Raymond Feist is my favorite adult (vs YA) fantasy author ever. Sure I like Robert Jordan and David Edding, G.R. R. Martin and Piers Anthony, but Feist simply rocks the literary world with his amazing story-telling and world-building. I wait for his novels with childish enthusiasm. I have to get my hands on them as soon as possible. MAGICIAN’S END is bittersweet for me, as it is the final chapter to the Chaoswar Saga and the climax of Feist’s Riftwar Cycle. It will be great to see the way this particular story wraps up, but I hate endings. Of course, with Feist, that means there are other beginnings. The anticipation is already growing. 🙂
From the back cover:
As it began, so shall it end — in magic, mystery, and majesty… Magician’s End
Thirty years ago, Raymond E. Feist wrote his first novel, Magician, a story about an orphan boy named Pug who is thrust by a war into captivity in an alien world, only to rise from slavery to become a Master Magician. Magician introduced readers to Midkemia and the Riftwars, an epic series of battles between Good and Evil that have scarred this remarkable realm for generations. Now, after twenty-nine books (authored and coauthored), Feist delivers the crowning achievement of his renowned bestselling career: Magician’s End, the final chapter of the Chaoswar Saga and the climax of his extraordinary Riftwar Cycle.
An uneasy quiet has settled upon Midkemia in the wake of a surprise invasion. But the land is far from peaceful. Leaderless, the Kingdom is on the brink of anarchy and civil war, unless Hal conDoin, Duke of Crydee, and his brothers can rally their allies to crown a new king. They must move quickly, for war has left the land vulnerable to an agency of horrific destruction not of this world. No one is safe, not even the Star Elves whose city deep in the Grey Tower Mountains has come under attack by an ancient darkness that seeks to extinguish every living thing in Midkemia.
Yet the bravery of determined warriors — brothers in blood and arms — is not enough to ensure the Kingdom’s preservation without the magic of the Master Sorcerer Pug. A powerful spell has trapped him, his son Magnus, and two unlikely allies in an unfamiliar realm, and they must find their separate ways home — a journey of memory and discovery that will illuminate the truth of the destiny that awaits them. But to save Midkemia — and everything he has fought for and all he cherishes — Pug will have to pay the ultimate price.
A breathtaking tale of elves and men, love and hate, ambition and sacrifice, intrigue and brotherhood, war and peace, Magician’s End brilliantly captures the essence of life and the eternal struggle for survival. It is an extraordinary ending to the magnificent saga that has made award-winning Raymond E. Feist a legend.
Available at bookstores and online book retailers everywhere.
- Hardcover: 576 pages
- Publisher: Harper Voyager (May 14, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061468436
- ISBN-13: 978-0061468438
- Magician’s End (Excerpt) (tor.com)
- Magicians End . . . and it’s about time (mwduncan.wordpress.com)
- The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Raymond Feist (tor.com)
- The Edges Of World-Building: The Scale Of Things (justaddstory.wordpress.com)
- 101 Fantasy Books (101bestbooks.wordpress.com)
4 thoughts on “The Riftwar Cycle comes to an end with MAGICIAN’S END”
I too love Feist! The way you described your enthusiasm for every new book mirrors my own sentiment. This (hopefully not) last book is incredible… Plenty of looks back at previous characters as well as bringing finality to latest plot lines. I long to see if he has any thoughts on future writings!
Oh,I’m sure he does. He’s an epic story-teller. He won’t stop writing. Looking forward to new stuff and new worlds. I’d also l love to see HBO or FX or SyFy make a series from his books. That would be amazing.
This sounds absolutely fantastic! Nice review 😉
Looks like a fabulous series. I hope the last book goes well beyond your expectations. 🙂