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Review of Magician: Apprentice (Book 1 of the Riftwar Saga), by Raymond E. Feist


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I have just re-read Magician: Apprentice for the first time in over 20 years, and it still stands up after all this time. Even though the beginning may seem like a typical damsel in distress (Carline rescued by Pug from the troll), both characters quickly break out of their stereotypes. The appearance of the Tsurani near Crydee immediately sets fantasy tropes on their ear, and allows the Riftwar Saga to set its own path in the fantasy genre.

 

Feist does a good job of introducing and laying the foundation with the central characters of the Riftwar Saga in Pug,Tomas, Macros and Arutha. This is a fun read, and I'm planning to read the entire Riftwar Cycle (about 30 books long now) before the release of Magician's End next year.

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I loved that book too. But I heard the later books turned away from the magic and I was a bit afraid that it might turn in to another one of them King Arthur type books instead. I've read too many of those and got bored with that so i didn't continue in that series.

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feists books have there own box in my collection there are quite alot of them lol.

they are fun reading though.you going to review silverthorn next?

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Feist/Midkemia is one of my facourite series of books. Probably actually ahead of WOT. Last book of that series/saga comes out next year as well I think. There's another large portion of my reading life coming to an end!

 

I've always had a spot for Magician. Was one of the first larger fantasy novels I ever read and beyond that, actually enjoyed.

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feists books have there own box in my collection there are quite alot of them lol. they are fun reading though.you going to review silverthorn next?

Since I'm trying to read the entire Riftwar Cycle in chronological order, I'm actually reading Daughter of the Empire (first in the Empire trilogy with Feist & Janny Wurts), followed by Servant of the Empire, then Magician: Master. I did read Silverthorn a long time ago, and remember it being pretty riveting, so I'm looking forward to re-reading it.

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