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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 archmage...no 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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By Michael Wade on 31-03-18
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.
By Spirit Wandering on 29-05-16
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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Sydonie on 15-05-15
I Love Mordecai or Stupid Never Dies
This story works well, with Mordecai at the center. I'm almost at the 5th book and sad it MIGHT be the last one. I found this series by accident; I started reading the next book (which is a PREQUEL) and found that story to be unique. It's darker than this series. I truly enjoy the humor, realistic "traits" of characters (as I share Mordecais hatred of bright sunlight and mornings. I also like that he shows people arguing childishly as most arguments are. Still think the title of the Series should be "Stupid Never Dies"- great shirt motto too!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By david on 23-07-15
This series is far ranked up there with the wheel of time series in my own opinion. A must read series. Just wish the books were longer.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By Rachel Anne on 29-09-13
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
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Anonymous User on 20-07-19
this audiobook needs cleaning!
tekst like switching to the next cd and shameless advertisement in between the chapters are still there.
By JReed on 20-11-18
The narrator's voice
As usual, I love this narrator except for the way he portrays yelling or some women's voices.
By Nick on 13-11-18
I listen to these in my travels and they are great. I chose the chronological order. not sure if it was a mistake or not but I am very pleased with the books regardless
By thewilbirs on 28-08-18
The book cut out at end
the narrator and the story are both great but when they copying off the disk which is obvious and was poorly done that at you can't listen to the end because it cuts out with no warning
By Jared on 01-05-18
Would you try another book from Michael G. Manning and/or Todd McLaren?
This is the 2nd series of his books I have read and its the last.
What was most disappointing about Michael G. Manning’s story?
The weak and pathetic heroes/ characters.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Extreme disappointment. I read Embers of Illeniel, and this series is so disappointing i dont think ill be interested in any others of his books.
Any additional comments?
I know Embers of Illeniel, was wriiten after this series even though its in the future for them, but this series is soooo weak. I cant get over it. Embers of Illeniel has a strong and powerful main character, even though some of the stuff he did wasn't right....it still wasnt pathetic.
By HB on 31-03-18
Second time around!
This series is just as good the second time as it was the first. I love the characters, the narrator, and especially the story line. If I can't find a good book that I haven't listen to yet, Michael Manning never fails me.