Midkemia Reread: An Introduction

raymondefeist-magicianrevedThis month sees the publication of Magician’s End, the thirtieth and final book set in Raymond E. Feist’s Midkemia. The first book Magician, was first published in the UK in 1983, which means it also brings an end to a thirty year project for Feist. I first discovered Midkemia soon after I started reading fantasy books in 1994. After reading Eddings on the recommendation of a class mate and discovering Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar off of the horsey cover – I was fourteen, hush! – Magician, together with Marion Zimmer Bradley’s The Mists of Avalon – was one of the first fantasy novels I picked up on my own. It blew my mind and I quickly collected all of the Midkemia books which had been published up until then, after which I followed along faithfully with each book that came out. For some reason though, once I hit Talon of the Silverhawk, I stopped following the books as closely, but I caught up in spurts up to Rides a Dread Legion. The publication of Magician’s End and the end of the Riftwar cycle seemed like a good point to reread – in some cases read for the first time – the entire cycle.

raymondefeist-magiciansendLater today I’ll post my review for Magician. While partly it’ll be a regular review, I’ll also be looking at how the books have stood the test of time and my increased knowledge of the fantasy field and its tropes. I’m aiming to post reviews for the next books every other week; I’m already partway through The King’s Buccaneer on my reread and while I’ve noticed things I wouldn’t have way back when, I still love Arutha and Jimmy the Hand just as much as I did when I first met them. I’m looking forward to reuniting with Erik and Roo, Miranda, Mara, Talon and others along the way.

I hope you’ll enjoy this series of reviews and I’d love to hear from others who’ve read the books, whether when they first came out or more recently.


7 thoughts on “Midkemia Reread: An Introduction”

  1. I drifted away from Midkemia for a long time, turned off by some of the co-authored books Feist used to extend the series. As much as I loved the Empire trilogy he did with Janny Wurts, the others just seemed cash-grabs. It was the news of the final trilogy that drew me back, and I was pleasantly surprised by just how strong he ended things.

    1. That’s something I’ve heard more people say, Bob. That the books he did with Stirling, Rosenberg and Forstchen were the weakest of the lot. I can’t remember them being that much weaker, then again, those came out when I was at university studying English Lit so anything that wasn’t chewy going was great ;-) Glad to hear he ended things strong, makes it even more exciting to get to those books!

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