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Cloak of Magic (Shaihen Heritage #1)

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  40 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Somewhere along the line where human nature meets human imagination, myths are created. Somewhere in that space lives the spirit that created and sustains Shehaios, the Fair Land.One man embodies the gifts of the spirit. A man all too susceptible to the human flaws that lie beneath the cloak of magic.The journey of self-discovery for Kierce, heir to the Lord High Magician, ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 9th 2006 by
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Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
I'm so tickled that I joined GR, met Sue & got to read this book. It is excellent. The first of a trilogy, it starts off with a simple, pastoral world & people that develop as they're pushed into an empire's problems & politics. The characterization is very well done. Traits & flaws are logically developed into twists that sucked me in to a very long lunch hour.

I HAD TO FINISH THE BOOK!!! Do not plan on doing anything else when you get about 3/4 of the way through. You may be ab
Apr 14, 2009 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: Jim MacLachlan
If you like stories of political intrigue and corruption, then you will enjoy this novel. However, if you were expecting high fantasy, you will be disappointed. The system of magic is mostly psi powers and there are two or three magical creatures cameoed (dragons, a unicorn and a phoenix). I struggled so much reading this novel, that I finally shifted mental gears and treated it as a historical fiction about the Roman Empire with the names changed to protect the innocent (or not so innocent). ...more
Jan 24, 2009 Kristjan rated it liked it
Recommended to Kristjan by: S.A Rule
Shelves: low-fantasy, reviewed
The Cloak of Magic is an entertaining story set in a world of where ‘paradise’ is swept up into the power struggles of a decadent empire against a surprisingly intractable rebellion. Not a bad setting as far as such goes; however, the author’s attempt to paint this primitive agrarian society into the epitome of spirituality quickly begins to grate under the repetition. To be fair, I generally don’t find utopias all that interesting, so the perpetual reminders of how perfect this society was ...more
Dec 04, 2008 Jackie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: A MUST-READ for Fantasy readers
Recommended to Jackie by: S. A. Rule
Shelves: fantasy
One of the better books I've read this year! For once, I am at a loss to find the words to describe just how good this book is.

The back cover synopsis doesn't do this book justice. It is so much more than it appears to be at first glance.
S A Rule's writing style cannot be beat. The flow of her writing was magnetic. I am all in on this series. The Staff of Power is the next in the series and will be available in January and you can be sure I'll be reading it.

Highly interesting characters, espec
Nov 28, 2008 Bradley rated it liked it
Recommends it for: dark fantasy lovers
A sordid fantasy tale that plumbs the depths of the human spirit. This dark tale is unrelenting as a small kingdom faces danger and invasion from all sides. Kierce is no innocent Gandalf nice and benign. He is cruel and filled with selfish ambitions. Caras has a good heart but faces situations beyond comprehension. These two pivotal characters strive to bring hope to the kingdom of Shehaios and succeed only at great cost.
I recommend this story to those who enjoy a tale laced with tragedy and b
Dec 07, 2008 John rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers of fantasy
Through my activity on the Goodreads website, I came across an offer by Rule to give away for review free copies of her debut novel, Cloak of Magic, here on the eve the publication of her next book--as she works through a small publisher, she's working hard to promote her own work. I'm happy to get a free book, though it's a shame that a writer as talented as Rule needs to spend her time on self-promotion instead of writing. Cloak of Magic is well worth reading, and I'm anxiously awaiting the ...more
Mar 26, 2009 Ron rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, maps
Excellent story; good storytelling; frustrating mechanics.

The basic tale is as old and familiar as the Iliad and Tristan and Isolde with a little of Prometheus on the side, but Rule creates a new world which, while too close to Imperial Rome to be really original, is satisfyingly real. Her development of magic as a non-religion complies with current taste, though restricting magic use to one character seems autocratic. (Remember your disappointment to learn that Force use was genetically predete
Apr 02, 2009 Kimberly rated it really liked it
I discovered the book the Cloak of Magic by an offer from Rule to read the book and share my thoughts on it with others. It has been enjoyable to read. I feel very blessed to first read and then share my thoughts on this book. I have enjoyed reading and reviewing this novel and I will gladly encourage other to do the same. The book is intense full of a lot of details which did slow down my reading of it. It is almost like reading a history book, but I have still enjoyed the experience.

I have enj
Jan 05, 2009 Erin rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a story of life in a different land, especially if they have a busy life.
Recommended to Erin by: Jim MacLachlan
I really loved this book. It's just what I'm looking for as a college student. It was really interesting and entertaining. I felt for the characters and didn't always know how things were going to turn out. What made it so great for a college student is that I could put it down and pick it back up whenever. I really wanted to read it, but I could usually find a place to stop. I especially liked the ending because it was an ending! There is definately room for it to go some where, but if for some ...more
Pauline Ross
Sep 30, 2011 Pauline Ross rated it really liked it
Some fantasy books sort of parachute you into the middle of the action, and hurl bits of information around in a whirlwind, and it can be several hundred pages before you begin to get your head above water (if you'll excuse the clashing metaphors) and work out at least some of what's going on. I hate that type of book, and fortunately this is quite the opposite. It starts slowly, with characters immersed in their world, and the background is released at a nice steady rate, so that it's not hard ...more
White Ja
Aug 22, 2016 White Ja rated it it was amazing
I'm reviewing the whole trilogy rather than each book separately because I think I'd end up repeating myself otherwise. I don't usually take the time to write reviews (far too busy reading) but I think this series of books, perhaps because the author self published, has slipped under the radar and people need to know how good it is! I'll stay clear of spoilers though.

