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