Sunday, May 20, 2012

Magician, Raymond E. Feist

The storm had broken. Pug danced along the edge of the rocks, his feet finding scant purchase as he made his way among the tide pools. His dark eyes darted about as he peered into each pool under the cliff face, seeking the spiny creatures driven into the shallows by the recently passed storm. His boyish muscles bunched under his light shirt as he shifted the sack of sandcrawlers, rockclaws, and crabs plucked from this water garden.

This is really a classic fantasy book, with all the fantasy elements: dwarves, elves, magicians, kings and queens, and otherwordly invaders. There are many characters, but the main one is Pug, a keep boy who becomes a great magician. His world not only has plenty of magic, but the Tsurani, aliens from another planet, come to try and take over Pug's world. So Magician has a bit of science fiction in it too. Both Magician and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell are definitely fantasy, but they are very different. Magician is action-packed throughout, more the kind of fantasy where wizards throw balls of magic at one another. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell progresses much more slowly.

I really liked the first section of Magician; the magic was interesting, and so were the characters. It got a little strange towards the end; I think Feist was trying to be a bit too clever, and it didn't quite work. But if you like fantasy with lots of action, Magician is the book for you. It was very absorbing. Also, normally Magician is published in two separate volumes: Magician: Apprentice and  Magician: Master, so I was happy to find both in one volume.

Read Magician:
  • if you like fantasy, particularly with lots of action
  • if you like fantasy that combines many elements
545 pages.
Very Good! I would recommend this book!

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