Mirage is a witty and lethal bounty hunter who always gets her mark. But her new mission might be her downfall, for it involves working with witches, the group of people she always tries to distance herself from and against whose magic her strength might be no match. Miryo is a witch who just barely passed her initiation test. To control her powers and become a full witch, she must find her doppelganger, Mirage, and kill her. But is it really possible for her, a witch who can't use her powers and only two Cousins for help, to beat a trained Hunter, one of the best? The book opens on a scene where Mirage, a Hunter individuals who specialize as assassins, bodyguards and spies , is hiding and preparing to strike three men who mistake her for a witch at first then for a Cousin witch's assistant.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Warrior by Marie Brennan. 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 powe When a witch is born, a doppelganger is created. 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. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published August 1st by Orbit first published April 1st More Details Original Title. Doppelganger 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
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In brief: This is a good book. An original world, interesting protagonists, a fun story, and a satisfying conclusion. The book jumps back and forth between two points of view.
Miryo is a young witch who must kill her doppelganger before she can control her own magic. Mirage is the doppelganger, a particularly gifted warrior and Hunter. Both characters are strong, independent, determined, and likable. Naturally, Miryo's mission to kill her double soon becomes far more complicated and messier than In brief: This is a good book. Naturally, Miryo's mission to kill her double soon becomes far more complicated and messier than expected, drawing them into the middle of a conspiracy with the potential to destroy them both.
The doppelganger issue originally made me stumble a little. When a witch is born, a spell is cast to help her channel her magic, and to block that channel until she's ready. The side effect is a doppelganger, who must be killed if the witch is to survive and come into her power. To me, it felt a little forced.
It's a wonderful setup for the novel, but I never understood why the doppelganger was a natural side effect of the magic, for instance. And for me, the ritual murder of infants is too drastic a thing to be glossed over by saying the infants don't have souls until they're five days old, so it's not really murder. The story gets stronger as it goes.
I like the relationship between Miryo and Mirage. In many ways, they truly are the same person, and it's fun to watch Brennan explore their similarities and differences, and the connection between them. They complement one another, and the book reflects that; the parts where the characters come together really do feel more complete than the earlier chapters.
Bonus points to Brennan for avoiding the typical medieval European fantasyland world. This is a world of Brennan's own creation, but its roots appear to be more Eastern in origin, which is refreshing. Yes, we have swords and magic and horses and witchcraft.
But while some aspects were familiar, the book doesn't feel like something I've read a thousand times before. Brennan also incorporates religion and prayer into the story, not in an evangelistic, preachy way, but as a natural part of the world and the characters.
Fantasy and SF sometimes tends to ignore or simplify religion, but Brennan presents a rich, honest faith, and shows both the good and the evil that can come of it. The book includes a short preview of the sequel, Warrior and Witch.
I rarely glance at these excerpts, but in this case, I immediately read it and wanted more. Happily, Warrior and Witch will be out in less than two months.
Sooner would be better, but I suppose I can wait that long. An entertaining and well written novel, that I'm surprised isn't more popular. We have interesting characters, a fast and engaging plot, and a satisfying conclusion. I mean, what more could you ask for in an easy read? I loved the concept of the witch and doppelganger, feel like I've heard something similar before but don't know enough about witch lore to say for certain.
It worked very well here, and I'm curious as to how things will play out in the next novel. Both of our POV characters were li An entertaining and well written novel, that I'm surprised isn't more popular. Both of our POV characters were likable and given good depth. Several side characters were also well written and easy to relate to.
This is a fun book. It's not meant to have any philosophical hammers dropped on you or to make you gasp at the twists and turns, but it's a very solid novel, better than a lot of other books I've read of a similar genre. Mirage is a bounty hunter, one of the best there is. Miryo is a witch, studying for her initiation tests. When Miryo fails, her teachers tell her that it's because she has a double -- Mirage -- whom Miryo must kill in order to control her powers and pass her initiation.
It's a captivating premise, and the books live up to it. The worldbuilding is excellent, particularly in the second book, when we learn more about the witches' community and organization, and the magical system is intriguing and Mirage is a bounty hunter, one of the best there is. The worldbuilding is excellent, particularly in the second book, when we learn more about the witches' community and organization, and the magical system is intriguing and original.
The characters are complex and their interactions, decisions, and motivations equally so. Originally, I incautiously bought Doppelganger but not Warrior and Witch ; just before I finished Doppelganger, I had to make an emergency evening run to our local bookstore, which happily had Warrior and Witch on the shelf, so that I could gobble it up as soon I finished the first book.
View 1 comment. Rebuilding of world's off the chart You have to be patient with this book. It begins slowly building two separate worlds that in truth are entwined so much they cannot exist without each other. Too give details would spoil the plot but two women discover their hatred of each other's way of life was engineered through fear.
To overcome it is the journey of the book. The characters are rich and complex. Jan 19, Catherine rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy , paranormal. I randomly picked up this book at the library because I liked the cover. I thought it was really good! I liked the original ideas, I liked the characters, the setting was interesting.
I'm interested to read the second one. Jan 11, Olga Godim added it Shelves: did-not-finish. Too many named characters are confusing.
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