Author(s): Marie BrennanDownload
When a witch is born, a doppelganger is created. For the witch to master her powers, the twin must be killed. But what happens when the doppelganger survives? Mirage, a bounty hunter, lives by her wits and lethal fighting skills. She always gets her mark. But her new mission will take her into the shadowy world of witches, where her strength may not be a match against powerful magic. Miryo is a witch who has just failed her initiation test. She now knows that there is someone in the world who looks like her, who is her: Mirage. To control her powers and become a full witch, Miryo has only one choice: to hunt the hunter and destroy her.
Some Reviews: 232 in Goodreads.com
Warrior, book one of the Doppelganger series, takes us to a world brimming with magic, a world watched over by the benevolent Goddess, in all five of her aspects…a world in which magic is born from the bloodshed of babes. It’s here that we find ourselves following the adventures of two seemingly unconnected women: Mirage is a Hunter, trained from a young age to fulfill commissions at the point of a sword. Miryo is a student at the mystical Starfall academy, where young women gifted with witchcraft strive to earn their place in one of the five orders of magic. Everything seems to be going well for them, until, of course, it’s not. Mirage is sought out by an old classmate to fulfill a commission to track down the people responsible for a high ranking witch’s death. Miryo, upon taking her test, discovers that she has a twin, a doppelganger created at the ritual that gave her magic, and learns that as long as this clone lives, she will never be able to control her magic. It soon becomes a race against time as two unlikely heroes set themselves on a collision course, and it’s doubtful that even one of them will survive the storm.
Marie Brennan is a master storyteller, able to take a well known concept and twist it to give us something truly unique. Warrior is a near cinematic experience, full of enough sword and sorcery to fulfill anyone’s needs and providing plenty of jaw-dropping surprises to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout it’s entirety. A wonderful example of epic fantasy and one I highly recommend for true fans of the genre.
I’ve grown to know Mirage more within the first few pages. Mirage is a hunter with red hair which is a witch trait. Mirages current mission is to investigate the murder of a witch. While searching the witches house she comes upon a record of all her past places and discovers that the witches have been keeping a close watch on her. Meanwhile Miryo the witch has passed her initiation test except for one very important thing. Her doppleganger is still alive and inorder to master her powers she must kill it. The witch culture is very confusing at first. Brennan does a very good job of building up the culture and explaining it in more detail later in the book. There were lots of questions left unanswered in regards to the dopelgangers which will be answered in the next book. The idea of the Counsins was interstingbut it was not developed very well and there were to many questions left unanswered about them. I This is a wonderful fantasy debute by Brennan and I’m eager to find out how the two main characters are connected and what their fate will be. I think that it should have been written in first person to get a better idea of the characters thoughts and emotions. its full of action throughout. There was strong character development with is always a plus in novels like these
An excellent novel. Imaginative, suspenseful, and well paced.
I originally thought this book took place in the contemporary world in New York or other such city – I have no idea why. But I was surprised to find out that it was not, but instead set in a rather traditional fantasy landscape.
That aside, it was tweeked in just the right ways to make it intriguing.
The book needs to be just a tad longer as I wanted to spend just a little bit longer in the world she had created.
Brennan lacks the technical writing skill that would make her prolific (in the Anne Bishop/Kristen Britain class) but she is still a very skilled writer. The characterization of her main characters seemed rather like stock characters invoked to tell the narrative. I feel, that had the book been a tad longer Brennan would have been able to develop the two women into more unique characters…..or perhaps not. The development in the last chapters of the book may be the antithesis to this. I will find this out in the sequel I suppose.
I was really intrigued by Brennan’s creation of religion within the novel. It was beyond fascinating and I could see it having real-world practicalities.
I was pleasantly surprised! I didn’t expect much after the run of books I have had lately. In this one the story line is fresh and the two main characters are both very likeable, yet completely different. The story: Witches help make the world go round (healing, bringing weather, protecting crops, clean water, etc) Hunters take care of the people who are becoming less desirable (lets face it-they are hired assassins). Red hair is the color of witches and Mirage a hunter has red hair, which she has gotten flack for her whole life. Come to find out she is a doppleganger (half of a witch) and her other half Miryo, a witch with a big conscience needs to kill her in order for her magic (which she has trained for her whole life) to work. Problem: Mirage knows how to kill and has no problem doing it, Miryo doesn’t have the skill set or the ability to live with herself after wards. To top it all off, the powerful witch council is following both women’s moves and waiting anxiously for the death.
When I think about the books (Warrior and Witch), I remember more the overall story line of being true to yourself; to question traditions when there is proof that there may be an alternative course of action; and that, when traditions begin to change, not everyone jumps on board to support the change. The first book (Warrior) follows a young woman’s (about 25ish) journey to find an alternative to tradition; the second book (Witch) portrays how a sub-culture of witches adapt to a change in their traditions, how some rebel to revert to the old ways, how some embrace the new ways, and ultimately how harmony between the two groups is found.
The story continues in “Witch”.
PG-13 : Overall Rating
PG-13 : Violence
PG-13 : Language
PG-13 : Sexual Content **
** Other potential parental warnings:
– Sexual promiscuity of the main character(s) prior to the start of the story is implied (but not directly witnessed in the course of the story).