The Prodigal Mage

The Prodigal Mage 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 The weather magic that keeps Lur safe is fai

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 .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,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 .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.

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The Prodigal Mage

  1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name Please see this thread for details.Also writes as K.E Mills Lord, do you really want to know Oh, all right.I was born in Vancouver, Canada, and came to Australia with my parents when I was 2 I think Dad s an Aussie, Mum s English, go figure Talk about Fate and Destiny But three passports come in handy.I ve always lived in Sydney, except when I didn t After graduating with a BA Communications from the then Institute of Technology now University a few years ahead of Hugh Jackman, dammit, talk about rotten timing, I headed off to England and lived there for 3 years It was interesting I worked for a bunch of nutters in a community health centre and got the sack because I refused to go do EST with them you stand in the middle of a circle and thank people for hurling verbal abuse at you for your own good, they said, and then were surprised when I said no , was a customer services officer for DHL London would you believe at one time I knew every single airport code for every single airport in the world, off by heart , got roped into an extremely dubious life insurance selling scheme I was young and broke, need I say and ended up realizing a life long dream of working professionally with horses After 18 grueling months I woke up, and came home.Since then I ve done customer service in the insurance and telecommunications industries, been a training officer, PR Officer in local government, production assistant in educational publishing, taught English and Business Communication at TAFE, been a supervisor and run my own sf fantasy mystery bookshop Money for jam, there I also managed to squeeze in a Master s Degree in Children s Literature from Macquarie University.I used to have horses of my own, and spent lots of time and money showing, breeding, training and judging, but then I came off one time too many and so a large part of my life ended.When I m not writing I m heavily involved in the Castle Hill Players, my local community theatre group, as an actor, director, prompt, stage manager but not all at once and publicity officer.I m a story junkie Books, film, tv you name it Star Wars, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica the new series , Stargate, Firefly, X Men, Buffy, Angel, Supernatural, The Professionals, Forever Knight, Due South, The West Wing, The Shield, Sandbaggers, Homicide, Wiseguy, The Shield, The Closer and the list goes on And that s just the media stuff I love music While writing I listen primarily to film soundtracks, because they ve been written primarily to evoke emotional responses in the listener This helps access emotion during tough scenes Plus, the music is pretty At least the stuff I listen to is Favourite film composers include Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri, James Horner and John Williams Vocalists I enjoy are Josh Groban, Russell Watson, Sarah McLachlan, Simon and Garfunkel , Queen, The Moody Blues, Steeleye Span, Meatloaf, Mike Oldfield anyone who can carry a tune, basically.In short, I m an only child with an overactive imagination, 3 dogs, 2 cats and not enough hours in the day I don t drink, smoke, or do enough exercise I make periodic stabs at eating properly Chocolate is my besetting downfall.So that s me You can wake up now

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  1. I absolutely loved Kingmaker Kingbreaker, and I really wanted to love The Prodigal Mage as well The things I loved about the previous novels don t hold true in this book I loved Asher s character and really understood where he was coming from in The Innocent Mage and The Awakened Mage I liked his attitude and ability to set everyone straight In The Prodigal Mage he comes off as a bitter old man Asher and his wife argue and fight nonstop in this book It really bothered me When they aren t arguing [...]


  2. The Prodigal Mage is quite unique amongst fantasy novels that I ve read It is very much character driven so you should not expect a breakneck paced plot The father son relationship is central to the story and is explored quite well.Rather than facing a human villain in this story, the main antagonistic force is the land itself the weather The land is dying, poisoned by left over magic from a defeated dark lord While this may sound potentially bland, I felt the sense of impending doom as much as [...]


  3. As a followup to theKingmaker, Kingbreakerbooks, this one fails on several levels Where the first two books had the strength of Asher and Gar s friendship to sustain them, there is no such emotional bond in this one.First, the book is split into two parts, I suppose according to the turning point for Lur itself, but I found it to be somewhat awkward The first part spans about 20 years The first beat establishes Rafel s burning obsession with magic and his rebellious, stubborn nature as well as A [...]


  4. Where are the women in this book Even when the author is female it is most of the time a male dominated world with marginal roles for the women why do the women in fantasyworlds keep on wearing long dresses as if they live in OUR past Okay it is mostly set in a kind of medievel world But I have sometimes the feeling that Tolkien made a template and every new writer fills it with his or her own story and forgets that we live in the 21th century but this aside Even Danthe is just on the side, argu [...]


