The Innocent Mage (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker Series #1)

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"The Innocent Mage is come, and we stand at the beginning of the end of everything."

Being a fisherman like his father isn't a bad life, but it's not the one that Asher wants. Despite his humble roots, Asher has grand dreams. And they call him to Dorana, home of princes, beggars-and the warrior mages who have protected the kingdom for generations.

Little does Asher know, ...

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"The Innocent Mage is come, and we stand at the beginning of the end of everything."

Being a fisherman like his father isn't a bad life, but it's not the one that Asher wants. Despite his humble roots, Asher has grand dreams. And they call him to Dorana, home of princes, beggars-and the warrior mages who have protected the kingdom for generations.

Little does Asher know, however, that his arrival in the city is being closely watched by members of the Circle, people dedicated to preserving an ancient magic.

Asher might have come to the city to make his fortune, but he will find his destiny.

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Miller, and Hachette's new mass market imprint Orbit, debuts with a solid epic that posits political intrigue, ethereal prophecies and a rags-to-riches hero against a vivid if familiar fantasy backdrop (sure to provoke déjà vu in fans of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire). Fisherman's son Asher seeks his fortune in the capital city of Dorana, home to the royal family and the magic-using race called Doranen. After a chance encounter, Asher begins working in the palace as assistant/apprentice to Crown Prince Gar; meanwhile, an underground sect watches Asher and secretly guides his fate, believing him the key to an ancient, apocalyptic prophecy. The erudite Prince Gar, meanwhile, has concerns of his own: flagging popularity (over his decision to take lowly Asher under his wing) and his combative sister's inheritance, the weather-controlling magic that keeps their kingdom secure. Though Asher's cynical salt-of-the-earth act is overused, and characters can be frustratingly pouty, Miller's prose is earnest and engaging, and his complex story accelerates nicely toward a brutal cliffhanger finale. Hints of an epic confrontation to come will leave readers eager to find out, in forthcoming installments, where Asher's destiny leads.(Sept.)

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"A solid epic that posits political intrigue, ethereal prophecies and a rags-to-riches hero against a vivid if familiar fantasy backdrop." —-Publishers Weekly
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  • ISBN-13: 9780316067805
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: Kingmaker, Kingbreaker Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 151,808
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Miller was born in Vancouver, Canada, and moved to Australia with her family when she was two. Apart from a three-year stint in the UK after graduating from university with a BA in communications, she's lived in and around Sydney ever since. Karen started writing stories while still in elementary school, where she fell in love with speculative fiction. She's held a variety of interesting jobs but now writes full-time. Find out more about the author

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The Innocent Mage

By Karen Miller


Copyright © 2005 Karen Miller
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-316-06780-5

Chapter One

"He's here."

Caught unawares, Matt straightened sharply and stared at the woman framed in the stable doorway. Her thin fingers clung tight to the top of the bolted half-door and her angular face was taut with suppressed excitement. The startled horse he was saddling tossed its head and snorted.

"Easy, Ballodair, you fool," he said, one hand on the dancing brown hindquarters. "Sneak up on a body why don't you, Dathne?"

"Sorry." As usual, she didn't sound particularly repentant. "Did you hear what I said?"

Matt ducked under the stallion's neck and checked the girth buckles on the other side. "Not really."

Dathne glanced over her shoulder, unbolted the stable door and slipped inside. From the yard behind her, the sounds of voices raised in bantering laughter and the clipclopping scrunch of iron-shod hooves on raked gravel as two of the stable lads led horses to pasture. "I said," she repeated, lowering her voice, "he's here."

The gold buckles on the horse's bridle weren't quite even. Tugging them straight, frowning, Matt glanced at her. "Who? His Highness?" He clicked his tongue. "Early again, drat him. Nine o'clock he asks me to have Ballodair ready, some meetin' or other somewhere, but it ain't even-"

Dathne made an impatienthissing sound. "Not Prince Gar, you clot-head! Him."

At first he couldn't make head or tail of what she meant. Then he looked, really looked, into her face, her eyes. His heart leapt, and he had to steady himself against Ballodair's warm, muscled neck.

"Are you sure? How do you know?" His voice sounded strange: cracked and dry and frightened. He was frightened. If Dathne was right ... if the one so long awaited was here at last ... then this life, which he loved despite its dangerous secrets, was ended. And this day, so bright and blue and warmly scented with jasmine and roses and fine-boned horseflesh, marked the beginning of the end of all things known and cherished.

