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Magic Lost, Trouble Found (Raine Benares #1)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  5,235 ratings  ·  435 reviews
A girl with attitude. An all-powerful amulet.
This could only mean trouble.

My name is Raine Benares. I’m a seeker. The people who hire me are usually happy when I find things. But some things are better left unfound…

Raine is a sorceress of moderate powers, from an extended family of smugglers and thieves. With a mix of street smarts and magic spells, she can usually take
Published July 6th 2010 (first published March 29th 2007)
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Feb 11, 2008 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote it. ; )
This series seems to be most often described as regular fantasy with a decidedly urban fantasy heroine, complete with charming (at times self deprecating) sense of humor. I would agree with this assessment. Raine's internal dialogue is very much in keeping with urban fantasy trends. She'll be the first one to tell you, she's one part disreputable imp, two parts defender of all that is good. And she can handle anything that comes her way.

And the excellent part is--all kinds of heinousness comes h
Apr 29, 2009 Felicia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes magic/adventure.
I love this book so much. I had so much fun reading it, the characters are lovely and humorous and the plotting is quick and satisfying. I can't say enough good things about this, and I'm eagerly waiting for the sequel!
Mike (the Paladin) I was pleasantly surprised. If you've checked back on my profile often you may have noticed that this book has been on my "currently reading" shelf for a long time. Unfortunately (sort of) I own the book. So, it was continuously having to be put aside so I could read library books that had to be finished and returned.

The book was one I'd purchased from my favorite used books store on a recommendation but I'd left it on my shelf a long time. Let's face it. The cover sports an attract
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Nov 19, 2013 Ian rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy reading tax law.
He said: "Let's go into the office."
She said: "I don't trust you, let's stay out here."
(5 minutes later, nothing has changed but...)
He said: "Let's go into the office."
She said: "OK"

Raine finds herself in possession of a magical amulet. It was stolen from a "powerful necromancer" (quoted from the synopsis) and that's about the last you'll hear of him. Everyone wants the amulet because it apparently acts as something like a will lead the bearer to a dark magical rock that promises
It's been a long time since I read a book that was straight fantasy. I've heard so many good things about this book and wasn't disappointed.
Raine, the main character, is an elf with average magical abilities who's current job is as a seeker. Meaning, she finds things that were stolen or lost. In 'Magic Lost, Trouble Found' Raine herself stumbles upon something that was once lost and is sought after by some very bad people. There is a race of goblins in this book, with some that are good and som
I don't know why I didn't like this book. It has everything I seek in good read. Writing was decent and understandable for me. The world building was fine too. I like Raine, she was quite pleasant character. There are romance and love triangle in the book. But apparently this wasn't enough. It just didn't hook me up.
I read all this great review, and the book rating is really high. So I just hoped, that it will be better soon, I just need to read another page, another chapter. On page 195 (it has
Okay, let's get one thing straight: this is not the book/series to reach for if you want something deep and thought-provoking. That's not its purpose, and there's nothing wrong with that, but I thought we should be clear before moving on.

What this book is is fun. Really fun, in a 'classic fantasy tropes written so solidly you don't care they're tropes' kind of way. Really, the setup here is fairly standard - elves, humans, goblins; everyone's hot and compatible and there's an ancient species riv
An excellent first novel to a new series!

I thought it was great! As a first book, you meet the characters - all of them. The ones to adore, the ones to hate... Raine is an excellent female character. Brave, strong, does what she has too despite how she feels about doing it. I can't wait to see what she gets herself into next.

The secondary characters all tie in with her in some way, and I like the diversity of them, whether friend, family, or a really hot guy. And I can't wait to read more about
I liked this book.

I didn't think I would, and that was because I did indeed fall into the trap of judging a book by its cover - which I seriously dislike, and the font makes me think it's a comedy a la Discworld, from which I run screaming (not Discworld so much but comedic fantasy in general).

In any case I was pleasantly surprised.

The worldbuilding is really good - anyone who can paint a picture so vividly and with so many layers in the readers head in such short a time earns my admiration (giv
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru

A girl with attitude. An all-powerful amulet.
This could only mean trouble.

My name is Raine Benares. I’m a seeker. The people who hire me are usually happy when I find things. But some things are better left unfound…

Raine is a sorceress of moderate powers, from an extended family of smugglers and thieves. With a mix of street smarts and magic spells, she can usually take care of herself. But when her friend Quentin, a not-quite-reformed thief, steals an amulet from the home of a powerfu
A very solid book, Magic Lost, Trouble Found has a great cast of characters, and the main character, Raine, is especially a good heroine. Through a series of unfortunate events, Raine finds herself as the bearer of an amulet of untold power. Too bad for her that two different sides of a goblin conflict want it, not to mention the Guardians (magic warriors), and she literally can't take the amulet off. Not without possibly killing herself. She's not alone though, there's her family (a bunch of lo ...more
Jan 30, 2014 Carly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers looking for light full-fantasy hardboiled spoofery
Recommended to Carly by: Snarktastic Sonja
**edited 01/30/14

Raine Benares has seen her fair share of trouble. As a member of a cheerfully amoral elven crime family, she's seen quite a few dubious deals. As a Seeker--a mix of sorceress and private eye--she's gotten into more than her fair share of tense situations. But when her attempt to protect a friend from his own stupidity ends with Raine in possession--and maybe possessed by--a powerful magical artefact, she knows her problems have only just started. All too soon, she's on the run f
Ben Babcock
The word for Lisa Shearin's new fantasy series is "delightful."

Raine Benares' characterization presents a magical world through the eyes of a down-to-earth, capable woman. The passing way in which she remarks, "Oh, by the way ... I've got an amulet that links me to a stone known as the 'Soul Thief' and want it gone" is a typical example of the tongue-in-cheek tone of Shearin's writing--a tone that suits this story.

The way the action progresses, it is hard to imagine that so much can happen in so
I am going to be honest, I am not sure I should even be writing a review for this since I only got 70 pages into the book...but I guess that says something about the book, right? I was excited to read this book; it was supposed to be a fantasy with an urban fantasy flavor to it and sounded right up my alley...well it wasn't.

The book drops you right into the middle of the action, but I just couldn't get into it. The action scenes weren't all that well done. The characters did not interest me in t
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
This book was good. However, it was extremely difficult to get into. This was actually my second attempt at reading it; the first time I gave up halfway through in frustration. The reason for my annoyance at the time was that I just couldn't get a grasp on who each character was because they've all got such ridiculously long and hard to pronounce - and remember - names. Three names each in some cases. Here's an example of said stoopid names: Nachtmagus Nigelius Nicabar - that's one guy. Did she ...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
I found it quite hard to get into this, but about halfway through it picked up a bit. The main character, Raine Benares, reminds me a little of Anita Blake (the creation of Laurell K Hamilton) a wise-cracking, brave, protective and independent woman. However, Raine has a tendency to wise-crack a little too much, and she finds the dangerous goblins beautiful. The description of the goblins made me instantly think of vampires, with the long canines and deadly grace. On the whole, it was slow start ...more
Aug 07, 2008 Roberta rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Shelves: fantasy
A good solid first effort. I must say I never thought I'd see a goblin characterized as good-looking, but Shearin has done so in a most yummy way.

Our heroine is an elven seeker--a person who uses magic to find lost things, and she goes to help a reformed thief friend who has decided to steal a powerful artifact.

Hijinks ensue, and she must go up against the goblin king and his shaman. In doing so, she gets help from her sexy goblin friend and a hot elven paladin.

A nice action packed fantasy wit
Kathy Martin
Raine Benares is not having a good day. While protecting a friend she gets captured by an amulet that won't let go and which is a beacon to a weapon that everyone wants. The weapon known as the Soul Stealer would help the goblin king keep power, or it would help the king's brother overthrow him, or it would give an evil goblin sorcerer power unimagined.

