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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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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.
(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...
The kill for this book was the abrupt, inexplicable sudden change in POV (point of view) about 2/3 into the book. (Yes, I actually finished it). The prologue is third person, then it switches to first person. Fine, I could deal with that. But when third person POV began to appear towards the end of the book, well, it just made it seem like the protagonist is so stupid we (the reader) aren't going to be able to figure it out without the help of the extra information. It's jarring, confusing and annoying as all heck.
To me this violated a cardinal rule of writing that I previously was blissfully unaware of: Thou shalt not mix POV without good reason!
I probably won't be bothering to find out what happens to "Morty" in books 2 and 3. I don't care about him enough.
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Left me wanting to continue to read even after my lunch was complete.