Armed and Magical (Raine Benares Series #2)

Armed and Magical (Raine Benares Series #2)

by Lisa Shearin

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ISBN-13: 9781440629914
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/29/2008
Series: Raine Benares Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 46,132
File size: 422 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lisa Shearin currently works as the editor at an advertising agency. She has been a magazine editor and writer of corporate marketing materials of every description. Lisa enjoys singing, reading, writing novels, and fencing (foil and epee, as well as rapier&dagger dueling). She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two cats, two spoiled-rotten retired racing greyhounds, and a Jack Russell terrier who rules them all.

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Armed and Magical (Raine Benares Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
She was a good Seeker of objects and people and a fair sorceress, but a week ago Raine Benares was psychically bonded with the Saghred, a stone of immense power. It has boosted Raine¿s existing powers and given her unnatural talent making her one of the most powerful magicians in the Seven Kingdoms. However it is an evil object that thrives on eating souls with the last soul it swallowed being Sacred Nikpon. Raine forced that action which is why she has a link to the stone and its seemingly zillion stolen souls over the centuries wherever she may be.-------------- Right now Raine is on the Isle of Mid, home to the Conclave which polices magic users and hosts a highly regarded sorcerer¿s school. Raine hopes someone on the island can separate her from the stone. However, there are factions on the Isle some of whom are malevolent and demand something from Raine starting with the original owner of the stone who razed cities, empires and anyone who got in his way. Raine finds her elven brethren want her for her new power while the goblins demand the stone. Everywhere she turns she finds someone threatens her and her loved ones as ethics do not apply to the people seeking the power of the stone.------------ Lisa Shearin has written a spellbinding fantasy that enables readers to believe in elves, goblins, and mages, oh my. The Shearin world seems real and that magic is a genuine skill thanks in part to the strong characterizations. There is plenty of partisan in fighting, intrigue, and action to keep readers turning the pages wondering what next will happen to the reluctant beleaguered heroine that is while debating her chances of surviving until the next assault occurs.---------------- Harriet Klausner
Stephen Kersten More than 1 year ago
A worthy sequel. Series gets better and better!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Books in this series are in my top 50 books of this decade. Simply fabulous!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Raines adventures on the isle of mid is both exciting and alittle steamy in some areas. don't worry though it is all clean fun. i am a big fan of Lisa Shearin and can't wait until the next books come out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Armed & Magical is the 2nd in a unique fantasy series by author Lisa Shearin. The books feature contemporary characters and dialogue in an old world setting of taverns and tall ships, sorcerers, pirates, and magic. Raine Benares is an admirable heroine: she is plucky, resourceful, sassy, and ultimately determined to do the right thing. I want to be just like Raine! I found the secondary characters to have remarkable depth. Their personalities and backgrounds are unfolding to the reader just as the story unfolds over time. This is a sequel which will definitely have its readers begging for more! Ms. Shearin has hit on just the right note of fast-paced entertainment and intriguing plot-twists. The first book, Magic Lost, Trouble Found, and Armed & Magical, sit side-by-side on my keeper bookshelf anxiously awaiting the arrival of the next book in the series, The Trouble with Demons. I strongly recommend Armed & Magical- it has a special magic all its own!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the sequel to her debut novel, MAGIC LOST, TROUBLE FOUND, Lisa Shearin's latest Raine Benares adventure, ARMED & MAGICAL, had a lot to live up to. And boy did it deliver! Lively dialog, great action and top notch descriptions combined to make this book an energetic read. The characters were solid and believable -- even the new ones -- with plenty of tension and twists to keep both them and the reader thoroughly occupied. Be prepared to lose track of time -- most pleasurably.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was waiting so long for this second book in the series that I was worried that it would not live up to the expectations. Boy was I wrong! This book was exciting and full of adventure and passion - much like the first in the series, Magic Lost, Trouble Found. I highly recommend both of these books by Lisa Shearin. They are superb!
terriko on LibraryThing 28 days ago
I read this book before the 1st one, and I actually have to say going back to read the 1st was a bit of a disappointment because this one is clearly more fun! Raine is coming to terms with her new abilities, and really takes control of her destiny a lot more in this one, while not letting her magical overdose dampen her wit. Hope the next book will be better still!
butterflybaby on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Fun and quick to read. I really liked the action and flow of the story. I think that the characters are becoming more strongly developed. One of the best things about these books is the ripping good pace they keep. The first covers only the space of a week, and the second not much more. Yet they are filled to the brim with near constant action, and a wide range of intriguing characters. I like how saavy Raine is at handling the various male figures in her life. I like how she is exactly who she claims to be (and she never claims to be perfect). And I particularly like how fierce she is when it comes to protecting her family.
SunnySD on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Raine may have escaped Mermeia with her skin and her soul intact, but the isle of Mid doesn't seem to be much safer. Not are the powers that be suspicious (and jealous) of her connection with the Sagrhed, but someone out there will stop at nothing to get it. Nor has confinement in the Sagrhed stopped goblin-mage Sarad Nukpana from plotting and scheming to gain control.Action, adventure, and plenty of snappy dialogue. Probably best to start with Magic Lost, Trouble Found to have the action make much sense, though.
lewispike on LibraryThing 28 days ago
More high-paced action as Raine goes to the Isle of Mid to try and get a mage to break the link between here and the Saghred. There are goblins, the elven secret service, various factions of the magi who want to capture or control her.There are others, like Tam, who find her even more irresistible than before.The story is fast-paced, and there's quite a bit of humour. Raine also is lusting after both Tam and Mychael and there are a few kisses and one naked leaping out of the bath scene - but it's all very PG really and very light on the description.There's a very funny scene when she tries to cast a glamour to appear to be someone else - the Saghred ramps it up a bit and she transforms fully into a man and tries to get used to walking as a man for the first time. There are other moments of hilarity too but that scene is hardly new but deftly handled.
kayceel on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Raine, a charming scoundrel of a young woman, is still bonded to an evil, incredibly powerful magical amulet, and she's now living in the most secure place there is - the Conclave tower on the Isle of Mid, surrounded by hundreds of powerful magic users.Unfortunately, some of those powerful magic users want nothing more than to get their hands on the Saghred (that pesky amulet) and therefore on Raine.Raine is spunky and smart and sarcastic, and I do like her. I especially love the two men that are entirely enchanted by her, Mychael and Tam - yum.This one is more tense than the first, and there are casualties as evil tries to steal Raine and the Saghred for themselves. She does manage to keep a sharp wit throughout, though!Recommended.
mmillet on LibraryThing 28 days ago
I'm a sucker for funny books. Any type of humorous book will do, but after stumbling upon Lisa Shearin's Magic Lost, Trouble Found earlier this year, I knew I had found a kindred spirit in one Raine Beranes. She's an elf, a seeker (someone who can find things with magic), and comes from a long line of pirates and criminals. Just how she found herself on the opposite side of the law still baffles Raine but she's good at what she does and is happy doing it.As a seeker, Raine has always possessed a respectable amount of magic but after finding (and bonding) with a magical stone called the Saghred a few weeks prior, she's now got more dark magic at her fingertips than she knows what to do with. Raine's new goal in life? Find a way to get rid of the stone without it killing her in the process. Hoping for an answer, she's traveled with Paladin Mychael Eiliesor to the Island of Mid (home to most mages per capita) along with Piaras, her pseudo younger brother, an aspiring young spellsinger who's hoping to get some much-needed training in Mid. Getting rid of the stone is easier said than done however, since her new found skills seem to be a red-hot beacon - attracting every crazy, power-hungry mage in existence who would like their very own catastrophe-causing stone at their beck-and-call.If that not enough to give a girl stress: Piaras' awesome spellsinging abilities have garnered no little interest and when several other talented spellsingers go missing, Raine is determined to get her loved ones out of dodge before the sparks really fly. But the Saghred is not about to let Raine off that easy, what with the stone's power becoming harder to resist daily since the arrival of some truly nasty goblins who would like nothing better than to take back what they see is rightfully theirs. Throw in Raine's oh-so-inciting temptation to get a little closer to Tam (goblin aristocrat turned nightclub owner in possession of some seriously sexy eyes) which have begun to have incendiary results - and things just take off from there.Stepping back into Raine's life was like taking a deep breath and then trying to run flat-out for the next 5 to 10 days. It's non-stop action, full of Raine's hilarious quips and her trademark no-nonsense approach to any situation: get in, get out, don't get killed. Simple enough. I'm still laughing over the things that come out of that girl's mouth, for example:"My family's big on denial. And if we denied something long enough, we thought it'd go away. I know that's not how it works, but we're in denial about that, too."Blunt and upfront - my kind of girl. Also one of the most loyal characters I've ever met, Raine would go through fire (or at least a roomful of nasty goblins) for those she loves with both knives drawn and not even think twice about it. Raine does have her faults, but she's the first to admit to them and never tries to be more than she appears. Armed & Magical is an original, laugh out loud funny book and I can't wait to see where it will take Raine next. That is, as long as Tam is coming along.
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lashandra More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing book. Brilliantly written, I almost feel like I'm there! I love the characters, very 3 dimensional and very well done. Absolutely amazing book everyone should read this series!
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Funny, sexy, and exciting could not put them down. My husband would look at me funny as I would burst out laughing at parts in the books. Even got him to read them, and his take on the series was that who ever wrote them must have been around me for some of the creative one liners and sarcastic comments.
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