Nieświadomy mag (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker, #1)
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Nieświadomy mag (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker #1)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  10,335 ratings  ·  527 reviews
Witajcie w królestwie Lur, gdzie stosowanie czarów niezgodnie z literą prawa oznacza śmierć.

Dawno temu, zdesperowane plemię Doranów - obdarzonych magiczną mocą wojowników, opuściło spustoszony wojnami rodzinny kraj. Uciekali przed Morganem – okrutnym czarownikiem, który dla władzy gotów był zrobić wszystko. W końcu przybywają do Lur, gdzie zawierają pakt z jego olkińskimi...more
Paperback, 568 pages
Published September 21st 2011 by Galeria Książki (first published January 1st 2005)
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
The first book of a two-book series, Canadian-Australian author Miller is a refreshing new voice in the genre. Set in the kingdom of Lur, the two races, Doranen and Olken, live alongside each other with a precarious balance: the Doranen, who came down through the mountains fleeing the evil mage Morg over six centuries ago, are born with magic and use it to control the weather and give smaller benefits to society, while the Olken, the original inhabitants of the land, occupy lower-class positions...more
James
Nov 23, 2008 James rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one, don't read it, you will die of boredom
Recommended to James by: picked off the shelf because the book was falsely presented as i
Shelves: fantasy
Don't judge a book by its cover. Seriously. This book very much disappointed me, in every way. The idea was interesting and very promising, but the execution was terrible.
Honestly, I don't know why I kept reading it. Somehow, the book had a way of making me keep reading, just to see if anything interesting happened, which in retropect is a terrible reason to keep reading a book.
After 500 pages, I thought back and realized that nothing important or interesting even happened. Basically, the mai...more
Margot
Asher, the backwater fisherman, travels to the big capital city, Dorana, to find his fortune. Little does he know, he is the center of a little-known prophecy that will either save or destroy the kingdom of Lur.

I gave this book a good 200 pages to get good, to no avail. I found Asher, the protagonist, very unlikeable, and I felt like Miller often tried to use his contrariness to bandaid her general lack of tension. I also felt that she played her cards too soon by revealing the prophecy stuff ve...more
Mike (the Paladin)

I looked at this book several times. I passed it by on all those occasions. I suppose I always thought I'd maybe pick it up at some point but really, it's not the type book I usually get involved in (or at least didn't seem to be). The synopsis led me to believe that at best I'd find it mildly interesting.

I have been pleasantly surprised. This is an excellent read. It's an interesting, well plotted, well characterized novel. This book drew me in from the word go and held my interest throughout....more
Maria M. Elmvang
Asher is a refreshing change to the common fantasy hero - he's neither a long-long son of some king somewhere, nor a diamond in the rough. He's merely rough. The unpolished fisherman who travels to the great city to work for a year, in order to earn money for his old dad. He says what he means and means what he says - and doesn't stop to think that perhaps he should occasionally phrase his comments more politely, in order not to ruffle any fancy feathers.

I really enjoyed the book. The relationsh...more
Eli
The story has some interesting ideas sprinkled here and there throughout, and the writing is certainly passable from a technical standpoint. However, the end result is that the overall telling of the story resulted in mediocrity when in places it offered a tease of potential to be so much more. Ultimately, I finished the book out of sheer stubborness, rather than due to much interest in what was actually going on in the story. In the author's defense, I believe this is her first novel. With furt...more
Denni
Covers are the best part of this duology. Expected a great story, it wasn't. The writing style is very good and easy to read.

*****spoilers**********

Two books of bad stuff happening, sadness, and suffering...I kept waiting for some resolution, or even one good thing to happen. I guess the good guys finally win...kinda, maybe. Almost everybody dies; abundance of pain, suffering, betrayal, and death of main characters. Upon finishing, I just felt confused, let down, and possibly in need of Prozac...more
Kathryn
An enjoyable read, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. Classic fantasy, complete with an ancient prophecy, an unwitting hero, magic, romance, intrigue, all the usual fantasy bells and whistles. Nothing's wrong with that, of course. It just fell a bit short for me.

