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The God-Stone War (Mageborn Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Michael G. Manning
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Book Description

Seven years have passed since Mordecai’s battle with the Shining God, Celior, and since that time his control of his abilities has vastly improved. He has at last envisioned a use for the ‘God-Stone’, but the gods want vengeance and now seek to destroy everything he has built. The secrets of the past threaten the future of his kingdom, his family, and perhaps humanity itself, unless Mordecai can discover the meaning of ‘Illeniel’s Doom’. How far will a desperate wizard go to protect his children… or will his efforts merely damn them all?

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About the Author

Michael Manning, a retired 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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  • File Size: 697 KB
  • Print Length: 561 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484838726
  • Publisher: Gwalchmai Press; 1 edition (April 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,861 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Addition to the Saga of Mageborn April 29, 2013
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Michael G. Manning has hit another home run in his latest book for the Mageborn series. With the release of Mageborn: The God-Stone War the series takes a turn towards the darker and grittier side as Mord continues to struggle with defending his home and family from odds that are stacked against him. This book is set 7 years after the last book in the series, and you can see some very significant character growth in how all of the characters are more mature. This puts a very realistic spin to the relationships all of the characters enjoy. Additionally, the author's use of foreshadowing is amazingly well done, driving home some of the points you see throughout the book. In closing, I'll simply state that this book continuously leaves you wondering how all the loose ends will tie themselves off in book 5. I can't wait to get my hands on it!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HOLY **** May 1, 2013
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Book four starts off very slow with us finding out what has been going on for the last several years. This is interesting and somewhat boring at the same time. When the story finally picks up it does so in a big way slows again. Its much like a rollarcoaster, up and down up and down.

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
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Done it again! The best so far! May 1, 2013
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Michael Manning has done it again! Mageborn: The God-Stone War is the best book in the series so far!

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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Micheal Manning is an Evil Genius!!! May 1, 2013
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This was a great book. To me the best books make you laugh, cry, swear, and make you genuinely worry about the characters. And this books manages that in spades. The ending was brutal and unexpected, but awesome because I didn't expect it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing....Again April 29, 2013
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A stellar addition to one of the great fantasy trilogy's out there. This guy will be writing successfully for a long time. He captures human emotion, and draws you into the characters in a way I have never experienced quite so intensely.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Archmage Manning has spelled us again April 30, 2013
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The book was according to a character in a book i forgot "unputdownable". I really tried but my fingers started itching and my imagination bucking around like a wild horse. The development of the characters was done naturally and believably. The story had just the right balance between providing information and suspense. I love that Mr Manning's skill in crafting stories has been increasing with each book, but this book in particular was a huge leap from the previous books and the were all great. I can't review the book well enough without introducing spoilers but I can say that you will feel fear, sadness, excitement and mirth. If you haven't read the series please do and start from the beginning. have fun

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.
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Michael Manning was born in Cleveland, Texas and spent his formative years there, reading fantasy and science fiction, concocting home grown experiments in his backyard, and generally avoiding schoolwork.

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.

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