The Innocent Mage was one of those books I'd heard a bit about over a long space of time, but never anything specific or anything that would make me move it to the top of my TBR list. Eventually though, while glancing through the list and ordering books home through the library web page (that'd be bibliotek.dk if there's any Dane reading this, who doesn't know that) I decided to give the books a go.
It's not half bad. It didn't catch me and hold me tight (ever) but it was well written and the characters fleshed out and sympathetic. It took me over half a book to realise that not much actually happens for over half a book other than relationship and character building. The big overshadowing plot has barely kicked off when the book ends - and with quite the cliffhanger. However rather than being a usual fantasy trilogy, the Kingmaker Kingbreaker series only holds two books and the second book The Awakened Mage was published in 2006, so you don't have to wait long to read on.
Main character Asher is an atypical main. He's no hero, nothing special in particular, just a plain man who does what's right. And who happens to befriend a prince, which would change any man's life. Even more atypically - the overshadowing plot, which I won't reveal here - some characters know about it, but Asher isn't one of them.
All in all it's a good read and I will definitely read the next, but I'm in no hurry. I'm not at the edge of my seat in anticipation, but I enjoy being well entertained by something that's obviously been thought through.
|The Innocent Mage
613 pages / published in 2005
|Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2013|