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Magician's End
Reviewed by
Andrew Bistak
on
Magician's End Review. There are several standout moments in the book that will make you think wow so back and enjoy the final rollercoaster ride of the Chaoswar Saga.
Rating:
4.75
THE MAGICIAN
Raymond E. Feist
 

Review Information

Reviewer: Andrew Bistak
Review Date: June 2013

Book Information

Publisher: Harper Voyager
RRP: $29.95

9.5

out of 10

 

Raymond E. Feist returns with the final volume of the Chaoswar Saga which will also be the last time he visits the wondrous world of Midkemia and its colourful characters of magicians, elves, gods and dragons. Continuing from the previous two novels which saw Pug reunited with the demon called Child who had the memories of his deceased wife Miranda imbedded into her mind, some of Midkemia's most powerful magic users have banded together to fight the ultimate darkness... a collective entity known as The Dread!

Unlike previous terrors which threatened Midkemia, this ancient darkness now threatens the very fabric of not just the world but the universe as this planet has become the battlegrounds. To compound the situation, a violent civil war threatens to destroy the Kingdom as Prince Edward attempts to hold a group of claimants to the thrown at bay. Supported by the relatives of the original Jimmy the Hand and Arutha conDoin, they use every piece of guile they can muster to prevent Oliver from proclaiming himself King.

However as the Kingdom tears itself apart, the darkness that threatens the universe is being held at bay by the Star Elves in their city of E'Bar. Unfortunately as the creatures from the darkness seep out of a magic dome that holds them at bay, their ranks are being devastated. Fortunately their plight is heard by Brendan conDoin, who informs the magicians of Sorcerer's Isle and the elves (Eledhel) to this danger. Two of the Star Elves or the Taredhel have even managed to summon the dreaded Moredhel, the Dark Elves to their quandary as Liallan, the leader of the Snow Leopards offers her clan to prevent the end of everything.

Also joining them is Tomas, a human who has been given the powers of the Valheru, an ancient and powerful race who almost challenged the gods themselves as he fights for dear life against another Valheru while the Dragon Host inform him that Tomas must die for Ashen-Shugar to be free. However the two most powerful magic users of Midkemia are lost, Pug and his son Magnus who hold the key to Midkemia's fate. Together they are joined by two demons who hold the memories, personalities and even the appearance of their loved ones, Miranda and Nakor. As they investigate the upper realms, they are joined by Macros the Black who takes them on a wondrous and metaphysical journey in order for them to have the skills and understanding of how to defeat this eternal darkness.

What makes Magician's End so enthralling is that the entire storyline of this series has been accumulating to this titanic conclusion. Another interesting element of this novel is that Feist reintroduces some characters who have been long dead and although they play only cameos in the story, their importance in the philosophical journey for Pug, Magnus, Miranda and Nakor helps them understand something they have forgotten. The linking of these forgotten and deceased characters almost serves as a bookend to the original novel, The Magician which was published over 30 years ago.

Apart from tying up lose ends in this series and some truly excellent characterisation, Feist throws a few powerful curve balls in the story such as the pantheon of gods and Macros who once again plays the puppet muster. Like previous novels, Feist successfully manages to juggle the mortals with the immortals and characters like Hal ConDoin and Jim Dasher who even with their non-existent powers still manage to play the game with the big guns such as Pug and Magnus.

Final Chapter

As a fan of Midkemia, I sincerely hope that Feist revisits this universe one day. Even though there are a few cringe worthy elements in the conclusion of this vast universe, it's easily one of the better books in the series which also gives an ending that should satisfy most fans of Feist. There are several standout moments in the book that will make you think wow so back and enjoy the final rollercoaster ride of the Chaoswar Saga.

Highly Recommended and thanks for 30 years of fantastic stories Raymond E. Feist!


 






 
 



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