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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
“The best new fantasty in years . . . has a chance of putting its aughor firmly on the trone next to Tolkien—and keeping him there.”—The Dragon Magazine
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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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The Riftwar books launched the beginning of a golden age of post LOTR fantasy series, to be followed by Weiss/Hickman's Dragonlance and, of course, R.A. Salvatore's Drizzt. If a new reader set out to read those three series -- others will certainly have different favorites, but those are mine -- they will have several years of wonderment ahead.
I am so glad I started this book. It is amazingly well written, and I felt the connections with each of the characters. I can't wait to start diving deeper into this world. If you were like me and have passed over this book, stop now, and pick it up.
Be warned: From everything I have gathered, there are around thirty books in this Legacy. Get ready for some hardcore reading.
This is not really a harsh criticism. Most authors manage it only once in a while. Piers Anthony, for example, did it only once that I know of: when Mach shouted "Thee...Thee...Thee..." to Fleta after she had jumped from the top of a cliff (at the end of Out Of Phaze). Many stories don't have these superlatively poignant scenes, yet they are still good stories.
Magician: Apprentice has three main characters - Pug, Tomas and Arutha. Pug is the title character, the Magician's apprentice. Tomas is his friend. After Pug is captured by the Tsurani (about 3/4 through the book), the viewpoint shifts briefly to Tomas, who has found a magical sword and a suit of magical armor that makes a sword-swinging hero out of him. Later, though, the action leaves Tomas in Elvandar and joins Arutha as he returns to the keep at Crydee. The rest of the book is about how Arutha assumes command of his father's (Duke Borric's) soldiers and fights off the Tsurani invaders by his heroic and inspirational leadership.
Several other characters are very important, including Kulgan (the magician to whom Pug is apprenticed), Roland (a friend and rival of Pug's), and Carline (the princess who loves Pug and Roland...both).
Martin Longbow and his fellow tracker Garret provide some comedy on the battlefield as they trick one group of enemies into chasing them into another group of enemies, as mutually opposed to each other as either of them is to the Crydee faction.
Pug doesn't do much magic in this story. After he saves the Princess by casting a spell, he's pretty much a spectator until he attacks the Tsurani by the rift and gets himself caught.
The story is fast-paced, interesting, and well-told. But it is obvious that Magician: Apprentice is a set up for the later books in the Riftwar Saga.
If you're looking for a great read with dragons, magic, kings, queens, betrayal, love and despair then you're going to love this.
Oh there's also dwarves with mystical hammers *coughs* Tolkien... *coughs*
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