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He held the fate of two worlds in his hands...Once he was an orphan called Pug, apprenticed to a sorcerer of the enchanted land of Midkemia.. Then he was captured and enslaved by the Tsurani, a strange, warlike race of invaders from another world. There, in the exotic Empire of Kelewan, he earned a new name--Milamber. He learned to tame the unnimagined powers that lay withing him. And he took his place in an ancient struggle against an evil Enemy older than time itself.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2004, c1982
Edition: Author's preferred ed., Bantam reissue ed
ISBN: 9780785787839
Branch Call Number: SF FEIST RAYMOND
Characteristics: xiv, 499 p. : map ; 18 cm


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Mar 25, 2017

The previous book showed promise with its combination of magic and parallel worlds, despite obviously borrowing from Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea and Tolkein's The Hobbit. Its depiction of relationships was simplistic though. The dragon and Macro the mage seemed like the afterthoughts of a child writer. This sequel is worse. I agree Feist borrows from Clavell's Shogun and his attempts at political maneuverings are pathetic compared to what George RR Martin has mastered. Feist also seems to be writing with an inconsistent moral agenda that detracts from the storyline. This book (and series) was good for its time but there's so much better stuff to read.

Mar 24, 2017

Somewhat disagree. Author borrowed Clavell's Shogun in callous violence, exotic sensuality & cultural exchange.
Pug given higher education by greater & lesser magicians. Character evolved.
Refreshing to have Oriental than usual western European pastiche when I first read series.

Mar 26, 2014

This is one of the most boring books I've ever tried to finish. Calling the characters cardboard is too insulting to cardboard. The rip offs from Tolkien (elves, dwarfs, trolls, magicians, flights under mountains, etc) are glaringly unoriginal. I found myself unable to complete this book after making through the first book of the series and halfway through this one. If you hate anything resembling literature and find the scifi teen dramas of the CW entertaining you might like this. Otherwise read something else, perhaps the Dying Earth series by Jack Vance.

Mar 22, 2011

More original than most fantasy and an exciting read. The take on fae powers (as assumed by one of the main characters) is very interesting - reminds one again that faerie folk aren't necessarily "good". A good conclusion to the two-part series.

Oct 12, 2010

Borrows shamelessly from J.R.R. Tolkien and M.A.R. Barker.


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