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Thursday, February 09, 2012

Daring You To Read…Magic Lost, Trouble Found by Lisa Shearin


I don’t talk about it very much but I had a deeply rooted love of fantasy novels, especially those that have a strong storyline, a compelling romantic component, and amazing world building. One of my favourite series -- the Raine Benares novels – is written by the amazing Lisa Shearin. There are five books out now (and a sixth coming in mere months) but today I’m daring you to try the first book, Magic Lost, Trouble Found, and not be hooked!

In a world populated by goblins, elves, and magic a-plenty, there’s a lot that can go wrong. Which is great for Raine most of the time, since her magical abilities allow her to find things and this keeps her employed. Of course, she gets in over her head in Magic Lost, Trouble Found, when she ends up linked to the Saghred, a soul-stealing stone that gives her immense power but also wants her to feed it. It’s such a great set-up for the series and I can only praise Lisa for all the twists and turns she’s put into not just Magic Lost, Trouble Found but the whole series.

What really draws me to this book (and series) is the characters. Raine is a fantastic heroine, which I’ve said before. Here’s a quotation from my thoughts on Con & Conjure, the fifth book in the series. Have no fear, there are no spoilers:

Of course, the best part of the book is Raine herself. I love the quippy one-liners and the way she faces her problems. I also adore the fact that she embraces her family’s criminal ways and doesn’t angst about it. Nothing against characters with angst but it’s great that she just goes with it, trying to establish her black sheep status by not engaging in too much illegal activity. Lisa Shearin has given Raine so much dimension and personality that reading these stories is like visiting an old friend.

And Raine is just one of a cast of wonderful characters. You’ll quickly find yourself on either Team Mychael or Team Tam since both of these guys are interested in our plucky heroine. For myself, I’m staunchly Team Tam -- I look forward to hearing who you prefer once you’ve gotten into the series! I’m also a huge fan of Phaelan, Raine’s cousin and pirate extraordinaire. (These are just a few of the colourful characters inhabiting this world.)

If characters aren’t enough to sell you on this series, let me mention the writing. Lisa is a very talented writer. The books are filled with serious moments, smart characters, great action, sweet romance, and some truly comedic scenes. What more do you want from a story?

Here’s the cover copy for Magic Lost, Trouble Found:

Lisa Shearin - Magic Lost, Trouble Found 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?

Read an excerpt

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository

The rest of the series (so far):

  Lisa Shearin - Armed and MagicalLisa Shearin - The Trouble with DemonsLisa Shearin - Betwitched and BetrayedLisa Shearin - Con and ConjureLisa Shearin - All Spell Breaks Loose

You can read my thoughts about the last The Trouble with Demons, Bewitched & Betrayed, and Con & Conjure by clicking on the cover.

All Spell Breaks Loose is being released on May 29.


Want to participate in Daring You To Read? Here’s how:

- You choose a book you’ve read, loved and would dare your readers to read!

- The book you choose must be an older release (at least 6 months ago), because let’s be honest, we’re all quite aware of the latest releases.

- Write your own blog post, using the button and linking back to Tynga’s Reviews, inviting your readers to read your chosen book.

- Come back on Tynga’s Reviews and put your link in the linking tool.

- Browse other bloggers Dare and let them know if you’ve read their featured book, or plan on reading it.

- Super easy and an awesome way to discover that special book who might have slipped off your radar!

Don’t forget to add your own Daring You To Read… post in the linky below.


Born and raised in the Toronto area, Jenn moved to St. John's, Newfoundland, eight years ago for school. She's still in school (thankfully on another degree!), now trapped in her dissertation. When she's not dissertating, which happens more often than it should, Jenn spends her time reading, watching movies, playing volleyball, travelling, and enjoying the local music scene. Her latest addictions: yoga and Almond Crunch cereal.

12 People left their mark' :

  1. Ooo this one has been on my TBR for years! Really need to dust it of and read it. Thanks for the recommendation.

    1. You'll be hooked once you start! Can't wait to hear what you think of it.

  2. It does sound like an interesting series. I'll have to check it out!

  3. Love the idea of Daring You to Read....

  4. I hadn't heard of this series until now .. Thank you because it sounds very good !! I've added the first book to my wishlist :) !
    I've finally decided to join the fun and participate in this meme, here's my first post of Daring You to Read if you're interested : http://onceuponaquote.blogspot.com/2012/02/daring-you-to-read-birthmarked-by.html !!
    Happy reading :) !!

    1. Glad to hear it. You won't be disappointed! Lisa's one of my favourite authors.

  5. I hadn't heard of this series until now. I love the cover--Rainy looks so cool. I have added the first book to my wishlist. :)


  6. This is a fun post. I have been hopping around to see what I want to add to my TBR.
    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews

  7. I read the first 3 books in this series. I enjoyed them, but there so many out there that it didn't stay on my to read series list.

  8. Jenn, thank you so much for the awesome review! I'm so glad you love my series! I'll have my publicist send you a review copy of ALL SPELL BREAKS LOOSE. Email me with your mailing address.

    Lisa lisa (at) lisashearin (dot) com

    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! I've emailed you. :)