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Stale stories from Mr. Feist
on August 1, 2013
Raymond E. Feist writes amazing books, but as the Midkemia stories go on (with increasingly boring "_______war Saga" titles), they've started to lose their magic. The first few he wrote (Magician: Apprentice and Master, Silverthorn, etc.), were so incredible because not only were they new and fresh, the characters were amazing. No matter how many books I read, Jimmy the Hand will always be one of my favorites, and Pug? Total badass.
But now, with the exception of Pug, all the other cool characters are dead, and their replacements are....less than interesting. And despite all of the magic that he has mastered, there is always something waiting on the horizon that can ruin his day. Seriously? Why can't he just once encounter something that he can kick around for a little while?
Anyway, back to the review. It's a decent book, Mr. Feist is, I think, incapable of writing anything less than decent, but it isn't amazing. The story is the same as the previous 'Sagas,' (imminent invasion and worldwide destruction, Pug has the answers, he and Nakor debate pointless philosophy at weird times that doesn't advance the plot, and there's a twist in there, just to keep it real), just with different names. The saga is worth reading, but I'd get it from the local library, unless you're a die-hard Raymond Feist collector.