Magician's End (Chaoswar Saga Series #3)

Magician's End (Chaoswar Saga Series #3)

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by Raymond E. Feist
     
 

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Three decades...Five Riftwars...One magnificent saga: Magician's End is the final book in New York Times bestselling author Raymond E. Feist's science fiction epic Riftwar Cycle.

Thirty years ago, Feist's first novel, Magician, introduced us to an orphan boy named Pug, who rises from slavery to become a Master Magician, and to

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Three decades...Five Riftwars...One magnificent saga: Magician's End is the final book in New York Times bestselling author Raymond E. Feist's science fiction epic Riftwar Cycle.

Thirty years ago, Feist's first novel, Magician, introduced us to an orphan boy named Pug, who rises from slavery to become a Master Magician, and to Midkemia and the Riftwar, an epic series of battles between Good and Evil that have scarred Pug's world for generations.

After twenty-nine books, Feist delivers the crowning achievement of his renowned bestselling career: Magician’s End, the final chapter in The Chaos Wars, the climax of his extraordinary Riftwar Cycle.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Readers who have experienced all, or most of the preceding 29 books in Feist's best-selling epic fantasy series, will be eager to find how it all ends. But even those who have kept up religiously with the characters and plot may find the resolution—which does not shut the door to more books set in the world of Midkemia—predictable and somewhat anticlimactic. His initial protagonists Pug, a master wizard, and Tomas, a superior warrior, are still around, and committed to fighting the forces of darkness to save their world. Pug's fate is heavily foreshadowed—as early as chapter one, he's warned that he must prepare "to sacrifice everything to save everything." That ultimate confrontation is a long time coming, and long stretches of the book pass with Pug offstage. There's not much here to distinguish this from countless other fantasy tales (the political intrigue is very dull), and the freshness that marked Feist's earlier work—including his ruthlessness at killing off significant players—has dimmed, unsurprisingly, after so long. (May)
Booklist (starred review)
“The riveting conclusion to the Chaoswar Saga and the Riftwar Cycle is satisfying in every way...In Magician’s End, [Feist] has masterfully brought the entire epic in a full circle.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061468438
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Series:
Chaoswar Saga Series , #3
Pages:
556
Sales rank:
567,296
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

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Magician's End


By Raymond Feist

HarperCollins Publishers

Copyright © 2013 Raymond Feist
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-06-146843-8


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SHATTERED
Chaos erupted.
A light so brilliant it was painful bathed Pug as
he instinctively threw all his magic into the protective shell
Magnus had erected around them just a moment before. Only
Magnus's anticipation of the trap had prevented them all from
being instantly vaporized. Energy so intense it could hardly
be comprehended now destroyed everything at hand, reduc-
ing even the most iron- hard granite to its fundamental par-
ticles, dispersing them into the fiery vortex forming around
them.
The light pierced Pug's tightly shut eyelids, rendering his
vision an angry red- orange, with afterimages of green- blue.
His instinct was to shield his face, but he knew the gesture
would be useless. He willed himself to keep his hands moving
in the pattern necessary to support Magnus's efforts. Only
magic protected them from conditions no mortal could with-
stand for even the barest tick of time. The very stuff of the
universe was being distorted on all sides.
They were in what appeared to be the heart of a sun. In his
studies, Pug knew this to be the fifth state of matter, beyond

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earth, air, water, and fire, called different names by various
magicians: among them, flux, plasma, and excited fire. Energy
so powerful that it tore the very essentials of all matter down
to their very atoms and recombined them, repeating the pro-
cess until at some point the plasma fell below a threshold of
destruction and creation and was able finally to cease its fury.
Years of perfecting his art had gifted him with myriad
skills, some talents deployed reflexively without conscious
effort. The magic tools he used to assess and evaluate were
overloaded with sensations he had never experienced in his
very long lifetime. Obviously, whoever had constructed this
trap had hoped it would be beyond his ability to withstand.
He suspected it was the work of several artisans of magic.
In his mind, Pug heard Miranda asking, Is everyone safe?
Nakor's voice spoke aloud. “There's air. We can talk.
Magnus, Pug, don't look. It will blind you. Miranda, we can
look.”
“Describe what you see,” Magnus said to the two demons
in human form.
Miranda said, “It's an inferno hotter than anything wit-
nessed in the demon realm. It has destroyed a hundred feet of
rock and soil below us and we are afloat in a bubble of energy.
Farther out from where we stand, it's turning sand to glass.
A wall of superheated air is expanding outward at incredible
speed, and whatever it touches is incinerated in moments. As
far as my eye can discern, all is flame, smoke, and ash.”
Less than a minute before, the four of them had been ex-
amining a matrix of magic, which was obviously a lock, but
had turned out to be a trap.
Ancient beings of energy, the Sven- ga'ri, had been pro-
tected in a quiet glade atop a massive building built by a peace-
ful tribe of the Pantathians, a race of serpent men created by
the ancient Dragon Lord, Alma- Lodaka. Unlike their more
violent brethren, these beings had been gentle, scholarly, and
very much like humans.
Now that peaceful race had been obliterated. It didn't

