A Blight of Mages

Thousands of years before the great Mage War, a land lies, unknowing, on the dge of catastrophe ...

Barl is young and impulsive, but she has a power within that calls to her. In her ity, 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 arts.

Freeman holds the key to her curriculu. A member of the ouncil 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 status.

Together, 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 wo n't be denied.

A Blight of Mages is the new novel set in the world of Karen Miller 's bestselling debut The Innocent Mage.
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Published August 4th 2011 by Orbit
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This means Ms Miller is still reluctan 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 characte- and the most important one- is a girl.

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I read this ( the trilog) before any of the countles anthologies in the series, and I must say it is by far the best one.There were a lot of problem with The Innocent Mage and even more so with The Awakened Mage though here Karen Miller gets the tone just right.

The tale is stronger and the character 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 ord that gets thrown around an awful lot by book reviewers.

The ending was everything it needed to be.I only wish that Karen Miller wrote the rest of the series this well.

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Sevent and foremost, I must say this: While this book may technically be a seque to the series Kingmaker/ Kingbreaker, for the ove of all that is holy, at least read The Innocent Mage and The Awakened Mage before reading A Blight of Mages.

Additionally, there ’ s also a second series in the same world, called The Fisherman ’ s hildren, with two books called The Prodigal Mage and The Reluctant Mage, both of which are strang and continue the story of Lur and its people magnificently.

A Blight of Mages, as I ’ ve said, is a seque to the story set out in Kingmaker/ Kingbreaker, which was continued in The Prodigal Mage and The Awakened Mage.

( view spoiler) [ It tells the tory of how Morgan, a great Doranan mage, became Morg, and how Barl, his infatuation, 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 oman.

A age with incredible power, a member of the First Families of Dorana, a member of the Committe of Mages, and the cousin to the Danfey fortune and the itle of “ Lord Danfey. ” Needless to say, organ is privileged.

To please his ailing father, Morgan agrees to marry a younger woman of a family ranked higher than his … But then, he meets Barl.

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It was delightfully refreshing to not be sure what was going to happen next in a fictio boo 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 Amazon I discovered this book is actually a requel to a series Karen Miller wrote called " Kingmaker, Kingbreaker ", the third ook being called " The Innocent Mage ".

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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.

What I did enjoy was that there were no eroes in this nove- all the haracters were unlikeable in one way or another- Barl was so ignorant and blind to the worth of anyone else including her own so who was at least as powerful as she and she never learnt her lesson.

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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There was a point near the nd where I almost lost it with Barl.

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But it seemed to be a slow build up fantasy and I have no interest waiting three hundred pages at the moment for *something* to happen.

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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 more 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 disguste.

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.

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