The weather magic that holds Lur safe is failing, and the earth feels broken to those with the power to see. Among Lur's sorcerers, only Asher has the skill to mend the antique weather map that governs the seasons, keeping the land from being crushed by natural forces. Yet, when Asher risks his life to meddle with these dangerous magics, the crisis is merely delayed, not averted.
Asher's son Rafel has inherited the father's talents, but has been forbidden to use them. Many died in the last Mage War and these abilities aren't to be loosed lightly into the world. But when Asher's last desperate attempt to repair the damage leaves him on his deathbed, Rafel's powers may not be denied. For his countrymen are facing famine, devastation, and a rift in the very fabric of their land.
©2009 Karen Miller; (P)2009 Hachette
I enjoy epic fantasy and biological science books. While biological science appeals to my professional life,epic fantasy gives me a break.
This is a great expansion on the kingmaker, kingbreaker universe. This story takes a much different path than the first two books. However, if you like the first two books you will not be disappointed. Magic use is more prevalent in this book, but there is still a heavy "political" focus. This story focuses on Asher trying to keep Lur together in wake of the olken gaining new rights as well as some other problems. While I much preferred the narration of the first two books the narrator eventually grew on me. However, with that said I think the performance would have been much improved if the narrator of the first two books.
I saw this book on one of the "highlight" tables at Barnes and Nobel and was hopeful that it was beginning of a new series I could really get into. I came back home and picked up the book on audible. Boy do I wish I had waited for some of the reviews to come in. They are all right on. The characters in this book couldn't find their way out of paper bag without spending 30 minutes having a slow emotionally tortured conversation about . . . nothing. The author is very clear that the characters find the topics emotional but unfortunately, doesn't bother to bring the reader along. The result is that you are dragged through a very laborious story to which you can't relate to anything the characters are feeling. I found myself laughing out loud and the absurdity of the conversations. I can't comment on the ending; I done being a sprat who can't understand why the adults have to talk so much. In terms of the narration, Scott Brick has such an ironic tone already . . . he really needs more substance to work with. He heightened the emotion of the characters, creating even more distance between the me and the story.
I wish the author luck with her next endeavor, for me this one was a big miss.
This book is bad, very bad, its slow, its boring and the characters don't make sense. I wanted to do serious harm to myself while reading this book. I will get the second book only because I've read the first, however I will go to the library and read it for free.
Currently I am about 2/3 done and still enjoying the book. Yes, it a little slow, but it covering a boy and girl growing up. I will get the next book when available.
Very slow, the characters seemed very maudlin and emo, I went from finding it hard to sympathise when a character died to activly wishing that they would all just die and stop moaning.
The only thing going for this book is the narrator.
Nothing happens in this book until the last 5 minute's of the book.That's really a bad why to sell a second book in a series. There is a lot of arguing,between mother and father,father and son.There is also a lot of crying about what the father has to do.
The thick cockney accent that this reader gives the characters makes them sound even stupider than they are - and that's a challenge. Not one of them is smart enough to boil an egg, let alone carry an entire book along in an interesting fashion. Skip this one.
I like most fantasy and sci-fi, but this book was a disappointment. First; it refers to things that have happened in the past that are very important to the current plot, but aren't really clarified in the prologue. I spent half of the book trying to figure out what happened during the "last mage war". If there is a prequel to this book I don't know about it, and if not - it really needs one. Second; and this might just be a personal opinion of mine, but I found the family dynamics, arguments, and characters taking forever to die very depressing (and it rains all the time in the story). The narrators voice adds to this psychological miasma. There's also a lot of 'language' in the book. Now, this ordinarily isn't a big deal for me, and I really like the scattered 'sentence enhancements' now and then, but I made the mistake of listening to this book on my computer with the volume up. One of my kids came into my work room asking "Mom, what's a poxy sh*t mean". The head phones were on after that. To be fair the story does get rather intriguing toward the end of the book when things finally start to get going, and there is a cool ending. Will I buy the next "poxy, bloody" (inside joke...if you've listened you'll understand) installment when it comes out? Maybe, but I'll have to buy some antidepressants first...
This book made a great 3rd for the series. the other reviewers who have not read the first two books the innocent mage and the awakened mage need to go grab those books before they start these ones to understand the story. before you read this or listen to this go out and get the first two it explains the backstory behind the mage war and gives you a basic history of war and who gar is, and who rafel is actually named after. And the innocent mage is actually a little slow too the second book, the awakened mage reads faster.
I saw many negative reviews and I think most are because people haven't read (listened) the previous books. This is an expansion/sequel to The Innocent Mage and The Awakend Mage (aka Innocence Lost).
If you wish to enjoy this book to it's full potential I suggest you start with those books first.
"Needs new narration"
Regrettably I have not been able to get a grip on the story line as the narration is so poor that I can't stay with it long enough. The vast majority of the books in my Audible library have good to excellent narrators but this one is way off the mark. Main regret is that I purchased it too long ago to be eligible for the new exchange programme.
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