Magic Lost, Trouble Found Mass Market Paperback – May 29 2007
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"Loaded with excitement." -- Linnea Sinclair
"An absolutely enjoyable read." -- C.E. Murphy
"A Witty, kick-ass heroine." -- Shanna Swendson
About the Author
Lisa Shearin currently works as the editor at an advertising agency. She has been a magazine editor and writer of corporate marketing materials of every description. Lisa enjoys singing, reading, writing novels, and fencing (foil and epee, as well as rapier & dagger dueling). She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two cats, two spoiled-rotten retired racing greyhounds, and a Jack Russell terrier who rules them all.See all Product Description
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The writing is very witty and I found myself in tears laughing at some of Raine's witty comments. Lisa keeps the attention of her readers by constantly having action and a dilemma Raine must overcome in order to move forward to hear goal.
I liked that Lisa describe just enough information about Mermeia to satisfy me and give a good sense of the where Raine lives.
Lisa's goblins are SEXY! You probably will never hear my say that again but Tam is one hot and mysterious goblin. But, I am partial to Mychael. There is just something about him that I really like, maybe it is his position in the law.
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I loved Raine's snarky inner dialogues, the colourful characters and the rest of the fun and excitement. Lisa Shearin's Mermeia is a fantasy destination I can't wait to visit again, and again, and again...well you get the idea.
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The something that Quentin has been hired to steal is soon found to be more valuable and more important than either of them could ever have imagined. Before Quentin even escapes the necromancer's house, he finds himself with some unsavory company, who also just happen to want to lay hands on the very same amulet that Quentin has just pilfered.
With a little help from Raine and her family, Quentin narrowly escapes with his life. Raine insists that he hand over the amulet for safekeeping, and that's when things start to get a little wild!
MAGIC LOST, TROUBLE FOUND is an enchantingly engaging read. Devoid of the heavy depressing themes that seem to permeate popular fantasy novels lately, MAGIC LOST, TROUBLE FOUND will delight readers who like a good dose of humor mixed with their magical adventure. Author Lisa Shearin has done a superb job of crafting a fantasy world alive with elves, goblins and otherworldly creatures. With a fast paced plot, well-crafted characters and just a hint of romance, MAGIC LOST, TROUBLE FOUND is a book that fantasy lovers won't want to miss.
Others have summed up the story very nicely. What grabbed me about Raine Benares (our heroine) was that she stuck by her friend Quentin even when she knew it was a bad idea. What continued to hold my attention was her humor and her ability to take care of herself despite serious challenges.
Up until Benares was forced to take an amulet Quentin stole, she was a moderate level sorceress. Now that amulet has increased her powers. Unfortunately, everyone in the city wants that amulet, which ties her up in politics and makes a lot of enemies.
There's a lot to like about this novel. Shearin's characters are well-written and engaging. While she has a significant cast of multiple races, she does manage to keep track of them and explain them reasonably well. The story moves along at a smart pace with very few bogs. Her world is also very well-realized--even the politics make sense. (As much as politics ever do!)
I have two complaints that reduced "Magic Lost's" rating from 5 stars. A map would have been very useful in helping to figure out where we were in somewhat complex terrain.
Second, the cast of characters was large enough and the action fast enough, that an index of characters with a brief description of their race and position would have helped a lot. Such a list will also help refresh readers' memory when this series continues, which I believe it will.
The cover and title of this book are deceptive. They make the book appear more appropriate for the Romance aisle of the bookstore-- but that's not the case. It's a fairly standard fantasy adventure novel, with very little romance. Only a few kisses, and although the heroine does seem to go weak in the knees a bit too often and easily in the presence of A Man, it didn't bother me too much. I'd liken the book to one of those Mercedes Lackey "urban fantasy" novels, but with less actual description of violence.
The writing is consistent throughout; it's not a cringeworthy first novel. There are enough interesting things happening, and almost none of the insufferable repetition you sometimes get with this sort of thing.
I'm in eighth grade, and read in school whenever I can--even when I should probably be doing some homework. Usually, I'm excited to read my book (such as the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews, Dragonlance series by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger, etc.) and looking for any excuse. But with this book, when we were given time to read, I sighed mentally, picked up the book, and continued to trudge through it.
The heroine, by far, was the biggest disappointment for me. She was annoying at times, and couldn't fight nearly as well as she liked to think she did. And she didn't seem all that intelligent, either, or observant in the various situations she was thrown into with the goblin villains. I guess I just have too high of standards with my heroines; favorites include Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels, Seanan McGuire's Verity Price, and Gail Carriger's Alexia Tarabotti. And, of course, Buffy the Vampire Slayer! All of them are strong, intelligent, and easily take care of themselves. However, Raine Benares, like most heroines in the urban fantasy genre, was a huge disappointment. She was constantly having to be rescued and wondering WHY the goblins were after her.
Ugh! Speaking of goblins, I DESPISED the love triangle!!! From what I've read of the future books, this dang love triangle is continued quite a ways...
After I'd read a ways into the book, I looked back on it and thought that a lot had actually happened... Though it still felt like I was in the beginning of a novel, not towards the end of the first book of a series.
I appear to be in the minority amongst all the other reviews, but oh well. I'm used to that. These are just my thoughts. I seriously think this book could've been WAY better. I don't think I'll be continuing the series. At least, not for now.