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Magician's End (Chaoswar Saga Series #3)

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

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    One of the most satisfying concluding volumes to an epic series in quite some time

    And so we find ourselves at the end of another long-running fantasy series, left with nothing more than the pages we hold in our hands to provide some sense of closure. The final book of any series is always a difficult one to read, and it often seems as if the longer the series, the greater the potential for disappointment. With an open-ended series like this, where each subsequent book has added more characters, more plot threads, and more mythology, the demands upon the author to nicely tie up all those loose ends in one final book often seem to get in the way of the story.

    Fortunately, despite a hiccup at the halfway mark that nearly relegated this to the did-not-finish pile (more on that in a moment), Magician's End turned out to be one of the most satisfying concluding volumes in quite some time. Raymond E. Feist has done an admirable job here of returning to his roots, recapturing the magic of those first few books, and providing us with a satisfying end to the saga. It's a book that pays homage to the past, touching on key characters who've long since left the page, without getting distracted by the need to tie off every possible loose end.

    At first, I cringed at the dreamlike encounters with dead friends and allies, fearful that Feist was trying to do too much, to satisfy the demands of too many fans. Yes, it was nice to exchange words with the likes of Kulgan, Borric, Marcos, and all the rest, but did they really need to come back, even if just for a while? Well, maybe they didn't need to, but Feist certain gives them a purpose, which is all a reader can ask. Their conversations with the likes of Pug, Magnus, Nakor, and Miranda are important, imparting lessons that are needed to see the heroes through to the final confrontation.

    On that note, for those readers who've become accustomed to the leaner, harsher, simpler books that seems to rule the series for a while, it must be said that this is a book that's quite philosophical. The nature of reality, the role of the gods, and the balance of good and evil are all themes that Feist explores quite openly and directly, seizing the opportunity to really drive home some of the key themes from the series. It felt like a 'big' book, like a truly 'epic' fantasy, which was precisely what I had been hoping for. He opened my eyes and made me nod my head in more than a few places, especially in the penultimate chapters.

    Now, as to that hiccup, there's a point at which Marcos makes a key speech about the prophecy under which Pug has suffered since making his noble sacrifice during the first Riftwar. I cringed when I read it, sure that Feist was providing himself with an 'out' to negate the corner into which he'd written himself, negating every sacrifice Pug has suffered, and artificially creating the potential for a happily-ever-after. Fortunately, it's a bit of a red herring, a narrative twist that does precisely what it's intended to do - shake up the reader, make us question the finality of what's the come, and leave us wondering as to whether Magician's End is the literal reference we've all come to expect. Somehow, he manages to adhere to the original prophecy, while also doing something pleasantly unexpected.

    Magician's End is a book in which heroes die, sacrifices are made, and the fate of universes is determined. It's ambitious in scope, especially with this third and final volume, but it never loses touch with the humor, the wit, and the adventure that we've come to

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  • Posted June 24, 2013

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    A Epic Conclusion to an Epic Series

    Mr. Feist created a very thoughtful ending to a 30 years series. For one who has read every book within the series I was actually very satsified with the ulitmate ending. He brought back so many individuals who touched the main character lives throughout the adventures that it was a bit of a senitmental as well as a supenseful ride. His ability to end and create a begining for our beloved Pug was endearing. I hope he continues on with a new adventure introducing us to such great thought out characters that we can all identify with. Thank you so much Mr. Feist for such a great ride.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013


    They books are kinda long but its a really cool series too. The last book just came out about 1 month ago and i just got it from the library this week.

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