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The prodigal mage
1st mass market ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Orbit, 2010.
Physical Description:
648 p. ; 18 cm.
Fisherman's children ; bk. 1
General Note:
Originally published: 2009.
When Asher's last desperate attempt to repair the damage to the weather map governing the seasons leaves him on his deathbed, Asher's son Rafel--who has been forbidden to use his inherited powers--must risk his life to save his countrymen from famine, devastation, and a rift in the very fabric of their land.


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Many years have passed since the last Mage War. It has been a time of great change. But not all changes are for the best, and Asher's world is in peril once more.

The weather magic that keeps Lur safe is failing. Among the sorcerers, only Asher has the skill to mend the antique weather map that governs the seasons, keeping the land from being crushed by natural forces. Yet, when Asher risks his life to meddle with these dangerous magic, the crisis is merely delayed, not averted.

Asher's son Rafel inherited his father's talents, but he has been forbidden to use them. With Lur facing devastation, however, he may be its only hope.

Reviews 2

Bookseller Publisher Review

This is the first volume in a new series that follows on from the 'Kingmaker, Kingbreaker' duo. Ten years after the events of those earlier books, the land of Lur is again under threat. Asher, the hero of The Innocent Mage is forced once more to use his Weather Working magic to stave off the evil influence left behind by the twisted enchantments of Morg. But things have changed in Lur since Morg's earlier defeat. Asher is older now and has a son and daughter--children who have inherited his previously unique ability to practice both types of magic that exist in the land of Lur. As Asher's son, Rafel, grows to maturity he finds himself increasingly at odds with his father as to how he should utilise his magical powers. As floods and earth tremors wrack the land, Rafel embarks on a desperate expedition to find the lost kingdom of Dorana in the hope of bringing magical salvation to his home. Tying in so closely as it does with previous books, this is not a novel to recommend to new readers. The pacing is somewhat slow, especially in Part One, and the overly folksy tone of voice affected by Miller really grates on the nerves before long. Strictly for fans of her earlier work. James Francis is a bookseller at Reader's Feast in Melbourne

Publisher's Weekly Review

In an appealing series kickoff, following on the heels of the Kingmaker, Kingbreaker duology (The Innocent Mage, The Awakened Mage), returning character Asher of Restharven must come to grips with the realization that his skills are still needed to keep the land safe, and that his son Rafel's powers might even outstrip his own. When Rafel was a baby, Asher had put a blocking spell on his magical abilities as a precaution-hiding them to keep his son safe-but now Rafel chafes at these restrictions. The story stalls on this disagreement, and Asher's reasoning, besides being is not all that convincing, grows tedious. The conflict deepens though when the weather destabilizes to the point of catastrophic failure, and Asher has spent all his Weather Magic; the only hope now is for someone-namely Rafel-to travel across Barl's Mountains in hopes of finding a magical library. Strong characters with clear viewpoints carry the story forward to a solid, yet surprising ending. The book's main weakness is a lack of exposition; for much of the narrative, Miller assumes readers are familiar with the Asher's story. Still, this new series shows great potential. (Aug.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.