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The Line of Illeniel

Mageborn, Book 2
Narrated by: Todd McLaren
Series: Mageborn, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,110 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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OUTSTANDING

Book 2 even better than book 1. Love the way the author puts raw emotion into words you can feel.

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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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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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main character is annoying.

There are so many things i could complaint about, but ill just say one thing instead. by the end j was hoping the main character would die to end the childish stupidity of this story.

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Penny is a sycho!!

I’m out couldn’t finish. I wanted to like this book. The relationship between the the main character and his fiancé was scary.

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Good but hard to listen to

This series is amazing and gets better with each book. This book is a little rough but sets up the characters, story arcs, and magic system that all continue to grow throughout the series. I really love this series!

The bad part is the performance. The reader is completely unsuited for this book and is really distracting. Fortunately if you power though this book the performance does get a little better in the next couple books even though it is the same reader. That or just read this book and listen to the rest.

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Childish

This book has quite a few flaws mainly the back and fourth between 1st and 3rd person keeps any of the characters from having any depth. The author tends to tell you that the characters are smart and strong instead of you finding that out about the characters through their actions or dialogue. This all keeps me from getting into the book, but what really bothers me is that the main characters regularly make stupid mistake while emotional and it just works out. Where are the consequences?

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  • Michael
  • 11-07-18

Great Improvement

You can really see Mannings writing improve in this book as the story comes more alive. If you were unsure with the first book in this series I urge you to listen to this one. It displays a taste of his future writing which only gets better. The narrator has also improved and is now far easier to listen to. I started with Mannings later series so going back to his first major work was a shock at how basic the writing and narration was in comparison . This book however has made me purchase the full set and I’m well into the 3rd book already.

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  • Anonymous grackle
  • 10-22-18

bitches be crazy

Penny is an annoying bitch blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blue

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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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