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A Blight of Mages pdf A Blight of Mages, ebook A Blight of Mages, epub A Blight of Mages, doc A Blight of Mages, e-pub A Blight of Mages, A Blight of Mages cd0e6490cb3 Hundreds Of Years Before The Great Mage War, A Land Lies, Unknowing, On The Edge Of CatastropheBarl Is Young And Impulsive, But She Has A Power Within That Calls To Her In Her City, However, Only Those Of Noble Blood And With The Right Connections Learn The Ways Of The Arcane Barl Is Desperate To Learn But Her Eagerness To Use Her Power Leads Her Astray And She Is Banned From Ever Learning The Mystic ArtsMorgan Holds The Key To Her Education A Member Of The Council Of Mages, He Lives To Maintain The Status Quo, Preserve The Mage Bloodlines, And Pursue His Scholarly Experiments But Barl S Power Intrigues Him In Spite Of Her Low StatusTogether, He Realizes They Can Create Extraordinary New Incantations Morgan S Ambition And Barl S Power Make A Potent Combination What She Does Not See Is The Darkness In Him That Won T Be Denied A Blight Of Mages Is The New Novel Set In The World Of Karen Miller S Bestselling Debut The Innocent Mage


10 thoughts on “A Blight of Mages

  1. says:

    I read this the prequel before any of the other books in the series, and I must say it is by far the best one.There were a lot of problems with The Innocent Mage and even so with The Awakened Mage though here Karen Miller gets the tone just right I would go as far to say that this works perfectly well as a stand alone novel You don t really need to know anything else about the series to enjoy this one The story is strong and the characters are actually interesting for a change So I would recommend ignoring the rest of the series and to just stick with this one like I wish I had done Character development is a word that gets thrown around an awful lot by book reviewers Does a character need to grow for the book to be good Food for thought, though these character truly grow they grow into gods One is evil and driven by destruction and dominance, the other is benevolent and seeks to thwart her counterpart This all sounds pretty standard, but what made this so compelling was the fact that in their mortal lives these two deities were once the best of friends and lovers they were soulmates.Seeing how they transformed slowly over time and eventually pushed themselves into disaster gave the plot a bitter resolution From very early on it was so clear that this situation could never end well The lovers were two different and their powers were pushing them in very different directions The attraction was strong, and it was easy to see why it was there In the beginning they brought the best out of each other, which made it even painful and dramatic when things went awry The ending was everything it needed to be.I only wish that Karen Miller wrote the rest of the series this well Perhaps her skills as writer improved with time or perhaps she finally understood what makes for a well written character Barl was forced to choose between saving innocent lives and the madman she absolutely adored He became corrupted by power, though she still loved him And although they became enemies, the feelings were stronger than ever As such the story was so very tense and the emotions very real I recommend this to those looking for a quick slice of fantasy action, and especially those who enjoy books about magic and magic schools such as The Name of the Wind, The Wizard of Earthsea and, of course, Harry Potter.


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    First and foremost, I must say this While this book may technically be a prequel to the series Kingmaker Kingbreaker, for the love of all that is holy, at least read The Innocent Mage and The Awakened Mage before reading A Blight of Mages I ve noticed an alarming number of reviews that give the book a low amount of stars, because they weren t prepared for the violence and changes in one of the main characters, which easily would have been remedied if the original series had been read before the prequel Additionally, there s also a second series in the same world, called The Fisherman s Children, with two books called The Prodigal Mage and The Reluctant Mage, both of which are fantastic and continue the story of Lur and its people magnificently Personally, I suggest reading all of the other books before reading A Blight of Mages.So, let s get down to it A Blight of Mages, as I ve said, is a prequel to the story set out in Kingmaker Kingbreaker, which was continued in The Prodigal Mage and The Awakened Mage view spoiler It tells the story of how Morgan, a great Doranan mage, became Morg, and how Barl, his lover, lead their people over the mountains to the county of Lur to escape Morg s evil magic.In the beginning, however, Barl was just a woman A young woman with magnificent power and potential, chafing beneath the yoke of the rules imposed upon low born mages by the councils of Dorana 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 Barl wants in, and she s not about to take no for an answer To prove it, after already being denied entry once, she writes to the Mages Council, asking to be allowed to study at the college Denied twice, Barl goes about her days as a clock mage, creating beautiful clocks for mages of higher rank who can afford such creations Eventually, she can t take it any Barl goes to the college to speak with the mage who deals with the applicants to the college While there, an altercation ensues that changes Barl s life forever and, within the span of hours, she goes from being a fantastic mage of almost unending power to a woman who cannot even cast the most basic of spells without succumbing to crippling pain In the beginning, Morgan was just a man A mage with incredible power, a member of the First Families of Dorana, a member of the Council of Mages, and the heir to the Danfey fortune and the title of Lord Danfey Needless to say, Morgan is privileged Privileged, but broken His first love dead, his father dying, Morgan can barely hold it all together His father berates him constantly, belittling him because he has no wife and no son to pass on the Danfey name to To please his ailing father, Morgan agrees to marry a younger woman of a family ranked higher than his But then, he meets Barl And it is love at first sight Love isn t what brings them together Barl s punishment does that Love, however, is what keeps them together Love, and mageworking But when the mageworking begins to get too intense, too dangerous, can love fill the gap hide spoiler


