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

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

by Lisa Shearin

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

Raine Benares is a Sorceress Seeker of average ability until she comes into possession of an amulet that amplifies her powers-and her enemies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780441015054
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/29/2007
Series: Raine Benares Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 458,228
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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"Fun, fascinating and loaded with excitement!"--(Linnea Sinclair, RITA-award winning author of The Down Home Zombie Blues)

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"An absolutely enjoyable read."--(C.E. Murphy, author of Coyote Dreams and Heart of Stone)

Shanna Swendson

"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) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 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
Anonymous 4 months ago
I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed all the characters
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this fast paced story and the heroine was quite believable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very fine read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed it
Silver_Crow_Woman More than 1 year ago
Didn't really care for the story line but was okay for an evening's read. The Grendel Affair is much, much better.
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Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by SUZANNE &amp; posted at Under the Covers Book Blog It was fun, exciting and full of adventure with a dash of humour, and kept me eagerly reading to see what would happen next. ~ Under the Covers Raine Benares is a Seeker with enough magic to get her by and a close family of smugglers and thieves who taught her every trick they knew. However, that all changes when she finds herself in possession of an amulet, the amulet doesn&rsquo;t look all that impressive&hellip;except she now has a psychotic goblin shaman chasing her, as well as an exiled Prince and a Paladin. Raine&rsquo;s sudden popularity has puts her and her family in mortal danger; she may have got herself in far more trouble than her street smarts and magic can get her out of. This book has been collecting dust on my shelf for a while now (years!) and I am so glad that I gave into impulse, dusted it off and finally started reading it. It was fun, exciting and full of adventure with a dash of humour, and kept me eagerly reading to see what would happen next. If, you are looking for a more traditional fantasy though, I would avoid this one as it did remind me more of a modern Urban Fantasy, maybe because it was set in one city and told from first person POV. It didn&rsquo;t make me enjoy it any less but it is something to keep in mind before you start. But at its core Magic Lost, Trouble Found was a fast paced adventure story full of magic and swords an interesting, though not intricate, plot, a bit of romance and a likable heroine. It has also stated building up a fantasy world of which we have only seen a small part of in this book and I look forward to Lisa Shearin expending and building up her world in the next book. A good read, it was a well written and lighthearted fantasy that kept me turning the pages and I can&rsquo;t wait to read more
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Good characters. Developed storyline. Enjoyed the read.
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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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