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Product Details

  • Series: Kingmaker, Kingbreaker (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 712 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1st edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316067814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316067812
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.4 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A writer who seems to set the rule for the genre WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY Miller is clearly a very talented writer: her characterisation is a masterclass in nuance and sensitivity, and she has a visceral way with action SFX Top-notch fantasy ... a masterclass writer SFFWORLD --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Karen Miller was born in Vancouver, Canada, and moved to Australia with her family when she was two. Apart from a three-year stint in the UK after graduating from university with a BA in communications, she's lived in and around Sydney ever since. Karen started writing stories while still in elementary school, where she fell in love with speculative fiction. She's held a variety of interesting jobs but now writes full-time. Find out more about the author

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Karen Miller was born in Vancouver, Canada, but was raised in Sydney, Australia where she still lives today. She wanted to be a writer from early childhood, but that took some time to happen. While she was waiting she worked as a public servant, a receptionist, in the horse industry, in local government, in publishing, in telecommunications, as a college lecturer and ran her own science fiction/fantasy/mystery bookshop. She fell in love with Star Wars when she saw it on the big screen, the very first time it was released in 1977. That love affair has lasted her whole life. So far she's written six mainstream fantasy novels and two Stargate SG-1 tie-ins.

Customer Reviews

It was a very well written story.
I found myself growing anxious as I neared the end of the book, wondering when something large and grandiose would happen.
Kenneth Higginbotham
It is still a good read, though slower than the first book.
T. A. Widman

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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Higginbotham on December 12, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
So being the good little reader I am, I read and reviewed the Innocent Mage (Book 1) first. I was a bit disappointed there with very little going-ons occurring. In here, book 2, I really felt that punch to the face which Prince Gar receives. At least... I may have preferred it over this.

Harsh? A bit, I'm sure. I don't mean to be. But still, and again, there's -nothing- happening in these books. We have entire chapters devoted to how worried one character is about this, or where these other characters want their location of conspiracy to be (and yet not actually show any conspiring occur), and so forth and so on. I found myself growing anxious as I neared the end of the book, wondering when something large and grandiose would happen. Will Barl's Wall fall? Will the Final Days consume the lands and kill thousands? Will the big nasty bad guy go on a rampage? In the last twenty pages of this 712 page book, yes.

The author seems to prefer set-up over result. She spends a large majority letting us know what action will happen, then skips over the action we crave and summarizes what took place after the fact. And she does it all with characters that never really seem to... change. I waited until this book to pass judgment, and so I have. Many of the characters remain stuck in the cookie-cutter shape the author presented them. The villian was always snarling, racist, and vindictive. (It would have helped to add a little backstory to him.) The "sea slug" character remained a sea slug -- snobby and pretentious. The leading lady, though I could see the author tried with her, failed in convincing me she was anything but conniving and angsty despite her efforts to pass off as harsh and strong.
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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Dana Remian on November 11, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A fantasy story extremely light on the fantasy, a political piece extremely light on the politics, an adventure extremely light on adventure.
Karen Miller offers us a story more or less devoid of an original setting, decidedly sparse in character detail, and deviously unimpressive in wording. Everything is more or less stock fantasy, you've visited better versions of this world already, and with better characters to inhabit them.
It's a fun bedside/beach book at best, and I've managed to finish the duology without too much discomfort, but no part of this story strikes me as inspiring or original.
Rather than draw us through a sequence of events that teach us about the true nature of her characters and this created world, Miller seems content to spell it out for us... bluntly and repeatedly over the course of over a thousand pages. We're given a cast of characters whose intentions are painfully clear to the reader, or, if they are dishonest, excruciatingly elaborated upon to hammer in the fact that they are as such. It's political fantasy without the cleverness and credibility, combined with the pop fantasy aspect, only without the charm and voice. George R. R. Martin meets Terry Brooks, minus the positive aspects of either author.

My rating was based upon the story, but if I were to be entirely honest, this duology would be demoted to a single star for the multitude of typographical errors commited in the final print by Orbit. Among other things, Orbit seems to have a severe issue with its staff understanding the difference between apostrophes and quotations, and in these books they frequently abuse both devices.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luckyclucker VINE VOICE on February 25, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm not quite sure what happened with this book. The book is about 9/10ths (or more) build up to a final battle. I think the whole book takes place in the span of a couple of weeks, or so. Anyhow, it takes place over a relatively short period of time. In this short period of time the reader is expected to believe that the protagonist can do the following: accept the fact that he has magic (even though it is the equivalent of a capital offense), embrace the magic, master the magic, use the magic to kill the baddest bad guy in over 600 years. He learns all he needs to know in a barn, in one afternoon.


The final battle is just downright BIZARRE. Just a few reasons why I say this: during this ultimate battle of good and evil, while dodging demons & destruction, the characters take the time out to have protracted conversation about past events, complex spells, et cetera. Also, there is a lot of yakking about not distracting the hero from his fight, and then characters go on and distract the hero from his fight. And this fight is over fast-- a couple of pages.

Also, the lead character Asher started out annoying and just got more annoying. This guys will argue about ANYTHING, ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING. And on, and on, and on. At some point I felt like hurling the book across the room. The author just never lets Asher develop beyond an arguing butthead.

I thought parts of the book were pretty good, but not good enough to really recommend this to any of my friends. And I never did get over some of the really stupid premises of the book-- like how both races just quietly accepted their roles, even when it meant a marginalized existence for over half of them. Particularly the part about no intermarriage.
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