The first of this trilogy; Cloak of Magic, was published way back in 2006 and the last, Spirit of Shehaios, in 2011 but I think th
Dec 30, 2008 Andrew rated it liked it
“Cloak of Magic” is a solid, enjoyable read. While this book is certainly not destined for the bestsellers list, there is lots of potential here for the rest of the series that Rule is currently writing. The world in which the story takes place is different enough from our own, and from generic fantasy worlds, to draw the reader in. Like other examples of high quality low fantasy, “Cloak of Magic” would most appeal to someone who is leery of reading stereotypical “good-versus-evil” high/epic ...more
Jan 27, 2008 Grant rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All adults and teens with an interest in good science fantasy.
Shelves: science-fiction
A great story you must read. I can't wait for the next in the series, which is expected to be published later in 2008 (probably Q4) in time to make a great present at Winterval… or whatever you call your mid-winter celebrations.

Tales of fantasy and science fiction exist, at least in part, to remind us of some of the eternal verities of the human condition. In that regard, they are not dissimilar to the old fairy stories and myth-cycles that our ancestors used to entertain one another around camp
Danie Cutter
Jul 06, 2011 Danie Cutter rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Received as part of First Reads, review will be added shortly.

I'm really torn by this book, some bits had me desperate to read on but others just left me cold. The ideas are great but it just didn't seem to hang together in a way that pulled me through the story. I liked the characters and would love to have found out more about them but there was never quite enough meat on their bones.

I'm not even sure I would class this as Fantasy but hey I don't know where the trilogy is going. I do
Oct 24, 2011 Gem rated it really liked it
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John Timbers
Jun 07, 2009 John Timbers rated it really liked it
Cloak of Magic falls into the fantasy genre and brings a new world order to our notice, one where magic is still powerful, and dragons are powerful allies for those who know their ways. If this were our world we would say it was set somewhere in the Dark Ages between the departure of the Romans and the unification of southern Britain under Alfred.
The characterisation is strong, and the stage settings clear and uncompromising. Magic in the Shaihen environment is not something that conjures, fairi
Keith Jahans
Sep 11, 2012 Keith Jahans rated it really liked it
The story follows the fortunes of two men in the mystical land of Shaihen where warlords and magicians rule. It is the first part of a fantasy series featuring the same characters. The author has a good feeling for plot development and political intrigue.

Characters are well drawn and are all too human. Their strengths and frailties are readily apparent. Kierce, is certainly not an all powerful magician. He is flawed, vulnerable to temptation and the energy sapping power of his own magic. His fr
Aug 04, 2011 Nimue rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2011
I got this book as giveaway from goodreads. And though I didn't got around reading it immediately I finally managed.
The Cloak of Magic is a decent fantasy book with nicely developed characters. The easy flow of the story helps following the story line which isn't something completely new but still quite entertaining.
As the book is the start of a new series there was no complete closure at the end. And I'm definitely interested enough to check the following books out.
Aug 06, 2011 Stephanie rated it liked it
A pretty interesting book, I quit enjoyed it. Not the biggest fan of Science Fiction but this book really captured my attention. I really liked the fact that it is so different and because of this I will re-read it again; perhaps I will pick up something I missed the first go around.
Sep 10, 2016 Lindsay rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 2014
I liked Kierce as a character. His very real flaws, but ultimate determination to do the best for his county, making mistakes along the way, made for an interesting story.
Michelle Grayce
Sep 04, 2013 Michelle Grayce rated it it was ok
This book is the journey of a Lord High Magician and other characters. I wasn't keen on this fantasy book i didn't get the purpose of some of the characters.
Jan 30, 2009 William rated it it was amazing
Excellent read. Everything you would want: violence, intrigue, sex, romance and an overall good story.
Tracy Dobbs
Tracy Dobbs rated it really liked it
May 10, 2009
Rick F.
Jun 17, 2011 Rick F. rated it it was amazing
quite simply- wonderful- inventive- read one- you MUST read all three!!!!
Libby rated it liked it
Apr 27, 2009
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Feb 27, 2015 Joy H. marked it as decided-not-to-read-it
Shelves: fantasy
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Fredrik Bolin rated it it was ok
Feb 16, 2011
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Sue Rule is a British author from Kent. She also offers sympathetic critique and editorial services to fellow-authors - see for details.

As well as being a writer, Sue is a songwriter and musician with folk group Pig’s Ear. and on the organising committee of the annual Pig's Ear Kentish Horse Folk Ale festival.

Sue has been writing bits of the fiction
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Shaihen Heritage (3 books)
  • Staff of Power (Shaihen Heritage, #2)
  • Spirit of Shehaios

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