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La guerre fait rage et a séparé les amis d'autrefois. Pug a été capturé et réduit en esclavage, mais dans l'empire exotique de Kelewan, il découvre peu à peu les pouvoirs incroyables qui dormaient en lui depuis longtemps. Tomas est devenu un guerrier aussi respecté que craint, et le prince Arutha, quant à lui, doit déjouer à la cour les complots visant à déstabiliser le ro La guerre fait rage et a séparé les amis d'autrefois. Pug a été capturé et réduit en esclavage, mais dans l'empire exotique de Kelewan, il découvre peu à peu les pouvoirs incroyables qui dormaient en lui depuis longtemps. Tomas est devenu un guerrier aussi respecté que craint, et le prince Arutha, quant à lui, doit déjouer à la cour les complots visant à déstabiliser le royaume. Bientôt, tous vont devoir s'unir contre un ennemi venu de la nuit des temps... Magicien est un classique absolu et un best-seller international.


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La guerre fait rage et a séparé les amis d'autrefois. Pug a été capturé et réduit en esclavage, mais dans l'empire exotique de Kelewan, il découvre peu à peu les pouvoirs incroyables qui dormaient en lui depuis longtemps. Tomas est devenu un guerrier aussi respecté que craint, et le prince Arutha, quant à lui, doit déjouer à la cour les complots visant à déstabiliser le ro La guerre fait rage et a séparé les amis d'autrefois. Pug a été capturé et réduit en esclavage, mais dans l'empire exotique de Kelewan, il découvre peu à peu les pouvoirs incroyables qui dormaient en lui depuis longtemps. Tomas est devenu un guerrier aussi respecté que craint, et le prince Arutha, quant à lui, doit déjouer à la cour les complots visant à déstabiliser le royaume. Bientôt, tous vont devoir s'unir contre un ennemi venu de la nuit des temps... Magicien est un classique absolu et un best-seller international.

30 review for Magicien - Le Mage: La Guerre de la Faille, T2 (FANTASY)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I have never read a book that jumped ahead so many years in my life. I feel like everyone should be old and barely getting around at this point. Okay, it wasn't that bad. Lol. It makes me wonder though how the other books are going to go with Pug. I'm assuming he's in the next two books with the others that weren't killed in this book. I'm worried about what his going on with Tomas. I still love so many of the characters and I was starting to list them all and thought that list was getting too bi I have never read a book that jumped ahead so many years in my life. I feel like everyone should be old and barely getting around at this point. Okay, it wasn't that bad. Lol. It makes me wonder though how the other books are going to go with Pug. I'm assuming he's in the next two books with the others that weren't killed in this book. I'm worried about what his going on with Tomas. I still love so many of the characters and I was starting to list them all and thought that list was getting too big so... NO. There are a few of the characters that are married and have children! I told you this book moved right along. In the beginning, Pug was a slave for so many years to the Tsurani and that is where he met Laurie. It was all so weird and some things were just sad. Everyone were having their own issues in different places. I was hoping for some things that didn't happen but with the time frames I didn't think it would be possible. Either way I enjoy this world of Pug and the gang!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Choko

    *** 4 *** A buddy read with the Fantasy Fans @ BBB! This was a very strong second installment to this series. Pug and his friends have lived 8 years after the faithful moment the two best friends, Tomas and Pug, were separated and faced their very different paths. Tomas was gifted with a magical armor, while Pug was taken to the world of the invaders and after being a slave for a while, was sat on a journey to discover his limits in the magical arts. The war has been exposing the weaknesses of the *** 4 *** A buddy read with the Fantasy Fans @ BBB! This was a very strong second installment to this series. Pug and his friends have lived 8 years after the faithful moment the two best friends, Tomas and Pug, were separated and faced their very different paths. Tomas was gifted with a magical armor, while Pug was taken to the world of the invaders and after being a slave for a while, was sat on a journey to discover his limits in the magical arts. The war has been exposing the weaknesses of the royalty and their ranks are not only thinning, but rifts and power struggles are dividing and sowing distrust among the already tired defenders. I felt that the crescendo of the story was very exciting and found the little Ascension drama at the end a bit anticlimactic... However, I enjoyed the story as a whole and look forward to the next book:-) Now I wish you all Happy Reading and many more wonderful books to come!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    I'm SO happy to realize that my original love of these books in my youth remains as bright in my middle age. :) As a matter of fact, now that I've had a lot of time to read and process a very large assortment of fantasy novels both epic and derivative and sometimes both, I can confidently say that this may very well be as good as the WoT series that I have been known to put so much store by. Impressive, no? So Much Happens. Pug gets kidnapped in the previous book and sent to an alternate world acr I'm SO happy to realize that my original love of these books in my youth remains as bright in my middle age. :) As a matter of fact, now that I've had a lot of time to read and process a very large assortment of fantasy novels both epic and derivative and sometimes both, I can confidently say that this may very well be as good as the WoT series that I have been known to put so much store by. Impressive, no? So Much Happens. Pug gets kidnapped in the previous book and sent to an alternate world across a rift in space and time, spends years as a slave, gets discovered by the powerful mages there as one of their own, gets trained and indoctrinated. What a change from his past life! But while this is all fondly remembered from before, what becomes a real treat for me is life back at home. Harrowing sailing, intrigue and politics in cities, and 9 years of a long, long war with the peoples across the rift. Unforgettable characters, immense battle, tactics, strategy, and mindblowing magic at all the very best instances. :) Fondly remembered? Oh yeah. But now it's firmly enshrined. :) I cannot WAIT to dig into all the rest. :) I sincerely hope to call this one of my absolute favorite fantasy series. We shall see! :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maria Dimitrova

