The Innocent Mage: Kingmaker, Kingbreaker by Karen MillerThe Innocent Mage: Kingmaker, Kingbreaker by Karen Miller

The Innocent Mage: Kingmaker, Kingbreaker

byKaren MillerAs told byKaren Miller

Mass Market Paperback | September 1, 2007

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"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, people dedicated to preserving an ancient magic.

Asher might have come to the city to make his fortune, but he will find his destiny.
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 elementary school, where she fell in love wi...
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Title:The Innocent Mage: Kingmaker, KingbreakerFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:672 pages, 6.75 × 4.12 × 1 inPublished:September 1, 2007Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316067806

ISBN - 13:9780316067805

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED this book! #plumreview - I LOVED this book! I have seen some negative reviews on this one, complaining that "not enough happens" or the "story is too slow", but personnally I love a slow burning story with in-depth character development. When I read a story, I want it to feel believable. I want to really get to know the characters, and "follow them around" for a while before getting into the main plot. I dislike books that are all actions with little character development. This book is full of wonderful, funny, characters. There were many passages in this book that made me laugh out loud and I couldn't resist reading some of them to my husband. The interaction between the Prince and Asher was great. The book ends with a huge cliffhanger; when the story is just reaching it's climax. It leaves a lot of questions unanswered which makes me excited to continue on with book #2.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very engaging I very much liked this book, the characters were developed well, the events were unexpected until the end and none of the characters were truly good or evil (for the most part).
Date published: 2015-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You should read this series!! This series was fantastically written! The individual voices of the characters, of the different classes and races of people, truly made the story. The plot was well thought out, complex and original, and the changing perspective kept me constantly turning the pages. There were hilarious, terrifying and heartbreaking moments, a lot of surprises, good and bad, and some absolutely beautiful writing tying it all together. Karen Miller really outdid herself with the four books in this set (kingmaker, kingbreaker followed by fisherman's children) and it'll be a while before I'm able to leave the kingdom of Lur behind.
Date published: 2013-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Weak story. Good characters. The strength of this book is the characters and whether their style appeals to you. Very little background on the history of the peoples or the land, which draws out many fantasy fiction books beyond their value. I don't mind pages of dialogue or inner monologue, so long as the characters are interesting and don't whine too much about their fate. I knew walking in that the series continued, so wasn't surprised at where the story broke for the second book. Many laugh out loud moments which I find rare in this genre.
Date published: 2011-04-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Who was the innocent to read this? Me! When I found this book, I thought why not. It spoke of magic, of a young man trying to find himself and a kingdom on the brink of a catastrophic prophecy. Hum, it seemed interesting... Oh but what a deception! This book was unfortunately a long and slow 600+ pages of getting to know characters with nothing but a cliff hanger at the end. The innocent mage himself is helpless and rather week with strong words of a bully but nothing more of substance. There is no real heroine, no one to really cheer for and at the end, you feel completely robed of the time you have spent reading this book. This book is not part of my recommended books to read. It is an unfortunate wast of time!
Date published: 2009-09-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from It makes you more stupider I made the mistake of reading this after catching up on George RR Martin's 'Song of Ice and Fire' series (10/10). Please don't read this book. The dialogue is annoying, the main character speaking in some dialect. The characters have about as much depth as cardboard cutouts of mentally incapacitated children. No character(ization), no story, action, or mental capacity required. After a few hundred pages, I stopped reading. EVERYTHING! It was two weeks before I could bear to read anything more substantial than shiny, colourful news flyers. This was the worst book ever written.
Date published: 2009-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not another run of the mill fantasy Looks like I am back into fantasy! I've shied away from it for almost ten years for the reasons I listed in my review of Wit'ch Fire. But I seem to be on a role and I scored another EXCELLENT book. This book chronicles the rise of Asher from a lowly fisherman to the Assistant to the Prince of Lur. Only one fact makes this book fantasy. Magic. There are no fantastical creatures or fifteen different sentient species. There are two types of human. One that remembers it's magic and one that has forgotten. Otherwise, everyone is quite normal. It's that subtle touch of fantasy that makes this book so appealing in the genre. Karen Miller is also a wonderful story teller. She writes about the everyday life of the characters and makes it so interesting it's impossible to stop reading. I was able to perfectly visualize each character in every setting. I could hear their voices and understand their feelings. I cared about them. She's also used a unique style of writing. A way that draws you into the book that I don't think I have experienced before. Every now and then she used short, fragmented sentences to describe what a character sees or hears. She writes them in present tense and puts you in the place of the character. At first I had a hard time reading it but once I caught the flow it was wonderful. There are only two books in the series so I am saving the next one, The Awakened Mage, and I'm sure it will be just as perfect.
Date published: 2009-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stellar Chararacterization I was impressed by Miller's characterization of Asher of Restharven. A real diamond in the rough, he is immediately arresting and interesting--a far cry from the often too-good-to-be-true characters of standard fantasy. The principal female character is also intriguing and complex. I was less impressed by the characterization of the the "bad guys" who remain a little too one-dimmensional to be really interesting. I also found the "elvish" race--the Doranen--rather venal and superficially rendered. Some additional complexity here would have been nice. Miller consistently manages to make Asher's "common" dialect sound authentic throughout the novel, and his struggles to cope in a new and challenging environment are believable. Prince Gar, another major character, is also likeable--if a bit too "tortured" for my liking.
Date published: 2008-09-27