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Con & Conjure (Raine Benares Book 5) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Shearin
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Raine Benares is a seeker who finds lost things and people. Ever since the Saghred, a soul-stealing stone that's given her unlimited power, has bonded to her, the goblin king and the elves have wanted to possess its magic themselves. Which means a goblin thief and her ex-fiancé-an elven assassin-are after her. To survive, she'll need the help of her notorious criminal family.

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 662 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0441020186
  • Publisher: Ace (March 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GXC7WG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,549 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
By Liz G
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the fifth book in the Raine Benares, and if you like fantasy and a strong female heroine this book is for you. It also contains a ton of action (really it's hard to catch your breath) with a good bit of humor. I found myself laughing out loud in several scenes.

In this book, Raine is still trying to get rid of the magical rock (aka Saghred) that she picked up in the first book (Magic Lost Trouble Found) The people working against her are doing their best to start a war between goblins and elves.

Some interesting new characters become a big part of the book namely Mago, Raine's cousin & expert thief, and Rache, Raine's ex-fiance & an assassin. Both characters bring a lot of comic relief. We also get to see a lot more of some of my favorites Imala (Chief goblin intelligence officer), Michael (Head of Guardians), and Tam (Chief goblin magical enforcer).

The good news is that some of Raine's enemies do get what they deserve only after creating a lot of trouble for Raine. The bad news is that as other reviewers mentioned there is not a lot of development for the overall series plot. However, I love the characters so much that I really don't mind that this is the fifth book and the author has already said there will be a sequel.

I would recommend reading the first four books before this one because 1) the plots are fairly intricate with a lot of characters & 2) because they are awesome especially #4 Bewitched & Betrayed. However, the author usually gives back story information that will get you through.

I have LOVED this series since I picked up the first book on a whim. My recommendation - buy all 5 books.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Here comes the Raine! April 6, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I became a Raine Benares fan just last year right before Bewitched & Betrayed (Raine Benares, Book 4) came out. This series has been light, fun, full of action, and great characters. So far, I think each installment has been a solid 4 stars--until now. Book 5 blew it all out of the water!

As I read Con & Conjure (Raine Benares), I noticed that Ms. Shearin really took to heart some of the critiques she's received on past books to write a very tight and fluid story. The past books were slightly bogged down by repetition and exposition. Many fans complained about Raine always saying "I am a Benares" or things like that. The Benares references are still there but not overly done as before. Ms. Shearin has also vastly improved how she delivers needed exposition. Beautifully done!

Con & Conjure (Raine Benares) starts off strong a few weeks after Bewitched & Betrayed (Raine Benares, Book 4). Raine is meeting with her favorite pirate cousin as they plot with her favorite embezzling banker cousin to take care of one of the many threats against Raine. Both the Elves and the Goblins are determined to get their hands on Raine and the Saghred and both have initiated plans to do just that.

Things I loved:
1. The Romance--the romance is still very low-key. There isn't any angst or remorse etc. about who Raine chose previously. There is some implied sex going on, but nothing detailed or graphic.
2. Enemies--oh! There are a lot of them!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not enough plot advancement April 2, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really like the characters in this series and some of the new additions were great. However there wasn't much forward motion in the overall plot of the series and even the plot of this book wasn't as good as some of the rest. That said, however, it was an enjoyable book and I look forward to the next.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid read May 23, 2011
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Raine Benares series has been a joy to read since the first one in the series. Like the previous ones, it picks up right were the previous one left off. Raine is basically trying to keep herself out of the clutches of two very powerful men. Going on the offensive, she calls in her cousin/banker to take out at least one of the men. I gave this book four stars instead of five, because I thought the story was a bit slower than previous from this series. Also, it lacked the humor and sexual tension I so enjoyed before since her pirate cousin was in hiding and she no longer is involved with Tam. Regardless, this is an excellent series and I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost great July 29, 2011
By Jeneine
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This novel is on the precipice of greatness, but doesn't reach it's potential. It reads more like young adult fiction. If you enjoy young adult ficiton, you will adore this book! It's full of what is possible, but doesn't actually happen. I finised it without a desire to read the next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To con or not to con... October 23, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have loved every book in this series and this installment is no different. These books are just so fun and have such fantastic characters that I normally read them in one sitting.

In this book, we are introduced to Raine's cousin Mago. Mago is a banker, super smart, and a bit of a con man. He helps Raine hatch a con to take down some of her enemies, mainly Taltek Balmorian and Silvanus Carnades. Things don't go exactly as planned, but when do they ever with the Benares clan? I would have liked to see the con play out, but I enjoyed the mischief that Raine and Mago found themselves in as well.

Prince Chigaru shows up in this novel and Raine ends up saving his butt, a lot. The enemy of my enemy is my friend and all that. He's an interesting character and I fully buy in to the fact that he is a fallen royal. His mannerism and speech patterns are perfect.

We don't see much of Piaras and Talon in this book, but that was fine. I loved spending more "grown up" time with Raine and her family. We even got to meet her ex-fiancé and enjoy a hilarious conversation in a brothel. There were a few hot moments with Mychael, but I could have used a little more Tam.

Raine had to face some serious issues in this book and the ending does not let her off the hook. The threat of racial war between the goblins and elves is a real possibility now. Both sides would love to get their hands on the power of the Saghred and, as its bond servant, Raine herself. I can't wait to read the next and last novel in this series, All Spell Breaks Loose.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
another home run for the Raine Benares series!
Published 2 months ago by Kay A. Hardesty
5.0 out of 5 stars As a hard Sci-Fi addict,
As a hard Sci-Fi addict, I was surprised at how how much I am enjoying Lisa Shearin's
Raine Benares books'
Published 2 months ago by Bradleyman31
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series.
Published 2 months ago by Michael B. Achorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic, Fun & Love
Want more. Please write more, Ms Sherwin! I love characters & would love to continue reading their stories!
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars this 5th book is a good tale on its own
lisa shearin can wright. this 5th book is a good tale on its own, funny, bold and engaging. just like the first 4. can't wait to get to # 6.
Published 7 months ago by book reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series!!
I've loved this series since the first book! There's a little bit of a "romance novel" feel to the story but it's got enough action so that it's not too cheesy.
Published 8 months ago by Crisduhfer
5.0 out of 5 stars Conjure more books please
I devoured this fifth book in the series. It was so much fun. Another cousin has come to Mid to help Raine. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Aurian
5.0 out of 5 stars Non stop action
Raines gets into more trouble in this book than any other. It's fun and scary, but Raine is determined to save as many lives as possible even if it means sacrificing herself. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mwjazz
5.0 out of 5 stars Con alright!
Our dear Raine gets into even more trouble then she already was. With help from an unexpected person, she makes a little con of her own...
Published 17 months ago by T. E. Remkes
5.0 out of 5 stars This series is a fun romp
Nicely done, fairly light handed treatment of bad stuff. I enjoyed the whole series. I enjoy the smart ass commentary
Published 17 months ago by Allicore
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More About the Author

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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