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Thornbear by Michael G. Manning
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Another excellent story from this realm. But now I have to wait again, for the next book. LOL ( )
  jimpike69 | Nov 16, 2016 |
Started out very well, but somewhat let down by an uncontrolled magic system towards the end.

Gram is the son of a famous Knight, mollycoddled by his mother who doesn't want to lose him. However nothing can stop teenagers from growing up, and so he learns to fight and to love. THis occupies the first two thirds of the book and is generally very well written and enjoyably plotted. There's a lot of unexplained back story that is referenced but not detailed, which some readers might find annoying, but I was generally ok with it, even if it isn't exactly clear who fought whom or why. I hope the author's kept careful notes because continuity errors later in the series would be very irritating. And these backstory references lead onto the part that the book doesn't do very well at all: Magic. Gram's friends include the two children of the Count. He's apparently a super powerful magician, and they've inherited all his genius. And so the magic seems to be completely uncontrolled in ability, and unexplained in it's process or world building. There's a general feeling of wow what can I do with this, and again a common error of lacking in proportion and scale, out of balance with the physics of the world which haven't altered. However the magical teddy bear is cute.

Needs better integration and the magic could be deleted entirely leaving a well rounded and interesting tale about growing up. ( )
  reading_fox | Sep 28, 2015 |
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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 define not only himself, but serve to remind others of his family’s legacy, and the reason only a fool threatens those a Thornbear protects. [retrieved 11/13/17 from Amazon.com]
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