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    It took me almost three months to finish the Lur Saga as I m calling A Blight of Mages, The Innocent Mage, The Awaken Mage, The Prodigal Mage, and the Reluctant Mage I read them backwards, starting with the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker books and ending it with A Blight of Mages 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 satisfying that way than if you read them in chronological order.I honestly enjoyed A Blight of Mages, and after the Reluctant Mage I was a bit surprised It was fun picking out names of future characters and putting the pieces of the puzzle together, A Blight of Mages pretty much explains why Asher was born the way he was But you won t be able to pick it up if you didn t read Kingmaker, Kingbreaker The first half was engaging, the middle was fast pace because you got so caught up in Barl s whirlwind mageworking romance with Morgan and you kept wondering about that immortality spell, when will Morgan marry Barl, what is Morgan working on Then the third part, the ending arch it was heartbreaking, sad and painful to read, because if you read the other four books of the Lur Saga, then you KNOW what happens You KNOW the consequences of Barl and Morgan s actions, the after effects of the Weather Magics and the Wall All the things Jervale fears will come to past Hence when you read that last line of the book, your heart breaks Because you know the entire sacrifice that Barl and the Olken are making And it s so heart breaking Though over all, it was a great book and the reread value is very high Though next time I read the Lur Saga I ll read it in chronological order I recommend it to anyone The Lur Saga is definately enjoyable than The Godspeaker Trilogy Hekat was just unlikeable about midway though Empress and Rhian you liked in the second book but I couldn t stand her in the third.


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    This book started off lulling me into a false sense of comfort I thought I d picked up a pulp fantasy novel, an easy read where I know the cookie cutter plot and the joy is really in getting to know the new characters and how this world works About halfway through this book I realized that they would accomplish everything I was expecting no further than 60% through at that rate and I began to get worried that they would just drag that part out through the rest of the book Then I got slapped upside the head by a major plot twist which just kept on coming It was delightfully refreshing to not be sure what was going to happen next in a fantasy novel about mages.I found the ending quite abrupt with some major unaddressed plot points, which I knew would lower my rating if a sequel was never written, but when I started reading reviews on I discovered this book is actually a prequel to a series Karen Miller wrote called Kingmaker, Kingbreaker , the first book being called The Innocent Mage I wonder if I would have enjoyed this book less or if I d read that series first, but at least now I know I can look forward to those unresolved plot points being the basis for that series when I get ahold of it


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    I enjoy Karen Miller but I do understand some of the complaints about her work She does have a tendency to replay the same conversation between 2 characters again and again like Morgan and his Father and Barl her brother I think she was trying to show us the character development ie how Morgan could do nothing right by his Father but it could have been handled much succinctly 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 Her brother Remmie though an upright citizen was as dull as dishwater and as timid as a mouse The other characters were all unlikeable snobs One glaring fault in the world Ms Miller created which irritated me considerably, was that no one other than Barl questioned the unfair class heirarchy that was in force, a heirarchy based on birth not magical power The unranked mages were at least as powerful as the ranked mages even if they didn t get the same level of education Barl would not have been the only rebel in fact that sort of system would not have been sustainable 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 Overall enjoyable If Ms Miller could just sort out some of her character dialogue issues it would have been an excellent bookMerged review I enjoy Karen Miller but I do understand some of the complaints about her work She does have a tendency to replay the same conversation between 2 characters again and again like Morgan and his Father and Barl her brother I think she was trying to show us the character development ie how Morgan could do nothing right by his Father but it could have been handled much succinctly 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 Her brother Remmie though an upright citizen was as dull as dishwater and as timid as a mouse The other characters were all unlikeable snobs One glaring fault in the world Ms Miller created which irritated me considerably, was that no one other than Barl questioned the unfair class heirarchy that was in force, a heirarchy based on birth not magical power The unranked mages were at least as powerful as the ranked mages even if they didn t get the same level of education Barl would not have been the only rebel in fact that sort of system would not have been sustainable 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 Overall enjoyable If Ms Miller could just sort out some of her character dialogue issues it would have been an excellent book flag


