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THE RELUCTANT MAGE
Genre: Fantasy, General Fantasy
The mystical journey continues in Miller’s second Fisherman’s Children novel. This is a strong follow-up that focuses on Asher’s family. The conflict deepens and the story moves more quickly than its predecessor, but it doesn’t skimp on characterization. New readers may have trouble picking up the plot, and would probably do better to start at the beginning.
Rafel defies his father and crosses Barl’s Mountains to look for a magical library that may offer help for his people. Now he and his party are missing. Deenie, his sister, believes he’s still alive. Although terrified, she and Charis leave for the blighted lands beyond the Lur. Confronted by lawlessness and chaos, Deenie makes a startling discovery. Her brother may be involved, and the evil power their father destroyed may have been reborn. She must try to save Rafel or the sorcerer Morg will command their world again. (ORBIT, Aug., 544 pp., $25.99)
Reviewed By: Gail Pruszkowski
Published: August 2010