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After thinking back on this book and realizing that I liked the supporting charactersthen the hero heroine I realized that I was looking forward to the next book just to find out about themJoint Review with my fellow Book Pushers originally posted at BerkleyWhere did you get the book PublisherRelease date Out nowA cursed destiny A band of warriors And one troubled kingdom.It is whispered in Agathia that the legendary warriors of th After thinking back on this book and realizing that I liked the supporting charactersthen the hero heroine I realized that I was looking forward to the next book just to find out about themJoint Review with my fellow Book Pushers originally posted at BerkleyWhere did you get the book PublisherRelease date Out nowA cursed destiny A band of warriors And one troubled kingdom.It is whispered in Agathia that the legendary warriors of the mist cursed by the gods can be summoned only when a champion is needed and the cause is just Gideon, their captain, knows this to be the one path that will lead his men to redemption lest they face an eternity of damnation.Years have passed since anyone has journeyed to the river s edge, but times are desperate Oppressed by a cruel guardian whose dark magic threatens to destroy her people, the beautiful and courageous Merewen calls upon the bespelled warriors In Gideon she findsthan a champion, and in his arms,than protection However, their enemies are fighting with a power darker than anything than they imagined, and should Gideon fail, she will lose everything she holds dear including her heart blurb taken from Goodreads Lou When we received this request for review, E, Has and I all jumped at the chance The premise sounded so intriguing with a fantasy vibe with a band of warriors rising from a lake to take up arms from whoever calls them and if the Gods desire them to Unfortunately, the actual execution of My Lady Mage leaves much to be desired with hardly any world building, weak characters, and no exciting plot to drive the story through The heroine Merewen ends up being one of those heroines that I can t stand One that is perfect, has no flaws, and is universally loved by those around her.E Like Lou I was really excited about reading this and ended up feeling let down The world had a very interesting premise with this group of fearsome warriors who are stuck in limbo in a river waiting to be called upon to fight They are serving their punishment for displeasing the Gods and really don t have much hope left that they will ever see an end to their punishment I liked the heroine in the beginning but then she was absolutely perfect I ended up liking her uncle s wife, Aline, a lotbecause she showed character growth I will admit that I also liked the other warriors better then the hero They exhibitedpersonality which is a shame because they had less page time.Has I totally agree with you about being really disappointed about the premise of the book I definitely agree that the heroine, who I found to be pretty bland and boring, was also too perfect, and I was muchdrawn to the side character of Aline because she dealt withdarker issues that added to her personality Whilst I like the idea of the use of magic such as the Avatar shields of the warrior brothers and even Merewen s power over the horses, it didn t add much to the world building which I felt was very weak and bland In a lot of ways this felt like a PNR disguised as a fantasy and I think this is why I was so let down by the story.Lou I don t know if I would even call it Paranormal It was just magical, but of the weakest kind There wasn t any history of where the magic came from, or how the magic is used and where it s called upon I also found the setting to be non existent All I know is that it took place in a forest and a big Keep and that s it Merewen had no personality to her In essence, she felt like a Mary Sue character that everyone loved bar the baddies Even animals loved her and Aline and I thought that was just a little too overbearing in the niceness factor I also didn t understand or feel the attraction between Gideon and Merewen Why was he drawn to her because at first sight of summoning these warriors, Merewen faints in front of them Oh my eyes rolled so hard at this A heroine who faints because the warriors she summoned actually appear And then she doesn t listen to what they say E I can completely understand the fear of the dreaded infodump especially in the first book of a series but the pendulum can swing too far in the opposite direction In this case I think that it did because I am extremely puzzled about what else is out there Apparently there is an Abbey that should feature prominently in book two I think, three days away is where the real bad guy resides and um that is about it I also wondered about the attraction that Gideon had from the first moment with Merewen She certainly had several TSTL moments I know if I risked my life to get some fearsome warriors to fight for my people I would certainly do what they said because they are the experts Especially after they explained that if something happened to her they would lose their opportunity I did really like the shields and avatars and I wished I knewabout them.Has Yes, it was all too vague and nothing was really detailed to establish the series It also didn t help with the Mary Sue heroine and Gideon was a bit too bland too I totally