We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
The Innocent Mage | [Karen Miller]

The Innocent Mage

"The Innocent Mage is come, and we stand at the beginning of the end of everything." Being a fisherman like his father isn't a bad life, but it's not the one that Asher wants. Despite his humble roots, Asher has grand dreams. And they call him to Dorana, home of princes, beggars, and the warrior mages who have protected the kingdom for generations. Little does Asher know, however, that his arrival in the city is being closely watched by members of the Circle, people dedicated to preserving an ancient magic.
Regular Price:$34.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

"The Innocent Mage is come, and we stand at the beginning of the end of everything." Being a fisherman like his father isn't a bad life, but it's not the one that Asher wants. Despite his humble roots, Asher has grand dreams. And they call him to Dorana, home of princes, beggars, and the warrior mages who have protected the kingdom for generations. Little does Asher know, however, that his arrival in the city is being closely watched by members of the Circle, people dedicated to preserving an ancient magic. Asher might have come to the city to make his fortune, but he will find his destiny.

©2007 Karen Miller (P)2010 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A solid epic that posits political intrigue, ethereal prophecies and a rags-to-riches hero against a vivid if familiar fantasy backdrop." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (329 )
5 star
 (110)
4 star
 (109)
3 star
 (80)
2 star
 (19)
1 star
 (11)
Overall
3.8 (257 )
5 star
 (85)
4 star
 (82)
3 star
 (62)
2 star
 (20)
1 star
 (8)
Story
4.2 (258 )
5 star
 (115)
4 star
 (91)
3 star
 (39)
2 star
 (11)
1 star
 (2)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 03-29-12
    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 03-29-12 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    354
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    501
    89
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    21
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Heroic Fantasy well written"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Holly 09-15-12
    Holly 09-15-12 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    29
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    117
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    20
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great emotion, though the plot's a bit lacking"

    I have mixed feelings about this book, because while I liked the characters and felt deeply for them, there wasn't much in the way of originality here. The highlight was Asher, who defies the likable farm boy stereotype by being belligerent, selfish, self-centered...and entirely fascinating to watch crash through his version of life. His friendship with Gar is a great buddy story, but the rest of the plot lines are less defined. Also, this is only half of a book, so beware the blatant cliffhanger.

    Kirby Heyborne did an excellent job at narration, and I loved his portrayal of Asher. His narration was a good part of my enjoying this story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ken 08-12-12
    Ken 08-12-12 Member Since 2011

    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

    HELPFUL VOTES
    96
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    113
    75
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    15
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Interesting"
    Would you listen to The Innocent Mage again? Why?

    I would yes, because this book is full of different human aspects, ranging from hidding secrets to sibling rivalry, desire to learn at great risk to trying to do whats right.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    King Borne, even though he does not play a huge role in this book, he is what I invision a fair and just king. he cares for his subjects and does what he can to make sure they continue to be safe. Unlike most of the Doranen he accepts the Olken as a major part of his kingdom and does not look down on them. one part of the book a young man breaks a major law and must be exicuted. Borne showed compassion to the young man and kept the execution to the people who judged him only. He walks the fine line of balance in the kingdom showing justice and love at the same time.


    Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Prince Gar, just how Heyborne portrays Gar's acceptance of Asher, his inward laughing at the pranks but how he cant show it. to me thats well done


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh at some of the things that Asher does and says.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a little slower to get started, but just wait it will be worth it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dennis Kayatt 02-12-11 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "A great novel"

    I really enjoyed this book. The writing and the characters make this one of my favorite novels of all times. The narration brings it all to life like no other audio book I have listened to yet. I recommend this book strongly!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gary Moraine, OH, United States 02-06-11
    Gary Moraine, OH, United States 02-06-11 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "This is a great great book"

    I loved this story and couldn't wait to get the sequel. Excellent writing, fantastic narration and a story that will keep you enthralled every word.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    robert FALLON, NEVADA, United States 03-25-14
    robert FALLON, NEVADA, United States 03-25-14 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    12
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good story, can be slow"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I think this book is worth the time, provided your not hugely interested in books based around action. Its a fairly solid world. Not great, This book flows around characters and the drama surrounding them, within a fantasy setting. Unfortunately not all the characters are built well. but there are some good ones, and is worth the read if you Like books based around character drama and development.


    Would you recommend The Innocent Mage to your friends? Why or why not?

    It depends. Some i would, some i wont. I think a lot of people would find this and its squeal boring.


    Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    These two books are the only two ive heard from him but, he does a solid job, Though this is one of the issues with the books. Either the reader potrays many moments as very Soap opera-esk And seems overly dramatic at times. Or maybe thats the book and its writing. To tell i would need to listen more from Kirby, But this audiobook was very... overly dramatic at times.


    Was The Innocent Mage worth the listening time?

    For the most part, yes. Beginning drags but for most of it, its a solid piece of work


    Any additional comments?

    This book ends in a straight up cliff hanger. and its very very irritating if you want even some kind of resolution, but it offers none, You need to have the next book ready. Its basically one long book broken up into two. The biggest difference between this and its sequel is the tone.

    If you like character dramas, and have some extra money, go for it. If not, pass this over

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    JPaladin 03-29-13
    JPaladin 03-29-13 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    107
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    100
    59
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    24
    13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Dissapointed."

    Paper thin characters and plot. The villain was so very thin I thought it was a ruse and that something deeper and more interesting was waiting to be revealed. But alas that was not to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    L. Duginski Jr. Wisconsin 12-20-12
    L. Duginski Jr. Wisconsin 12-20-12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "great just great"
    What did you love best about The Innocent Mage?

    It introduces everyone in a way that you want to know everything don't want to ruin it
    for anyone but some unexpected grief in the next book. Have fun reading


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Elizabeth Hayward, CA, United States 04-02-12
    Elizabeth Hayward, CA, United States 04-02-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    31
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    140
    25
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Nice read"

    This is not normally the sort of book I choose. There have been times in my life when it was, but not so much right now. Still, it was a good story, although I will probably not read the sequels, if it's your sort of story at all, I'm sure you will want to read them. Even among the "hard boiled detective" stories I'm reading right now, this was enjoyable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Leif El Sobrante, CA, United States 06-22-11
    Leif El Sobrante, CA, United States 06-22-11 Member Since 2009

    I love all kinds of fiction (esp. sci-fi/fantasy), but am critical of poor writing and often leave reviews only for things that make me mad.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    92
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Simple and boring, with unlikable characters."

    The main character is horribly unlikable. As far as I can tell, he is supposed to be charming in his bullheaded disregard for authority, but he just insults everyone he meets and, in response, they offer him money and jobs. The supposedly sympathetic prince comes off as soft and not particularly bright. The carefully guarded conspiracy seems incompetent and its members constantly telegraph their involvement. The villain might as well be a cartoon for all the subtlety with which he is written.
    This isn't a terrible book, but it seems to have been written for dim children.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 12 results PREVIOUS12NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.