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A long and subtle build up, followed by an adrenaline rush of a conclusion
on 2 February 2012
I hadn't read a book in 2 years when I picked up the Innocent Mage. It was a big undertaking, and it was a fairly slow story with few actions beats. But that's IMO, the brilliance of this two book series.
Karen Miller really takes her time to build up the world and the characters. So much so, that when the inevitable conclusions start happening, it's an enormous adrenaline rush because of how much you CARE. It becomes very tangible and I found myself incredibly attatched to Asher (one of the greatest protagonists i've ever encountered :)). And his friendship with Gar is one that will break your heart.
I found the books wonderfully written, and enjoyed how neatly events from the first book tied in at the end. Yes, the very final conclusion was a simple one. The solution perhaps a bit too cliched and rushed. But the build up to that conclusion was honestly the most riveted i've been whilst reading a book. I absolutely could not put it down. I was crying for most of the last 200-300 pages because of everything Asher was going through; just really felt such a rush of emotions. And some of the events during the final battle had me devestated!
I'd recommend the series to anyone :)