The end of everything, should he and Dathne fail.

Dathne was staring at him, surprise and annoyance in her narrow, uncompromising face. "How do I know? You of all people ask me that?" she, demanded. "I know. He woke me out of sleep with his coming, late last night. My skin crawls with him." Then she shrugged, an impatient twitch of her bony shoulders. "And anyway, I've seen him."

"Seen him?" said Matt, startled. "In the flesh, you mean? Not vision? When? Where?"

Pulling her light shawl tight about her, she took a straw-rustling step closer and dropped her voice to a near whisper. "Earlier. I followed my nose till I found him coming out of Verry's Hostelry." She sniffed. "Can't say I think much of his taste."

"Dathne, that was foolish." He wiped his sweaty palms down his breeches. "What if he'd seen you?"

Another shrug. "What if he had? He doesn't know me or what I'm about. Besides, he didn't. The City's thronging with folk for market day. I blended with the crowd well enough."

"You don't reckon ..." Matt hesitated. "D'you think he knows?"

Dathne scowled and scuffed her toe in the yellow straw, thinking. "He might," she said at last. "I suppose." Then she shook her head. "But I think not. If he did, why would there be need of us? We've a part to play in all this that hasn't begun yet." Her dark eyes took on a daunting, familiar glow. "I wonder where it will lead us. Don't you?"

Matt shivered. That was the kind of question he'd rather wasn't asked, or answered. "So long as it's not to an early grave, I don't much care. Have you told Veira?"

"Not yet," Dathne replied after a heartbeat's hesitation. "She's got Circle business, trouble in Basingdown, and beyond him being here I've nothing to tell. Not yet."

"You sound so calm. So sure!" He knew he sounded accusing. Couldn't help it. There she stood, strong and certain and self-contained as always, while his guts were writhing into knots and fresh sweat damped his shirt. Sensing his distress, Ballodair blew a warning through blood-red nostrils and pinned back his sharply curved ears. Matt took a strangled breath and stroked the horse's glossy cheek, seeking comfort. "How is it you're so sure?" His voice was a plaintive whisper.

Dathne smiled. "Because I dreamed him and he came."

And that was that. Stupid of him to expect more. To expect comfort.

Dathne was Dathne: acerbic, cryptic, unflustered and alone. After six years of knowing her, arguing with her, deferring to her, a drab and fluttering moth to her flame, he knew it was pointless to protest. She would be as she was and there was an end to it. As well to complain that a horse had four legs and a tail.

A grin, fleeting and impish, lit her plain face. She could read him as easily as any of the books she sold in her shop, drat her. "I should go. The prince will be here for his horse any moment, and I have things to do."

Something in her gleaming eyes unsettled his innards all over again. "What things?"

"Meet me in the Goose tonight for a pint," she invited, fingers lightly resting on the stable door. "Could be I'll have a tale to tell."


But she was out of the stable, bolting the door, snick, behind her, and the sun was bright on the raven-black hair bound in a knot close to her long straight neck. "No later than seven, mind!" she called over her shoulder, stepping neatly aside from young Bellybone with his buckets of water dangling left and right. "I need my beauty sleep ... for all the good it's done me so far!"

Then she was gone, slipping like a shadow through the stable yard's arched main entrance, and coming through the door in the wall leading to the prince's Tower residence was the prince himself, ready for riding and for business, bright yellow hair like molten gold and the easy smile on his face that hid so much, so much.

With a sigh and a last frowning stare after the woman he was soul-sworn bound to serve and to follow, Matt thrust aside his worries and went forth to greet his sovereign's son.

In the great Central Square of Dorana, capital city of the Kingdom of Lur, market day was in full, uproarious swing. First Barl's Day of every month it was held, regular as rainfall, and even though the sun had barely cleared the tallest turret on the distant royal palace the square was crammed full of buyers and sellers and sightseers, flapping and jostling like fish in a net.

Asher stood in the midst of the madness and stared like a lackwit, his senses reeling. A rabble of noise dinned his ears and his nose was overwhelmed by so many different smells, sweat and smoke and cow dung and incense, flowers and sweetmeats and roasting fowl and fresh-baked bread and more, that his empty stomach churned.

Most of the stallholders were his own people, Olken, dark-haired and industrious, selling their wares with cheerful ferocity. Fresh fruit, vegetables, butchered meat, live chickens, cured fish, candles, books, jewelry, saddlery, furniture, paintings, haircuts, bread, clocks, sweetmeats, pastries, wool, work clothes, fancy clothes ... it seemed there was nothing a man couldn't buy if he had a yearning, and the money.

