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A Blight of Mages (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker 0)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  2,199 Ratings  ·  135 Reviews
Hundreds of years before the great Mage War, a land lies, unknowing, on the edge of catastrophe Barl 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 banne ...more
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Elizabeth Giosia
Jun 12, 2012 Elizabeth Giosia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Aug 08, 2012 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 more succinctly. What I did enjoy was that there were no heroes in this book - all the characters were unlikeable in one ...more
Dec 29, 2011 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 more. It took me a while to get into, as I found it
Jun 27, 2013 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Erika by: nobody
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 more satisfying that way than if you read them in chronological order.

I honestly enjoyed A
Apr 26, 2012 Kate rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shira Karp
Mar 07, 2012 Shira Karp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 u ...more
Britny Brooks
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 t ...more
Apr 23, 2011 Paige rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I remember when I found out there was a prequel to the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker books. The moment was full of that giddy "oooooooh" tingly feeling. Yes, I knew the ending before reading it, but that did nothing to detract from this book. If anything, it made me even more excited to dive in. Legends have always been a point of particular fascination for me, and all the bits and pieces about Barl and Morgan in the Kingmaker/breaker books engrossed me, left me wanting more.

And I got more!

I found it a
Jan 23, 2013 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 reser
Sep 20, 2012 Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book up until about 90%. I think having read the rest of the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker series and knowing the end result made it very 'eehhhh' for me. I pretty much skimmed through the last 10% and caught bits and pieces. I loved the character development throughout the rest of it. Reading the other two books you know what Morgan Danfey is like. Then trying to reconcile that with the one you see it's really sad actually but it enthralls you into it even more as you watch his relationsh ...more
Christoffer Lernö
Aug 15, 2011 Christoffer Lernö rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

The story of two greatly flawed and arrogant persons growing more arrogant and flawed, and finally destroying everything. It might be an accurate prequel to the Innocent Mage, but there is nothing of the sympathetic characters of that book contained in this book. Maybe others enjoy their protagonists mean and self-destructive, but for me there was no joy in reading this story.

I put off reading this book many times, and eventually had to force myself to finish it, just so I could put it
Jan 26, 2013 Bob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting simply an interesting read. The author was more interested in an epic. Endless conversations & political machinations. Might as well read Ludlum. Intriguing concept, and very well written, but so much was simply boring, and it took almost 200 pages to start to get anywhere. Also, it would be nice if the publisher would say somewhere that this is one of a series, with no real ending. All-in-all, a very frustrating book.
Jun 19, 2012 Craig rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Really just not very good. Page after page, chapter after chapter of several very unpleasant characters doing very little, and when they do, it's as unpleasant as you might expect. 400 pages in and it was clear it wasn't going to get any better. I liked the Innocent and the Awakened Mage books a great deal, but the author's readers would have been better served by a 10 page prologue than this 600 page unpleasant and uninteresting prequel.
Aug 21, 2011 Claire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book! Over 600 pages and I read the whole thing in a day because I didnt want to put it down. You could really identify and sympathise with the characters. Well most of them, two I just wanted to slap lol Made me want to read the rest of her books which didnt appeal at first glance.
Oct 14, 2011 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another case of being thwarted by Goodreads's integer-only star system. I'd like to give this a 3.5 or 3.75.
Ben Babcock
I’ve never really considered what the collective noun would be for a group of mages (coven might work, but it has more specific connotations than just a gathering). Blight is probably as good as any. The mages of Dorana certainly seem to fit the description. Never have I met such a pack of whiny and entitled people. I was happy to see their country destroyed.

Yes, it is this fury that Karen Miller has inspired in me with A Blight of Mages. Barl Lindin is an unranked mage (she’s not good enough to
Jess R
not her best. the pacing felt off. I'm usually a fan of slow, but about 100 pages of the beginning should have been cut to give 100 pages to the end. things got rushed there for the last several chapters. not quite the epic back story I was hoping for after reading kingmaker, kingbreaker
Clay Haase
Mar 28, 2015 Clay Haase rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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‘A Blight of Mages’, by Karen Miller, is the prequel to the series of the same author Kingmaker / Kingbreaker, and takes place in the world of The Innocent Mage, and The Awakened Mage.