agree that their romance was very lackluster and there wasn t much of a connection between them I have to admit that it was a bit of a chore to finish the book because everything from the characters to the world building just felt one big cliche and nothing really stood out for me I also felt there was no real danger threatening the characters and the villianish Uncle was a bit of a mustache twirling two dimensional bad guy And because of this, the plot didn t live up to the premise.Lou I agree that everything felt that it had been done many times before, but on a much weaker scale The only character that intrigued me was Kane with his strange avatar beast, but not enough to pick up another book in this series Nothing happened in this book that excited me or made me want to carry on reading this series One aspect that annoyed me was that the big manly men had to rescue and make everything OK for the delicate and precious heroines Give me a heroine who owns her own life and determines her own HEA anytime over a heroine who is oh so delicate and needs the warrior men to make everything OK All in all I was very disappointed with My Lady Mage and I won t be picking up any other book in the series I give it a D E While I liked the other warriors and Aline I have to agree that the lack of connection between the hero and heroine along with her combination of perfectness yet TSTL moments really annoyed me I loved the premise of the book but think the execution fell short I know that the first book in a series can be somewhat rough because a lot has to be done in it so I will give the benefit of the doubt and read review on book two before I decide to give this series another go or not Growing up a fantasy reader I need my characters and world building to have complexity especially if it is going to be an epic Both were too simplistic and choppy to give me that satisfaction I give My Lady Mage a C D Has I feel exactly the same way Aline, Kane and the Avatar shields were the highlight for me but they were not enough to draw me into the next book because the setting was so weak and I am disappointed because I did enjoy Alexis Morgan s PNR series but I was very much underwhelmed by the story and most especially with the Mary Sue heroine and bland romance I also give My Lady Mage D I liked itbut i didn t love it 5 yearsThis one has all the tropes powerful warriors, evil bad guys, wife beating, magic, pretty horses and virgins Wait, I forgot pretty horses that know what you re saying AND come to the Mary Sue by magic nods Also to be found is a Mary Sue who bored me shittless I read the whole thing, thoughwhat good it did me This one is gonna go, too YAAAY for knocking it off the TBR Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.Quick Dirty A unique and fun fantasy read set in a magical world.Opening Sentence Merewen tripped over a twisted knot of tree root jutting up in the narrow game trail and pitched headfirst to the ground.The Review My Lady Mage is the first fantasy romance that I had read in quite some time While there were some ups and downs, this book really didn t disappoint Merewen is in trouble Her uncle is slowly destroying her dead father s town with his suppress Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.Quick Dirty A unique and fun fantasy read set in a magical world.Opening Sentence Merewen tripped over a twisted knot of tree root jutting up in the narrow game trail and pitched headfirst to the ground.The Review My Lady Mage is the first fantasy romance that I had read in quite some time While there were some ups and downs, this book really didn t disappoint Merewen is in trouble Her uncle is slowly destroying her dead father s town with his suppressive rule As a female, Merewen cannot take over unless she is married and her evil uncle forbids her from any relationships The only action she sees is resurrecting the Warriors of the Mist from the waters that they sleep in She read about them in her father s library and isn t entirely sure it will work but she is that desperate Gideon and his group of warriors awaken to this woman wanting their help At first, they don t know if she is good or evil, just that the gods summoned them to help her They follow the will of the gods but they don t trust magic and they sense magic flowing from Merewen Gideon is ready to protect her from the very beginning while the rest of the group is a little wary of her but it doesn t take long for them to hear her tragic story and to know her kindness.The Warriors of the Mist just want to be released from their immortal duties to the gods They really hope to one day be able to have a family and grow old They are only able to help Merewen for about three months before they are sent back to the water, so they have to take action quickly to help her and her village Merewen has a type of magic that isn t evil but it isn t entirely helpful either Her magic is what has helped her village prosper but as the last in a line of caretakers she has to remain alive to pass on her heritage.Merewen is truly a good lady at heart She holds no ill towards anyone except her evil uncle and the second hand man that obviously wants to beat and rape her She just wants the best for her village and wants her people to live in happiness not fear She does make a few rash decisions that are kind of head slapping annoying that make you think why did she do that why didn t she tell anyone Gideon is a man on a mission