"Ribbons! Buy yer pretty ribbons here, six cuicks a dozen!"

"Teshoes! Ripe teshoes!"

"Oy! Mind how ye go there, lad! Mind how ye go!" Asher spun on his heel and stumbled clear just as a bull handler, chocolate-brown beast in tow, ambled past on his way to the Livestock Quarter. The bull's polished nose ring flashed in the sunshine, and its splayed hooves clacked on the cobblestones.

"'Ere, you great lump, git out of me way!" grumbled the fruit seller, a fat Olken woman with her dark hair straggled back in a bun, her bright green dress swathed in a juice-stained apron and a brace of plump pink teshoes in one capable hand. "You be trippin' up me customers!"

Because he'd sworn a private promise to ask whoever he could, he said to her, "Would you be needin' a body to hire?"

The fruit seller winked at the crowd gathered about her barrows and cackled. "Thanks, sonny, but I already got me a man wot'd make two of you, I reckon, so just be on yer way if you ain't buyin' none of me wares!" A roll of her meaty shoulders heaved her abundant bosom, and her lips pursed in a mockery of invitation.

Around him, laughter. Hot-faced, Asher waited till the ole besom's back was turned, nicked a teshoe from the pile at the front of the stall and jumped into the swiftflowing stream of passers-by.

He finished the fruit in three gulps and licked the tart juice off his stubbly chin. It was all the breakfast he'd get. Lunch, too, and maybe even dinner if he didn't find work today. The purse tucked into his belt was ominously flat; it had taken nearly all his meager savings just to get here, and then last night's board had gobbled up most of the rest. He had enough for one more night's lodging, a bowl of soup and a heel of bread. After that, he was looking at a spot of bother. But even as doubt set its gnawing rat teeth in his guts, he felt a wild grin escape him.

He was in Dorana. Dorana. The great walled City itself. If only Da could see him now. If his brothers could see ... they'd puke their miserable guts out, right enough.


Long before devising the plan that had brought him here, he'd dreamed of seeing this place. Had grown up feeding that dream on the stories Ole Hemp used to tell the eager crowd of boys who gathered round his feet of an afternoon, once the boats were in and the catch was cleaned and gutted and the gulls were squabbling their fill on the pier.

Ole Hemp was the only man in Restharven who'd ever seen the City. Sprawled on his favorite bench down by the harbor, puffing on his gnarly pipe, he used to tell tales that set all their hearts to thumping and nigh started their eyes right out of their heads.

"Dorana City," Ole Hemp would say, "be so big you could fit Restharven in it twenty times over, at least. Its houses and hostelries be tall, like inland trees, and painted every color under the sky. And its ale houses, well, they never run dry, do they. And the smells! Enough to spill the juices from yer mouth in a river, for in their kitchens they roast pigs and lambs and fat juicy bullocks over fire pits so big and deep they'd hold a whole Restharven fambly, near enough."

And the listening boys would sigh, imagining, and rub their fish-full bellies.

But there was more, Hemp would say, so hushed and awestruck his voice sounded like the foam on the shingle once all the waves had run back to the sea. In Dorana you could see Barl's Wall itself, that towering golden barrier of magic bedded deep into the sawtooth mountain range above and behind the City.

"See it?" the boys would gasp, unbelieving, no matter how many times they'd heard the story.

"Oh aye," Old Hemp assured them. "Barl's Wall ain't invisible, like the spells sunk deep in the horizon-wide reef that stops all boats entering or leaving the calmer waters between coral and coast. No, no, Barl's Wall be a great flaming thing, visible at noon on a cloudless blue day. Keeping us safe. Protecting every last Olken man, woman and child from the dangers of the long-abandoned world beyond."

That was when somebody would always ask. "And what about the Doranen, Hemp? Does it protect them too?" And Hemp would always answer: " 'Course it do. Reckon they're like to build a wall as won't save their own selves first and foremost?"

But he always said that quietly, as though they could hear him, even though the nearest Doranen lived over thirty miles away. For Doranen ears were magic ears, and they weren't the sort of folk who took kindly to criticism.

Unsettled and suddenly homesick, Asher shook himself free of memories then looked up and over the marketplace into the distance beyond the City, where Barl's Wall shimmered in the morning sun. Ole Hemp had been right about that much, any road: there the Wall was, and there it would stand, most like until the end of time itself.

