Magician's End: Book Three of the Chaoswar Saga (Anglais) Relié – 14 mai 2013
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Revue de presse
“The riveting conclusion to the Chaoswar Saga and the Riftwar Cycle is satisfying in every way...In Magician’s End, [Feist] has masterfully brought the entire epic in a full circle.” (Booklist (starred review))
Présentation de l'éditeur
Three decades . . . Five Riftwars . . . One magnificent saga: From New York Times bestselling author Raymond E. Feist comes Magician's End, the final book in the epic Riftwar Cycle.
Thirty years ago, Feist's first novel, Magician, introduced us to an orphan boy named Pug, who rises from slavery to become a Master Magician, and to Midkemia and the Riftwar, an epic series of battles between Good and Evil that have scarred Pug's world for generations.
After twenty-nine books, Feist delivers the crowning achievement of his renowned bestselling career: Magician's End, the final chapter in The Chaos Wars, the climax of his extraordinary Riftwar Cycle.
Pug, now the greatest magician of all time, must risk everything he has fought for and everything he cherishes in the hope of destroying an evil enemy once and for all. But to achieve peace and save untold millions of lives, he will have to pay the ultimate price.
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Pour Pug c est simple : l Univers a fait une crise d'epilepsie et compte sur Pug pour etre soigné avant que tout ne soit détruit. C est simple à resumer mais le diable est dans les details.
Pour l histoire des descendants d'Arutha ce livre est plus difficile à apprécier : on confond aisement les persos contemporains avec leurs ancêtres. En fait Feist situe une aventure de capes et d'épée dans un cadre d'intrigues politiques. Mais Feist ne sait pas bien raconter des affrontements politiques . Alors on a sans cesse le sentiment qu il manque quelque chose. C est dommage car c est grandiose et epique comme aventure : les dieux, l univers, les puissances derriere les dieux, la creation des etoiles etc ...
Bref malgré ses défaults j ai aimé ce final.
Ce dernier volume est globalement réussi, quoique inégal. Les scènes de batailles et de stratégie sont toujours aussi passionnantes, mais le voyage initiatique de Pug et de ses compères pour préparer la bataille finale est plutôt longuet. Sincèrement, les explications concernant les dieux, la création du monde et la complexité de l'univers sont parfois un peu fumeuses.
Mais les derniers chapitres sont réjouissants, et l'auteur nous démontre de nouveau que Pug est le plus grand des magiciens: il est bien sûr capable d'exploits incroyables, mais il va même jusqu'à surprendre les Dieux.
La fin est positive et bien belle. Merci pour cette longue et passionnante saga, Mr Feist !
with this last book being negative, Its boring to the extreme. I'm convinced it was written by his child.A writer I had so admired I now want to remove his books from my collection
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First a thought to editing, which has been a problem in the last few books of the series. There are portions of the book where the author seems to repeat himself, saying much the same thing again in a few paragraphs as though for the first time. Now I can't be sure that this is not intentional repetition, but either way it seems like the book would have benefited from a tighter editing process.
As with the books immediately preceding it, Magician's End is essentially two different stories that don't touch each other closely enough. While the political B-plot is highly predictable, and it could be argued that the new generation of conDoin characters are a bit shallow and repetitive, it does add something worthwhile to the final chapters of the book. Magician's End does mirror Magician in many respects, and in that regard the new conDoins do their job, remind you of the conDoins who came before, and allow you to imagine what the Kingdom's future might be.
Now I reach two problems with this part of the story. One - While I do feel that the end of the political B-plot was a worthwhile addition to a story intended to bookend the original Magician, the process of getting there, the civil war story, is not compelling. The battles themselves are relatively petty and you could be forgiven for skimming them. The civil war never really escalates to the point where you take it seriously. It seems like a story told not for its own sake, but to serve as a diversion to break up the waiting, dialogue, and whimsical contemplations on the nature of the universe found in Pug and co's story with a bit of action. Two - this borderline-interesting diversion dominates the early- and mid-book, devouring page after page that might otherwise have been spent enriching Pug's final adventure. While I did enjoy elements of the political story, it just isn't relevant enough to what happens in the rest of the book, or interesting enough to stand on its own merits. This should have been a different book, written for its own sake, instead of cluttering up Pug's last hoorah.
