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Mageborn: The Blacksmith's Son: Mordecai's journey to master magic draws him into an ancient battle for the future of humanity. Paperback – July 3, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Mageborn
  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463684347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463684341
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (670 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Manning, a practicing pharmacist, has been a fantasy and science-fiction reader for most of his life. He has dabbled in software design, fantasy art, and is an avid tree climber. He lives in Texas, with his stubborn wife, two kids, and a menagerie of fantastic creatures, including a moose-poodle, a vicious yorkie, and a giant prehistoric turtle.

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Michael Manning, a practicing pharmacist, has been a fantasy and science-fiction reader for most of his life. He has dabbled in software design, fantasy art, and is an avid tree climber. He lives in Texas, with his stubborn wife, two kids, and a menagerie of fantastic creatures, including a moose-poodle, a vicious yorkie, and a giant prehistoric turtle.

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I look forward to the next book.
R. A. Jordan
Very nice and easy reading with a good plot and well done characters.
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This book reads like a poorly written run on sentence.
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297 of 310 people found the following review helpful By A Guy on July 26, 2011
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At first, I was somewhat worried about reading this novel; the synopsis is pretty brief, and many of the other reviews at the time (shortly after publication) were short, "this is the only review I've written" types that I always assume are shills. At less than a buck though, I was willing to take a risk, and was pleasantly surprised. Manning's produced a novel that is an example of good, traditional fantasy. The writing is consistently fun and vivid, the pacing quick while still filling in the necessary detail, the dialogue scans well, and you can both believe in and empathize with the characters. The plot is also pretty decent; Mordecai, the protagonist, is the sole survivor of line of mages and nobles killed by assassins. Eventually his own magical powers develop, and over the period of a couple weeks he gets up to deeds of daring-do, somewhat predictably saving himself, friends and family in the process. While there isn't anything particularly inspired or new in Manning's magical system, plot, or worldbuilding, this is as good as most traditionally published fantasy novels and is well edited. Overall, a very solid effort, and well worth the price. I'd recommend this book to fantasy readers in general, and will read the sequel.
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158 of 192 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 29, 2011
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(NOTE: This review has been edited - I've marked the major edit, and I've fixed a couple of "idiot errors")
Mr. Manning has a very solid instinct about how to tell a story. Good narrative drive to draw the reader forward. I'm very pleased that the plot is human sized - it isn't about the destruction of the universe, fated destiny etc. It is about a morally weak individual and those who oppose him. I find that human scale to be somewhat rare in fantasy literature. I also like the way that Manning unveils the story; the details he lays out early and those which he saves for later.

The novel has some weak spots; (EDIT: Originally I said I wouldn't pay full price for this. The next three books I purchased cost more than this book and weren't as good. I probably still wouldn't pay hardback prices for Mageborn, but I would probably pay more for this book than I did.)
* The romance and sex plots depict a pretty contemptible image of manhood and masculinity. I understand that sometimes men are bad. But I shouldn't walk away from a novel embarrassed to be a man. The villain is a rapist. Penelope's seduction technique is effectively rape. There are counterexamples. Count DiCameron and his wife or Duke Lancaster and his wife. They're in the background and the foreground characters made me feel uncomfortable. Worst of all, the sex, rape and romance didn't contribute to the story. It diminished the entertainment value. I may be unduly harsh; I just know that the negative impressions of gender and sexuality had a stronger impression on me than the good impressions.
* The evil character is a one dimensional proxy for external forces of evil; quite sad, because he had serious potential to be a sympathetic villain.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Christian Moore on August 6, 2011
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First off, I do enjoy the overall plot of the book. I find the characters generally likable and strong. Manning definitely has talent in the story department. However, this book's downfall is the way in which he writes. Quite often the characters will use terms and phrases appropriate for the time period, but every once in a while a modern phrase comes along such as "out of whack" which really shatters the illusion for me.

I felt like the author couldn't decide what kind of period the dialogue should take place in. Another problem I have with the book is the fact that the book is written in first person for the main character, but when it switches to another scene in which the main character is not present, it transitions into third person. Towards the end of the book there is hardly any segue between the two. One paragraph you'll be reading from third person and in the immediate next paragraph it's first person again.

Another problem I had was with the main character. He will often offer commentary on his own dialogue in his head, usually in a self-deprecating manner. Much like the Dresden series. However, he does it far too often. Nearly every time someone catches him off guard with a question and he answers with anything less than a witticism, he ironically muses about how intelligent/clever/good with words he is. It's not a problem in itself, but the frequency with which it occurs feels a little lazy.

Lastly, the book feels too rushed in some areas. (Minor spoilers) for instance, there is a romantic connection between two characters that develops entirely too quickly. It moves from friendship to a marriage proposal all within a single chapter. It was almost like watching a movie on fast forward.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 17, 2011
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The most disappointing thing about this book is that it had the potential to be a really fantastic book. The plot in the book is fairly interesting, but the reader is rushed through it very quickly. We are told things and expected to believe in them instead of having these things developed or even explained. We go from having Mordecai suddenly developing magical powers to him being able to save a castle in a very short period of time. Even though one of the prologues by Marcus the Heretic states that those with power often destroy themselves, Mordecai not only has an inordinate amount of power, but can also teach himself and create new uses for the power (his flashbangs) with no help but a book. He apparently has enough control and mastery of his power that he can also heal himself, which, again, Marcus the Heretic states is very difficult and done by very few. These things might be believable had we been given enough time to see Mordecai actually have to struggle to learn these things, but instead we are expected to believe that he is just *that* good.

We also have no back story where it would have helped create a wonderful world as well as give the characters depth. The biggest failure in this point is Devon. He is just there as this evil person, who apparently just happened to go into league with the evil god that killed Mordecai's family. There is no explanation for him or his powers. There's also no explanation for how he came to come in league with this evil god. There's just no explanation at all, which is another problem with the book:

The plot also relies heavily on coincidence and the motivations that drive a character's actions are inconsistent at best and left utterly unexplained at worst.
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