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Mageborn

Narrated by: Matt Addis
Series: The Age of Dread, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
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Summary

It's been 10 years since the Battlemage War, where thousands died as mages sundered the earth and split the sky. 

Habreel believes eradicating magic is the only way to ensure a lasting peace. He will do anything to achieve his goal, even if it means murdering every child born with the ability. As deaths involving magic increase and the seat of magical learning - the Red Tower - falls under suspicion, two students and one lawbringer must do everything they can to combat Habreel and his followers before magic disappears from the world for good. 

©2017 Stephen Aryan (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group
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A change of pace

What did you like most about Mageborn?

I unashamedly enjoyed Battle, Blood and Chaos so I snatched this up directly. I enjoyed getting to now the old characters like Choss and Tammy again now that they have grown up a bit.

What did you like best about this story?

It feels a bit more mature, tackling propaganda and fake news in a fantasy environment - it is very relevant to the actual world!

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

Matt Addis is one of my favorite narrators and this is another solid performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There are a few 'sacrifice for the greater good' moments but it's not a tear-jerker, it's a swords and magic fantasy thriller!

Any additional comments?

Whilst the last trilogy was three self-contained stories, this felt like a set-up for a three-part tale. A change in pace but an improvement in writing style and story / character development from the author, I liked it though, looking forward to the next installment already!

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A great way to pass time

Really enjoying this series of books, they are well read by the narrator and have helped me pass the time on long car journeys.

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Persevere, its worth it

I struggled with this first book as it was a very slow start and was hard to relate to any of the characters. So much so, I almost gave up. However, I am glad I did not as I am now on book 2 and enjoying it immensely.

The trilogy starts off ten years after the battlemage war. A Sancuary, the Red Tower, takes in the young and teaches them how to manage their magic and trains them to become future mages. However, Hebreel pops up again from the previous series to try and eradicate all magic in order to preserve peace. His mistake is to join with Akosh, whose goals do not match those of Hebreel. From there, it does not go well for Hebreel.

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  • Steve
  • 22-11-18

This is the book that...

Should have followed Battlemage. Seriously. I thought that series lost its way at book 2 & concluded ok with 3.

But in this book, we get all our favorite characters, and some new interesting ones. It’s great. Look forward to reading the next.

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  • Jason Gervia
  • 16-03-18

Feels like a middle book

Lots of setup but not a lot of resolution. I like the world that he’s created but found myself getting bored at the end of the book. Needed better pacing/editing.

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  • Drksd6ix
  • 22-04-19

Slow start - did not catch my interest

No setup - bounces from one set of characters to another as each chapter starts. Author seems impressed with his story telling. Pretentious and dark. Voice actor was very good. Life is too short for me to stick with a book that hasn’t grabbed me by the fourth chapter. This series is a pass for me. Disappointing.