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The Mountains Rise (Embers of Illeniel #1)

4.34  ·  Rating Details ·  1,728 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
From the dark depths of the past, comes the tale of the first wizard of Illeniel. Daniel Tennick lived simply, a young shepherd with few troubles and little to occupy his mind, until the warden appeared. Daniel’s power awakens, and he finds himself hunted by the servants of the cruel and uncaring forest gods. Trapped by his gift, Daniel will uncover the secrets of the deep ...more
Kindle Edition, 530 pages
Published June 28th 2014 (first published June 20th 2014)
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Xander I dont really see why, since it takes place several thousand years before the mageborn series. Although its basically Mordecai Illeniel telling the…moreI dont really see why, since it takes place several thousand years before the mageborn series. Although its basically Mordecai Illeniel telling the story to his kids, so you wouldn't really know who they are. I would recommend you read them though. Not only is it a great series, but it would give you a good foundation for the background, such as how the magic system works and stuff. Not that this book doesn't explain it aswell.(less)

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Jun 30, 2014 LazerWraith rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mageborn fans and those who like dark coming of age novels
Shelves: fantasy
Some books clearly indicate where they are going. After all, with so many fiction books being published these days, it is to be expected that similar storylines would run through most of them. Even Michael Manning's earlier books in the Mageborn series were fairly predictable, albeit with a slightly different (modern?) feel and an enjoyable focus on magical research.

But some books aren't like this. And this was one of the that kind.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this only because the story i
May 13, 2015 Ojo rated it really liked it
One of my best reads this year, I think. The story was refreshingly unique.
The story was quite different from what I expected from a book titled 'The Mountains Rise'. I expected some sort of heroic tale of epic proportions, involving plenty of magic, damsels in distress and a darkmage. I got something even better, but quite different.
The main character gradually develops with the progress of the plot. At the beginning of the book, we see a fifteen year old boy with serious psychological proble
Oct 12, 2015 AndyS rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Very impressed with this book and will recommend to others.

Besides the magic and stuff a lot about love, feelings. reactions.

The writing is very good.

Reading level about high-school age not complex. Yet sophisticated phrasing.

Adult sexual situations very tastefully handled. Alluded to sexual activity but nothing explicit.

Subtle lessons can be learned in this book about morals.

Feb 24, 2016 Hashim rated it really liked it
For some reason I'm having a harder time than usual trying to put my thoughts into words for this review, but I'll just say this: This book is great, like 4.5* great! The story and the characters are really well thought out, and the actions scenes are nothing short of awesome. Take my word for it, read this book, because the second one only gets better.
Oct 30, 2016 Reiji rated it liked it
Got an audio book, Alex Wyndham's voice was a big factor in me liking this book.
It has some nice moments and concepts but overall it feels like an R rated version of Battlefield Earth movie(with many of the same problems)It also has a storyteller as a framing device, a storyteller who seems afraid that we will be bored with whatever is going on and stop reading so he feels compelled to constantly give hints about greater things to come mixed with comically serious case of TMI for his kids.It kil
Oct 21, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it
Forget where I picked this up I understand it is a sort of prequel to some other series but I've not read it and it didn't seem to matter.

The start was a bit ropey and I found myself hating the main character a bit for a while he was just whiney bully but things picked up when he left the village.

I like the ideas here the tree people were interesting their society where they are essentially born as adults with all the necessary knowledge ready to go making them unable to understand humans and ho
Dawn Rigby
Sep 16, 2016 Dawn Rigby rated it really liked it
I read the reviews which said " I couldn't put it down" and took them with a pinch of salt. I've read reviews like that before, but honestly, I couldn't. Very well written, it makes such a difference. Very different and refreshing. I would highly recommend.
Dec 04, 2014 Robert rated it did not like it
Had to give up on this one at about the 25% mark

I hadn't read a Michael G Manning book before, and was wary about proceeding because of some of the negative things I had read about his Mageborn books. However, this one had more positive reviews.

All I can say is, how bad must Mageborn be if the response to this is positive!

It is written in such a childish manner, whilst tackling very adult content. However, the character's responses to the very serious issues that come up are totally not believab
Alia Capodici
Jul 18, 2014 Alia Capodici rated it it was amazing
An absolutely stunning read!

