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Mageborn

(The Hollow King #1)

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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  91 reviews
A dark and addictive fantasy read for fans of Graceling and Sarah J. Maas. The life of an orphan soldier becomes entwined with that of the mysterious heir to the throne, whose very presence draws out the secret magic living inside her: a magic that breaks every law she is duty-bound to uphold…

The room is small and dark. Row upon row of jars line the shelves, each one
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Kindle Edition, 303 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Bookouture
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Ari
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
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Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

There's a hint of danger in hyping up a new book by putting it in the same category as other books with a big fan base. I understand why it's done, but you build up so much of it for the reader before they've even begun, that if the book does not match expectations—and often it does not—it's a swift disappointment.

I won't say that Mageborn disappointed me—and that's in part because I
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Melanie (mells_view)
When you chased monsters they tended to notice. They chased you back.

Mageborn was a pretty good read. My very first from this author. It’s fantasy read set in a magical medieval feeling world. There’s an ailing king, some magical mythology, and sort of a corrupt royal agenda.

I enjoyed the main plot of the story. And I liked most of the characters. These people who sort of edge the line of good and evil. Honestly most of the characters in this book do bad things, but they also have somewhat good
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Andi
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
This book is a crime.

It needs an editor, a plot, and by god, a lack of romance.
Petra Dimitrova
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
*THANK YOU to Bookouture for graciously providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

That magical extravaganza on the beautiful cover made me stop ,and look more thorough at the synopsis....and after that i was hitting the request buttoon in an instant.
In the aftermath of the Last Great War,that happened long ago, now every mageborn(those born with an ancient and now outlawed magic) should surrender their magical abilities to the Crown,or be destroyed.
Here steps in one of our main
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Andi
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle
This book is a crime to fantasy fiction.

I read the summary and I was wary. When people compare a book to another book, it not only seems a bit desperate but gives a bit of false advertisement because you're expecting something with the same gravitas.

This book not only failed to live up to the expectations of 'Graceling' and 'Sarah J. Maas' but needs an editor, a plot, and by god a lack of a love interest.

An editor:

This book had too many strange metaphors and or odd repetitive phrases. If I had
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Faultsareus
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thankyou for approving me on netgalley for an honest review.

"Bastien: 'Apotheosis isn’t worth it if you lose what matters.’
Grace: Apotheosis.Trust him to find a big word she didn’t understand."
Well I agree with Grace on that one I had to look up the word myself!

#BookReview: #Mageborn by #JessicaThorne
Grace is an orphan sold to the crown who has been trained as an elite soldier to track down Mageborns– those who are born with forbidden magic– and destroy them if they dont surrender and serve the
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Nicole
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this novel from net galley and the publisher. Thank you! All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This novel was a great read! Magic and mayhem go hand in hand, beginning with a war hundreds of years ago and a boy who wanted to save his people made a deal. Power is everything and there are those who steal it for nefarious purposes. Grace Marchant had her powers stolen from her as a child and lost her memories as a result. However, she powers seem to be returning and she needs to keep them
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Shelley
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Fantasy / Romance
*Rating* 3.5-4

*Thoughts*

Mageborn is the first installment in author Jessica Thorne's The Hollow King series. This story actually has two main characters which the author alternates her story with: Lieutenant Grace Marchant and Bastien Larelwynn. Grace was apparently dumped off at the Academy when she was a child after having her magic, called Flint (Firestarter), ripped out of her. Grace and her squad (Daniel, Ellyn, Kai) are trained to track down wild
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Lu
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

Grace Marchant is a soldier, trained to track down wild Mageborn, those who possess dangerous magic, who refused to submit to the Crown. In a world where Mageborn are forced to obey to the Crown, collared and used by It, Grace struggles to keep her secret magic hidden. Helped by her team, Ellyn, Daniel and Kai, Grace fights for the Crown, trying not to question her loyalty, but when Kai's magic turns itself on him and his fate
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Laura ☾
*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review *
3 stars

Grace, an orphan, is part of an elite corps of soldiers, fights corrupt or hollow Mageborn..Bastien is seneschal to the Mageborn, as well as the King's cousin, monitors Mageborn, punishes those who will not submit to the crown.

