• The Horn of Moran

  • Adventurers Wanted, Book 2
  • By: M. L. Forman
  • Narrated by: E. B. Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,565 ratings)

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The Horn of Moran

By: M. L. Forman
Narrated by: E. B. Stevens
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Publisher's Summary

The land of Alusia is on the brink of war as two men have each claimed the throne. Only the true king can sound the Horn of Moran and prove his nobility. But the Horn has been lost for years. If it is not found - and soon - it could mean the destruction of an entire nation. It wasn’t that long ago that young Alexander Taylor embarked on his first adventure, where he discovered he was a wizard and destroyed the fearsome dragon, Slathbog.

Now he joins a band of seasoned adventurers who have been called up to retrieve the legendary Horn of Moran. Their journey to the mysterious Tower of the Moon will take them through an enchanted forest, into battle against a goblin army, past the watchful eyes of griffin guards, and face-to-face with a sphinx and her deadly riddles.With his sword, Moon Slayer, and the wise counsel of his wizard mentor, Whalen Vankin, Alex must use all his wizard and warrior skills to fight a darkness that may consume them all.

©2011 Mark L. Forman (P)2011 Shadow Mountain

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Alex goes on a second successful adventure. He is becoming a fine wizard..

Imaginative story telling. Characters are finely drawn and very lifelike. The adventures are thrilling and a bit dangerous. The narrator has a separate distinctive voice for each character. Beautifully done.

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Adventures wanted

Story was ok but in both first and second books i find fights are to quick. Everything just comes to easily for the main character I hoped second book would be better, the story was slightly more interesting but overall i just find the story lacking the details that keep a person hooked.

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This story kind of went off the rails

There are a few things I was able to put aside when reading the first book. The narrative style of always telling, never showing. The low level of any real challenges facing the heroes, several incongruous world building elements that are never explained, and the fact that Alex is obviously some kind of chosen one who can do anything with just a little trying and absolutely everybody who he comes across takes great pains to tell him how special he is.

But the thing that makes all of that okay is that I'm not the target audience for this book. This book is geared towards younger readers, and of course younger readers prefer stories where character motivations are clearly laid out and they can imagine themselves as somebody special and talented who gets lots of praise! This is part wish fulfillment fantasy and on that level I think it works well for its intended audience.

This book ramps those qualities up to a new level, though, and I think it suffers because of it. The author's always telling style, while relaxed and easy to listen to, suffers with dialogue that just gets repetitive and incongruous, especially coming from the mouth of a 16 year old boy who is rapidly developing godlike powers. Everybody talks extremely formally, and there are only 4 ways for one character to interact with another character in these books: As a close friend and companion, as a parental/authority figure or student/recipient of wisdom, or as an antagonist. Alex is very often in this book, mystifyingly, putting himself into the position of parental/authority figure. At one point, this 16 year old kid even takes this guy aside who he's returned an inheritance to, in order to make sure to give him a talking to about the importance of spending your money wisely.

The author clumsily attempts character development by giving Alex a temper problem, which he's never shown any sign of before and results in absolutely no consequences in this book. He almost loses control of his magic once, but easily brings himself back under control with just a strict warning. The target of his temper is a character who everybody calls a "bully", but as far as I can see is just kind of an unpleasant person. His main crime appears to be walking up to people and saying mean things about adventurers. Nobody even alleges that he's ever done anything more than say unpleasant things to people! For this he's threatened with banishment at one point. C'mon M.L. Forman!! If you want me to cheer at a character being put in his place, give me something more than THAT!!

The low level of challenges from the last book turned into almost no challenges facing Alex in this book. Pretty much any spell Alex needs in a situation now just comes to him without the bother of having to learn it first. He suddenly just knows how to bind men to an oath and give them a bit of luck if they keep it. (As an aside, apparently the force of magic classified this small act that didn't make much difference as a "great good" and fully replenished Alex's magic reserves because of it. But when he destroyed a great force for evil, there was no reaction. I'd like to know what the force of magic qualifies as a "great good")

He easily masters spells without much trying. He can cast a realistic illusion of a giant dragon with ease! But even more than that, the thing that truly turns Alex into a godlike being, is that Alex now has the ability to turn any one person, creature, or thing into any other person, creature, or thing. Think about THAT for a second! Money was already practically worthless to Alex. He's filthy rich, carrying Scrooge McDuck's vault on his back and people wonder why he doesn't care about getting the biggest share of treasure... but now he never needs to buy things ever again! Want something to eat? Turn that rock into a hamburger! Want a new pet? Grab that log - BOOM! New puppy! Alex's future wife is going to be amazed at how quick and easy the process of having a baby is when your husband's a wizard!

If Alex doesn't like somebody, all he has to do is turn them into a harmless animal and problem solved! Near the end of the book he commissions some amulets to be made using true silver, but I don't know why he bothers. He could just grab a rock and make a true silver amulet in seconds! I guess he still wanted to contribute to the economy. Very civic minded of him!

The only limit to this power that the book acknowledges is the amount of magical energy you have to put into the spell. So maybe if you try and do it too much or on things that are too big, you'll run out of energy and not be able to do it. But there are no other real caveats to this power, other than a warning to just not go too far with it, I guess like creating a bunch of bunnies which then will maybe eat all the crops or something.

And yet, with this amazing godlike power, somehow the thing people seem to be most impressed with is Alex's ability to make floating lights.

This is all a very long winded way of saying that I think M.L. Forman took the stuff that he saw as working for his intended audience from his first book, and just ramped it up to a ridiculous level. I believe that the story suffers because of it, though I still found it to be a pleasant light read. The story is fun and light, the characters are pleasant and fun to observe, and the worldbuilding is genuinely interesting.

Also, hats off to M.L. Forman for introducing not one, but two secretive shadowy observer organizations with unclear motives into the story. I'm interested to see where that goes!

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It's OK

It's a good story it pulls you win but it's not original if you read other really good series like the hobbit and harry potter in fable haven although Siri you'll realize that adventures wanted is not original and really the main character just has to much power OK I've said this over and over again but you don't give your main character that much power and you can be humble to a point but after that point it gets kind of ridiculous he's always trying to find a way for him to have not done it for example in the first box sync about the troll seen where we seen that before it's an exact copy down to the words are used seriously it's like he rewrote the hobbit all terrible though it does pull you win at first but after a while it just kind of goes downhill

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Another Happy Adventure

The main character grows up a little more and goes on another adventure. This world reminds me of a Dungeons and Dragons adventure that might happen over a table with friends. However, it does feel like someone in the group accidentally put down the wrong stats and is twice as powerful as everyone else and ends up fulfilling all the tasks of the adventure on his own. Even though, it was a group of people that went to do the thing. When reading it, I wasn't bothered by this, though. The world building is done so well, that I was just happy to be along for the ride.

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another wonderfully adventure

What can I say? I nursed this book, so I could get the 3rd right away. It's a good series and I'd recommend it to anybody who likes adventures tales

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Five star great story

Great for kids who love adventure, honor, action and friendship. I hope you love this book as much as I did.

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EXcellent sequel!

I have really enjoyed this series. This is my 2nd time listening. I think its just as good as Fablehaven/Dragonwatch & if it were only longer, I'd say it's as fun as Harry Potter!

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Another "over-the-fence'" Home-run!!!

Totally Captivating! Excellent storyline and well-balanced story. I'm now onto book 3! Which, I sense is going to be another Stellar story!

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the book has been a great adventure.

loved it. will continue on with the journey.
great characters and a lot of fun.