Riftwar 1

Covid-19 Day 60

Magician: Apprentice
(The Riftwar Saga #1)
by Raymond E. Feist (1994)

To the forest on the shore of the Kingdom of the Isles, the orphan Pug came to study with the master magician Kulgan. His courage won him a place at court and the heart of a lovely Princess, but he was ill at ease with normal wizardry. Yet his strange magic may save two worlds from dark beings who opened spacetime to renew the age-old battle between Order and Chaos.

Yes, it’s good vs evil in an epic fantasy landscape.
This book was read as the Sword and Laser pick of the month.

This starts off like Robin Hobbs Assassin’s Apprentice. A small boy grows up and learns his place in a medieval society. Then he becomes apprentice to a magician and the real story begins. The land is being invaded by aliens and war is coming.

I got through the first half (one full book) and on to the second. Then the author introduces more characters, more plot lines and things just start to become a slog to get through.

Not many authors can pull off the epic fantasy. Robin Hobb could (mostly) and George R. R. Martin (until he forgot the plot). So when it comes to emulating Tolkein, this failed to keep my interest.

After 172K of words I set the book down.