Magic Lost, Trouble Found : Raine Benares

  • by Lisa Shearin
  • Narrated by Eileen Stevens
  • Series: Raine Benares
  • 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 no-quite-reformed thief, steals and amulet from the home of a powerful necromancer, Raine finds herself wrapped up in more 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 her.
Now her moderate powers are increasing beyond anything she could imagine - but is the resumé enchancement worth her soul?

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

This witty and sassy book brought to life

Great story and series which I've read a few times. Bought the audio version to do whilst ironing and it was brought to life by the narrator. Different voices, accents and turns of phrase made the characters even more fun. Try it, you'll enjoy it.
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- Lynn Smith

OK

This is a series worth buying, although I recommend reading rather than listening to them.

The story covers an elf lady who has a small amount of magic and acts as a 'seeker' essentially someone who finds lost or stolen goods using her magic and then tricks, swords and wit to free them and return them for a fee. We see very little of this side of her life however as very early on in the first book she is trapped into being bonded with a power hungry evil stone that desires human sacrifice. Despite repeated 'girl power you can't stop me" type statements from the protagonist she essentially is the "damsel in distress" for most of the series, with a succession of men and boys who either find her so beautiful/fun/talented/loyal that they continually drop everything to help her through the plot.

The fantasy world in which the story is set has several original elements, and the first book makes a good start at exploring that world. Unfortunately it does become rather repetitive and formulaic through the series, with less plot and slower pace of events with more sidetracking to feature hanky panky with the various men who continually compliment our heroine, a failing of many supernatural fictions these days...too much fluff and not enough substance.

You will literally get fed up with the inappropriate use of the word literally, also with the nonsensical phrase "I didn't ask it as a question". I read the books before I bought the audible version and I didn't notice these things when reading, I also had a higher opinion of the heroine which I think is partially a product of the delivery by the narrator but partly because an internal dialogue being read from a page in private has a different essence from listening to these private thoughts being said aloud by another person.
The narrator has a reasonable range of voices and delivery is ok, although I listened at 1.25 speed as at recommended speed it became tedious.
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- Breuddwyd

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios