I don't think I'm giving too much away to say I felt a premonition of tears to come through most of the book, but I kept hoping for a happy end and we nearly made it. And knowing this historical context helps with the later novels. I liked the setting, and found the world fascinating. It is a path that will take her from stinking back alleys to the house of her God, from blood-drenched battlefields to the glittering palaces of Mijak. Mills, releasing the first novel in the Rogue Agent series, , under this pen name. But you won't be able to pick it up if you didn't read Kingmaker, Kingbreaker. I picked it up at the library because it sounded interesting, and I liked the first few pages.
I don't think I have ever loved and hated a character so much that I think I made myself kind of sick about it I also can assume t This is the back story on Barl and Morgan that sets up the whole conflict for Asher in the Kingmaker Kingbreaker series book:Kingmaker, Kingbreaker: The Omnibus Edition 13074864 and then again later in the Fisherman's Children This book was one of the best out of all five books combined. The writing, characters and world-building all caught my imagination and would not let me go. Seems I should have read The Fisherman's Children first, but as far as I can make out, this is the same world but unconnected. Also, while I understand why she did it, introducing new characters in the last 100 pages was awful. With the storm of the final battle about to save the life of a child. Yet as Ethrea comes ever closer to civil war, a greater danger awaits. What she does not see is the darkness in him that won't be denied.
The real strength of the novel is in a small handful of side characters that make the story feel more grounded when the two main characters are built up larger than life. Putting that irritant aside I enjoyed reading how Morgan gradually fell into madness - how his evil actually came from a desire to do good or what he thought was good, but got corrupted by his own bigotry. The abrupt loss of the councillors was a shock too, as well as the brief mention that all of Remmie's old pupils were lost before the Doranen reached Lur. The highest injustice lies in the fact that mages who are not of the First Families cannot attend the mage college in Elvado, the capital city of Dorana. Yes, I knew the ending before reading it, but that did nothing to detract from this book. What I did enjoy was that there were no heroes in this book - all the characters were unlikeable in one way or another - Barl was so arrogant and blind to the worth of anyone else including her own brother who was at least as powerful as she and she never learnt her lesson. Together, he realizes they can create extraordinary new incantations.
They flee to Lur, which by all accounts is a pretty desolate place. She dreams of attending the based college for mages in Dorana, but is repeatedly denied. The highest injustice lies in the fact that mages who are not of the First Families cannot attend the mage college in Elvado, the capital city of Dorana. The reactions of the other mages to the nascent catastrophe are reminiscient of global warming deniers. I also thought the story itself was very predictable.
In the beginning, Morgan was just a man. I loved the character development throughout the rest of it. She is the best clock maker in Dorana, she is sure, were she given the chance. In her city, however, only those of noble blood and with the right connections learn the ways of the arcane. The country was ruled by two Councils.
. Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Miller again? Barl is desperate to learn-but her eagerness to use her power leads her astray and she is banned from ever learning the mystic arts. It gave me insight into the characters who came after, and deepened my love for this fictional universe. His father berates him constantly, belittling him because he has no wife and no son to pass on the Danfey name to. Miller was born in , , Canada and moved to Australia at the age of two. Especially considering that your in-game partner is someone really special to you - and this person already lives a virtual life? But Barl's power intrigues him-in spite of her low status.
Don't get too attached to anyone, because like a lot of good storytellers, Miller is not afraid to do terrible things to her characters, and there's a good chance some will not survive. Barl and Morgan were interesting at first, but also two of the most annoying characters of all time. This is a well written super fantasy that focuses predominantly on the initial meetings between Morgan and Barl prior to their heroics in the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker duology. Barl, the main character, if you can choose but one of the cast to focus on, is 22 and as fiery a heroine as anyone could desire. I enjoy Karen Miller - but I do understand some of the complaints about her work. So I would recommend ignoring the rest of the series and to just stick with this one like I wish I had done.
I recommend for anyone interested in reading the Lur Saga, that you do it that way, because the ending of A Blight of Mages is much more satisfying that way than if you read them in chronological order. Denied twice, Barl goes about her days as a clock-mage, creating beautiful clocks for mages of higher rank who can afford such creations. The blue-haired slave Zandakar, the man she thought was her friend, has been revealed as the son of a woman sworn to destroy her world. All the things Jervale fears will come to past. Then, Victor is abducted by aliens and deposited on a prehistoric world filled with hungry dinosaurs and beautiful alien women. The first half of the book was better than the second. While her female secondary characters are present, important and interesting, this does not detract much from a book being all about a man, and in fact, led to my frustration, because she obviously could write such great female characters.