Review: 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, a secret organisation 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 book one in the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker series.

I went to the bookshop to buy another book and saw this on the shelf and ended up buying it aswell. It was one of those “it called to me” moments, and I’m so glad it did!

When Asher leaves his fisherman roots and family to make some money to help his Father he has no idea what is awaiting him in Dorana, the capital city. falling into the employ of the Prince, known as a cripple because he doesn’t have magic like the rest of the Royal Family, Asher becomes more successful and happier than he could have imagined.

But some of his friends are not what they seem, members of a magical circle set on overthrowing the Royal Family and they believe Asher is the one they’ve been waiting for, the Innocent Mage.

This story is a slow boil, it has many strands and is the first part of a saga so is not in a hurry to give anything away. But it is a gripping fantasy. The characters, all of them, are intriguing and gripping, they are complicated and whether you judge them to be good, evil or in between they make interesting reading.

There are many twists and turns in this story that you don’t see coming none more so than right at the end of the book which left me gaping, stunned and wishing I had a copy of the second book to jump straight into!

If you like high fantasy with lots of magic then this is going to be the perfect read for you!

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

TitleThe Innocent Mage
SeriesKingmaker Kingbreaker #1
Author: Karen Miller
Genre: Fantasy | High Fantasy | Magic
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: 3 June 2010
Review Format: Paperback
Other Formats: eBook | Audio
Pages: 560
BuyAmazon UK | Amazon US | KoboiBooks

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