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The God-Stone War

(Mageborn #4)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  5,412 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Seven years have passed since Mordecai’s battle with the Shining God, Celior, and since that time his control of his abilities has vastly improved. He has at last envisioned a use for the ‘God-Stone’, but the gods want vengeance and now seek to destroy everything he has built. The secrets of the past threaten the future of his kingdom, his family, and perhaps humanity itse ...more
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Published (first published April 27th 2013)
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El Guapo
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I can't wait for this book to come out! I'm rating it a Five star because I can't give it a Six. Plus I'm rating it prior to the book being published because I know it'll be that
Dec 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Whereas the previous books really gripped me and were well put together I felt this one was a bit out of sorts compared to the others. The huge jumps in time might have been part of why I felt less emotionally involved in this story but the main flaw for me was the pacing of this book. Overall there was a slow pace at which it got annoying at points to read about the inner turmoils of the main character and then when action did come it felt rushed. On top of all that the book had quite an open e ...more
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
This series just keeps getting better. Flew threw this book in 3 hours (I read rather voraciously). I really like the way the author treats his version of magic, and the rules for his universe. Since it is so different than what most people read for standard sci-fi, the rules make me think and always seem to surprise me. I like the characters and I think I like the bad characters as well, mostly because they aren't fitting into predetermined molds of what I expect. I wish there was more "other s ...more
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Certainly not as good as the previous ones. Eventhough I really enjoy Mordecai's wit, his trades with his lady-warrior and the relationship with his people, the rest of the book felt "wrong".

Spoilers ahead!

Seriously, a lot of spoilers!

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Jul 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As expected, Manning weaves a convoluted tapestry of narrative that is infinitely appealing. This entry in the mageborn series illustrates how the unassuming proses aided readers in delving into the story. No barriers of vocabulary, metaphors or grammar to interfere with comprehension.
This book made me realise the value of simple, plain and forthright storytelling. It still irks me sometimes that he uses contemporary metaphors, swear-words and description. It forces me to engage my imagination t
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fanatsy
Spoiler warning

Just finished reading it thought it was kinda rushed at the end, but after the epilogue it turns out there's another book to the series called redemption. Wonder if Matthew the counts first son will also carry the doom/promise? The battle with Timmy was way to short. The idea of spell weaving makes me think of the wheel of time. The score in the end one dark God left one shining God hiding two captured and one outstanding. It's will be interesting to see where everything goes from
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Seven years have passed since Mordecai's battle with the Shining God, Celior, and since that time his control of his abilities has vastly improved. He has at last envisioned a use for the 'God-Stone', but the gods want vengeance and now seek to destroy everything he has built. The secrets of the past threaten the future of his kingdom, his family, and perhaps humanity itself, unless Mordecai can discover the meaning of 'Illeniel's Doom'. How far will a desperate wizard go to protect his children ...more
Josh B
Feb 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fantasy-epic
Decent epic fantasy series. A lot of the usual tropes, but with enough surprises to keep things fresh. Interesting take on religion in the world building (even the 'Good' gods are not particularly good - the main character spends most of his time fighting 'good' gods). Stretches the genre norms a tad, but does not really break out of them. Magic system has both direct magic and enchantment (item based magic). I tend to like enchantment a bit more as the author is slightly less likely to do the w ...more
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow ! WOW !!

What to say ? This series just gets better and better.

As for the cliffhanger, (the reason why I didn't read this book until I had the following one), I've been waiting for it since I first read that there was one. I cannot honestly say that I knew what would happen but I was waiting for such an ending (something along those lines anyway). Mr Manning did not disappoint me.

May I say that I had my "crying" moments ? Ah (view spoiler), I already miss you :(

On my wa
Zurlo Enrico
Feb 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4 stars would be my real vote, but i give it 5 anyway to award the positive trend of quality in the serie. The are still some problems from the previous books, but i've to admit that the good points keep increasing and they outshine the few bad things that bothered me before.
I think the best part of it is how the author conveys a light atmosphere typical of YA novels and then in a moment the plot takes a dark turn leaving you happily (at least in my case) surprised about the unexpected realism.
Scott Wozniak
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great story. The plot moves quickly and there's subtle, clever developments that blossom to a truly powerful ending. The characters have matured, with honest flaws and believable motivations. And the magic system is more nuanced and shapes the story more significantly. And the way all of this is written is with tighter language--few cliches and hardly any wasted paragraphs.

This story shows that the author has really matured with each additional book release. I can't wait for the final
Steve Markham
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For £3.35 I can't complain. I pre-ordered this book and it even arrived earlier than I thought it might.
I wasn't quite sure where this series was going and in fact thought that it was quite good at three and perhaps could have been left at that length. However...
What a forth instalment to the series. Wonderful plot and good twists and turns at every corner. As for the ending?
What can I say! A wonderful way to end it and I already want to read book five. I can't recommend highly enough. A must re
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Another really enjoyable read in the series.The interaction between Mordecai and his family in this one was really funny and heart-warming.His kids are cute as can be and all of the family hijinks rang true to life.I like that Michael Manning can give you laughs,action,and a interesting story that keeps you involved as a reader.Some might say this is smaller scale fantasy but in my opinion it is fantasy done right.
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is truly a great series! The editing was better on this one. Still some punctuation issues but not as noticeable. He really fleshes out his characters. They are easy to relate to. This one even made me teary eyed a couple of times. The cliffhanger ended made me mad which is exactly what it's supposed to do. Always leave them wanting more. Well I personally can't wait for number 5!
M.L.S. Weech
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sort of a love/hate relationship with this book. It's what I was waiting for. It was good (though the beginning was exposition heavy). But it's delivery on a much-awaitied climax was teasingly short. So glad I can jump straight to the next one. A full review of this book is to come on my blog (these are more like notes to myself) at some point.
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
I really enjoyed this book. It had been a while since I read the other books in this series, but the author did a good job of catching me up. All of the characters are well drawn out and I found it easy to identify with them. Really can't wait for the next book in this series!
Sep 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Thought he would finish with this one, and it seemed to be leading to that but twisted off at the end. Found time a problem in this one, as sometimes you would find a year had passed.
Like the ripostes between Mort and his family and friends
Anoop Menon
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
wish the gods in the books were delved a little more deeper... or it might be explained further in the next instalment.. waiting to read the next book. this one left me wanting for more and did not want the story to end.
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow, awesome! So much action in this book, and yet still a lot of humor and love and insight to their world. Possibly the best book of the series since the excitement of the first book. The ending is definitely unexpected... wow. Can't wait for the next book! I love this series.
Chris Drew
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book a whole lot!! My one criticism is that the end did feel a little rushed. Left me reeling. Nevertheless still one of the best fantasy reads with a novel and intriguing system of magic!
Carol Everson
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Didn't see that coming

Just when I thought Mordecai and Penny with Dorian with Lady Rose were getting over the latest battle with the God's. To have him finally learning the truths leads to him being so changed. So glad this whole story is out. Got the next bk. Been a great read.
Freddy Fly
Jul 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thought it started a bit slow but once it got going it was hare to leave down. Looking forward to next one
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
it's good and make me curious for next book.
Danielle Vandehaar
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
He better be able to fix this in the next book!!!
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved it , but the ending left me feeling very uneasy - i cannot wait for the next book.
Carly Kirk
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This series is a rollercoaster ride of emotions... I really hope that the next book is actually the final one in the series because I don't think I can take much more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
The irreverence and modern day dialog make the series more entertaining than perhaps the story .
Jeffrey A. Dewey
A growing saga!

The twists and turns just keep coming. The demise of a friend. The ending with gods. Will the Dragon be the hero needed for Mort? Can't wait for the next book.
Steven Brown
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A strong addition to the series that might push the series past a one-time read for some readers.

Where's the first couple books I found to be a a bit weak the third and the fourth book of the series have a stronger story and better plot. By this evening first couple books there was nothing really surprising and it did come off as a wish fulfillment story. While the hero is still overpowered so are his enemies and the twist left me wanting to get to the next book.

Michael G Manning has made a char
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
Another worth-while entry into Manning's Ode to Gary Stu, Mordecai Illennial. It's a third book's third book. Lots of action but very little resolution, so maybe I'm even rounding this up half a star to 4 when it should really be 3.5. There's set up for the rest of the series, but it's half-assed at best. That said, what shines is not necessarily any sort of clever plotting or elegant dialogue. Let's face it-- any author that uses "susurration" more than once per novel should be fined. But wow, ...more
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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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