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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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Anachronism Alert.

Manning seems to be writing in pre-modern times. People ride horses and fight with swords. So the word "Trampoline" coming up sounds anachronistic. But when someone asks Mordaci to "Bippity, Boppity Boo it", that just sounds silly! It would be a pretty good book without these disruptive, amateurish phrases.

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This is really good

This is simply really good and a well made book is about the journey. The story sucks you in and before you know it it's over. I am really happy they don't try and put much romance in to speak although there is some. No one turnes out homosexual. It's mostly someone desperate to defend his people. Very good book and entertaining

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  • John
  • tallevast, FL, United States
  • 07-26-18

Some good mixed with terrible - Books 1 & 2

The first person narration of this story is annoying. Lots of internal dialogue that wastes time just to put more words on paper I guess. Then regurgitated again to whoever the internal dialogue was about.

Todd McLaren has a good voice when speaking normally - But when doing certain voices - Especially female - It gets to be extremely grating.

I listened to Embers of Illeniel series first - I guess I got spoiled because this seems like 2 different writers.

The romantic interaction between Mordecai and Penelope couldn’t be more distracting. I am surprised by the feministic writing style around that. I would think that the target audience for these books were young to adult males - But a lot of this story is over dramatic bickering and wanted tear jerking dialogue which never hits its mark. They should make a new category for this series ‘Romantic Epic Fantasy’ - And not romantic like Romeo and Juliet. More like 2 bickering old people married for 45 years.

I bought the first book of the Champions of Dawning Dragons not even knowing that this was connected to the Embers of Illeniel series - So I went backwards to Mageborn hoping to get the background to the series and it has been a total disappointment.

I could write more - But I think you get it.



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EPIC

I love the series, love the author, and the narrator brings the book to life!

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he just cant do a woman's voice at all.

The narrator cannot do woman voices. he made everybody sound like they were 80 years old. No matter what age they were. When a 16 year old girl sounds like a 80 year old smoker It throws off the story

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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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  • Falconus
  • 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.

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