Magic Lost, Trouble Found (Raine Benares Series #1)

Magic Lost, Trouble Found (Raine Benares Series #1)

by Lisa Shearin

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ISBN-13: 9780441015054
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/29/2007
Series: Raine Benares Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 557,154
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.81(d)
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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"A witty, kick-ass heroine . . . I can't wait to read more of Raine Benares's adventures."--(Shanna Swendson, author of Enchanted, Inc. and Damsel Under Stress)

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Magic Lost, Trouble Found (Raine Benares Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 114 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a well written book. If you enjoyed books like Poison Study, The Black Magician Trilogy, or any of Tamora Pierce's Books, this is another great read. The main character Raine is strong-willed, mature, and she has a comical side. It also helps that in facing her enemies she has some sexy male allies to help her along the way. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure, magical, fantasies. <3
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has just topped the list of my all-time favorite fantasy! Lisa Shearin has that little something about her writing that just grabs you from the first sentence and won't let you go until the very last word. In simple terms, I Loved This Book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid fantasy and fiction reader, and was very pleased by the craftmanship demonstarted by Ms. Shearin in this novel. Her characters were well defined, the plot was cohesive, the villians were despicable. Overall, I highly recommend this book to other readers, and am looking forward to her next.
DeniceNYC More than 1 year ago
I have never read anything by Lisa Shearin before and after reading just the first 4 pages I knew she was a keeper and that I would purchase the other books. It was quite refreshing to pick up a book that engaged you in the story all the way through with humor, action, a bit of suspense and lots of sexy and charasmatic characters. I look forward to reading more of Lisa Shearin.
carice More than 1 year ago
Magic lost, trouble found is one of those books you could read a thousnd times( and i have) and still laugh( which i do)at how sarcastic and wry Rain is. she is in trouble up to her pointed ears but still retains her scence of irony and sarcasm. i love her scence of humer. this book is beutifully writen and is an amazing read all the way trough. this is one of my favorite books and love reading it over and over. this book is about Rain, a fiesty elf who finds things for a living. she is good with a blade and has a few magical tricks up her sleave thats kept her alive time and time again( singed around the edges dousnt count). however when she finds an amulet that is oviously magical and powerfull, she finds herself in more trouble than ever. she is being hunted by an army of goblins. she likes attention as much as the next girl but this is a little much. and to make matters worse she cant even get ride of the necklace becouse it has magicaly attched itself to her. read this book and find out if she is able to get ride of all the extra trouble she has procured. then read the rest of Rains adventures in Armed and magical, and the trouble with demons.
IYamVixenBooks More than 1 year ago
It apparently has been a little while since I've read fantasy of such intricate world-building. It took me a little while to get into the story as I first had to get used to the world of Mermeia where Raine and her cohorts and family live. The names of the characters gave me the most difficulty...once I got used to how they sounded out in my cranium, I was fine and the story moved along like gang-busters. Raine is my type of lead character. She has some flaws, but ultimately she has common sense, street smarts and cares deeply for her family and friends and woe be unto whoever tries to harm them. There's a new goblin king in town and he has as his evil advisor, Sarad Nukpana, a goblin grand shaman of immense power. These goblins want the Saghred, an ancient stone of unfathomable power. Now Raine has become the inadvertant contact for the stone and many will do whatever necessary to get her, thereby the power. Raine has help and the good street smarts and magic she maintains keeps her in good stead. This is a good set up for the next in the series, ARMED AND MAGICAL . I have the third in the series, THE TROUBLE WITH DEMONS, thanks to Lisa Shearin and BittenByBooks. Four not all goblins are mean & ugly beans.....
Angieville More than 1 year ago
This series seems to be most often described as regular fantasy with a decidedly urban fantasy heroine, complete with charming (at times self deprecating) sense of humor. I would agree with this assessment. Raine's internal dialogue is very much in keeping with urban fantasy trends. She'll be the first one to tell you, she's one part disreputable imp, two parts defender of all that is good. And she can handle anything that comes her way.

