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Magician's End: Book Three of the…

Magician's End: Book Three of the Chaoswar Saga (utgåvan 2013)

av Raymond E. Feist

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Pug, now the greatest magician of all time, must risk everything he has fought for and everything he cherishes in the hope of destroying an evil enemy once and for all. But to achieve peace and save untold millions of lives, he will have to pay the ultimate price.
Titel:Magician's End: Book Three of the Chaoswar Saga
Författare:Raymond E. Feist
Info:Harper Voyager (2013), Hardcover, 576 pages
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Magician's End av Raymond E. Feist


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It took me a little time to get into this book and root for it, much like a lot of the Feist books, but even though much of it is either average or slightly above average when it comes to epic fantasy, it does have moments of truly great scope and awesomeness.

This one brings in that REALLY HUGE SCOPE in a big way but it doesn't dominate the story. Most of the story is actually about the civil war in Midkemia and the crowning of the new king, featuring lots of war, tactics, and strategy. Pretty good, but this is still the realm of the average bits. Fun but not totally brilliant. Or I suppose it might be if I hadn't read... 10 or more other books in this series that was much of the same. :)

Let me be fair here. We are having to do homage to the rest of the Rift series in this novel. It's mostly an amalgamation of all the others while recalling a new huge civil war that is STILL small beans in comparison to the BIG action going on with the mages.

Where this really shines is the multiple realms and multiple realities. There are the demon and angelic realms ON TOP of the countless worlds at stake, and the devouring void killing off even the demons are set to make the final battleground on Midkemia.

Enter in all the gods, the most powerful magicians, the Dragon Lords, the lost elves, dark elves, and all the rest of the peoples are involved in this conflict. Even the demons. I mentioned that the scope is big? EVERY RACE in the series is given top billing here.

Best of all is the twists and turns in the worldbuilding. At times it becomes SF in a very cool way. Think the end of Stephen King's first Dark Tower book. Gunslinger. But draw it out and increase its scope and give it to a lot of characters in here. :) I liked it a lot.

My only complaint, in the final estimate, is the lack of total cohesiveness across the full series. Yes, there are lots of themes and certain characters always show up - like Pug and Thomas and a few others - and the Chaos Wars history was nicely developed in the beginning, but the development felt a bit - or more than a bit - disjointed and brought forth in spits and starts and surprising huge leaps that then got pulled back for the sake of the newer generations within the kingdom.

In some ways, it just turned out like a generational serial with some great - but drawn out - epic magic bits. Decent, but I felt like it could have been so much BETTER.

I still enjoyed it. I don't regret reading them. :) But it won't be on my top-favorite lists. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
This was the very last book in the entire 31-book Riftwar Cycle that I’ve been reading for months! I think it was a mostly-satisfying conclusion. There weren’t any big surprises. Not everybody comes out alive at the end, which also wasn’t a big surprise. There were some slow spots, but it mostly held my attention well.

As I had mentioned in some of my reviews, the early books in this series are the ones that introduced me to fantasy as an adult and got me addicted to the genre. This was 20+ years ago when I was in my early 20’s. At the time, only about half of the books had been published and I never went back to it after reading everything that was published at the time. I now have a lot more fantasy under my belt, and can see some of the flaws in these books that I didn’t notice back then, but I still really enjoyed going back and revisiting this series, and this time seeing it through to the end.

There are certain things the author does a really great job writing, and they tend to be the types of things I enjoy in stories. He does a really great job of writing noble, loyal characters who are trying to do the right thing and will sacrifice for the greater good. He also does a great job of writing camaraderie between characters. Although his books aren’t uproariously funny, they do have a smattering of humor, particularly in the dialogue, that helps make them enjoyable to read. He does a good job of writing battles so that they remain interesting and not too repetitive, and a pretty good job with political intrigue as well.

There are also things the author isn’t so great at writing. Females and romantic relationships would be high on that list. Although he occasionally managed to make his females interesting, for the most part I found them generic. In his earlier books especially, female characters showed up mainly to support the men and to give them somebody to occasionally glance longingly at, or to worry about, or to admire. In later books some of his females took on a little more personality, but they had a tendency to be either super sweet and supportive, or temperamental and irrational. There was also a frequent implication that anybody who wasn’t married was really a miserable person who hadn’t found their true reason for living yet. I found it particularly frustrating when a favorite character who had been living a full and productive, if rather dangerous, life as a single male suddenly encountered his soul mate (whom he promptly got engaged to later that day) and we were told he’d actually been miserable all this time and only now was he truly happy. Blech! :p

An exception to my above comments about his writing of females is the early trilogy he co-wrote with with Janny Wurts, the Empire Trilogy, beginning with Daughter of the Empire. It has an awesome female main character who was well-developed and interesting, and I thought it probably had some of the best over-all writing in the entire series. I would recommend that subseries to fans of epic fantasy without reservation, whereas I would be more reluctant to recommend the rest of the series unless the person were fond of older, classic fantasy and had minimal expectations for well-written females. The first subseries is still my favorite of his solo work though, so it would be a good place for readers to start to see if his writing style works for them. The trilogy co-written with Janny Wurts is the second subseries but doesn’t rely on knowledge from the other books so one could also jump straight into that.

In his first few books, he created some characters I love and whom I’ve remembered fondly for the past couple of decades. However, quite a bit of time passes throughout the overall series. Old favorites die and new generations are born. When it comes to a long series, I think I prefer the type that stays with the same characters from beginning to end. The newer characters never quite gained the same level of investment from me as the original characters did, although I did very much like many of them. There are some powerful/magical characters who show up in most of the books in one way or another, but these weren’t the characters I was the most attached to and their parts of the stories were often the parts I found less interesting. Those parts often got a bit too philosophical/mystical/monologue-y for my tastes.

