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I love this book so much I had so much fun reading it, the characters are lovely and humorous and the plotting is quick and satisfying I can t say enough good things about this, and I m eagerly waiting for the sequel Rating 4 1 2 starsInitially, I wondered where this was going but once the adventure started, it really took off The world building is complete, exotic, descriptive without overload Our elven h, Raine Benares, seeker and magic user, is feisty, resourceful, a bit snarky, and quick witted Most importantly, she is likable from start to finish Not to mention, she is surrounded by nothing but gorgeous males Friends, family, and fiendish enemies All gorgeous Another interesting take is that the Rating 4 1 2 starsInitially, I wondered where this was going but once the adventure started, it really took off The world building is complete, exotic, descriptive without overload Our elven h, Raine Benares, seeker and magic user, is feisty, resourceful, a bit snarky, and quick witted Most importantly, she is likable from start to finish Not to mention, she is surrounded by nothing but gorgeous males Friends, family, and fiendish enemies All gorgeous Another interesting take is that the goblins are physically attractive and sinister rather than grotesque which is unusual I am looking forward to the next book and was thrilled to stumble on this series If I had to complain about anything, it would be the awful cover and depiction of the MC Other than that, I truly enjoyed reading this novel Fabulous fantasy writing with an amazing heroine, engaging supporting characters and solid writing 3.5 stars.A fun formulaic read and formulaic in a positive and comfy way Really enjoyed the fantasy world of elves, goblins, pixies, humans Magic and spellsongs, start of a love triangle etc Main character with the feisty attitude of urban fantasy without the urban bit Probably won t be rushing to the next one in the series, but I m pretty sure I will read it eventually when I m in need of something entertaining, light and fast paced. Well.here I was pleasantly surprised If you ve checked back on my profile often you may have noticed that this book has been on my currently reading shelf for a long time Unfortunately sort of I own the book So, it was continuously having to be put aside so I could read library books that had to be finished and returned.The book was one I d purchased from my favorite used books store on a recommendation but I d left it on my shelf a long time Let s face it The cover sports an Well.here I was pleasantly surprised If you ve checked back on my profile often you may have noticed that this book has been on my currently reading shelf for a long time Unfortunately sort of I own the book So, it was continuously having to be put aside so I could read library books that had to be finished and returned.The book was one I d purchased from my favorite used books store on a recommendation but I d left it on my shelf a long time Let s face it The cover sports an attractive, red blonde Elf girl clutching a sword and wearing an amulet in her cleavage It looked like the cover of any number of PNR books I ve started that had said they were fantasy But I finally got around to initiating a read.Lo and beholdthis is a good book Only a bit of romance that doesn t snuff out the rest of the story we meet here Raine an Elf adventurer and sorceress of modest ability who uses her talent to be be a finder The city she s in is not one we would call modern however there are a few somewhat anachronistic touches and I plan to include this on my Urban Fantasy shelf even though it doesn t take place in a modern day city Like The Sword Edged Blonde it s a bit of a detective sword and sorcery tale While I had to lay the book aside several times to finish library books it held my interest and was a fun read.Yes there are flaws part of the ending climatic situation I found a bit too silly and my mind wandered off a bit view spoiler the costume party hide spoiler The book is straight up brain candy with a comedy drama action feel Not as funny or as well told as say the Dresden books it s still good and while I don t plan to run out and snap up the rest of the series or even the next , I do plan to keep reading these.Yesfrustration in that I already haveto be read books than I ll ever get to.Still I like it and plan to readof the series Hope they hold up ( READ DOWNLOAD ) ♓ Magic Lost, Trouble Found ♋ A Girl With Attitude An All Powerful AmuletThis Could Only Mean Trouble 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 Raine Is A Sorceress Of Moderate Powers, From An Extended Family Of Smugglers And Thieves With A Mix Of Street Smarts And Magic Spells, She Can Usually Take Care Of Herself But When Her Friend Quentin, A Not Quite Reformed Thief, Steals An Amulet From The Home Of A Powerful Necromancer, Raine Finds Herself Wrapped Up In