End, resulting in a massive series consisting of thirty novels spread over ten sub-series. Six of the novels were co-written with other authors, but the rest are solely by Feist. However, it's less well-known that the world of Midkemia is not Feist's creation, instead being conceived by Stephen Abrams. Abrams and Feist attended the University of San Diego together in the 1970s and Abrams created the world for use in roleplaying games. Feist later (with Abrams's permission) used the setting for his novels, fleshing it out further.

Thirty-five years later, Feist and Abrams have regrouped to deliver a companion book to The Riftwar Cycle, featuring maps, artwork and further information on the world of Midkemia not given out in the novels. Whilst I haven't followed the later Riftwar novels (I bowed out after the quite amazingly boring Talon the Silver Hawk), I did enjoy the early ones and particularly liked the worldbuilding (haphazard as it was) depicted in the books and the spin-off computer games (Betrayal at Krondor and Return to Krondor), so I was looking forward to seeing that background fleshed out.

I was disappointed. As a companion book, Midkemia: The Chronicles of Pug is sorely lacking in almost every department. The first thing that grates is a lack of proof-reading: the book is riddled with spelling errors on both the maps and in the text (Shamata is frequently rendered as 'Shomata', whilst 'Murmandamus' is spelt in several different ways depending on the writer's whim of the moment). The maps are pretty, but difficult to use.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By c l bjierre on December 5, 2013
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i was excited by the first person writing of this (by pug). finally, a chance to see through his mind's eye about all that occurred in his lifetime and what his thoughts were about events and other characters in the midkemian world. well, kind of. basically its just a bare outline of each of the sagas (dark war, rift war, serpent war , etc ) that happened. and when something that would have been very interesting to read from Pug's point of view, he merely waved it away to be dealt with at a later time or it was (or would be annalled somewhere where the reader could not read it.
the pictures and maps were interesting, although a picture or two of Elvandar would have been really nice and / or Kelewan as well. I really didnt need to see a picture of a quegian ship or the Emerald Queens attack on Lanada, which oddly enough doesnt seem to show the Emerald Queen there. a pantathian or a sauur would have been equally useful for the Serpent war saga readers.
Maybe i set my sights too high then, but i was hoping for a little more insight especially with the first person point of view being the main selling point of this book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By shuTTL3bus on November 5, 2013
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I have the hardbound version of this item and it is a work of art. First of all it has a wonderful new book smell. That may not mean much to most people but it increases my enjoyment. The second, the binding and artwork are top notch. There are a plethora of full color maps and other graphics which really bring the story to life. There are some computer generated photos of people which I do not particularly care for but overall this book is a teat to the senses of sight, touch, and smell.

As far as the story goes, it is an overview of the complete Riftwar saga starting from Pug's life at Crydee until the end. If you have never read the complete series, then this gives you the Reader's Digest version of all the books. Raymond Feist is an amazing writer and I recommend the complete series to everyone. My favorites are the books with the original set of characters and the books dealing with Kelewan. However, all are interesting and page turners. So even though every few years I will reread a series of the Riftwar saga, this book is a beautiful romp through the whole series. It is written as a chronicle from Pug's hand but has additionally notations and organization from from his son Magnus. It all so offers different perspectives by Pug of the whole saga. Since this is a chronicle, it is not written in Feist's usual 5 plots going at once. There is just one plot.

There is one small editorial problem. The book A Crown Imperiled was and still is an editorial mess. This has spilled over slightly into Entry, The Twenty First. I believe this entry is from Magnus and not Pug. However, it is in normal lettering instead of italics which are used by Magnus.
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