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Publisher's Summary

**A note of warning from the author;
I waited until the book was finished before writing this foreword. Now I find it difficult to encapsulate the book in a short summary, but I felt the need to forewarn you, The Reader. Many of you have probably read my previous series, Mageborn, which is set two millennia after the events in this book, so you may have some misconceptions about what you’ll find here.
Unlike Mageborn, this story encounters more adult issues. The main character does not always do the ‘right’ thing, and in fact, cannot be called a hero. Events conspire to darken his future and twist his morality, but his choices are his own. Most importantly, the story delves into some topics of a sensitive nature, particularly sexual abuse and violence, though there is nothing graphic in the telling.
I didn’t set out to write a book about those things, but they came up as part of the course of this tale, and I couldn’t avoid them. Before allowing some of the situations in this book, before writing them, I sought advice from a number of friends; people who have confided in me over the years. Several of them have been through experiences that correlate to a surprising degree with some of the darker elements within this tale.
Fortunately, they had much better outcomes, and in fact, I doubt any of them would condone the choices that the main character in this story makes. My main purpose in writing this foreword is to make sure that my audience understands that I don’t take the subject matter lightly.
- Michael G. Manning
©2014 Michael G. Manning (P)2015 Podium Publishing
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5 out of 5 stars
By Mike on 05-08-15

suspenseful . you keep wanting more.

wonderful detail with a storey line to match. Not for younger readers. A wonderful magic system that grows through the whole story. All the characters have a genuine personas. I really enjoyed the whole experience.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dallas on 04-25-15

Dark and heart wrenching beautiful.

Here you will find an expertly crafted world with story that will surprise you. The dark story only enhanced the moments of profound beauty, in my opinion. This was the first Michael G. Manning book I have read and I'm excited. to have found another excellent author. The Narrator, Alex Wyndham gave an awesome performance. I honestly did not like his voice at first but his undeniable talent was apparent in the first few minutes. I'm a fan now. I am more than satisfied with my purchase.

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By John on 10-03-15

Been a long time

It's been a long time since I've been so captivated by a story! It's nice to fined a book that doesn't throw a hero that can do no wrong at you!!

As the authors note said he doesn't always do the correct thing, it's true but in some way it gives you the ability to connect with the characters in a way that most books fail to do, although you know what he is doing is wrong you can understand and from an outside point of view and sympathise with his reasonings! And if I'm completely honest I probably wouldn't have done much different if given the tools he has and faced with the same situations!! That's not to say there are a few parts in the book that didn't annoy the hell out of me due to the stupidity of the main character, but I guess without it there wouldn't have been the fantastic story that is portrayed here!!

Overall anyone that is looking for a story full of adventure and with a dynamic plot full of twists and well conceived idea that isn't all "moral high ground" this is a really good place to start, and anyone that isn't sure, give it a crack, I did and don't regret it 1 bit!! Looking forward to the next in the series

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5 out of 5 stars
By Matt on 07-30-15

Dark, Gripping, Emotional and yet uncomplicated.

What made the experience of listening to The Mountains Rise the most enjoyable?

Michael G Manning captured the essence of the adolescent brilliantly. The writing was straightforward but at the same time managed to convey plenty of emotion.

The writing was also done in a show me rather than the descriptive manner in which many of the books I've read lately use. I very much believe that with strong characters this style of writing is perfectly balanced and leaves some things up to the readers imagination/interpretation. This leads me to the next point which is there wasn't needless pages of descriptive scene setting, you were given enough but the story was allowed to flow much better and at no point did i feel like any of the writing was used just to fill out pages.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Daniel as he is the star of the show although so many others were just as good. His growth from boy into the dark and sometimes terrible figure he became was excellent and kept me listening long after i should've being asleep.

Have you listened to any of Alex Wyndham’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No this is the first. I thought he was good, characterizations were diverse enough as to make it easy to distinguish each character. I look forward to him narrating the next book in the trilogy.

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

Many of the scenes in the book carried a real emotional weight. I don't want to spoil it for anyone so i won't say anymore than that.

Any additional comments?

Really glad i tried a new author. Lately i have been disappointed in many of the books I've started listening to but this one really grabbed and held my attention throughout. It's a dark story to be sure but i never felt it was needlessly twisted like some other dark fantasy books in recent memory. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-30-16

Dark and Beautiful. Crazy Good.

Loved it. Daniel's world is a complex one and definitely not what it first seems. it's a mix of the loss of innocence, tragedy, horror and oppression. Never saw it coming. It's so real though, and so raw, that's it's terribly addictable.

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