The year after high school I was working a dead-end job as a receptionist for a company that ground lenses for prescription glasses. I was in my second flat (share house) and I had 20 cents a day budget for food one deep-fried potato fritter supplemented with endless quantities of free alcohol, bought for me by my boyfriend's cronies, who, in retrospect, hoped to get me drunk enough I'd go for a foursome. I fell in love with Jimmy the Hand. I took a second job waiting tables six nights a week. I found out what I needed to do to go to college. Maybe it's true that another story would have started it all even if I'd never found Feist's work, but I'll always remember Magician as the book that saved me.
This excitement was high, fantasy is my bread and butter. It is just everything about fantasy that makes me enjoy it. Sometimes standard fantasy, sometimes beyond the norm, often with clichés and often unique and imaginative, but never enough to keep me interested. It just seemed as if things were just happening, as opposed to the characters actually influencing or making the plot happen. But standard fantasy, I think.
But the young king is set upon a dark path towards the depths of madness, and the stability of the kingdom is threatened both by his own reckless impulses and the machinations of the scheming eastern nobles attempting to control him. In the city of Crydee in the far west, two young boys are approaching the age of apprenticeship in a certain trade. Tomas is training to one day become a warrior in the Dukes household guard, while his childhood friend Pug has a destiny greater still. Pug and Tomas are chosen to travel alongside Duke Borric and his son Arutha to the far east of the Kingdom, to warn the king and the nobles of the east of the imminent danger to the kingdom. Their great journey takes them through abandoned dwarven mines, the isle of a black sorcerer and the grand city of Krondor, before they finally reach the capital of Rillanon and the court of the king. For when they return to the west after speaking with the King, a rift between worlds has been torn open, and an invasion has begun The story of Magician is mostly split into three different points of view. Pug has spent his childhood dreaming of becoming a warrior like his friend Tomas, but lacks the physical strength and the skill at arms. When the young boys of Crydee line up for the ceremony in which they will be chosen for the different apprenticeships, Pug experiences the worst nightmare that has befallen him so far: he is the only one not chosen by any master. It is far from the longest book I have read in number of pages, but it is the magnitude of the story that is particularly impressive. My ratings are normally more or less purely subjective, however, and there were a couple of aspects about the book I did not enjoy as much as the others.
Completed a re-read of this marvelous book. I rank these two writers at the top of what I've read, and I look forward to reading more books from each author in the near future. The adventures of Pug and Tomas and the many assorted characters of this world have been a true fascination for me and I am pleased to say that every second I spent reading these books was time well spent and I would be willing to bet that my view will be the same on my death bed.
I think anyone who likes fantasy books should read this book.
A young orphan boy Pug is taken as an apprentice to a master magician. While this still goes on the peaceful life of the kingdom is shattered when a mysterious alien invaders came out from nowhere. This book could and should be used as a checklist for fantasy cliches: it has them all. * A mysterious invader force bringing peaceful life to the brink of complete annihilation?
I didn't notice Feist spend any time at the beginning on world-building, but rather it felt like he let the world of Midkemia spring up around a diverse and interesting cast of characters.
Considering that Feist stumbled upon a unique and admirable new fantasy conceit in these novels, I am amazed that he couldn't truly extract better characterization and narrative from the two worlds of the Tsurani and Midkemia.
And Feist's worlds of Midkemia and Kelewan are also well developed, you'll really find yourself lost in these intricate lands. Certainly Magician and it's sequels are immense in scope in creating a vast world of magic,war,adventure,love,hate and political intrigue