Published by Orbit on Oct 1, 2007
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Format: Paperback from Purchased
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Enter the kingdom of Lur, where to use magic unlawfully means death. The Doranen have ruled Lur with magic since arriving as refugees centuries ago. Theirs was a desperate flight to escape the wrath of a powerful mage who started a bitter war in their homeland. To keep Lur safe, the native Olken inhabitants agreed to abandon their own magic. Magic is now forbidden them, and any who break this law are executed.
Asher left his coastal village to make his fortune. Employed in the royal stables, he soon finds himself befriended by Prince Gar and given more money and power than he'd ever dreamed possible. But the Olken have a secret; a prophecy. The Innocent Mage will save Lur from destruction and members of The Circle have dedicated themselves to preserving Olken magic until this day arrives. Unbeknownst to Asher, he has been watched closely. As the Final Days approach, his life takes a new and unexpected turn ...
This was a very classic feeling epic fantasy with magic story. It was slow and long, but also very satisfying.
The highlight of the book was the friendship between Gar and Asher. The majority of the first part of the story was the building and deepening of this relationship, and it was quite special to witness.
The last part of the story is where the action really starts. It’s where the plots start to unfold and events start happening. It all happens very quickly, and the story ends on a cliffhanger. Oh, the dreaded cliffhanger. Usually I don’t enjoy them, but since the majority of the book is slow, having an exciting ending makes me want to read the next book, and lucky for me, I already have it ready.