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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)

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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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Background static.

I love the book. I own all of the books in this series. There seems to be some static in the background.

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Simply Awesome!

The best high fantasy has to offer! I love Feist and his ability bring emotion bubbling to the surface from days of youth.

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Satisfying in the old-school happy-ending way.

I have a great fondness for this old story from my youth. I read it years ago, and while it wasn’t near the grandeur of a Tolkien, nor the simple fantasy of a Brooks, nor the world building of a Jordan, still, it had generous servings of each. Even as a youth, I found the plot a bit rushed and convenient at times, due in part to the ground he covers (Robert Jordan would have made four 1000 page tomes to cover the same story arc), and in part because it seems to flow from a D&D adventure. The latter I suspect is responsible for the rather flat characters, by today’s standards (and the author in the forward admits to this being a first, devil-may-care publication).

Unfortunately, the performance did little to help these shortcomings, as there was a certain flatness to the characterization he put into the reading. His tonal range was very limited: every character responded with the same meter, that didn’t vary from scene to scene or mood to mood. It felt like every conversation was some variant of sitting-in-the-drawing-room-over-tea feel.

As for voicing, Essentially he had an old man voice; a youth and/or female voice; and a gruff middle-aged voice that sometimes sounded like old-man voice. A few voices stood out, e.g., Father Tully sounded a bit like a Rex Harrison in his later years. At times the character’s accent would come and go, or change altogether.

Having said all this, I did enjoy the story and wasn’t too bothered by the performance (in his favor, his voice is easy to listen to, and isn’t awkward or self-conscious). This book is certainly a romping adventurous tale, filled with glory and good feels. I did find myself enjoying this audible book greatly with a nostalgic satisfaction.

Definitely recommend.

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One of my favorite books.

narrorator was good and for a book i have probably read 10 times (starting over from the beginning every time a new book came out). I felt I was right there again.

not as gritty as modern day fantasy novels... but a great story with great characters. this series will always be one of my favorites.

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Book fixed

The content in chapter 1 that was missing was fixed within about 3 or 4 days of reporting it. This is a good series and has many novels in the entire saga, hopefully they bring them all.