Magician’s End – Raymond Feist

Posted: July 7, 2013 in fantasy, Review

magicians endHere am I, complaining about fantasy writers and their endless series they refuse to bring to a proper conclusion – and here is Raymond Feist, who has apparently decided to do just that with the Riftwar series.

I can remember reading the beginning of Pug’s story in Magician when it first came out in the early 1980’s, and I know I especially enjoyed the Empire trilogy because of its resemblance to the role-playing game Empire of the Petal Throne, which we were very much into at the time. It was no coincidence – it’s well known that Feist’s early work was based on the role-playing games he was involved in. How else would you get a lead character named Pug?

I confess that I’ve not read much of the Riftwar for years now. So, it was a bit of a surprise to find Magician’s End sitting in my books-to-read box. It must have been a serious challenge to write this final book, to attempt to tie up all the loose ends, to make sure that long-dead favourite characters get to say their piece, bring everything to a proper climax, and at the same time make a decent novel of it. Oh, and devise a fitting fate for a certain magician.

I can’t say what that is, because that would spoil it for you, but it worked well enough for me. It’s a lot for one book to achieve, and although it seems a bit contrived at times, it does mostly succeed. I will admit that he lost me a bit in a few places, but the battle scenes were some of the best I have ever read (complete with a nod to Tolkien’s King Theoden in the fate of Prince Edward). So, nicely done, Mr Feist… and this time we won’t be asking for more.

Harper Voyager

Supplied by HarperCollins New Zealand

Reviewed by Jacqui


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