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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

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Good Read

The characters are evolving nicely. They are becoming a likable bunch that makes you want to root for the underdog.

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Very good<br />

simple but we'll crafted. Read it or listen, worth the time for me.. Even though it is obviously a middle book in series, it had a beginning and end that was satisfying.

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This was an amazing book. Couldn't stop listening!

Absolutely loved it! I usually only listen to my audiobooks while driving but this was the first book I had to take inside lol. It was absolutely amazing!

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Better than the first

Thank god every 5 minutes there wasn't a thought from the heretic in this book that part of the first book almost made me not want to finish it but it was good but this one was definitely better

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just plan good

I'm enjoying this series very much. a complete story that leaves you wanting more. moving on to book 3.

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Great story. Awful writing. Recommendef

Author needs an editor. Fun, compelling story, though.

Performance was exciting and very well done.

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do not like the narrator, will read the rest.

did not like the narrator. gave it a shot for the first two books. I will read the remaining books in this series.

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Great Read

It was a great read and a good book. I would recommend this book to anyone.

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Sophomoric and infantile. Here's the problem...

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.

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Could have been so much more

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.

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  • 11-15-17

European aristocratic titles

These titles should be pronounced as they are in their country of origin, it is, in my opinion laziness or at worst insulting not to do so.