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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (29 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441015050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441015054
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.1 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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"Loaded with excitement." -- Linnea Sinclair

"An absolutely enjoyable read." -- C.E. Murphy

"A Witty, kick-ass heroine." -- Shanna Swendson

About the Author

Lisa Shearin currently works as the editor at an advertising agency. She has been a magazine editor and writer of corporate marketing materials of every description. Lisa enjoys singing, reading, writing novels, and fencing (foil and epee, as well as rapier & dagger dueling). She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two cats, two spoiled-rotten retired racing greyhounds, and a Jack Russell terrier who rules them all.


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This book was good. However, it was extremely difficult to get into. This was actually my second attempt at reading it; the first time I gave up halfway through in frustration. The reason for my annoyance at the time was that I just couldn't get a grasp on who each character was because they've all got such ridiculously long and hard to pronounce - and remember - names. Three names each in some cases. Here's an example of said stoopid names: Nachtmagus Nigelius Nicabar - that's one guy. Did she fall on her keyboard or what? So I just kept getting completely lost and confused. I decided to try it again though, because underneath all that I could see the story was good and worth persevering with. I just had to wait until I was in a more patient mood. Once you do get to know the characters and the world Shearin has created, I can imagine this is a series that you can get totally engrossed in.

It's fantasy, written in a sort of historical, swashbuckling pirate-type setting. Our protagonist, Raine, is quite likeable. She has a personality that would suit urban fantasy. She's practical, logical and has a good sense of humour. I'm going to read the next one and see if the slight hint of romance I detected goes any further... I hope so.

Edit: I've since carried on with this series and it's excellent.
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'My name is Raine Benares. I'm a seeker. The people who hire me are usually happy when I find things. But some things are better left unfound...
Raine is a sorceress of moderate powers, from an extended family of smugglers and thieves. With a mix of street smarts and magic spells, she can usually take care of herself. But when her friend Quentin, a not-quite-reformed thief, steals an amulet from the home of a powerful necromancer, Raine finds herself wrapped up in more trouble than she cares for. She likes attention as much as the next girl, but having an army of militant goblins hunting her down is not her idea of a good time. The amulet they're after holds limitless power, derived from an ancient, soul-stealing stone. And when Raine takes possession of the item, it takes possession of her'

Love it! 'Magic Lost, Trouble Found' is book one of this engaging and gripping series...and what a fantastic beginning! This novel is everything a fantasy novel should be. It's a fast-paced, action-packed, catch your breath page turner. I bonded quickly with the tough, witty, compelling heroine Raine and found the other vivid characters equally enchanting. There is heaps of chemistry and tension (of all sorts) in this debut novel. It was an utter delight to read! I eagerly await the sequel, 'Armed and Magical' in April 2008.
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While the cover of the book put me off somewhat, I recently took the plunge and purchased this anyway. As fantasy novels go, its light-hearted tone and brevity make a refreshing change. If you want something that's a relatively quick read, with a good sense of humour, then you could do much worse than this book. It gets off to a good start, although it introduced a lot of characters and concepts a bit too quickly for my liking. The pace is quick and although the plot becomes slightly predictable that hardly detracts from the all-round sense of fun.

The characters are generally likeable, although it took me some time to warm up to our heroine. The ending is also very abrupt - while you expect it to lead directly on to the sequel, I would have liked a bit more resolution and came away feeling a bit dissatisfied. Nevertheless, it's a good start to the series and is good value for money - I look forward to reading the sequel.
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I picked this up fairly randomly when it popped up in my recommendations - despite not much liking the cover.

I'm so glad that I did. It was a really great read - lovely characters, living in a well rendered world, with an interesting plot.

So what's the story? Raine Benares is an elf and a sorceress of limited powers who makes her living as a seeker - a finder of missing objects and people.

Looking out for one of her friends, who is not having much luck in turning his back on a life of crime, she ends up wearing a stolen amulet which it rapidly becomes clear is very powerful and transforms her magical talents in a rather alarming way. It is also a magnet for a number of interested parties, most of whom do not have Raine's best interests at heart.

The story follows Raine finding out more about the amulet and her past as she dodges her new found enemies.

Mermeia, the city that Raine lives in, is built on canals and with one of the set piece scenes taking place at a masked ball, there are definite echoes of Venice. The city is well realised and its position in a chain of islands and city states is sketched out sufficiently without needing to get bogged down in lots of background.

The city is home to a number of races and creatures, the main ones being humans, goblins and elves - with a lot of magic users of varying levels of capability. The goblins and elves are a bit different to the norm. The goblins are beautiful, seductive, dark-haired creatures of the night - think non-blood sucking vampires. We don't hear as much about the elves, Raine's own family are a bit atypical as they are pirates and thieves, but they don't seem to be immortal and are pretty down to earth.
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