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Doppelganger (Doppelganger #1)

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When a witch is born, a doppelganger is created. For a witch to master her powers, the twin must be killed. But what happens when the doppelganger survives? This debut is an original adventure fantasy about a young witch who must kill her twin in order to survive. Original.
Mass Market Paperback, 397 pages
Published April 1st 2006 by Aspect
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Jun 10, 2007 Jim rated it it was amazing
In brief: This is a good book. An original world, interesting protagonists, a fun story, and a satisfying conclusion.

The book jumps back and forth between two points of view. Miryo is a young witch who must kill her doppelganger before she can control her own magic. Mirage is the doppelganger, a particularly gifted warrior and Hunter. Both characters are strong, independent, determined, and likable. Naturally, Miryo's mission to kill her double soon becomes far more complicated and messier than
Jan 27, 2010 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I randomly picked up this book at the library because I liked the cover. I thought it was really good! I liked the original ideas, I liked the characters, the setting was interesting. I'm interested to read the second one.

Mirage is a bounty hunter, one of the best there is. Miryo is a witch, studying for her initiation tests. When Miryo fails, her teachers tell her that it's because she has a double -- Mirage -- whom Miryo must kill in order to control her powers and pass her initiation. It's a captivating premise, and the books live up to it. The worldbuilding is excellent, particularly in the second book, when we learn more about the witches' community and organization, and the magical system is intriguing and ...more
Apr 16, 2016 Casey marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm not joking I've literally had this same idea for a book! Now I have to read this
Nov 07, 2015 Karissa rated it really liked it

I have had this book around to read forever. I was excited to finally get to read it. I originally thought this was an urban fantasy but it is actually more of a swords and sorcery type fantasy. I ended up really loving the world and the characters. This book was also published under the title Warrior. There is sequel to this book which was published both as Warrior and Witch, and as Witch.

Mirage is a bounty hunter who has always survived by her wits and strength. Her and Eclipse get a job to hu
Jan 12, 2011 Ithlilian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
When a witch is born, a doppelganger is created. Witches are supposed to kill these doppelgangers to be able to practice magic. The jacket tells us this, yet the main witch character is not aware of it until pretty far in. I read the beginning thinking that the character knew that information, and that's not the case. It wasn't too big of an issue because there is a pretty interesting murder mystery to read about. The mystery solving became my main interest after I realized that I didn't love th ...more
Oct 10, 2011 Shiran rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy Lord Of the Rings style writing
I really, really wanted to enjoy this book, but unfortunately I just couldn't. I found that I could make no connection to the characters, they were flat and a bit boring, especially Miryo. This was an excruciatingly slow book and I found that the names and made up language were tedious and made it hard to follow what was going on. It took half the book for the two main characters to meet up and then in one chapter they had resolved to not kill each other and became friends. I liked the idea of t ...more
Jul 29, 2013 Jagged rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
True Rating: 2.5 Stars

This book is very slow paced, which makes it easy to put down and difficult to immerse yourself in Brennan's world. The premise is a good one, and the plot is solid. I was not at all surprised with how the stories connected in the end, in fact, it was what I had been suspecting would happen. I was satisfied with the ending.
It was a shock to me that Miryo was 25. She had the mind of a teenager and continually thought and acted like one.

There was no romance in this book, whi
Patti Ashley
Oct 28, 2014 Patti Ashley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebuilding of world's off the chart

You have to be patient with this book. It begins slowly building two separate worlds that in truth are entwined so much they cannot exist without each other. Too give details would spoil the plot but two women discover their hatred of each other's way of life was engineered through fear. To overcome it is the journey of the book. The characters are rich and complex.
A very slow start for me, it took a long time for me to read because the storyline didn't catch my interest or connect with me. I would pick it up to read and then put it down for months at a time, but I made a commitment to read all the books that I had started so I did, it was a little boring, don't get me wrong it was ok just not great. It had good parts but not very many of them, it was a slow go but very interesting how everything worked out and the conclusion had me hooked so I will probab ...more
Courtney Nicole
•There's a very slight Japanese touch to the book with the names which I really liked, but sadly that's as far as the touch went.
•Slow paced
•The world building was decent, I do think there could have been more though.
•Most of the book's focus was on the plot which took away from the characters and left them feeling underdeveloped.
•Miryo didn't read as 25 years old but more of a teenager, she frequently acted and thought like one.
•There's no romance in the book however, which is always a plus
Finally, a book that has a truly original feel to it! While witches are nothing new, nor is the idea that they use magic based on 4-5 elements, the details and completeness of the world building caused me to forget that. I especially loved the concept of the goddess worshipped through five aspects based on the elements and stages of human life. The doppelganger concept in the context of this story is different than I have seen (not that I've experienced a terrible number of stories involving the ...more
Apr 22, 2014 Unsu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always hesitated when I saw this book because the cover always seemed way too close to the teen vampire romance books, and with the second in the series being called Witch I was very wary. But, I saw it in a used bookshop for just a few dollars and thought to give it a try.

My god am I glad I did.

The writing style is very nice, it flows very well through action sequences and down time. It never feels rushed, or too slow, the pace is always just right. It was easy to visualize all that happened
Cuando una bruja nace, también nace su doble. Para que la bruja pueda controlar sus poderes, su gemelo debe morir. Pero, ¿qué sucede cuando un doble sobrevive?
Mirage, una cazadora de recompensas, vive de su ingenio y letales habilidades de lucha. Siempre consigue sus objetivos. Pero su nueva misión la llevará al oscuro mundo de las brujas, donde su fuerza no podrá hacer nada contra la magia.
Miryo es una bruja que acaba de fallar la prueba de iniciación. Ahora sabe que hay alguien en el
Karine Darnessy
Nov 11, 2014 Karine Darnessy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J'ai acheté cette série sur un coup de tête, d'habitude je réfléchi plus longtemps avant un achat mais là non. Et je ne suis pas déçu. Ce premier tome rassemble tout ce que j'aime en fantasy: de la magie, des combats, un monde avec ses propres règles et des héroïnes.
La première partie est consacré à une succession de chapitres du point de vue de la chasseuse Mirage et de la sorcière Miryo. Ensuite une fois réunies, l'histoire se déroule comme un roman tout a fait basique.
Depuis des centaines d'
Jan 07, 2015 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First book of the year! Despite the slightly obnoxious naming patterns (the author really likes the letters m, r, and Japanese sounding names), the story itself was quite unique and it really got interesting toward the end. I'm a fan of any book that creates a new universe for itself, with its own societal rules, religion, social classes and customs, just because of the sheer amount of thought that has to go into creating it. This book delivers on those aspects, and it was really nice to find a ...more
Aug 25, 2014 Cupcakencorset rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed this book. It has wonderful worldbuilding, sympathetic POV characters, excellent imagery, realistic dialogue, a creative plot with a unique problem, and an unexpected-but-logical resolution. It was easy to immerse myself in... and long enough to make it a satisfying soak.

And as Warrior is the first of two already available books in this world, I can dive right into book two without delay. Even if that weren't the case, I wouldn't feel cheated. The author was able to resolve the p
Oct 27, 2015 Libby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first impression wasn't too keen. The picture on the book's cover is misleading. The title, "Warrior", didn't go with the image of a woman wearing eyeliner, mascara, and lip gloss. (And when I read the book, the main characters have red hair, so the picture made even less sense.)
However, once I started reading the book, it was good. Ignore the picture and just enjoy the story. It's different. I really liked the lack of describing the female characters according to how beautiful or ugly they a
Apr 08, 2010 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved these! I thought the whole concept was really refreshing and original. They were really well written and entertaining. I wish there were more.
If it ain't good I don't read it !
Uh wow selfish much let's hope this doppelgänger kicks her ass I've always wanted a twin er doppelganger that would be so f'in cool !
Apr 14, 2016 Doris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting tale with a unique twist on the use of magic. It had a good cast of characters, most of whom were well developed, although not all were likable.

Our twinned protagonists were at odds with each other, forced to consider that the death of the other was a necessity for her own survival. Sheer stubbornness helps defuse the situation somewhat, and though there could have been places to fail and not improve, the characters just got better.

The only flaw I really found was th
Sofia Sundfors
This book was good and I liked the assassin/witch concept. That and the cover was what first drew me in, what made me pick up the book and read it.

The world-building was at times a bit overboard in my taste, but otherwise, you got to experience a lovely world where magic exist.

Although good, this book would not be at the top of my list of recommendations because I have other books near the top that are excellent (in my opinion, mind you). I would however if the age, aim and category consisted wi
Feb 10, 2016 Ben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the premise. I thought the idea was cool. I thought the writing itself was pretty good. I did not like the flatness of the side characters. I know they are not the view point characters, and this book in particular focused on the viewpoint characters as their development was very important to the premise, however I do not think that is a valid excuse for having unmemorable, flat, boring, artificial side characters. In my opinion this harmed my enjoyment of the book, because it mad ...more
Dec 16, 2015 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I have mixed feelings about the book, it was enjoyable, the systems and structures of both the hunters and witches were quite cool. The characters however felt... Less than whole.

A bit of a joke there but it's how I feel. Though the climax I found to be strong, so if I could this would be 3.5, almost a 4 really, but since I didn't love it from the beginning I can't.

The next book will certainly be read, and it was interesting to read a more action oriented book from Marie Brennan.

P.S. I think
Amanda-Lee (StoryWings)
Warrior was absolutely amazing.

Miryo is in an unusual predicament, as a witch, to gain control of her powers, she must kill someone who looks just like her, who is her. Someone who should have died when she was very young. Miryo has to kill her doppelganger, the other part of herself.

Mirage is on a mission to find out who killed a powerful witch, being wary of witches for most of her life she was uncomfortable with the contact she needs to have with them, but being the best at what she does, she
Joseph Teller
Jul 11, 2011 Joseph Teller rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I out off reading this books for a few years, to separate myself mentally on it from it's author, who I made acquaintance with while she was a student at Harvard University. I prefer to do that when I know an author personally, to get their work and sit on it for a while, so as not to influence my reception to the book based on my emotional reaction to the author as a person.

Doppelganger is a story two women, who on the onset appear emotionally and mentally to be very different persons living in
Not bad, not bad at all. The cover put me off (looks like some trashy fantasy, sorry!), but the reviews on goodreads convinced me to try it anyway. A fast-paced action-fantasy-adventure story. Characters interesting though at times a little wooden. Good story idea (doppelgangers). As another reviewer has said, the setting of the book has all the basic elements of the classic medieval period, but with a refreshing twist of eastern influence. World well-drawn, detailed and whole. Ending quite well ...more
Aug 20, 2009 Lesley rated it liked it
So I read this book because a friend had lent me the second one in the series, and she usually gives me pretty good stuff, so I went searching for the first one in the library.

The nice thing about this book is that it is a fantasy novel with a fresh, new concept, interesting social structure, and not a bad magic system, had no annoying stereotypes (that I can think of offhand), and I hadn't felt like I'd already read it a million times before. And while the writing style was such that I pretty m
Chrissy Wissler
One soul, two separate people. Neither know about each other, but when Miryo fails her initiation test to become a Witch and channel the magic she's spent 25 years studying for, the magic backlashes. Her soul is not complete, not while her doppelganger, the Warrior Mirage, still lives. To control her powers, Miryo has only one choice: to hunt the hunter and kill her.

This book was a nice break away from the traditional 'warrior women' stories circulating bookshelves. It has the same strong and de
***Dave Hill
May 17, 2011 ***Dave Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: text
There's a lot to like about this fantasy tale. The world-building is interesting (if nothing else, the use of Japanese-style names is a refreshing change from recycled Tolkien Elvish). The magic system and the society behind it are nicely realized. If the overall nature (political, economic) of the fantasy realm is a bit sketchy, the groups we get involved in -- Witches (multiple schools of elemental magic) and Hunters (assassins / spies / bodyguards / sellswords of different guilds) -- are nice ...more
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