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    This was another book I picked up as a possible 2012 Australian Women Writers Challenge book, but which, due to my extra criteria, did not make it to my list of 10 books I read specifically for the challenge.I loved this book I have read the original two Kingmaker Kingbreaker books The Innocent Mage and The Awakened Mage, the latter of which is published as Innocence Lost in Australia and enjoyed them, but I think I enjoyed this one a little It took me a while to get into, as I found it moved a little slowly, but once Barl and Morgan meet, the sparks really do fly While a reader who has read the Kingmaker Kingbreaker books knows the final outcome, sie will not know exactly how the characters get there or precisely what happens along the way This means Ms Miller is still able to create suspense within the story and provide an explanation for certain aspects of the Kingmaker Kingbreaker books.Also, I really enjoyed the fact that one of the main characters and the most important one is a woman One thing that has frustrated me about Ms Miller s writing in the past is that every book of hers I have read so far has had a male protagonist 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 This book proves that, if it needed proving, and it was simply refreshing to have everyone worrying and talking about a woman.One thing I enjoy about Ms Miller s writing, whether she is writing as Karen Miller or K.E Mills, is that, even though her books are not set in Australia, her tone and her characters slang especially, in these books, that of the Olken takes much from Australian tone and slang It makes the books recognisable for an Australian in the way many other books in this genre are not.I m now looking forward even to reading the sequel series to the Kingmaker Kingbreaker books, the Fisherman s Children books The Prodigal Mage and The Reluctant Mage , and will definitely be seeking out other works as well.


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    I m not sure how to rate this book, because I liked the first half or so, and yet really didn t care for the second half which I basically skimmed I picked it up at the library because it sounded interesting, and I liked the first few pages For the first half, I found the characters likeable, although quite flawed I liked the setting, and found the world fascinating The magic is interesting, and I enjoyed the idea of magicians as artisans, who not only create standard spells of warding and such, but use specific magics to create specific items, such as glass clocks that keep perfect time I should also note that the sex scenes were fairly explicit something I dislike reading.The second half I found horribly dark I tend to shy away from books that involve things like entire countries being destroyed, and the crazy evil magician who was responsible working to free himself to create further destruction I understand how it fit into the story, but it was much too dark for my taste I did enjoy the complexity of the story, how view spoiler Morgan believes that he is saving their country, and yet it is his magic that is tearing it apart His use of forbidden magic drives him insane, and yet makes him impossible to kill At the same time, Barl is lulled further and further into forbidden magic, from turning a beetle into turning a chicken, and does not realize the consequences until it is too late to save them hide spoiler


  8. says:

    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 The Prodigal MageThe Reluctant Mage This book was one of the best out of all five books combined Why Because of Morgan Delfrey, that s why 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 that that might be how Barl felt about the whole thing However, my recommendation is that you DO NOT start the series with this book This is one of those times where the prequel needs to be read at the end so that you don t spoil your original concept of the story However, it is your decision in the end just make sure you read it last You won t be sorry.


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    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 I enjoyed the Godspeaker series, I laughed my way throught the Rogue Agent series, but this book is a bit special almost two books worth and very powerful 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.I ve given it 5 stars, but I do have a few reservations Quite a few of the characters are thoroughly unlikeable, but it s OK while I m in their heads When I see them through the eyes of other characters, it is difficult to maintain my sympathy There was a point near the end where I almost lost it with Barl Talking of which the names puzzle me Most of them, like Barl, are very inventive and new, so why a Welsh name like Morgan Authors are funny at times.


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    Morgan is convinced that the Doranen are in danger and he s trying to forestall it He s a lone ranger, working on his own.Barl is a gifted mage but in a hierarchical society, her lack of family name means that she s considered unranked, denied from higher learning She clashes with people that she doesn t feel respects her abilities, and chafes at the slower pace she s put through This ends when she s left alone in a workroom and she averts a disaster of course, this results in the evidence of the disaster being destroyed, and she s blamed for it I mean can you blame her fellow workers It sounds to me that she could stand to be a little bit nicer to them.Anyway, Barl decides to demand entrance to the College of Mages, and she ends up view spoiler assaulting the head of the College hide spoiler


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