Trouble Than She Cares For She Likes Attention As Much As The Next Girl, But Having An Army Of Militant Goblins Hunting Her Down Is Not Her Idea Of A Good Time The Amulet They Re After Holds Limitless Power, Derived From An Ancient, Soul Stealing Stone And When Raine Takes Possession Of The Item, It Takes Possession Of HerNow Her Moderate Powers Are Increasing Beyond Anything She Could Imagine But Is The Resum Enhancement Worth Her Soul This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I found myself conflicted by this book There are parts of this novel that I loved, parts that made me read and read because I couldn t put it down, and parts that popped me out of the story and had me saying Oh, come on The novel is written in a first person chatty style reminiscent of chick lit It s not quite as dark and heavy as the urban fantasy I ve read but it also has a bit of that kind of modern thief magician thing kinda a perky female Harry Dresden without so much angst I found myself conflicted by this book There are parts of this novel that I loved, parts that made me read and read because I couldn t put it down, and parts that popped me out of the story and had me saying Oh, come on The novel is written in a first person chatty style reminiscent of chick lit It s not quite as dark and heavy as the urban fantasy I ve read but it also has a bit of that kind of modern thief magician thing kinda a perky female Harry Dresden without so much angst Oh, Raine s got angst, but aside from the soul sucking amulet and the trouble it causes, the angst is mostly in her pants.The voice is modern, but the setting of the book is not, which caused me a few Oh come on moments when the dialogue drifted into something close to phrases and idioms modern humans would use At one point, one character even said Step into my parlor, said the spider to the fly and that just knocked me completely out of the novel It s a common misquote of The Spider and the Fly, a 19th century poem Granted, just because your setting is not modern in this case the setting is kind of your typical non industrial fantasy town based loosely on Venice it s got a lot of canals it doesn t mean you characters have to talk forsooothly I think you can do fantasy with a spunky modern voice without throwing your reader out of the novel or betraying the setting with too much modernity It s a matter of finding the voice of the character in their world not ours Some time s Raine slipped a little to close to ours.Most of the time, though, the voice was fine It carried me along, was fun in the fun bits, and edge of the seat in the exciting bits It was just those few Oh come on places that got me.There are some things about the world building that I liked One was just a little thing At one point I Raine mentions that no one really put anything valuable on the first floor, because flooding is common Very very very true of Venice, but no one else whose used Venice as a template for a fantasy setting mentions it The other is the Goblins Oh the Goblins You see, most often Goblins are ugly, little things, and in Raine s world, they re not Nope They re talk sexy things with silvery skin and dark hair And pointy teeth And they prefer dim light But did I mention tall and sexy Yeah One of the bad boys as opposed to the evil boys , Tam, is a Goblin and boy, he s good Ahem.On the other hand, Raine s an Elf A twenty something Elf Ok, so I m really into elves as a character type one of the things I like is playing around with the Other in elves, the long life, the somewhat different senses, mannerisms, thought processesRaine s twenty something I never get a sense of the elven lifespan in the novel, but there is a mention that 900 years is waaaay long for an elf to live Unheard of but, Raine s twenty something And aside from the pointy ears, she doesn t act any different then I would expect a human magic user in that fantasy world to act I mean, if you make her an elf use it Somehow She also knows everyone That yummy bad boy goblin Powerful sorcerer, related to the Goblin King s family Now, Ok, her family is a well connected bunch of thieves, so they are going to know a lot of powerful people But in her twenties UmmThe actual plot is pretty good, though it took me a bit to get into it, since Raine isn t really ever in serious trouble until the end of Chapter 9 Oh, there s conflict, but it s resolved pretty quickly, and Raine even gets in a really nice meal, a soaky bath, and sleep But once the action takes off, it pretty much had me until the end of the novel That s the part I couldn t put down.But the end Once the climax happens, the book drops back down to no tension The epilogue ish chapter because it wasn t actually an epilogue nearly killed the book for me Mostly because it went into tell mode Raine, who s been conflicted between bad boy goblin guy and hot elven paladin guy ALL BOOK LONG tells us about bad boy goblin giving her one hell of a going away kiss TELLS US ABOUT IT Way to set up the tension, then drop it like a hot potato I wanted to see it, feel it, not be told about it in a kind of wrap up way That was another Oh come on moment and it pissed me off because it was right at the end of the book grump ButThis was the author s first book And I think it was fairly successful and enjoyable I have the second novel and I ll read it, because for all my whining, I liked Raine And I liked hot elven paladin guy I really hope to seeof bad boy goblin guy I do hope there s less of what kicked me out of this novel in the second novel.And most importantly, it s different than the other books out there I think there s a market for a lighter spunkier fantasy, and it s not been tapped very hard Edit 2016 I m currently re reading this and have to say this series got soooo good It was worth learning all those names I was grumbling about 5 years ago 2011 review This book was good However, it was extremely difficult to get into This was actually my second attempt at reading it the first time I gave up halfway through in frustration The reason for my annoyance at the time was that I just couldn t get a grasp on who each character was because they ve all got such ridiculously long Edit 2016 I m currently re reading this and have to say this series got soooo good It was worth learning all those names I was grumbling about 5 years ago 2011 review This book was good However, it was extremely difficult to get into This was actually my second attempt at reading it the first time I gave up halfway through in frustration The reason for my annoyance at the time was that I just couldn t get a grasp on who each character was because they ve all got such ridiculously long and hard to pronounce and remember names Three names each in some cases Here s an example of said stoopid names Nachtmagus Nigelius Nicabar that s one guy Did she fall on her keyboard or what So I just kept getting completely lost and confused I decided to try it again though, because underneath all that I could see the story was good and worth persevering with I just had to wait until I was in apatient mood Once you do get to know the characters and the world Shearin has created, I can imagine this is a series that you can get totally engrossed in.It s fantasy, written in a sort of historical, swashbuckling pirate type setting Our protagonist, Raine, is quite likeable She has a personality that would suit urban fantasy She s practical, logical and has a good sense of humour I m going to read the next one and see if the slight hint of romance I detected goes any further I hope so He said Let s go into the office She said I don t trust you, let s stay out here 5 minutes later, nothing has changed but He said Let s go into the office She said OKRaine finds herself in possession of a magical amulet It was stolen from a powerful necromancer quoted from the synopsis and that s about the last you ll hear of him Everyone wants the amulet because it apparently acts as something like a compassit will lead the bearer to a dark magical rock that promises He said Let s go into the office She said I don t trust you, let s stay out here 5 minutes later, nothing has changed but He said Let s go into the office She said OKRaine finds herself in possession of a magical amulet It was stolen from a powerful necromancer quoted from the synopsis and that s about the last you ll hear of him Everyone wants the amulet because it apparently acts as something like a compassit will lead the bearer to a dark magical rock that promises great power Luckily there is a goblin who knows where the aforementioned rock is so the amulet and most of this book is kind of pointless Honestly, Magic Lost, Trouble Found is a messnobody wants to touch the rock which is called soul stealer so they spend 3 pages discussing the use of a stick to put it back in its box Deciding the box is important she goes searching for itand doesn t find itand it s not important Characters randomly disappear from the story with no explanation, dialogue leads nowhere, things happen that don t really have much to do with the story The underlying story is OK, maybe even good, but it s written with such a heavy hand that the book becomes almost unbearable Actually there is one thing that s goodMy 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 unfoundI like that quoteand I get it twiceso I guess there are two good things in this book Okay, let s get one thing straight this is not the book series to reach for if you want something deep and thought provoking That s not its purpose, and there s nothing wrong with that, but I thought we should be clear before moving on.What this book is is fun Really fun, in a classic fantasy tropes written so solidly you don t care they re tropes kind of way Really, the setup here is fairly standard elves, humans, goblins everyone s hot and compatible and there s an ancient species