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  1. Hiya all, I noticed Magician was on here but no one had even mentioned the crossover so i thought i would stick it up in case somehow people who enjoyed Magician had missed it. Daughter of the Empire (and then Servant of the Empire and finally Mistress of the Empire) are set concurrently with Magician but on the homeworld of Kelewen (the invaders of Pugs homeworld) They are set from the point of view of one young woman who suddenly becomes the leader of her own house (think Clan or Political power) - you might bump into some of the characters you have met in Magician (Laurie was a slave on this world for a time, as was Pug) but the story completly stands alone. (Though you do get to see Milamber get a little annoyed if you can place that from the other novels without me giving anything away ... nice to see the same situation from a different point of view!) If your a fan of Magician then i suspect you would enjoy these 3. Co written by Janny Wurts with Raymond E Feist
  2. This is my first truly fantasy novel. Okay, so I've read HP and listened to His Dark Materials, but this is what I would call my first fantasy read. Undertaken for my RL reading group, I have to admit that I was not looking forward to this. What an error of judgement that has turned out to be. At almost 700 pages this seemed a daunting task, but was in fact pure joy. I think without giving too much away, it can be said that this is a book about two parallel universes and strife. But it is much more. It is also about Pug and Tomas and their growing up in these two universes in different ways. They both mature from teenagers to adults, they both struggle against their inner deamons, the result needs to be read to fully understand. The two worlds struggle also against each other and their own inner strife. Every nuance of the above is written in depth (hence the 700 pages) but necessarily so. The descriptions of the worlds, characters, inner strife and relationships are excellent. The characters lift off the page and live within the readers imagination, not just during the read, but when the book is closed. I have to admit that reading about the five year battle at Crydee did seem overlong at the time and I wondered whether it was absolutely necessary, but once the book was finished I could see how that was in proportion of everything else that is related within this novel. This book is the first in a trilogy of The Riftwar Saga. I aim to read the other two just to see what happens to all those wonderful characters. Whether I will become immersed totally in reading fantasy novels I cannot say, but MOH has a roomful of such books, so I won't have to go far if I do.