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M. K. Wiseman was born in Wisconsin but lived in New Mexico for a time, falling in love with the Southwest. She later returned to Milwaukee, immersing herself in her Croatian culture. With degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in animation/video and library science she lives for stories. Books are her life and she sincerely hopes that you enjoy this, her first.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Xchyler Publishing (January 7, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1940810507
  • ISBN-13: 978-1940810508
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,073,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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+Well written. Detailed descriptions, good pacing, and dialogue that flows and feels natural.
+Multi-layered, flawed, and sympathetic characters.
+Well thought out magic system with uniqueness to it.
+There is legitimate excitement to be found whenever magic is used. There's such a build up for it thanks to our magic starved protagonist and we get a detailed description of how it works usually making the unreal seem real.
+Magic isn't just some limitless ability. It requires resources, focus, and skill. Liara's learning is tempered with great realism.
+Wiseman's subtlety and understanding of human nature made Liara a complex and interesting character to read about, despite her frustrating tirades. Very good stuff.
+Takes place in the real world.

-It takes a while for the plot to get moving
-Towards the middle and end Liara's self importance and poor decision making really make many of her chapters detestable to read despite the great writing.
-Nagarath's apologetic nature and unwillingness to put Liara in her place also tended to grate on my nerves because it was repeated so often. I wish he stood up to the foolhardy Liara more. Same can be said of Father Phenlick.

Bookminder, by M.K. Wiseman, is a clever book to read for fans of complex and unique magic systems. As a matter of fact, the whole book is dripping with this sort of magick from start to finish. It's two protagonists are mages, from Liara the wannabe to Nagarath the master mage. One of the coolest aspects about this book is that it takes place in the real world, some time in the past. Great references are even made to historical events, fairy tales, and even that famous wizard Merlin.
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The Bookminder by M. K. Wiseman is beautifully written. The characters are complex and delightfully flawed, making them relatable, and the magick system is well-developed and quite believable. The author has a talent for writing vivid descriptions. The plot advanced at a good pace and left room for a sequel, without leaving loose ends within this book. I can't wait for book #2 of the Bookminder series!
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I first came across M.K. Wiseman's writing in her short story in Mechanized Masterpieces: A Steampunk Anthology. I was hooked, and was thrilled when I saw M.K.'s first novel appear on Amazon. I immediately gobbled it up.

The Bookminder explores a premise familiar to all of us who love to read--that there is magic (written as "magick") in books. I love to curl up in a comfortable chair with a book, feeling the weight of it in my hands, running my fingers over the cover, noting the bookish scent. I have often felt that there is magick in books; not just in their contents, but in their physical presence. In the vivid universe M.K. conjures up in The Bookminder, this is a literal truth--magick only works properly if the physical object it is rooted to, be it a book or an artifact, is physically sound and properly maintained. Working magick from a spellbook in ill repair invites chaos and disaster.

Enter Liara, a kleptomaniac teenage orphan who is shunned by her village because she was brought into existence by an act of magick (which is forbidden by official decree). Taken in by the church, Liara is eventually cast out when her unconscious use of her power manifests in ways the good-hearted priest who looks after her can no longer conceal or ignore. To her surprise, the mysterious Nagarath agrees to take responsibility for Liara, and leads her away to his isolated (and heavily magicked) tower. On the cusp of realizing her heart's desire to learn magick, Liara is frustrated and dismayed when the wizard Nagarath informs her that he has promised not to train her in the ways of sorcery.

Nagarath has a very different role in mind for Liara.
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Are you looking for the next J. K. Rowlng? Try M. K. Wiseman's new novel. The author has created a multifaceted, main character, a teenager named Liara, who is searching for her identity while seeking affection and acceptance after being abandoned. On her quest, Liara must learn "it is in loving that we find our way, though the night may be long and the path dark," as the author asserts. What makes the story unique is the skillful melding of the magical and historical. The magical is clearly explained (Appendices are included.), and the historical is well-researched. This reader even did some additional research regarding Croatia in the 1600s. I look forward to seeing Liara and her magical world again.
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An absolute enjoyable read. I didn't want to put it down. The flow of the storyline kept pushing me to turn the next page. I look forward to the next volume following our heroine. I would recommend it for any age group.
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