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Product Details

  • Series: Raine Benares (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; 1ST edition (April 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441015875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441015870
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,742 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lisa Shearin currently works as the editor at an advertising agency. She has been a magazine editor and writer of corporate marketing materials of every description. Lisa enjoys singing, reading, writing novels, and fencing (foil and epee, as well as rapier & dagger dueling). She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two cats, two spoiled-rotten retired racing greyhounds, and a Jack Russell terrier who rules them all.

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Contrary to popular belief, most authors do have day jobs just like everyone else. Lisa's happily freelancing for an advertising agency as an editor and proofreader. In her previous corporate life, she's been a magazine editor, advertising copywriter, and writer of corporate marketing materials of every description.

Lisa is the national bestselling author of The Raine Benares novels, a series of six comedic fantasy adventures. Her next series--The SPI Files--is an urban fantasy that's been described as Stephanie Plum meets Men in Black. It will debut on December 31, 2013.

Lisa is a voracious collector of fountain pens both vintage and modern. She lives in North Carolina with her husband, two spoiled-rotten retired racing greyhounds, and a Jack Russell Terrier who rules them all.

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The love triangle between Raine, Mychael and Raine's ex-boyfriend Tam continues to develop.
P. Nevitt
After reading Magic Lost, Trouble Found (first book in the series) I was anxious to read more from this author.
Karen Massarone
Lisa Shearin creates amazingly well thought-out worlds with deep characters and tons of excitement.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Janna K. on May 8, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I just finished reading Armed & Magical, the new installment in the adventures of Raine Benares and I absolutely loved this book! Not a lot of time has passed since events of the last book, and Raine is now on the island of Mid in the care of Mychael, who is a paladin to the Conclave Guardians. She is still connected to Saghred, which is being held in the shielded containment rooms, and is determined to find a way to part with the soul sucking rock without parting with her own life. Even though she left her homeland for the time being, her troubles followed her all the way to Mid, acquiring new ones on the way. As more people learn that Saghred resurfaced after nine hundred years and about Raine's link to it, more fractions are now competing for its power. The political situation on Mid is delicately balanced and any shift in the power scale can mean death and imprisonment to Raine and her friends, especially the young and talented Piaras.

That pretty much sums up the content of the book without giving much away. As I mentioned before, I enjoyed this book quite a bit, but I did have a couple of issues with it. Therefore I decided to add pros and cons to my review.

Pros:
1. World building - The author created a very unique alternate universe with a few urban fantasy additions. The writing style had a perfect balance of world building and action, therefore I was rarely bored with too much narrative about the scenery. The antagonistic relationship between Elves and Goblins and their physical differences were well written, not to mention subcategories of mages and humans to add to the mix. Overall, this world was beautifully imagined and realized, which in my opinion very few fantasy writers are able to accomplish.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By SciFiChick VINE VOICE on April 30, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sorceress Raine Benares excels at finding missing items and people. But after being bound to a stone that captures souls, Raine desperately wants to be free to live a normal life. The stone has amplified her powers, but she'd gladly give it up. When students begin disappearing at the school she is visiting, Raine realizes that she is the best person to find them. But Raine is a target as well.

Told from a first person narrative, Armed and Magical has a distinct feel of urban fantasy but is not set in modern times. Raine is an elf, in a land of magic where elves, humans and goblins reside. She is a fun and spirited character, with a couple love interests that never seem to go past the flirtation stage.

With a thread of mystery throughout the story, villains and suspicious characters abound. Not having read the first installment was not a problem either. It was easy to jump into the story, and the characters were well explained. A nice break from the darker high fantasy novels, Armed and Magical is an amusing tale of magic and adventure. One I thoroughly enjoyed.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Cees Jan Mol on May 31, 2008
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He is charming, hellishly attractive and smoking. And there's the other one: tall, blond, warm and reliable. The one's a cold-blooded dark mage turned rogue. The other one the paragorn of virtue. And you're the girl in the middle, unable to decide which one to taste a little more of...

Raine is a character interestingly undecided and struggling. At the same time, she's trying to fend off a really evil dark magic that has her in its clutches, a secret goblin elite shaman troupe, nasty bureaucratic elves, elves warped into bureaucratic naivité. And she only wants to live... And protect her friends.

Although this book is about white and black and mostly the grey in the middle, it's also about a world in which magic is a threat as much as a miracle. It tastes like a young wine, with a lot of delight, color and sparkle. It's a whirlwind adventure that leaves you wanting for more. More! More!

You'd never think this was a sequel. It's fast-paced, engaging and imaginative and wondefully alive. Hopefully there's much more to come!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amy C on May 24, 2009
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THis is your generic tough-gurl fantasy stuff. Raine is a likeable enough heroine, fighting all the usual baddies and trying to sort out her love-life at the same time. Her narration is snappy, if a bit out of synch with the setting (she asks for a "user's manual" for the stone she is linked with at one point, which just didn't fit the genre setting). It's a quick read, a bit boring in the middle, while the author rather belabors the point about spellsingers and political maneuvering. It's just your standard fantasy stuff--no real original elements or new directions. You don't put this book down and go "man, that was GREAT!" to yourself at the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Megan M. DuBois on May 17, 2008
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Raine is back! The adventures of Raine Benares, seeker and sorceress, continue in this 2nd book in Lisa Shearin's series. Shearin doesn't waste any time getting into the action. From the first pages, Raine sets off on rollicking adventure that will carry you away. I read the entire book in one sitting because I couldn't bear to put it down. Readers of this book can look forward to engaging characters, snappy dialogue, a tantalizing bit of romance, and a wonderfully written plot. Raine is one of my all time favorite characters in all of fantasy (my genre of choice). "Armed & Magical" is an excellent read that will leave wanting more. Let the countdown to Book 3 commence!
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