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Magic Lost, Trouble Found

(Raine Benares #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  6,775 ratings  ·  526 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
Mass Market Paperback, 345 pages
Published May 29th 2007 by Berkley Publishing Group (first published March 29th 2007)
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Gnome Claire *Wishes she was as cool as Gnome Ann* I've just finished book 5 and I have to say no, Raine is pretty much the only female character- I think there were 4 other female characters who had a…moreI've just finished book 5 and I have to say no, Raine is pretty much the only female character- I think there were 4 other female characters who had a name in the whole book, one was someone's dead wife mentioned in passing and two were prostitutes, the fourth was the only other female character of any significance. I wouldn't even be able to count the number of male characters. She's very much a Smurfette :((less)

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Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote it. ; )
Dec 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-uns, fantasy
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
Feb 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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!
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
A fun formulaic read and formulaic in a positive and comfy way. Really enjoyed the fantasy world of elves, goblins, pixies, humans. Magic and spellsongs, start of a love triangle etc. Main character with the feisty attitude of urban fantasy without the urban bit! Probably won't be rushing to the next one in the series, but I'm pretty sure I will read it eventually when I'm in need of something entertaining, light and fast-paced.
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 16, 2009 rated it really liked it 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
Rating: 4 1/2 stars

Initially, I wondered where this was going but once the adventure started, it really took off. The world building is complete, exotic, descriptive without overload. Our elven h, Raine Benares, seeker and magic user, is feisty, resourceful, a bit snarky, and quick-witted. Most importantly, she is likable from start to finish. Not to mention, she is surrounded by nothing but gorgeous males! Friends, family, and fiendish enemies! All gorgeous! Another interesting take is that the
May 28, 2008 rated it liked it
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Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
Edit 2016: I'm currently re-reading this and have to say this series got soooo good. It was worth learning all those names I was grumbling about 5 years ago. ;)

2011 review: 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
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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
Nov 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
A charming introduction to a series that is new for me and which I will definitely read to the end. I love Lisa Shearin’s SPI Files and picked up the first three books of this series when I found them in my favourite used book store. A good impulse, that.

While not without its flaws, I found this to be an excellent distraction from the boredom of sitting most of a day in an airport in Santiago, Chile. One flight got in at mid-day and the next didn’t leave until after 10 p.m. Distraction was defin
May 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Ben Babcock
May 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, fantasy, 2008-read
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
Aug 26, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Suzanne (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
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, suspense, fantasy
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
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reading
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.
This had a shaky start - very info-dumpy. But after we got that out of the way, I found myself enjoying it. It has a sort of urban fantasy feel, but UF lite in a fictional fantasy world.
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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
Dec 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
Sep 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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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,
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
Raine Benares is a seeker, she finds missing things for people. And when her friend/partner ends up going back to the "dark side" of things she decides to get involved. However, she never expected it to go so far, and for her to end up finding out more about herself she never knew, and never really wanted to know.

This book brings in a large amount of suspense, action, and a hint of romance, with a kick ass heroine who cares more about her friends then anything else.

However, at times I felt lik
Mar 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: april, 2010, library, fantsay
Can I tell you how much I enjoy being on Twitter? I likely would have never picked up this book if I hadn't seen @kmont, @angiebookgirl and @janicu debating between the two hotties in this series. I haven't read a lot of fantasy and what I have read has been mostly YA. It always seems to take me a little longer to get into fantasy because of the world-building and in this book's case, the names. They had some weirdo names. However, it didn't take me long before I was sucked into the story.There ...more
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
I don't usually comment on something I am reading until I am finished. This is an unusual situation. I want to say, at 30% into reading this, that I am enjoying the world-building, and especially the main character, quite a bit. Raine Benares is delightful. She is practical, honest, self-critical without being ridiculous about it, and DOESN'T THINK ABOUT SEX ALL THE TIME. (There, I have probably managed to discourage many of you from reading this.) She has an interesting cast of supporting chara ...more
Aug 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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
3.5 stars - I did this in audio and really enjoyed the story and the reader. I think that the people surrounding Fae seeker Rayne in this fantasy story are a big plus - I like that she is from a family of rogues, pirates and thieves. I also like that she is quick thinking and capable with a blade. It will be interesting to see how the magical fallout from this book affect things as in the next book.
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Lisa is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Raine Benares novels and The SPI Files.

Lisa is a voracious collector of fountain pens, teapots & teacups both vintage and modern. She lives on a small farm in North Carolina with her husband, four spoiled-rotten retired racing greyhounds, and enough deer and woodland creatures to fill a Disney movie.

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Raine Benares (9 books)
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  • The Trouble with Demons (Raine Benares #3)
  • Bewitched & Betrayed (Raine Benares #4)
  • Con & Conjure (Raine Benares #5)
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“Sometimes I hated it when I was right, but I always hated it when someone else was. Especially when their being right made me wrong. I’m irrational that way. It’s something I’m working on.” 51 likes
“Tam considers me a challenge. I consider Tam a work in progress. I also think there's a gentleman lurking under that calculating exterior. Tam thinks 'gentleman' is a dirty word. I talk dirty to Tam every chance I get.” 20 likes
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