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Thank you TM, that makes it even more interesting... as I am a prolific reader so I need to keep the supply up. emoticon

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That was an enjoyable six hour read, some of the information in it was somewhat surprising - there was truth in a couple of paragraphs, hopefully only from logical thought, not knowledge..

I will probably read the others, more to see if any more of the supposedly hidden truths pop up any where. If any do, it may be fun communicating with the author.

This forum has provided quite a few books for my entertainment..

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Glad you enjoyed it! I don't know terribly much about fairies but I liked that it was such an unusual version of high-tech fairies but mixed in was the usual lore.
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The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller, 2005 (audio)

Another random choice from my library's audiobook collection! The selection is really miserable. They have 200 something books listed under 'Science Fiction and Fantasy' (one of my favorite genres) but the vast majority of them are teen vampire/werewolf romance sort of things. Arg! So I read the few that are ACTUALLY SciFi/Fantasy.

This is a typical high fantasy setting - a medieval type world (kings, horses, etc) with magic thrown in. There are two peoples in this world, one with and one without magic. Those with magic are the rulers. There are strict laws governing that those without can never marry those with and that those without cannot try to perform magic. These rules were set up hundreds of years ago when some great catastrophe sent those with magic to the current land they rule. Their country is surrounded by a magical wall that keeps evil at bay. Breaking the strict rules could lead to the breaking of the wall and who knows what doom.

However, all is not as it appears. Those without magic did indeed have it at one time. A simpler, more earthy magic. There are a few that keep it alive, including the heir of a long dead prophet who foretold the final days. Now is the time of the final days and the Innocent Mage - a young man who doesn't know he has magic - will be the one to save them if the heir and her circle can guide him while not revealing his destiny.

It's a lengthy book and quite involved. I read some reviews saying how NOTHING happens. Granted, there is no big battle, no momentous event, etc. But there is much world building and character development as well as some parts of intense action. However, when the book finally ended, I did feel like "nothing" had happened because the real meat of the story had just begun! Of course, there is a sequel but it's checked out so I have to wait!
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Thank you for that review! I have been looking at this book for a while, I think. And I believe it's the first part of a trilogy, at least, so a slow start makes sense.

(But I think some action doesn't hurt any book.)

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I didn't find it particularly slow really. I was very enthralled. The 'nothing' part is just that it really isn't a stand-alone book as there is no typical conflict/resolution that occurs within its pages. It's all buildup. But there were plenty of interesting things happening along the way!

From what I've seen, it is a trilogy but the third book is actually the first one chronologically and explains in details the catastrophic events that occurred hundreds of years ago that set up the kingdom the way it is. I tried to do a bit of research on that, but I HATE to read spoilers and I find that so many websites, even wikipedia, have plot details that I would prefer not to read. So I try to skim with only one eye and bail when things look to revealing! emoticon And then there are some sequels in the farther future (I think the next generation). Fortunately, my library does have all of them so I have some books to read for awhile and can avoid teen vampire angsty books!
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I finished the last four books of Artemis Fowl. They continued to entertain and much like the Harry Potter series, the subject matter became more mature. The last book was in fact rather bloody if you ask me. I was reading this series for a nice uplifting fun jaunt and that last one had me cringing. Still, it was a good series. And I hear they are doing movies!
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The Awakened Mage by Karen Miller, 2011 (audio)

I finished the second in this series. I was a tad distracted while reading it and I don't know if that made me not enjoy it as much as the first. But they were rather different. The first was character development and world building and then things got ugly in the second. Maybe I just wanted something less depressing though all in all it wasn't overly bloody/gory or anything.

There is much build up and things seemed to all be repeated a bit much. Oh the prophesy! Trust the prophesy! And then the actual events of the prophesy were swiftly dealt with in just a handful of pages.

Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy it. However, I have decided not to read the third book for now. It's not a continuation of the story but rather goes back and explains things that happened 600 years ago. I bet it's also good, but I'm ready to move on.

So I do think people who like high fantasy will like this book.
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I have never tried an audio book... I should probably have a go with one.

I am of an age where I remember very good radio plays, that I enjoyed, before television took over and ruined everything.. emoticon Listening to a good tale used to be enjoyable.

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muladz, I love audio books! I can listen while I do housework or while driving to the farm. It's a great way to get 'reading' in when you otherwise couldn't. There have been books where the narrator RUINED the story (Memoirs of a Geisha was PAINFUL to listen to but I was so interested in the story that I forced myself to finish [sign in to see URL] [sign in to see URL]!). Other times I've listened to a story that hasn't had the most brilliant plot but the narrator brings it alive in such a way as to make it enjoyable anyway.

They can be expensive, which is why I use my library for them. you can also sign up with [sign in to see URL]. It used to be something like $25 a month for 2 books. Not sure what their prices are now. My whole family shared an account (which they do allow up to a certain number of 'devices' to use the account so we didn't feel like we were cheating too much). But my taste is not always everyone else's taste!

I've listened to a few that have a whole cast of characters. They have mostly been children's books (Lemony Snicket and Redwall are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head). Those can be really great, sometimes even including sound effects and music much like the old radio plays.
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