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The Line of Illeniel (Mageborn, Book 2) Paperback – October 9, 2011
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I cannot stress enough just how stupidly our characters always behave and how stilted the dialogue can be. Once reading this turned from a pleasure into a chore I realized that I wouldn't be finishing anymore of this series. Being an independent author is no longer enough to give you a free pass in the publishing wild and so I'd rather spend my time and money supporting brilliant authors like Christopher Nuttall, Robert J Crane, and John Conroe instead.
I liked the plot; Mordecai, the protagonist, sole survivor of mage lineage and recently a Count, is forced to rapidly develop both his lordly and magical acumen to deal with the threat of an invading neighbor. Meanwhile, he has to deal with the voices he's started hearing, his tempestuous romance with Penny, and at night some demonic force has started moving. The "shining gods", the good gods (or so they claim) are also trying to gain Mort's loyalties, while Mort may well be turning into the first archmage in a millenium.
While there wasn't anything particularly inspired or new in Manning's first Mageborn book with respect to magical system, plot, or worldbuilding, this second novel introduces many more original nuances and shows Manning's development as an author. Overall, a solid effort and well worth the price, though it needs another run through for grammatical editing. I'd recommend this book to fantasy readers in general, will read the sequel, and fans of the first book will be pleased with the improvements.
Sorry for the verbose comment but it is another sign of a good reading experience. It gets you to think, think about many subjects!
So read it enjoy and yes will be reading the next book and most likely whole series - since Yes did not not start until series was finished!!!
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Second instalment forced me to quit reading. Penny is dumb.Read more