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The Blacksmith's Son (Mageborn Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Michael G. Manning
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Mordecai’s simple life as the son of a blacksmith is transformed by the discovery of his magical birthright. As he journeys to understand the power within him he is drawn into a dangerous plot to destroy the Duke of Lancaster and undermine the Kingdom of Lothion. Love and treachery combine to embroil him in events he was never prepared to face. What he uncovers will change his understanding of the past, and alter the future of those around him.

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 420 KB
  • Print Length: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Gwalchmai Press; 1 edition (3 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005A1JBB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,007 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read 13 Jan 2012
By Oliver
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This seems to be the first works of an author who has a clear plot in their head and wants to put it to paper, but doesn't quite understand the fine arts of writing as well as most authors do when they make their break through. The storyline is interesting enough and has a nice progression. The author also likes to put in comical asides from the main character's point of view, which are always welcome which while sometimes a bit irrelevant, altogether add a lot to the story.

The main gripe that I have about the story is that it randomly shifts between characters without giving any warning and when you're trying to tell a story from both first and third person, this is very hard to do. That being said, the characters are enjoyable enough and there aren't any which genuinely annoy you, which is quite rare nowadays.

It's a fun book which wont cost much and is definitely worth a download in my opinion. It's pacey and enjoyable, and from what I've heard the sequel follows up well. Just be ready to have plot thrust at you now and then.

Plot- 7/10
Characters- 6/10
Writing- 3/10
Overall- 5/10
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, if your looking for a interim book 22 May 2012
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I purchased this book after I had finished Robin Hobb's Assassin and Tawny man trilogies. Although this book was good and filled the evenings which were no longer consumed by Hobb's novels, I found it lacked the finesse of Hobb's plot lines and characters and left much to be desired in writing style.
Firstly the Americanisms in the book are overwhelming and inexcusable by both the publisher and the writer, I don't think they used the word "mom" in what appears to be medieval England. The plot is also simplistic and overly obvious, the protagonist faces no real challenges and everything seems to fall in his favour without any real effort.
I would say get this book if you have a kindle because it is free and fills some time; however, I won't be buying the next book as I just do not feel intrigued about the fate of the characters or their plot lines
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Childish, lazy and dull 15 Jan 2013
By J. Dale
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I bought this based on the broadly positive reviews on Amazon and was really very disappointed.

I'm an avid fantasy reader, having enjoyed the genre for years, but this stands out as one of the worst examples I've ever read. It has the feeling of being rushed, or lazily written; it lacks detail, there's very limited depth of character and no depth of plot.

I was left feeling it was a bad children's book - just over-simplified and under-thought. I remember reading DragonLance or Belgariad as a child; neither particularly challenging (being classic good vs evil), but both had great characters, interesting plots and a level of consideration that this book just lacks.

From the Mordecai's practically instantaneous 'discovery' of his power, which is frankly awful, to his rapid grasp of magic it's all just a bit simple and unbelievable. In a matter of weeks a self-taught magician is able to battle and defeat others who are obviously adept. Just because we're reading about magic and make-believe worlds, doesn't mean we give up all sense of logic.

I nearly stopped reading several times, but kept going in case things got better. They didn't. At least I was smart enough to only buy the first book and didn't waste any money on the rest of the trilogy.

So, give this book a wide berth, buy any of the awesome Fantasy available now and enjoy some decent writing.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but another edit would have helped 31 Aug 2011
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The story itself is fairly familiar: Prequel showing some recent violent history in which a babe is parked with common people and then the main story starts with the young man being given his birthright and his destiny. There are some very nice bits -- some scenes where the level 1 villain does a good, intelligent job of being bad -- and the characters are alive and interesting enough to make me the reader care about them, but ...

... but there are places where it feels as if the author is fixing problems as he goes. For example: near the end one of the major characters writes a letter. At that point the author gives a piece of her background, explaining how she comes to be literate when most of her fellows wouldn't be. It's a reasonable and wholly believable explanation but I think it could/should have been done in advance, so the reader accepts that she is literate and isn't distracted from the purpose of her letter. There are one or two others in this style and some American colloquialisms that jar on me, given the Fantasy/Medieval setting, but none severe enough to be considered faults.

I am hoping that this is the start of a series, because that's what it feels like. There's a good cast of characters established, a very solid looking foundation for the magic system, some Big Bad pointed out and an Evil Minion or two in place ..... it just needs a good hard twist to wring out the original ideas and tighter editing and this could easily be a five star series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars has potential but incredibly irritating 28 Aug 2012
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I think this is a very interesting premise for a story and I take my hat off to the writer for being having the strength of purpose to complete so many books, but this desperately needs an edit. It's very rare that I stop reading a book but I had to actually delete this before getting half way through. It reads like a very new, immature writer has reeled this off and then self-published it. Reading this has totally changed my point of view on self-publishing. I can't imagine any decent publisher would have let this go through as it is. The characterisation and plot are inconsistent, the language repetitive and don't even get me started on the punctuation. If something's worth doing, it's worth doing properly. I highly recommend starting again and re-publishing it after it's gone through a rigorous editing and redrafting process. I will be checking in future whether a book has been self-published before buying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book kept me up all night if you fantasy one of the best
Published 22 hours ago by James Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't sure about it.......
Absolutely loved it..... Now on to book 2...... if it's as good as the first book, we are in for a treat.....
Published 12 days ago by dogbbreath
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great READ for fantasy fans ..I was not disappointed plenty of battle magic and written in an easy to follow flow.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Basic story, written very basically, aimed at teenage readership.
I found this a rather dull read. I think its pitched t the young teens. The plot is ever so predictable and unoriginal, and the writing style is very juvenile. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Rid
5.0 out of 5 stars More like son of a awesome book
Another triumph for manning, having read his other series, this one is up there in the greats. Thanks again manning!
Published 27 days ago by Joshua Lyon
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Seems to follow a well worn formula of magical powers discovery, it is reasonably written but not exceptional.
Published 1 month ago by ian wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent thanks
Published 1 month ago by Terence J Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blacksmith Son
When l brought this book l wasn't sure if I would like it. However, l really enjoyed it and haven't been able to put it down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ms. Susan M. Heeley
3.0 out of 5 stars It's good read for an adolescent
It was an ok read, but falls into the adolescent category for its real target audience. All a bit ' boy sees girl's boobs and gets silly' along with a teenage girl who keeps... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Alisonkc
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant story
gets straight into the action, brilliant story telling
Published 4 months ago by Susan Dwyer
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