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Magician: Apprentice (Riftwar Cycle: The Riftwar Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B073TJ3J3J
- Publisher : Spectra (August 22, 2017)
- Publication date : August 22, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 6164 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 509 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,901 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's like Feist saw how George Lucas edited the original Star Wars trilogy for the DVD release and thought it was a great idea. It wasn't.
Additionally, the e-book conversion for this and following books was done with OCR (optical character recognition—basically scanning each page into digitized, editable text), has left it with multiple spelling errors—place where the correct letter is "e" but the software reads it as "c," for instance. It's irritating.
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.
Other than that, the story's great, the writing's great, and I do recommend them to any fantasy reader. Its a classic series, and ever since "young adult" style books appear to have taken over the genre, its good to get a "real adult" series to read. Just mind the bratwurst.
I went in to this book knowing that it and its squeal were originally one volume so I was expecting it to be rather slow because it's only the first half. For most of the book I was not bothered by the pace. However, I had a problem with the slowness, specifically the four years the war has covered just in this book (so half of the original one volume), in that it makes literally no sense.
First, the time jumps are weird. You'll think "oh it must be the next or a few days later" and Feist goes "9 months later" and it doesn't make any sense for what has supposedly happened in that time period. It felt like every encounter between the two armies had a mandatory 6 month pause following it.
Second, the people of the Kingdom of the Isles understand ridiculously little about people they have supposedly been fighting, almost non-stop, for FOUR years. Interactions between the two peoples are like they literally just discovered each other four hours ago rather than four years.
Third, Feist has failed in the fact that I found it unbelievable, with a minimal understanding of tactics, that the war has gone on for so long already. Instead of making me feel like the two sides were evenly matched, instead I just switched back and forth between "oh this side should have won in like 10 seconds." It was confusing just from a logic standpoint.
Last, I frankly wish female characters had been absent all together. Carline is just terrible. And it's not her fault. She is not written to be a person. She is written to be a thing for Roland and Pug to act out their own feelings/growth on. I excused many things based on this book's age, but I am pretty sure they had women already in 1982. Although I am less sure if Feist has ever met one.
I will read the squeal because I promised a friend to, but would make no promises about further books as I don't expect the squeal to be much better. I would also be shocked if I remember much about this book a year from now.
Top reviews from other countries
Possibly a touch disappointing now, but one should leave some things in the mists of time perhaps and I have subsequently read better - Donaldson, Pullman, Goodkind to name a few
But still readable