    Buddy read with the Fantasy lovers of BB&B. The previous book left us unsure of the ultimate fates of our heroes. So, naturally, I was excited to read this one and find out what will happen with them. Magician: Master did not disappoint! Most of Pug's POV were on Kelewan - the world from which the Tsuranni invaders hail. It was a fascinating world, filled with strange creatures and bizarre fauna, complex political and social order and powerful magicians. As usual I had major problems with the Buddy read with the Fantasy lovers of BB&B. The previous book left us unsure of the ultimate fates of our heroes. So, naturally, I was excited to read this one and find out what will happen with them. Magician: Master did not disappoint! Most of Pug's POV were on Kelewan - the world from which the Tsuranni invaders hail. It was a fascinating world, filled with strange creatures and bizarre fauna, complex political and social order and powerful magicians. As usual I had major problems with the Tsuranni because of their tradition of keeping slaves. More than once this caused me to rage against them. But as the book progressed and Pug got more entrenched into their society, I began to see the Tsuranni not as an absolute evil but as people who have never had cause to change their ways. I found Pug's training as a Great One to be strange and enraging at first but soon saw the wisdom of those ways. There was a particular moment during Pug's training that reminded me of another fantasy series - the Wheel of Time. And more specifically the visions one has in the Aiel city of Rhuidean. There are of course differences between the two things and one might argue that there's no similarities at all :D A couple of new characters were introduced and along the way they became just as near and dear as the original cast. especially Laurie and the son of the lord of the Shinzawai. Tomas' storyarc was incredibly interesting and equally terrifying. There were times when I wondered if the gentle, courageous boy from Crydee will manage to pull through without becoming a monster. From the flashbacks he got from the armour, I got really curious about the Dragon Lords and I would like to know more about that time of Midkemia's history. All of the characters from the first book showed incredible growth. Perhaps Carline showed the biggest change - from a spoiled princess to a noblewoman worth following. The same goes for all the children of the Duke of Crydee. The sorcerer Macros the Black played a major role in the events of this book and there were times when I wondered if he is in fact on of the bad guys. The provided explanation did make sense but I would have felt much better had he (view spoiler)[explained it to both Lyam and the Emperor of the Tsuranni instead of making them think the Midkemians have broken the truce. (hide spoiler)] I suppose there would be more on this topic in the following books or at least I hope so. In either case the next couple of books promise to be interesting.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Still great the second time! I only read the first four the first time around. I plan to read them all now. Warning to readers! Book 1 and 2 really are "book one" of a trilogy. Frequently they are combined into one volume (Magician) If you only read the first book, this is not a case where you get the complete first part of the story. You really need to read a least the first two before you will be able to tell if this story is for you or not!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wanda

    Lots of plot, very little characterization. The young men of the first book, Pug and Tomas, grow up and by second book’s end are reunited. Several things felt a little off to me—that both youngsters should have such an easy time becoming very powerful men, that Macros would instigate treachery rather than negotiate with the Midkemians & Tsurani, and that everyone at book’s end would just be so accepting of that whole situation. In fact, so many potentially highly charged situations are solve Lots of plot, very little characterization. The young men of the first book, Pug and Tomas, grow up and by second book’s end are reunited. Several things felt a little off to me—that both youngsters should have such an easy time becoming very powerful men, that Macros would instigate treachery rather than negotiate with the Midkemians & Tsurani, and that everyone at book’s end would just be so accepting of that whole situation. In fact, so many potentially highly charged situations are solved easily through a few questions & answers—very unlike the real world of politics and family relations. I did acquire a fondness for Prince Arutha that I didn’t have in the first book. He is probably the most well-rounded character in the second volume. I suspect that at some point in book three, he will be happily married off to Princess Anita, who is showing herself to be a remarkably sensible young woman. I look forward also to his altered relationship with Martin Longbow. In many ways, the plot is tied up with a nice bow at the end of book 2 and one wonders if Feist meant to go on writing the series. He has left just enough loose ends to justify a 3rd volume, but it is hardly a cliff-hanger ending that would impel the reader on to the next installment. Enjoyable in a “what happens next” sense, but pretty disappointing if one is interested in complex characters. Praise be to interlibrary loan, which meant that I did not have to pay to read this book!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michael *Windrunner*

    Good news - 15ish years later I still enjoyed this story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michael Y. Patuwo