Luckily, Raine isn't in the fight alone. She has the support of her cousin Phaelen who is from the less law-abiding part of the family. She also
Love this series. Action, intrigue, an epic soul sucking rock and yet there is snark, skulduggery, cloak and dagger and humor.
Strong INTELLIGENT female lead that isn't TSTL or whiny.
Highly recommended. The author has also decided to make her goblins hot & seductive that may may not eat you.
I really liked this book because it got everything I want from fantasy stories right. How often do I get that, huh? Once in a blue moon, if you check my list...I should get to reading math textbooks, that would get me what I expect every time. Ok, back on track here...This book rocks because it has the following...
Strong female lead: check. I mean, holy shit, she can actually fight and does not turn into a blubbering blob screaming *save meeeee* at the nearest guy. She's also pretty funny to lis
The book contains technology that's appropriate for the 17th century, but the dialogue is completely modern (full of slang and clichés). While this isn't necessarily a problem since this is a light-hearted fantasy romp, there was just too much of it for me. I normally like heroines who make wise-cracks in the face of danger, but she was making wise-cracks on every page in the first thirty pages and at a very frequent rate after that. It was like watching a movie where several of the characters w ...more
This book is an unusual mix of fantasy and urban fantasy. The setting could be straight out of any high fantasy novel, but the feisty lead character and the plot would slot nicely into pretty much any UF book on the shelves.

It may just have been the mood I was in but, while I liked the book at the start, once I put it down I felt reluctant to pick it up again and had to force myself to finish. It's really not a bad book, but it just wasn't holding my attention the way it should. I never really
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Raine Benares is a Seeker with enough magic to get her by and a close family of smugglers and thieves who taught her every trick they knew. However, that all changes when she finds herself in possession of an amulet, he amulet doesn't look all that impressive...except she now has a psychotic goblin shaman chasing her, as well as an exiled Prince and a Paladin. Raine's sudden popularity has puts her and her family in mortal danger; she may have got herself in far more trouble than her street smar ...more
Martina the Book Fairy
Magic Lost, Trouble Found is the first book in the "Raine Benares" series.

This is the first book I've read by this author and so far I'm extremely impressed! The cover art led me to expect something leaning toward the "fluffier" side of fantasy, but I found myself completely immersed in a very well-written fantasy world with a kick-ass heroine and far fewer light-hearted moments that I thought.

Raine is a sorceress from a family of thieves. She is a seeker - someone who finds missing things or p
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Magic Lost, Trouble found starts off with a bang, and gets the action going straightaway! Raine is providing discreet backup for her friend and (sometimes) ex-thief Quentin, when she finds herself in the middle of a fight to the death with a bunch of very angry goblins. These aren’t your momma’s goblins, though! I’m relatively new to fantasy fantasy, as opposed to urban fantasy, and in my rather limited fantasy experience,
This book was really not as interesting as it professed itself to be. I was looking for something along the lines of Resenting the Hero — smart, interesting female first-person narrator who comments on all situations with a refreshing voice and sense of self, faces adventures with snarky sidekicks, and generally entertains the reader. What I got was a story with fewer strong characters and amusing situations than I had hoped for. Although the story did get better as it progressed, I felt like I ...more
Fascinating World and Characters
For Raine Benares, standing around in a stinking alley isn't the least she would do to watch the back of her friend Quentin Rand as he gets himself into yet another scrape. As well intentioned as her Samaritan act is, by the end of the night, she's going to wish it had been less than the least. A sorceress elf with average Seeker abilities, Raine makes a living finding things. Doesn't matter if the 'thing' is animal, vegetable, or mineral, she can generally find i
I didn't fall in love with Magic Lost, Trouble Found, but you may enjoy it when you're in the mood for a cozy YA fantasy lite. Raine finds trouble when she goes as unsolicited backup for her friend Quentin's ill-advised burglary of a powerful necromancer, and ends up hiding the stolen artifact when a deluge of psychotic religious fanatic goblins crash the burglary. Raine gets stuck with figuring out why the powerful magic thingy is so important, why the goblins want it, and who to trust. I read ...more
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