The Archmage Unbound : Mageborn

  • by Michael G. Manning
  • Narrated by Todd McLaren
  • Series: Mageborn
  • 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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?


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Amazon Customer "I am an avid fantasy a fault! I love the escape from reality it brings, its like taking a mini vacation to another realm..daily!"

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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- Spirit Wandering "Interested in books that help one's spirit move beyond the ordinary."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio