I began devouring this book as soon as it was delivered to my Kindle. I know I'm reading a great book when I feel like I'm returning to old friends, and I definitely felt that as I began. I quickly became engrossed in the story, including all the twists and turns that Manning writes so well. I was heartbroken in sections, joyful in others, but truly love the writing style that draws me in and allows me to feel the emotion of the characters. I couldn't wait to read the book, but found myself setting it aside at times as I simply didn't want it to end. Even during those times, I picked it up within a couple minutes, drawn back into the story. When it ended, I was sad, yet hopeful that there will be more. Through all of the twists and turns, Manning stays true to the characters, and they are rich and well rounded characters. For a fantasy story it is believable. His world is real and I already miss it. Definitely a must read for those who enjoy being drawn into an amazing story.
Six months after Mordecai died, his body wakes up. In the final moment of his life, he had defeated the deranged undead. Unfortunately, he took his place. Now an uncaring shadow of his former self, he has to find a way to save a world that he can hardly care for and protect a family who fears what he has become.
Meanwhile, Penny, Mordecai's widow, still grieves. She struggles to hold her family together while the threat of the dark god looms on the horizon. Her friends and family want to help her move on. For political reasons, she'll have to remarry soon.
How can she when she still mourns for Mort?
As Mordecai struggles to find a way to not only save the world but end his miserable existence, a plot simmers in the capital that will threaten his family and friends. With his death, King James's position has become precarious. His enemies salivate.
The finale of Mageborn is here and it is a wild read. Manning is a bold author. He isn't afraid to put his characters is perils positions. And what's more perilous than your main character on the verge of becoming more a danger to the world than anyone else? Over the series, we've come to learn what it means to be like Mordecai. His very touch drains life. He desires to reunite with his wife, twisted to feed on her life so he can feel emotions again.
He's become a drug addict who needs to drain way life to get his rush. It's a powerful story. It delves into the past and why our dark god wants to destroy everything. Understanding his motive is the key to his defeat.
Can Mordecai do it? Can he keep from destroying those he loves before he can save them?
This book was hard to put down. I've enjoyed this series and want to read more in this world!
Michael G Manning knows how to worldbuild and create interesting characters but the plot and pacing of the series is off. In the first couple books it was the point of view errors that threw me off the most but in the last three books this was improved upon. I will likely read other books based in this world but only after a break from it.
There is a significant tonal difference between this story and the rest of the series ... To be blunt it's depressing and dark for most of the book. Much of the humor that made the previous books a bit light-hearted even when a lot of bad things were happening is gone. This has the effect of making the story feel longer because the reader is waiting for the chance to laugh or relax a little while a lot of bad things keep happening. It is one depressing chapter after the next. There is made worse by the fact that a significant portion of the story focuses on a subplot that, while having elements in the previous books, seems solely designed to occupy the main protagonist while the author deals with the other characters and the events surrounding them. Basically the main protagonist/his representative has to get something from A to B. it's simple and an interesting concept that should have been over quickly. Instead he is forced to leave what he needs at A to travel to B only to turn around to go back to A to finally end up back at B with it ending up rather meaningless in terms of the story's/series resolution. In truth it felt as if the author put it in so that he would have something to write about in the next series based in this world after he wrote the prequel series.
I love stories that are written in a way that makes it feel as if you're flying through it. But I also love a good ending that gives the reader enough time at the end of a long series to feel as if you know where the characters are and are going. Unfortunately this story does not fall into either category. there is a good 25% or so of the ending that takes place after the climax. It does attempt to tie up some of the loose ends but leaves some while it also creates others that are seeds for a future series as well as an epilogue designed to lead into the prequel series.
Michael G Manning's skill as an author and epic story teller really come through in this, the final book in the Mageborn series. I personally am appreciative of his wit and comedic timing to lighten up an otherwise dark situation. Michael's maturation as an author is evident in this book.
Upon finishing "Mageborn: The God-Stone War" I was devastated and immediately started searching for the continuation, unable to accept that it would end this way. Only to find out the book had not yet been published. Let me tell you it was worth the wait.
The story of Lothion continues in unexpected ways that will make you cry, make you angry, make you laugh and will have you unable to put the the book down.
I recommend that you read the whole series to understand the many nuances that are weaved through the story, you will not be disappointed.