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- Book 4 of 5 in Mageborn (5 Book Series)
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Eventually he went to college, starting at Sam Houston State University, where his love of beer blossomed and his obsession with playing role-playing games led him to what he calls 'his best year ever' and what most of his family calls 'the lost year'.
Several years and a few crappy jobs later, he decided to pursue college again and was somehow accepted into the University of Houston Honors program (we won't get into the particulars of that miracle). This led to a degree in pharmacy and it followed from there that he wound up with a license to practice said profession.
Unfortunately, Michael was not a very good pharmacist. Being relatively lawless and free spirited were not particularly good traits to possess in a career focused on perfection, patient safety, and the letter-of-the-law. Nevertheless, he persisted and after a stint as a hospital pharmacy manager wound up as a pharmacist working in correctional managed care for the State of Texas.
He gave drugs to prisoners.
After a year or two at UTMB he became bored and taught himself entirely too much about networking, programming, and database design and administration. At first his supervisors warned him (repeatedly) to do his assigned tasks and stop designing programs to help his coworkers do theirs, but eventually they gave up and just let him do whatever he liked since it seemed to be generally working out well for them.
Ten or eleven years later and he got bored with that too. So he wrote a book. We won't talk about where he was when he wrote 'The Blacksmith's Son', but let's just assume he was probably supposed to be doing something else at the time.
Some people liked the book and told other people. Now they won't leave him alone.
After another year or two, he decided to just give up and stop pretending to be a pharmacist/programmer, much to the chagrin of his mother (who had only ever wanted him to grow up to be a doctor and had finally become content with the fact that he had settled on pharmacy instead).
Michael's wife supported his decision, even as she stubbornly refused to believe he would make any money at it. It turned out later that she was just telling him this because she knew that nothing made Michael more contrary than his never ending desire to prove her wrong. Once he was able to prove said fact she promptly admitted her tricky ruse and he has since given up on trying to win.
Today he lives at home with his stubborn wife, teenage twins, a giant moose-poodle, two yorkies, a green-cheeked conure, a massive prehistoric tortoise, and a head full of imaginary people. There are also some fish, but he refuses to talk about them.
Top Customer Reviews
One of the biggest disappointments in this book was the characters. Everything seemed muted compared to previous books. No character really stood out in book 4 either in humor or in any real emotion. It almost seemed as thoguh they were just making token appearances.
I would say this book was not really a main installment in the series but more a step towards something greater. An important step yes but it never seemed to continually advance the story. Mort stalled ALOT in this book. All of that does not mean much in the end however. We finally learn some things about the She'Har and its quite interesting. Then there is the ending. Emotional? Yep. Game changing? Check. I quite simply am having a heard time believing what i just read at the end and am VERY interested in where the story goes from here
It takes place seven years after the last book, and the characters have grown and matured accordingly. Skipping seven years ahead, I don't find myself feeling as if I'd like to know more about what happened in those seven years, like I have in other series that have skipped ahead in time. Mr. Manning covers the past seven years in enough detail to satisfy my curiosity without interfering with the current storyline, or leaving me feeling as if you wish he would "get on with it."
The book is not only full of action, but there is also plenty of backstory and character development of both new and returning characters. Mort faces a series of challenges, both magical and personal. These challenges force him to make some rash decisions as well as rely on precautions already put in place. Not everything goes to entirely to plan, however.
Mr. Manning makes excellent use of foreshadowing and plot twists throughout the story. It is one you will not want to put down until you have read the entire book, and then you will want to read it all over again to make sure you didn't miss anything.
The entirety of the series is an absolute terrific story -- one worth endless re-reads.
At the time of writing this review, the price for the Kindle book is $4.95 USD, although I would have gladly paid even five times that, so much have I enjoyed not just this book, but this series.
I am afraid that Mr. Manning has outdone himself this time. While book 5 will undoubtedly be worth the wait, his clamoring fans will be quite impatient to read more about Mort and his friends. I count myself amongst the impatient.
I read the book in a day.
Woke up early put in 2hrs.
On my commute put in 1.5hrs.
Lunch break 1hr.
sneaking some reading time at work (luckily a slow day) 1hr.
commute back home 1.5 hrs.
reading before sleep 2hrs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Mageborn series continues to impress and delight. Yet another page turner with unexpected twists and turns combined with delightful mysteries. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Richard M. Golland
The character development for the various personalities in this series is nothing short of astounding. Michael G. Manning is shown himself to be a brilliant author.Published 20 days ago by wangchung
Really good. Always reading how unoriginal fantasy is, but come on, what does everyone expect? Without certain aspects, or when an author tries to be different just to be... Read morePublished 3 months ago by JOSEPH VANUCCHI
This book is another good read. Along with the other 3 before it and I'm sure the one after it in this part of the storyline held, (will hold), my attention. Read morePublished 4 months ago by R2T4
Characters are all known from earlier books in the series, but they develop and "mature" as the story progresses. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Judith M. Maxwell