And the excellent part is--all kinds of heinousness comes her way and she handles it with aplomb (and the aforementioned sense of humor). Raine Benares is a seeker, finder of lost things and/or people. Raine's family name is a bit on the infamous side and, for the most part, Raine is just fine with that. In the opening scene of the book, she and her rake of a cousin Phaelan find themselves fighting off goblin shamans in an attempt to protect Raine's sometime partner and thief extraordinaire Quentin. Just what Quentin has stolen remains a mystery, but it soon becomes crystal clear every agent of evil in the vicinity would like to get their paws on it. Turns out the object is an ancient amulet which finds its way around Raine's neck and refuses (rather gruesomely) to be removed. Enter the Conclave Guardians, an elite force of healer-magicians whose job it is to retrieve the amulet and stash it back under lock and key. Stat. Dangerous and colorful characters abound, including the powerful Mychael Eilieson--Paladin of the Guardians--and Raine's friend Tamnais Nathrach--shady nightclub proprietor and former member of the goblin royal family. Oh and, by the way, these aren't your run-of-the-mill goblins. You want these goblins to sit down and stay awhile.

What a pleasant surprise this book was and how well-timed a read. A funny, delectable treat smack dab in the middle of winter. Raine is extremely likeable and I appreciated that she always seemed fully cognizant of her own motivations and never persisted in sugar-coating them or in being stubborn beyond all reason. In that way she reminded me of Kate Daniels from Ilona Andrews' MAGIC BITES. Like Kate, Raine appears to have a few secrets she's not interested in revealing, even to her closest confidantes. I have a few suspicions and look forward to finding out more as the series progresses. All of the side characters felt fully formed and like people/elves/goblins/what have you that I'd like to have around, and certainly want to read more about. And, while I would really rather the love triangle not drag out anywhere near as long as the whole Morelli-Stephanie-Ranger fiasco has, I have to say I am a hopeless Babe and am therefore (unsurprisingly) firmly in the Team Tam camp. Mychael is nice. Of this there is no doubt. But, aqua eyes aside, there's just no contest. This really is a delightful, addictive debut novel and I am very happy to have the sequel sitting on my nightstand.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The City of Mermeia is divided into districts each one is home to a different race including elves, goblins, dwarves, humans and sorcerers. Mage practitioners are common Raine Benares, an elf, is a mid-level practitioner who earns her living by seeking lost objects and sometimes people for her clients. Her life changes dramatically when she watches over her friend when he breaks into the house of a powerful necromancer to steal an artifact--------------------. Two sets of goblin warriors, one loyal to the king and a group loyal to the exiled prince want the artifact Raine took. Raine creates a diversion and they escape. Raine puts the artifact around her neck and finds she can¿t take it off or it will kill her. It has powerful magic that enhances her own power and gives her new ones but the price is too high. The goblin king, his sadistic advisor Sarad Nupana and Prince Chigau want the one who wears the artifact because it will lead them to Saghred a weapon of mass destruction. Raine has to find a way to keep it out of evil¿s hands, find a way to remove the artifact and give it to somebody without getting killed.--------------- This is wonderful fantasy tale full of different races and myths and legends who are drawn so perfectly, readers will believe they actually exist. Raine is a strong female, a leader who wants to do the right thing even when she isn¿t sure what that is. She has an elf and a human interested in her and it is fun watching them compete trying to get her interested in them in between near death escapades. Lisa Shearin has the magic touch (keyboard) when it comes to writing good fantasy.---------------- Harriet Klausner
Mardel on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Magic Lost, Trouble Found is one of those "sleeper" books for me. You've heard the term in relation to movies - a movie that doesn't seem like it's going to be a big hit, yet ends up to be one of the best movies you've ever seen for whatever reason. When I first started this book, I couldn't quite get into it. I think I ended up putting it aside for at least three years - possible more....yes, in fact I started it in 2007 and finally finished in in February of 2012. That's quite a wait. The first time I didn't get past the first chapter, and to be fair, I had brought it with me when my daughter, granddaugher {then 7 months old} and I flew to Los Angeles to visit my brother. We were pretty busy, and I ended not reading much until we came home, and I became engrossed in other books. I kept seeing it on the shelf and thinking I should read it...time passes....then I joined that challenge and decided to grab it off that shelf and see if I couldn't finish it. Once I got into it, I found it was pretty interesting. Raine is am elf, living in a city and world populated with faes, goblins and other folk. There are wizards, thieves, etc. It's set in a time with no cars or motorized items - think of Willow or Lord of the Rings for settings- only with more city like surroundings. Raine has a small talent - she can find things with a small bit of magic. She comes from a line of magic users and has been living with her cousins - a large family of happy, busy pirates and thieves. She has a friend, Quentin, who frequently gets into situations because of his tendency to try to make money by stealing. She also has friends in the local version of a police precinct.Her friend Quentin has taken a job, and she's decided to watch over him, to make sure that nothing goes wrong. Only the job he took was to steal from a notoriously dangerous wizard and of course, something does go wrong. Goblins - two factions of goblins interrupt and a battle follows. To keep the item safe, she puts it around her neck while getting Quenting out of danger - and gets stuck with an evil amulet that kind of likes having Raine wear it. Turns out this amulet is pretty important, and is wanted by quite a few people - one to hide it away and keep it safe and others to use for your typical nefarious purposes.Goblins in this particular world are not your typical goblins - these guys are human shaped, with silvery gray skin; they like to stay in darker places and can be quite mesmerizing. They are pretty blood thirsty, though. Turns out Raine has had a long 'will they or won't they' relationship with a certain goblin who happens to be related to the royal goblin family - this matters later in the book. And now, there are some pretty evil goblins after her and the amulet. Her cousin, Phaelen {a dashingly roguish pirate} helps her - he's a fun guy to read about. They have a fun relationship with interesting dialogue - and he's taught her all he knows about picking locks, etc.Raine needs to find a way to get the amulet off her, into safe hands before it takes her over. She's finding new abilities the longer she connected to it. People, good and bad, are after her, she's not sure who she can trust {besides her family} and she ends up inadvertantly getting her aunt and cousin involved, as well as her wizard tutor, and her cousin Phaelen. The entire book is fun to read - good dialogue, interesting interactions between characters, adventure, a few good fights and a couple of heart thumping moments between her and a certain detective. Elves, Wizards, magic, Goblins, Fae, spellsingers, roguish pirate captain cousin....Lots of great stuff in this novel. A good read, and the first in a series. The narration is first person, with very little in the way of infodumping - there are parts where Raine explains a goblin way of life, for instance, but these are kept short and sweet, and do the job - it explains so that you know a bit more about the story, the person
Alliebadger on LibraryThing 28 days ago
I really liked this first installment of the Raine Benares series. I was in the mood for a kick-ass female protagonist, and that's exactly what I found. Raine is clever, funny, good with a sword or dagger, and she'll do anything for the people she cares about. She's also smart. I don't just mean that she can come up with good plans--I mean that she knows how and who to ask for help when she needs it. I very much appreciate seeing a heroine who is fantastic in so many ways and who isn't afraid to rely on others. I look forward to the rest of the series.
navelos on LibraryThing 28 days ago
I couldn't get into this book. It's written in first person and the protagonist is cocky and sarcastic and I sound her and the writing style annoying right off the bat.
cmbohn on LibraryThing 28 days ago
First of all, I hated the title. Too awkward and not descriptive enough. About the writing though -When I started reading this, I really felt like I had missed something. Was this the second in a series? Because I was kind of lost. It just opens with Raine in the middle of danger, lots of references to places, people, and ideas I didn't understand. But no, this is the first book in the series, and things do gradually get explained as the book goes on.Raine's friend Quentin is a thief. He has just taken on a dangerous new job, and she doesn't plan on letting him out of her sight, just in case he needs backup. So she uses her magic as a seeker to keep an eye on him.It's a good thing. Suddenly Quentin is surrounded by goblins who are after the item he's stolen, and Raine winds up in the middle of the fight. She discovers that Quentin has been hired to steal an amulet. To keep it away from Quentin, Raine puts it on her own neck. And that's when the trouble really starts.I liked this book. Like I said, it was at times confusing. The author had obviously created this new world and lots of complex characters. But the reader just has to figure things out as they go, and that means that I was confused for longer than I should have been, and had a harder time connecting with the characters, because I was trying to keep things straight in my head. Still, plenty of action, a strong setting, and an appealing main character.
