Magician

Magician

Master

Book - 2004
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Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2004, c1982
Edition: Rev. Bantam ed
ISBN: 9780785787839
0785787836
9780553564938
0553564935
Branch Call Number: SF Fei
Characteristics: xiv, 499 p. : map ; 18 cm

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humbleworm
Mar 25, 2017

The previous book showed promise with its combination of magic and parallel worlds, despite obviously borrowing from Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea and Tolkein's The Hobbit. Its depiction of relationships was simplistic though. The dragon and Macro the mage seemed like the afterthoughts of a child writer. This sequel is worse. I agree Feist borrows from Clavell's Shogun and his attempts at political maneuverings are pathetic compared to what George RR Martin has mastered. Feist also seems to be writing with an inconsistent moral agenda that detracts from the storyline. This book (and series) was good for its time but there's so much better stuff to read.

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mammothhawk229e
Mar 24, 2017

Somewhat disagree. Author borrowed Clavell's Shogun in callous violence, exotic sensuality & cultural exchange.
Pug given higher education by greater & lesser magicians. Character evolved.
Refreshing to have Oriental than usual western European pastiche when I first read series.

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rexhazell
Mar 26, 2014

This is one of the most boring books I've ever tried to finish. Calling the characters cardboard is too insulting to cardboard. The rip offs from Tolkien (elves, dwarfs, trolls, magicians, flights under mountains, etc) are glaringly unoriginal. I found myself unable to complete this book after making through the first book of the series and halfway through this one. If you hate anything resembling literature and find the scifi teen dramas of the CW entertaining you might like this. Otherwise read something else, perhaps the Dying Earth series by Jack Vance.

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eerskine
Mar 22, 2011

More original than most fantasy and an exciting read. The take on fae powers (as assumed by one of the main characters) is very interesting - reminds one again that faerie folk aren't necessarily "good". A good conclusion to the two-part series.

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melbl8tr
Oct 12, 2010

Borrows shamelessly from J.R.R. Tolkien and M.A.R. Barker.

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