He wants to break the curse and he knows he has to help Merewen but what he never expected was to fall in love with her He is great in battle decisions, strong and quite baffled with Merewen when she doesn t listen to him.Magic and mystery are what binds this fantasy novel into an interesting romance The romance is slow to build but once they both feel an attraction the novel heats up Gideon and Merewen know they don t have much time left together but they are going to spend it happily They know they will be left broken hearted but they see it as a chance to pass on Merewen s gift to another generation The magic is a little different but I loved how each of the warriors had an animal to call.My Lady Mage is told in the third person and it does jump around to many of the different characters including Merewen s horrible uncle, Fagan There is a feeling of helplessness in this novel because even though Merewen has called upon help, it is unclear as to how she will be able to escape this mess alive.The Warriors of the Mists story is not over and there is an open ending to My Lady Mage Merewen s uncle is just the beginning There is an even greater evil threat and there are many mysteries left unanswered that may have you wishing you had the next book, Her Knight s Quest, nearby.Notable Scene Lady Merewen, it s young Edric He was inside the stable, helping with the horses Too much smoke, I m guessing, because he s.he s not It was hard to say whether the man ran out of breath or whether he couldn t bring himself to say the rest He staggered toward her, the limp body of the young boy in his arms Merewen immediately straightened up, her own struggles to draw a full breath obviously forgotten She met the stable hand halfway Lay him down, she ordered as she knelt on the ground beside the too still body.Everyone else stopped what they were doing, their faces painted with soot and stark grief Edric, stay with us, Merewen pleaded as she looked around I need a knife Gideon immediately offered his She used the blade to split the fabric of the boy s shirt After setting the knife aside, she laid her hands on Edric s thin body and started chanting The words tripped off her tongue in a rough whisper, her throat obviously still fighting the effects of breathing in so much smoke herself.He recognized the flow of her magic, although this time desperation swirled in and around the chant The longer it went on, the less likely her gift would work this time He moved closer, wanting to help but not sure how Finally, he simply dropped to one knee beside her, unsure what to do If the boy didn t respond soon, Gideon would have to drag Merewen away before she burned herself out completely My lady, he started to say, but she shook her head and kept chanting, her voice growing fainter.He risked a hand on her shoulder The connection between them surged hot as his own life force lent its strength to hers Immediately, her words grew stronger, ringing out clearly in the night air Her efforts were rewarded when Edric s chest moved like a bellows as he drew a gasp of air.FTC Advisory I purchased my own copy of My Lady Mage No goody bags, sponsorships, material connections, or bribes were exchanged for my review I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and am extremely happy that I did.I have never read Alexis Morgan before, but I am willing to purchase all of her books after reading this one The writing was excellent and the story was well developed and told Even though this type of story is done all the time, I feel as though the author did a good job of making it seem new and fresh The characters were well developed and I found myself wanting to knowabout each of the warriors back stories wh I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and am extremely happy that I did.I have never read Alexis Morgan before, but I am willing to purchase all of her books after reading this one The writing was excellent and the story was well developed and told Even though this type of story is done all the time, I feel as though the author did a good job of making it seem new and fresh The characters were well developed and I found myself wanting to knowabout each of the warriors back stories which means I will definitely purchase the other books in the series when they are published Even the cliff hanger ending didn t bother me because it was done perfectly and there was really no other way to end this excellent story I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy with a touch of a romantic happy ending Seventy two pages in and my fantasy heart is pumping in happiness Why Because My Lady Mage reads exactly like a high fantasy book, the likes of Jennifer Roberson and or David Eddings fantasy Which makes my fantasy heart so damn happy especially since it s hard to find good or decent fantasy read Dnd Forgotten Realms worthy fantasy Well to me So I am getting enmeshed in the tale Curious about The Warriors of the Damned How they got damned, How they got put into the water Curious abou Seventy two pages in and my fantasy heart is pumping in happiness Why Because My Lady Mage reads exactly like a high fantasy book, the likes of Jennifer Roberson and or David Eddings fantasy Which makes my fantasy heart so damn happy especially since it s hard to find good or decent fantasy read Dnd Forgotten Realms worthy fantasy Well to me So I am getting enmeshed in the tale Curious about The Warriors of the Damned