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matter to Pug that they had been created by the mad vanity
of a long- dead Dragon Lord as pets and servants: they had
evolved into something much finer and he knew he would
mourn their loss.
“It's fading,” said Nakor. “Don't look.”
Pug kept his eyes closed, focusing on his son's protective
shell. “You anticipated— ”
Magnus finished his sentence for him: “— the trap. It was
just one of those moments, Father. The hair on my neck and
arms started to tingle, and before I knew it, the protective spell
was cast. I had created a word trigger, a power word. I just had
no idea the trap would be so massive. Without your help and
Moth— Miranda's . . .” He let the thought go unfinished.
Pug and Miranda both chose to ignore his slip. She wasn't
his mother. She was a demon named Child who was in pos-
session of all his mother's memories, but Child seemed com-
pletely contained within Miranda. It was easy to forget she
wasn't Miranda; the experience was unnerving for all of them.
Only Belog the demon, now to outward appearances
Nakor, seemed untroubled by his situation, and that was
wholly in keeping with who Nakor had been in life: a man
of unlimited curiosity and a delight in all mysteries. His
voice held a note of awe. “This was an unspeakably brilliant
trap, Pug.”
Keeping his eyes tightly shut, Pug said, “I tend to agree.
What's your thinking?”
“Whoever fashioned this understood it could be investi-
gated only by a very limited number of people,” said Nakor.
“First they would have to get past the Pantathians, either by
winning their confidence or by brute force. If they reached
the matrix, few magic- using demons or lesser magicians, or
even very well- schooled priests, could have begun to under-
stand the complexities of this lock, or trap, or however you
think of it.”
Miranda said, “Only Pug.”
Pug was silent for a moment, then said, “No. It was

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Magnus. I sensed the lock, but only assumed there was a trap
involved. By the time I returned from the Academy, he had al-
ready easily won past barriers that would have proved a chal-
lenge to me.”
Magnus began, “I'm not certain— ”
Miranda cut him off. “That was no hollow praise. I have
all your mother's memories and skills, Magnus, but you . . .
you are the best of both of us, I mean both your mother and
(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Raymond E. Feist is the multiple New York Times bestselling author or coauthor of thirty previous books—all but one of which are Riftwar Cycle novels. He lives in San Diego.

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Beauty_in_Ruins More than 1 year ago
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
ZuranSpellcaster More than 1 year ago
Well done to Feist, after 30 books he still had it. Its sad that such a long and successful series is now over. The book was great and all the loose ends were tied. Here's to hoping he gets bored in retirement and gives us a little more Midkeima!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Feist strikes a nice balance between ultra-powerful magicians, magic, and philosophy and action packed battles, brawls, and the adventures of normal humans. I have read all of Feist's books, and I found the "End"--the final showdown and the resolution to be quite good indeed. I look forward to Feist's future writing; the series "The War of Five Crowns".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very solid conclusion to a long-running series. This final set of books really outshone the underwhelming and stretched-out span of books and really made me care in a way that I hadn't since the Serpentwar Saga. I liked how Pug and Tomas long-running stories came to a conclusion, and had I the resources, I would commission an artist to paint a scene of their side-by-side march into the dome. It's nice that I can always re-read, but this was a fond, nostalgic and sentimental goodbye to some old friends.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Raymond E. Fiest has been one of my favorite authors since I first read Magician in the 1980's. He writes in such a way that the characters become real to you. Over the years I've read and re-read them all at least twice.
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great product
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The best book since Serpent War
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LittleMoose More than 1 year ago
Good book, typical to others by Raymond Feist. Can be enjoyed without going back to read others not in the immediate series of three books.
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While some of the books in the pug saga lost the luster of the earler books, this show a return to form and was a gret read. Cant wait to see what feist does next!
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Rnick45 More than 1 year ago
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.
JJ82 More than 1 year ago
First off I hated to see it end, these books meant a lot to me. They changed how I felt about reading and made me enjoy it. But I can honestly say I was happy about the way it was ended. Still will always wish for more but he did a excellent job on the way he wrapped it all up. My thanks goes out to Mr. Feist for all the books I have enjoyed them all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Feist was one of the authors that got me hooked on reading. I have read most of his books twice and am sad that it is over.
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