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Warrior (Doppelganger #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  2,651 Ratings  ·  196 Reviews
When a witch is born, a doppelganger is created. For the witch to master her powers, the twin must be killed. But what happens when the doppelganger survives?

Mirage, a bounty hunter, lives by her wits and lethal fighting skills. She always gets her mark. But her new mission will take her into the shadowy world of witches, where her strength may not be a match against powe
Kindle Edition, Reprint, 436 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Orbit (first published April 1st 2006)
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Jun 08, 2007 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 19, 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.

Patti Ashley
Oct 28, 2014 Patti Ashley rated it really liked it
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.
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
Dec 29, 2010 Karissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Joseph Teller
Jul 11, 2011 Joseph Teller rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 28, 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
Sep 16, 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
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
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
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 !
Feb 18, 2017 Lily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing mystery about two characters who inhabit two very different, well-crafted worlds. "Hunters", aka mercenaries, who ride around taking commissions and living by their blade. And "Witches", aka witches, who study the magical elements, and weave them into spells using song. Each of these groups is divided into schools and factions with believable rivalries and politics, making for a rich backdrop for the story: the Witch discovers that the Hunter is her doppelganger, her double lost at bi ...more
When I first picked this book up off the shelf I knew I just had to have it. I mean, look at that cover! It just screams, "Buy me!" And so of course I obliged the voices in my head and bought it and it's sequel. I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I should have listened to the voices in my head. There was many aspects of this novel that I absolutely loved, and just a few that fell flat.

I love the premise for the story. Doppelganger's? How cool is that?! It's like having an evil twin, ex
Robyn Paxman
Oct 14, 2016 Robyn Paxman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i really enjoyed this.
I thought both the main characters were really likeable and well written. the concept is really cool at first i was reminded of the Sabrina the teenage witch family secret( where each of the family members have an evil twin) but i thought how it was structured and told really made this book unique.
Kat  Hooper
Mar 31, 2009 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

I picked up this book because Marie Brennan is a graduate student at Indiana University where I also went to grad school, so I felt a connection there. Overall, Doppelganger is a good debut.

At first the story follows the separate lives of Mirage, a kick-butt warrior who has recently graduated from warrior school and makes her living by being commissioned for various dangerous tasks, and Miryo, a witch who has been in school and has just failed her "final e
Jan 22, 2017 Lissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow for the first half but then it picks up when the girls meet. It picks up so well, that I couldn't put it down. The first half may be slow, but it's got vital information that, if you skip it you won't understand what's happening.
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
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
Dec 28, 2016 Kayereads rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: can-t-finish
too slow paced. couldnt continue
Jan 02, 2017 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting set-up.
Mirage is a Hunter (very physical). Miryo is a Witch (spells based on singing).
Nancy O'Toole
Mar 12, 2010 Nancy O'Toole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although Mirage is a skilled Hunter, she has often been mistaken for a witch due to her red hair, something that has always made her angry. So when she gets a job to investigate the murder of a prominent witch, she is hesitant at first but cannot turn down the thrill of a challenge and eventually accepts. Before she realizes it, she finds herself deep in a mystery that goes beyond one simple assassination. Meanwhile, Miryo is about to face the most important day of her young life, her test to be ...more
***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
Aug 16, 2009 Lesley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kasey Shoemaker
Sep 06, 2011 Kasey Shoemaker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some books barely make it to my bookshelf once I’ve bought them. They’re constantly at the ready for me to pick up at any free minute, just to get a few more pages in, and are usually devoured in two or three days. However, other books hook me in the store, receive my undivided attention for about 100 pages and then find themselves bookmarked and shelved for a long afternoon or weekend of bad television, cast aside for other new bookstore treasures. For me, this book was the latter, and when I p ...more
Karine Darnessy
Nov 04, 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.
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Oct 11, 2010 Shelley rated it liked it
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Marie Brennan is the author of the Doppelganger, Onyx Court, Wilders, and Memoirs of Lady Trent series of fantasy novels.
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