Gram lives in the long shadow cast by his father, the late hero Dorian Thornbear. Struggling to find his place in a world where politics and wizardry appear to have replaced the need for men of might and main, he must make his own mark. Trapped within the seemingly safe confines of Castle Cameron, Gram faces both love and tragedy. His choices will not only define himself but serve to remind others of his family's legacy and the reason only a fool threatens those a Thornbear protects.
©2014 Michael G. Manning (P)2015 Podium Publishing
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"An excellent story by an exceptional author"
Having already read the book I was at first a little unsure of the narrator of the book. I found the American pronunciation of some words a little strange (myself coming from England). However the story is so rich which such colourful characters that I soon lost myself into the unfolding tale.
The story has a more 'earthy' approach to the characters to many other novels in this genre. This makes for a more realistic read and to a degree and easier path to identify with the characters.
I'm not sure I can identify a single scene as a favourite. There are several sections that would qualify. From Gram's awakening sexuality to his first realisation of his prowess in battle. His training with Cyhan to his friendship with Grace.
Mr Michael G. Manning is fast beoming one of my favourite authors.
"Couldn't have picked a better first audible book!"
I've been reading this author's novels since 2011 with "The blacksmith's son" and I did not expect such a treat in this format and from my phone?? Honestly, I'm glad I used audible to "re-read" Thornbear , because Michael Manning's style translated to audio has kept up beautifully with his written works (not to mention keeping me from going to sleep yet again)
"Excelent read, Good Story,"
Yes, it gives the reader/listener the opportunity to appreciate more the personalities of each of the characters in the book
Grace was my favorite character since she was more insightful than other characters in the book.
When I first read Michael's book of the Blacksmith Son, I believed then that I was reading the first book of a great writer. As always, there were some things that as a new Author he needed to work on. I made the decision to stick to his stories and bought all his books. I just finished reading Thornbear and I can see now how the maturity of his writing is coming together.
Thornbear is a great book, easy to read and has a good story. He lets you feel through his writing the complex emotions young Gram is going through and the consequences of his decisions. Like his previous series "Mageborn", I can see the beginning of a great story. I read the book and then purchased the audio edition and so far I'm on my third listening/read.
I highly recommend you to read the book. Although the audio book is close to twelve hours, I wish the story was longer since you want to know what would happen next. I hope that the next book in the series comes soon.
It's been a really long time since I have been pulled into a novel like I was puled into this one. It get you early on and simply will not let you go. The characters are all well written and the environments are familiar but with their own flavor. This novel it outstanding in every way do yourself a favor and pick it up.
"A story of true heroism"
Epic heroic win!
Fellowship of the Ring, or the Dragonlance novels. RA Salvatore's earlier works.
Perkins' narration brings interesting detail to the story, though he could have differentiated the characters' voices a bit. Many of the pronunciations and accents were completely different from the narrator of the Mageborn books, which occasionally confused me. For someone who hasn't read the Mageborn books (Don't be that person--read or listen to them!) the performance is excellent.
The end, when we find out Grace's fate, but I won't spoil that. :)
TOP 10. liked this story alot
Great first story. It pulls you right in. That to me is always cool. All the characters had depth. I Will definitely be checking out the next story.
"Starts slow, ends you wanting more."
The story starts off a bit slow and then takes a turn for the better
I have been listening to fantasy for years and this probably one of my favorite books by this author. I can't wait for the next one !!! Don't pass this by!
The last books were narrated by someone different and this guy didn't take the time to learn how to pronounce names in sync with the last guy. So it took me a chapter or two to figure out who he was talking about with some of the characters.
Great continuation of the story. Can't wait for the rest of the trilogy to come out.
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