The primary plot, the activities of our spell-casting adventures trying to save the world, suffers from the fact that it only reclaims its ownership of the narrative towards the end of the book. Much of it is comprised of contemplations and speculations on the nature of the universe. Which is fine; you expect that from Feist, particularly in his last novel. Still I can't say that it worked well for me. You could make a passable drinking game out of taking a swig every time Feist describes someone "grinning", wider and wider, at some new abstract metaphysical hypothesis while the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Part of the book feels more like a wacky philosphy club's field trip than what you would expect in such direly serious circumstances. I don't really begrudge Feist his pages spent talking about how the universe works, though I do find it to be a touch too close to being purposeless whimsy at times, but the book would have benefited from Pug and company actually doing more prior to the last few chapters. And for all the time spent discussing the nature of the universe, many of the questions that I've been carrying through the series were dismissed with repeated assertions that "we can never know X" or "we may never understand Y". So in effect the narrative answers many of the small questions that I never cared about, while answering relatively few of the big ones that I did. Should I ever reread the series start to finish, I can tell that continuity is going to be an issue.
One of the things that works well in the book is that the author does contrive an excuse to briefly bring back certain characters from earlier in the series. Unfortunately, we only get a few instances of this. If not for the massive diversion of the political plot, this could have been much better exploited to encounter many more important characters from the history of the series, both for the nostalgic value and for the very practical purpose of helping to piece together a sense of continuity between all the different whack-a-mole incarnations of "the Enemy" and the great cosmological conflict that we've encountered in the series.
My final critique is perhaps as much a critique of the series as with Magician's End, though it does apply to this book. Feist has become a bit of a tease, when it comes to destruction and upheaval. For many books now, he has set up very compelling story points, usually in the last chapters of his books. Whether it is demon legions or Keshian invasions or an awakening Draken-Korin, Feist has always been good at ending a book with the suggestion that the events of the *next* book will blow you away, but when that story arrives, it is an anticlimax. Feist introduces massive ideas with potentially world-shattering consequences, but they get resolved too cleanly and too neatly by his team of magical protagonists, with the world at large often not noticing. Magician's End is really the ultimate example of this. The ultimate conclusion to the ultimate battle with the ultimate threat is contained, even literally, to an isolated bubble. The political plot plays out, with its characters barely being affected by the conflict that the series has been building to for decades. Again, the fact that two fairly unrelated stories had to coexist here leaves precious little room for climactic events. Feist seems to have run out of space, and shoehorned in a sort of whimsical last-minute cataclysm at the end, as if to mitigate the fact that the great conflict never really reached climax and spilled out into the world, but it is a poor substitute.
The book does do many things right, however. Feist gives you a very satisfying few chapters at the end to say goodbye to his characters, his kingdom, and his world. It is probably a shameless exploitation of the reader's sense of nostalgia, but it works well. There is also some genuinely beautiful writing to be found; some of the best, I think, pertaining to Tomas. While, yes, there are a lot of things that could have been improved, and the contents of this book would have been better delivered in multiple, more focused volumes, Magician's End achieves what it meant to achieve. For all the criticisms I might have, Feist has achieved something tremendous in his years as an author, and if not every book measured up to his best work, that is an acceptable price to pay for the speed and regularity with which he produced new installments. If you have followed Feist's work, Magician's End is certainly a worthwhile read.
It was with nostalgia I opened this last episode of the series, while decent reads none of the books released after conclave of shadows has really been of the same quality as what came before. Serpentwar had the most likable characters of all the books and everything after has been a bit pale. Unfortunately Magician's End doesn't reach any new heights, it is an enjoyable read and many plot lines gets tied up nicely but the new conDoins could have been left out completely without any loss to the story, the fate of the kingdom just doesn't feel very engaging after massive events like the destruction of Kelewan and the consumption of the fifth circle. Maybe the series suffered from the same thing as Buffy, reaching for ever more epic things to happen everything else just becomes insignificant in comparison.
If you have been following the series then this is an ok ending to it and I recommend you to buy it. If you haven't read the series I envy you because you will have the joy of discovering Midkemia and Kelewan in front of you!