Mageborn: The Blacksmith’s Son by Michael G. Manning is fun read. The story and characters don’t have much depth or intrigue to them, but they are written well enough that they both remain interesting throughout the entire novel. It feels a little like the author took a generic fantasy template and put some of his own twists on it in such a way that he made the story ‘his’. If you can look past the weak editing and informal narration, I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre.
1.The author muddles the language of the story great deal too much for me. The majority of the book is filled with older/fantasy appropriate language choices. However, on semi-regular occasion the author will throw in a very clearly modern phrase that just struck me as incredibly inappropriate for the rest of the book’s voice.
2. The author changes the tone of the story regularly and I found it a bit jarring. The voice of the story will regularly shift from “serious fantasy novel narration” to “horny teenager”.
3. There are some messy editorial mistakes that should have been cleaned up. I can’t think of many but the ones I can think of would have been caught by spell check or a quick once over of the book.
1. Chapter prefaces. Each chapter begins with an excerpt from another book titled The Nature of Faith and Magic. Each of these excerpts divulge information about the mechanics of the world and how specific types of magic function within the world. I really enjoyed these as I felt like they gave me a better grasp of what exactly was going on in the book.
2. The story. While not terribly original, it is developed well enough that it remains interesting and engaging through the entire novel.
3. The characters. Again, while not terribly original or deep, they are likable and you wanted to see them succeed.
4. Overall the book was a fun and easy to follow read.
1. I could have done without the overly horny teenager comments and the main characters frequent assertions that he is witty or clever.
Mordecai, known as Mort to his friends, discovers that he is a mage. The story follows him as he learns to understand his newly discovered magical powers. We get to watch as Mort finds love in a childhood friend, battles an evil wizard, and comes to understand the politics of nobility.