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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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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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One problem I had with this book is the POV changes are sometimes too abrupt (within the same paragraph once), and they aren’t always clearly marked.
Mort is a great character, both wise beyond his years and naive as heck. Manning goes deep into the world of Lothian, creating characters who are real and who respond to their circumstances in entirely realistic ways.
At first he his unaware of his birthright, and as his gifts develop and his knack for trouble unfolds, Mort grows into a strong character. I liked the interactions between Mort, his friend of noble birth, Marcus, and his love for good, brave, honest Penny.
Devon Tremont is a complete villain, the perfect evil character, as is Father Tonnsdale. They are well-drawn and dramatic, and both fear Mort's emerging powers.
I liked this story because it is a story. The surroundings of the village and castle, the people within the castle, their values and morals make a great backdrop to this tale of political intrigue and high adventure.
The first to second person was a little distracting at first but actually allows you to experience others thoughts without making Mord guess. Which also leads to confusion between the characters in story which I also enjoyed.
I read it in 3 days and bought the 2nd a minute after finishing this one. And the pleasing part of the 2nd is it wastes no more time going over too much from the first so it feels like one continuous flow without rehashing every plot point from this one. Well done, Mr. Manning. You have a new fan!!
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Left me wanting to continue to read even after my lunch was complete.