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Magician / Raymond E. Feist.

By: Feist, Raymond E [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookCopyright date: ©1992Publisher: London Harper Voyager, 2013Description: 841 pages : maps ; 20 cm.Content type: text | cartographic image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780007485970.Subject(s): Magicians -- Fiction | Fantasy -- Juvenile fiction | Young adult fictionDDC classification: 813.54 Summary: Here starts an adventure that will span lifetimes and worlds. Discover where the story begins. Raymond E. Feist is an internationally best-selling author. My name is Pug. I was once an orphaned kitchen boy, with no family and no prospects, but I am destined to become a master magician...War is coming to the Kingdom of the Isles from another world, bringing with it chaos and destruction. Pug yearns to train as a warrior and fight for his kingdom alongside his foster-brother, Tomas, but instead he is forced to follow a different path: a path that will lead him right into the heart of the enemy. And one that will change the course of the war - and two worlds - forever. So begins the most epic series in fantasy fiction, a tale that will cross worlds and generations. Magician is the first book in the Riftwar Saga. The trilogy continues with book two, Silverthorn.
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Here starts an adventure that will span lifetimes and worlds. Discover where the story begins.

Raymond E. Feist is an internationally best-selling author.

My name is Pug. I was once an orphaned kitchen boy, with no family and no prospects, but I am destined to become a master magician...

War is coming to the Kingdom of the Isles from another world, bringing with it chaos and destruction. Pug yearns to train as a warrior and fight for his kingdom alongside his foster-brother, Tomas, but instead he is forced to follow a different path: a path that will lead him right into the heart of the enemy. And one that will change the course of the war - and two worlds - forever.

So begins the most epic series in fantasy fiction, a tale that will cross worlds and generations.

Magician is the first book in the Riftwar Saga. The trilogy continues with book two, Silverthorn.

Here starts an adventure that will span lifetimes and worlds. Discover where the story begins. Raymond E. Feist is an internationally best-selling author. My name is Pug. I was once an orphaned kitchen boy, with no family and no prospects, but I am destined to become a master magician...War is coming to the Kingdom of the Isles from another world, bringing with it chaos and destruction. Pug yearns to train as a warrior and fight for his kingdom alongside his foster-brother, Tomas, but instead he is forced to follow a different path: a path that will lead him right into the heart of the enemy. And one that will change the course of the war - and two worlds - forever. So begins the most epic series in fantasy fiction, a tale that will cross worlds and generations. Magician is the first book in the Riftwar Saga. The trilogy continues with book two, Silverthorn.

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Kirkus Book Review

Imitation Tolkien on a grand but undistinguished scale. At castle Crydee on the world Midkemia, clumsy orphan Pug becomes apprentice to court wizard Kilgan. And though his spells don't work too well, he saves Duke Borric's daughter from trolls, then discovers that a nation unknown on Midkemia--the Tsurani--is mounting an invasion via a magical interdimensional hole. (These are fearsome warriors led by black-robed Great Ones, magicians vastly superior to those of Kilgan's ilk.) In battle, then, Borric's cavalry (plus assorted elves and dwarves) are outnumbered by the Tsurani infantry, so the Duke must go to beleaguered, mad King Rodric at Rillanon for help. As the invasion continues, Pug is captured and enslaved on the Tsurani world. Subplots--brisk battles, pointless journeys, YA-ish love affairs, and the impending civil war--soon dominate. But eventually Pug, befriended by a powerful Tsurani warlord, becomes a Tsurani Great One . . . until he witnesses a bloody Tsurani circus: he loses his cool, stops the show, and punishes the Tsurani war leader before fleeing back to Midkemia--where he will join with mysterious super-sorcerer Macros to close the interdimensional passage. First novelist Feist's goblins, dragons, etc. (including some rather obvious borrowings from Tolkien and Le Guin) seem to have been inserted merely as a matter of form; his earnest, energetic efforts (one or two appealing notions, some crisp action sequences) are undermined by the absence of a strong central story or theme. Chaotic, overlong sword-and-sorcery, then--with intermittent appeal to heroic-fantasy fanatics. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.