20th Anniversay edition of Raymond Feist’s epic heroic fantasy
At Crydee, a frontier outpost in the tranquil Kingdom of the Isles, an orphan boy, Pug, is apprenticed to a master magician – and the destinies of two worlds are changed forever.
Suddenly the peace of the Kingdom is destroyed as mysterious alien invaders swarm the land. Pug is swept up into the conflict but for him and his warrior friend, Tomas, an odyssey into the unknown has only just begun.
Tomas will inherit a legacy of savage power from an ancient civilization. Pug’s destiny is to lead him through a rift in the fabric of space and time to the mastery of the unimaginable powers of a strange new magic.
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Like a venerable patriarch, Magician stands at the head of a great tribe of fantasy writing. When Raymond Feist's enormous novel was published, critics called it "the best new fantasy concept in years", and Feist has refined and explored that concept over a dozen novels. His "concept" was to bring together two (and later, more) whole, intricately realised fantasy worlds. Midkemia is a Tolkienian realm, a European- Medieval series of kingdoms in which magic is prominent, and where men share the earth with dwarves and elves. Feist's genius was inventing another sword and sorcercy realm based more closely on eastern models, the Empire of Tsuranuanni, as vast as Ancient China, as formalised and devoted to the arts of war as a samurai Japan. A magical rift in time-space brings these two worlds clashing together, and the young boy Pug and his soldier friend Tomas are thrown into the ensuing maelstrom of invasion and epic battle, before embarking on a more fundamental magical journey towards the very roots of evil itself. Feist's two sequels to Magician, Silverthorn and A Darkness at Sethanon complete the richly conceived Riftwar Saga, and Feist has gone on to chronicle other aspects of his invented worlds. More recently he has returned to the world of Medkemia, and to his hero Pug, with the Serpentwar saga, beginning with Shadow of a Dark Queen and continuing with Rise of a Merchant Prince, Rage of a Demon King and Shards of a Broken Crown. Heroic Fantasy is a crowded-enough field, but Feist stands out in it for his sheer inventive power, the scope and range of his narratives, the diversity of his characters and his thundering battle sequences. Start reading here, and you may find yourself unable to stop until you have followed the saga right up to date. -- Adam RobertsReview:
‘Totally gripping’ WASHINGTON POST
‘Epic scope…fast-moving action…vivid imagination’ WASHINGTON POST
‘Tons of intrigue and action’ PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
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Book Description Voyager (Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers), London, 2002. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. First Separate. Raymond Feist collectors need look no further. This is a copy of the very scarce and highly sought after special 2002 Voyager, U.K. edition of the first book of the Riftwar saga. In 2002 Harper Collins (UK) produced a limited edition of Magician, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the books first release. Superbly presented in burgundy boards with gold gilt lettering to spine and to front panel. The silk book-mark is present. BOOK DETAILS: In outstanding condition with little evidence of wear. Inside the pages are crisp & clean with no obvious indication of use. The contents are tight and sound throughout. The burgundy boards are clean and unmarked, with only minimal wear.The gold lettering on the spine is clear and bright. No signs of previous ownership (no previous ownership inscriptions). Book has appearance of only minimal use. Highly collectable. A very attractive/desirable copy. 681pp. The unpacked weight of this book is approx. 1063g This book will incur additional postage charges both within Australia and to overseas destimnations. Insurrance will be at additional cost. (Please note: books that weigh over 1kg. (1000g) when packed will always exceed the quoted postage rate to overseas destinations). This BOOK IS IN STOCK and READY TO MAIL NOW. Your book when ordered will be securely packed and promptly dispatched by The Book Collector (Established:1993). ***Prompt professional service - satisfaction guaranteed.*** Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 8027