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
I enjoyed the first book in this series very much. I thought it was fun and original. This book is pretty good too, don't get me wrong. It seems to me though that as the story goes along it starts borrowing more and more from the Wheel of Time series. Male mages that have to be bounded or go insane? I think I've heard that one already. Othe than that, and they say that immitation is the highest form of flattery, it is a pretty good book. I just picked up the third one and am curious enough about it to get started. If you're loing for something not too heavy with some pretty decent humor scattered throughout, check it out.
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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