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Magician | Paperback

Author: Raymond E. Feist | Format: Paperback

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  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!

  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.

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  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. =].

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  A must read!

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Not only the best fantasy book of all time but the best book ever. Feist has you buried in the story from the first page with lively compelling characters and one of the best stories ever written. Even if the fantasy genre isn't your cup of tea this book is still a must read.
One warning, don't start reading this in the evening as you won't get any sleep until this story is done, this book is almost impossible to put down.
Pure story telling at it's very best, only wish there was a rating higher then 5 stars,

  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).

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  the best fantasy book ever

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This is my number one fantasy book of all time. Second is David Gemmell's Legend. Can you imagine your typical looking fantasy world being invaded by aliens? Sounds like a terrible idea - but it's not!!! Feist is a great writer and creates a fascinating world that leaves you breathless. Even better, once you've read this and finished the trilogy, the Empire series waits - another trilogy about the aliens' world

  An epic masterpiece

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If you like reading fantasy books, then it's highly likely that you already own this. If not, then it should already be in the post on it's way to you because this book is probably the finest piece of literary fantasy I have ever read. Lord of the Rings was good, but this is AMAZING. Feist's way of writing totally immerses you in the story and you can really identify with all the characters and the emotions they all go through. This is the first book in a three part trilogy called "The Riftwar Saga". You may think 681 pages is a lot to read but I guarantee you, by the time you finish it you'll be wanting more ...... so it's lucky that there IS more!!! A must-have in anyone's book collection.