Magician

by Raymond Feist

4 avg rating
Book 16 of 27 in the Beginner Fantasy Books
2791 votes 9 comments
A worthy pupil . . . A dangerous quest

To the forest on the shore of the Kingdom of the Isles, the orphan Pug came to study with the master magician Kulgan. But though his courage won him a place at court and the heart of a lovely Princess, he was ill at ease with the normal ways of wizardry.

Yet Pug's strange sort of magic would one day change forever the fates of two worlds. For dark beings from another world had opened a rift in the fabric of spacetime to being again the age-old battle between the forces of Order and Chaos.

Praise for Magician: Apprentice

“Totally gripping . . . A fantasy of epic scope, fast-moving action and vivid imagination.”The Washington Post Book World

“Most exciting . . . A very worthy and absorbing addition to the fantasy field.”—Andre Norton

“The best new fantasty in years . . . has a chance of putting its aughor firmly on the trone next to Tolkien—and keeping him there.”The Dragon Magazine

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9 comments
Anonymous | 2013-07-24 02:11:51
There is enough plot in this book to fit into a trilogy by itself, it makes sense they split it into two books.
Anonymous | 2015-01-15 10:35:18
Brilliant book read both parts in one book never knowing it was split ended with me wanting more
Anonymous | 2015-06-28 12:02:40
The book that got me into reading. Loved it
Anonymous | 2015-12-03 12:13:54
Very surprised this did not appear in the top 10, personally feel it is a lot better than many of the books higher up in the list.
Anonymous | 2015-12-17 12:37:35
This review does Magician no justice, I am almost finished the riftwar cycle, almost 30 books I think and it has to be the best most complex set of novels I have ever read. Saying it is simplistic and about saving the damsel in distress, well you sir just havnt read the rest
Randall Curran | 2016-07-23 11:59:11
This book starts a series, heavily based on D
Anonymous | 2016-07-24 12:46:13
My review was deleted. 'Magician' has a clever writer, but I found the material conventional, offering no insight into the numinous or fantasies, myth or magic, decent plotwise but not more--and owing an immense and unacknowledged debt to Michael Moorcock concerning everything whatsoever having to do with Tomas and the 'Valheru' (pronounced: 'Dragon-riders of Melnibone'). --This book is always right on the edge of offending me with its derivateveness* (*if that's a word), across the board--something strangely little acknowledged. But it helped set a precedent of writing Tolkien clones WHO at least weren't complete--and rather tasteless, reworkings like 'Shanarrah' (sic). The suggestion it was a 'great' book in any aspect of itself (naught specific has been named that I remember) is...just extremely strange, to me. Perhaps the greatest praise I can give (amid Feist's sappy psychologizing) is the introduction of the book's #3 hero to this fantasy world, the brooding, quiet, resentful, clever, heroic and also brooding 'Arutha'--who appears to have been influential himself on that type in the genre. Always remember: everything else, including the hubcaps, is stolen, often undiluted, from Dunsany, M. Moorcock, Howard, Tolkien, etc. But it diminishes other books quite significantly when Feist's work is placed next to them as 'Great'. It will always trigger that response: I tentatively suggest, despite the affection of many presently active, it be taken off any 'greatest fantasy' list immediately, and for that reason. Rather, I move for an expeditious ballot or VV on the issue, essentially to that effect, in the extremely near future. Now is fine.
Anonymous | 2016-07-24 12:49:14
For 'Heroic Fantasy' it's 96% just a ripoff of 'Elric'. Not cool.
Anonymous | 2017-04-21 01:58:29
I think when reviewing this book it is important to remember two things: 1. It was published in 1982. When the book was published many of the tropes it contains were not yet overplayed and for its time was quite original. Since then the genre has filled up with half-baked books based in role playing worlds but it is not fair to run down Magician because there are so many bad copies. 2. It was heavily based on D
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