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Publisher's Summary

Mordecai's growing power and success have made him a threat, not just to the gods and their minions, but also to the king of Lothion. An unholy bargain has been struck to bring him to heel and increasingly it seems that victory may not be worth the price, not if the cost is measured in the blood of his family. Wizard, lord, husband, father, and now man can balance so many roles without sacrificing something.
Will the world be worth saving if it costs him the very reasons he has for living in it?
©2012 Michael G. Manning (P)2013 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Rachel Anne on 09-29-13

Absolutely phenomenal!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Archmage Unbound to be better than the print version?

Im not sure having the audio over the print is better per say, but it is fun to hear it narrated with character behind each voice and it's great when you have things to do with your hands and cant sit still to read!

What other book might you compare The Archmage Unbound to and why?

There isn't really any book I can compare the Mageborn series to. It is a singularly brilliant series, I can say, people who like epic fantasy novels like LOTR, or The Seven Realms series would love this.

What about Todd McLaren’s performance did you like?

I love how Todd McLaren narrates. You can distinguish each character by his impersonation of their voices, even the women. He really makes it exciting. He doesn't speed through, but he doesn't draw it out to long either

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed and cried, I got angry, I even got nervous and scared! It is extremely hillarious at times. Mort has an idiot sense of humor! LOL

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2 out of 5 stars
By Spirit Wandering on 05-29-16

Could have been so much more

This series has some interesting magical concepts. Particularly intriguing was the introduction of Moira and the idea of directly channeling the elemental energies of Earth, Air, Fire and Water.

However, the writing is poor and much of the character development weak. Most annoying is that Mort never matures. As a reader, I felt the same frustration expressed by characters such as Penny and Dorian about his immaturity. Despite the passing of a couple of decades, his humor stays that of a teenage boy.

I strikes me that the author may have tapped into some very ancient wisdom to present the concepts that I found intriguing. Unfortunately, he does not honor them in the story development. Rather he surrounds these gems with many pages of poor story lines and inane dialogue.

I read the first four books several years ago and recently returned to the series on audio book, hoping that perhaps I had been wrong in my initial assessment. I don't plan to read the final book of the Mageborn series or the subsequent prequel series. Many of the other reader reviews of these books reinforce my conclusion that there would be little of interest for me in continuing.

For those readers looking for good writing, world building and character development, I would highly recommend Anne Bishop, particularly the Ephemera series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael Wade on 03-31-18

A great series

I would recommend the entire series. Michael Manning is a true fan, he wears wizard outfits (I have seen it with my own eyes) and still plays D&D, the guy knows his source material and his influences can be seen clearly through the series. That said, this series is by no means a copy and paste exercise, it is a true fantasy original with the undercurrent of political intrigue and moves along at a good clip. It s by no means a epic in the sense of Erikson and Jordan but this is a good thing as I often find the detail in these worlds way too much. Michael has built his world steadily in this series and will continue to evolve it in the following books no doubt.

The characters are rich and where you are being asked to like one of the protagonists, Michael's writing is such that you follow the author and you do like him / her. Equally, where a character is written in such a way that you ought to dislike it, you do so as there is sufficient depth and breadth in all the primary characters and most of the secondary. it is a true feat of the author to have achieved this and still maintained a chapter and book size the right side of the 'Wheel Of Time scale'

The storyline is intriguing. In many ways it is original and also somewhat familiar. Never so familiar that you can point to a bit and say 'that is the same as X or Y'. I don't want to plot spoil and at this stage, the world building is still well and truly underway with references back to the past that allow for plot lines to be explored without going down rabbit holes (WOT!!!).

Overall, a great introduction to a developing world with real scope for expansion. More along the Gaia theorem rather than the Cosmere I think, but not lacking in any way. A great read and well read by the voice actor.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mat on 11-02-17


this series is amazing, at first I went through other 3 books by this author and then I've jumped onto this one... I love the subtle connections!
the author knows how to touch specific emotions,
amazing series so far

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