The Innocent Mage (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker Series #1)

The Innocent Mage (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker Series #1)

by Karen Miller
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Innocent Mage 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 85 reviews.
zanirra More than 1 year ago
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!
kyrisaean More than 1 year ago
It was a decent read, but I found the plot a bit too easy to anticipate.
GA_Reader More than 1 year ago
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!
T_Schoonover More than 1 year ago
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.
LTR0 More than 1 year ago
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 talk..talk..talk..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
AuntieKW More than 1 year ago
Karen Millers writing style is engaging and the character are believable. I enjoyed reading all of her books and cannot wait for the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy to read. I could not put the book down.
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I really enjoyed my time reading this. The follow up series was a let down but this one was amazing. I definitely recomend this book to anyone who really enjoys creative fantasy novels.
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Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
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.
Here_Be_Bookwyrms More than 1 year ago
"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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