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We can notify you when this item is back in stock. Senior Lecturer Karen Miller. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Kingmaker, Kingbreaker Book 1. Description Enter the kingdom of Lur, where to use magic unlawfully means death. The Doranen have ruled Lur with magic since arriving as refugees centuries ago. Theirs was a desperate flight to escape a powerful mage who started a bitter war in their homeland. To keep Lur safe, the native Olken inhabitants agreed to abandon their own magic.

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Magic is now forbidden them, and any who break this law are executed. Asher left his coastal village to make his fortune. Employed in the royal stables, he soon finds himself befriended by Prince Gar and given more money and power than he'd ever dreamed possible.

But the Olken have a secret; a prophecy.

The Innocent Mage will save Lur from destruction and members of The Circle have dedicated themselves to preserving Olken magic until this day arrives. Unbeknownst to Asher, he has been watched closely. As the Final Days approach, his life takes a new and unexpected turn Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone J. Muse of Nightmares Laini Taylor. The Last Wish Andrzej Sapkowski. The Olken are servants, craftsmen, merchants, farmers, fishermen and the kingdom prospers. An Olken boy comes Dorana, the capital city, to make money in a year so he can go back to his fishing village to buy a boat and help his father in his old age.

Then the story gets complex. Asher doesn't know it but the Olken have magic, but its different than the Doranen and a bookseller in Dorana has visions of Asher coming who is the mage they need to survive the end of times. The palace intrigue and petty squabbles both Doranen and Olken bring about the end of times leading to a fast paced climax that is maddeningly left incomplete leaving the reader wanting to start book 2 immediately.

I have read many books by Karen Miller and those under her pseudonyms and they are quite good. The book "Innocent Mage" is very well written, and in many places, riveting. My only 'complaint' is that when the story gets MOST exciting However, volume 2 was written many years ago as well, so there is no waiting. I think that sudden ending was justified, because I long ago read the entire series -- and just wanted to experience it again. Writers like Karen Miller must plead guilty as the cause of that! Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase.

A peasant prophesied to save the world, a royal family including a bratty princess , two classes of people: These are just some of the fantasy tropes you will find in The Innocent Mage. By all accounts I should have hated this book, but found myself enjoying it. Karen Miller doesn't do anything original here, but her writing style is flowing and easy to read. This book is essentially character study focusing on the friendship between the title character, Asher, and the royal prince, Gar.

This dynamic is interesting and carries the book. The dialog is sharp, and often funny. Each character is given a unique speaking style that fits them perfectly. Characters are constantly coming into conflict with each other and this, for the most part, makes an interesting read. The plot of The Innocent Mage is really weak. This could have been a truly great book if Miller had a better story to tell with these characters. The biggest problem is that not much happens from beginning to end. Characters do grow and change, but nothing really happens to them. I can enjoy a book without lots of magic and big battle scenes, but this book consist of characters walking around and arguing with each other.

In the last third of the book something happens that comes completely out of left field which may the ending seemed rushed and awkward. Speaking of the ending, the book ends on a severe cliffhanger having resolved none of the storylines. This book was far from perfect but was a quick and entertaining read.

I will definitely read the second and concluding chapter, Awakened Mage to see what happens to all of the characters. Not one of the best fantasy novels I've read, but if you're looking for a fantasy book to read this should hit the spot. The Innocent Mage is a page book in which very little happens.

The first several hundred pages are primarily devoted to character development, building the world in which events will eventually happen. It's not until page that the plot truly begins to progress, and even then it does so at an excrutiatingly slow pace, taking another hundred-odd pages to work up to the cliffhanger ending. Literally, in this case. This is not to say that the character development is entirely wasted, though I find most of the characters unsympathetic.

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Asher is tolerable when not going on about his feelings for Dathne, who has many of the hallmarks of a Mary Sue and who drives me absolutely mad with dislike. Gar is tragic and adorable, but many of the other characters are not well developed, left to populate a vaguely-defined world. Other characters, like Fane, are developed but entirely unappealing. Despite the lack of plot for much of the book and the mostly-transparent characters, it actually reads fairly well.

I pounded through it in two or three sittings, enjoying it despite Dathne and myself. Unfortunately, though, I'm not sure I enjoyed it enough to want to plough through the close of the duology. Overall, I'd recommend this book to someone who doesn't have particularly high standards or who wants a read that they don't really have to think about. There's not any one thing in particular wrong with this book, there's just not any particular thing right with it, either. I might be getting tired of fantasy, but the characters in this series feel adolescent to the point that it affects my capacity to suspend disbelief.

The last book, prequel is the best IMO, but it's ling and overly focused on petty disputes between the protagonist and secondary characters, and the willingness of the protagonist to entertain the pettiness is just strange, as though he's a child. A teen book, I think, and a good one. One person found this helpful. I really, really wanted to enjoy this book.

If you're in the need of some new fantasy, and you're getting tired of typical quest journeys, I recommend this one. It's not big on female characters, but the ones that are here are strong-willed and independent. It also has a good power balance, in that it's not an inherently patriarchal society.

It deals with relations between ethnic groups, invaders and their conquered, and prejudice. The dialogue is fresh, the characters relatively original or at least drawn in a diverting way such as the uptight, beureaucratic Darran , and the plot driven at a steady pace. Not bogged down in unnecessary detail or description, or following the usual path of fantasy the constant travelling, for one , Miller has managed to do new things with an old formula, and leave it at a slight cliff-hanger. Thankfully, the second and final book, The Awakened Mage, is already out. I looked at this book several times.

I passed it by on all those occasions. I suppose I always thought I'd maybe pick it up at some point but really, it's not the type book I usually get involved in or at least didn't seem to be. The synopsis led me to believe that at best I'd find it mildly interesting.

I have been pleasantly surprised. This is an excellent read. It's an interesting, well plotted, well characterized novel. This book drew me in from the word go and held my interest throughout. There are characters I got involved with and cared about.


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There is a plot that not only holds up but grows and so far stays true to itself. It avoids frustrating cliche ridden devices. In short, it's good. This is an excellent novel. This is the story of Asher a young fisherman who comes to town to make his fortune and then go home and care for his old father. The youngest of his brothers and all but hated by them he's determined to make good. What can I say about this book that won't be a spoiler?

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Asher is a person of destiny and even prophecy He's got a long way to go and a lot of trials to face and you'll be absorbed in his life and the lives he touches from opening paragraph to the last page. Is there a negative to this book? Sure, it ends in a blatant cliffhanger. Glad I had The Awakened Mage waiting. Aug 31, Margot rated it did not like it Shelves: Asher, the backwater fisherman, travels to the big capital city, Dorana, to find his fortune.

Little does he know, he is the center of a little-known prophecy that will either save or destroy the kingdom of Lur. I gave this book a good pages to get good, to no avail. I found Asher, the protagonist, very unlikeable, and I felt like Miller often tried to use his contrariness to bandaid her general lack of tension. I also felt that she played her cards too soon by revealing the prophecy stuff ve Asher, the backwater fisherman, travels to the big capital city, Dorana, to find his fortune.

I also felt that she played her cards too soon by revealing the prophecy stuff very near the beginning of the novel, using alternate POVs. Is this story about Asher's experience as the ignorant center-point of prophecy? Or is it about the keepers of the prophecy manipulating an ignorant pawn into fulfilling it to their liking?

I didn't feel like Miller had quite decided what kind of story this should be. It was therefore diluted and the tension all but undetectable. View all 6 comments. I didn't hate it, thus the 2-stars, but I'm not sure I can say I really liked it, either Anyway - First and foremost a warning: This is a "duology" in the sense of "one book that the publisher probably decided to split into two because one page book is more intimidating than 2 ish page books".

There is no conclusion to th So There is no conclusion to this story. It's a cliffhanger, almost quite literally, and there is no sense of resolution at all. In fact, it kinda feels like the story is finally just getting going, after ish pages of not-all-that-much-happening. And, as I've said before, I'm fine with slow plot books as long as the character development is interesting, but I'm not really sure there's much in the way of development.

Aside from a little polish - a very little - Asher is pretty much the same character at the "end" as he is in the beginning. Most of the development happens with Gar, actually, and he's one of the few saving graces of this story, because I quite liked Gar, except for when I wanted to punch him but, even then, he seems like a cool guy you'd want to hang out with. Not so much so for Asher, though he is the protag and, apparently, he has friends and people who like him. Anyway - Aside from the slow and meandering and repetitive plot, there's just the fact that this book feels so typical.

There's a Prophecy and the Bad Times are coming and people are trying to make sure the Prophecy happens and the Prophecy seems to be Deus ex Machina'ing the plot and bringing people together and putting them where they need to be because, honestly, there seems little other rhyme and reason for Asher to end up being where he is. But, because of Prophecy and because of the foreshadowy way things are written, there isn't much in the way of suspense because any bad thing that's coming down the line gets warned about several thousand pages before anything happens, and by then you're just like "OMG, just happen already!

Aside from Dathne's foreshadowing about how he'll have his heart broken and come back I mean, even before then it was pretty bloody obvious, right? Speaking of deadski, the villain, when he finally shows up, is so I can practically see him wringing his hands together or twirling a mustache - if he had one. After struggling through this book, I find myself in the unenviable position of having to slog through another absurd amount of kinda badly written pages to get to the meat and conclusion of the actual story.

I blame MrsJ for my enduring this one. I stuck with it a bit more than I might've because it was picked as a group read, and I kept thinking it had to pick up sooner or later and, well, it wasn't entirely terrible Mar 23, Beth rated it it was ok Shelves: Here is what I got out of the book so far: Asher runs away to find his fortune in the Capitol. Asher sees the prince riding through town. Prince, "Asher, I want to you come help me judge a special case at court.

Prince, "What should I do? Will you be my first and most trusted adviser? View all 3 comments. Apr 09, Maria Elmvang rated it really liked it Shelves: Asher is a refreshing change to the common fantasy hero - he's neither a long-long son of some king somewhere, nor a diamond in the rough. The unpolished fisherman who travels to the great city to work for a year, in order to earn money for his old dad.

He says what he means and means what he says - and doesn't stop to think that perhaps he should occasionally phrase his comments more politely, in order not to ruffle any fancy feathers.

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I really enjoyed the book. The relationsh Asher is a refreshing change to the common fantasy hero - he's neither a long-long son of some king somewhere, nor a diamond in the rough. The relationship between Asher and Prince Gar half professional, half friendly was interesting to follow, and rang true, as both realised that no fisherman could truly be a prince's equal, and a friendship would therefore always be lopsided.

I liked that Karen Miller didn't let magic constantly "save the day" but allowed the characters and their personalities carry the plot. My main reason for not giving the book full "marks" is that it ended with a bit too much of a cliff-hanger.

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Karen Miller pulled no punches It always frustrates me when a book isn't 'self-contained', and that cost it a star View all 4 comments. Feb 01, Eli rated it it was ok. The story has some interesting ideas sprinkled here and there throughout, and the writing is certainly passable from a technical standpoint. However, the end result is that the overall telling of the story resulted in mediocrity when in places it offered a tease of potential to be so much more.

Ultimately, I finished the book out of sheer stubborness, rather than due to much interest in what was actually going on in the story. In the author's defense, I believe this is her first novel. With furt The story has some interesting ideas sprinkled here and there throughout, and the writing is certainly passable from a technical standpoint. With further refinement of her craft, she could become a very good storyteller. Apr 10, Jacob Proffitt rated it it was ok Shelves: I haven't been able to pick this back up for two weeks, so it is time to admit the truth: I don't really care to finish this book.

The writing is okay and I'm interested in the world, but there's just enough drag from the characters that I'm simply not willing to continue. I knew that I was in trouble when I found myself unable to like Asher. I think we're supposed to, but at heart, he's kind of an arrogant jerk.

How Prince Gar didn't just dump him in the nearest midden is a mystery to me.

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Sorry, I haven't been able to pick this back up for two weeks, so it is time to admit the truth: Sorry, but it just doesn't work. I had hopes for Dathne, too. I thought I'd at least sympathize with her secret struggle. But she turns out to be a jerk as well. I think the last straw was when Gar took Asher into his household. It was just so Prince Gar was the only likeable character in the book and seeing how both his servants and family treat him as nothing more than a tool in their own internal needs removed the last of my willingness to continue.

Yeah, some seemed sincerely attached to the broken prince, but even his father couldn't get past his lack of magic or see the valuable person he obviously is. Apr 04, Kathryn rated it it was ok Shelves: An enjoyable read, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. Classic fantasy, complete with an ancient prophecy, an unwitting hero, magic, romance, intrigue, all the usual fantasy bells and whistles. Nothing's wrong with that, of course. It just fell a bit short for me. Such as when Asher steps up to save Prince Gar's horse. What in the world is a fisherman doing trying to calm down a horse?