Overall, this was an alright read. It's engaging, slowly introducing the world initially. But overall, the plot (or lack thereof to fuel the romance aspect) leaves a
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Raquel
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an electronic version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was such an enjoyable read! The magic system was really interesting - I haven't read any other books with quite the same concept, where one incredibly strong magic-wielder is charged with protecting and strengthening the regular ones.

I really enjoyed the depth of the two main characters. Thorne clearly wrote them with much thought and research to make them so complex. The
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Hina
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves a dark fantasy with romance <3
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There are no words to describe how awesome this book is...BUT LET'S USE SOME WORDS TO DESCRIBE IT ANYWAYSSSSS. Maybe some Gifs here and there!

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Carola Zacarías
The first thing that caught my attention from the book was the wonderful cover, it was love at first sight. Mageborn is the first book in the series The Hollow King, a book that is full of magic from its impressive and compelling prologue to its magnificent finale. an ending that will make you want to read his second part as soon as possible.

It is an admirable story, dazzling and very addictive, full of magic, secrets, revenge and truths that will come out and make you want to know more.

The only
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Cassie Quach
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I mean, wow! Okay, this review might be a long one so i'll say my overall thoughts first! Also, thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an ARC!

For me, this book was a wonder. The story was quite standout and the concepts were so well thought out. The magic is complex, fun, and interesting! The storyline is threaded with love, loss, betrayal (oh the betrayal!), as well as various types of relationships (lovers, siblings, comrades, superior/inferiors, friends, etc). It was all
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How much you enjoy this will likely be equal to how much romance you want in your YA fantasy. If you want the plot to be completely subjugated to the romance, to the point where everything that is said or done is to create those romantic tingly moments, then hey, this is your book. If, on the other hand, you want an organic plot with believable characters who act logically and in a world that makes sense - well, just
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Hayley Knowles
After reading the synopsis and falling in love with the cover I requested a copy to read for myself.

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for providing me a copy for an honest review.

This story follows an orphaned soldier named Grace who tracks down rogue ‘Mageborns’. Grace has doubts about the law that tracks down Mageborns, that sees them collared to harness their powers and some are even handed over to the king’s cousin the Lord of Thorns. Being a soldier of the Academy comes first and she
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Silke
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-2020
The first thing that drew me in with Mageborn was the cover. It has such a beautiful cover that actually gave me Beauty and the Beast vibes. (and before anybody gets really disappointed, the book has nothing in common with the well-known fairy-tale.) But I was really hooked when I saw the book being compared with Sarah J. Maas her series. A dangerous game to play for a publisher, because let’s be honest Miss Maas is a legend in her segment of the market. You set the bar really high when you ...more
Bespectacled Petal
Mageborn is the first book of the Hollow King series. Grace has no idea where she came from before she landed in the Academy to be trained as a soldier for the royal family. Her job is to find people who use magic without surrendering to the family and imprison them. They are carried down to the workshop of the King's cousin, the Lord of Thorns, Bastien Larelwynn but nobody knows what happens to them there. One day, her closest friend himself has to be treated by the Lord of Thorns and Grace ...more
Shalini
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Quite a fun read it with two main characters who were initially antagonists until they found a common foe who was taking advantage of the magical situation.

Grace Marchant had had her magic drained off in her childhood, and all she remembered was being left on the doorstep of the Academy from where she trained to become a great commander who would hunt down Mageborn, people having magic so that magic could be leeched or made to bow down.

Bastien was the cousin to the king who drained the
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Yvonne
Jan 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF.

The writing in this book is just bad. Here's the opening line:
Ripples and waves of light danced on the roof of the cave, the churning maelstrom of the flowing pool beneath reflected on the centuries-old rock worn smooth by the passage of time and water.

This book tries really hard to be descriptive by throwing in lots of adjectives, adverbs, and by abusing the thesaurus, and yet I had a hard time picturing anything happening or what any of the characters looked like on the pages I read.
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Tammy
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, wow, wow!

