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Magician | Paperback

Released on 28 June 1993

Author: Raymond E. Feist | Format: Paperback

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Raymond E. Feist's classic fantasy epic, Magician, has enchanted readers for over twenty years. The revised edition was prepared to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its publication, and incorporates over 15,000 words of text omitted from previous editions.

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 Perfect Style

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If only Lord of the Rings and The Wheel of Time series had been written with the rapidly progressive plot style of Raymond E. Feist. I do not knock Tolkein or Jordan for their novels, they are greats, however how many times can one read of the dull journeys and barely interesting conversations before they pray for a plot twist, something to awaken them from the unconcious state they have entered?
Feist's novel is of massive proportion, plot wise, and i was kept stuck to the pages by his knack of leaving out the uneccesary parts of the story, such as the walk from the pub back to the palace, or the sea voyage to an outlying province. What he includes are the dialouge and narritive rich, juicy pieces of the story, which kept me gripped throughout.
Never does he bore you, and the novel is not filled with the cheesy cliches so common with the genre - having been published 20 years ago i can say that with confidence.
The main characters all have definitive rolls, not present just to fill the story with a sword weilder or a really cool looking person, but with a purpose to continue the plot if not immediately but eventually, and surprisingly in some cases.
The sequels are far greater than this (and Magican is superb), which insures continued salivation as you read through to the epic finale in 'A Darkness at Sethanon', the middle book being 'Silverthorn'.
The Trilogy is by far my favourite series, and Magician is my favourite "section" of the trilogy, it surpasses LoTR, for me, due to the rich plot, and sits proudly within my bookshelf.
I urge you to read this, wether borrowing it or buying it, as it will pull you in quickly, and you will never want to leave the immense world of Midkemia - that is unless you are purchasing the sequel, or eating, or sleeping (yet even sleeping i'd rather be dreaming about that land).

 Utterly Stunning

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Raymond E. Feist is my favourite author of all time and this, his first, is my favourite book. Feist combimes a breathtaking setting and a truly fantastic plot along with some of the greatest characters I've ever met to create a story that will have you turning pages for hours. I've read this book more times than I care to count, and it honestly never gets old. Once you read this, you'll be captivated - and buying the rest of the series as well.

Definately a must read. =].

 Engaging to the very end

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Read this book on the recommendation of a friend. Whilst the book is huge, the story is epic and flowing. Unlike Tolkien, Feist spends a lot of his words describing what is going on rather than setting the scene or paying attention to detail. Whilst it means that there is often a lot of detail left out, it frees up the space to have an action packed story where the next twist is never far away.

The characters are largely likeable. Tomas' character is very engaging, as is Arutha. However, I found the central character Pug to be quite selfish and found it very hard to like him. This is not to detract from the book however, as it invokes enough feeling inside of you to care what happens.

If you liked Lord of the Rings then this is definetly a good place to start something new. I intend to finish the Riftwar saga based on the strength of this book. Perhaps more aswell.

 Gripping & Imaginative

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A great book from start to finish. Great characters, vivid detail & epic scope make this a must read for anyone willing to endulge in a bit of fantasy. Based on this book I've read 5 more Feist titles and have yet to be disapointed.

 A must read!

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I've never reviewed a book for recommendation before, but after reading Magician I felt compelled to do so! Before reading this I could never decide which was my favourite book, I've read the popular greats including major stories from: Tolkien, Jorden, Gemmil, Scott Card, Hobb, G Martin, Elliot, Pratchett, Williams, Eddings, Brooks, Piers Anthony (the list goes on). This particular book sticks at the top of my list primarily because I found this one memorably very enjoyable and the hardest to put down. Experienced critics will have much more to say and will probably downplay this book for the genre. I could point out fantasy that is more original than this and intellectually more challenging, but I havent found a story thats more engaging and enjoyable than this from any genre. A truly remarkable story for anyone to enjoy!

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AuthorRaymond E. Feist
PublisherHarperCollins Publishers (GB)
Year1993
ISBN9780586217832
FormatPaperback - 704 Pages
Illustrationsmaps