Book Reviews

Book Review : Mageborne: The God-stone War

The God-stone WarTL;DR:

In Mageborn: The God-Stone War, Michael G. Manning takes us deeper into Mordecai’s future. We learn a bit more about the world in this book, specifically the history of the world. The writing in the book still highlights that Mr. Manning has yet to seek the services of a serious editor. The book is rife with poor word choices and silly editorial mistakes. His characters do seem to have grown a bit in this book, but are still little more than horny teenagers. Despite all this, Manning’s inventive and admirable imagination does shine through in parts, but they felt much more sparse than in the previous books. Overall, the book felt drawn out and filled with unnecessary content to me. It was very reminiscent of book two in the series and it feels like the majority of this book was spent setting up for the events in book five of the series. I do not really recommend this book unless you’re an avid fan of the series and willing to put up with some slow dialogue and lots of filler content.

The Bad:

1. The fact that this book, and all its predecessors, have never seen the touch of a skilled editor really detracts from the reading experience. It has also really begun to grate on me personally.

2. I feel like Manning has tried to make his characters grow, but I  just don’t get it. They still come off to me as the horny teenagers from the first book. The only character I really feel like I’ve seen change is Penny. (Pun may or may not be intended.)

3. The casual writing style that attempts to straddle older language blended with modern language damages the overall story in my opinion.

4. The pacing of the story felt unnatural to me. There were parts that seemed slow, and then there were fast-paced parts that seemed to stretch on for great swathes of the book.

The Good:

1. We learn a bit more about the history of the world and the elder race, the She’har, specifically. These are some of the highlights of the story.

2. Like the books before it, this book is very easy to understand and digest. There isn’t much depth to the story, but it is enjoyable.

3. Manning’s concepts of magic and his fantasy world/the world’s history continue to impress and interest me.

The Meh:

1. As a whole, this book felt very meh to me. It wasn’t particularly bad, and it wasn’t particularly good. Not much has changed in regards to how the characters behave and the situations they find themselves in between the first book and the fourth book.

2. The ending felt forced and unnatural to me.

Synopsis:

Roughly seven years have passed and Mort has seen his power and list of allies grow. In these seven years he and his wife Penny have created three children of their own and adopted the child of another long dead arch mage, and they will both stop at nothing to protect them. The gods have torn the veil between their world and ours and their physical forms have all taken root in our world. They threaten Mordecai with war and the death of his people if he does not release their divine brother, Celior. But they are not the greatest threat to Mordecai and his family, the very embodiment of death seems to be stalking them.

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