THE INNOCENT MAGE
Talk about making a splashing debut! Miller has created a vivid, rich world populated with characters whose lives are set on a precipice in the first book of the series Kingmaker, Kingbreaker. Epic in feel, this opening chapter sets the stage for a potentially apocalyptic collision. There's a cliffhanger ending -- thankfully the conclusion to this enthralling drama is out next month.
Young Asher has no idea of his fate when he sets out to seek his fortune in the royal city of Dorana. Asher's blunt Olken honesty and straightforward approach earn him the friendship of the strangely magic-less Doranen Prince Gar, who hires Asher as his assistant. The secret Olken Circle watches for prophecy signs as they wait for Asher to become awakened. Nevertheless, Asher has his own plans for life, but is his destiny already set? (ORBIT, Sep., 672 pp., $6.99)