"The evil foretold has risen...and we are all that stands between it and the end." Asher has come a long way for a fisherman's son. Together with his friend Prince Gar, he has defended their kingdom against its bitterest enemy, but at great cost.
Now, the evil mage Morg is preparing for his most deadly assault. Desperate, trapped in a broken body, Morg has little time and fewer scruples. And he has a plan. As Gar and Asher unwittingly fall into a dangerous deception, Morg gets ever closer to his goal. And this victory would be particularly sweet... for who better to destroy the kingdom than the two who would give anything to save it?
©2007 Karen Miller (P)2010 Tantor
"Adventure, magic, friendship, love, and a battle of good versus evil---I can see this tale becoming a classic." (Scifichick.com)
This was my first experience with Karen Miller's work. I enjoyed both books in this series very much. This is Fantasy with characters I could understand, a lot of raw emotion, and a rich background story only hinted at. Looking at the other books available, I can see that the history behind the Innocent Mage is out there as well. Miller breaks a couple 'rules' of writing and does it very well. She writes in dialect, and she calls real things by made up names. These rules are meant to be broken, but it takes a good fantasy writer to do it. She succeeds. The narrator of these books handled the dialect very well but does not return to read the series that comes after, and that may be a difficult switch. I was looking for long fantasy novels where I could get involved with the characters and not have my attention wander. Miller gave me that and I will continue to read her novels. The only criticism I have is that she seems to be dancing around a religious allegory and that was a bit distracting. I may be confusing the basic progression of "The Hero's Journey" with religious allegory... something to think about. It may also just be my imagination, and if so, she has touched on an issue in Fantasy I strongly believe in. We have to be able to believe in the character's world before we can believe in them. If it is too alien, we shouldn't just be dropped into the deep end unless we already know how to swim. That doesn't say it very well, but I've read books where I've drowned, and a few brilliant works that I have learned to swim in. I prefer to wade in and swim out to the deep end when I'm comfortable. These are well worth the time to listen to.
After having enjoyed The Innocent Mage, I expected more than this book delivered. Much of the story line was so predictable that it felt as though I'd already read it by the time I actually got to the parts I already knew were coming. There was also a lot of repetition that could have been done away with by a good editor. Many times I thought my iPod was playing up or the audio book was skipping or hadn't been properly cut together, but it turned out just to be the author repeating the lines again.
Having said that, the last third of the book was a lot better. There were several events that I didn't see coming and one or two quite clever plot devices. It basically saved the book. I also thought Karen Miller did a good job at making her characters realistic. Few of them were wholly good or purely evil, which is more in keeping with truth and reality. It did, however, sometimes make it quite difficult to decide whether a character was likeable or not and left me never quite knowing if I wanted to invest any particular feelings in the characters. Still, it added depth to the book and was well done and I applaud her for it. Do I recommend the book? I don't really know. This is one book where I would make an exception for an abridged version as a lot could have been cut with no ill effects on the story.
Narration: The book is well narrated and I would listen to Kirby Heybourne again.
The first book in this series held promise, but that was all. The Awakened Mage covered maybe a 2 months time frame in which the characters barely accomplished anything. The first and second book combined would have made an okay book, but separately the second book was a failure in my opinion.
The Sum of All Men; The Runelords
I feel the narrator did a fair accounting of a poorly written series.
Mainly disappointed in a drawn out series and an over indulges in the characters ranting and anger at each other and where prophecy was leading them.
Read the 5 books connected to this one at your own risk of disappointed. I know the two I did read, I was disappointed and I'm inclined to listen to the other readers on the rest of the books.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
If you made it through the first book then you should enjoy this one. I would even say it is better than the first in the series as the characters have matured and we finally come to our conclusion. My main criticism of this series is it is a bit drawn out and there is a lot of whining and unnecessary conversations through out the books. Terrific narrator by the way. I applaud his performance.
After reading "The Innocent Mage" I could not wait to read this book. It is a fantastic sequel and final book to end an incredible story. The narration is phenomenal and makes this an all time best audio book! I recommend the series!
I would highly recommend this book. The narrator really brings out the drama of this story and it is easy to get lost in the story and narration. I loved this book.
I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone
The fact that if you stopped anywhere for a minute it did not matter, you can pick it up at another time and continue, nothing to complex there
the very end, do not read this part if you dont want the book spoiled but when Asher goes to the Crypt to talk to Gar, from the part of Gars death to the end of the book i could not stop crying. the bad part of it was that I was at work on break crying in my car. but Asher talking to his dead friend and keeping in touch is a amazing way to end it.
No. While I did enjoy the first book to some extent, and the first part of this one, the ending was hard to get through. It seemed almost as if Karen Miller was just trying to end it, and just seemed to kill off almost all of the characters that I liked. There were a few things that left me wondering, but not enough to see if maybe those questions will be answered in another book. It seemed as if the last fifty pages or so just seemed to be a way to just get the book over with already, and I found it a great strain to force myself to listen to the last bit of the book.
Nothing else by this author. After this book I was extremely put off on reading the rest of her books.
None. I will say that Dathne was my most hated character of the book. In my opinion, she is too foolish, and I think she gets in the way of Gar and Asher's relationship. She doesn't seem to make any good decisions, and is extremely insolent. She's way too childish in my opinion.
Not to buy anymore books by this author.
I would listen to anything else the narrator did. He's the only part of this book that I really enjoyed.
What is there to say, I am a 40-something professional man with kids who like to listen to light books while on the bus to work.
Warning, some spoilers in the description (but not really as you can predict all of them within the first three chapters of the book)
It is Asher. This book might appeal to a pre-pubescent teenage girl, but I doubt it. Let me start at the beginning...I labored through the first book in this series because I found the characters somewhat intriguing, shallow but with promise. Unfortunately that promise was not fulfilled, even in the slightest. These characters become so one-dimensional by halfway through this book that I actually stopped listening and turned the book off. The first mistake Karen makes is that she decides that each of her characters will be the epitome of a caricature. Asher is the country mouse in the city, Dathne the young headstrong idealistic women, Matt the sensible, Gar the noble prince, and Morg is the evil magician. By half way through this book they make you want to puke. The love scenes between Dathne and Asher are so puerile they make you cringe. What is worse are the lead ins to the love scenes, Asher and Dathne come across like 13 year olds, pathetic. The bromance between Asher and Gar is even worse, with each of them taking turns wailing about one thing or the other, I just wanted to yell "shut up already...can't you ever talk about something without sounding like a whiny little sprat". Morg was the best character of the bunch, but even he is emotional state is one step from giving him apoplexy at any given moment. After 6 hours of listening to characters who are ALWAYS on the verge of emotional collapse I wanted to poke my ears out. And all this happens without ANY advancement in the plot!!! Halfway through the book and we are at the same point in the plot as we were at the start. Some might argue that Asher getting his magic is a major plot development, and it is/should be, but it did not actually move the plot forward for several more hours (at least it seemed like several more hours). It certainly did not count as a "plot twist" as we have been waiting for it for 1.5 books at that point. If you like high-strung, always teetering on the edge of an emotional chasm, characters???by all means you will love this book. If you like your characters to be a little more fully fleshed and developed, and emotional stable....you will hate this book.
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