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Armed & Magical (Raine Benares #2)

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New from “a definite star on the rise.” (LINNEA SINCLAIR)

My name is Raine Benares. Until last week I was a seeker—a finder of things lost and people missing. Now I’m psychic roommates with the Saghred, an ancient stone with cataclysmic powers. Just me, the stone, and all the souls it’s ingested over the centuries. Crowded doesn’t even begin to describe it. All I want is m...more
Mass Market Paperback, 293 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Ace
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Felicia
May 06, 2008 Felicia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: urban paranormal fans, questers
Yet again Raine charms and delights me and forces me to stay up until 2am reading and then pouting because I can't pick up the next one immediately.

I love this series, it is everything I love to read, and everything I'd love to write. Virtually continuous from the last book, it follows Raine adventuring anew with yummy romantic triangles and lots of fun fighting.

The author writes with an enthusiasm and a sense of humor that is in no way forced and incredibly infectious. This is a classic advent...more
Lisa
Feb 11, 2008 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote it. ; )
LiteraryLover
I am totally in love with this series. The first book was fantastic and the second completely rocked my socks.
So Raine is on the Isle of Mid hoping that Guardian Mychael can keep her alive long enough to unravel the mysteries of the Saghred. Particularly the part of how you become unbonded to it. In addition to a bevy of evil goblins and greedy elves, she's got missing students to find and Piaras's magical abilities are also attracting some unwanted attention.
Raine is a fantastic heroine. She'...more
Jep
I used to like Felicia Day; I saw an interview she did, via IM telephony, wearing her WoW wireless headset. I mean, c'mon! Cool! Self-employed and not ashamed of it. Hardworking, makes her own opportunities!

Looked her up on goodreads, which she pimped. She recommended this, under the most bizarre category ever invented — 'vaginal fantasy'. Seriously.

What it is is humdrum romance-with-pointy-ears-and-magic.

Lisa Shearin knows one thing fairly well: pacing. Lisa Shearin sets 4 books in the space of...more
Angie
Two Raine Benares books down and I can say three things: first--I am officially a Lisa Shearin fan, second--I liked Armed & Magical just as much as (if not more than) Magic Lost, Trouble Found, and third--it's going to be a long wait for book #3, The Trouble with Demons, to come out the end of April. Lisa has, however, assured me that my wait will not be in vain, as book #3 will have more than enough sizzle to satisfy any Team Tam girl's needs. To be fair, she said the same will be true f...more
Sunny
Jul 23, 2013 Sunny rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this one. We are rolling now. Thanks, Nichols!
Paradoxical
Hm. Armed & Magical marks the second book in the Raine Benares series. Raine finds herself on the Isle of Mid, which is filled with mages, in what is essentially a gilded cage as she's still linked with the Saghred. The Saghred proves to be a rather noisy stone, as the occupants (the villain in the first book, mainly) make themselves known, as well as the stone itself proving to be a temptation of sorts for Raine, as it wants to be used. Raine gets embroiled in an unexpected investigation an...more
Tracy
~* 3.5 Stars *~
When It Raines It Pours

Raine Benares is on the Isle of Mid with hope that the powerful mages there will be able to free her from the Saghred's insidious influence. Since arriving she's been kept under constant surveillance and protection, Paladin Mychael's Guardians keeping her in their sights and within reach. When an assassination attempt forces her hand and displays her magical potential to allies and enemies alike, Raine becomes a political pawn and an even bigger target. Then...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I list this on my Urban Fantasy shelf. I find (that in my opinion...repeat that's my opinion) they have what I'd call an Urban Fantasy feel. I'll say more later but I wanted to open with a nod to those who are emphatic about this being "fantasy" but not "UF". I list it as both.

So, what to say...I'm glad I got to this book. I've had a run of books that I couldn't rate above a low 3 stars and some I had to (in good conscience) rate a 1 star read. This one is the proverbial 4.5 and only misses a 5...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Good story, great sexual tension and some ass-kicking action.

