I waited until the book was finished before writing this foreword. Now I find it difficult to encapsulate the book in a short summary, but I felt the need to forewarn you, The Reader. Many of you have probably read my previous series, Mageborn, which is set two millennia after the events in this book, so you may have some misconceptions about what you’ll find here.
Unlike Mageborn, this story encounters more adult issues. The main character does not always do the ‘right’ thing, and in fact, cannot be called a hero. Events conspire to darken his future and twist his morality, but his choices are his own. Most importantly, the story delves into some topics of a sensitive nature, particularly sexual abuse and violence, though there is nothing graphic in the telling.
I didn’t set out to write a book about those things, but they came up as part of the course of this tale, and I couldn’t avoid them. Before allowing some of the situations in this book, before writing them, I sought advice from a number of friends; people who have confided in me over the years. Several of them have been through experiences that correlate to a surprising degree with some of the darker elements within this tale.
Fortunately, they had much better outcomes, and in fact, I doubt any of them would condone the choices that the main character in this story makes. My main purpose in writing this foreword is to make sure that my audience understands that I don’t take the subject matter lightly.
- Michael G. Manning
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By Simon on 07-08-18
Can These Embers Grow To An Inferno?
What an excellent start to a series. I was intrigued by the author's "warning" so decided to give it a go. I think he overdoes it a bit and this is far from the darkest fantasy I have read but yes this is no soft wizards and elves story. It does contain some very adult themes and as the adolescent Daniel tries to come to grips with all the normal challenges of teenage life he's also getting to grips with some rather disturbing abilities. It develops extremely well as Daniel's naive and blase approach to what he can do leaves him open to accusations and he begins to grow mentally and develop and lose empathy in equal measure. There is one excellent moment when the coldly logical alien mindset of another race forces him to confront the true meaning of some of his actions.
The story builds things very nicely but in these kinds of coming of age tales the acid test is whether the author can maintain his story's qualities once their lead has done his initial growing. If Manning does this and keeps its throught-provoking and challenging nature in the remaining books then it will be a pretty hot series!
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By John on 03-10-15
Been a long time
It's been a long time since I've been so captivated by a story! It's nice to fined a book that doesn't throw a hero that can do no wrong at you!!
As the authors note said he doesn't always do the correct thing, it's true but in some way it gives you the ability to connect with the characters in a way that most books fail to do, although you know what he is doing is wrong you can understand and from an outside point of view and sympathise with his reasonings! And if I'm completely honest I probably wouldn't have done much different if given the tools he has and faced with the same situations!! That's not to say there are a few parts in the book that didn't annoy the hell out of me due to the stupidity of the main character, but I guess without it there wouldn't have been the fantastic story that is portrayed here!!
Overall anyone that is looking for a story full of adventure and with a dynamic plot full of twists and well conceived idea that isn't all "moral high ground" this is a really good place to start, and anyone that isn't sure, give it a crack, I did and don't regret it 1 bit!! Looking forward to the next in the series
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By Dallas on 25-04-15
Dark and heart wrenching beautiful.
Here you will find an expertly crafted world with story that will surprise you. The dark story only enhanced the moments of profound beauty, in my opinion. This was the first Michael G. Manning book I have read and I'm excited. to have found another excellent author. The Narrator, Alex Wyndham gave an awesome performance. I honestly did not like his voice at first but his undeniable talent was apparent in the first few minutes. I'm a fan now. I am more than satisfied with my purchase.
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By Kindle Customer on 02-05-15
A great book
Loved it it was an amazing book it had you hanging on every word I just wasn't able to put the book down even
7 of 7 people found this review helpful