Ok, It’s that time of the week where I explore my ever-growing TBR stacks. I think we all probably have these huge stacks of books lying around that “one of these days” we will read. I hope it is not just me anyways. I thought each week I would just pick a book or series and shed some light on them and why I got them to read in the first place. I hope everybody will share what they think and get me reading them or maybe stick them back in the TBR stack. Thanks everybody!

This week I am going with The Riftwar Saga #1-4 by Raymond E. Feist. I know I should have read these books a long time ago, but I have not for some reason. I know I really need to read them. Seems like everybody is always recommending them and telling me how great they are. My best and longest friend (27 years where has the time gone?) gave me these books. He loves them and told me I had to read them. Thanks Ron! These books are definitely at the top of my TBR stacks. I can’t wait to dig into them (someday soon I hope!).

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About the books:

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Magician (The Riftwar Saga #1-2) by Raymond E. Feist

  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007466862
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007466863

In the westernmost province of the Kingdom of the Isles, upon the world of Midkemia, an orphan kitchen boy named Pug was made apprentice to the magician Kulgan. Here starts an adventure that will span lifetimes and worlds. Discover where the story begins. The world had changed even before I discovered the foreign ship wrecked on the shore below Crydee Castle, but it was the harbinger of the chaos and death that was coming to our door. War had come to the Kingdom of the Isles, and in the years that followed it would scatter my friends across the world. I longed to train as a warrior and fight alongside our duke like my foster-brother, but when the time came, I was not offered that choice. My fate would be shaped by other forces. My name is Pug. I was once an orphaned kitchen boy, with no family and no prospects, but I am destined to become a master magician…

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Silverthorn (The Riftwar Saga #3) by Raymond E. Feist

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperVoyager (January 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007509170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007509171

The second volume in Raymond E. Feist’s highly acclaimed epic fantasy Riftwar Saga With the Kingdom of the Isles at peace, Prince Arutha can at last look forward to marrying the Princess Anita in the city of Krondor. But the capital in the west harbours many shadows. When Jimmy the Hand, a young thief in the Guild of Mockers, upsets an assassination attempt on Arutha, a sinister plot is uncovered. As the dead rise and assassins stalk the darkness, Arutha must rally the Kingdom forces swiftly if he is to save his beautiful princess felled by a poisoned arrow on her wedding day, and prevent a madman from destroying Midkemia.

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A Darkness at Sethanon (The Riftwar Saga #4) by Raymond E. Feist

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: HarperVoyager (January 17, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007509111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007509119

The triumphant finale to the Riftwar Saga – Raymond E. Feist’s first classic, bestselling fantasy trilogy The battle may be over, but war is coming…The Kingdom forces may have won the first conflict but the enemy has a strong grip on Midkemia and invasion now seems inevitable. Arutha travels north to confront the Dark Elves, but without help, Pug knows that Arutha’s forces face slaughter. With Tomas he must scour the world – and beyond – to find the one person with enough power to give them a chance. If they fail, Midkemia will be the first of many worlds to fall to a madman with the power to dominate death itself…

About the author:

Raymond E. Feist was born Raymond E. Gonzales III, but took his adoptive step-father’s surname when his mother remarried Felix E. Feist. He graduated with a B.A. in Communication Arts with Honors in 1977 from the University of California at San Diego. During that year Feist had some ideas for a novel about a boy who would be a magician. He wrote the novel two years later, and it was published in 1982 by Doubleday. Feist currently lives in San Diego with his children, where he collects fine wine, DVDs, and books on a variety of topics of personal interest: wine, biographies, history, and, especially, the history of American Professional Football.

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