Book Review: Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin

Title: Magic Lost, Trouble Found (Raine Benares #1)
Author: Lisa Shearin
Details: Mass Market Paperback, 345 pgs.
Published: March 29th, 2007 by Ace
Source: purchased
Reading Level: Adult


Description:

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 is the beginning of what I think will be a delightful series!  This is a fantasy series with elves, goblins and the such and takes place in a make believe city.  Magic is the norm, though how you wield it can define you.  This book had a different feel to me because although it’s a definitely fantasy, it was kind of told in a way that reminded me of urban fantasy books.  So if your an urban fantasy fan, and not such a pure fantasy fan, you may still enjoy this one.
First books in series can be a bit heavy and there’s so much information to soak up.  Sometimes it makes them a bit hard to get through because your wrapping your mind around so much.  For me it seems the first books in series are the ones I end up liking the least because things just get better and better with each book when you already know the world and most of the characters.  I did feel like this was the first in the series but I didn’t really feel like I was getting information overload.  We were seeing the city and the people throughout the book and it didn’t get too full of descriptions.  
I really liked Raine and I connected pretty well with her personality.  I also liked the side characters but sometimes I think it was hard to keep everyone straight because there were a LOT of them.  By halfway through they were all clear to me though and it was easier to sit back and enjoy it.  And all the characters, from good, to evil, to not -sure- if -they- are- good- or- evil, played their roles very well.   And one or two definitely were on the hotter side.  I can’t WAIT for some romance to come because I was feeling some heat in this one!
And there is definitely some ass kicking, some magic wielding ass kickingness and other action’y stuff.  It kept me on my toes!  And it was well wrote because I didn’t really find my eyes glazing over like they sometimes do at those times.  The descriptions sucked me in!
I definitely enjoyed the book and am anxious to continue the series!


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