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Only a fool threatens those a Thornbear protects.

Mordecai’s shattered family is in chaos, but the world won’t wait for them to recover. Trapped by a fiendish plot he didn’t foresee, Mordecai finds himself powerless to redeem himself or defend his family. 

Alone and surrounded by enemies, Lady Rose has only her wits to protect those she loves. Though every hand turns against her, Rose Thornbear refuses to give up, and she will sacrifice whatever is necessary to save Penny’s family, whether the price is her rank, dignity, or even her life.

©2018 Michael G. Manning (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Another Fantastic Book By Manning!

Michael G Manning has become easily one of my top 3 favorite authors of all time! His style, prose, and story all make an amazing canvas for the mind and imagination, and his ability to tug on one's emotions is second to none! I have thoroughly enjoyed every book in all of the different series! His characters are like old friends, and his world is like coming home!

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I enjoyed it.

This was a fun listen. However, it seems like the author made Tyrion made worse for the sake of the story. As a character, Tyrion has more going on for him than Mordecai. In order to bridge that gap, the author is de-evolving Tyrion to make up for the lack of character that is Mordecai.

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One of my favorite writers of all time.

The people are real. the adults show maturity from a life lived and mistakes made. The children show naivety and wonder. The intrigue is natural, not forced. The relationships are organic. When I see Michael Manning I buy. He keeps being better.

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Great book!

The storyline and characters are well written. This is my second read of Michael Manning's books. I read book one and two and moving on to book three. Likewise, Alex Wyndham of "The Riven Gates Series, is fantastically talented reader. The emotions he displays in his characters are so realistic that, I, as the listener felt every emotion. At one point in the story a tragedy happened; Alex displayed the grief so brilliantly that I was caught up with all the emotions you would expect if you were actually present. Great story and great storyteller!!

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Genuis

I was disappointed by the length of the audiobook. I can listen to Manning for hours. I’m captivated by his work and look forward to coming home to finish listening. It’s like I gobble his stories like I would chocolate if I didn’t eat for a week. Yet he’s toned down the recent books which I’m dismayed by because he did nothing wrong with Tyrion Series. So people were appalled and offended. I say grow up ya big babies. I made mention of my feelings, defending Manning and truth is I want to him to fire his PR rep for allowing him to apologize or explain his novels. His art is his art. Like anything and everything else in life, some will love it while others don’t. I say be a rebel and push boundaries. Shock value like Mark Lawrence offers us in his male lead stories (Red and Grey Sister books are quite dry in comparison. I think he’s more in his element when writing male led novels than female). Yet Manning showed what a gentlemen he is by adding an excerpt explaining his creation. Gentlemen.. he is a true gentlemen.

The second book of the Riven Gates is not particularly exciting. There are topics within the book that could of brought this series back to the level of the brilliant Illeniel Series (I prefer titling it the Tyrion Series to avoid botching the spelling but Manning fans know the books) where the leads and storyline are shocking, brilliant and bold thereby blowing away competing authors. The recent Riven Gates and other books starring Mordecai feels yo@. Z# zmznbz. No. Momookmonknnnconservative and to the extent I’m sadly disappointed. It’s a good story. I don’t understand why Mordecai faces another trial versus a battle with Tyrion. Since when did Galen become an enemy. Didn’t Galen help save Mordecai by entering his body and repairing the damage? Now they’re enemies and I don’t know when this occurred? Was it when Mordecai whispered in Galen’s wife’s ear and she started screaming? Manning never shared what was said to her. I’m sorry I don’t recall when Galen and Mordecai became enemies. Yet they are and Galen wants Mordecai dead. Then Tyrion is back but we don’t learn his intentions. Tyrion is a not a force to test and yet there is an assassination on his life? How could such outcome end good for Mordecai or his children? There are many cliff hangers and I’m curious to know how Manning plans to write book three. Also the Queen is considering charging the young adults if they don’t show their face? They’re protecting Roland’s estate and the community. Did Roland fail to mention this to his sister? Clearly he did because Mordecai reunited him with the Queen and now the Illiniel kids face possible treason charges. There is a clear disconnect and the story is brief and short considering all the loose ends. Manning has a lot of wiggle room with book three. Alex Wyndham does an excellent performance as always. It’s a pleasure to listen to his narration.

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a great addition

I was extremely pleased with this addition to the series. it opens up the story to another great adventure. Manning has woven a tale I can't image someone not enjoying.

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Another entertaining episode in the Illeniel Saga

I haven't taken the time to count them but I'm fairly certain that Mordecai has surpassed in both quantity and difficulty that of even Heracles' adventures. Michael G. Manning doesn't disappoint in this novel to find finds ways to add newer and unexplored phenomenon and travels to keep the story both interesting and compelling.

I will also add that he also finds a way to tastefully create several moments of literary soft porn from a budding involvement of a heretofore unrequited love interest, whose breadcrumb had been dropped many books back and seemingly left to obscurity. These types of revival of past fleeting moments seem undeniable that, while it may not have been fleshed out back several years ago, they were intentionally placed there with full expectation of using them to broaden the saga's story arc in the future.

Alex Wyndham continues to provide a stellar performance in narrating these novels.

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Can't wait for the next part!

very good story! Can't wait to see how it ends! Waiting for the next part!

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Great new instalment in noteworthy series.

As plotlines start to converge an the end game plan of the Illeniel elders starts to unravel itself, Mordecai, one of the few living archmagea, has to protect himself and his loved ones from court intrigue his ruthless ancestor and the darkness living within ever since becoming one with the void. As events unfold, with the ever looming threat from machines, an ancient Illeniel arch enemy a grand game of power wit and magical ability will determine the fate of the world. The book, same as previous instalments in the serries delivers on all accounts; excellent storytelling, magic system, narration and not infrequent humour.One of my favourite contemporary fantasy writers to date.

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Can't wait to see what happens next!

This was just another fantastic entry into the tapestry that is Mordecai's legend. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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  • Stuart Kennedy
  • 10-14-18

Brilliant book

Brilliant author and great story. I really enjoyed the narrator he really brought the characters to life. I laughed very hard at some of the dialogue. Can't wait the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-18

Wowee

As per usual, Michael G. Manning knows how to bring his books to life and to life is what he has dine!