Raymond E. Feist’s Riftwar Saga is about as classic as a fantasy series can get. Well-written and a quick read, (as far as fantasy goes, it is definitely worth your time if you’re looking for a new read.
The scope of the book is massive, crossing multiple continents and even worlds. The basic premise of the series is that there is a rift in space between two very different worlds, Midkemia and Kelewan. As with most fanatsy series, it starts with a young boy who grows to become a great man.
Midkemia is your typical fantasy world. The humans are in the majority of the world, and live in kingdoms towns, relatively unaware of the world around them. There are priests, magic users, rangers, thieves, farmers, fishermen, sailors and nobility. There is a tree-dwelling land of elves with magic and grace all to themselves. There are harsh, mining dwarves living for their riches and drinking. There are dark elves – here called moredhel – living on the fringes of society. Midkemia is basically your classic fantasy world.
Many suns and stars away, there is a world known as Kelewan. Kelewan is a very harsh, warm planet with a human civilization similar to that of the Japanese culture. On Kelewan, there are no horses, and very little metals. The human peoples of Kelewan, known as the Tsurani, live in a world of constantly changing political powers where the Emperor is challenged only by the reigning elected Warlord. There are strange other races on Kelewan, unknown to the peoples of Midkemia. Centaur-type people known as the Thūn and antlike people known as the Cho’ja are the two main races of Kelewan not of the Tsurani. They are a fairly war-like organized world.
The premise of the series is that there is a rift between the two worlds, Midkemia and Kelewan, and war, Darkness, and magic come to play. Buy the first book, Magician: Apprentice on Amazon!