|Submitted by Davina MacLeod |
(Aug 01, 2005)
The Innocent Mage, Book One of the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker duology, is Karen Miller's debut novel to be released by HarperCollins under its Voyager imprint August 1 2005. ISBN: 0 - 7322 - 8079 - 6
Enter the kingdom of Lur, where magic is weilded by few... and others are imprisoned if they dare to try
The Doranen have ruled Lur with magic since their arrival as refugees centuries ago, having fled from Morg, the mage who started a war in their homeland. To keep Lur safe, the inhabitants of Olken agree to abandon their own magic. Magic is then forbidden them, and any who would break this law will be executed.
Asher left his coastal village to make his fortune in the city. HIs first employment is in the royal stables, butr he soon finds hinself befriended by Prince Gar and given more money and power than he'd ever dreaned possible.
However the Olken have a secret; a prophecy. The Innocent Mage will save Lur from destruction. Members of The Circle have dedicated themselves to preserving Olken magic until this saviour arrives. Although unknown to Asher, he has been watched closely. The Final Days approach, and Asher's life takes a new and dangerous turn...
The back cover blurb tell us about the story and the magic that is a part of it - what it doesn't tell us is the magic of the writer of this top-notch fantasy. With excellent use of language in a well-told story that has a quiet raunchiness, and a piquancy that tickles the palate, Karen Miller keeps us wanting more.
When an author who has made you laugh, writes that one character tells another that he is "My compass. My anchor. My candle in the dark." you know you have come across a masterclass writer.