Mordecai has discovered his heritage and must take up the mantle of a lord of the realm, while figuring out what it really means to be a mage of the line of Illeniel. He is beset on both sides by allies and enemies trying to control or destroy his future. Gods and kings both seek to manipulate him for their own ends, and no matter what he chooses his loved ones will suffer. Will he risk destroying his love with a bond that might be her death, or face the madness that comes to wizards who embrace power without restraint?
©2011 Michael G. Manning (P)2013 Tantor
Dr. Synthian of Gelderland
The lead character is sadly sexist. Not in the South Park "look how funny we are for making fun of sexism" way... more in the "since we're all 15 year-old boys here, why don't you all join me in a chuckle while I say the word 'boobs'" way... and you can almost hear Bevis & Butthead chuckling with him. He's serious. -- Moving on... the fact that these theoretically medieval characters (bows & daggers & counts & smithies) use the phrase "What's up!?" and "bipety-bopity-boo" UN-IRONICALLY without even being aware that this is a Disney refference... nearly put an end to my listen. But then... when the zombies arrived and the nearby warriors suddenly and without explanation *magically inherit* the actual pop-culture zombie terminology from the Walking Dead upon their FIRST ENCOUNTER with an undead attack, "That's not Robert anymore! He's TURNED!" ... I was done. It's one thing to mark a book with a Reading Level, which indicates the reading difficulty and required vernacular... but this is the first book ever to make me wish for the reverse. We need an Author Literacy Rating to tell you where the book is coming from... because this is NOT a low vocabulary or low complexity piece of work... it's just ignorance & low aspirations.
Interested in books that help one's spirit move beyond the ordinary.
This series has some interesting magical concepts. Particularly intriguing was the introduction of Moira and the idea of directly channeling the elemental energies of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.
However, the writing is poor and much of the character development weak. Most annoying is that Mort never matures. As a reader, I felt the same frustration expressed by characters such as Penny and Dorian about his immaturity. Despite the passing of a couple of decades, his humor stays that of a teenage boy.
I strikes me that the author may have tapped into some very ancient wisdom to present the concepts that I found intriguing. Unfortunately, he does not honor them in the story development. Rather he surrounds these gems with many pages of poor story lines and inane dialogue.
I read the first four books several years ago and recently returned to the series on audio book, hoping that perhaps I had been wrong in my initial assessment. I don't plan to read the final book of the Mageborn series or the subsequent prequel series. Many of the other reader reviews of these books reinforce my conclusion that there would be little of interest for me in continuing.
For those readers looking for good writing, world building and character development, I would highly recommend Anne Bishop, particularly the Ephemera series.
I am sorry, but nowhere in the description was zombies mentioned. Oh the author does not call them that but it is pretty much what the mindless evil bodies are. A personal thing but I don't do zombie books.
Todd McLaren cannot do woman voices and really should not attempt it otherwise he would be decent.
If the above is not enough the logic is so convoluted that you can swear you are watching a really bad soapy. Drama for the sake of drama and not well executed.
The one thing the Author got right is the protagonist. He is a teenager and a total idiot. Oh he magically pull stuff out of his hat when the "drama" gets too ridiculous and saves the day. Guess I would have enjoyed it more if I was still a teenager. (Wonder how old the author is...)
I actually enjoyed the first book due to the antics of the idiot protagonist but you can only pull that off for so long before there need to be growth.
Will not get the rest of the series and cannot recommend it.
There are so many things i could complaint about, but ill just say one thing instead. by the end j was hoping the main character would die to end the childish stupidity of this story.
Took me some time to get into it in book one, but once I did I was hooked. Story is very good. Not sure I like his writing style, but it's easy enough to get past. Also not a fan of the audio book reader. I feel like it could have been read better. Overall though it is worth the read.
I guess he's learning his abilities and about politics, but to me the entire book is just a stall for what was supposed to be a massive battle. Then, with just the snap of your fingers, the battle is here and all the invaders are dead. If it wasn't for the fact that Mort, Marcus, Penny, Rose and the rest are fantastic characters that keep you entertained, it'd would be just a terribly boring insert in the series.
You get information from this book and like I said it's a pleasant enough read. You'll get enjoyment out of it. Todd McLaren does a great job and Manning keeps you interested.
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