Magician: Apprentice (Riftwar Saga, Book 1)

by RAYMOND FEIST | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0553564943 Global Overview for this book
Registered by PinkElf on 7/11/2004
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by PinkElf on Sunday, July 11, 2004
Listed it in the library.

Journal Entry 2 by silmarillion on Friday, April 29, 2005
pug is an orphan adopted into the house of crydee. as no one apprenticed him but the duke's magician, pug learns about magic.
then a war breaks , with enemies from another world, that reached midkemia via a rift in the space-time. pug joins the duke's mission to the king's palace. pug gets captured and in a great siege, the castle holds against the enemy.
some loving , some fighting, some slow moving--- my impression is that this book is only cutting the path for the sequels.

the book will soon return to

Journal Entry 3 by Cavalary at Iași, Moldavia Romania on Sunday, October 22, 2017
(Picked Iasi as the location where I "caught" it since it's one of the books I took with me when I got thrown back to Bucharest, over 11 and a half years ago. A few months later, after learning... Damn it, this is hard. So I'll just go with it, in terms of what's relevant here, and then a quick review will follow.
As I was saying, after learning that PinkElf returned to England, this time for good, I just stopped reading, and since I don't reread books, those left became something of a small collection of connections to that period, not to be "used" by reading for as long as possible. Did read a few since, I remember three and there's a chance that one or two more may be slipping my mind, but those were picked from those not registered here and I don't think any of those I may be forgetting came after the last one of them that I marked as read, in 2011. So this is the first one "used up" in such a manner in several years and the first one that's also registered here since way back then.
I've been considering giving in when it comes to it for quite some time, even bought Silverthorn and A Darkness at Sethanon back in 2014, to have this whole part of the cycle, but managed to keep holding off until now. But as more time passes, everything crumbles more and more, so here I am. Definitely not making it available though.)

If I’d try to describe this book in one word, it’d be “immature”. In case of some of the characters, at least before certain points, that makes sense, but the term applies to pretty much everything: Writing style, presentation, dialogues, some behaviors of characters which definitely shouldn’t behave in such a manner, a fair number of events and, in a way, the manner in which everything develops. In addition, it reads more like a series of moments, almost a collection of connected short stories in a way, due to how much time passes between the events that are presented and how locations change and apparently important elements seem to simply get dropped in order to move on to something else.
Still, it’s not a bad book if you take it for what it is, and it does openly present itself as heroic fantasy, therefore not aiming to match the more notable fantasy works released since, as those tend to fall under epic fantasy. You won’t find deep immersion, particularly detailed worldbuilding, notable bits of wisdom, characters to truly care for or other reasons to get emotionally involved, but it does its job to provide another fix of adventure for someone looking for it, and set it in a world that’s not our own. As such, teenage guys seem to be the target audience, but maybe that’s just what fantasy was back then.

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