Author: Raymond. E. Fiest
Date of Publication: September 13th 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
He held the fate of two worlds in his hands… Once he was an orphan called Pug, apprenticed to a sorcerer of the enchanted land of Midkemia.. Then he was captured and enslaved by the Tsurani, a strange, warlike race of invaders from another world.
There, in the exotic Empire of Kelewan, he earned a new name– “Milamber.” He learned to tame the unnimagined powers that lay withing him. And he took his place in an ancient struggle against an evil Enemy older than time itself.
“Totally gripping… A fantasy of epic scope, fast-moving action and vivid imagination.” — “The Washington Post Book World”
WOW…Completely blown away by this fantasy classic. Magician was truly magical, and it has filled the whole that has been left behind by Game of Thrones. For the gamer geeks out there, it totally has a Skyrim epicness to its storytelling. Do you want Trolls, Elves and magical beings? Strap in because you’re in for a bumpy ride. I am recently new to the Fantasy Genre after having my husband introduce me to Game of Thrones, but it is fast becoming my favourite genre. Magician was first published in the 80’s but it is certainly standing the test of time.
Magician opens in Crydee, an outpost in the Kingdom of the Isles. We meet Pug, a young orphaned boy who becomes The Magician’s apprentice during the choosing. The impact of this event is destined to change events for everyone. Pug becoming the apprentice puts paid to the quiet existence he had known prior. During his lessons they discover invading armada has run-around and now everything he knew is now turned upside down for war and uncertainty. Can they survive the onslaught?
One thing I really did enjoy about this book was the brotherly camradie between Pug and Tomas. There was friendly banter, brotherly love and boisterousness galore. The interactions were brilliant, and I could feel the love between them. Pug has a destiny that has his harnessed magic creating a rift between space and time and Tomas is given an ancient power…Can both boys stay true to themselves whilst developing extremely powerful magic? Their relationship was the most touching and heart-warming and I was rooting for them both through-out the story.
Fiest’s writing was outstanding. The world building was so vivid and comprehensive. The war sequences captured my imagination so fully that I felt it was very reminiscent of Helmsdeep in Lord of the Rings. It was that good. This is the first book in the Riftwar Saga, it is followed by Silverthorn and A Darkness at Sethanon.
The supporting characters all increase the strength of Pug and bring a multi-dimensional element to his personality. Although it is a fantasy novel, Pug is a relatable character that has very human reactions to different situations and it’s that that makes us like him so much. It’s this that I think that Fiest excels so much at.
This is a novel of epic proportions, War and the apparent continuity of Space and time. One decision can change multiple worlds at the blink on an eye. This was a fabulous debut that was the gift that just kept on giving.