The plot of ‘A Blight of Mages’ is simple to follow, taking place hundreds of years before eth great Mage war, and centers mostly on Barl and Morgan throughout its length. Barl, young and impulsive, wants to access magical education, but lacks the ‘purity’ of blood to access it. Mor
Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
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Tsana Dolichva
Jun 06, 2013 Tsana Dolichva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Blight of Mages by Karen Miller is a prequel to her Kingmaker, Kingbraker duology. I read the duology The Innocent Mage and Innocence Lost, many years ago, when they first came out (circa 2005, and golly was that cliffhanger between the two of them painful to wait through). A Blight of Mages tells the story of how the world in Kingmaker, Kingbreaker came to be how it was and why, in the future duology, the world needed saving.

I had only faint memories of Kingmaker Kingbreaker when I started r
Oct 27, 2011 Frederick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Bight of Mages is the prequel book to Miller's King Maker, King Breaker series. It is primarily designed to explore the reasons behind the flight of the Doranen to the land of Lur and how the two main characters, Barl Linden and Morgan Danfey, become central to this act and the fall out from this that spreads into the other novels. If this means little to you, here is some back story:

The King Maker, King Breaker series, and its follow up The Fisherman's Children, is set in the land of Lur, which
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally posted here.

Despite its length, I got through the book in four days, even though I've been busy with other things as well. The writing, characters and world-building all caught my imagination and would not let me go. Before I was even done reading the book (a couple hundred pages in), I went onto Goodreads and marked her other books to read, because I loved reading this so much.

Miller's writing is fantastic. I love the way she strings words together. Her diction and syntax both resona
Dec 25, 2016 Sora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-year-2016
I read this book after I read "The Innocent Mage" and "The Awakened Mage," so there was a lot of context in this prequel. I recommend that you don't read the books in chronological order because the prequel (this book) may not make as much sense without having read the other books in the series.

That being said, this book was pretty tragic. Having read the other books, I knew that it was going to end tragically. But, you wouldn't have been able to tell until about 4/5ths through the book. So, it
Stephanie Morrow
You can read this review and others like it at The Nomadic Reader

Wow. It had been so long since I had a good fantasy book pull me in the way A Blight of Mages did. I wasn’t even expecting it, which was the best part. I had the book in my to-read pile for quite some time, having read other books by Karen Miller (the Innocent Mage, the Awakened Mage, etc) and had just sort of forgotten about it. I’m incredibly glad that I finally got around to reading this one. Things started out a little slow for
May 22, 2014 Antoine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker series a few years ago so when I came across this book the name Barl tickled the back of my mind. When I realized it was a prequel about the deity in the series I had to buy it! I had the benefit of having the bare bones of Innocent and Awakened Mage in my mind, but having had years and probably hundreds of books between when I read them and now I also had a fairly fresh mind for this half-remembered world.

This book did not disappoint either as a standalone
Filip Ängelsson
May 07, 2013 Filip Ängelsson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually read the book some months ago after I had read all the other books in the series.
To be honest I thought that this was going to be your typical prequel where you see what you'd expect to see, e.g. characters you knew etc. I could not be more wrong. Because the first 4 books in the series started off after 500 years in the story, there were the neccessary gaps in history that aided the flow and mystery of the book. But until the series was actually over, we still didn't really know what
Rebekah Baker
Sep 14, 2013 Rebekah Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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Angela Delgado
Aug 26, 2012 Angela Delgado rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Charlotte (Escapades of a Bookworm)
Review: The aim of this book is to explain the flight of the Doranen to the land of Lur and to set up the story for the King Maker, King Breaker series. When I originally brought this book I had no idea that it was a prequel; however this did not affect my reading experience.

The book started and ended well, however there was pacing issues in the middle of the book. I could not motivate myself to read, and I went from caring about the characters and their desires to thinking that they were annoyi
Sarah Rose
Dec 10, 2011 Sarah Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read and very much enjoyed the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker series, I was very excited to read the prequel. And I did enjoy it - despite the length of it, I got through the book fairly quickly. It didn't feel like a long read, and I looked forward to picking it up.

Like with Kingmaker, Kingbreaker, Miller's real strength is in her characterisation. Barl and Morgan were at times dislikeable but still very understandable, while the secondary characters were very fleshed out and believable.

The str
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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 hand
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Kingmaker, Kingbreaker (2 books)
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