The highlight for me is the sexual tension between Raine and Mychael. They've only known each other for about two weeks by the end of this book but they've got quite a spark. Raine's known Tam for two years though so I guess he has an advantage. I class Tam as a former bad guy and Mychael is a good guy willing to break the rules for the greater good. I like them both so I can't choose which one I want to end up with Raine, can't she ha...more
Gemstreet Reviews
Caution: Do not read this review if you haven’t read the first novel in the series. Review full of spoilers from Book 1.

I picked up this book immediately after I finished the first one in the series. I liked it even more.

Previously, Raine had decided to accompany Mychael (the hot-hot dude in authority) and her (not by blood but equally dear) younger brother Piaras to the Isle of Mid where the Conclave resides. It could not be avoided because Raine is now connected to the soul-sucking evil rock S...more
CJ - Drop Dead Cute
So Raine has a problem. She's still sort of attached to the semi-sentient rock of evil that the Goblins want, the Elves want to control her and the Paladin wants to protect her.

Oh yeah, Raine is also part of the world's most notorious pirate family. So that makes her suspicious.

To make matters worse, the previous owner is out to get the Saghred and kill a bunch of innocent people in order to feed it. As a "guest" of the Isle of Mid, she's exactly where she should be. Unfortunately.

Tam, a friend...more
Aurian Booklover
This book continues right after the end of book 1. Raine Benares, her cousin Phaelan and their young friend and powerful spellsinger Piaras have come to the Isle of Mid under escort of Mychael Eiliesor, the Paladin and Commander of the Guardians of the Conclave of Sorcerers. Raine needs help to get rid of her connection to the Saghred, and there are no more powerful magicians than in Mid, where the University is. Piaras hopes to study under Maestro Ronan Cayle, who is the best spellsinger-teache...more
Mara
3 1\2

It's fun, it's light, there are mystery and mayhem, and some sexual tension to wrap it all up nicely. What can I ask more for a sleepy midwinter Sunday afternoon?

Great world-building without much deep characterization make a great romp into adventure. (Do not misunderstand me, characters aren't flat or one-dimensional. Simply, this is an adventure, so it does not dwell long on anything else.)
Kaarina
I gave the second book a go since a few people have highly recommended this series to me and I thought maybe I didn't like the first book because it was simply that, the first book. Authors improve and so could this series. All it needed was a second chance, right? But nope, still bored with it.
Dorri
Armed & Magical is the second book in Lisa Shearin's Raine Benares series. Very little time has passed since the events of Magic Lost, Trouble Found, Raine is now a "guest" of Mychael, a Paladin for the Conclave Guardians, on the Isle of Mid, home to the prestigious sorcery school and the Conclave of Sorcerers. Along for the ride, mainly because he insisted, is Raine's cousin, Phealan, a renowned pirate or as he prefers a seafaring businessman.

The reason Raine is a guest of the Conclave is...more
Elizabeth
Elves to the left of her, goblins to the right....and all Raine wants is OUT! After trying to help her friend she wound up with this magic stone the Saghred - otherwise known as the Soul Stealer - and next thing she knew it liked her! Now she was stuck with it, and everyone wanted a piece of her - well, the stone, really, they didn't really want her. But since it hadn't driven her insane, as it was known to do with anyone else who had touched it, a lot of questions were being tossed around. But...more
Mei-Lu
This book picks up almost exactly where the first book in this series picks up (the way this series is written, each episode is almost like an episode of a television show). In the first book, Raine accidentally bonded to the Saghred - a chunk of alien meteorite rock that feeds on souls - in the process leveling from an average sorceress to one of almost unlimited power and becoming the most popular girl on her particular universe. Everyone with an ounce of magic wants the Saghred and the magic...more
D.F. Jules
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Yolanda Sfetsos
I gotta say, Lisa totally sucked me in from the first chapter. Of course, I've read and really enjoyed the first book, so I couldn't wait to see what would happen to Raine this time... especially since we were going to be shown a completely different island.
Wow. It didn't disappoint, that's for sure. I love Raine's voice. It's so casual and witty. She's very stubborn too, even if she knows that a situation might be a little too hard for her to deal with, she's willing to do whatever she can. I h...more
Trish
I possibly gave it the fourth star simply because it was a much better read than the book I just read yesterday. I couldn't help but compare that this book has a general lack of internal anguish in the lead female character. Raine will fight first and then ask questions later. She was not in any way weakened by any moral debates. There was enough snark and humor to give it a less than adult feel, but this book is definitely for adults. I simply liked how the lead male, Mychael, was described as...more
Kylara Jensen
This book was, as is the case with these things usually, much better written than the first book. The books are narrated by the main character and in the first book it was very disjointed, but in this book everything made a lot more sense an the story flowed better.

Action scenes were still a little crazy and a couple times I had to flip back to see what happened to a certain character or item because it wasn't clear the first time.

I'm still not 100% interested in the plot. It was a quick fun rea...more
Anila
The first time I read and reviewed this book three years ago, I focused on the love triangle. On reread I still appreciate it as an aspect of the narrative - Raine's relationships with Tam and Mychael are interesting but don't take over the plot, and that makes me much more amenable to them as part of the plot - but in my opinion Raine is still the most outstanding part of the book.

It's just absolutely delightful to see someone who's caught up in incredible events who remains so level-headed. Ra...more
Sandy
This series just keeps getting better and better!
Raine Benares is a highly talented seeker and now valuable commodity who possesses a lot of power of the Saghred, an ancient but powerful stone nicknamed the Thief of Souls. She's constantly trying to find ways to prevent becoming its bond servant. In Armed & Magical, the setting is in the Isle of Mid, an island filled with powerful magic users and a sorcery school.

I really like Raine. She's also a very likable character. She's got a lot of sp...more
Gina
Terrific! Excellent! Can’t wait for the next book!

Shearin has a way with putting her characters right there, in your face, and good luck trying to get them out of your mind when you put the book down. Each character is different, with their own personality, and each bring something different to the story.

In the first chapter, it’s like Raine takes a big breath, a sigh in relief, believing that where she is will be a big help into getting rid of the Saghred. But before the chapter finishes, all h...more
Sara / "Svenna"

There's something oddly alluring about these books. Maybe because I've never read fantasy/romance chick-lit before but it works. The books are a very fast read. I find myself reading these within a couple days even while working full-time.

Some of the things I have issues with:

x.Using normal names but spelling them differently like "Mychael." She does this for a few other minor characters. It's just irksome. Come up with a unique name or use a normal name to begin with.

x.Chapter transitions are a...more
Louis
I have to say, I think this was better than the first book. We continue to see characters that were introduced in the first one, and had a limited set of new characters being added.

The timeline for the stories is extremely tight as it takes place soon after Raines Benares arrives in Mid.

In the span of a week she finds herself expanding her involvement between the two powerful yet sensual people introduced in the first book of the series. These are Good Paladin Guardian Mychael and the Bad boy...more
Erin
3.5 ish? Really fun sequel in the series, although it definitely has that "second part of a trilogy" feel where it doesn't stand on its own at either the beginning or the end. Continuity is IMMEDIATE, so it's worth it to make the effort to read these in a quick marathon; despite the bits of exposition, it took me a moment to remember who was who and what was going on. Fortunately, the change of location meant there were new people and places as well.

I really enjoy the tone of this series -- it's...more
Jen
While the first book was great, this sequel was amazing! It really wowed me; I loved it! If not for a budding migraine and needing sleep, I would have finished the last 60% in one sitting! And to top it all, I had to stop for the night when Raine and Piaras really needed my help! lol!!

I am really liking this world: elves, goblins, shades, magic...I mean, what's not to like? :)

Lisa Shearin has created a wonderful world, filled with interesting characters and fascinating locales. I'm loving it!

I'm...more
Alice Liu
So now the cat's out of the bag and everyone knows about Raine's power (courtesy of the evil rock) and Piaras's spellsinging. Given Raine's usual run of luck, it means the bad guys are out to get her, and the good guys are out to get her. Oddly enough, the bad guys try legal means at first, while the supposed good guys rely on underhanded political maneuvering. Everyone has an idea of how they want to take and use Raine's power, and Raine can't turn anywhere without some political or physical sh...more
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