    After "Magician: Apprentice", I was hoping that the second half of the Feist's Magician series would deliver closure to the multitude of plot threads that have been constructed in the first half, but as it turned out, I was disappointed. There are many problems with this book that impede my enjoyment, because every other page of the book seems to make me look up and whisper to myself, "What? Why? How is this reasonable? Why do I have to see this scene? Why is the guy I'm supposed to be rooting f After "Magician: Apprentice", I was hoping that the second half of the Feist's Magician series would deliver closure to the multitude of plot threads that have been constructed in the first half, but as it turned out, I was disappointed. There are many problems with this book that impede my enjoyment, because every other page of the book seems to make me look up and whisper to myself, "What? Why? How is this reasonable? Why do I have to see this scene? Why is the guy I'm supposed to be rooting for behaving like a spoiled, rotten child?" I'll break it down. The main character Pug ceased to be an innocent, endearing boy and suddenly turned into a tyrant with an ego worthy of three men. I hated him. So much. He had everything handed to him: his latent powers, the affection of every single 'good' person in the book, the fortuitous termination of his enslavement (if he had slaved at all, because to be honest I didn't see any suffering in his part), the protection of a good master, the respect of the Tsurani mages (why did he deserve that?), among many other things. He found his soulmate without even trying, and she was completely devoted to him right after a single night of passion. There was no special connection between Pug and his wife; not even the tiniest resemblance of romance. When Pug became a master magician, my empathy for him drained away completely. He treated those of his former station the way every other huffing noble treated them, and we were supposed to root for this man? Not a chance. The showcasing of his power during the bloody arena event was so utterly inane and pointless I had to slog through the pages, rolling my eyes as I did so to lessen the boredom. There is no tension whatsoever in the book once Pug was able to do ANYTHING he wants, at no apparent price. Pug is the embodiment of one of the biggest Gary Stu-s in fantasy writing. Next, Tomas. A complete jerkass, he too had made a complete personality turnabout from the good-natured, energetic lad we've seen back in Apprentice. Like Pug, he had everything handed to him: the adoration of the elves (although he butchered his enemies and radiated an aura of savagery), the unquestioning loyalty of the dwarves (why? He's just a human, young and callow, and just because Dolgan liked him did not mean that the rest of the dwarves should) and the love of a most unlikely character (again, no chemistry. Shallow, shallow, shallow). His sideplot ended with no violence, no consequences, no repercussions. Bam, author intruded, problem solved. Boring. Arutha. I like him, actually. But I don't see why a third of the book has to be written in his point of view, especially since he was given barely any spotlight in the first book. In fact, Arutha should be main character, not Pug or Tomas. At least he's not an obvious Gary Stu cardboard character, and the lowering of his station as a prince to an adventurer actually won my empathy, and I really enjoyed his growth as a character. What could have been an epic fantasy in "Magician: Master" turned out hollow, unbelievable, and boring. Even if one were to forgive the problem of Gary-Stu-ness in the book's many characters, its inconsistent pacing, pointless digressions and anticlimactic emotional scenes still stick out like a sore thumb and give rise to the frustration of the readers who actually care about these things (as I read this book, I almost forgot why the Tsurani was the enemy, since there was so very many chapters of pure digression). I say only read this book when you are new to fantasy and do not know what to expect: its easy and cliched plot are useful for the uninitiated reader. Otherwise, stay away.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    Magician: Master sees Pug go from being a slave in the Tsuranuanni Empire, to becoming a great magician of the Assembly, a Great One, by the name of Milamber. It is here that we learn of the intricate fascinating world of Kelewan (the Tsurani home world) where giant, intelligent insectoid creatures called Cho-Ja reside, as well as six legged bovine creatures called Needra. Bees are not yellow and black striped but bright red, eagles have yellow bands on their wings, and hawks are purple. Unlike Pug Magician: Master sees Pug go from being a slave in the Tsuranuanni Empire, to becoming a great magician of the Assembly, a Great One, by the name of Milamber. It is here that we learn of the intricate fascinating world of Kelewan (the Tsurani home world) where giant, intelligent insectoid creatures called Cho-Ja reside, as well as six legged bovine creatures called Needra. Bees are not yellow and black striped but bright red, eagles have yellow bands on their wings, and hawks are purple. Unlike Pug's homeward Midkemia, where the flora and fauna are more like our own. The culture of Tsuranuanni is very much Japanese/Korean and we explore the intriguing politics of the five great families of the Empire, the Keda, Tonmargu, Minwanabi, Oaxatucan, and Xacatecas, the Warlord and the near godlike Emperor, the Light of Heaven. Tied up in this are the 'political parties' representing the aspirations of the noble families, such as the Blue Wheel Party, the Jade Eye Party, the Golden Flower Party, the Party for Progress, the Party for War and others. Then there is the Assembly of Magicians or Great Ones. Milamber is to play a large part in creating great changes that will see a climax to the war between Tsurani and the Kingdom. He has become of the Empire, married to a girl, from Kelewan, Katala. Meanwhile on Midkemia, Thomas has donned the armor, given to him in the cave of the dragon, of the great Dragon Lord, or Valheru, Ashen Shugar. He becomes a mighty warrior, a thing of great power, but causes disconcertion among the Elves of Elvandar, where he lives, who fear the return to domination by the Valheru. This is complicated by the fact that the elf Queen Aglaranna has fallen in love with him. Arutha must go to Krondor, to get aid from the Kingdom forces, to save Crydee, which is under siege by Tsurani armies. Here he finds, Krondor has been seized by the scheming enemy of his father, Duke Guy of Bas Tyra. He must rescue Princess Anita and flee the city. Magician : Apprentice takes us into a deeper exploration of two world and sees a dramatic climax for the saga , while giving us material for many more novels.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    Oh hell yes. Violence, betrayal, sex, intrigue, magic, mystery, romance, humor, and bone deep joy. Every time I thought the story would be bogged down by a character’s trial, or politics, something would be solved and another plot point would carry on. This book flowed. I can’t say enough good things about this story. If you’ve never read these works of Feel-Good-Fantasy you should.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Laura (Kyahgirl)

    4/5; 4 stars; A- I really enjoyed the characters and the adventure in this book. It seemed quite a bit tighter than the first book in the series. I was going to read book three now but think I will switch to Daughter of the Empire to get the viewpoint from Kelewan during the Riftwar.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sud666

    In the land of Midkemia there is a rift that leads to another world. This world is the Empire of Tsuranuanni, losely modeled after Japan during the Shogunate Era, and they are invading. This is the background for this story. A young boy named Pug is taken by the Tsurani and turned into a slave. But his fortunes change and he is taken in by a noble Tsurani family. There he is found to possess great magical ability. He is taken by the Mages of Tsurani to be trained as a Great One. There are many ot In the land of Midkemia there is a rift that leads to another world. This world is the Empire of Tsuranuanni, losely modeled after Japan during the Shogunate Era, and they are invading. This is the background for this story. A young boy named Pug is taken by the Tsurani and turned into a slave. But his fortunes change and he is taken in by a noble Tsurani family. There he is found to possess great magical ability. He is taken by the Mages of Tsurani to be trained as a Great One. There are many other characters from high lords and Kings to noble lords who seek to improve their nation whilst navigating the treacherous political world of Tsurani politics. There are also political games going on in Midkemia, as an ill king leads to various nobles trying to take the throne. Add to the mixture a group of "rogue" Tsurani who wish to seek a peaceful end to this long-running war. This is just a hint at some of the story lines in this book. Overall, I enjoyed it. Some of the aspects tend to lean away from the dark overtones of the story. It's like the author could have crafted a dark tale, but at the last minute changed his mind and kept it lighter than it should have been. But the overall story is still quite good. Is this one of the finest fantasy tales ever told? Er no not to my taste, but it is a good story.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Megan Baxter

    My complaint about the first volume of this saga was that everything felt very mundane. Feist may have been one of the first to do these things, but there wasn't much more to the book. It was fine, but not exhilarating, and I've seen the "young man joins a band of heroic travellers; discovers destiny" paint by numbers a million times. I was taken to task by some people for not recognizing Feist as a pioneer in the field. My position remains: that's fine. Maybe if this was the first of the genre My complaint about the first volume of this saga was that everything felt very mundane. Feist may have been one of the first to do these things, but there wasn't much more to the book. It was fine, but not exhilarating, and I've seen the "young man joins a band of heroic travellers; discovers destiny" paint by numbers a million times. I was taken to task by some people for not recognizing Feist as a pioneer in the field. My position remains: that's fine. Maybe if this was the first of the genre I'd ever read, I'd be flabbergasted. But being first is not all there is. Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here. In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mrs. S

    This is the second book in the Riftwar Saga. This was a new author for me but I have always been a fan of fantasy novels. The first book, Magician: Apprentice was okay, but this book was great. For just the one scene where Pug, now called Milamber, first uses his full magical powers, the book is worth recommending. Fortunately, the entire book is highly entertaining and VERY readable. Synopsis: A rift has been created between two worlds. In this book, Pug is a slave on Kelewan, the capital city o This is the second book in the Riftwar Saga. This was a new author for me but I have always been a fan of fantasy novels. The first book, Magician: Apprentice was okay, but this book was great. For just the one scene where Pug, now called Milamber, first uses his full magical powers, the book is worth recommending. Fortunately, the entire book is highly entertaining and VERY readable. Synopsis: A rift has been created between two worlds. In this book, Pug is a slave on Kelewan, the capital city of the Tsurani empire (the other world). He is discovered by one of the "Great Ones" as having magical talent and he begins his training in the art of magic. Back in his own world (Midkemia), his friend Thomas, is undergoing mental and physical transformation while wearing the armor of the long dead Velheru (the first race/Dragon Lords that commanded the world). The armor was not meant to be worn by humans. The storyline goes back and forth between the two worlds and the various characters, but it does this so smoothly, you are never "lost" or constantly re-reading pages (something I really dislike). There are many characters, but the writing follows them for a time so you don't forget who they are. Thank goodness, the book does not introduce a lot of named unnecessary characters that are mentioned one time then are never heard from again! The character names (in both worlds) are not complicated, so they are easily remembered, something I really appreciate when reading fantasy. After reading Magician: Master, I realized the first book was focused on development of the characters, political climate and settings for the saga. "Master" has everything I love in my fantasy. Great characters, warriors, magic, interesting creatures and races and combat. If you were not really thrilled with the first book "Apprentice", I would HIGHLY recommend this second book. This one is a solid 5+ stars. For other highly readable fantasy authors, try R. A. Salvatore, the Icewind Dale Trilogy and Margaret Weis's Dragonlance series. The Dragonlance series is a classic so be sure to read them in order, Dragons of Autumn Twilight is the first book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    George Jankovic

    Loved this one. It's better than the first book. My favorite scene is when Milamber gets mad. Reminded me of Rand in the Wheel of Time.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Brown

    Magician: Master is a deeply engrossing story which is fairly straight forward from beginning to end. Based on the title of the novel and the actions in Magician: Apprentice it is obvious that the book will revolve around Pug’s capture and his training to become a Master Magician. This book involves more political intrigue and less action than Magician: Apprentice but the author manages to make the political intrigue interesting enough to make me not lose interest in reading the novel. The one ma Magician: Master is a deeply engrossing story which is fairly straight forward from beginning to end. Based on the title of the novel and the actions in Magician: Apprentice it is obvious that the book will revolve around Pug’s capture and his training to become a Master Magician. This book involves more political intrigue and less action than Magician: Apprentice but the author manages to make the political intrigue interesting enough to make me not lose interest in reading the novel. The one major issue that I had with this novel is that I felt the character development was a bit lacking. I found myself at times not really engrossed in what is happening with the characters. In the first novel there is quite a bit of development for all of the major characters as they start to grow into adults. This does not seem to occur in Magician: Master. For example, when Tomas was dealing with his change from a human to a Valheru I found myself not caring as much about what happened. I felt the author could have done a better job of making his characters more approachable. Overall, I felt Magician: Master was a good but not great novel that is a fitting end to the events that started in Magician: Apprentice. Check out the rest of the review below. [http://www.thefantasyreview.com/2007/...]

  17. 5 out of 5

    Josh

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. After barely making my way through The Magician: Apprentice, I was hesitant to pick up the second volume. However, since Apprentice began to show serious improvement toward the end of the book, I decided to finish it. Like the ending of its predecessor, Master starts off well. With Pug now in Kelewan, I have finally begun to develop empathy for him. And all it took was his enslavement and near death. Many of the other characters too have had themselves fleshed out a bit. But keep in mind that, f After barely making my way through The Magician: Apprentice, I was hesitant to pick up the second volume. However, since Apprentice began to show serious improvement toward the end of the book, I decided to finish it. Like the ending of its predecessor, Master starts off well. With Pug now in Kelewan, I have finally begun to develop empathy for him. And all it took was his enslavement and near death. Many of the other characters too have had themselves fleshed out a bit. But keep in mind that, for Feist, a fleshed out character is not much more than cardboard with a crayon mustache scribbled on it. Master is sometimes well-paced and sometimes a bore. This is not far from what I experienced with Apprentice. Pug is again taken from a precarious and, subsequently, interesting position — within the swamps as a slave — and placed into comfortable and, subsequently, boring position under Kasumi’s care at his father’s rural estate. This is a good example of how Feist consistently fails to pull the reader along. Instead, just as we begin to feel some tension, Feist releases the pressure and lets us go. I rarely feel as if I really want to read the next chapter. After spending some time with Kasumi and his family and developing some very real tension and mystery involving the purposes behind Pug and Laurie’s rescue and good treatment, Kasumi’s training in Midkemian ways, and Pug’s love for a slave girl, Feist against cripples the story by changing everything without warning. Pug is immediately whisked off by a Great One and the next time we see him he has no idea who he is. What the hell? This massive shift in Pug’s character is so shocking that it caused me to lose much of empathy I had developed earlier. Now he has become a Tsurani Great One and an indirect enemy of the Midkemians, the very people I have been wanting to win the war. Don’t get me wrong. I love it when stories break down the dichotomy of good versus evil and subtly blur the lines, but if that is what Feist was going for, it just didn’t work for me. After Pug enters magical training, the story begins to ramble. We follow Arutha and others on a boring and unnecessary errand to Krondor. We watch Pug, now known as Milamber, toil in Kelewan politics. We dote on Tomas as he is consumed by ancient Valheru magic that his elven girlfriend finds somehow attractive, despite the knowledge that Tomas is a total ass and a danger to himself and everyone around him. Finally, we are left with an ending that doesn’t satisfy. Despite reading about years of warfare, some douchebag sorcerer steps in to change everything without any explanation and we’re left feeling robbed, not only of a good ending, but also the hours of my life I spent turning the pages of this disorganized and chaotic story. I do not understand why this story has been rated so highly by so many. Perhaps it is acknowledgement that Feist really had a cool idea and, with some proper editing, it may have become a fun yarn. But, unfortunately, I am anxious to put this whole thing behind me and forget about it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    4.5 stars. It was a good second book in the rift war series. I found myself wanting to order the next book as I got closer to finishing this one. I really enjoyed the overall feel of the book. The world building and characters are great! The only way I can describe this book is an old feeling wholesome story. It really made me feel like I was transported back in time to when this story took place. The ending was a little strange. It didn’t leave off with as much of a cliffhanger as I would have 4.5 stars. It was a good second book in the rift war series. I found myself wanting to order the next book as I got closer to finishing this one. I really enjoyed the overall feel of the book. The world building and characters are great! The only way I can describe this book is an old feeling wholesome story. It really made me feel like I was transported back in time to when this story took place. The ending was a little strange. It didn’t leave off with as much of a cliffhanger as I would have expected. I can’t wait to continue this story!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    The second half of Magician became increasingly dark as I approached the climactic end to the Kelewan-Midkemian Riftwar. I observed definite growth to full maturity between Pug and Tomas, and perhaps that growth from boyhood through young adult into adulthood is what I lament - the rite of passage of most normal young boys, though Pug and Tomas could never be mistaken for normal. While everything seemed wondrous and adventurous in the first half of the novel (also known as Magician: Apprentice), The second half of Magician became increasingly dark as I approached the climactic end to the Kelewan-Midkemian Riftwar. I observed definite growth to full maturity between Pug and Tomas, and perhaps that growth from boyhood through young adult into adulthood is what I lament - the rite of passage of most normal young boys, though Pug and Tomas could never be mistaken for normal. While everything seemed wondrous and adventurous in the first half of the novel (also known as Magician: Apprentice), I felt the oppression of circumstances, the collision of events and the machinations of a magician previously thought trustworthy. Not all was dark and gloomy, yet I didn't walk away from this book thinking it ended on a resoundingly happy note. A couple of scenes stood out as a bit over-the-top and stretched the envelope of believability: (view spoiler)[Milamber's reaction to the Imperial Games and Tomas' ability to overcome a dead dreaded god-like being with his boyish mental fortitude. And I can't deny I felt gut-punched by the eleventh-hour betrayal by Macros. (hide spoiler)] For a debut work, I applaud Raymond Feist for a magnificent tale and the beginning to a well-loved fantasy epic. I'm continuing the Riftwar Saga by reading Silverthorn this month.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Greg Strandberg

    Good fantasy. This is the second time I've read this book, the first being about 20 years ago. Certainly, it's better the second time around. I was glad to see a return to the Kingdom from the far off lands the novel begins with. Mostly, you see good character development, and even short passages having getting a little misty at the way the characters interact and care for one another. It's good writing. I look forward to reading the 3rd volume soon.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    Passados 4 anos desde o cerco a Crydree, a guerra contra os Tsurani continua. Os amigos seguem caminhos diferentes. Pug encontra-se escravo do povo de Kelewan. É através deste e de Laurie, o seu novo amigo que o autor nos dá a conhecer o outro lado da guerra. Entrando em terras do inimigo, ficamos a conhecer os seus costumes, a sua cultura, os jogos políticos, e a sua hierarquia. Apesar de Pug começar por ser um escravo no mundo dos Tsurani, ao longo do tempo vai aprendendo a conhecer e a control Passados 4 anos desde o cerco a Crydree, a guerra contra os Tsurani continua. Os amigos seguem caminhos diferentes. Pug encontra-se escravo do povo de Kelewan. É através deste e de Laurie, o seu novo amigo que o autor nos dá a conhecer o outro lado da guerra. Entrando em terras do inimigo, ficamos a conhecer os seus costumes, a sua cultura, os jogos políticos, e a sua hierarquia. Apesar de Pug começar por ser um escravo no mundo dos Tsurani, ao longo do tempo vai aprendendo a conhecer e a controlar o seu poder, que antes tinha tantas dificuldades. É bastante interessante esta visão que o autor nos transmite do povo que anteriormente se desconhecia. Tomas é agora um grande guerreiro e a quem o povo anão segue como um capitão. No entanto trava uma luta interior, pois com o artefacto dado pelo dragão, vem grandes poderes de tempos muito antigos, e que os Elfos (uns dos seres mais antigos do mundo) não querem recordar. Mas vencendo a sua luta, Tomas tem um papel importante a desempenhar na guerra contra os Tsurani. Ao contrário do livro anterior, Feist, dá importância a Arutha desde o inicio do livro. Arutha continua a tentar manter Crydree a salvo dos Tsurani, no entanto necessita de ajuda do Reino e tenta pedi-la ao príncipe de Krondor, mas quando chega à cidade descobre que o reino está a beira de uma guerra civil, e que deve ser evitada a todo o custo, ao mesmo tempo o Rei de Midkemia acredita que os nobres de Crydree estão contra ele e que o querem retirar do trono. Arutha tem uma longa caminhada, desde o inicio da guerra, até ao desfecho da mesma, onde se pode ver um crescimento da personagem. Torna-se num homem de fortes convicções e com todo o peso que tem aos ombros para cuidar de Crydree durante a estadia do seu pai e irmão, na frente da batalha, só demonstram o bom governante que este se pode vir a tornar. Ao contrário do primeiro livro, este prendeu-me a atenção desde o inicio. O autor continua a conseguir deixar-nos em suspense relativamente à história e aos seus personagens, fazendo com que seja difícil parar de ler. Estava desejosa de saber o que sucedera a Pug e Arutha, uma vez que eram as minhas personagens favoritas. Existem diversos acontecimentos de que o leitor não espera, e ainda surgem respostas face ao livro anterior. Ainda nos deixa muito por desvendar nos próximos livros, mantendo todo o mistério à volta do Feiticeiro Macros. Se o primeiro livro tinha considerado como excelente, este ainda é melhor e excedeu a minhas expectativas.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Magician: Master, the second half of Raymond E. Feist's 'Magician,' (after it was subdivided for audiences with shorter attention spans) picks up some years after the first half ends. Pug has been captured and enslaved on Kelewan, serving the Tsurani. One day, a passing Great One (magic user) notices Pug's latent power and immediately takes him for magical training. Unlike Pug's home world of Midkemia, on Kelewan, magic users are revered, as they form the basic protective and governing body of t Magician: Master, the second half of Raymond E. Feist's 'Magician,' (after it was subdivided for audiences with shorter attention spans) picks up some years after the first half ends. Pug has been captured and enslaved on Kelewan, serving the Tsurani. One day, a passing Great One (magic user) notices Pug's latent power and immediately takes him for magical training. Unlike Pug's home world of Midkemia, on Kelewan, magic users are revered, as they form the basic protective and governing body of the Empire (Star Wars fans, think Jedi Knights). Pug, now called Milamber, continues his training until he becomes a full-fledged Great One, and one of the most powerful at that! His mastery of the two paths of magic- the Greater Path, taught on Kelewan; and the Lesser Path, taught on Midkemia- make him a force that few have seen on the likes of either world. Milamber, exasperated at the Empire's treatment of his countrymen and its own political infighting, makes an important decision to affect what, in his opinion, will be the best for the Empire itself. Feist begins to interject many more adult themes into Magician: Master, and those who dismissed the first book as typical teenaged fantasy fare are going to be disappointed, for they will have missed one of the most thoughtful fantasy books ever penned. Milamber wrestles with the philosophies of power and the precepts of the Utilitarian principles: how far can one go before the end no longer justifies the means? These are grown-up issues treated with grown-up finesse, and in a memorable scene where Milamber/Pug returns to the princess he forcibly left in Magician: Apprentice, the reader sees exactly how much of his childhood has been stripped away, leaving the adult. So, too, does Feist's meticulous storytelling follow this model, sloughing off the final remnants of Pug's childhood for the adult he becomes.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Silvana

    A very thin, emaciated (and possibly stunted) 3-star rating. (Disclaimer: I might even lower the rating to two stars if I find myself still fuming about this book the week after I read it, like I did with Joe Abercrombie's Half A War) This book is rather annoying, to be frank. While I appreciated the fast pacing story in Magician: Apprentice, that book has less plots and subplots compared to this one. I could not even find myself liking Pug and Tomas because their character grew exponentially (if A very thin, emaciated (and possibly stunted) 3-star rating. (Disclaimer: I might even lower the rating to two stars if I find myself still fuming about this book the week after I read it, like I did with Joe Abercrombie's Half A War) This book is rather annoying, to be frank. While I appreciated the fast pacing story in Magician: Apprentice, that book has less plots and subplots compared to this one. I could not even find myself liking Pug and Tomas because their character grew exponentially (if not changed entirely) until I barely recognized them anymore. Pug became this wizard Littlefinger character and Tomas became...a total jerk. (view spoiler)[Sure, he did come out of it but the process was too quick it was unbelievable. And when Pug became Avatar Milamber, the master of all elements, it was rather ridiculous and over the top. No whoa/hellyeah moment from my side, unlike Dany's Dracarys scene in Astapor, for instance. (hide spoiler)] Macros, ugh, I hate this guy alot. No, I know the author said more than twice(!) in his characters' dialogue that the reason Macros did what he did will be explained later when blablabla, the thing he did still annoy me alot. Those stuff really bug me I even don't want to talk about Pug's stupid romantic plot. And his boring life in Kelewan. And that stupid Laurie (you only had one job!). And that stupid elf queen (like, really?). It took me a reread (yes I did that) only on those parts because at first it bogged me down and I decided to skim. Maybe, just maybe, if more pages are dedicated to clarify, expand the story then what happened would not be so unbelievable. One thing I really like is Arutha. I wish this book is only from his POV. Great character and I enjoyed watching him from other people's POV and looking at others from his. And Amos. He's fun. Ah, I always have a soft spot for pir...I mean buccaneer. Also, I enjoyed the mini game of throne thingy at the end, although again I feel it could be more dramatic if it were longer. Will I continue the series? I think so, at least the next two books in the saga. The whole cycle? Not sure.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dave Philipson

    Thankfully a Total Absence of Campfire Songs A well realised, clever political story. That said it really was a take in two acts for me. The first act made me feel that the author was reading LOTR while he was writing. 'The pass is blocked we will have to go through the mines'!! Hmmm where have I heard that before? If I hadn't been a fan of the genre I would have stopped reading here. But I'm glad I didn't because the second act is brilliantly original. I really liked the mixture of cultures, and t Thankfully a Total Absence of Campfire Songs A well realised, clever political story. That said it really was a take in two acts for me. The first act made me feel that the author was reading LOTR while he was writing. 'The pass is blocked we will have to go through the mines'!! Hmmm where have I heard that before? If I hadn't been a fan of the genre I would have stopped reading here. But I'm glad I didn't because the second act is brilliantly original. I really liked the mixture of cultures, and the society on the other side of the rift. The twisted gladiator battles were particularly good. I would have liked to read more about the part played by metal and mining. I thought that was the most interesting idea in the book. As an aside; if the author was reading LOTR whole writing this. It could be the case that Peter Jackson was reading magician while filming LOTR. Soft focus coronation scenes that went on just that bit too long are a features of both. On the whole a good read with some great ideas. Difficult to get away from the fact that it owes a lot to Tolkien but then so do most books of this genre. Thankfully a total absence of campfire songs though.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    As much as I loved 'Apprentice' this was a worthy follow up & ended satisfactorily. Oh, there's plenty more story to be told, but I appreciated that I could put the series down for a while. I didn't feel that way when I finished 'Apprentice'. I think I'm going to pick up the Empire trilogy when I start to re-read the series again, although I'm waiting to see what Mr. Feist has to say about the matter. (He's doing a Q&A in the Fantasy Book Club Series group where we're reading this now.) As much as I loved 'Apprentice' this was a worthy follow up & ended satisfactorily. Oh, there's plenty more story to be told, but I appreciated that I could put the series down for a while. I didn't feel that way when I finished 'Apprentice'. I think I'm going to pick up the Empire trilogy when I start to re-read the series again, although I'm waiting to see what Mr. Feist has to say about the matter. (He's doing a Q&A in the Fantasy Book Club Series group where we're reading this now.) I may or may not pay attention to his recommendation depending on his reasoning. I certainly don't think I'll wait until July, when the group has it scheduled to read. ;-)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ignacio Senao f

    Su predecesora me dejo un estupendo sabor de boca de 5 estrelllitas, ella ha hecho que la 2 parte sea sacrificada por la imposibilidad de mantener la novedad. Aquí mezcla fantasía épica con espada y planeta, lo que mola mucho. Continúa siendo coral, desarrollando a los personajes en su moral y personalidad, pero poco como elemento de acción. La mejor parte son las del mago, que fue rastrado por los extraterrestres y llevado a su mundo, el que me recordó bastante al de Edgar Rice, su historia es a Su predecesora me dejo un estupendo sabor de boca de 5 estrelllitas, ella ha hecho que la 2 parte sea sacrificada por la imposibilidad de mantener la novedad. Aquí mezcla fantasía épica con espada y planeta, lo que mola mucho. Continúa siendo coral, desarrollando a los personajes en su moral y personalidad, pero poco como elemento de acción. La mejor parte son las del mago, que fue rastrado por los extraterrestres y llevado a su mundo, el que me recordó bastante al de Edgar Rice, su historia es al más puro estilo pulp molón. EL tema amoroso necesario para rellenar y tocar la patata es empalagoso.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dan

