The Unsuspecting Mage (The Morcyth Saga, #1)

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  • The Unsuspecting Mage (The Morcyth Saga, #1)
  • Brian S. Pratt
  • English
  • 18 July 2018

The Unsuspecting Mage (The Morcyth Saga, #1) Want To Be A Mage Then Do We Have The Job For You Sounds Great For A Veteran Role Player When On The Job Training Entails Battling Demons, Learning Magic Through Trial And Error, And Living In A World Without Toilet Paper, Things Could Get Rough But To Be Dropped In The Middle Of A Forest And Having To Do It On Your Own With No Instruction Welcome To James World It All Gets Started When His Grandfather Suggests To James, A Young Man On The Verge Of Graduating High School, That He Check Out The Following Advertisement For A Job Magic Real Magic Ever Wanted To Learn We Require Someone With Intelligence And A Disciplined Mind Those Well Versed In Fantasy Novels And Role Playing Games A Plus May Need To Travel Sounded Like The Perfect Job For A Veteran Role Player And Avid Fantasy Reader James Had No Idea He D Be Whisked To Another World, Completely Cut Off From Friends And Family Arriving In A Meadow In The Middle Of A Forest, He S Greeted By A Creature Not Entirely Human He Was Then Told Three Things Magic Works Here Don T Try To Go Home Get To The Village Of Trendle Then The Creature Vanished Which Way Was Trendle Where Was He What Might Inhabit The Forest That Will Seek His Ruination These Were But A Few Of The Questions Needing To Be Unraveled Alone With Only His Wits And Knowledge Gleaned From Hundreds Of Books And Dungeon Campaigns, He Started Out Just Trying To Survive He Soon Learned That One Mistake, One Lapse In Judgment Could Mean His Death Not Long After Arriving, He Made The Acquaintance Of Miko, A Street Wise Kid Who Quickly Became His Friend And Companion Little Did He Know That The Strength Within This Child From The Streets Of Bearn, A Strength That Would Be Tested Again And Again As They Waded Through Battle After Battle, Delved In Hidden Passages Deep Beneath The Earth, And Faced Off Against An The Might Of An Empire, Would Be Invaluable In The Trials Ahead The Unsuspecting Mage Is The First Book Of The Morcyth Saga, A Seven Book Epic Fantasy Adventure It Follows James As He Seeks First To Master The Art Of Magic Then To Uncover The Reason Why He Had Been Brought To This Strange New World Where Armies Are On The Move And Gods Meddle In The Affairs Of Men

10 thoughts on “The Unsuspecting Mage (The Morcyth Saga, #1)

  1. Fernando Zazueta says:

    I dare you to read this book It is that bad If you can get around how annoying reading in present tense is, a character which is as one dimensional as a character in an old video game and every cliche in the fantasy genre, you are still looking at a terrible story The only thing this book needs to read as a dialogue for a video game are the words HP and MP May God have mercy on our souls.

  2. Eliza says:

    I first discovered The Unsuspecting Mage while looking for new things to add to my Kindle The blurb was interesting so I got it and read it Although I made it through the story, it was a difficult trek The first challenge was the awkward present tense that made the story feel like it was forcing you along with the characters and wasn t even consistent through the book Another thing that I didn t like was the inconsistency of speech used by James who goes from talking like a modern teen aged I first discovered The Unsuspecting Mage while looking for new things to add to my Kindle The blurb was interesting so I got it and read it Although I made it through the story, it was a difficult trek The first challenge was the awkward present tense that made the story feel like it was forcing you along with the characters and wasn t even consistent through the book Another thing that I didn t like was the inconsistency of speech used by James who goes from talking like a modern teen aged character to someone older andproper and poetic The story line itself was full of events and descriptions that were never followed up on or explained so it ended up having a very random pieced together feel to it Also it felt like too much of the story was just James boasting of his own knowledge gained in our world to the poor shmucks he met in the world he goes to While this is supposed to be part one of a series those things may be followed up on it later books but it didn t seem to stand very well on its own All in all it felt like a story written by a teen aged boy very much like James who enjoys role playing and reading so he thought he might write a story about someone that had role playing turn to real life That said, it could be an interesting book, but I believe was published too soon in the editing process I doubt that I will follow up on any of the following books

  3. Steve says:

    If a high school student published his notes from the DD campaign he was running, you would have this book if he happened to be failing English at the time There is no central plot arc, just the main character James roaming around doing small quests like a role playing game Indeed, I have done many of the quests, such as rescue so and so or find the bandits that raided this caravan multiple times , so maybe it doesn t even qualify as that DD campaigns have actual goals What If a high school student published his notes from the DD campaign he was running, you would have this book if he happened to be failing English at the time There is no central plot arc, just the main character James roaming around doing small quests like a role playing game Indeed, I have done many of the quests, such as rescue so and so or find the bandits that raided this caravan multiple times , so maybe it doesn t even qualify as that DD campaigns have actual goals What little hints of a larger plot that we see seem contrived at best Ostensibly, this is a world on the bring of war that will depend on James to save them all in future books In that case, I feel for them because they are all doomed or not, since James can do nearly anything he wants,on that later.I get that the book is self published, but it badly needs an editor for both substance and copy Not even a paid editor, the author could have shown a friend or even bothered to proof read it again himself like they teach you to do in middle school and found the dozens of grammatical errors like missing subjects and verbs , flow problems and plot holes in the story The story is told in third person present tense, which doesn t really work, especially when it randomly switches to past tense The writing style is very stilted and awkward For example, a mountain pass is described as the road becomes increasingly vertical as its vertical slope increases In fact, a visit to the author s website a thought vomit 90 s style eyesore in itself reveals that he seems to revel in these problems, forgoing traditional elements like readability, plot, or descriptions forfun as he puts it Unfortunately, there is precious little of that.There is serious need for a content editor as well The world building is poor at best There is no economy in this world James becomes the equivalent of a millionaire in the new world from a bounty put up by a tiny hamlet after his first quest The characters are shallow and predictable again like a stamped out RPG , and morality is very black and white Stealing is wrong, unless James needs something Breaking and entering is wrong, unless the door is in James way Killing is wrong, unless You see where this goes The NPCs, er, supporting characters speak common English using the same modern idioms as James Pretty much all of them also know everything about the events of the larger world around them and are happy to share it with any random stranger, even when it is their job not to, as in the soldiers.James is basically a demigod though, which is alternately funny and frustrating James goes from being a self proclaimed bookish introvert that rarely leaves his bedroom, to a skilled woodsman, horse handler, and ruthless killer in about 3 days time he levels up quickly by completing all those simple tasks and fighting those low level ruffians I guess Of course, that could be due to magic, since the magic system equates to James can do whatever he needs to do to accomplish his goals with minimal thought or challenge As a protagonist, James is neither likeable nor relatable When he finds himself in a new world, faced with never seeing his family or the friend he left just on the other side of the door amid a rash of local kids disappearing again, his reaction Eh, they ll manage The rest of the book is filled with similar inexplicable reactions that make no sense other than to satisfy the latest McGuffin which are WAY over used, being the only thing that advances the plot This type of fiction requires the suspension of disbelief, I get that, but very little in the book is plausible, the world is a mish mash of modern and antiquated concepts, and there is nothing for the reader to hang on to or identify with to keep them interested.The book is almost worth the price free , especially for the Young Adult market, but the goal of this business model is to hook the reader with the first free book to get them to buy the rest of the series In this, the book fails miserably I think I puttime into editing this review than Mr Pratt did into editing his book This is honestly one of the worst books I have read in years and I doubt I would read the others even if they were free

  4. Herman Gigglethorpe says:

    The Unsuspecting ReaderI don t even play tabletop RPGs, and this book is obviously a thinly veiled Dungeons and Dragons game A fantasy and DD nerd named James suddenly falls into a generic fantasy world after answering a cryptic newspaper ad, and has to go on a poorly defined quest Pipeweed is even directly ripped from Lord of the Rings I didn t know this at the time, but the city of Trademeet is better known as a location in Baldur s Gate 2 The creature who summoned him doesn t even te The Unsuspecting ReaderI don t even play tabletop RPGs, and this book is obviously a thinly veiled Dungeons and Dragons game A fantasy and DD nerd named James suddenly falls into a generic fantasy world after answering a cryptic newspaper ad, and has to go on a poorly defined quest Pipeweed is even directly ripped from Lord of the Rings I didn t know this at the time, but the city of Trademeet is better known as a location in Baldur s Gate 2 The creature who summoned him doesn t even tell him what the goal is, or where the nearest town is Of course wolves jump him and his classmate immediately, because all wolves in fiction love to eat humans instead of large animals The dialogue is often dull and should be spoken in a deadpan voice You need to get out of that room of yoursStop spending so much time in there alone with your books and start living a littlein reality She s nice and I believe still available The narration is all in third person present, which isjarring than you might think.James traipses along and fights various low level random encounters, including bandits, thugs, and the occasional devil summoner He goes to towns with no idea as to what to do Even Terry Goodkind and Christopher Paolini gave reasons as to why their characters were going places Much of the novel is fairly bland, and I won t bore you with all the details, but the magic system is funny It s based on poetry, and rhyme and meter makes the spells strong The power comes from the caster s life force or energy Of course, James doesn t always bother to rhyme Moss placed under the wood Ignite so I can cook my food What accent does this kid have to rhyme wood and food Also, mages are rare and often feared, yet everyone has some degree of innate magical power Why doesn t anyone try to use it for mundane purposes at least The villains summon demons through the traditional avenue of drawing pentagrams and lighting candles Eventually James learns how to cast spells by pure concentration rather than having to make poems, which throws one of the few funny parts of this book out the window.Here s some spells I came up with when reading this stupid book They re often better than Brian Pratt s doggerel Herman Gigglethorpe s Book of SpellsBandages unpeelMay my leg heal Robbers make old men weepPut this thief to sleep I m having problems with ratsLet s summon some cats X is such a bratTurn him into a cat This situation is so risiblePerhaps I should turn invisible Diseases are hard to cureMake this water clear and pure This medallion has me stupefiedI immediately want it identified That last one would have saved the heroes a lot of trouble.The heroes finally find out they re supposed to investigate the temples of the god Morcyth, the chief deity of an extinct religion of goodness I was hoping that they summoned people from Earth to trap them for some reason That would makesense given that the ad at the beginning was portrayed as creepy because several teens disappeared around that time.There s also weird moments that break up the otherwise dull action Miko the street urchin sidekick discovers that James is circumcised while taking a bath Miko doesn t understand the concept, so James goes on to explain circumcision and the need to avoid casual sex This scene is as awkward as it sounds and does not need to be there The best part comes when James has a dream or vision about the creature from the beginning dressed in a Mickey Mouse costume in Disneyland I m not kidding James and Mickey discuss the idea that Disneyland is some focal point for positive feelings and goodness in general, and then the rest of the book occurs as if nothing unusual has happened.I ll have to give it to Pratt, I did not expect to see the phrase Up yours, Mickey in any published work 80% generic fantasy, 19% bad poetry, and 1% pure insanity is the best way to describe this book The novel ends on an obvious cliffhanger as James and company are trapped in a city besieged by The Empire no, that s really what it s called The Empire At least you don t have to waste money on this as it s free on the Kindle

  5. Cath says:

    Let me start out by telling you that I absolutely loved this book The Unsuspecting Mage was a free book for theKindle i can never resist anything with the word free , so I downloaded it straight away, not really expecting anything great Brief Summary may contains spoilers view spoiler James, a slightly nerdy boy who lives with his grandma and granddad after his parents both died years ago loves to read and is most happy when his head is buried in a book One day after many Let me start out by telling you that I absolutely loved this book The Unsuspecting Mage was a free book for theKindle i can never resist anything with the word free , so I downloaded it straight away, not really expecting anything great Brief Summary may contains spoilers view spoiler James, a slightly nerdy boy who lives with his grandma and granddad after his parents both died years ago loves to read and is most happy when his head is buried in a book One day after many hints from his granddad to get a job James sees an advert in a newspaper stating Magic Real Magic Ever wanted to learn We require someone with intelligence and a disciplined mind Those well versed in fantasy novels and role playing games a plus May need to travel James who other than reading loves to spend his time roleplaying with his best friend decides that this would be the perfect job for him and would also get his granddad off his case He goes to the interview, leaving his best friend in the waiting room Taking a strange book left on the table, James enters the room where he presumes the interview will take place.However, instead of leading him to another room, the doorway leads him to a completely different world There James meets a strange creature that tells him to head towards a town, where his journey then begins He sees the two missing students from his school, meets a street brat who he befriends and who joins him on his journey, angers a powerful and nasty Lord and gets in the middle of a war.On the way Jame s learns to use his magiceffectively, helping people along the way hide spoiler From the very start I was hooked.Brian S Pratt kept me hooked throughout the book with his various plot twists and challenges he tossed at James and his companion, Miko I m a big fan of DnD and roleplaying, so I loved how the quest was set out just like a RP campaign James was faced with various challenges which he had to overcome to progress in his journey, and I thought was really unique to a story characters journey.The character of James, was, by far one of my favorite I felt he really developed as a person as the story went on and was somebody I could relate too, since I am roughly the same age he is He speaks like a regular teen would, though he shows a very high level of maturity, as he knows to keep his abilities a secret and not flaunt them, and he acts above his age when meeting and helping new people.His progress with learning the ins and outs of using his new found abilities to wield magic felt realistic, as he didn t just suddenly become the wurldz most awsum mage omgz, but instead progressed into his developing abilities gradually, and it felt as though he earned the levels up so to speak The magics limits also seemed realistic, and again reminded me of DnD of the limits of spells and the power drain they have I liked this, since it stopped James becoming a Gary Stu, being able to do spells to solve all his problems Instead, he realises his limits and varies his magic use to when he seriously needs it, instead finding other ways to solve his situation which in turn, helped develop his character.It s true that perhapscare needed to be taken into the editing, but it s not like it was overly noticeable or stopped me reading It s hard to write a novel, edit market it all by yourself so I can definitely understand and overlook this little flaw, especially since half the time I didn t even notice anything was amiss as I was too engrossed in the story I loved the cliffhanger ending view spoiler Poor Miko hide spoiler and I can not WAIT to purchase the next one Brian S Pratt has made my list of favorite Fantasy Writers next to Terry Brooks 5 stars for me

  6. Larry Ruddell says:

    Got this free for my Nook through Barnes and Noble While the story line is fine it is clear why Mr Pratt has had to self publish his books He seriously needs an editor Inconsistent language, redundant talk and narrative, and overt moralizing interfere with the story line and add least 200 unnecessary pages to this book Maybe the writing will improve in the future installments but unless I able to get the next one free also, I will probably never know.

  7. Kathryn says:

    The Unsuspecting Mage was a freebie on the Nook The description sounded like fairly standard fantasy, and it was free, so I figured it was worth a read While I did finish the book and enjoyed it for what it was, I wouldn t recommend it to anyone, because its few strengths are far outweighed by the quantity and intensity of its weaknesses.The most glaring weakness of the book is that it is written in present tense While I will absolve Pratt of pretension which is frequently the cause, or perh The Unsuspecting Mage was a freebie on the Nook The description sounded like fairly standard fantasy, and it was free, so I figured it was worth a read While I did finish the book and enjoyed it for what it was, I wouldn t recommend it to anyone, because its few strengths are far outweighed by the quantity and intensity of its weaknesses.The most glaring weakness of the book is that it is written in present tense While I will absolve Pratt of pretension which is frequently the cause, or perhaps the effect, of present tense , I found it very difficult to become immersed in the book because of how poorly the present tense is implemented There are many places where Pratt inconsistently shifts to past tense or past perfect, and it was distracting because I kept trying to make sense out of why he had suddenly changed tenses It was usually because he was describing a past event, but he wasn t consistent The next major failing is the lack of an editor This lack shows up in two ways minor typographical errors such as it s instead of its, and extraneous scenes and dialogue For example, there s one scene in which the main character is describing something to another character In the middle of the conversation, another character walks up, and the main character again describes the same events to this character Then, another character walks up, and again, the main character describes the events to this character So we got the same set of events described multiple times in a couple of pages when we had just experienced those events along with the main character one page previously I estimate that at least 50% of the dialogue in the book is unnecessary i.e., doesn t contribute to either plot or character development.Speaking of the main character, I haven t mentioned the plot yet The book is a cross between lonely nerd wish fulfilment something I m very familiar with and a transcribed DD campaign again, something I m quite familiar with I swear, there were points at which I thought, Make a Search check, or You rest Regain level CON mod hit points per day The main character is a lonely nerd whose only friend is the one guy willing to play in the campaigns he runs normally, campaigns have 3 5 players a campaign with just one player is frankly kind of sad When the main character sees a vague newspaper ad calling for people who are fond of fantasy and role playing games oddly, his grandparents, who have been pushing him to find a real job, are the ones who give him the ad Um, what , he naturally answers it, and finds himself magically transported to a magical world where he can magically do magic and is magically in the right magical place at the right magical time to go on a magical quest.This is just the first book in a series, so he doesn t get all that far on his quest, which honestly reads like something out of a DD campaign.Just so this review isn t too mean, I will describe some strengths While dialogue in general cannot be considered a strength since much of it is unnecessary, as mentioned above, and since much of it is, frankly, not something anyone would say, Pratt does do a good job of giving his characters individual voices James, the main character, speaksor less like a late 20th century teen The characters who belong to the sword and sorcery world, while they don t quite speak old fashioned English, noticeably do not speak 20th century English, and each does have his own voice.Pratt has a good vocabulary and uses it correctly There are one or two places where he uses a two bit word when its penny equivalent would have sufficed, but in general, I felt that the diction of the work as a whole was consistent and effective.The magic system is realistic Pratt has obviously invested a lot of thought into determining what magic can and cannot do, and what James in particular can and cannot do James s abilities are consistent, and their progression through the book, as he learnsabout magic and his own limitations, is logical.The plot so sayeth the nerd and DD player was interesting enough to keep my attention despite the annoyances described above.It was not, however, interesting enough to get me to pay anything for the remaining books in the series

