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The Blacksmith's Son Audiobook

The Blacksmith's Son: Mageborn, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"An entertaining read." (Underground Book Reviews)

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    nell rayville, LA, United States 01-27-13
    nell rayville, LA, United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "GREAT BOOK"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Blacksmith's Son to be better than the print version?

    GREAT STORY LINE, WENT THROUGH THE HOLE THING IN ONE SITTING, HOPE TO SEE IT IN A SERIES. GOOD JOB


    What aspect of Todd McLaren’s performance would you have changed?

    SOME OF THE FEMALE VOICES WERE BAD NEEDS WORK THERE


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cordell 06-05-15
    Cordell 06-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun. Just really fun."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Blacksmith's Son to be better than the print version?

    I like the voice range. The voice itself... Not the best but one of the better ones.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blacksmith's Son?

    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..


    Have you listened to any of Todd McLaren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    One of my favorites. Liked him more in Altered Carbon though.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    My jokes are so bad they're funny.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Derek 04-30-15
    Derek 04-30-15
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    "A great tale that can stand on its own."
    What did you love best about The Blacksmith's Son?

    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.


    What about Todd McLaren’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    W. Pierce 04-07-15
    W. Pierce 04-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "good book"

    good book. not hard to follow, good pacing, over all Id recommend it to anyone who was a fantasy reader

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 04-03-15
    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 04-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A great series once you get through the first 1/4."

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    TheOpinion 09-11-13
    TheOpinion 09-11-13

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    "Too little content"
    What would have made The Blacksmith's Son better?

    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.


    What could Michael G. Manning have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    What about Todd McLaren’s performance did you like?

    He was clear and his voices were not bad. Good pace as well.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    melancholy


    Any additional comments?

    The book was not terrible but I think people are overrating it.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 02-08-13
    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Start..."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jack T. Noble 02-06-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if another narrator, if possible


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Blacksmith's Son?

    Enjoyed the plot line


    Would you be willing to try another one of Todd McLaren’s performances?

    No,


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator, I am sure is a nice gentleman, but he narration was out of sync to me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 10-18-15
    Sarah 10-18-15
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    "Ok as first in series...hopefully gets better"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I guess, if the friend was a die-hard fantasy/magic fan. It's a typically 'young boy unaware of his own power until something weird happens' kind of story, and as fantasy goes that can be good. But the writing, characters, interactions, and development leaves a bit to be desired. I think it has potential to be much more and hopefully the next few books in the series get better.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Deeper character development. Also the antagonist in the story is completely 1-dimensional. There's no reason I should give two s**ts about his character. There's no attempt on the author's part to make the reader care about him. He's just "the bad guy" and gets what he deserves in the end. Lame. Also, some scenarios that the protagonist is placed in could use work too...some seemed forced to show his newly gained abilities and he seems to learn magic too easily from a couple of books on his own and without consequences.


    What about Todd McLaren’s performance did you like?

    Very well done in general.


    Could you see The Blacksmith's Son being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    TV Series probably. Similar 'boy realizing his powers' story to Earthsea (better book than tv though) and Legend of the Seeker (again better books than tv). Typical magic and adventure story (though this book takes place in pretty much one location).


    Any additional comments?

    The point of view of the book is a bit strange too. It starts off as if the main character is retelling this tale from years in the future and explaining to the reader how he gained his abilities, etc. This is done without any hint at explanation and makes any impending danger the character gets into seem not so dire.There are many statements like "as I would come to know later..." or "I would later learn..." and it seems like the author may go somewhere with this future version of the protagonist, but never does.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan 10-15-15
    Ryan 10-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "You'll immediately buy the rest of the series"

    I used to really like the Sword of Truth series and still do.

    The writing and style, setting and characters in the Mageborn series have rapidly taken over in all ways.

    I love that I have a connection with these characters and the way they talk/think
    I love the place/time setting for this series and I love the way the magic is used.

    I really like this writer and series. One of my favorites.

    The narrator is perfect, I was glad to see he did all the books in the main series.
    Can't wait for the rest in the Illenial/Thornbear series!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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