    Very good.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Gozdek

    Inhalt: Pug, der ehemalige Zauberlehrling, fristet nach seiner Gefangennahme durch die Tsuranis ein elendes Dasein als Sklave auf deren Heimatwelt Kelewan. Als eines Tages jedoch sein magisches Talent von einem Erhabenen, einem Zauberer Kelewans, erkannt wird, wendet sich sein Schicksal. Unterdessen geht der sogenannte Spaltkrieg weiter. Prinz Arutha, sein Bruder Lyam, ihr Vater Borric, der Herzog von Crydee, und ihre Verbündeten, die Elben und die Zwerge, kämpfen weiter gegen die Invasoren. Auch Inhalt: Pug, der ehemalige Zauberlehrling, fristet nach seiner Gefangennahme durch die Tsuranis ein elendes Dasein als Sklave auf deren Heimatwelt Kelewan. Als eines Tages jedoch sein magisches Talent von einem Erhabenen, einem Zauberer Kelewans, erkannt wird, wendet sich sein Schicksal. Unterdessen geht der sogenannte Spaltkrieg weiter. Prinz Arutha, sein Bruder Lyam, ihr Vater Borric, der Herzog von Crydee, und ihre Verbündeten, die Elben und die Zwerge, kämpfen weiter gegen die Invasoren. Auch Tomas, Pugs bester Freund aus Kindertagen, ist unter den Kämpfern, doch der Einfluss des Drachenherrschers, dessen verzauberte Rüstung er trägt, nimmt immer mehr zu. Tomas nimmt immer mehr die Züge eines Valherus an - den einstigen Unterdrückern der Elben. Doch je länger der Krieg fortschreitet, desto stärker nimmt die Politik Einfluss auf das Geschehen, sowohl auf Kelewan als auch auf Midkemia werden Intrigen gesponnen, die den Krieg entscheiden können. Wer wird am Ende siegen? Meine Meinung: "Der verwaiste Thron" ist der 2. Band der High Fantasy-Reihe "Die Midkemia-Saga" und gehört zu den Fantasyklassikern. Das merkt man wieder beim Schreibstil - der übergeordnete allwissende Erzähler, der von Szene zu Szene springt und häufig nicht nur Ortswechsel, sondern auch Zeitsprünge in der Erzählung macht, ist heutzutage nicht mehr wirklich modern. Hinzu kommt, dass dieser Band der Reihe knapp zehn Jahre umfasst. Das verstärkt den Eindruck des episodenhaften Erzählens noch. Obwohl einzelne Hauptfiguren im Vordergrund stehen - der Zauberlehrling und Sklave Pug, der menschliche Drachenkrieger Tomas, Prinz Arutha von Crydee -, geht der Roman nicht sehr in die Tiefe. Die Emotionen der Figuren bleiben oberflächlich, die Distanz zu den Figuren wird beim Lesen nicht wirklich überwunden. Das muss man wissen, wenn man sich auf die Geschichte einlassen möchte. Denn es lohnt sich. Die Welten, sowohl Midkemia (von ihr ist eine Karte vorne und hinten im Buch eingefügt) als auch Kelewan sind gut ausgearbeitet und überzeugen mit ihrer eigenen Kultur, verschiedenen Wesen, Tieren und Pflanzen. Während Midkemia mehr ans europäische Mittelalter und "Der Herr der Ringe" erinnert (es gibt Elben, Zwerge, Trolle, Dunkelelben, Trolle, Drachen und Kobolde neben den Menschen), ist Kelewan klar an die asiatischen Hochkulturen angelehnt. Das Aufeinanderprallen dieser Welten und Kulturen wird am Schicksal einzelner Figuren anschaulich beschrieben und irgendwie kann man sich am Ende des Buches mit beiden Seiten des Krieges anfreunden. Was Herr Feist leider nicht so gut kann, sind Liebesgeschichten. Es tut mir leid, das sagen zu müssen. Sowohl Pug als auch Tomas und Arutha finden in diesem Buch ihre Herzensdamen und für Pug ist es die tiefe, wahre Liebe, nachdem er zum ersten Mal mit seiner Angebeteten Sex hatte. Äh, ja, klar. Nein, tut mir leid, Herr Feist, aber eine tiefe emotionale Beziehung sieht anders aus. Zugutehalten möchte ich ihm dabei aber, dass es bei Raymond Feist die Frauen sind, die entscheiden, ob sie eine Beziehung mit einem der Männer möchten. Die Herren schmachten, die Frauen machen den ersten Schritt. Damit hebt sich Raymond Feist wohltuend von der Alt-Herren-Sicht auf Frauenfiguren ab. Zwar sind es auch bei ihm die Männer, die in den Krieg ziehen und die Frauen beschützen, aber dennoch sind seine Frauenfiguren starke Charaktere und Prinzessin Carline und Prinzessin Anita finden sich nicht einfach so mit ihrem Schicksal ab. Darüber hinaus erlernt Prinzessin Carline im ersten Band das Kämpfen und darf auch einmal in Kampfhandlungen eingreifen. Wenn man bedenkt, dass die High Fantasy-Reihe bereits aus den 80ern stammt, dann ist das nicht selbstverständlich. Einen Kritikpunkt habe ich jedoch leider noch: Der Korrektor des Buches hat sich leider nicht mit Ruhm bekleckert. Es waren erschreckend grobe Schnitzer in diesem Buch drin. Hier hätte sorgfältiger gearbeitet werden müssen und ich habe mich stellenweise über einige Fehler richtig geärgert. Besonders bei einer Neuauflage eines Klassikers hätte man erwarten dürfen, dass diese Fehler inzwischen getilgt sind. Ich habe überlegt, dafür einen Stern abzuziehen, habe mich dann jedoch dagegen entschieden, weil ich nur den Autor und seine Geschichte beurteilen wollte. Insgesamt sind es daher 4 Sterne geworden.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Every chapter begins with a simple sentence. Not only does the chapter begin with a simple sentence, but that sentence gets its own paragraph. When I was in sixth grade, and a budding student of literature and writing, that struck me as the coolest thing ever. I was a new minted Dungeon Master, and I was just beginning to appreciate the value of a good hook – starting a story in a way that right from the start the audience was engrossed in the story – and that simple sentence hanging nakedly alon Every chapter begins with a simple sentence. Not only does the chapter begin with a simple sentence, but that sentence gets its own paragraph. When I was in sixth grade, and a budding student of literature and writing, that struck me as the coolest thing ever. I was a new minted Dungeon Master, and I was just beginning to appreciate the value of a good hook – starting a story in a way that right from the start the audience was engrossed in the story – and that simple sentence hanging nakedly alone in its own paragraph struck me as the most refined elegant razor sharp stick-it-in-the-audience’s-gut-and-twist hook imaginable. No possible prose approach was as laser honed to the point as that. Those sentences just reached out and grabbed you. There was no way not to read the next sentence. They sliced into your consciousness. They almost always involved in media res action. “The dying slave lay screaming in the courtyard.” Full stop. Not only full stop, but take a breath and consider that scene. I was awed. My little sixth grade self said to myself, “Now that is style!” I still have quite a bit of admiration for it. While my tastes have evolved to preferring highly natural language so that the author’s craft becomes all but invisible on the page and never reminds you that it is a product of craft, of all the slightly pretentious attempts at style I’ve ever seen, this is the most forgivable and the least tiresome. I’d be happy, in my own writing, to pull a Feist opening from time to time. Just like a Vonnegut paragraph gets old quickly, I wouldn’t open like this with every chapter, but as a