The Blacksmith's Son : Mageborn

  • by Michael G. Manning
  • Narrated by Todd McLaren
  • Series: Mageborn
  • 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"An entertaining read." (Underground Book Reviews)


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Customer Reviews

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POV jumps from 1st to 3rd

Excellent narration. The premise is good, and I want to go easy on a debut novel, but Gah!! The POV changes constantly from 3rd-person to 1st-person and back again, often within just a few pages. This occurred across the entire book. Disorienting.

Language felt like modern teenage punk. The modern slang broke the medieval atmosphere, drawing me out of the story. Anachronistic phrases include "getting laid, pissed off, scared the living sh-t out of me," etc.

No character development. Mort went from common blacksmith's son to Mage lord in just days, without a hitch, taking magic and money in his stride. Everything was too easy for him, including learning magic and a dead language from a book.

Mort — a green lad of 16 — took to sex easily. He repeatedly referred to teenage Penny as a woman, which annoyed me every time. Moreover, young Penny was molested, nearly raped, so she would be protective of her personal boundaries and sexual safety. She would wear clothes, at the very least! Nope. She can't even be bothered to put on a night gown or a sheet when two people enter the bedroom.

The story content is somewhat promising.
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- Skipper "A trilogy. Say it in three. Done."

Too little content

What would have made The Blacksmith's Son better?

Needs more content designed at driving the plot. There is a ton of missused space in this novel. It is one of those books were you read the whole thing and are still waiting for the book to begin. There are whole chapters that really don't add to the plot at all and the book basically goes nowhere but to build some basic characters and some plot lines.

What could Michael G. Manning have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Create more interplay between the characters.
Describe the world more. Basically you only have 2 points of interest in this book. The house where the main character grew up and the castle he gets invited to. There is not a dynamic environment in this book at all and that is a character on its own in epic fantasy.

What about Todd McLaren’s performance did you like?

He was clear and his voices were not bad. Good pace as well.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

The book was not terrible but I think people are overrating it.

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- TheOpinion "sojourner"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-21-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio