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Nieświadomy mag (Kingmaker, Kingbreaker #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  16,524 Ratings  ·  767 Reviews
Witajcie w królestwie Lur, gdzie stosowanie czarów niezgodnie z literą prawa oznacza śmierć.

Dawno temu, zdesperowane plemię Doranów - obdarzonych magiczną mocą wojowników, opuściło spustoszony wojnami rodzinny kraj. Uciekali przed Morganem – okrutnym czarownikiem, który dla władzy gotów był zrobić wszystko. W końcu przybywają do Lur, gdzie zawierają pakt z jego olkińskimi
Paperback, 568 pages
Published September 21st 2011 by Galeria Książki (first published January 1st 2005)
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Tay Sengul No not at all. This book focuses on the characters developments and their relationships. It is essentially a drama with a little magic mixed in. Very…moreNo not at all. This book focuses on the characters developments and their relationships. It is essentially a drama with a little magic mixed in. Very very little magic.
Night Angel Trilogy is pure action compared to this. (less)
Barbara Advanced, Karen Miller employs a wide vocabulary.
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Bookdragon Sean
I like fantasy novels that are unique and push the boundaries of the genre. Unfortunately, this did nothing new. Indeed, this book ticks all the boxes of overworked fantasy tropes, and has little of its own originality to save it. I mean this doesn’t have to be the case in today’s market. Look at the brilliance of Brandon Sanderson’s books or the depth of Rothfuss’ world. It’s still possible to write new fantasy today; it may be getting harder, but it’s still possible.

This book is your typical
Kevin Xu
My problem with Karen Miller in general, and with this book is she could have shorten all her books from being over 600 pages each to around 300 so that all the bs slow pacing of nothing happening could be deleted. Basically almost nothing really happened in this book and series, only about a couple of things happened, and even with that it felt like nothing really happened or changed within the novel. Usually a book would be long just because of it being boring and info dumping, but that is not ...more
Oct 18, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one, don't read it, you will die of boredom
Recommended to James by: picked off the shelf because the book was falsely presented as i
Shelves: fantasy
Don't judge a book by its cover. Seriously. This book very much disappointed me, in every way. The idea was interesting and very promising, but the execution was terrible.
Honestly, I don't know why I kept reading it. Somehow, the book had a way of making me keep reading, just to see if anything interesting happened, which in retropect is a terrible reason to keep reading a book.
After 500 pages, I thought back and realized that nothing important or interesting even happened. Basically, the mai
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
The first book of a two-book series, Canadian-Australian author Miller is a refreshing new voice in the genre. Set in the kingdom of Lur, the two races, Doranen and Olken, live alongside each other with a precarious balance: the Doranen, who came down through the mountains fleeing the evil mage Morg over six centuries ago, are born with magic and use it to control the weather and give smaller benefits to society, while the Olken, the original inhabitants of the land, occupy lower-class positions ...more
Aug 31, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2009, abandoned
Asher, the backwater fisherman, travels to the big capital city, Dorana, to find his fortune. Little does he know, he is the center of a little-known prophecy that will either save or destroy the kingdom of Lur.

I gave this book a good 200 pages to get good, to no avail. I found Asher, the protagonist, very unlikeable, and I felt like Miller often tried to use his contrariness to bandaid her general lack of tension. I also felt that she played her cards too soon by revealing the prophecy stuff ve
colleen the convivial curmudgeon
So... this book...

I didn't hate it, thus the 2-stars, but I'm not sure I can say I really liked it, either... so maybe it's more a 1.5 stars, rounded up.

Anyway -

First and foremost a warning: This is not a duology in the sense of two complete but related stories like, say, Crown Court/Crown Duel. This is a "duology" in the sense of "one book that the publisher probably decided to split into two because one 1300 page book is more intimidating than 2 650ish page books".

There is no conclusion to th
Mike (the Paladin)
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy

I looked at this book several times. I passed it by on all those occasions. I suppose I always thought I'd maybe pick it up at some point but really, it's not the type book I usually get involved in (or at least didn't seem to be). The synopsis led me to believe that at best I'd find it mildly interesting.

I have been pleasantly surprised. This is an excellent read. It's an interesting, well plotted, well characterized novel. This book drew me in from the word go and held my interest throughout.
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Here is what I got out of the book so far:
Asher runs away to find his fortune in the Capitol. Asher sees the prince riding through town. "Man, that guy is an idiot." Prince seems to recognize Asher. Prince: "Hey what are you doing here?" Asher, "None of your business." Prince, "I like you, want to work in my stables although obviously you can't handle a horse and you are impertinent?" Asher, "Why would I want to do that though I have no other options and no skills?" Prince, "I'll pay you well."
Maria Elmvang
Asher is a refreshing change to the common fantasy hero - he's neither a long-long son of some king somewhere, nor a diamond in the rough. He's merely rough. The unpolished fisherman who travels to the great city to work for a year, in order to earn money for his old dad. He says what he means and means what he says - and doesn't stop to think that perhaps he should occasionally phrase his comments more politely, in order not to ruffle any fancy feathers.

I really enjoyed the book. The relationsh
Feb 01, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story has some interesting ideas sprinkled here and there throughout, and the writing is certainly passable from a technical standpoint. However, the end result is that the overall telling of the story resulted in mediocrity when in places it offered a tease of potential to be so much more. Ultimately, I finished the book out of sheer stubborness, rather than due to much interest in what was actually going on in the story. In the author's defense, I believe this is her first novel. With furt ...more
Jacob Proffitt
I haven't been able to pick this back up for two weeks, so it is time to admit the truth: I don't really care to finish this book. The writing is okay and I'm interested in the world, but there's just enough drag from the characters that I'm simply not willing to continue.

I knew that I was in trouble when I found myself unable to like Asher. I think we're supposed to, but at heart, he's kind of an arrogant jerk. How Prince Gar didn't just dump him in the nearest midden is a mystery to me. Sorry,
Nov 17, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Covers are the best part of this duology. Expected a great story, it wasn't. The writing style is very good and easy to read.


Two books of bad stuff happening, sadness, and suffering...I kept waiting for some resolution, or even one good thing to happen. I guess the good guys finally win...kinda, maybe. Almost everybody dies; abundance of pain, suffering, betrayal, and death of main characters. Upon finishing, I just felt confused, let down, and possibly in need of Prozac
Apr 04, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
An enjoyable read, but it didn't quite live up to my expectations. Classic fantasy, complete with an ancient prophecy, an unwitting hero, magic, romance, intrigue, all the usual fantasy bells and whistles. Nothing's wrong with that, of course. It just fell a bit short for me.

**spoiler alert**

I had several "hold on..." moments where my belief was jarred. Such as when Asher steps up to save Prince Gar's horse. What in the world is a fisherman doing trying to calm down a horse? I don't know jack a
Cori Reed
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've seen some really mixed things out there about this book. A lot of people think it's boring and lacking a distinct plot, but I disagree! I had a great time reading this.

While it certainly isn't anything shiny and new, I found the fantastical aspects interesting and leaving me wanting to learn more. The one aspect of the magic I didn't like was it didn't seem to have rules. I like magic systems that are almost scientific. This one felt more like Harry Potter in that you can kind of do anythin
I'm angry!! Goodness me. Ok there are a few reasons why I am angry. My new adoration for the Fantasy genre is tainted now knowing there is pap like this out there. The writing style, f**k me it was aggravating, characters spoke like a cross between The artful dodger and a Northener from the UK, hell I have Yorkshire blood on my veins and it still annoyed! The story flow and world building was utter shite, hated main character too! Lastly the cover art for both books is great, such a waste :(
Aug 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Funny how things work. I was in really weird mood—read that as "horrible"—and it was impacting in my reading. Being in the middle of a mediocre UF series to begin with, wasn't much help at all. Still, I have to admit to a lot of undeserved nitpicking. In the end, though, it doesn't matter the reason; I got so frustrated with that series that I needed a change and I thought fantasy would do the trick. Finnikin of the Rock was my first choice, but I'm not very good at reading two books at the same ...more
Dec 21, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Pretty much has everything cliched and sorry about Fantasy novels. Dreadfully slow pacing. The antagonist does not even appear until 500 pages into the story. Mostly we have the country boy goes to the big city to find his fortune. He finds it as a admin assistant. So there's basically 500 pages of admin assistant stuff. Dull as dishwater. The last 100 pages holds some plot developments but again at the end of the book we're treated to... Okay, you get one guess. Yup, it's a literal cliffhanger! ...more
Andrew Simpson
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be a really enjoyable read, the depth of the characters as they progress through the story is masterfully written. The story is compelling and well told.