How they got damned, How they got put into the water Curious about each member of the group Eeeeh Man how I loved this story Gideon tells the story about how he and his four companions became the Damned The Goddess of the River did reveal herself briefly Gives it that DnD feel which I absolutely love And the way Morgan ended it, not all is resolved but the part with Merewen is There isgoing on than anyone thought Okay but I seriously want KANE s book Out of all the Damned he s the one I like the most Glad we got to meet his avatar Full Review to be posted soon 2 and half stars Really wanted to like it but I couldn t warm up to the romance or the main heroine who I found to be pretty bland and a bit of a Mary Sue I actually preferred the sub story with Aline who I felt was a muchinteresting character It also felt a bit like a PNR with the whole band of brothers thing and I think I might be a burned out on that trope Overall, it was ok and I liked how the avatars and the magic linked with the horses played out Bu Full Review to be posted soon 2 and half stars Really wanted to like it but I couldn t warm up to the romance or the main heroine who I found to be pretty bland and a bit of a Mary Sue I actually preferred the sub story with Aline who I felt was a muchinteresting character It also felt a bit like a PNR with the whole band of brothers thing and I think I might be a burned out on that trope Overall, it was ok and I liked how the avatars and the magic linked with the horses played out But it didn t really stand out and I don t think I will be following the series although I did enjoy Alexis Morgan s PNR one love it love it love it 2 2.5 ratingHonestly, I suppose this was an okay read, well that s what two stars stands for, but for me, it never really clicked Maybe it was because I was expecting something along the lines of C.L Wilson s Tairen Soul, and was really psyched to read it.However throughout the story except for a brief period towards the end I was thinking to myself, when will this end For one, the world seemed to be thinly developed, in terms of, for this type of book, I was expecting it to be high f 2 2.5 ratingHonestly, I suppose this was an okay read, well that s what two stars stands for, but for me, it never really clicked Maybe it was because I was expecting something along the lines of C.L Wilson s Tairen Soul, and was really psyched to read it.However throughout the story except for a brief period towards the end I was thinking to myself, when will this end For one, the world seemed to be thinly developed, in terms of, for this type of book, I was expecting it to be high fantasy There s magic in here no that alone doesn t make a high fanatsy but bear with me , with these ancient warriors, who have been curse by the gods by the way we know next to nothing about these gods and they can be summoned in times of danger There s an evil person practicing dark magic But we never get the feeling of it That s my problem right there, for something that s classified as fantasy romance, I have never seen the world It s just oh, let me mention about magic here and there, and never explain anything, or show it in motion Yes, Merewen uses magic, but we never get the sense feel of it Heck we don t know what it is really But then again, that can be something the author plans on explaining later.Which brings me to Merewen herself, much like the story, I didn t get any sense of personality itself and I felt that she was made out to be this perfect being Oh everyone loves her, oh she does things that warms my heart, ohshe is so brave Okay, fine, say that she is all those things, show it Don t make her do something minor and then turn it into a big whoop ti do da It s like the author is telling us this character is so great, but I am yet to see great feats from her.Gideon is another blah character, but at least we re not being bombarded the wonders of his everything In fact theinteresting characters in this book seemed to be the side characters andthan anything else the animals.The writing, as I said before, seemed to beof a telling than showing natureor at least that s how it felt to me And everything else was probably averageI m probably in the minority here though, seeing as this has an average 4.01 I didn t hate it though aside from merewen s character..and it sdislike than hate so I won t rate it a one star.Will I be checking out the other books maybe, I still want to know what s going on I m a glutton for punishment , but I won t be breaking my neck to get a copy.This review andcan be found at musingsandbooksand.blogspot.com `Download Book ☔ My Lady Mage ✓ A cursed destiny A band of warriors And one troubled kingdomIt is whispered in Agathia that the legendary warriors of the mist cursed by the gods can be summoned only when a champion is needed and the cause is just Gideon, their captain, knows this to be the one path that will lead his men to redemption lest they face an eternity of damnationYears have passed since anyone has journeyed to the river s edge, but times are desperate Oppressed by a cruel guardian whose dark magic threatens to destroy her people, the beautiful and courageous Merewen calls upon the bespelled warriors In Gideon she finds than a champion, and in his arms, than protection However, their enemies are fighting with a power darker than anything than they imagined, and should Gideon fail, she will lose everything she holds dear including her heart