So I have put off this book for sometime because of its release being a few years before I was born and mixed reviews, particularly LOTR comparison, rip off etc etc. Is this because it has elves and dwarves? I dont really see any comparison other than the fact that most fantasy books have a clear Tolkien foundation as he was the first major recognised author to write this style of books. Which is fair enough he clearly had an amazing imagination. Personally I would say this is better than LOTR, take out all the songs and long passages of yawn, you get a bit closer to this brilliant book.
Whether I will be reading the whole Riftwar series, I dont know, I would love to, but with so many others to read I may not find the time, a bit like the wheel of time which Im sure is also very good. Unfortunately there are always going to be too many more books to read!! But this as a stand alone novel is perfect fantasy. I am very keen to read Magicians End, so if any kind fans of the riftwar series could let me know if this is as good as a stand alone or just pick the best ones I would be grateful.
As well as reading this amazing book I got the opportunity to meet R E Feist at a book signing, who I have to say was one of the friendliest and nicest peeople you could ever meet!!