Mordecai's simple life as the son of a blacksmith is transformed by the discovery of his magical birthright. As he journeys to understand the power within him he is drawn into a dangerous plot to destroy the Duke of Lancaster and undermine the Kingdom of Lothion. Love and treachery combine to embroil him in events he was never prepared to face. What he uncovers will change his understanding of the past, and alter the future of those around him.
©2011 Michael G. Manning (P)2013 Tantor
"An entertaining read." (Underground Book Reviews)
GREAT STORY LINE, WENT THROUGH THE HOLE THING IN ONE SITTING, HOPE TO SEE IT IN A SERIES. GOOD JOB
SOME OF THE FEMALE VOICES WERE BAD NEEDS WORK THERE
I like the voice range. The voice itself... Not the best but one of the better ones.
The battle in the Great Hall. The ending was a little too much (still fun). However the effort of everyone defending the unprotected was great..
One of my favorites. Liked him more in Altered Carbon though.
My jokes are so bad they're funny.
This is not a ripoff. There are some things that are the same but its pretty rare to find a fantasy book that has no similarities to any other fantasy book.. People will always claim that issue. The only thing I really thing might be taken from another book is Dorian. That guy has to be Perrin from WoT.
The author uses modern phrasing and language in the story and it works well for his writing style. He creates characters and is able to use them to a good potential. He has a direction and a purpose for all of his story and is able to fill in parts of the story with earlier incidental preparation.
The narrator gave energy to the story at the right moments and did an excellent job at reading. He just can't do female or children's voices, he makes them sound like old men. Other than that small complain he did an excellent job.
I write this review thinking of another author who did not prepare a story ahead of time and it felt like he just wrote it on the go. Michael Manning definitely put a lot of forethought into his writing and I will definitely be listing to or reading his next book. A good story is one built with a foundation and filled in with consistent details. I look for a good beginning, a climax, and a satisfying ending in each book, even if the story continues on in another book. This book fulfills these requirements for me.
Needs more content designed at driving the plot. There is a ton of missused space in this novel. It is one of those books were you read the whole thing and are still waiting for the book to begin. There are whole chapters that really don't add to the plot at all and the book basically goes nowhere but to build some basic characters and some plot lines.
Create more interplay between the characters.
Describe the world more. Basically you only have 2 points of interest in this book. The house where the main character grew up and the castle he gets invited to. There is not a dynamic environment in this book at all and that is a character on its own in epic fantasy.
He was clear and his voices were not bad. Good pace as well.
The book was not terrible but I think people are overrating it.
A great series once you get through the first 1/4.of the book. The first 1/4 if juvenile and I could not tolerate the narrator and so i put the book down. Months later I picked it up again from where I left off and I adjusted to the narrator, probably because my expectations were low. By the end of the book I actually liked him. His i individual voices were good and consistent through the 4 books on Audible (there js 5th book not on Audible yet). The main theme of the books is about a mage that is self taught. The protagonist is arrogant, talks to himself constantly, and talks to the listener, and I do not like any of things. He is kind, loyal, and caresing, and yhese traits make up for that. However, the real reason I do like these books is because of the magic system grows and is explained more and more throughout each book. After my first reaction to the first quarter of the first book, I thoughy I had defiantly wasted a credit, but in the end I am glad I did spend the credit and have listened to all of the authors books on Audible.
I liked this book and hope there will be more in the series. While it didn't blow my mind, it was well written with a good story and a decent narrator. I can't really ask for much more than that oin an audiobook.
I would recommend this book to those who are fans of fantacy, this particular series seems to have a lot in common with the Wheel of Time series but is a much lighter read/listen.
I was happy surprised to hear that the Embers of Illeniel - The Mountains Rise was a prequel. Having read that first I was expecting the Blacksmith's Son to be of a similar type. But it's not. It's much calmer and more Young Adult while the Mountains Rise was more Adult oriented.
As for the Blacksmith's Son, there was nothing overly fantastic about this book but it was incredibly solid. The characters were well introduced, and the story flowed really well. I honestly have no complaints about this book. Magic, Knights, villains and a little bit sexy. I enjoyed it. Narration was fantastic. Just a solid book.
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