Lisa Shearin is the Janet Evanovich of fantasy.
She writes with a fun, unpretentious style, and she has mastered writing with humor. In many ways, this is better than Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. Raine Benares is competent, whereas Stephanie bumbles her way through her adventures, surviving by luck and instinct rather than skill. That joke wears thin after a while. (At least on me — since there are thirteen Stephanie Plum books out, then she obviously still appeals to a lot of people.) Raine is the type of girl who rescues dudes in distress. She comes up with daring plans. She kicks butt, but she’s all girl.
Magic Lost, Trouble Found is a rather short book, as far as fantasies go, and it takes place over the course of only a few days. There was not a lot of time to develop much romance, but we saw lots of Mychael and I hope we’ll be seeing more of Tam.
And then there’s the prince. I know we have not seen the last of him.
The book ended in a satisfying smart way. It was the kind of ending that I like. No magical brawls (which I find tedious), just one character outsmarting another. It was not a cliffhanger, but it definitely points the reader squarely toward book two (Armed and Magical).
I can see myself rereading Magic Lost, Trouble Found, because I think this is the sort of book that will present “nuances” to the reader upon rereading. And of course, I’ll want to read it again when Armed and Magical comes out.
FanLit thanks Tia Nevitt from Debuts & Reviews for contributing this guest review.