starting point of how you should begin a chapter, this is a very good starting point. “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” “Call me Ishmael.” “The dying slave lay screaming in the courtyard.” Obviously, you can play a bit with the format – Austin’s thought requires not only an extra clause but an adverb - but if anyone has ever assimilated the lesson that the opening line should be simple, unadorned, and sharp and put it to practice – it’s Feist. By the way, don’t let anyone ever tell you that you should delete your adverbs. Try them out. If it sounds better without the adverb, you can get rid of it. Otherwise, keep your adverb and fling it in the face of those that believe that writing well is just a matter of following their format. Paring down your thought to a point is good, but just as the wood worker frequently regrets the last bit he tries to whittle from the wood, you’ll find that paring too far breaks the thought. I wanted to comment on the opening sentences in the review I made of “Magician: Apprentice”, but I couldn’t fit the idea into the narrative about how the story of “Magician” came to be without cluttering both ideas. Fortunately, the novel is broken into two books, allowing me to make two very different reviews. One should view “Apprentice” and “Master” as being the same novel, and when reviewing “Magician: Apprentice” I was really reviewing both books, Feist generally doesn’t wrap up his stories as elegantly as he opens them, and this is still obviously a first novel. Various flaws – Marty Stu characters, continual Deus Ex Machina, inconsistent pacing, anticlimaxes - prevent the story of Magician from being a true masterpiece, but it is still enjoyable, and important story in the fantasy canon, and very much worth the time of the reader – especially a younger one. Once again, I can’t praise the concepts in the character of Tomas Ashen-Shugar enough. I suspect here many of the flaws come from Feist following too much the template of Tolkien without understanding that Tolkien’s anticlimaxes and Deus Ex Machina were deliberate subversions of the normal approach to structuring a story – and most especially an epic - undertaken with a conscious purpose, in much the same way that a great author knows when the time has come to use an adverb. Feist over uses those ideas in a story far less suited to them. The last area that deserves to be addressed is the issue of sexism in the story raised by several other reviewers, and by that I mean, "Is Feist’s story sexist?" Every single female character in the story exists as a love interest for one of the main characters. All are cut from the same cloth – feisty, playful, and sexually aggressive. At no point does Feist’s story pass the Bechtel test. No female character is ever a character in her own right who rises to the level of being a protagonist. And you know what, I don’t freaking care. Yes, quite obviously, Feist is creating female characters that represent his own romantic desires in a woman. Yes, quite obviously, none of these characters is well developed or exists beyond being objects of romantic and sexual attraction for the male characters, and to provide space to think about how the male character feels about such attraction. But in and of itself, that’s not sexist – that just means that Feist is a heterosexual male who at the time is more interested in exploring his own desires in a partner than he is in imagining characters from a feminine perspective, and he’s not only perfectly entitled to do that but it’s perfectly healthy for him to do so. No one bothers judging works on the basis of a reverse Bechtel test – two men have a meaningful conversation with each other that doesn’t involve women. No one bothers to judge whether a romance pitched at women has men as independent characters that exist outside their romantic relationship with the female protagonist, or whether those characters are realistic portrayals of male emotional desire and male inner complexity. If they did think that way, they might have to notice that things like ‘Gilmore Girls’ don’t pass the reverse tests, and there are an endless number of bodice rippers and romances with brooding emo strong but sensitive men that exist not as real characters but solely to provide for women to explore their feelings and desires toward men. And that’s OK. Despite whole seasons going by where two men don’t have a meaningful conversation with each other that doesn’t involve their relationship to a woman, I’m a fan of ‘Gilmore Girls’. I watched every season when it first came out. I loved almost everything about it, and the thing that I didn’t love about it was how ultimately sexist the portrayal of women seemed in the story. I can’t forgive the writers for disempowering Rory, because as a man watching the story I was ‘Team Rory’, and I wasn’t going to be happy unless she was happy and found someone to share life with worthy of her. Rory as overgrown girl-child, lost in the world, not understanding herself, and selling herself cheaply isn’t a Rory I’m happy with. Damn you writers. And if people did think that way, if they thought men and women could share each other’s interests and be entertained, they might have to notice that women quite happily read male centered stories like The Lord of the Rings and Magician without the slightest feeling of being disempowered or angry at the lack of a representative self, because they aren’t necessarily looking for a hero that looks just like them in every story, but sometimes for awesome manly men they are happy to swoon over. Or maybe, even a story where they are interested in the same ideas that the writer was, whether the story is male centered or not. When I first started participating in the online Tolkien community, I was surprised to discover not only how many female fans there were, but just how many female fans were ‘Team Merry’ or ‘Team Pippin’ or (perhaps less surprised) ‘Team Faramir’. Yes, of course, you find women that swoon over Mr. Darcy, but the other side of this story is that although Elizabeth Bennett is a more fully fleshed out character, the basic template of the character is not that different than a Princess Anita of Krondor or Éowyn. There is a very big difference between writing from a male or female perspective, and writing a sexist story. Feist has written an obviously male centered story, but it’s not a sexist story. It’s just as story written by a man. Get over it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    I wasn't sure if I'd like Magician: Master as I had mixed feelings towards Magician: Apprentice. I enjoyed this one much more than I thought. The changes in Pug where huge. His character grew in confidence and depth. My favorite part was his confrontation with the Tsurani Warlord. The arc with Tomas and the elves disappointed me. It was a lot of build up with minimal payoff. Overall a solid 4 stars. I see more Raymond E. Feist books in my future.

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