Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Innocent Mage: by Karen Miller



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, people 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 not what appears to be.

It is filled with excellent characters, interesting dialog, and the potential for a great story, but it has almost no magic in the entire book. This is incredibly disappointing to any reader who sees the title of this and assumes this book is about well … a mage or magic of some kind. In fact this deception of magic in the story goes as far as to have the summary on the back of the book which both mentions and essentially promises magic.

That said The Innocent Mage is a very well written book. It doesn’t meet expectations but any fan of Arthurian type royalty and politics will certainly find a great book here. As mentioned the characters are well developed, most specifically Price Gar and Asher, and the dialog interesting.

But even with these interesting characters Miller needed to step up the action in the book. The entire book acts as a tease for action, prophesizing something huge and exciting will happen and the falling down on this promise. In fact there is almost no action until the very last pages of the book where instead of some exciting fight scene it is a trap gone out of control that leaves the book in the throws of a cliffhanger, forcing readers to continue with this slow series.

All in all while this book didn’t meet expectations I do think the second in the series may be able to recover where the first left off. And because the essential writing is strong I would recommend readers to give it a try if they have time on their hands.


7 out of 10


Publisher: Orbit

Published: September 1, 2007

Price: $7.99

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