Would definitely recommend this, now to start on its sequel!
Ben Babcock
For a book called The Innocent Mage, set in a land protected by a magical barrier, where the practising of magic is a capital offense for the Olken and a birthright for the Doranen, not a lot of magic actually happens in this book. Karen Miller dangles the potential for magic like a carrot before whacking the reader with the stick of scenery-chewing dialogue. While there is plenty to enjoy about the slow-simmer of worldbuilding in which Miller engages here, some of the same decisions that make M ...more
Aaron Negoba
Jul 18, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My family recommended this book as we're all fantasy fans, and I've been on a tear lately. This book takes the usual themes, bends them around just slightly, and sets a reasonable stage for a good story. And then nothing happens. The characters argue and fuss about and some lame pseudo-political wrangling goes on. Tiny bit by bit we get some backstory, and toward the end there is a rush toward a cliffhanger ending that finishes nothing. It serves only as a bridge to the second book.

Miller has a
Oct 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
[3 Stars] Where I liked the characters immensely and I enjoyed this book overall, I had a few problems with the pacing and plot devices. I really liked the dialogue though, and after the way this first book concluded, I will definitely be curious to see how the story moves forward in book two of the duology.
Jen A.
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I read a lot of hum-drum reviews of The Innocent Mage, a book I borrowed off of my sister's bookshelf, and honestly, I don't know what everyone is complaining about. Miller wrote a good (if typical) fantasy story complete with two races, royalty, an Evil Person, magic, commoners, and what amounts to a secret guild. What she didn't do is exhaustively report on the history of this land and these peoples; you learn the background slowly, by paying attention and creating the full picture in your hea ...more
Aaron Rauschhuber
I like the book. Karen Miller's Innocent Mage now has a special little place on my shelf. The reason is very simple. It was fantasy just the way I like it. Innocent Mage was realistic, practical, and charming. The characters were human, whether Olken or Doranen, each had human struggles. Despite the title, magic played a small role compared to the conflicting emotions of the characters. Magic seemed to be just oil on the gears, keeping the background plot growing and growing building up for the ...more
Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The story follows Asher a surly, ill-tempered fishermen who in the attempt to escape his cruel overbearing brothers and pull his father from poverty travels to the capital city of Dorana. He is planning on working there for a year and then going home with enough money to set him and his father up comfortably with their own house and boat. But the capital is not what he expected and soon he is faced with situations and people that he could never have imagined. Within his first day of being within ...more
Lur is a kingdom isolated from the outside world by magic. There are two races; the Olken, who have no magic, and the Doranen, who use magic like it's another limb. Enter Asher, an Olken fisherman who dreams of making enough money for his father to retire. what Asher doesn't know is that he is prophesied to be Lur's savior.

I'll be honest, I liked this book. It was enjoyable for me because the characters are so defined and the world feels a bit different that the usual fantasy world. Lur is so is
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading the Innocent Mage, I thought "Oh dear, this does not look so good." A fisherman? With an accent like this? But the book was a present from my sister, so I had to at least try. And I am quite glad I did.

There were some things in the text that made me wince from time to time, mostly redundancy, and repetition of phrases or ideas. Many things became "worse for wear" and every other character was sick at some point of the story. I also felt that the story could have been
Phule77 Erickson
I had seen this recommended, I think, by Rothfuss, and besides the covers are quite striking compared to a lot of others on the shelves at this time.

I had glanced at them, but the blurb quote inside the dust cover seemed really pretentious...this bumpkin is correcting a Prince? Okay, whatever.

But while on vacation I needed another book to read, and went ahead and read some of the first chapter, and was hooked by the energy and the writing style. I worried about whether to bother picking up the s
Mikko Karvonen
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No-one, really.
Shelves: fantasy-scifi
In a word: uninspiring.

Innocent Mage has its merits. The relationship between the two main characters has some interesting moments, and there are couple other potentially decent characters. The language is good and flowing. It tries to do something bit different with the age-old 'Chosen One' theme.

But bah, it just never gets anywhere. And when it did, it left me mostly annoyed.

Miller spends habitually six pages saying things she could have said in two. One could argue that it makes her dialogues
Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2012
This was refreshing. Finally, some traditional fantasy done right! It's been so long that I picked up a traditional type series and actually really really got into it. But Innocent Mage sucked me right in, and there was never a point where it lost my attention. That's not to say it was jam packed with action.. It was just good. Good character development, a super intriguing world.. It was the full package when it comes to traditional epic fantasy.

Just a quick warning though... Big time cliff han
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-to-read
Reread, like the tenth time. ;___;
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