Favourite Fantasy Books
Part 1 : Magician by Raymond E Feist
This is a series of posts about fantasy novels that I love, or loved, and that really got me into fantasy. Some of them have not really stood the test of time, some I grew out of, and others are still great. But all of them fed into how I came to love fantasy and how I perceive the genre.
Magician by Raymond E. Feist is the first book of the massive Riftwar Cycle, although back when I read it, all those years ago, it was simply Magician and book one of a trilogy, the Riftwar Saga. Something a great deal more manageable than the 30 book ‘cycle’ it is now. I was probably 12 or so when I picked it up in my local Waterstones bookshop. It wasn’t the first fantasy book I ever read, but it has certainly been one of the most influential on my early fantasy reading tastes (even though they have evolved over time) and it really consolidated my love for fantasy.
For those that don’t know it, spoilers abound below, but let’s face it when a book is published in the early 1980s and has been republished many times since, you can’t really call foul on spoilers. At some point you have to admit that a story is fair game particularly after 30 years. But the warning is there regardless.