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The Awakened Mage: Kingmaker, Kingbreaker Book 2 Paperback – 27 Sep 2007

4.1 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; paperback / softback edition (27 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841496057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841496054
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 4 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 488,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Top-notch fantasy. With excellent use of language in a well-told story...a masterclass writer. (SFFWorld)

Scenes unfold with the intimacy of live theatre, dialogue resonates as if heard . . . The ending has the impact of a sledgehammer - the sort of conclusion you remember for years and keep revisiting in your imagination. (Glenda Larke)

Miller's debut is a blockbuster story crafted with a strong sense of wonder ... Fans of Fiona McIntosh will devour this book (Nexus)

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The final instalment of a fast-paced fantasy duology, brimming with action and adventure

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After having read The Innocent Mage I was particularly looking forward to the concluding part of the story. I have to admit however that I was rather disappointed. Of the 680 pages about 650 are spent building up to the mediocre conclusion. After all of the build up I was hoping for something spectacular but the closer it got without anything actually happening the more I suspected that I would be disappointed. Although I found the book enjoyable to read I felt that Kate Miller could has given us a more satisfactory conclusion. I personally feel the books would work better as a trilogy with more devoted to the final battle. The story had a lot of potential but this is never fully explored. I would still recommend this book to those who have read The Innocent Mage but sadly it receives only 3 stars to the 5 stars I gave the first installment.
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i it took me a lot less time to read the book than the first expecting it to be quicker paced and would say it gripped me in parts wanting to know where it was going to next.

i am sure fans of the author are used to the long winded approach to writing that she has, and while i don't mind character building i was faced with thinking a lot of the time "just get on with it".

i won't be continuing with other books in the series which may be my loss but, I think this book could have been a lot shorter and not to spoil the end but it seemed rushed compared the rest of the book. Maybe that was just to stop it turning into a 1000 page snore fest.

This book could have been a bit better with should i say it more "magic" less waffle, and shorter.
Also i felt certain characters were pointless and could have been removed.

if your expecting fast paced/book you can't put don't look elsewhere, this was more about trying to find out how it ended for me and so was so glad it wasn't extended to a trilogy.
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The concluding book 2 of the Kingmaker Kingbreaker series picks up from where Innocent Mage finishes.

I found it lacked the character depth of the first book and I did not connect with the characters as well as I expected, rather thin and predictable in content with an anticlimatic ending.
I was left wishing that the author had taken a little longer in delivering this book and on reflection I do think this story would have been better written as a trilogy so more time and effort could have been spent on developing Book Two, leaving the final battle and aftermath for Book Three.
Never the less it is enjoyable and ties up the story albeit rather quickly in most areas.

It is not a recommended stand alone read; you do have to read the first book which is a shame as I use the 'stand alone read' benchmark for most of my library and recommendations.

I shall however read more of Karen Millers future works with an open mind as her debut book Innocent Mage was superb.
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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 :)
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The thing about a story that is as slowly told as this, is that it serves to build a lot of tension. The glacial pace of this book and it's predecessor just managed to ratchet that tension up to impossible highs and whilst that's a good thing in some ways, it also means that there needs to be a climax that is worthy enough of that ratcheting tension in order to let it all out.

Sadly that isn't what happened here.

After reading the Innocent Mage I was very aware of how slowly the story was progressing but at the same time was surprised at how much I enjoyed the story. Karen Miller is certainly a talented writer and her characters, the relationships she creates with them and as well as her sense of humour is enough to keep a smile on your face through most of the book.

This was enough to make me overlook a lack of pace and story progression in the first book but it isn't enough to carry this book as well.

In this book Asher and the kingdom of Lur are struggling to deal with the immediate events following the cliffhanger ending of the previous novel. The kingdom is in a state of delicate balance and imminent turmoil which leaves Asher and Gar in the thick of it. As the story slowly progresses they find themselves in deeper and deeper water until finally Asher begins to stumble upon the promises about his destiny that we had been reading about for so long.

You might think that this would lead to finally getting some answers but unfortunately there is still a lot of time to spend with yet more building tension, more falsely pointed fingers and what frankly felt like more time wasting to prolong the ending.
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