**spoiler alert**

I had several "hold on..." moments where my belief was jarred. Such as when Asher steps up to save Prince Gar's horse. What in the world is a fisherman doing trying to calm down a horse? I don't know jack a...more
Jacob Proffitt
I haven't been able to pick this back up for two weeks, so it is time to admit the truth: I don't really care to finish this book. The writing is okay and I'm interested in the world, but there's just enough drag from the characters that I'm simply not willing to continue.

I knew that I was in trouble when I found myself unable to like Asher. I think we're supposed to, but at heart, he's kind of an arrogant jerk. How Prince Gar didn't just dump him in the nearest midden is a mystery to me. Sorry,...more
Beth
Okay, I didn't finish (but it is possible I might give it another try down the road). Here is what I got out of the book so far:
Asher runs away to find his fortune in the Capitol. Asher sees the prince riding through town. "Man, that guy is an idiot." Prince seems to recognize Asher. Prince: "Hey what are you doing here?" Asher, "None of your business." Prince, "I like you, want to work in my stables although obviously you can't handle a horse and you are impertinent?" Asher, "Why would I want t...more
Chichipio
Funny how things work. I was in really weird mood—read that as "horrible"—and it was impacting in my reading. Being in the middle of a mediocre UF series to begin with, wasn't much help at all. Still, I have to admit to a lot of undeserved nitpicking. In the end, though, it doesn't matter the reason; I got so frustrated with that series that I needed a change and I thought fantasy would do the trick. Finnikin of the Rock was my first choice, but I'm not very good at reading two books at the same...more
Andrew Simpson
I found this to be a really enjoyable read, the depth of the characters as they progress through the story is masterfully written. The story is compelling and well told.

Would definitely recommend this, now to start on its sequel!
Kerstin
The story follows Asher a surly, ill-tempered fishermen who in the attempt to escape his cruel overbearing brothers and pull his father from poverty travels to the capital city of Dorana. He is planning on working there for a year and then going home with enough money to set him and his father up comfortably with their own house and boat. But the capital is not what he expected and soon he is faced with situations and people that he could never have imagined. Within his first day of being within...more
Phule77 Erickson
I had seen this recommended, I think, by Rothfuss, and besides the covers are quite striking compared to a lot of others on the shelves at this time.

I had glanced at them, but the blurb quote inside the dust cover seemed really pretentious...this bumpkin is correcting a Prince? Okay, whatever.

But while on vacation I needed another book to read, and went ahead and read some of the first chapter, and was hooked by the energy and the writing style. I worried about whether to bother picking up the s...more
Reader-ramble
Lur is a kingdom isolated from the outside world by magic. There are two races; the Olken, who have no magic, and the Doranen, who use magic like it's another limb. Enter Asher, an Olken fisherman who dreams of making enough money for his father to retire. what Asher doesn't know is that he is prophesied to be Lur's savior.

I'll be honest, I liked this book. It was enjoyable for me because the characters are so defined and the world feels a bit different that the usual fantasy world. Lur is so is...more
Ben Babcock
For a book called The Innocent Mage, set in a land protected by a magical barrier, where the practising of magic is a capital offense for the Olken and a birthright for the Doranen, not a lot of magic actually happens in this book. Karen Miller dangles the potential for magic like a carrot before whacking the reader with the stick of scenery-chewing dialogue. While there is plenty to enjoy about the slow-simmer of worldbuilding in which Miller engages here, some of the same decisions that make M...more
Trice
***1/2 definitely ends in a kind of a cliffhanger

good writing overall though some kind of weird issues. She really likes to use pretty detailed (strangely detailed!) birth metaphors every once in a while, though enough to be noticeable... mostly this made me laugh although at times she goes over into icky territory...... and she uses it for such an odd mix of things. Some of the family arguments are a shade into the melodramatic side, although it's possible this was related to the reader. Menti...more
Joan
*low whistle* My, oh my! This book is just amazing! and has become one of my definite favourites!
A rare gem and an incredible read!
From the very first page, there is something alluring and enticing about the language and character that had me immersed.

Wow, where to start? I am in AWE of what Miller has created.
Every time I picked up the book, I was ALWAYS surprised at how quickly it grabbed me. It's filled with elaborate images and descriptions, flowery and non-flowery language and all sorts of...more
Ithlilian
A man that leads a quiet life meets a prince and his hectic life. One man has nothing, the other has everything except one thing. When the man who has nothing is granted more than he ever thought possible, and the other man gets that one thing he is lacking, it might just spell the end of the world. It is up to a group of protectors to guide the first man, the Innocent Mage, to his destiny of saving the world.

