My rating: 5 of 5 stars
“To the forest on the shore of the Kingdom of the Isles, the orphan called Pug came to study with the Master Magician Kulgan. But though his courage won him a place at Court and the heart of a lovely Princess, he was ill at ease with the normal ways of wizardry.
“Yet Pug’s strange sort of magic would one day change forever the fates of two worlds. For the dark beings from another world had opened a rift in the fabric of space-time to begin again the age-old battle between the forces of Order and Chaos.”
This is my all time favourite book of any genre ever. I must have read it more than 20 times over the years and it’s still my “go to” book for if I just want to get lost in a story.
I didn’t read it when it first published in 1982 but just a few years later, as an 18-year-old just finding my way into adult life and with a budding journalism career, I picked it up off the shelf of a local bookshop and had a revelation.
In Pug, Feist created one of the most complex and compelling characters I think I’ve ever read and he put him into a totally believable world, filled with amazing creatures, true evil and fascinating cultures which, while it resembled Medieval feudal England and 16th century Japan, was also wholly strange and exotic.