Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand

The Prodigal Mage The Prodigal Mage
by Karen Miller
Harper Voyager

Supplied for review by Harper Collins New Zealand

Reviewed By: Cassie Pearce

The Prodigal Mage by Karen Miller is book one in the Fisherman’s Children series. I misunderstood and thought this was book one in a NEW series but in fact it is a continuation of the story surrounding Asher the Innocent Mage.

It was difficult to get immersed in this new universe and the story assumed that one had read the previous books. The story didn’t seem to pick up until well past halfway and it wasn’t overly exciting. It took me ages to read and it wasn’t until the last quarter of the book that the story actually picked up and was enjoyable to read. One definitely needs to read the entire series of books in this universe.

In The Prodigal Mage the story continues with the life of Asher and his wife Dathne, Rafel and Deenie their children. Is the great hero of the previous books just a normal father and husband now? Does he still have the power to help the new challenges facing the land of Lur? Asher defeated the wicked Wizard Morg and killed him and now Lur is at peace but cut off from the rest of the world by the magic that a previous magician laid down. Every time Asher helps the people of the Lur they resent him and don’t appreciate his help.

The native inhabitants, The Olken, of Lur are intolerant of the new comers the Doranen, and visa versa. Rafel feels that he should be allowed to use his magical powers but his Dad won’t let him. The Doranen are allowed to use magic that he is forbidden to use. Why is Asher hiding books with magic locks that Rafel feels he should be allowed to access? The ending of this book is a cliff hanger and the reader is in no doubt that a second book needs to be read to complete the tale. Whilst the story was difficult to dive into, the ending was exciting and made the reader want to continue to find out more.

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