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 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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