The Prodigal Mage by Karen MillerThe Prodigal Mage by Karen Miller

The Prodigal Mage

byKaren Miller

Mass Market Paperback | June 1, 2010

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Many years have passed since the last Mage War. It has been a time of great change. But not all changes are for the best, and Asher's world is in peril once more.

The weather magic that keeps Lur safe is failing. Among the sorcerers, only Asher has the skill to mend the antique weather map that governs the seasons, keeping the land from being crushed by natural forces. Yet, when Asher risks his life to meddle with these dangerous magic, the crisis is merely delayed, not averted.

Asher's son Rafel inherited his father's talents, but he has been forbidden to use them. With Lur facing devastation, however, he may be its only hope.
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...
Title:The Prodigal MageFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:656 pages, 6.75 × 4.25 × 1.5 inPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316076406

ISBN - 13:9780316076401

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good A pretty good book. Better than the second book, but not as good as the first. Karen Miller is a bipolar writer. Sometimes she is fantastic. For example, in this book she described Asher's daughter as 'all whispers and thistledown'. Beautiful writing. I wish I could think of a line like that. Other times, her writing makes me so mad I almost can't read it. In one of her Star Wars books she used the phrase 'pulled a face' so many times it was unbearable. This book was sort of a combination of both. It has good part and bad, but as whole it added up to a pretty good book. I am looking forward the fourth book.
Date published: 2011-02-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A disappointment The Prodigal Mage by Karen Miller, fails to live up to the attraction of its predecessor series. The plot is sound enough, but the author fails to explain her characters’ reasoning. Indeed, much of the book is spent on useless dialogue and arguments and ends on a somewhat predictable to be continued note. The first in The Fishermen’s Children series, The Prodigal Mage starts approximately 8 years after where the last book left off. Readers are introduced to Asher and Dathne’s children, Rafel and Deenie, both of whom share aspects of Asher’s strange mix of magic. Afraid that his children will experience the same mistrust he receives; Asher has hidden their talents from the world and raised them ignorant of the full extent of their abilities. However, trouble stirs in Lur as the land begins to tear itself apart. Its populace decides that the only way to save themselves is to look beyond Barl’s fallen wall for answers. As mentioned, the plot for the Prodigal Mage is not bad. However, the characters are completely one dimensional and predictable. Despite having essentially ruled the country for 20 years, Asher is still his recalcitrant self and shows no sign of having grown more diplomatic in the slightest. Dathne’s character seems weaker than it used to be, which the author essentially explains as being a result of motherhood. Rafel is set up to be the rebellious son and Deenie is the weak, frail daughter. Arlin is immediately presented as the unyielding, bitter rival who is completely oblivious to all logic. My biggest complaint against the book is the dialogue. The author establishes early on that Lur is dying. The Olken can feel the earth’s pain and are suffering. They’re obviously going to die if nothing is done. But when someone says that they’re willing to try to fix things, everyone argues against it. Asher is among the worst. He moans and objects rather than trying to help out. To be fair, he’s obviously right that the ideas presented will not help, but what’s the point of sitting around and doing nothing? I was also disappointed by Dathne. As mentioned above, her character is much weaker than in the previous series. The author explains that Dathne used up all her “fight” in the battle against Morg, and now her focus was on protecting her family. However, Dathne’s idea of protecting her family seems to be trying to guilt them out of doing dangerous things, and denying them the help they might need in order to succeed at their task. Harsh as it is to say, I feel that all the dialogue in this book can be described as goats bleating to one another. You can skim through the pages and get the general idea and save yourself the infuriation of having to deal with stubborn fools. If you are considering reading this because you enjoyed the Innocent Mage series, I highly recommend that you avoid this. You will only end up annoyed and disappointed. To be honest though, I am interested in finding out what happens in the next novel, The Reluctant Mage. However, I will be borrowing the book from the library rather than buying it, and I will only skim through the text rather than reading every single agonizingly bad line.
Date published: 2010-10-06