I don't know jack a An enjoyable read, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. I don't know jack about horses or boats, but I'm pretty sure that just because a man has experience steering a sailboat in a gale, it doesn't mean he'll be able to calm down a frightened horse.

And I don't care how unimpressed Asher is when it comes to rank and all it's trappings, I just absolutely could not believe in his absolute utter lack of regard and civility to the prince at their first meeting. The prince , people. The whole scene just didn't fly to me. Another issue I had was with the character Morg. He was your typical one dimensional, pure evil villain. A cookie cutter bad guy. As far as I'm concerned, the villain has huge potential to be the most interesting, complex character in the story. The best bad guys are the ones who weren't always evil, who have reasons that make sense to them for the terrible things they do.

Jim Butcher did a great job with his villains in The Codex Alera series Another case of a book where I just got the feeling that it hadn't lived up to its potential. Aug 24, Cori Reed rated it really liked it. I've seen some really mixed things out there about this book. A lot of people think it's boring and lacking a distinct plot, but I disagree! I had a great time reading this. While it certainly isn't anything shiny and new, I found the fantastical aspects interesting and leaving me wanting to learn more.

The one aspect of the magic I didn't like was it didn't seem to have rules. I like magic systems that are almost scientific. This one felt more like Harry Potter in that you can kind of do anythin I've seen some really mixed things out there about this book. This one felt more like Harry Potter in that you can kind of do anything with the right incantation. That said, I really enjoyed the characters and the character growth, and I love the friendship between Asher and Gar although I hate the name Gar.

I thought the plot was immersive and I immediately went and picked up the second book in the duology and am reading it now. I guess all I'm saying is, don't avoid all books with mixed reviews! Some of my favourite books are have average ratings of under 4 stars. Dec 30, Dawn rated it really liked it Shelves: Finally, some traditional fantasy done right! It's been so long that I picked up a traditional type series and actually really really got into it.

But Innocent Mage sucked me right in, and there was never a point where it lost my attention. That's not to say it was jam packed with action.. It was just good. Good character development, a super intriguing world.. It was the full package when it comes to traditional epic fantasy. Just a quick warning though Big time cliff han This was refreshing. Big time cliff hanger ending. I knew this in advance, so I have the second book ready and willing to go. If I hadn't known..

I'd be dying right now. I can't wait to read the conclusion of the story. Ok there are a few reasons why I am angry. My new adoration for the Fantasy genre is tainted now knowing there is pap like this out there. The story flow and world building was utter shite, hated main character too! Lastly the cover art for both books is great, such a waste: Funny how things work. I was in really weird mood—read that as "horrible"—and it was impacting in my reading. Being in the middle of a mediocre UF series to begin with, wasn't much help at all.

Still, I have to admit to a lot of undeserved nitpicking. In the end, though, it doesn't matter the reason; I got so frustrated with that series that I needed a change and I thought fantasy would do the trick. Finnikin of the Rock was my first choice, but I'm not very good at reading two books at the same Funny how things work. Finnikin of the Rock was my first choice, but I'm not very good at reading two books at the same time—the stories end up all mixed up in my head—and for all that I'm complaining, I didn't want to stop reading that annoying UF series.

Listening to other books while reading something, though, works—don't ask me why. So, I've had this on audio for ages and was always putting it off because all the one- and two-star reviews it has. Now I'm glad that I finally got to it. However, let's get something out of the way: I agree with most of, if not all, the complaints in the one- and two-star reviews. The flaws are definitely there, but for some reason they didn't bother me.

And still, even if it is a mediocre book, most traditional fantasy readers will agree that one star is a little too harsh. Despite all this, the book never failed to lift my mood even after a short listening session. It had been a while since the last time I found myself daydreaming possible solutions to some character's problems or imagining all the nooks and crannies of a fantasy world.

My only complaint is that it finishes almost mid-sentence in a semi-random place. It's not even a cliffhanger. Still, it wasn't a big deal since I also had the second book with me. If you're in the mood for some fantasy and approach this without unreasonable expectations, chances are you'll have a good time.