A laughing group of Doranen sauntered by. Asher couldn't help himself: he stared.

They were a tall race, the Doranen. Hair the colors of silver and gold and ripe wheat and sunshine, looped and curled and braided with carelessly expensive jewels. Eyes clear and fine, glass hues of green and blue and gray, and their skin white, like fresh milk. Their bones were long and elegant, lightly fleshed and sheathed in silk, brocade, velvet, linen, leather. They carried themselves like creatures apart, untouched, untouchable, and wherever they walked the dust of the marketplace puffed away from them in deference.

That was magic ... and they wore it like an invisible cloak. Wrapped it around their slender shoulders and kept it from slipping with the haughty tilt of their chins and the way they placed their fine-shod feet upon the ground, as though flowers should spring blooming and perfumed in their wake.

Down Restharven way, you'd hardly see a Doranen from one end of the year to the next. The king, at Sea Harvest Festival. The tax collector. The census taker. One of their fancy Pothers, if a good old-fashioned Olken healer couldn't fix your gripes or your broken bones for you. Other than that, they kept themselves to themselves on large country estates or in the kingdom's bigger towns and here, of course, in the capital. What they did to amuse themselves, Asher had no idea. Farmed and fished rivers and grew grapes and bred horses, he supposed, just like his own people. Except, of course, they used magic.

Asher felt his lip curl. Living your life with magic ... it wasn't natural. These fancy yeller-headed folk with their precious powers to do near on everything for them, to make the world bend to their wishes and whims, who'd never raised the smallest blister in all their lives, let alone an honest sweat ... what did they understand about the world? About the way a man should be connected to it, should live steeped in its tides and rhythms, obedient to its subtle voices?

Nowt. For all their mysterious, magical powers, the Doranen understood nowt.

With an impatient, huffing sigh, he moved on. Standing about like a shag on a rock wasn't going to get him any closer to finding a job. With his elbows tucked in and one hand hovering protectively over his purse, he navigated the crowded spaces between the market stalls, asking each stallholder for work. The little girls back home, picking winkles at low tide, put fewer shells in their gunny-sacks than the rejections he collected now.

His heart was banging uncomfortably. This wasn't the way his dreams had gone at all. He'd reckoned finding a job'd be a damn sight easier than this ...

Scowling, he stopped before one of the few Doranen stalls in the marketplace. The pretty young woman tending it smiled at him and snapped her fingers. The cunningly carved and painted toy dog prancing among the other toys immediately barked and turned a somersault. With another Doranen finger-snap a jolly fat clown dressed in spangled red began juggling three yellow balls. The little dog yapped and tried to snatch one out of the air.

The stall's other onlookers laughed. Just in time, Asher caught and swallowed a smile. Snorting, he turned his back on the dog and the clown and the pretty young woman and stumped away through the streaming crowd. Bloody Doranen. Couldn't even flummery toys to amuse spratlings without reaching for a spell.

At the heart of the marketplace stood a fountain, spewing water like a whale. Its centerpiece was a carved greenstone statue of Barl, with arms outstretched and a thunderbolt grasped in one fist. Beneath the bubbling surface, trins and cuicks winked and flashed in the sunshine. Asher fished a single precious copper cuick from his purse and tossed it in.

"It's a job I be needin'," he said to the silent face above him. "Nowt fancy, and all in a good cause. Reckon y'could see your way clear to helpin'?"

The statue stayed silent. Moisture slicked its carved green cheeks like tears ... though what Barl had to cry about, he surely didn't know. Turning his back, Asher slumped onto the lip of the fountain's retaining wall. Not that he'd expected the statue to actually speak. But he'd half hoped for some kind of answer. An inspiration. A bloody good idea. For sure he wasn't the most regular of chapel-goers, but like everybody else in the kingdom, he did believe. And he obeyed the Laws. All of them. That had to be good for something.


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  • Posted August 4, 2010

    possible all-time favourite

    At first, I was discouraged by the thickness of the book. But every time I picked it up, I was intrigued by the simple, raw language that Miller used and the every-day happenings of Asher and Prince Gar. The fantasy of it is indisputable, with extensive but always entertaining descriptions of culture, magic and politics (never knew politics could be so interesting!).
    My favourite character was definitely Prince Gar. He lived up to my expectations of loyal prince, beloved to his people; he was endearing at times; and once surprised me with the depth of his jealousy towards his sister. But hey, the sister, Princess Fane, is a mean piece of work! But even she is given depth and the reader can understand her insecurities and thus, her actions towards Gar.
    I felt like the characters were engaging and I could easily see where Asher, the MC, was coming from; his pride, his dreams and his down-to-earth attitude.
    By the time I finished, I was so thankful that it was indeed so long and I couldn't wait to get the next volume, to see how it ended. Some ideas may not be as original as you would expect but they are delivered with such great timing that I feel happy/horrified/angry at and with the characters.
    As soon as I finished reading The Innocent Mage, I sat down and read it again. It's always great to find a book you love reading twice and discovering things you missed the first time round.
    I would definitely recommend this to young adults and older. The language used, culture and lifestyle descriptions and the politics (never knew politics could be so interesting!) might be a bit hard to understand for a child.
    All in all, an amazing book! It manages to impress and inspire me every time!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2009

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    Not worth the time or money

    I read both books in the series (because I can't leave a series in the middle.) and I had a few major problems with the books. The first is the writing style. I can't point out exactly what I disliked, but there was something about it that made the books difficult for me to read. The characters were ok, but not very creative and they were hard to relate to. The plot was something relatively new, but nothing groudbreaking.

    It seemed as if the author was strongly trying to make a point about the current culture of people, and tried to make it seem like she was disguising it but really she wasn't. The political aspect of the book seemed to be the one that the author spent the most time refining and working on. Had she put as much effort into the rest of the book, it might have actually been something I enjoyed reading.

    As a final side note, I very much disliked the ending. It was predictable and just "not good."

    Overall, I think this is probably the worst sci fi/fantasy book I've ever read.

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    If you like the fantasy genre than you'll probably enjoy this book, but only if you can force your way through it. The first book basically builds the setting for the story, things dont start to get interesting until mid way through the second book, so be prepared to force feed yourself a whole lot of story to get it going. Also, the main character is portrayed as "redneck" and most of his dialogue is written to portray that particular type of speech and is rather painful to read. Once you get over those minor things though, the story is pretty interesting in its entirety.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

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    I have been reading the other reviews and I feel like some of th

    I have been reading the other reviews and I feel like some of them just take it a bit too far. Yes the entire first book was setting up the second, which I have not finished yet, but it was written in such a way that I, at least, fell in love with the characters from the start. I laughed with them, cried with them, and just overall dove into their world with stars in my eyes from the characters and their adventures. I didn't want the first book, this one, to end, and the ending had my screaming at my book, yelling "What happens next!!!???!"
    The writing style was not easy to read. You have to figure out certain things, since the dialect of the characters, particularly Asher and his family out at Restharven, is a bit hard to grasp. I was in love with Gar from the moment he appeared, and with each passing chapter I fell more in love with his personality. If you want a quick easy read, then this is not the book for you. However, if you want to be introduced into a realm dissimilar from our own, and fall in love and hate throughout the adventure, I would definitely recommend this book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 2, 2011

    Great Book

    Great book. It's really the reason why Karen Miller has become my favorite author. Asher of Restharven is one of my favorite protagonists and Morg my favorite antagonist.

    Great book series all the way up to the finale in the Fisherman's Children storyline.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    A decent read

    It was a decent read, but I found the plot a bit too easy to anticipate.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

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    Great Character. Ready for part 2!

    This was a good book. The characters and the fantasy world are well developed. A lot of magic and mystery as well as some political strife makes this an action filled plot with characters you care about. I will definitely read part 2 as the ending is a real cliff-hanger!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2009

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    Great Potential

    Okay guys, here's the thing, The Innocent Mage is a really, really, REALLY slow read but yet there's this sense of captivation in the words that Karen Miller writes. You can't help but read on faster as you read the words. BUUUUTTTT, what may drive you to read on faster is the summary, if you have read it. If you have read it, it sounds like a really unique, fantastic story and just cool in general but when you read the book it goes on very, very, VERY SLOWLY. There were some parts in there that could've become great, thrilling starts to a whole new, messed up (messed up as in a good way) conflict in the story and introduce the ancient and novel magic that was supposedly in the story, but the parts that could've been more, was just flat out plain and boring. It made you feel disappointed. So when the exciting parts came it wasn't until near the very end. Which means that a good portion of the book was like going through a tour in some foreign place and the tour guide was giving out in great detail facts and information about places that are of no interest to you and you just zone out as a result. All in all though The Innocent Mage is a good book, not mind-blowing or great, but a good read. However, if you are expecting some Elder Scrolls: Morrowind or Oblivion (video games) storyline or plot, than I REALLY don't recommend this book to you; unless you just want a decent good read and nothing more, but besides that, like i said before, The Innocent Mage is a good read. If you want to find some GREAT reads then look at my recommended.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 23, 2014

    the book is simply too full of dialog and not much of anything e

    the book is simply too full of dialog and not much of anything else. She is a good enough writer that the book isn't terrible but it just isn't much of a story. Maybe she would be good at plays, tv, etc but dont buy this book and expect anything like grr martin or whoever else they are comparing her to. this is a heavly dialog driven book the whole thing is like

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    Loved it!!

    Karen Millers writing style is engaging and the character are believable. I enjoyed reading all of her books and cannot wait for the next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 18, 2009

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    Hi I read the book in 3 days, it was terrific, amazing, thrilling, romantic, and adventurous. It is easy to read and easy to understand the plot. My favorite character of the book is Gar and Asher, how they became best friend till the end. I will definitely recommend this book to book clubs and to teens that are in to fantasy, or people who are getting in to fantasy. The Arthur made such a good job with the character that she made then seem like they are real people which made it really cool.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2008

    I Also Recommend:

    Book 1 of the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker series, "Innocent Mage"

    I never thought I would find another author besides Mercedes Lackey who could keep me enthralled and unable to put the book down. Karen Miller is an astonishingly remarkable writer, and her characters are so real you know them better than your own brothers and sisters. Whoever wrote that the life of a fisherman was not what Asher wanted, was silly. It was his driving force through all of book one. I'm almost finished with book two, and if I have to wait for book three for the story to end, I'll end up pacing the floor and haunting the bookstore.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2008


    I really enjoyed this book. Caught me by surprise because I just happened to pick up the series one day and it was a great read!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2014

    Easy to read. I could not put the book down.

    Easy to read. I could not put the book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013


    The series is really good cant put it down worth every penny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013


    You really grow with the characters and the story is original. I definitely say give this a read.

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  • Posted February 2, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    Strange pacing undoes this less than fantastic fantasy.

    I can’t remember exactly what lead this book to being on my “to-read” but its been there awhile. I finally decided to go for it and I’m wishing I kept passing it by. The first four hundred pages of the book amounted to little more than waiting for something important to happen. Oddly enough, it never really did. That last third of the book, we finally get an antagonist who is interesting but its too little too late. The dialogue was stiff and the fantasy world of Lur created by Karen Miller isn’t that fantastically. In fact, they have mayonnaise?! If the book would’ve amped up the action earlier and not left off the way it did, sequel or no, this could have been a decent book. Sadly, its not worth your time.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    "The Innocent Mage started off a little slow, I thought, bu

    "The Innocent Mage started off a little slow, I thought, but it picked up the pace soon enough, and kind of snowballed until it ended in something of a cliffhanger (ha). I had never heard of Miller and had heard nothing about this book, so I wasn't sure what to expect going in - most of the fantasy I've read (not including urban fantasy) have been things like the Chronicles of Narnia, the Lord of the Rings, and some D&D Forgotten Realms novels. This one sounded good, though, and I was not disappointed...

    The last few chapters or so, I kind of breezed through, simply because I just couldn't bring myself to put it down after a certain point. Miller introduces some twists that in a way I was expecting, but the manner in which they unfold was definitely not what I thought was coming. At all. Part of me is extremely anxious to go ahead and pick up the sequel straight away, but I have a system, so I'm making myself wait before I start reading that one. The wait will not be without difficulty, however, because The Innocent Mage ends sort of abruptly, absolutely leaving you wanting, maybe needing, more..."

    (For full review, please visit me at Here Be Bookwyrms on Blogger)

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  • Posted November 17, 2012

    This is an interesting book to review. For the most part I felt

    This is an interesting book to review. For the most part I felt you get a decent enjoyable ready, but at the same time you feel as if you want more. Characters themselves at times you felt you want to see more from them, but it mainly focuses on Asher and Gar. It develops the relationship between these two and you get enjoyable moments when they have discussions. The biggest problems to me were it didn't exactly feel like a book that is about magic had enough to do with magic in general. Secondly, the ending of the first book you always feel wronged cause you end up losing certain characters and yet you still feel like they were not developed as much as should been. It is an enjoyably read and would recommend, but don't expect a high action magical book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Loving it!

    I love it, these are the kind of books ii like to read

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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