The author does tend to recycle similar storylines and character types throughout his books. Since a lot of these were things I liked, it didn’t bug me too much, but sometimes I felt like he was trying to recapture the greatness of his earliest characters by creating descendants of those characters who had similar traits. That always fell a little flat for me and just made me miss the originals more. There was also an attempt to make each subseries even more “epic” than the last one, with each threat or source of problems from the previous subseries actually being caused by some bigger threat in the current subseries. By the end of the entire series, I was having “A Fly Went By” flashbacks – where the fly is being chased by the frog being chased by the cat being chased by the dog, etc. However, I’m pleased to report that the series did not end with an (um, spoiler for “A Fly Went By”?) innocent lamb with its foot stuck in a can.

Although I normally prefer to read a large series as close to straight through as possible, I think even I would have benefitted from spacing this one out a bit more, especially in the last few subseries. Despite feeling a bit of series fatigue by the end, I did really enjoy reading these books. In many ways they were comfort reads -- I knew what to expect from them and could count on certain things that I would enjoy. ( )
1 rösta YouKneeK | Mar 29, 2020 |
En nu bevinden we ons aan het einde van een reis. Een reis die ons door Midkemia en andere landen (en zelfs realiteiten) heeft geleidt. Een reis die begon met Magier en een jongen die maar geen leermeester kon vinden, maar door de hofmagiër onder zijn hoede wordt genomen, en later uitgroeit tot de grootste magiër.

Ondanks een kleine verstoring ongeveer half weg de serie, heeft de schrijver zich weer herpakt tegen het einde van de serie en met een goed einde van het boek.

Ik was blij dat de herintroductie van de, al lang geleden, overleden vrienden van Puc en anderen, maar hadden gelukkig geen deel van aan het einde van het boek.

Het is jammer dat ik deze serie boeken pas nu ontdekt heb, nu dat het laatste boek al weer geruime tijd geleden is geschreven. Ik zal deze wereld gaan missen. Misschien niet alle personages, want ik begon toch wel een beetje een hekel te krijgen aan sommige van hen. Van andere vind ik het dan weer wel jammer dat ze er niet meer zijn, want hoe vaak je een boek ook herlees, nooit zal je meer de verwondering van het voor het eerst lezen meer krijgen.

Hoewel ik dit laatste boek in een paar dagen heb gelezen, leek het wel veel langer te duren. Waarom dit zoveel langer leek, zal waarschijnlijk komen doordat een aantal dingen in het verhaal mij gewoon niets deden, maar ook, en dat is zeker heel belangrijk, er waren andere dingen te doen, en van te genieten.

Bij sommige boeken en series stel ik het lezen van het laatste hoofdstuk altijd even uit, om maar lekker te genieten, maar op de een of andere manier ging dat bij dit boek niet zo. Misschien omdat ik het zo langzamerhand zat was, of was overvoert met de reeks, ik weet het niet. Een herlezen over een paar jaar zal dat moeten uitwijzen.

Begon een beetje moe te worden van Puc, Miranda, Magnus en een paar anderen. De delen zonder Puc waren in mijn ogen veel beter.

Een waardevol einde van een serie, zeker het laatste hoofdstuk, maar niet het epische einde die je zou mogen verwachten van een serie die bijna 30(!) jaar heeft gelopen. Geen moeilijk of verrassende plot.

Op naar een waardige opvolger van de serie. Heeft Feist nog andere boeken buiten Midkemia? ( )
  EdwinKort | Oct 18, 2019 |
Cela fait quelques années que j'ai découvert l'univers de Midkemia avec la lecture de "Pug l'apprenti" en 2004. Feist a créé un monde au départ assez classique (nains, elfes, dragons,etc...) et l'a enrichi au cours des cycles de romans, il a créé de très (parfois trop) nombreux personnages et des lieux magiques. "La fin du magicien" clôture la trilogie de la guerre du chaos et marque (apparemment) la fin des livres se passant sur Midkemia. Il fallait finir dans une apothéose et c'est réussi! On est dans du grand spectacle, du cataclysmique! On retrouve avec plaisir des personnages connus, on assiste à des alliances improbables et des destins tragiques. C'est plein de trouvailles scénaristiques et d'évènements énormes. Bref, le livre réussit pleinement sa mission de finir en beauté! ( )
  grimm | Aug 21, 2016 |
This is a bitter-sweet conclusion to a long-favorite series. Pug is of course at the heart of the story for he's what Midkemia stands for: duty, honour and sacrifice of all. It's what was the best of all the stories; all those deaths freely given were for the greater good.

Was this book as good as the first, perhaps not. But to compare the two is to surely feel dissatisfied for it would be to compare a young man just starting in life - youthful, mischievous, full of possibilities; with an old man nearing the end - someone who is perhaps philosophical, pondering if the choices made were the right ones, a little anxious about what comes next but perhaps with a little hope.

I was sad to see the story end but it was time. It's best to leave Midkemia with possibilities and fondness and that's what this story does. ( )
  mmoj | Aug 16, 2015 |
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Dit laatste boek in De Saga van de Chaosoorlog, na dertig jaar van succesvol schrijven, draag ik op aan jullie, de lezers. Zonder jullie steun en enthousiasme zou ik deze mijlpaal nooit hebben bereikt.
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Pug, now the greatest magician of all time, must risk everything he has fought for and everything he cherishes in the hope of destroying an evil enemy once and for all. But to achieve peace and save untold millions of lives, he will have to pay the ultimate price.

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