  5. Karen Miller is a popular fantasy author from Australia Apparently she has written quite a few novel down under but only a few, recent ones have made past our borders The Prodigal Mage is the first book in one of her new series and I thought it was quite good.But I m not really sure whether or not it was much better than just quite good There are a few things that I really liked, mostly about the writing style, and other things that weren t so exciting.Here s what I really liked The speech that [...]


  6. Book three of the Innocent Mage series introduces us to the next geneneration of mages Opening some 8 10 years after the defeat of Morg, Asher is now a leader in the kingdom a republic than a kingdom now , with wife and children This story focuses on the evolution of Asher s son as a mage in his own right, with the parallel and forumlaic backstory of father and son conflict The son who wants to use and flaunt his power, vs the older and wiser father who seeks to suppress him The overall story s [...]


  7. The Prodigal Mage is the first book in a duology called Fisherman s Children It s the continuation of the story from the duology Kingmaker, Kingbreaker Basically, this is book three The story picks up 10 years after book two as we meet Asher s children and learn that the Kingdom of Lur is in trouble again This book has A LOT action than the Innocent Mage, and is also much darker I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how life has progressed in Lur since the last book ended and got sucked into the story I [...]


  8. This book didn t make me feel sympathetic or any other kind of connection with the characters to make me want to read the sequel to it All the characters seemed to be really extreme either extremely cocky, extremely arrogant, extremely stupid, extremely fragile, extremely helpless, extremely annoying or extremely ignorant There seemed to be no middle ground, no mixture, people either listened or they didn t, or they were too arrogant to even think about anything else I don t think it was realist [...]


  9. I would not say that this series can be read just like this You will not get the entire back story Sure you could enjoy it, but you really should read the series that takes place 10 years before And the prequel that explains why all these people are in trouble anyway.But anyway this book 10 years ago they saved Lur and got rid of Morg The Olken and Doranen are now equals before the Doranen were the Lords and if the Olken used magic they got killed Asher the hero from the previous series is marri [...]


  10. After reading The Innocent Mage and Awakened Mage and enjoying them so much I was hoping that Prodigal Mage would be just as satisfying a read and I wasn t disappointed.Though not as action packed as the first two books, Prodigal Mage has a strong story and I couldn t put it down.Asher hasn t changed a bit thank God and his son and daughter are brilliant characters in their own rights The language styles in the book are still fantastically written and very funny, I ve not read many books where y [...]


  11. Not up to the standard set in the first two books This one is nothing than one VERY long prelude tot eh next book in the series Most of the book you want Asher, the main character from the first two books, to stop whining and moping and get on with what needs to be done But that s just it, he can t so his son has to, and that is what this book is about It s also the classic villain resurrection plot The ultimate villain from the first two books is back and the world is hurting.


  12. I liked the other Mage books the next book in the series was a real page turner This book, however, was boring me to tears Hardly anything was happening and there was a lot of angry, long winded dialogue.


  13. I was amazed and excited when I discovered that Miller was doing a sequal duology to her kingmaker, Kingbreaker series, which were two of the most heart stoppingly brilliant books I have ever read I decided to wait until both books were out in this series however, because when I read innocent mage I had to wait two of the slowest days of my life for the 2nd book awakened mage to arrive, and devoured it immediately I didn t want the suspense of waiting months for the 2nd in this series to be rele [...]


  14. Not a better love story than twilight.I just want to give some reference here I didn t learn to read until I was 10 I was very stubborn as a child and refused to learn until eventually I became jealous of my sisters, and learned over a two month period, and boy did I find out I was missing out big time.Reading became my favorite hobby I read every single non fiction book in our local library I spend the majority of every waking minute reading until I was 20 I have read 50 100 books or per year [...]


  15. An unnecessary lenghty book The first half literally half the book is absolute boredom Endless conversations, father to son talks on how they love each other and so on Then suddenly a break in the tedious ness, but alas only for a short periode The actual action covers the very last 40 pages of the book Very sad, this book, very sad



  16. SOOOO much whining and voice actor who read it made whining soo good and could not listen to the book, everyone cries like lithe bitches thanks for woman voicing in the next book.



  17. AHHH The cliffhanger I have other things that need reading Now I HAVE to know what happens Off to the next book while my To Read pile gathers dust.


  18. Ten years ago Asher saved Lur from destruction in THE INNOCENT MAGE and THE AWAKENED MAGE Now he and his wife Danthe, and their two children Rafe and Dennie, look forward to a peaceful life, free of prophecy and fear No such luck Of course The earth itself has become sick with turmoil flooding, earthquakes, whirlpools as a result of hundreds of years of magical manipulations and Asher worries he must use his WeatherWorking magic again to save the land, even at the expense of his own life At the [...]


