[Reading] ➬ The Blacksmiths Son (Mageborn, #1) ➳ Michael G. Manning – Pandorajewelry70off.us

The Blacksmiths Son (Mageborn, #1) 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

Michael Manning was born in Cleveland, Texas and spent his formative years there, reading fantasy and science fiction, concocting home grown experiments in his backyard, and generally avoiding schoolwork.Eventually he went to college, starting at Sam Houston State University, where his love of beer blossomed and his obsession with playing role playing games led him to what he calls his best year Michael Manning was born in Cleveland, Texas and spent his formative years there, reading fantasy and science fiction, concocting home grown experiments in his backyard, and generally avoiding schoolwork.Eventually he went to college, starting at Sam Houston State University, where his love of beer blossomed and his obsession with playing role playing games led him to what he calls his best year ever and what most of his family calls the lost year.Several years and a few crappy jobs later, he decided to pursue college again and was somehow accepted into the University of Houston Honors program we won t get into the particulars of that miracle This led to a degree in pharmacy and it followed from there that he wound up with a license to practice said profession.Unfortunately, Michael was not a very good pharmacist Being relatively lawless and free spirited were not particularly good traits to possess in a career focused on perfection, patient safety, and the letter of the law Nevertheless, he persisted and after a stint as a hospital pharmacy manager wound up as a pharmacist working in correctional managed care for the State of Texas.He gave drugs to prisoners.After a year or two at UTMB he became bored and taught himself entirely too much about networking, programming, and database design and administration At first his supervisors warned him repeatedly to do his assigned tasks and stop designing programs to help his coworkers do theirs, but eventually they gave up and just let him do whatever he liked since it seemed to be generally working out well for them.Ten or eleven years later and he got bored with that too So he wrote a book We won t talk about where he was when he wrote The Blacksmith s Son , but let s just assume he was probably supposed to be doing something else at the time.Some people liked the book and told other people Now they won t leave him alone.After another year or two, he decided to just give up and stop pretending to be a pharmacist programmer, much to the chagrin of his mother who had only ever wanted him to grow up to be a doctor and had finally become content with the fact that he had settled on pharmacy instead.Michael s wife supported his decision, even as she stubbornly refused to believe he would make any money at it It turned out later that she was just telling him this because she knew that nothing made Michaelcontrary than his never ending desire to prove her wrong Once he was able to prove said fact she promptly admitted her tricky ruse and he has since given up on trying to win.Today he lives at home with his stubborn wife, teenage twins, a giant moose poodle, two yorkies, a green cheeked conure, a massive prehistoric tortoise, and a head full of imaginary people There are also some fish, but he refuses to talk about them Sign Up for Email Updates

10 thoughts on “The Blacksmiths Son (Mageborn, #1)

  1. says:

    This story had so much potential but the immature writing style completely ruined the read This book was written in a confusing 1st person point of view, but without any real insight into who the characters are There are bizarre narrative details that would have been much better demonstrated through action the sentence structure is simplistic and repetetive The simple and immature writing style, and predictable storyline, make this seem to be a YA tween novel, but there is a surprising amou This story had so much potential but the immature writing style completely ruined the read This book was written in a confusing 1st person point of view, but without any real insight into who the characters are There are bizarre narrative details that would have been much better demonstrated through action the sentence structure is simplistic and repetetive The simple and immature writing style, and predictable storyline, make this seem to be a YA tween novel, but there is a surprising amount of vulgar language and random sexual commentary that is jarring This book felt like it was written by a 12 year old boy The potential lay in the witty voice of the main character if this had been developed properly it would have been a lot of fun

  2. says:

    The magic bits were intriguing I liked the protagonist s self deprecating manner though sometimes it felt like a bit much But, the way the author chose to describe the world took me out of the book completely Here s one example why at no point in a medieval setting would a boy raised as a blacksmith s son characterize a wizard s diary as a lab notebook this is because A high school chemistry labs, and indeed, that kind of note taking, hadn t been invented yet and B a blacksmith s son w The magic bits were intriguing I liked the protagonist s self deprecating manner though sometimes it felt like a bit much But, the way the author chose to describe the world took me out of the book completely Here s one example why at no point in a medieval setting would a boy raised as a blacksmith s son characterize a wizard s diary as a lab notebook this is because A high school chemistry labs, and indeed, that kind of note taking, hadn t been invented yet and B a blacksmith s son wouldn t know what a lab notebook would be, not even if he somehow ended up being the Duke s son s best friend.I plowed all the way through this book, and started reading the second before I couldn t take it any I think the author has talent, and could write some really good novels But, he needs to do some serious work on writing skills I expect this kind of thing to be on amateur writing websites, not in published fiction.Final note Yes, I understand that children will be children, and that means they will swear Children in that era were better composed than the near feral children we have today, please doll up their swears a little bitAnd if you re going to have multiple gods make sure that you aren t having only one god damn a certain activity, or at least be specific about which god is damning certain activities That could be an interesting bit of lore in the world Make sure you aren t just swearing because you like tittering that you got away with children swearing

  3. says:

    Ahh, at last another good read This is another I plan to follow up It doesn t get onto my favorites list but it s an excellent read.What we have here is another story of a young man who is thrown into events beyond anything he ever expected and finds he s not who he always thought he was.Yes it s been done often before, but so what As I ve said before, I doubt there is a single plot anyone can come up with that hasn t been used somewhere before and can be found in an existing story from the Ahh, at last another good read This is another I plan to follow up It doesn t get onto my favorites list but it s an excellent read.What we have here is another story of a young man who is thrown into events beyond anything he ever expected and finds he s not who he always thought he was.Yes it s been done often before, but so what As I ve said before, I doubt there is a single plot anyone can come up with that hasn t been used somewhere before and can be found in an existing story from the last few thousand years of compiled stories.It s how those story components, characters and plot points are put together, how the story is told that matters Does it draw you in Does it make you care about the participants Will you follow the story into volume 2 Yeah, I plan to I love finding a good and absorbing epic fantasy Now that epic fantasies are ubiquitousfinding a GOOD epic fantasy is the trick.In my opinion, this one fills that bill Mordecai, a blacksmith s son one day does something that can t be done In so doing he keeps his best friend the local Lord s son out of some very hot water From there things spiral awayout of control Of course We wouldn t get a story otherwise Another that also joins my, wow, I wouldn t have thought I d like this as it s a coming of age storybut wow I do like it books.Do I recommend this book Is a bear Catholic 4 enthusiastic stars

  4. says:

    Excellent narration but very weak writing style The premise is good, and I want to go easy on a debut novel, but Gah The POV changes from 3rd person to 1st person nearly a writing taboo and back again, within just a few pages This occurs throughout the novel Disorienting See one excerpt below This is 3rd person Penny Asking for help would only ruin her friends, but the other option was to take the opportunity to make what remained of her life count forIf she had to choo Excellent narration but very weak writing style The premise is good, and I want to go easy on a debut novel, but Gah The POV changes from 3rd person to 1st person nearly a writing taboo and back again, within just a few pages This occurs throughout the novel Disorienting See one excerpt below This is 3rd person Penny Asking for help would only ruin her friends, but the other option was to take the opportunity to make what remained of her life count forIf she had to choose one other person to spend her life on, the choice became simple Having made the decision, she felt a calm come over her, and she began to plan Suddenly switches mid page to Mort in 1st person POV I was still talking to Marc and Dorian when Penny returned and I was glad to see her Dorian was busy trying to convince me that beer would speed my recovery, and Marc was offering to have several pitchers sent to the room We were young and hadn t had much experience with strong drink, so the thought of drinking to excess was a new and exciting concept On top of that, the modern slang destroys the medieval atmosphere getting laid, pissed off, scared the living shit out of me, etc etc.The characterization is absurd The blacksmith s ordinary son took sudden magic and money in his stride Everything was too easy for him Teenage Penny was molested, nearly raped, so she would cover herself protectively, at the very least, right Nosoon after the rape scene, she can t even be bothered to put on a night gown or a bed sheet before letting two people into the bedroom While she remains naked and nonchalant

  5. says:

    I haven t finished this book yet and I honestly don t know if I will.It s terrible The language is so out of place, it keeps jarring me back to reality He calls his parents mom and dad, and describes his girlfriend as sexy.Not only is the language bizarrely modern, so are the attitudes of the characters The kid learns magic within about a week From a book By himself The book was magically protected, but a kid who literally just discovered he has powers a day or two ago is able to get to it I haven t finished this book yet and I honestly don t know if I will.It s terrible The language is so out of place, it keeps jarring me back to reality He calls his parents mom and dad, and describes his girlfriend as sexy.Not only is the language bizarrely modern, so are the attitudes of the characters The kid learns magic within about a week From a book By himself The book was magically protected, but a kid who literally just discovered he has powers a day or two ago is able to get to it with no trouble And in this world where there are no magicians left, when he tells people he spiritually possessed a horse, not a single person doubts him for a second They live in a world with strict, old fashion morals, yet only the bad guys seem to stick to them The author jumps back and forth between first and third person narration with very little indication of when the changes happen.Overall, it s the sort of book where you know nothing will go seriously wrong If a character were to die, I wouldn t worry They d probably miraculously reappear a few pages later

  6. says:

    First, I barely read 100 pages or so of my edition before giving up A book has to be pretty bad for me to put it down.I could not stand the vulgar humour and lewd bends in conversation These alone would have been enough to make me never recommend the author or pick up the rest of the series.Then came the graphic rape scene No .Sure, the idea of an abandoned boy brought up by foster parents suddenly displaying magical powers is a neat idea, but a lot of books use that idea To make a good First, I barely read 100 pages or so of my edition before giving up A book has to be pretty bad for me to put it down.I could not stand the vulgar humour and lewd bends in conversation These alone would have been enough to make me never recommend the author or pick up the rest of the series.Then came the graphic rape scene No .Sure, the idea of an abandoned boy brought up by foster parents suddenly displaying magical powers is a neat idea, but a lot of books use that idea To make a good story, the idea needs to be carried out well While the prologue was very nicely done, with Mort s mother, I disliked most of the story about Mort And there were frequent punctuation errors, which were exceedingly distracting

  7. says:

    I LOVED this book Absolutely devoured it It just goes to show you that certain books just resonatethan others depending on what you like as a reader I guess I m one of those simple readers who just loves your good ol fashioned fantasy where the hero gets the girl and vanquishes the villain I think some would argue that as his debut novel, Manning didn t have the most elevated prose, things happened all too conveniently and fast in both the world of love and magic , and the villain I LOVED this book Absolutely devoured it It just goes to show you that certain books just resonatethan others depending on what you like as a reader I guess I m one of those simple readers who just loves your good ol fashioned fantasy where the hero gets the girl and vanquishes the villain I think some would argue that as his debut novel, Manning didn t have the most elevated prose, things happened all too conveniently and fast in both the world of love and magic , and the villain really gets his ass kicked in a very satisfying way.But who cares All those things I mentioned above were not detractors for me they were strengths Sometimes, I just want to be entertained, and I don t need someone to tell me that the silence was threefold and then go into some poetic, epic rant as to why this is true I was thoroughly entertained reading this novel, and I look forward toManning books in the future

  8. says:

    A horrible, horrible book It somehow manages to take every cliche from the last 50 years of fantasy writing and cram into into one volume And not in a fun, ironic way In a gosh, aren t I clever and awesome for coming up with this derived crap way.Even that might be diverting, if it weren t for some of the worst dialogue that I ve ever read To cap it all off, though, the author has no concept of narrative point of view, freely switching back and forth between first person and omnicient narr A horrible, horrible book It somehow manages to take every cliche from the last 50 years of fantasy writing and cram into into one volume And not in a fun, ironic way In a gosh, aren t I clever and awesome for coming up with this derived crap way.Even that might be diverting, if it weren t for some of the worst dialogue that I ve ever read To cap it all off, though, the author has no concept of narrative point of view, freely switching back and forth between first person and omnicient narrator in a completely haphazard manner.Don t read it The.99 Kindle price is misleading, as you will lose hundred of dollars worth of time trying to slog through this mess

  9. says:

    Cliched, and replete with characters whose only reason for existence seems to be driving the anemic from overuse plot Dialog is stilted and tends to contain too much exposition.I only made it through a couple of chapters before I gave up on it Which is a shame, because the author s voice can be rather entertaining when he s not manipulating his characters to drive his plot But ultimately, the inauthenticity of the characters just irritated me too much to continue reading Real humans don t Cliched, and replete with characters whose only reason for existence seems to be driving the anemic from overuse plot Dialog is stilted and tends to contain too much exposition.I only made it through a couple of chapters before I gave up on it Which is a shame, because the author s voice can be rather entertaining when he s not manipulating his characters to drive his plot But ultimately, the inauthenticity of the characters just irritated me too much to continue reading Real humans don t talk and react this way

  10. says:

    It s been done to death, you know It was old in Earthsea, and positively exhumed for Rowling Yet this book was, quite honestly, one of the most enjoyable teen gets magic reads to ever have crossed my bookshelf There s something about Mort, his personality is infectious, his style and whit both quick and memorable and the surrounds were very nicely done too.There s a rather marvelous shift from third to first person narration in chapter 18, one of the most deftly executed and intricately wri It s been done to death, you know It was old in Earthsea, and positively exhumed for Rowling Yet this book was, quite honestly, one of the most enjoyable teen gets magic reads to ever have crossed my bookshelf There s something about Mort, his personality is infectious, his style and whit both quick and memorable and the surrounds were very nicely done too.There s a rather marvelous shift from third to first person narration in chapter 18, one of the most deftly executed and intricately written bits of POV work I ve seen, it s only done in a couple of sentences but I really Grokked it.I also really like Manning s pricing structure each of the books in the series costs a littlethan the others It s almost like he s saying if you think I m worth it, pay that bitto carry on The most expensive is nothan a decent pot of coffee or a sandwich, which in my opinion is a damn good bargain This one, book 1, costs less than 1 you can t even take a shopping trolley around a supermarket without a quid, you know Both sequels are on my wish list and will be the next thing I buy for personal gratification without a doubt

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