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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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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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Top Customer Reviews
While this book did keep you reading it was lacking in depth and many other areas. I think what bugged me most about this book is the fact he learns his powers in about two days when it mentions past mages took years to learn their powers. Another thing that sucked is the fact that he just reads a book and knows everything. There is no build up no lessons no training. I personally like more depth in characters so I can picture them while reading... You will have a hard time with that here.
One last thing. The story is told in an annoying childlike way. It will be a normal book for a bit then the writer will have the characters talk directly to you. Example: "Penelope you have a potatoes nose, can you believe even then I had that kind of charm with the women." Very child like insults for a kid about to be married.
He learns that he has magical abilities under stress and always seems to get it right. There is no tension that he will not discover and master the necessary skills and talents he needs to tackle the next challenge. He always earnestly strives for what is best for everyone and never has a selfish thought or action.
As for other characters, the good guys are always flawless, the bad guys unambiguously repugnant. Rulers are selfless and looking out for the good of their subjects. Soldiers are always devoted to the defense of the weak. It is so sickly sweet I wanted to throw-up. Almost all of the characters have 20th century American values. The explanations of magic reduce it to science and math.
The plotting is generally shallow, but not as bad as the character development. There are some big holes, but at the same time, the story was often entertaining. I read this while recovering from an injury, and it fill the time. (Which is why I gave it two stars instead of one).
(without spoilers) One would expect people to react to certain situations in certain ways. Things happen in this story for the sake of plot development, but we don't have depth to those actions being noticed and responded to. The actions don't produce the ripples you would expect them to produce. They are just kinda of there for plot development with a feeling from the author of 'I did this because I could', rather than its the next logical course of action in the world which has been built.
It's very much a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of book. Things 'are'. Why? Because they are. If that's what you're looking for, or just looking for a time killer, great! If you are looking for something deeper, you might want to steer yourself elsewhere.
Overall I feel the book could have been really interesting but it lacked serious critique during its early drafts. A lack of refinement or drive to push the author to expand and challenge themselves. Perhaps more experience will remedy this problem...