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....Continua
This book is amazing as it appeals to all audiences. I as a teenage boy still at school was able to pick this up (refering to both 'Magician: Apprentice' and ;Magician: Master') on a raining Saturday morning and had it finished by Sunday night it was THAT addictive. The style of writing is clearly more advanced yet the tone and atmosphere given off allows someone of my education to still understand what is going on and this is why Feist is a true inspiration and genius....Continua
Very good. Feist when he was still putting fresh spins on fantasy.
Never thought about the concept of different "world" would exist in the western mythology stories. I guess I'm too old for imagination, damn, it's not even a new idea.
Alright, Pug the slow learning (untrue) magician apprentice lives in a world called the ... we'll just call it the kingdom. One day they sensed some weirdo sneaking around their land and mapping it. They soon found out those weirdo are from another world coming through a rift.
They suspected a war... and there goes a a war.
By now, the retard (totally untrue) magician apprentice Pug ... is still a slow learning (so untrue). No, nothing magical had happened to him at the beginning of war that'd make him a hero.
So they fight... then Pug got captured and worked as a slave in the other world. (Yes, by now he still is a ... you know what I'm gonna say - so untrue).
The war went on for years... by chance, he became a powerful magician over in the other world. How it comes to that stage, you'll have to read the book.
Different world, different culture, different thinking and learning. If you think yourself is highly civilized, then you'd suspect the others are barbarian. The truth is, you just don't understand their culture and teaching that's all. They may think you're a barbarian by doing something your way as well.
It's a pleasure to read, however the "love" side in the stories are left quite untouched. I guess it's not the whole point in the book, but I thought if he can touch up on that bit would be great...