Tilinka on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Very light and fun read. Similar in feel to the Sagara's Elantra books (though with a main character without such an obviously tormented/victim past.)I am undecided in how I feel on her romantic entanglements. She came off as decidedly uncaring as to the feelings of the fellows interested in her, but I'm willing to let that slide on account of all the magic-craziness that was going on in the foreground. Will definitely pick up the next one.
kayceel on LibraryThing 28 days ago
This was a lot of fun - it took a bit to get going for me (though the story jumps right into action), but pays off.Raine is a cool, tough elf who's used her mild magic abilities to help her in her job as a seeker - finding lost items for clients. When a friend gets into trouble with a mysterious amulet, Raine tries to help him by hiding the amulet for him. Unfortunately, the amulet somehow binds itself to her, in turn getting her involved with warring goblin princes and various sketchy members of the thieving underworld.
mmillet on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Raine is a seeker - she finds lost things that is - and is no stranger to trouble, but this time even she'll admit she's in over head. Hailing from a family full of thieves, Raine is honest herself but still has friends in the shadier parts of society. When one longtime friend steals an amulet that some powerful and decidedly not-so-nice sorcerers want, it ends up around Raine's neck and she's not about to take if off. Especially since everytime she does, it tries to kill her. More than troubling, that. Completely lost as to why everyone is now after said amulet and her by consequence, Raine turns to her most trusted friends for help and answers which ends up leading to even more trouble. This was a great fantasy read with an interesting new world full of goblins, elves, and other magical things friendly and otherwise. Raine is resourceful, witty, and surprising likable. She easily kept my interest as each new page seemed to bring out her personality just a bit more. The secondary characters were a treat too - a young spellsinger who is like a little brother to Raine, a shady but devilishly handsome club owner, and her wizard Godfather among others constantly liven things up. They all leapt off the page and helped to define Raine as a character so much more. I will for sure be checking out the rest of this enjoyable series.
krau0098 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
I am going to be honest, I am not sure I should even be writing a review for this since I only got 70 pages into the book...but I guess that says something about the book, right? I was excited to read this book; it was supposed to be a fantasy with an urban fantasy flavor to it and sounded right up my alley...well it wasn't.The book drops you right into the middle of the action, but I just couldn't get into it. The action scenes weren't all that well done. The characters did not interest me in the least. Right off the bat there were three characters, including Raine, but I didn't like any of them. I also didn't enjoy the writing style, what I read did not have a tight plot and didn't present an interesting world.Truth be told each page, starting with the first one, was a struggle for me to read. I just wasn't in the mood to fight the struggle for another 300+ pages. So I set it aside, then never picked it up again.This was a series I wanted to love, but just couldn't. It reminded me a bit of Michelle Sagara's Chronicles of Elantra, but was not nearly as engaging. This may be one of those books that grows significantly better as you get into it, or possibly has characters that are more engaging as the series continues. But, I just did not like it even a little bit...and I have too many books to read to spend time on ones I don't like; especially when the book is supposed to be a light and fluffy fun read (as I hoped this one would be).Overall, I just couldn't get into it, struggled through each page. The writing style, the characters, the world, I just didn't like any of it. I won't be picking up any more books by Shearin. If you want a good fantasy with that urban fantasy mystery and flare I would recommend The Chronicles of Elantra by Michelle Sagara over this one; that one's very well written and an overall great series.
cattriona on LibraryThing 28 days ago
I really have to say, this is truly a case where you should not judge a book by its cover. Despite the cheesy, fluffy looking cover and title, this is a good read. The author has created a very reasonable fantasy setting that isn't the same old "elves hate dwarves" type environment. The elven heroine is remarkably "human" -- plucky, intelligent, capable of getting herself out of (well, and into) trouble without fainting into the arms of a male or drawing on some snooty obscure elven heritage in the process. This is not a romance novel of any sort; while it is not Lord of the Rings, it is certainly an enjoyable fantasy novel with a very strong female protagonist. My only negative is that the ending wrapped up a little more quickly than I would have liked, but certainly left the option open for future adventures with our heroine. Highly recommended.
