Paperback Perils: Magician: Apprentice

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Title: Magician: Apprentice
Author: Raymond E. Feist
Publication Date: 1992
Publishing House: Bantam Books

I have had this book sitting on my to-read-shelf for longer that I want to admit and with shelter-in-place I finally decided it was time to read it. I’m glad that I did. This book is the first book in the Riftwar Saga.

From Goodreads:

To the forest on the shore of the Kingdom of the Isles, the orphan Pug came to study with the master magician Kulgan. But though his courage won him a place at court and the heart of a lovely Princess, he was ill at ease with the normal ways of wizardry.

Yet Pug’s strange sort of magic would one day change forever the fates of two worlds. For dark beings from another world had opened a rift in the fabric of spacetime to being again the age-old battle between the forces of Order and Chaos.

This books takes place over several years starting with Pug becoming an apprentice to Master Magician Kulgan. He is an orphan given a chance to become something greater. Side note: Kulgan has a firedrake, a cousin to the mighty dragon but smaller, that is kind of a pet named Fantus. The drake is adorable and loves scratches.

For all this book begins with magic, and that is a major aspect, the story is much more about loyalty, love, war, bravery, and cunning. Magic is a weapon or tool of strategy. The ability to use magic does not make a person any more or less.

I’m looking forward to getting my hands on the second book in the Riftwar Saga, Magician: Master. Suggested for fans of fantasy, fans of magic, and fans of sci-fi. There are elements here of science fiction in the way others come through a rift.

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