Magician: Apprentice by Raymond Feist manages to be many things at once. At times the plot is predictable, but it will also surprise you. The story begins with our hero, Pug, a young orphan kitchen boy from the peaceful and happy town of Crydee. When Pug and his best friend Thomas are chosen for their apprenticeships, their fates seem comfortably predictable. However, when some unknown, and unwelcome visitors from another world start appearing, both of their lives are forever changed.
There are 2 things I really liked about Magician:Apprentice. For starters, the characters are fantastic. Although many of them may remind of you Tolkien characters, they will nevertheless charm their way into your heart. Secondly, Feist cuts out all the fat and gives you only the major plot points. Feist will jump ahead anywhere from 4 weeks to 4 years if it means cutting to the chase.
For me, the first half of Magician:Apprentice was very predictable, but not in a bad way. I actually enjoyed the familiar twists and turns of the plot. Feist’s world is filled with magic, a princess, dragons, dwarves, and a new kind of evil that may threaten the entire world. Then, just when you think you think you have the whole series worked out, all hell breaks loose. I felt like this was Feist’s way of reminding the readers that we are in his world, and he’s calling the shots.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars | Publisher:Spectra | Pages: 528 | Source: Purchased | Buy on Amazon