THE PRODIGAL MAGE
Miller's worldbuilding provides a good backdrop for epic fantasy in this first of Fisherman's Children, the follow-up duology to Kingmaker, Kingbreaker. The pace is quick and the characters, both familiar and new, are well drawn. The dialogue and dialect come across as genuine. Fans will be well satisfied.
After the last great Mage War when Morg, the sorcerer, was defeated and Barl's Wall destroyed, a small expedition crossed the mountains to explore. They never returned. Many years passed and things changed in Lur. The land is in peril again. Asher and Dathne's son, Rafel, has the skills to mend the weather magic that keeps the land from being crushed by natural forces, but he's forbidden to use them. The people are facing another epic struggle and he may be their only hope. (ORBIT, Aug., 512 pp., $24.99)