Far-Knowing

Rated 5.00/5 based on 1 reviews
When Kalli first meets the young man with the chain, exactly where the spell of far-knowing revealed him to be, he seems pleasant enough. Nevertheless, he must die. His smile hides a ruthless killer, a mage who wields far more power than Kalli fears she'll ever know. Unmatched but undaunted, she plans his destruction, unaware that his best weapon may be her own overconfidence. More

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Words: 78,150
Language: English
ISBN: 9781311272867
About Melinda Brasher

Melinda Brasher spends her time writing fiction, traveling, and teaching English as a second language in places like Poland, Mexico, the Czech Republic, and Arizona. Her short fiction and travel writing appear in Ellipsis Literature and Art, Enchanted Conversation, International Living, and others. Visit her online at www.melindabrasher.com.

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Review by: Steven Miller on Nov. 09, 2013 :
This is a great book I’ll long remember. Stories about magic haven’t been my favorite, because the OTHERS have what I’ll call “unbelievable magic.” Usually such fiction involves magical powers that borderline god-like omnipotence. The only way those stories can have a good Plot is for the magic wielder to stupidly forget he can take down the villain with a technique he’d used four chapters earlier. But Brasher’s Far Knowing feels much more believable. Magicians in this story don’t leap tall buildings in a single bound or topple buildings with the power of their mind. These magicians have to work hard to get a minor advantage, and it wears them out. It feels as difficult for them as I’d find trying to balance myself on two stacked basketballs. I call this “believable.” Other stories might have magic that makes a person invisible, but Brasher creates magicians who can simply distract people from noticing them. I swear I’ve known people who seem to have this skill and it’s this “almost reality” sense throughout the story that makes me Love it.
Oh, and the twists in this story! Far Knowing not only has a great blend of foreshadowed changes and sudden surprises, but they also harmonize—a hoped-for change in one aspect adds to the pop from something totally unexpected. I’d love to give examples, but I don’t like reviews that spoil the plot.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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