Sired by magick and violence, sixteen-year-old Liara is found guilty of witchcraft and banished from her tiny village by the very priest who raised, then betrayed her. However, a mysterious mage steps forward to assume custody of her: Nagarath, the Wizard of Parentino, whose secret spellwork has long protected both Liara and Dvigrad from the ravages of war.
Despite Liara’s best hopes, Nagarath refuses to apprentice her to his craft but tasks her instead with the restoration of his neglected library. Liara gleans what magickal knowledge she can on the sly, determined to learn, come what may. But the first test of her stolen knowledge goes awry and renews an evil wizard’s interest in the people of the Limska Draga valley.
Only by tapping Liara’s inherent magick and joining it with his own can Nagarath protect Parentino from suffering a horrible fate. However, her discovery of his secrets destroys their fragile trust and ignites the darker tendencies of her gift. Now, he must rescue her from the influence of his mortal enemy before their powerful new alliance destroys them all.
About the Author
M. K. Wiseman was born in Wisconsin but lived in New Mexico for a time, falling in love with the Southwest. She later returned to Milwaukee, immersing herself in her Croatian culture. With degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in animation/video and library science she lives for stories. Books are her life and she sincerely hopes that you enjoy this, her first.
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Reviewed by Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite M.K. Wiseman's The Bookminder follows the story of a teenage girl named Liara. Liara is an orphan, a ward of the church, and suffers from having sticky fingers. She is, in short, a thief. However, she isn't just any ordinary thieving girl; she has a touch of magic in her. Unfortunately, magic is forbidden in Liara's village and she is soon banished. Thankfully, a mage called Nagarath takes her under his wing and shelters her, and this is where Liara's journey truly begins. I wasn't quite sure what to make of The Bookminder. There is an essence about it which reminded me of the tales of King Arthur and the Round Table, while at the same time Wiseman had some very original ideas on how magic works in Liara's world. It was a breath of fresh air to read something that hadn't quite been done before. Liara's character, although made from magic, was quite real in terms of being a naive teenage girl and that was very nice to read. She was flawed but easy to empathize with. Wiseman did a fantastic job at creating a relatable character despite the context of the story. All in all, I enjoyed The Bookminder and I look forward to seeing what happens next. The Bookminder was narrated by Bernard Faricy, who has a very classic voice which I suppose is why The Bookminder reminded me of the tales of King Arthur. I felt immediately immersed when he began to tell the tale of Liara. Faricy seems the best fit for Wiseman's story of magic and I think I enjoyed the story even more because of his excellent narration.
I received a free copy of The Bookminder by M.K. Wiseman in exchange for an honest review. This is intended to be the first book of “The Bookminder” historical fantasy series. Liara, resident orphan, ward of the church, kleptomaniac, and living contradiction, is the primary character. Following the horrors of the magic wars, the town priest outlawed the practice of magic in the valley. The penalty for such an offense? Death. The residents of the town despise Liara because she was created of magic and allowed to exist under the protection of the very same priest who declared magic forbidden. However, even the priest cannot protect Liara when, among her stolen treasures, the village guard discovers her inadvertent use of magic. Because the offense was inadvertent, the priest is able to reduce her penalty, but Liara is still to be cast out into the world at the age of sixteen. Then, Nagarath, another contradiction-a wizard allowed to live in the valley on condition of protecting the town from outside magics, volunteers to take Liara in. This tale tracks Liara’s struggle to become the magic user she was always destined to be. Liara’s goals for her own life and immediate future continually conflict with those of the townspeople, Nagareth, and everyone else. Though it seemed to drag a little in the middle, it was worth continuing past the lull. Eventually, Liara seems to grow both as a person and as a magic user; however, she’s still young, prone to temper tantrums, and easily misled. Nagareth is little better even though he’s supposed to be her mentor. Maybe they’ll grow up together. Overall, I liked this book. #TheBookminder #NetGalley
I received a free copy of the book through the Goodreads Giveaways program and voluntarily chose to review. Liara, the result of magic gone awry, is the “fey child” outcast of Dvigrad. At 16 years-old, she is found guilty of thievery and witchcraft and banished from the village by the priest who had raised her. However, she is taken in by Nagarath, the mysterious mage of Parentino. Unfortunately for Liara, Nagarath refuses to apprentice her in magic instead making her his librarian. She gleans what magical knowledge she can in secret. Her first attempt fails, drawing the attention of an evil wizard to the valley. It is only by tapping into Liara’s inherent magic in combination with his own that Nagarath hopes to protect not just Parentino by Liara as well. However, when Nagarath’s secrets are revealed the fragile trust between them is broken. Thus, igniting the darkness within her. Can Nagarath rescue her from the influence of his greatest enemy before their alliance destroys them all? The characters were well written and relatable. Liara, with her petulant curiosity and determination to learn. Nagarath, with his eccentric absentmindedness. Wary of each other at first, their relationship evolves into a fragile trust and ultimately a closer bond. This book was incredibly well written. It started out slow with the action rising to the conclusion. The glossary included at the back was helpful with some of the pronunciations. Overall, I enjoyed it. I have a newfound appreciation for historical fantasy after reading this book. The real and fantastic were expertly combined to bring the story to life.