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Dangerous Waters (The Hadrumal Crisis #1)

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The Archmage rules the island of wizards, enforcing a ban on the use of magecraft in warfare. But there is a rumour of rogue wizardry abroad, its adepts not subject to the Archmage's edicts. The Emperor of Tormalin is offering them his protection while corsairs are raiding the coasts and merchants are begging for magical aid. The world of Lescar faces a terrifying change a ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 592 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Solaris
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Sep 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been a while since I read a Juliet E McKenna novel, but I thoroughly enjoyed the quintet of novels that made up The Tales of Einarinn, and felt it was long overdue picking up a new one. When I saw that Dangerous Waters was the start in a new series by McKenna, I thought this was a great chance to try this talented lady author again.

Dangerous Waters is a great example of traditional fantasy, from the faux Medieval setting and the corsairs and the mage powers. McKenna easily handles the vario
Richard Webb
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
High magic in fantasy is inherently problematic as it can be used heavy-handedly to solve all plot problems. Juliet McKenna makes this the whole point in her world: wizards can be so powerful they are prized by those without such powers ('Muggles'?) as potential super-weapons…to use heavy-handedly to solve all their plot problems! This conundrum is well thought-through and well-executed: in demonstrating just how powerful such wizards can be the use of magic of course becomes the single determin ...more
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Shadowhawk reviews the first novel in the Hadrumal Crisis series from Solaris Books.

“Outwardly a traditional fantasy story about mages and pirates and nobility, Dangerous Waters is far more than that and there’s a strong undercurrent of political deviousness in the book, which helps to set it apart from others in the genre.” ~The Founding Fields

As part of my “25 Series To Read In 2013” reading challe
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Some might think it strange that I haven't really read “the big names” of epic fantasy. I've no real desire to read George RR Martin's doorstops or Patrick Rothfuss's material and I have stalwartly refused to read the Wheel of Time because I know my attention span (while improving) just isn't up to the task. Nonetheless, I do find things that intrigue me in the epic fantasy subgenre, without taking the road more traveled. So I decided to read Dangerous Waters.

The story centers around the woes of
There are corsairs raiding the Caladhrian Coast, enslaving villagers and devastating trade. Barons and merchants beg for magical aid. But all help has been refused. This is no comfort to Lady Zurenne whose husband has been murdered by corsairs. Now a man she doesn't even know stands as guardian over her and her daughters. Corrain, former captain and now slave, knows that man is a rogue wizard, selling his skills to the corsairs. If Corrain can escape, he'll see justice done. Unless Jilseth, mage ...more
Apr 21, 2016 rated it liked it
This was okay, but not stand out. I haven't read any previous books by the author, so this may account for some of my problem with the book.

Namely, the set-up and the world-building. We're really ditched into the middle of the action and it took me a long while to get 'settled' and understand the parameters of Hadrumal and magic and just the general set-up for the world. It left me a bit disconnected from the characters, which was a shame.

The writing was good, but I struggled to really care abou
Gavin Gates
Well written but really feel like I was missing a lot of knowledge probably in previous books.
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Juliet E McKenna is a British fantasy author living in the Cotswolds, UK. Loving history, myth and other worlds since she first learned to read, she has written fifteen epic fantasy novels, from The Thief’s Gamble which began The Tales of Einarinn in 1999, to Defiant Peaks concluding The Hadrumal Crisis trilogy.

Currently exploring new opportunities in digital publishing, she’s re-issued her backl
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