|The Prodigal Mage by Karen Miller is book one
in the Fishermans 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 didnt seem to pick up until
well past halfway and it wasnt overly exciting. It took me ages to read and it
wasnt 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
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 dont 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 wont 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.