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Publication Order of Art of the Adept Books

The Choice of Magic (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secrets and Spellcraft (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scholar of Magic (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Disciple of War (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wizard's Crown (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Champions of the Dawning Dragons Books

Publication Order of Embers of Illeniel Books

The Mountains Rise (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Silent Tempest (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Betrayer's Bane (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Mageborn Books

The Blacksmith's Son (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Line Of Illeniel (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Archmage Unbound (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The God-Stone War (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Redemption (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Riven Gates Books

Mordecai (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Severed Realm (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Transcendence and Rebellion (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Wrath of the Stormking Books

Wizard in Exile (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Michael G. Manning is a reputed American writer of high fantasy, science fiction, horror, epic fantasy, and fiction novels. He hails from Huntsville, Texas also works as a pharmacist. Some of the popular book series written by Manning include the Magehorn series, Champions of Dawning Dragons series, Riven Gates series, and Embers of Illeniel series. Author Manning was born and brought up in Cleveland, Texas. He spent his earlier years in his hometown by reading science fiction and fantasy stories. He used to indulge himself in carrying out experiments in his backyard and used to keep himself away from schoolwork. Following the completion of school education, Manning joined the college at Sam Houston State University. It was at the university that he developed a love for beer and became obsessed with. Manning also got indulged in role-playing games and it led him to believe that the first year at college was the best ever year of his life. However, his family likes to call it the year that got lost from his life.

After graduating from college, Manning worked for several odd jobs and then decided to pursue higher studies. He was somehow given admission into the Houston University for an Honors program. Manning graduated with a pharmacy degree. From then on, he went on to obtain a license for the profession the put up his private practice. Manning says that he was not good at the job of a pharmacist. He was rather free-spirited, careless, and relatively lawless. And these are not considered good traits of a profession that is focused on patient safety, perfection, and drug law. In spite of his flaws Manning persisted and following a stint as a pharmacy manager at a hospital, he ended up working as a pharmacist in a correctional facility run by the State of Texas.

After working for one or two years, Manning became bored of the job. And instead of sitting idle and pass the time, Manning got involved in learning about programming, database design & administration, and networking. He was repeatedly warned by his superiors that he was going on a wrong course and must focus on doing the tasks that he is assigned. Also, they suggested him to stop the work of designing programs so that his coworkers don’t get disturbed in doing their jobs. However, they gave up eventually and left him to do what he desired. Manning worked for around 11 years in this field and got bored with that also.

In order to get over the boredom, he decided to try his hand at writing. Subsequently, Manning ended up writing his debut book called The Blacksmith’s Son. Manning had already made up his mind to do something else when he learned that his book is being liked very much. He heard positive reviews about it from many people and considered writing some more novels. When Manning finally started enjoying being a writer, he gave up pharmacy and programming completely. Although his mother became angry with him for doing so, his wife was in support of her. She kept motivating her all along and was happy to see Manning succeed in the field of writing. Now, he spends most of his time writing fantasy novels and enjoying with his family members in his spare times. Author Manning resides in Huntsville with his stubborn but loving wife, their twin kids, and many pet animals.

A popular series written by author Michael G. Manning is known as the Mageborn series. It is comprised of a total of 5 novels released between 2011 and 2014. Each and every book of this epic fantasy series revolves around a young wizard named Mordecai and is set in a unique universe created by Manning called the Mageborn World. Manning’s other novel series are also based in this world and are interconnected with the events of this series. Champions of Dawning Dragons is a sequel of this series, while Embers of Illeniel series is a prequel. In The Riven Gates series, Mordecai is shown as a grown-up, following the events set in the time period after this series. Some of the important characters created by Manning for the Mageborn series include Duke of Lancaster, Mal’goroth, Celior, and several others.

The debut book of this fantasy series is entitled ‘The Blacksmith’s Son’. It was released in 2011 as a Kindle edition. The book opens by showing that Mordecai lives a simple as the young son of a hard-working blacksmith. But, his life gets transformed the moment he discovers his magical birthright. As Mordecai takes up the journey to understand his powers better, he gets drawn into a deadly plot for destroying the Lancaster Duke. The plot is also made to undermine the Lothion Kingdom. Before Mordcai could understand the real intention behind the events happening in his life, he gets embroiled in certain circumstances that he is not sure if he has undergone the preparation to face. Mordecai’s actions are the result of a combination of treachery and love, but he is not able to see it. Later, he goes on to discover something that will change the way he sees his past and also bring about a change in the future of the people around him.

Another excellent book of the series is called ‘The God-Stone War’. It was also published as a Kindle book in 2013. This novel opens by mentioning that seven years pass since Mordecai participated in the battle against the Shining God named Celior. Since then, there has been a great improvement in the control of Mordecai’s abilities. Now, Mordecai has at last understood where to use the God-Stone. But, the gods intend for vengeance and look to destroy all that he has ever built. The secrets of the past life of Mordecai threaten to destroy his future as well as the kingdom that he has built with his hard work and dedication. There are also threats to the lives of Mordecai’s family and the whole of humanity. In order to prevent the threats from turning into reality, Mordecai is required to discover the true meaning of Illeniel’s Doom. As the climax nears, the readers get to see how far the desperate wizard Mordecai goes to ensure the safety of his children and the ones he cares about.

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6 Responses to “Michael G. Manning”

  1. Nick J: 6 months ago

    I am near to completing The Mountains Rise, which I am enjoying very much. This is the first book of yours I have read. There are breaks in the narrative which involve somebody telling the story to other characters. My guess these are characters from original series. I am good to read the prequels prior to the Mageborn quintet or should I change track?

  2. Pamela Fisher: 2 years ago

    I have just listened to “Thomas” by Michael G Manning, is there follow on? I seem to be left dangling wanting to hear more. Thanks

    • Graeme: 2 years ago

      Unfortunately, not at this time.

  3. zencuke: 3 years ago

    According to the Kindle postscript to “Disciple Of War” “Wizard’s Crown” will be Art Of The Adept book 5. It apparently hasn’t been released.

  4. Frances C. Moore: 3 years ago

    I enjoy your books very much. It is good to stop and go into a fantasy world. I will be 84 in September, Lord willing, and I have been trying to find the book “The Wizard’s Crown”. I have been unable to find a new or second hand book. Would you please help me here. Thanks, Frances C. Moore

    • Graeme: 3 years ago

      I don’t believe there was any such book written by Michael.


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