After reading Manning's Mageborn series I was able to understand a lot more of this book than if I picked this one up first. So first I recommend reading the five book Mageborn series beforehand. This book takes place around 200 years before that series takes place and it's a huge eye opener about the mysterious race of beings that ruled humans at that time (the truth of them is awesome and really makes everything to do with these beings make sense) and luckily it's n
Will Bayley
Sep 15, 2015 Will Bayley rated it really liked it
This, the first in Manning's Illenial series, is a hell of a book. it's difficult to say too much without spoiling it, but I can say it's a very original world he's built, part fantasy and part SF, although it reads wholly like a fantasy.

It's a dark book, which is refreshing in that it's unflinching and its darkness is a very necessary part in building the world and the relationship between two races. Very much an adult book and all the more involving for it. Some quite punchy emotional and mora
Jun 21, 2015 Angella rated it really liked it
in this series the hero is more your average human with good and bad sometimes more unbalanced either way. I always pondered what would I do if I woke one day with super powers and let's face the truth we all would be selfish at first. if we could control minds we would sleep with whom ever we found attractive or get a banker to empty the vault for a charitable donation, if we could turn invisible we would most likely spy on loved one or get up to dirty deeds. the truth of our nature is to ...more
Hugh Myron
Feb 26, 2016 Hugh Myron rated it it was amazing

Best read of 2016, hands down. What a refreshing fantasy read. I have been tearing through some serious trite and true fantasy with corny writing and disappointing fillers. I went from Tara Woodblade with the most cringeworthy lovestory to this depiction of an alpha, womanizing male who took what he wanted.

I read the entire story with my dick in my hand wanting more. Must have fapped 35.0+ times throughout the story.

Having said that, this is a story for grown men and
Aug 23, 2016 Mike rated it it was amazing
I often wonder if I imagine the magic as the author intended, yet within this series it's clearly explained and adds to the joy of this book. Although I suffered a troubled life in my youth this book captured Scenes from which I too have experience for this reason I'll always remember this series. These scenes are well researched and or experienced by the author as his writing is well written.

I instantly read the whole series and loved it all the way and with a good ending, although I'm not a fa
Aug 15, 2016 Reg rated it liked it
In a rustic village, Daniel, a teenage boy, discovers he has kewl powers (TM), and, after an unfortunate experience, uses those powers for what teenage powers boys need kewl powers for... When he finally feels bad about it, he runs away to he deep forest to find justice at the hands of the forest gods(view spoiler).

The story is narrated through the frame o
Riki Strydom
Jul 09, 2014 Riki Strydom rated it it was amazing
Wow what an absolutely brilliant book. Michael G Manning has such an engrossing way of telling a story and making you feel part of the characters. I was really sceptical and a little (okay a lot) worried when I read that this was going to be a darker novel compared to his previous series. Boy was I wrong! Yes it is dark but in a good way.

I would not say you have to read the Mageborn series to follow this, but just read it because it is awesome! Read it now!

This book and series is essentially a
Apr 22, 2016 Tammy rated it really liked it
4.7 stars.
I don't know where to begin because the book has so many things in just one story but don't get me wrong Michael G Manning has everything under control. There was a twist that complicated the plots and it was kind of hard to understand at first. Well, it wasn't hard to grab the idea but to fully understand the fundamental of the story took time. Anyway the princess's bride style narrating helped though sometimes too revealing in all the messages but so far it was a good choice. There w
Timothy Chavez
Dec 17, 2014 Timothy Chavez rated it liked it
This book was a fast read and it had me intrigued for the most part. Three things that really bugged me about this book are as follows:

1) Why not capture wildling "baratts" instead of slaying them indiscriminately? The She'Har could have probed them to their hearts content and put them in the arena to the same effect as sending wardens out to kill them. Shoot, why even allow a wildling population of humans to even exist?

2) The magic was simply way too simple for Daniel to figure out and use.

3) T
Jul 23, 2015 Ann rated it really liked it
Not sure what to think of this book. I liked the main character well enough, however the beings remind me of aliens, however, very boring, and one dimensional aliens. Although, the author did a very good job of explaining the race, and why they have lack of emotion. Although, you don't really get to see much of the city itself, and the people. All you see is Daniel the main character, having some influence on that women or whatever she is supposed to be. So that's why I gave this book for stars. ...more
Feb 11, 2016 Josh rated it really liked it
Really like aspects of this. Trees are ancestors. Magic is intertwined with genetics and a post-apocalyptic earth and an advanced alien race. I like that this race is neither evil nor beneficent.