The Mageborn (those born with magic) are in danger. The Lord of Thornes demands they pay their day of homage and some have never disappeared.

Grace is tasked with the mission of locating the Mageborn gone rogue and to find out about the recent spike of killed Mageborns with mysteriously burned marks on their hands, when she comes across the infamous Lord of the Thornes, Bastien. Bastien's magic is the strongest of them all and heir to the throne even though laws forbid a Mageborn
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ClaireJ
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Bookouture and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

First of all, I absolutely loved the cover to this book. This is what caught my attention and made me want to read this book.

Mageborn is the first book of the Hollow King series and it is about an orphan called Grace who is a trained soldier and has to find Mageborns (people with magic) and take them to Bastien Larelwynn who is known as the Lord of Thorns and has a reputation of being dangerous
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Tams
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for providing me with an eARC of this book for review.

You know when you start a book and it immediately grabs you, and then when you’re not reading it, you keep thinking about it? That was Mageborn for me.

I really enjoyed the magical systems and mythology behind the Maegen and The Hollow King.

Grace is just awesome because she’s a somewhat taciturn control-freak who is actually a softie deep down - I can totally identify with that! Bastien gives me slight
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Zenobia
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my goodness! What a ride this book was. I'm so happy with the way it worked out. It did start out a bit poorly, there were moments which dragged on and that made me feel that the story wasn't going anywhere. But then the pace picked up! I couldn't put this down and when I did my mind always wandered back to Grace and Bastien. The world building was brilliant. The writing is beautiful. The descriptions were detailed and helped me get absorbed into the world of Mageborn. Really looking forward ...more
Zenobia
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh my goodness! What a ride this book was. I'm so happy with the way it worked out. It did start out a bit poorly, there were moments which dragged on and that made me feel that the story wasn't going anywhere. But then the pace picked up! I couldn't put this down and when I did my mind always wandered back to Grace and Bastien. The world building was brilliant. The writing is beautiful. The descriptions were detailed and helped me get absorbed into the world of Mageborn. Really looking forward ...more
Sarah M
Jan 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020
Got to read this as an E-ARC via Netgalley. Thank you to the publishers, Bookouture, for the opportunity. All opinions are my own.

Thorne's novel seems is like your standard late 2010s young adult fantasy story where we follow a group of people part of a, more or less, secretive organisation opposing the ruling class/ruler - in this case a queen who both oppressed mageborns (people with magic) and, as far as I understood it, also steals magic from said oppressed group of individuals. On top of
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Helen Wawrejko
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Their magic is stolen. Burned hands on them all at death. Grace has burned hands, but lives. Now a "hunter" of mageborns gone mad, Grace is given the files of the dead mages from her Academy superior. This leads her to the palace and Bastien, the Lord of Thorns. Stolen magic, a deadly secret, and 2 people who will bring each other back as the secret is unraveled. Good thriller. I did not see the twisty coming. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book from Netgalley.
Sónia
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this!!
The world-building is really good and Bastien is such an intriguing character! Grace is a great main character, reliable and dependable. She's also stubborn but surprisingly open-minded considering the rules she must follow.
I'd say my main criticism about this book is that the plot moved very slowly and more action could have take place way earlier in the book.
The plot twist at the end was
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Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahhh a Hunchback of Notre Dame retelling with a magical twist? YES PLEASE

This book was so damn captivating I simultaneously wanted to power through it but didn't want it to end

I am utterly enamoured with Bastien he is dark and dangerous and mysterious and compassionate and sensitive and strong and definitely not real but DAMN HE'S WONDERFUL

Our other protagonist Grace is fucking brilliant I wanted to screech THIS GIRL IS ON FIRRRREEEE several times in the book for her theme song she's
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Jessica Thorne watched far too much sci-fi and read far too much fantasy at an impressionable age. And it was awesome. She writes fantasy and sci-fi romance with a steampunk edge and just refuses to face reality.
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