As others have said previously, this is a character driven fantasy. The first 450 or so...more
Chris
Very mixed feelings on this one. There are two things that Miller does extremely well and make this an excellent study for me as a would-be author, but the rest seemed quite middling to me. I was most frustrated with the fact that this is not a story in its own right. There is no conclusion or climax, simply a stopping point between this and "book 2" which is not a sequel so much as the second half of the book that somehow ended up bound separately with near-identical cover art (the color of the...more
Mikko Karvonen
Jun 03, 2011 Mikko Karvonen rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No-one, really.
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
In a word: uninspiring.

Innocent Mage has its merits. The relationship between the two main characters has some interesting moments, and there are couple other potentially decent characters. The language is good and flowing. It tries to do something bit different with the age-old 'Chosen One' theme.

But bah, it just never gets anywhere. And when it did, it left me mostly annoyed.

Miller spends habitually six pages saying things she could have said in two. One could argue that it makes her dialogues...more
Jen A.
I read a lot of hum-drum reviews of The Innocent Mage, a book I borrowed off of my sister's bookshelf, and honestly, I don't know what everyone is complaining about. Miller wrote a good (if typical) fantasy story complete with two races, royalty, an Evil Person, magic, commoners, and what amounts to a secret guild. What she didn't do is exhaustively report on the history of this land and these peoples; you learn the background slowly, by paying attention and creating the full picture in your hea...more
Krystal
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Aaron Negoba
My family recommended this book as we're all fantasy fans, and I've been on a tear lately. This book takes the usual themes, bends them around just slightly, and sets a reasonable stage for a good story. And then nothing happens. The characters argue and fuss about and some lame pseudo-political wrangling goes on. Tiny bit by bit we get some backstory, and toward the end there is a rush toward a cliffhanger ending that finishes nothing. It serves only as a bridge to the second book.

Miller has a...more
Anna
When I first started reading the Innocent Mage, I thought "Oh dear, this does not look so good." A fisherman? With an accent like this? But the book was a present from my sister, so I had to at least try. And I am quite glad I did.

There were some things in the text that made me wince from time to time, mostly redundancy, and repetition of phrases or ideas. Many things became "worse for wear" and every other character was sick at some point of the story. I also felt that the story could have been...more
Aaron Rauschhuber
I like the book. Karen Miller's Innocent Mage now has a special little place on my shelf. The reason is very simple. It was fantasy just the way I like it. Innocent Mage was realistic, practical, and charming. The characters were human, whether Olken or Doranen, each had human struggles. Despite the title, magic played a small role compared to the conflicting emotions of the characters. Magic seemed to be just oil on the gears, keeping the background plot growing and growing building up for the...more
Emma
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Nikki
I haven't quite finished this book yet, as I type this. I'm on the last hundred pages or so, and I feel so torn. I was feeling very frustrated by all the build-up with no plot as such, and then I read this review and thought, hm, actually, I agree. The thing that I've enjoyed so much throughout this book is the characters. I love Gar (not a second son for once! but with all the self-perceived inadequacies of the best second sons of the genre) and his relationship with Asher; Asher I find abrasiv...more
Lүη∂sεү
The most annoying character, a sorta over used plot, and weak characters sum up this book. I thought it was hilarious in a not funny way how the main character was always referred to by others as a smart, and controlled person(Thought things out before acting), who was great to be around... HOWEVER, the whole time I sat in horror at how naive these people must be to be thinking these things about him. He was so annoying, and literally did things WITHOUT thinking every few seconds. He also talked...more
Blodeuedd Finland
I like Karen Miller's fantasy worlds, they are kind of old school in the best possible way. And I want more.

The world was interesting, too late I found out that there was a prequel written later about how those with magic got to Lur. (I need that book!). Now 600 years later those with magic rule and the ones they conquered are the fishermen, peasants and merchants. I liked the world and the magic and most of all the secrets and the world thy left behind.

Our lead character is Asher, who does not...more
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Lord, do you really want to know?

Oh, all right.

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...more
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