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Publisher's Summary

He held the fate of two worlds in his hands....

Once he was an orphan called Pug, apprenticed to a sorcerer of the enchanted land of Midkemia. Then he was captured and enslaved by the Tsurani, a strange, warlike race of invaders from another world.

There, in the exotic Empire of Kelewan, he earned a new name - Milamber. He learned to tame the unimagined powers that lay within him. And he took his place in an ancient struggle against an evil Enemy older than time itself.

©2017 Raymond Feist (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Totally gripping...a fantasy of epic scope, fast-moving action and vivid imagination." ( The Washington Post Book World)

What listeners say about Magician: Master

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Enjoyable and Familiar

When I first bought this book it was missing most of the first chapter.

Audible has resolved this technical issue since I first bought the book and I listened only after the file was restored to its full length 18hrs 22min).

And I found it an enjoyable continuation from the first book Magicians Apprentice.

The story is a familiar one, but well written and the characters are engaging.

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Over half the first chapter missing

I reported this issue to audible as soon a started listening to the book, and got a response showing they didn’t really list to my complaint. If you have read-the paperback the audio stops about page 4 and the story pickups up in chapter 2 on page 16. Dropping major story plot lines. Audiobooks need to fix this for their listeners because we bought an unabridged book and end up with an abridged one.

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Awesome though chapter 1 was shortened.

What happened to chapter 1? There is a large portion missing about the overseer and his attack on Pug and Pug’s hand injury. Not sure why it was cut out. Not sure I like that.

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Fun but flawed "Classic" Fantasy

First off, I enjoyed these books (or "book", since it's one book split in two). I'd say this is "feel good Fantasy" in that the characters are all good people, and generally speaking the book mostly has good things happen to good people, and a happy ending. But I did have some issues...

THE GOOD

Characters: As mentioned, this is a "feel good" book, and that is driven mostly by the characters, who are all noble, selfless people who are always out to do the right thing. The polar opposite of the current "grimdark" era, it's nice to return to a time when Fantasy was less cynical, and more inclined to leave you feeling good about yourself when you close the book.

Pug was certainly the star of this book, though about 3/4's of the way through book one we shift away from following him, and begin to follow a fairly large cast of supporting characters. Ultimatly, other than a death here or there of character we really weren't all that attached to anyway, everyone has a happy ending at the end of this book.

Tolkienesque: This is definitely a Tolkien derivative work, with noble Elves, Dwarves, and Humans, and evil Goblins, Orcs, etc. If you read at all widely in the Fantasy genre, you'll know if this is your cup of tea or not. I personally like these tropes once in a while, and felt this was a good application of said tropes, without blatantly following the LOTR story beat for beat.

Good Narration: I found the narrator to be solid. I had to speed the book up a bit because he talks a bit slow, but a x1.1 it was much better. He doesn't have a large range of voices, but he has a pleasant voice and knows how to add emphasis to tell a story properly. Solid.


THE NOT-SO-GOOD

Female Roles: The portrayal of women characters in the book, while not terrible, leaves a lot to be desired. While they are almost always described as being “strong willed”, they are written as emotional, and waiting around upon the whim of the men. There is always a short description of their attractiveness level, as if that is their only important defining feature, and for the most part, that is correct. When the male characters interact with the females, it's mostly to remark on how beautiful they are, and to fall in love with them instantly. As there are no female main characters, or even supporting characters, all female characters in the series are relegated to arm candy for the male leads.

Excitement Avoidance by Author: There are a general lack of exciting scenes, which is somewhat baffling. After the author spends so much time setting up conflict and stakes, and the opportunity presents itself for some exciting drama, most problems just work themselves out without any conflict. Rather that resolving the conflict in a dramatic confrontation, something convenient happens to resolve the conflict that requires no action by the characters. Bad guy in the way of the plot? He dies of natural causes - problem fixed! Army badly outnumbered? Enter Macros the Black, who can do anything needed to save the day. One villain, much talked about, never even makes an appearance! He remains "off screen" the entire series, and just goes away.

Many chances for exciting confrontations are passed over due to this systematic shying-away from visceral dramatic scenes, and things are always worked out amicably because everyone's a good guy. I never felt any of the characters were in actual danger. It does create the "feel good" vibe, but it also takes a lot of potential excitement out of the story.


THE VERDICT

An enjoyable "Classic" Fantasy novel that maybe shows that this was the authors first book. Lots of promise here, but a bit too tame for my tastes. Higher stakes, more action, and maybe some exciting fight scenes could have done wonders here.

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It’s missing part of chapter 1

I love this story and the performance is great, but it only has 2 pages of the first chapter.

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Great book wish it was all here

This is an awesome adventure, the down side is Chapter 1 is missing most of the chapter, and chapter 2 is missing several parts also. I wish the entire book was available and ready to go.

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great story. good narrator.

Narrator has a really good voice.. the only complaint is he often puts the wrong emphasis on words and it can change the meaning of characters dialouge. Its clear by the context though so its really just an annoyance. story is excellent, riftwar saga is Feists best work.

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Overall great book

Great book. Got a little bored during chapters 3 and 4, but then it picked back up. Interested to see how the series progresses. I gave story four stars for the boring chapters and because it felt kind of choppy at the end. I don't really understand why the rift can't be opened just like before. SPOILER ALERT: Arutha (spelling?) is obviously going to be king eventually. Also there has to be more to Tomas' character development and the golden armor/sword. Lots of new undiscovered lands for Pug to explore. Also I definitely thought he was going to end up with the princess. I wish the magic was explained more instead of Pug suddenly being a master. I still don't know what his magic can or can't do. Definitely enjoyed overall and plan on getting through the remaining books.

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Greatest Books ever

I have waited many years for these to be released. Great books from my youth that are timeless classics . One of the best series ever written.

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deserves to be much better known

maybe everyone knows raymond feist and the riftwar cycle except me. i just stumbled across it and was in the mood for a campy old fantasy novel. i was not expecting to get an absolutely world class ripping yarn that deserves its rightful place alongside the other big trilogies of the genre. true, its not as edgy as abercrombie's grimdark, but its every bit as grand, imaginative and adventurous. take it from me, start with book one "magician apprentice" and see for yourself. narrator nicholas guy smith just absolutely nails it from start to finish. his is exactly the voice and delivery i want to guide me through an epic fantasy trilogy. aces all around. hats off to all involved! thank you for this. onto book three!

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  • 03-09-18

great book

got introuble a few times listening to this at wotk. Cant put it down 10/10 would recomend