Have read the original book Magician which was only single book When I brought this trilogy The Riftwar Saga recently, I did not realise I had read part of the story before However I have really enjoyed revisiting the characters I recall some of the story but not much since it was some years ago I read the original version I m finding this a really enjoyable read and I expect to read all three Only a 1 3 way into the first book of the trilogy before asked me for a review I m not a fast reader So I can only tell you I find it hard to put down so far. Here starts an adventure that will span lifetimes and worlds Discover where the story begins Raymond E Feist is an internationally best selling author My name is Pug I was once an orphaned kitchen boy, with no family and no prospects, but I am destined to become a master magician War is coming to the Kingdom of the Isles from another world, bringing with it chaos and destruction Pug yearns to train as a warrior and fight for his kingdom alongside his foster brother, Tomas, but instead he is forced to follow a different path a path that will lead him right into the heart of the enemy And one that will change the course of the war and two worlds forever So begins the most epic series in fantasy fiction, a tale that will cross worlds and generations Magician is the first book in the Riftwar Saga The trilogy continues with book two, Silverthorn This was the first series of books that I ever read and I must say I think that it should have been made into film by now What an absolute masterclass in fantasy writing Mr Feist stands tall with the greatest writers of all time These books are amaing and everyone should read them at least once Become part of Midekemia. I am very glad this was published in this format I might never had a chance to read it otherwise I know people will have written everything there is to be said, but I would like to add my congratulations to the author It is a re write, and I did not read the first book Therefore, I cannot compare the two However, this version was very well written, of epic proportions, with a cast of characters and plots and sub plots which keeps the reader enthralled to the end The good thing in starting late in the game of reading the series, is that I have all the other books to enjoy Many thanks for great entertainment. A fantastically, but not overwhelmingly detailed world, with so many wonderfully human characters, epic spectacles and gripping twists and turns.One criticism that so many feudal settings can suffer from is the gender inequality portrayed While some settings challenge the injustices of this and the blight of misogyny, I didn t note much in the way of challenge of this idea in this writing I felt disapointed a number of times when female characters were described in an objectifying way Not crude or overly sexual, but they mostly seemed to serve as romantic interests for key male characters, rather that individuals I recognise the feudal setting and culture at the time of writing had a part to play, but I crave the refreshment of a balanced approach, with independent female characters who are not defined by their male counterparts Young readers need female role models.That said, this book got me back into reading for fun, and invigorated with the need to write and create story. Wow, just wow.This book has opened up a whole new scope of books for me to read I tried it on the off chance while it was on offer and I m so glad I did Its been a long time since I ve come across a book that s inspired me to change my reading habits or try out a new genre.The story follows a boy called Pug who is our eponymous magician The setting is very typical for this type of story, feudalist society, small boy in a big castle trying to work out where he fits in But at the same time, it doesn t feel derivative of other similar stories or any other book in the fantasy genre There are some similarities to the Merlin legends, but they feel like vague allusions rather than full on inspiration for the story It stands apart.The language wasn t heavy, convoluted or clunky Neither did I feel talked down to or that parts had been over simplified.I would beg you not to be put off by the size of this book for those who are It s long but it s never a chore and I barely noticed the size, so keen was I to find out what happened I immediately bought the next two books in the series and was absolutely addicted for a week or 3.I don t want to spoil the story by telling you what happens and to be honest, too much happens to do it justice I will only say that this is something that I ve looked at in the past and thought that s not my thing but I was so so wrong If you re the same I encourage you to try it and be surprised If you re a big fantasy reader, I would say that this is a classic, a title I don t give lightly, and something that anyone claiming to be a fantasy book nerd must must must read without exception.I loved it and I think anyone who loves fantasy worlds and magic should at least give this book a chance. Perhaps this is for younger readers or fans of fantasy I thought it would be occult horror but it is in line with fantasy and possibly YA Wrong book for me but that is not why I gave a lower rating, because that would have been my fault not the author s I actually thought it was not particularly well written very clunky I stuck with it for quite a while but could not buy into either the writing style or the characters, let alone the storyline Really sorry just not for me. I have all of R E Feist s books bar 2 Pick one up, the story is so well told that it is hard to put down Sad the series has come to an end, but it was one hell of a ride Not many other authors come close maybe Tolkien of course , huge respect to Terry Brooks, Margaret Weis Tracy Hickman, Terry Pratchett, Terry Goodkind, Jeff Grubb, R A Salvatore, Ed Greenwood Frank Herbert who make my heaving Fantasy Sci Fi bookshelves a better place Great book Having read the entire Riftwar Cycle, Pug is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time, but the original story is probably the strongest of the lot, except perhaps Rage of a Demon King Arutha, Jimmy the Hand, Martin, Laurie are all great characters in their own right, and help make this books a sweeping saga that is always good to read From the initial scenes, just hinting at what is to come, through the massive war and a couple of surprise twists near the end regarding the threats actually in play, it has a lot here but does it all very well and keeps the reader well engaged throughout. I have read this over only a few days while I was sick Great entertaining simple fare The morality is soap opera like the good ones are good, the bad ones are bad , the heroes have done slight challenges but are heroic, of course Everything resolves in a schmalzy happy ending If that s your thing, then that s what you get What is a bit tiring is that the characters are not developed in any meaningful way They are cardboard cut outs of comic book heroes.The language is simple, without much poetry or wit It s like eating good fast food you feel full bit youbwould not seek out the cook to give him a compliment on their cooking.