Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Book Review - Magician by Raymond E Feist
If you remember last year I mentioned I bought loads of books in the 90s from Fantasy and Sci Fi Book Club really cheap!
One set of books were the first four novels by Raymond E Feist. At the time started reading it and got to chapter three and vowed to finish it one day.
Fast forward about twenty years and I've actually come back to it and read it all and boy am I glad I did. Although I wish I had read it back then but was less patient then and more interested in going clubbing.
Now I've matured I've really got into Magician, the first novel in the Riftwar saga by Raymond E Feist.
It starts off in typical fashion the kitchen hand Pug realises he has powers becomes an apprentice magician to Kulgan and studys whilst playing with his friends including Tomas and Princess Carline who he falls for.
This is pretty standard fantasy fare and reminded me of David Eddings farmboy come magician Garion.
It all changes when an alien looking vessel is beached and warriors who speak a foreign tongue appear. Things hot up when a rift to another world appears.
The novel is huge in scope as not only is there world building for the main planet of Midkemia but also the planet Kelewan where the Tsurani invaders come from.
That is double the amount of characters to most books plus histories, languages, politics and magic let alone small details like weapons.
This book must have been planned for a long time as it can be quite complex yet easy for the reader to get into.
It also has a time frame of over nine years and by the end our heroes have grown into young adults.
Some including Pug and Tomas are changed forever.
There is plenty going on from political fighting and double crossing to magic battles and dragons.
I wish I hadn't waited so long to read but glad I did.
Overall - a huge epic novel taking on two worlds worth of story telling. Now to read its sequel Silverthorn.
Score - 10/10