The Unsuspecting Mage: The Morcyth Saga Book One

Rated 4.00/5 based on 50 reviews
“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. More
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About Brian S. Pratt

Born in Modesto, California, Brian graduated high school in 1985 and went into the Air Force where he trained as an Avionic Specialist on the F-117A Stealth Fighter.
When his tour of duty ended, he tried his hand as a Pizza Hut delivery driver where he quickly rose to become General Manager of a delivery unit in Edmonds, WA and continued as such for several years.
Then after a short stint driving a taxi, he spent two years teaching teenagers how to drive. (Not as stressful as one would imagine.) He now writes full time in Washington, USA.
His published works include:
The Morcyth Saga (7 Books)
Travail of The Dark Mage (2 Books)
Improbable Adventures of Scar and Potbelly (series)
The Broken Key Trilogy (3 Books)
Dungeon Crawler Adventures (2 Books)
The Adventurer's Guild (2 Books)
Ring of the Or'tux (Stand Alone)

Box Sets:
Worlds of Fantasy
-Includes the complete first book in three of Brian S. Pratt's most popular series: "The Morcyth Saga" - "The Broken Key Trilogy" - "The Adventurer's Guild." Over 850 pages of epic fantasy entertainment.

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N. K. Aning reviewed on Nov. 30, 2019

My brother recommended this book to me some years ago. Read it about ten years ago but never reviewed it. Frankly it was interesting book. I was rooting for James. Not a perfect book but a very enjoyable read.
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Ophelia Rumrunner reviewed on March 9, 2019

I really enjoyed this book. Grammar tense is hit and miss, but the imagination is enjoyable.
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NovelReader000 reviewed on July 23, 2018

I'm in mage
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Andrew Mowere reviewed on Oct. 3, 2016

I read this story a while ago. At that point, I hadn't yet started writing. It came up on scribd and immediately stood out as unorthodox. This ended up being what I think of when considering indie work, for it builds upon elements unusual in many novels while still feeding into what I consider to be cultural cliches and biases. I have a soft spot for this series, now that I'm well into my own third book, and would truly like to thank Pratt.
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Alex Williams reviewed on April 18, 2016

I liked the book but the use of the present tense confused me a bit.
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Sandra Dejnak reviewed on July 28, 2014

This is the very best series I have ever read. Just when you think you figured out what was going to happen, a new character comes along with more challenges.

He doubted himself at first, but this series teaches you to never give up. And you have true friends who trust in you.

I read the whole series in 2 weeks
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Little Vamp Press reviewed on May 31, 2014

Average across all scores (full review at comes to 3 stars exactly.

This is one of those cases in which the merits of the book lie in it’s potential rather than what it actually achieved. There is so much scope here to do more and though that wasn’t achieved, the book was enjoyable and I don’t regret having read it.

I’m not sure if I’ll be going on the read the others in the series, but at least, for now, I’m happy that I’ve read this one.
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BattleCat reviewed on March 10, 2014

I thought the first book was interesting enough: however, I have zero intention of spending upwards of $60.00 to read the rest of it. It simply wasn't that good. The rest of the series are priced too high for self-published, half-edited pulp fiction. Get over yourself.
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Paula T reviewed on Feb. 6, 2014

I enjoy it.
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M. Pars reviewed on Aug. 28, 2013

I have to agree with my fellow reviewers - the book lacks tension and the present tense is very difficult to follow. I think that the use of the present tense takes away any depth, rendering the story flat. I certainly would not pay money to read the remaining volumes.
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