  19. From myscififantasy I was introduced to Karen Miller about 6 months ago when I found the Innocent Mage books, chronicling the young life of a fisherman turned Prince s Executive Assistant turned mage named Asher Great story, great characters, great everything Highly recommended.The Prodigal Mage takes place ten and twenty years later, after Asher and Dathne have children As you might have guessed from the title, much of the story revolves around one of Asher s children his son Miller did a great [...]


  20. I was planning to give myself a bit of a breather before plunging into Miller masochism but I guess Angelopolis was my breather I just couldn t stay away Although it seemed pretty well wrapped up at the end of The Awakened Mage, I still had some snagging suspicions that things weren t quite over for Asher, and for Lur So I went back to the library, recalling that I had seen Karen Miller books on the shelf, and read the inside cover of The Prodigal Mage to discover that Fisherman s Children is [...]


  21. As much as I liked this book there were some downfalls and I nearly stopped reading it half way Seems like the second book gave the me encouragement to keep reading PROS The different PoVs in each chapter, whether it be from Asher, Rafel, or his Doranen childhood archenemy Arlin, were characterized in their own ways of speaking and seeing the world, and I found this quite amusing, especially when it came to Arlin There were usually no abrupt time changes apart from the different sections which m [...]


  22. This story moves a bit slowly because it focuses on character development and the realistically portrayal of a strained relationship between a son and his father These parts of the book are very well done but there are too many pages focused on these and it drags a bit If you ve not read the Kingmaker Kingbreaker series don t bother because this book builds off that world and most of it wont make sense without that prior knowledge I have read it though, so I liked it


  23. I came at this book with a huge bias I had read the Kingmaker Kingbreaker and Godspeaker series prior to reading The Innocent Mage, both of which I greatly enjoyed Karen Miller builds wonderful fantasy worlds that you can immerse yourself in, with dialogue that is fun to read and full of color Personally, I love when authors give their characters slang and special curse words, and Karen Miller delivers on this So, with my expectation bar set pretty high, I found this book to be lacking I felt li [...]


  24. Vier sterren Nederlandse versie gelezen bevat mogelijk spoilers.De recensies voor dit boek liepen aardig uit een Maar ik wilde hem toch graag lezen Ik moet eerlijk zijn dat ik toch iedere keer weer uitkeek naar het weer een stukje kunnen lezen in dit boek Soms zijn er zoveel andere dingen dat je niet altijd de mogelijkheid hebt om te lezen Voor mij is dat het Ambassadeursschap voor het kinderzwerfboek Het kinderzwerfboek is een initiatief van Nationaal fonds kinderhulp en richt zich op kinderen [...]


  25. This novel tracks the young life of the son of Asher, who was the protagonist in the two books Innocent Mage and Awakened Mage Rafel, Asher s son, is growing up with a sister, Deenie, and both have some odd magic due to their father having both the Doranen and Olken magic in him As I begin to write the review I realize I ve forgotten half the character s names though I read this fairly recently I wonder if that means I m getting old or the characters were not very memorable Hmm.The problems that [...]


  26. So you like stories about magic and heros You like fantasy worlds that promise adventures This technically should be the book for you Well, I thought so too I was wrong.Can there be any misery and pain in one book That would be my one sentence description We ll come back to the reasons for that.From the outset it looks like an easy to read, simple adventure story, where you could escape from your daily troubles The problem is, that this book likely has problems than you life.Secrets, secrets a [...]


  27. The Prodigal Mage is new series by Karen Miller based on a previous popular Kingmaker, Kingbreaker series The characters carry over as we get to see what happens after the triumph over Morg Asher is still the stoic hero and he now has a family We see the Olken have a happy life but the Earth is not well It is suffering and it again boils down to Asher to do something for it But there is were the fun and similarities end For the most part of the book one can describe the mood as somber to fearful [...]


  28. An interesting new start to the Kingmaker Kingbreaker series this time around this is the first of two books for the Fisherman s Children series Still following the life of Asher for most of the tale, Rafel, his son, takes the lead as the new strong mage.The blight left by Morg, thought long gone, begins to return and Rafel takes it upon himself to journey over Barl s Mountains with his childhood rival, Arlin Though they suspect the lands over the mountains would be barren and tainted with Morg [...]


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