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The Prodigal Mage : Fisherman's Children : Book One - Karen Miller

The Prodigal Mage

Fisherman's Children : Book One

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Published: 31st January 2010
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This is the first book of a planned duology called Fisherman's Children which follows on, some ten years later, from her debut series Kingmaker, Kingbreaker. That series followed the young mage Asher as he tried to make his way in a world divided along racial boundaries. Asher is an Olken, one of the dark haired natives of Lur who live as second class citizens in their own homeland beneath the blond haired immigrants, the Doranens. The two races are distinguished also by the magic they can perform and it is the Doranen's superiority in this field that they feel entitles them to higher status. Through the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker series, however, Asher is revealed to be the most powerful Orken in history, capable also of wielding Doranen magic. One consequence of the events of the previous series was to break down the class system and raise Orkens to the same social status as the Doranens.

Now Asher and his wife Danthe have two children, a son Rafel and daughter Deenie, and The Prodigal Mage is their story. Like their father they both seem able to practise Orken and Doranen magic and there are high hopes for their futures. Rafel, in particular, is keen to make his mark and prove himself worthy of his parentage. From a young age he has wished to travel beyond the boundaries of Lur. Barl's Wall, the natural mountain barrier that enclosed and protected Lur from the outside world, fell in the Mage Wars of his father's time and expeditions are being sent to search for Lost Dorana. Rafel is determined to join them despite the danger.

The Prodigal Mage is not a book to jump into without first reading the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker duet as all the best bits require good knowledge of the back story, especially the cliff-hanger ending. Even for those who are up to speed, this is a slower book, taking time to explore Rafel and Deenie's coming of age and instil them as the heroes in this story. The book is also largely a set up for the sequel and in this it does an amazing job.

Reviewed by Richard Bilkey, Booktopia Buzz Editor

Book Description

Some seventeen years have passed since the defeat of the sorcerer Morg and the destruction of Barl's Wall: the last great Mage War, as the conflict is now known.

It has been a time of great change. In the immediate aftermath of the conflict one small exploratory expedition set out across the mountains to discover who lived on the other side. But contact was lost - and they never returned. Magical attempts to locate the party failed.

The people of Lur, still traumatised by the war and struggling to adjust to their new lives, grieved for their losses and pulled back from further exploration. Barl's Wall was fallen ... except in their minds.

About the Author

Karen Miller was born in Vancouver, Canada, and came 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. She started writing stories while still in primary school, where she fell in love with speculative fiction after reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Over the years she's held down a variety of jobs, including: customer service with DHL London, stud groom in Buckingham, England, PR officer for Ku-ring-gai Council, lecturer at Mount Druitt TAFE, publishing production assisstant with McGraw-Hill Australia and owner/manager of her own special fiction/ mystery bookshop, Phantasia, at Penrith. She's written, directed and acted in local theatre, had a play professionally produced in New Zealand and contributed various articles as a freelance journalist to equestrian and media magazines.

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      4.0

      A great read

      By Kat

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          Comments about The Prodigal Mage:

          I hadn't read the previous 2 books in this series, but it was easy to pick up the current storyline, and a great read.

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          4.0

          Not read the previous stories? Thats ok!

          By Novella

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          • A little slow at times

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          Comments about The Prodigal Mage:

          Some references on the covers would be helpful to understand the story sequence over all the books.
          Too easy to pick up the wrong book first.
          Check out KM's web site for this info.

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          very good read

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            The whole of the booktopia experience is great. It was the best present that my daughter could have given me as it keeps on giving.
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            Karen Miller

            Karen Miller was born in Vancouver, Canada, and came 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 has lived in and around Sydney ever since. She started writing stories while still in primary school, where she fell in love with speculative fiction after reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

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            ISBN: 9780732287542
            ISBN-10: 9781841497488
            Series: Fisherman's Children
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 580
            Published: 1st October 2009
            Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
            Dimensions (cm): 18.1 x 11.3  x 3.7
            Weight (kg): 0.314