The magic is explained slightly. It seems like an iceberg though where we can see just the tip of a potentially massive magic system.

The action scenes drag on. There's a series of fights that don't push the plot forward or reveal any great extra depth. I feel like there is a better way to pass that tim
Fantasy  Gifts
Nov 09, 2014 Fantasy Gifts rated it really liked it
I waited a bit to read this book because of my love for the last series of books. I wasn't quite sure what I expected from a prequel. I needn't have worried. The book had the same great attention to characters and fast paced action that I'd come to expect. I enjoyed the book so much, I didn't put my kindle down until I was at the end. It was clever how the story was told from the point of view of a character we already knew from the first books. I enjoyed watching the evolution of the main ...more
Connie Fogg-Bouchard
Jun 12, 2016 Connie Fogg-Bouchard rated it it was amazing
anger in a peaceful heart

what happens to Daniel opens the floodgates of trauma and magic that will have repercussions for many years. his anger and pain will scar his home town and leaving, while the correct decision, makes everything seem so hopeless. being a slave, now called Tyrion, he is suddenly aware that he is incredibly different. and so very, very enraged.

Mortecai's ancestor is brought to life so well in this superb 1st part of the founding of the Illieniel line. it's not all pretty but
Cliff Wichmann
Apr 24, 2016 Cliff Wichmann rated it really liked it
Great expansion to an already enchanting tale

This is the second time I have read this book and the series before and I will likely read it a few more times.

The story has elements I haven't seen since reading Margret Wise and Tracey Hickman's tale of Haplo.

Daniel is a character that reminds us of how easy it is to be terrible. How easy it is to be corrupted by life.

It also has great lessons of honor, definitions of love and parenthood.

Great novel Michael (if you even see these reviews). Looking t
Sa'id Cortijo
Aug 31, 2016 Sa'id Cortijo rated it it was amazing
this book is truly so good that i do not know what to say. the only downfall to me is the lameness of Kat. she wore on me the entire story. her role is dumb and i grew tired of it before the story even started. aside from that this book was awesome. i would give it 4.5 but you can't so by default it get the 5 chief.
Stephen Tamatoa
Dec 07, 2014 Stephen Tamatoa rated it really liked it
A darker work than the others by this author and, for me, a much more interesting one. Overall it's very enjoyable.
This is my favourite from the author and I hope it is indicative of his direction in the future.
Elena Newton
Feb 10, 2016 Elena Newton rated it it was amazing
I loved this, Michael's second series of Mageborn books - exceptional writing, and he really writes for adults. I enjoyed the Mageborn series, but this is so much more complex and while heartbreaking, it's also beautiful...
Jul 12, 2014 Tom rated it it was amazing
manning books are so easy to read. I pick them up and I'm hooked after first ten pages not many authors can do that for me. pretty much just him and gemmell. love the way it uses mordecai and his kids in this one
Joseph Vanucchi
Oct 20, 2015 Joseph Vanucchi rated it it was amazing

This book was so hard to put down that I am now late for work. Didn't see much of anything that was inappropriate; was his first trilogy a child's compilation or something? Purchased the second book immediately and after work will probably start reading, again.
Nov 18, 2015 Baz rated it really liked it
this is more of a 3.75/5
Good, but weird, but still alright book.
I think the second book shall be better.
Dec 30, 2014 Lynne rated it it was amazing
Michael Manning is probably one of the best fantasy writers I've read in quite a long while. This prequel to the Mageborn series was the best yet.
Peter Dyke
Nov 26, 2014 Peter Dyke rated it it was amazing
A welcome change of pace and perspective from the Mageborn writer as this book focuses on more adult themes than the main series. Brilliant start and can't wait to read the next book in 2015
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Michael Manning was born in Cleveland, Texas and spent his formative years there, reading fantasy and science fiction, concocting home grown experiments in his backyard, and generally avoiding schoolwork.

Eventually he went to college, starting at Sam Houston State University, where his love of beer blossomed and his obsession with playing role-playing games led him to what he calls 'his best year
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“You cry over a lost lamb, or a chicken, or a man dying, but it’s all the same. None of them want to die. The only difference is love and necessity. I kill chickens to eat, because I have to. I’ve learned not to cry over it. I cried for Blue because I loved him, not because a dog is somehow better than a chicken.” She pointed at the warden’s body. “I did not love that man at all, and we killed him out of necessity. I’ll cry no more over him than I would a chicken.” 1 likes
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