The Prodigal Mage (Fisherman's Children Series #1)

The Prodigal Mage (Fisherman's Children Series #1)

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by Karen Miller
     
 

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Many years have passed since the last Mage War. It has been a time of great change. But not all changes are for the best, and Asher's world is in peril once more.

The weather magic that keeps Lur safe is failing. Among the sorcerers, only Asher has the skill to mend the antique weather map that governs the seasons, keeping the land from being crushed by natural

Overview

Many years have passed since the last Mage War. It has been a time of great change. But not all changes are for the best, and Asher's world is in peril once more.

The weather magic that keeps Lur safe is failing. Among the sorcerers, only Asher has the skill to mend the antique weather map that governs the seasons, keeping the land from being crushed by natural forces. Yet, when Asher risks his life to meddle with these dangerous magic, the crisis is merely delayed, not averted.

Asher's son Rafel inherited his father's talents, but he has been forbidden to use them. With Lur facing devastation, however, he may be its only hope.

Editorial Reviews

Karen Miller's Asher (The Innocent Mage; The Awakened Mage) returns in the first volume of an ambitious fantasy series. The inhabitants of Lur have lived to see the end the last great Mage War, but it is less clear whether they can survive the onslaught unleashed by the seasons. Of all the land's sorcerers, only Asher possesses the skills to mend the badly damaged map that governs the weather, but with his health broken, he can manage only a temporary fix. With his father on his deathbed, Asher's son Rafel must find the resources and resolve to complete the mission.
Publishers Weekly
In an appealing series kickoff, following on the heels of the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker duology (The Innocent Mage, The Awakened Mage), returning character Asher of Restharven must come to grips with the realization that his skills are still needed to keep the land safe, and that his son Rafel's powers might even outstrip his own. When Rafel was a baby, Asher had put a blocking spell on his magical abilities as a precaution-hiding them to keep his son safe-but now Rafel chafes at these restrictions. The story stalls on this disagreement, and Asher's reasoning, besides being is not all that convincing, grows tedious. The conflict deepens though when the weather destabilizes to the point of catastrophic failure, and Asher has spent all his Weather Magic; the only hope now is for someone-namely Rafel-to travel across Barl's Mountains in hopes of finding a magical library. Strong characters with clear viewpoints carry the story forward to a solid, yet surprising ending. The book's main weakness is a lack of exposition; for much of the narrative, Miller assumes readers are familiar with the Asher's story. Still, this new series shows great potential.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316076401
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Series:
Fisherman's Children Series , #1
Pages:
656
Sales rank:
133,630
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.50(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.

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The Prodigal Mage (Fisherman's Children Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
ScubaRooky More than 1 year ago
The Innocent and Awakened Mage introduced us to Asher and the land of Lur. These books were filled with Asher, the blunt, colorful Fisherman who told it like it was and taught honor and honesty. The prince Gar, a complicated and fully dimensional character. Other people such as Dathne and Matt as well as others created a rich tapestry in which to enjoy the story. Sadly, The Prodigal Mage falls very, very short. 10 years after finds Asher ruler of Lur, married to Dathne, with two children Rafel and Deenie. Every scene with Asher has him arguing with someone, especially his son...and it will be the same arguments over and over ...and over again. Honest Asher is gone. He now lies pretty much to everyone around him especially his family. Mysterious things keep happening and Asher keeps arguing with everyone about what he can or can't do. The new Asher feels responsible for everyone and anyone, including his enemies and endangers himself and his family in the process. We are never clear WHY or WHAT Asher knows, but he will still argue about it. There are several major crisis in the book, all requiring a lot of arguing and dishonesty. Yet they all are essentially the same crisis, however since Asher doesn't want to talk about it or decides to lie when he does, nothing ever really gets resolved. Except thanks to the books cover, you pretty much have a clear idea what is eventually going to happen....after the tedious lying and arguing. Oh yeah, one last thing. Asher had the yokel way of talking when he came to Doranna and eventually got a little "citified". This book not only does Asher regress and gets "fratched" alot, so does everyone else. However the last 60 pages shows some hope...... look forward to the next one, hope to see more of the excellent first two, then this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm just curious how can none of you agree on how long after the first two books this one takes place?
harstan More than 1 year ago
Ten years have passed since the INNOCENT MAGE Asher defeated the evil Morg and the Kingdom of Lur (see The Kingmaker, Kingbreaker duo). The land overall has been peaceful due mostly to Asher who as the AWAKENED MAGE has magical roots with both the Doranen and the Olken. However below the surface calm a hostile racial divide remains between the blond haired immigrant Doranen and the black haired native Olken. Asher just wants to raise his two children (Rafel and Deenie) with his wife Dathne in peace. Just because he wishes for peace does not mean he will get it as Lur has begun to plot anew plots to conquer its neighbor at a time when something bad seems to be happening to the Olken earth magic. Besides fears for the nation, Asher also worries about his feisty children who are beginning to discover their mage talents. Once again Asher will have to try to save the land from the foolishness of its own people as some of them are trying to infiltrate the "natural" boundaries, which means if successful those kept on the other side also will have passage. However; this time he has his family to help him if he can keep them in line and focus on the bigger issues beyond keeping them safe especially the chip off the old block, THE PRODIGAL MAGE offspring. The first of a duet, THE PRODIGAL MAGE is an intriguing high fantasy as the quest has not begun though the anticipation of learning what is on the other side of the mountains, etc will fascinate readers. The "Fisherman's Children" story line focuses mostly on Rafel as the title character coming into his own as a mage and the concerns of Asher and Dathne; Deenie's role is more of an observer. Fans of the first saga will enjoy THE PRODIGAL MAGE as the family that practices magic together stays together. Harriet Klausner
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Fantasy_Reader-Ed More than 1 year ago
I really loved The Innocent Mage, Awakened Mage, and the Blight of the Mages. This is a great book and continues the story a little bit further, but I believe that the Fisherman's Children books are just not as good as the other three. Don't take it the wrong way, because they are great books, just not as good as you would expect from Asher and Dathne. Anyways I would still reccomend this book, because it is still a good read!
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