“Return to Lawson’s world of Witch Ember with a new tale of darkness, intrigue, and violence. A tale of Sorrow.
A new killer stalks the palaces of the EroBernd Empire, striking down prominent members of the gentry and clergy, seemingly at will. No amount of security is an impediment, no number of bodyguards a deterrent. This killer enters unseen and departs untouched, leaving behind scenes of butchery and blood. Duke Valven of EroBernd decides to send his chief assassin, Count Hashii, to the boutique province of Vestiga to resolve the matter before it can cause any further embarrassment. Locals have already contrived a name for this assassin, based on descriptions from victims who lived long enough to tell the tale: a wraith of shadow–a countenance of immeasurable remorse–and eyes that wept black tears.
It is a contest of assassins. One discreet and renowned, an artist tempered by years of service–the other a savage neophyte, ephemeral and unstoppable–both ruthless and deadly. Can the infamous Lord Ash stop the bloodshed and discover the identity of the assassin known as Sorrow?”
I was sent this book to review by the author, John Lawson. It’s the third book in the Witch Ember series, and though I hadn’t read the first two books, I had no trouble following along. For me, it took a bit to get into the story, but once I did, I really wanted to keep reading and find out what would happen. I would classify it as Fantasy mixed in with Mystery, with rich characters and world building.
The story has murder, courtly machinations and intrigue, assasins and several plot twists to keep you reading. John Lawson has crafted a fine tale to take you away from the real world.
Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin Published: June 2007 by ACE Fantasy
Format:Mass Market Paperbound
Published:May 17, 2007
Published By:Berkley Mass Market
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN – 10:0441015050
ISBN – 13:9780441015054
(from back cover) “My name is Raine Benares. I’m a seeker. The people who hire me are usually happy when I find things. But some things are better left unfound…
Raine is a sorceress of moderate powers, from an extended family of smugglers and thieves. With a mix of street smarts and magic spells, she can usually take care of herself. But when her friend Quentin, a not-quite reformed thief, steals an amulet from the home of a powerful necromancer, Raine finds herself wrapped up in more trouble than she cares for. She likes attention as much as the next girl, but having an army of militant goblins hunting her down is not her idea of a good time. The amulet they’re after holds limitless power, derived from an ancient, soul-stealing stone. And when Raine takes possesion of the item, it takes possesion of her.
Now her moderate powers are increasing beyond anything she could imagine – but is the resume enhancement worth her soul?”
I found this book to be a really pleasant surprise. I couldn’t put it down! It was in the fantasy section, and the author did a great job of pulling me into Raine’s world. Very believable, alot of action, intriguing plot, great smorgasbord of characters, and the author has a sense of humor which is always appreciated by me. Elves, Goblins, Magic & Mayhem. I highly recommend it and am looking forward to the next book in Raine Benares’s Mermeia. Magic Lost, Trouble Found gets
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