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Touched By Magic (Magic Rising Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Doranna Durgin
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

One man loses everything to magic–and will do anything to prevent it from taking over his world.
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Magic has never been a part of Reandn’s life. Almost gone from Keland when he was born, there is no trace of it left by the time he patrols the Keep lands as an elite King’s Wolf.

Magic has never been a part of Reandn’s life. Until the people under his care start dying. Until the threat extends to his family-and then turns on him. Someone, somewhere, is trying to draw magic back into Keland, and they don’t care what-or who-is destroyed in the process.

But Reandn does.
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“Doranna Durgin envelops her appealing characters with a rare, shimmering aura of mystic legend.”
–Romantic Times

“[Durgin] has a magic touch for creating rich fantasy.”
–Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

“I loved Touched by Magic and was sorry to see it end.”
–S.M. Stirling

“Mystery, suspense, and loyalty fill out the plot, but primarily this novel focuses on the dangers of obsession. it also deals hauntingly with loss: of loved ones, of home and status, of entire ways of life…. It will keep you guessing right to the end, and there are no simple solutions to the complex problems presented.”
–Hypatia’s Hoard

“It’s been years since I read this. I remember I loved it…Mostly, I remember the characters – because rich characterization is one of Durgin’s best skills. One of many, of course – she also writes great action scenes, and moves the plot along briskly. I can’t wait to read this again!” –B&N Reader

“An excellent read! Touched by Magic has a Game of Thrones quality, combining gritty realism with ethereal fantasy in a rich and suspenseful journey of a man haunted by the past.” –B&N Reader

“I LOVED Touched by Magic! Doranna Durgin is one of those rare and gifted fantasy authors who create vibrant characters you really, really care about. I’d give this book ten stars if I could.” –B&N Reader


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My own synopsis:
Magic has never been a part of Reandn's life. Almost gone from Keland when he was born, there is no trace of it left by the time he enters training with the King's Wolves, the elite force that patrols the king's lands.

_Magic has never been a part of Reandn's life._ Until the people under his care start dying. Until the threat extends to his family, and until he finds himself struggling through disorienting attacks of weakness that turn the very act of going out on patrol into an unacceptable risk. Someone, somewhere, is trying to draw magic back into Keland, and they don't care what--or who--is destroyed in the process.

But Reandn does.

About the Author

Doranna Durgin is the author of seven fantasy novels the first of which, Dun Lady's Jess, received the 1995 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award for the best first novel in the fantasy, science fiction and horror genres.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 477 KB
  • Print Length: 255 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blue Hound Visions (1 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0086YS6GW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #679,677 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Doranna's quirkiness of spirit has led to an eclectic publishing journey since that her first award-winning novel, spanning genres over 40 novels to include mystery, SF/F, action-romance, paranormal, franchise, and a slew of essays and short stories.

Beyond that, mostly she still prefers to hang around outside her New Mexico mountain home with the animals, riding dressage on her Lipizzan and training for performance sports with the dogs. She doesn't believe so much in mastering the beast within, but in channeling its power. For good or bad has yet to be decided...

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the freshest voices in fantasy 23 Nov. 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Doranna Durgin is a mid-list author who deserves much better and if there is any justice at all in the writing world, she'll get it.
Keland is a land where the magic has disappeared, taken away by the unicorns when the main character, Reandn, was a mere lad. Now, years later, Reandn is a Wolf, one of the kings guards, and he is investigating the mysterious disappearance of a young boy from the King's Keep. Reandn doesn't find anything but, while he is searching, he is hit my a roaring in his head that leaves him disoriented. It is later found out that the roaring in his head is an allergy to magic. Someone in Keland has found magic again.
As the story progresses, another boy disappears. Then Travan, the magicians apprentice and Reandn's and Adela's (Reandn's wife) adopted son, disappears. Adela's best friend, Elyn, disappears. Finally, Adela herself disappears. Each time there was a disappearance, Reandn had one of his mysterious bouts of roaring in his head.
When his wife disappears, Reandn finds the evil that is behind the disappearances. Before he can act, he is transported by magic to the far outskirts of Keland where he is left for dead. Magic was supposed to be dead. Reandn meets up with the one woman who believes his story fully, Rethia, who holds the key to the return of magic. But Reandn will do anything to prevent the return of magic to Keland, magic that destroyed his life.
Doranna Durgin is a bright star on the edge of the fantasy universe that deserves all the attention she is going to get.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great fantasy story 7 April 2013
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Very interesting. It's a fantasy chase, a man on a mission to get revenge/save his world. The idea of of setting which just lost its magic is imaginative and works well for the story. It's very good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting story line. 23 Feb. 2013
By Laura
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i enjoyed the story and the magical qualities it held. the story held some emotional moments which helped you emotionally bond with the characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written 30 Jan. 2013
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I like romance and I like fantasy I don't like reading other peoples sexual fantasies or mushy stuff. This combined great story with good pros and left me wanting more what could more could any reader ask for. I really hope the Unicorn part is expanded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. 19 Jan. 2013
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I really enjoyed this fantasy novel. I got is as a free Kindle book and will be buying the rest in the series - this does stand on its own as a novel though. The characters are believable and, as the story progresses, you do care what happens to them. The more you learn about Reandn's marriage the more you want him to find Adela. There is enough in the way of politics and history in the back story to make the setting interesting and help bring the story to life. Excellent book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Magical read 20 Oct. 2012
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Ms Durgin has created a magical read in this book. She has produced a book I will remember for some time to come with her wonderful characters .
The story is all about obsession, and loyalty and mystery. It's topped by great action and the ability to make fantasy seem very real.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book by a great author 4 Jun. 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Reandn's a Wolf, one of the elite group of trackers/soldiers/patrollers, who's put in charge of an investigation concerning the disappearances of two young boys in a time when magic has left the world--or so everyone thinks. Then Reandn's adopted son, Kavan, vanishes, and Reandn's wife Adela is destroyed by the same magic that killed the boys. Reandn, transported to a far distant land by the wizard who killed Adela, Kavan, and the other boys for power, swears revenge on the wizard who destroyed his life. Then he finds out that the very magic that killed his wife and son is going to be brought back into the world...
TOUCHED BY MAGIC is a well-written, tightly crafted novel with fresh, engaging characters and a terrific plot. The author deserves to be placed among such fantasy greats as Mercedes Lackey and David Eddings.
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