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Moira Illeniel was the name she lived by, but her true heritage was more complicated than that. From birth she was the secretly adopted daughter of the most powerful wizard in the world, but few knew that her true birthright came from the Centyr lineage. Traveling to Dunbar to discover the fate of her vanished father, Moira must face the darker aspects of her power. Forced to fight a foe unlike anything seen before in Lothion, she will learn the reason for the warnings her mother's shade gave her - why certain abilities should never be used and some lines never crossed - for some doors, once opened, might never be closed again.

©2016 Michael G. Manning (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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The twisting of Moira

A very good continuation of the Mageborn saga. While much of the first half of the story revolves around the three young adult scions of the royal families and the older hunter/tracker in search of Mordecai, in one sense, it's more about the transitioning of the young adults from their sheltered and naive youth to that of clear-headed and cold awareness of the world around them. This is most profoundly thrust upon Moira as she finds herself becoming aware of heretofore unknown powers. Powers so horrible that, when exercised, strips her innocence and makes her so wrought with guilt that her personality borders on psychopathy.

There are several grievous moments where, in the aftermath, the protagonists are left second guessing their decisions to the point of being debilitating. While not clearly outlined, the author subtly touches on the concept of fate, destiny or self-determination and while he provides no clear answers, he does burnish the sharp edges of the consequences.

While there are a few weak areas in the story such as the dragons where they mostly play the role of transportation, with sometimes breaking/burning things, the hunter/tracker's Asperger Syndrome being over used, &c but, even so, the book was enjoyable, made the more so by the excellent talents of the narrator.

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One of my all time favorite books.

I have been listening to these stories from the bitter start. I find myself itching for more when I came to the end of one book. Wishing that I didn't have to wait for the next book to either be set out on paperback. Or to be listened to from Audible.

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Continues the story but not the best in the series

it was good and the narrator did a fine job. It delves into the Centyr power, which is interesting. the story is just a little too focused on one aspect and it's not very flavorful.

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Amazing Story and Reader!

I enjoyed the audible version, and I'll be adding the printed version to my library at home, along with the rest of the series..

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love the serries

I love this serries. the story is so intriguing and the characters so much fun. the 2nd book though was a little harder for me and more serious than the first. it is also a little slower but keeps with the story line which I like.

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solid fun

I look for solid good series. This is one of them. I have been hooked. It reminds me of David Eddings works, but different. The characters and details are well developed and engaging. This is one all ages can enjoy. I know my boys will as much as I do.

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consumes the mind amazing book

A great book with a fantastic story line. It's a must read for any dragon story lover.

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Enjoyable fantasy with memorable characters

Great world and character development. Unusual circumstances, lots of energy, tension, betrayal, loss and goodness.

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Manning wins again

Once again, ive found myself embedded in the story until the end.
Well done, and I can't wait for the next!

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Great story

In some parts I was a little worried about the way the story was going but in the end it was something I binge listened too :)

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  • marc
  • 12-16-16

great listen! really enjoyed it!

it was really well read one of the better narators on audible !The story had me interested straight away for this part abd the last great audio book!

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  • Pablo
  • 01-20-17

Too much battle

Continuing from the previous book this 2nd part starts well. However, they are too many battles and the author describes every detail and it was boring for me. I had to skip many times to continue with the story. It's a big difference from the 1st one regarding the story line. I was quite disappointed because I like the narrator.

Although I have to say at the end in the prologue it looks interesting again so maybe he 3rd part will be good again.

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  • Andrew Delaney
  • 11-15-16

More I need more...

Just love this series and world created. Only problem is I now have to wait for the next one.

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  • Ian
  • 04-20-18

Part 2 done on to book 3

Really enjoying the saga roll on the final part, fantastic narration by Derek Perkins, brings real substance to the story

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  • Stephanie
  • 02-01-17

battle stuff

The fast speed option on the Audible app is very handy for getting through all the battle descriptions, (in any audiobook, not just this one) they are SO tedious, I find myself drifting off, zoning out, just not gripped at all until there's some dialogue again. I really do not care about which hand a sword is held in, or where an opponent was stabbed, I want to know what happens to the characters and where the story goes to next. I still enjoyed this because the author and the narrator are very good at the various characters, and I want to know what happens. I wait for the next in series.