SunnySD on LibraryThing 28 days ago
One stolen silver amulet turns into a whole lot of trouble for Seeker Raine Benares. Raine doesn't object to trouble - good thing, too, because when she goes out on a limb to help a friend, the consequences are a bit more than she bargained for. Elves, goblins, pirates, a magical soul stealing box, plenty of action and a clever-tongued heroine with more going for her than looks: what's not to like!Starts off a bit rough, but once things get rolling, there's plenty of action and adventure. Definitely worth following up with the two (so far) sequels.
MarkCWallace on LibraryThing 28 days ago
A strong, sassy female protagonist saves her friend. Nice to have a book which demonstrates the virtue of loyalty even among the underclass. The characters are mostly nicely drawn - with one or two exceptions. The plot (Discovery of a history altering magical device) is handled with enough novelty to distract from the fact that It Has Been Done Before. But the setting doesn't hold up to the promise. Most of the way through I was thinking, "Why elves?" What is it about this plot that required elves & goblins? The elves are, so far as we can tell, indistinguishable from humans; they have no cultural identity, no physiology, etc. And the one exception to the interesting characters is Tam. He's just there as a sex interest, and he is boring. Final note - this is book 1. Book 2 abandons most of the interesting stuff to descend into erotic paranormal romance. I was ready to recommend this book to my daughter till I read the second book; at this poitn I don't think I'll read the third. A great pity that a book with so much promise, so much original treatment of standard themes would wind up just being another excuse for purple prose.
slpenney07 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
The Summary: Some people just can't escape trouble. Raine is having that sort of day.The Take Away: Lisa Sheardin tips into telling not showing quite often during the story. However, it has the feel of a friend relaying details, not the author intruding. Occasionally,. it did cross the line of, huh, convenient. But over all the telling went well.The story itself was was so-so. An action thriller that was enhanced by the world it was set in. Charming, but not enduring. Worth seeking book 2.
lewispike on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Fast moving fantasy story. Raine is a not-so-powerful seeker (as in seeking that which is lost) from a less than salubrious elven family - her favourite cousin is a pirate and smuggler for example, and she has an intimate relationship with the widower of the Goblin King's teacher.The story isn't exactly new, although it has a couple of nice twists, but it's nicely handled - the characters all feel alive and you can understand their motivations, at least for the sane ones.I'm looking forward to the next book.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 28 days ago
Okay, it reads like a pretty typical role-playing session with a smart-alec main character, but I found it a fun read. Raine is trying to make sure a friend of hers doesn't get into too much trouble stealing a magic item and she finds herself embroiled in Goblin politics and murder.She also finds herself in posession of a cursed magical item that's pretty pivotal to the plot and therefore has a reason to be there during the action. She's sarky and sassy and doesn't stand on ceremony. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more in the series.
theepicrat on LibraryThing 28 days ago
While it started off slow, Shearin definitely picks up the pace in her debut Raine Benares novel and continues to deliver momentum in the following book Armed & Magical. Full of witty sentences and a cast of colorful characters, I cannot imagine anyone who could dislike such a fantastic book!
lg4154 on LibraryThing 28 days ago
This book is a fantasy novel that follows out heroine, Raine Benares who is a seeker and a sorceress. The story centers on her friend, Quentin who steals and amulet from the home of a powerful necromancer. The entire time she is in possession of the amulet, a group of goblins is trying to chase her. I like that her character can hold her own and take care of herself. I also like how she sticks by her friend, Quentin, even though she knows it is not such a good idea. The novel also has some strong secondary characters as well. My only complaint is that the book was a little too long and the font was very small and as I was reading, it gave me a headache. All in all, it was a pretty good book.
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