  8. Tish says:

    I could not finish this book Believe me I tried Usually I can force myself through a book Sometimes I continue reading when everything in me says MOVE ON and I m rewarded but honestly I couldn t talk myself into finishing it Maybe there s plot eventually I have no idea I read about 60% of this book All that I read of it was the main character traveling and then fighting battles he shouldn t be able to survive and yet somehow does, then he travels some , gets into somecraziness h I could not finish this book Believe me I tried Usually I can force myself through a book Sometimes I continue reading when everything in me says MOVE ON and I m rewarded but honestly I couldn t talk myself into finishing it Maybe there s plot eventually I have no idea I read about 60% of this book All that I read of it was the main character traveling and then fighting battles he shouldn t be able to survive and yet somehow does, then he travels some , gets into somecraziness he shouldn t get out of alive and thentraveling None of it seems to have a purpose It s just walk walk walk and then fight fight fight It felt like a dungeon crawler video game No real purpose Just walking and killing I have no clue why this has so many good reviews I d think maybe it gets better in the end except so many people feel the exact same way I did that I have to say I must be right and it s not worth it

  9. Joel Calhoun says:

    Teribad, was free on my nook, not worth it.

  10. Joel says:

    For what this is, it s fairly good Unfortunately, what it is is the kind of book an agent or editor somewhere would reject as not quite good enough for publishing I think it was self published, and thus we get a peak past the industry curtain at the embryonic novel.The good the reasonably likable main character has an adventure and wins in the end.The bad the plot is that of a video game and sometimes character interactions read like uninspired dialog trees Let me give you an example Or he For what this is, it s fairly good Unfortunately, what it is is the kind of book an agent or editor somewhere would reject as not quite good enough for publishing I think it was self published, and thus we get a peak past the industry curtain at the embryonic novel.The good the reasonably likable main character has an adventure and wins in the end.The bad the plot is that of a video game and sometimes character interactions read like uninspired dialog trees Let me give you an example Or hero, James, falls on his head into a land of myth and magic He faces some low level monsters, gets a bitpowerful Facesmonsters, gets his butt handed to him but is rescued at the last moment Returns the favor by aiding his rescuer when the rescuer is attacked Is rewarded Finds another person in danger, rescues them, is rewarded Moves on to the next town On the way, finds another person in danger, rescues them, is rewarded Reaches to the next town Finds out that to learnabout his quest he must rescue someone Rescues themYou remember playing that campaign Yeah, me to The interactions with money lenders are particularly painful I kept expecting to have to click some chunk of text to confirm I wanted to withdrawal the specified amount from my character bank.That being said, I may checkout the sequels to this novel because I think they could be good as Pratt starts asking himselfquestions about where the plot is going and how the minor characters are motivated Take the first town It s a small place that probably doesn t have the middle ages equivalent of big city amenities such as a blacksmith, miller, or doctor War is looming in the distance as it often is in video games I d think the citizens of a town like that would work pretty hard to get a mage to settle there permanently His spells could easily clear up a lot of their day to day problems and when the war arrives he could throw fireballs Do they point him at an abandoned house they could fix up The story does contains one no one else would want A pretty and eligible girl Does he take the deal After all he s chasing a very thin hint of knowledge with very little skill or equipment Taking a month or year or two to prepare might be pretty smart Or maybe the villagers are so scared of magic they try to kill him instead Either way the plot would beinteresting with that unpredictability and those relationships But it s not a huge jump to make This story has the basics decent description, an acceptable protagonist Maybe Pratt makes the jump in his next novel