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The Innocent Mage: Kingmaker, Kingbreaker Book 1 [Paperback]

Karen Miller
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3 Jun 2010 Kingmaker, Kingbreaker (Book 1)

'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, a secret organisation dedicated to preserving an ancient magic.

Asher might have come to the city to make his fortune, but he will find his destiny . . .

The Innocent Mage is book one in the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker series.

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (3 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841499315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841499314
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 254,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Karen Miller was born in Vancouver, Canada, and moved to Australia with her family when she was two. Apart from a three-year stint in the UK, after graduating from university with a BA in Communications, she's lived in and around Sydney ever since. Karen started writing stories while still in primary school, where she fell in love with speculative fiction. She's done a variety of interesting jobs, but now writes full-time.

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A writer who seems to set the rule for the genre (WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY)

Miller is clearly a very talented writer: her characterisation is a masterclass in nuance and sensitivity, and she has a visceral way with action (SFX)

Top-notch fantasy . . . a masterclass writer (SFFWORLD)

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One of bestselling fantasy debuts of the last decade: enter the world of Kingmaker, Kingbreaker - a wildly fast-paced fantasy series brimming with action and adventure.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but lacks depth 15 Aug 2009
By Jay
I really enjoyed the book for the first third - I liked the reluctant hero Asher, and I thought that the author had a good eye for dialogue. However, I felt that the book definitely lacked depth. The characters were one-dimensional and fairly dull. I didn't like Gar, despite his plight which, in the hands of a better writer would have rendered him the emotional heart of the novel. I thought that the villains of the piece weren't evil enough - their bad actions felt halfhearted and I couldn't summon the energy to dislike them. The other problem with the book is its pacing. The middle chunk of the novel really dragged and I saw the 'twist' coming a mile off!

However, I have to say that two of my friends have read this and really enjoyed it because they found it easy, addictive reading. I think that there are many, many better writers out there (George RR Martin, Robin Hobb, Joe Abercrombie) but if you want something quick and fun, it's worth a look.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a book but a serial 3 Jan 2009
I enjoyed the book but was very disappointed in the ending, or rather, lack of an ending. The characters were good, plot was good, dialogue and character development were good, but it seemed that in the last third of the book Ms Miller didn't know what to do with it and was not inclinded to make any hard decisions to complete the novel.

I am a Fantasy enthusiast and love series', but successful books within a series have a beginning, middle and end - not a beginning, long middle and a `sorry, but you'll have to read the next book to find out the end'.

I may read the next book at a later date to discover the conclusion, it was well written after all, but I hope that its lack of resolution was an oversight rather than a ploy to get readers into the next book. If it was, then it was both frustrating and unnecessary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional start, dissapointing finish 16 Feb 2009
By Lilyana
The first of a two book series, The Innocent Mage initially presented itself as a highly entertaining and rather delightful new fantasy. The characters were well written and amusing, the plot was intreguing. Unfortunately, this situation did not last throughout the book. By about half way through, the character traits I had found so appealing initially had begun to annoy me. Certain phrases and descriptions, which I had found wonderful on my first encounter with them, had been repeated to the point that I wanted to throw the book across the room whenever I was forced to read them yet again. By the end of the book the plot had become slightly stilted. While the main plot was hopping along reasonably well, the complete lack of subplots and sparse cast of characters was beginning to make for a slightly dull read. The only attempt at a sub-plot was so utterly pointless, having no bearing on anything else in the book and being a blatant attempt to instil some 'action' in areas that were slow going, that I would have preferred it if the author had left it out entirely.
To be fair to Karen Miller, I overthink things far too much, this book is delightfully original in many ways. It is quite possibly the fact that I enjoy intricately created webs of plots and sub-plots, with hosts of intreguing and amusing characters, which caused me to become dissapointed by the end of the book.
It's definately worth the read, despite my criticisms!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious 22 April 2011
By D. Ward
The first 500 pages are a waste of time and could be far more cleverly incorporated into 100.

Too much time spent on mundane, verbose embellishments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Zak
A good story in a fairly well described world though hardly new - Kingdom Type 6b - benevolent ruler, kingdom enclosed by magic barrier.

The main problems are the glacial speed with which the story progresses and the main characters. They are mostly so unpleasant and constantly whining that it is hard to feel anything positive for them.

Then there is the soap-opera dialogue. Whenever two characters are in the same room we must have a lengthy emotional exchange - I'm so lonely, I love you, I hate you, I'm so angry, Emotions! Angst! Feelings! The characters seem to have no emotional balance - they are either moping and whining to themselves or are screaming their emotions at each other or bursting in to tears (and it is laid on thickly with a large trowel).

I would have hoped that the characters emotional states could be put forward with a little more subtlety.

"You can't just have your characters announce how they feel! That makes me feel angry!" (Futurama, The Devil's Hands Are Idle Playthings, 2003)

I am hoping that things will liven up in the next volume and hopefully things may come to some conclusion or I may be bursting in to tears and screaming myself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book, but not 'out of the ordinary' 20 Jun 2011
A well written book if a bit slow in places, the characters do take some getting used to particularly the moody Asher. Lots of Clichés to be found, however if you want an easy read it doesn't detract anything from the story. What I didn't like was the Cliffhanger ending! I expect this in a TV series because they want you to watch the next one but I don't expect it in a book! Yes, you leave the major part of the plot open ended to continue the series but the book should have a proper ending, I did feel like I was being pushed into buying the next book.

If you like easy reading fantasy then you will probably enjoy this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and very one dimensional
In short -don't bother. I usually love fantasy so this book really appealed to me, but it's a very disappointing read. The characters are unsympathetic and difficult to like. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Terark
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I like this book it does take a while to get into and some times it can make me a bit impatient but other wise a good read half way through the second book now.
Published 2 months ago by Joel Daniel
4.0 out of 5 stars A new twist on an old favourite
The ingredients are all there- a young lad who is more than he knows; a prophecy; magic and the human jealousies and ambitions and prejudices that bring everything together. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sue
4.0 out of 5 stars A great start!
I've only read the first few chapters of this novel, but already, I like the style of this author - and her "hero". Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bookfriend
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Kindle book!!
Very much in the 'Lord of the Rings' genre. It is very readable. I picked it up at every opportunity and finished quickly. Read more
Published 6 months ago by babs enderby
4.0 out of 5 stars Its a good book- but different to the normal sword wielding!
Having read fantasy of all kinds for at least 20 years, i'm always on the lookout for new books and Authors. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Pugwash
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy brilliance
Brilliant,my favourite author, I lost hope in books before I found Karen Miller! Keep doing what you're doing!! Love you
Published 7 months ago by Michael Keighron
4.0 out of 5 stars great book,well written but an ending that doesn't conclude anything...
frustrating cliff hanger ending but otherwise a very enjoyable book which is well written and enjoyable. Read more
Published 9 months ago by CKev42
2.0 out of 5 stars forgot i was reading it
I pick this up under good reads in local bookshop and yes they still exist.

i started reading it and i like plot and character building but it just would get to it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by setec
3.0 out of 5 stars Caution when reading its a slow build up
When I first picked up the book I thought this book has potential, I did not read it straight away as I had bought two other books after buying and read those first thinking it... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mojo
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