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The Mageborn Traitor (Exiles #2)

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,843 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
The Mage Guardians have survived the war?barely. Now Mage Captal Cailet and her sister Sarra are struggling to rebuild their society?politically, economically, and magically. Yet though defeated, their ancient enemies, the Malerissi, have not been destroyed, and under the leadership of Cailet?s and Sarra?s sister Glenin, these masters of a darker magic are once again weavi ...more
Paperback, 784 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by DAW (first published March 1st 1997)
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Apr 12, 2011 Grace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is really one and a half stars. Glenin, Sarra and Cailet are all grown at the start of this book, and they stop being pawns and start actually moving pieces themselves. Some more successfully than others.

Okay, here's where Rawn lost me: for some unknown, incomprehensible reason, Sarra and Cailet come over all stupid for plotting purposes. And not just for brief moments - for entire stretches of the second half of the book, I was muttering "you're supposed to be smarter than that". And the w
Sep 19, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As much as I love this series I would almost suggest not picking it up at all. This book was written around 15 years and the author apparently has no intention of finishing the series. Her husband died sometime after she wrote this book and she fell into a great depression and stopped writing for a while. Though she has started to write other series, I've read that she can't bring herself to work on these books because her late husband played such a huge part in their development of them. Sad fo ...more
Mar 27, 2012 Susan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although I LOVED this book and the firstone in the series, I do NOT recommend that anyone read either of them, YET. The third book has never been written and it has been over 12 years since the last one was published. If and when the final book comes out I will change this rating, but so many unanswered questions/cliff hangers really spoil the first two books.
Jan 06, 2010 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now if only she'd pretty please finish the series!
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May 16, 2012 Martin L. Cahn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent followup to the first book, but very plainly the middle of a trilogy. I continue to enjoy Rawn's creation of a matriarchal society in a fantasy setting. It's unfortunate Rawn's never written the third book. The characters are so rich and the overarching plot unresolved that readers deservedly have begged for completion. On the good side, both books are still complete stories unto themselves, with satisfactory if not fully happy endings in both cases.


The only two quibbles ar
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Melanie Rawn received a BA in history from Scripps College and worked as a teacher and editor before becoming a writer.

She has been nominated for a Locus award on three separate occasions: in 1989 for Dragon Prince (in the first novel category), in 1994 for Skybowl (in the fantasy novel category), and again in 1995 for Ruins of Ambrai (in the fantasy novel category).

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