Okay, let s get one thing straight this is not the book series to reach for if you want something deep and thought provoking That s not its purpose, and there s nothing wrong with that, but I thought we should be clear before moving on.What this book is is fun Really fun, in a classic fantasy tropes written so solidly you don t care they re tropes kind of way Really, the setup here is fairly standard elves, humans, goblins everyone s hot and compatible and there s an ancient species rivalry and honestly the plot isn t exactly groundbreaking, but that s really all part of the book s charm It doesn t feel like a satire, precisely, but I get the sense that it s supposed to be playing on the fact that the reader knows how all this background stuff should work.Really, the star of the show here is Raine Benares herself, who absolutely shines She s a wisecracking elven minor sorceress and from page one it s clear that her primary objectives are return to normality and protect friends family One of the first qualities that endeared her to me was the fact that she doesn t want to play a part in a grander story she s offered power multiple times, always at a cost, and never really has to think about it before refusing There s something refreshing about a protagonist so comfortable in her principles that she doesn t even angst over the possibilities and the risks She s also incredibly straightforward about her reactions to the situations she ends up in When this is over I m going to treat myself to a screaming fit I deserve it, and I m going to have one it doesn t hurt that her dialogue is hilarious, either pointy steel objects that go stab in the night is my favorite quote from this one I don t know if I m articulating this very clearly I just find Raine incredibly refreshing She s not hugely complex, and that s actually an advantage here her blunt honesty and absolute convictions run up against the machinations of the antagonists in interesting ways, and above all she s really sympathetic and likable, which is what matters most she also gets interesting character growth in the next two books, but that s neither here nor there for this review So yeah if you re looking for something light, fun, and competently written, I recommend this The word for Lisa Shearin s new fantasy series is delightful Raine Benares characterization presents a magical world through the eyes of a down to earth, capable woman The passing way in which she remarks, Oh, by the way I ve got an amulet that links me to a stone known as the Soul Thief and want it gone is a typical example of the tongue in cheek tone of Shearin s writing a tone that suits this story.The way the action progresses, it is hard to imagine that so much can happen in so The word for Lisa Shearin s new fantasy series is delightful Raine Benares characterization presents a magical world through the eyes of a down to earth, capable woman The passing way in which she remarks, Oh, by the way I ve got an amulet that links me to a stone known as the Soul Thief and want it gone is a typical example of the tongue in cheek tone of Shearin s writing a tone that suits this story.The way the action progresses, it is hard to imagine that so much can happen in so short a time a couple of days I am used to epic fantasy stories that take months, years, generations to complete Neither approach is necessarily bad they are just different, and each has its advantages Shearin handles her pacing well She packs quite a bit of action into the book, but somehow manages to squeeze enough exposition in there so as to inform us about numerous aspects of her magical world without completely drowning us in an infodump As someone who also enjoys continent or world spanning adventures cough Mr Raymond E Feist anyone cough Fantasy is as susceptible as any genre to its clich s, and magical stones of power are one of those However, Lisa Shearin cleverly doesn t tackle this particular stone head on Instead, she uses it to give us plenty of time with her main character, who is a delightful, spunky heroine In that respect, I would think that women can fully appreciate Raine and enjoy her,so than many books dominated by heavily masculine heroes That said, I m male and enjoyed it thoroughly.The only criticism I could offer is that parts of it seemed rushed or forced The ending comes very fast after what seems like a very long time, and there are certain scenes where I remember going, Hmm is this really necessary Couldn t this have been cut There are a couple of times where there is a large build up to danger and tension, only for it to dissipate such as just after the climax of the book, during the last flight from The Ruins It doesn t ruin the book, but it makes me feel fidgety while I m reading it.That s the great thing about books though If you get fidgety, you can just put it down, go do something, and come back later.My Reviews of the Raine Benares series Armed Magical