Review: Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin

Magic Lost, Trouble Found (Raine Benares Book 1) by Lisa Shearin
Publisher: Ace (Penguin) 2007
Source: Purchased

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. I’m a sorceress of moderate powers, from an extended family of smugglers and thieves. With a mix of street smarts and magic spells, I can usually take care of myself. But when my friend Quentin, a not-quite-reformed thief, steals an amulet from the home of a powerful necromancer, I find myself wrapped up in more trouble than I care for. I like attention as much as the next girl, but having an army of militant goblins hunting me down is not my idea of a good time. The amulet they’re after holds limitless power, derived from an ancient, soul-stealing stone. And when I take possession of the item, it takes possession of me. Now my moderate powers are increasing beyond anything I can imagine-but is the résumé enhancement worth my soul?
Magic Lost, Trouble found starts off with a bang, and gets the action going straightaway! Raine is providing discreet backup for her friend and (sometimes) ex-thief Quentin, when she finds herself in the middle of a fight to the death with a bunch of very angry goblins. These aren’t your momma’s goblins, though! I’m relatively new to fantasy fantasy, as opposed to urban fantasy, and in my rather limited fantasy experience, goblins are squat and ugly, with like, warts. Not these goblins. These goblins are tall, beautiful and deadly! I always like a combination of beautiful and deadly, don’t you? But I digress… Raine, Quentin, and her cousin Phaelen come out on top, but not before Raine gets saddled with a very powerful amulet that she can’t seem to get rid of. She can’t take it off without it killing her, and now she’s become a target for one of the most powerful goblins in the Seven Cities!

Raine is a seeker and a sorceress. Brave and independent, she’s carved out a decent living for herself finding lost things (and sometimes lost people)for upstanding and not-so-upstanding clients. Ms. Shearin warmly invites us into Raine’s world, and I instantly felt comfortable with the setting. The story is told from Raine’s POV, and I really enjoyed her dry wit and matter of fact way of thinking. She’s a no nonsense heroine and a very refreshing character. Lots of great action, a bit of romance, thanks to the hunky Tam (trust me on this one!), tons of magic, and a charming cast of characters, make this a wonderful debut, and a cracking good start to what promises to be a wonderful series (as Lisa’s fans can certainly attest to!) I’m her newest fan, and I’ll follow Raine anywhere!  

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  1. Melissa (My words and pages)

    Oh so glad to see you enjoyed this one! 🙂 I've heard great things of this one and it does sound like a fun great read. 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for the wonderful review, Kristin! I'm so glad you enjoyed Magic Lost, Trouble Found!


  3. A few weeks ago I picked up a copy of "Magic Lost, Trouble Found" at the sale of one of the closing Borders stores. I chose it for that most intelligent of reasons: I liked the cover. I really enjoyed the book, enough that I bought and have now read the entire series, which just seems to get better with every book. Great fun!

  4. Offbeat Vagabond

    Great review hon. I came across this just a few days ago, but my heart was set on something else, I buy things in order so that way I don;t get too swamped with so many series. But now I wish I picked up. This sounds like a lot of fun. I like the idea of goblins being hot, that is a new one. The word goblin isn't even sexy LOL! Nonetheless, great review hon, definitely will get this one. Thank you.

  5. I'm so jealous you got your hands on this one! I've been wanting to start this series for awhile now. I'm on a book buying ban but I'm thinking I may have to break it to get this book.
    I'm really glad it ended up being great!

  6. Thanks for the giveaway, I love the idea for this series! Thanks.

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  7. I've had this book on my TBR pile for a while, but alas I haven't picked it up yet! Your review makes it seem like such fun (I especially like the different goblins description!) – hopefully it will jump to the top of my reading pile soon!

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