Friday, July 29, 2011
BOOK REVIEW: A Blight of Mages
Author: Karen Miller
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: May 2011
Barl Linden is one of the greatest mages Dorana has seen, but she is still socially inferior to those she works with. In fighting for the right to be treated as an equal, Barl comes to the attention of the all-powerful Council of Mages.
Morgan Danfey is the youngest mage ever to be appointed to the Council. Proud and talented, he senses that some terrible, unknown danger looms ahead for Dorana ... problem is, he can′t prove it.
When Barl and Morgan cross paths the sparks fly, and a chain of events is set in motion that will changes their lives -- and the fate of nations -- forever.
Praise for Karen Miller
′not just another fantasy writer, she is a sorceress whose spells become books′ Ticonderoga Online
′Miller′s tale ... is seductive′ ADELAIDE ADVERTISER
′devious plot twists and an intriguing love triangle′ SPECUSPHERE
This book returns to the setting of the ‘Kingmaker, Kingbreaker’ and ‘Fisherman’s Children’ series. It’s a prequel that is about the origin of the magical disaster that dominated so much of both series. Readers of the earlier books will know the core of this story—that the Mage Morgan Danfey destroyed the land of Dorana, poisoning the earth and transforming its inhabitants into twisted monstrosities; that his corruption spread and that only by the efforts of another Mage, Barl Linden, was the small nation of Lur protected.
A Blight of Mages focuses on Barl Linden and Morgan Danfey and their relationship. Those who’ve read the other novels will know that these two are towering figures of history, and will know in broad terms what happens between them and what impact it has on their society.
If you have not read the other Kingmaker, Kingbreaker novels, then you’ll likely enjoy this a lot. The characters are powerful and interesting, and the plot will provide you with incentives to keep reading and find out what happens.