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  • Light Mage

  • The Black Witch Chronicles
  • By: Laurie Forest
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 181

Before Elloren Gardner came to possess the White Wand of myth, the Wand was drawn to another bearer: Sagellyn Gaffney. Sage’s affinity for light magery, a rare skill among Gardnerians, makes her the perfect protector for the one tool that can combat the shadows spreading across Erthia. But in order to keep the Wand safe from the dark forces hunting for it, Sage must abandon everything she once knew and forge a new path for herself...a dangerous course that could lead to either triumph or utter ruin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laurie Forest does it again!

  • By Lara on 08-08-18

I can’t get enough. This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-18

The Light Mage Review

I’ve now listened to Wandfasted, the Black Witch and the Light Mage and I can honestly say that this series is quickly becoming one of my favorites. SPOILERS may be ahead! (But I’ll keep them small)

One of the things that continues to surprise and amaze me, is the attention to detail that Laurie imbues into her books. I think one of the coolest parts of this book was when I realized that Laurie had fully connected and intertwined characters into all three novels thus far (it reminded me of Tolkien!). What makes this so interesting is that she does it under the radar, so you have to pay attention to their names and their interactions to fully grasp these revelations. This might seem obvious, but at a specific point in the Light Mage I got so excited at the mention of one character that I had to go back and listen to the last 20 minutes of the Black Witch; and at that point I realized another revelation of a name mentioned in the Black Witch, and I had to go back and listen to the last 20 minutes of Wandfasted! It not only made me smile and laugh at the heart warming connections but it instantly made me grow fonder of each book and their characters.

Which brings me to my next positive rant. The fact that Laurie can make me smile, laugh and cry at various moments of every single book, consistently and whole heartedly is a huge nod to the expertise of her craft. I believe I’ve had more laughs, tears of joy and sadness in both the Light Mage and Wandfasted than I’ve had in much larger books I’ve recently read. And that’s a gross understatement. And I think it’s due to one of the things that attracts me to this series the most; it’s the literal connection to our reality that Laurie conveys so well.

Laurie can so easily relate the many different occurrences of racism and oppression in Earthia to the racism and oppression that we humans endure on earth and it really hits home. The struggles of not only each heroin but also of each companion is so strongly felt that I quickly grow connected to all of them. And her Gardnerian main characters are so well developed and each are so uniquely (and similarly, I like this) evolved that I connect to them on an unrivaled emotional level. Sage and Elloren start their character arcs with so much naivety, but with such huge hearts (it’s easy to see why the white wand would choose the both of them) and in each story they face very real danger and confrontation that molds them into the heroins we want to see: strong, intelligent and genuinely good.

All I can hope for now is that Laurie continues writing about the journeys of Tessla, Sage and Elloren in a lengthy series that I hope to come. Because I cannot get enough of these three ladies and their awesome powers and resolve.

I strongly recommend the Light Mage and this series to everyone. If you want your imagination to light up and renew with magic, emotional and physical struggle, friendship and love then you’ve come to the right place; read the Light Mage!

  • Wandfasted

  • The Black Witch Chronicles
  • By: Laurie Forest
  • Narrated by: Jesse Vilinsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

Magic, romance, and adventure collide in Wandfasted, the irresistible prequel to The Black Witch: When they painted Heretics on our barn and set fire to it, I thought that was the worst it could get. Until they sent the dragons. But they didn't count on us having dragons of our own. And they certainly didn't count on Her. Our Great Mage. The Bringer of Fire. The Storm of Death. The Crow Sorceress. Our Deliverance. The Black Witch.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE this book, but not the narrator

  • By Traci S. on 06-01-18

One of my favorite short stories!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-18

This story caught me off guard. It was pleasantly enticing and extremely enchanting throughout the entirety of its plot. Having also read the Black Witch, this story was even more emotionally engaging and more thrilling than its predecessor. I would even go so far as to say it is a better story than the Black Witch was. I would even recommend listening to this book before you start the Black Witch. I am dying for more!

The narration was fabulous and I loved all but one of Jesse’s voices (I didn’t care for Ren’s squeaky voice) but understood the inflection. I was immediately attached to several characters (no spoilers). And I can’t wait to listen to more Jesse Vilinsky.

I cannot reinforce more, how much I am endearingly in love with this novel and how much I’m itching for more by Lauri Forest. If you’re into the Black Witch, fantasy, reality, struggle, strife and love; you will most definitely enjoy this book. Now hurry up and listen!

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  • The Black Witch

  • The Black Witch Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Laurie Forest
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,365
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273

A Great Winged One will soon arise and cast his fearsome shadow upon the land. And just as Night slays Day, and Day slays Night, so also shall another Black Witch rise to meet him, her powers vast beyond imagining. So foretells the greatest prophecy of the Gardnerian mages. Carnissa Gardner, the last prophesied Black Witch, drove back the enemy forces and saved her people during the Realm War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-17

Superb Narration! Vibrant and Enthralling writing!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-14-18

The setup of this story may run a little dry but nfor good reason; the introduction to this world and the vast amount of interesting characters needs it. Quick enough, the story develops into one that is so well written that my emotions mirror Elloren’s in every chapter. The story arc is so fascinating that it keeps me glued to audible for hours on end.

  • Knights Magi

  • The Spellmonger Series, Book 4
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,836
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,439

When the Magelord Minalan, the Spellmonger's two apprentices, Tyndal and Rondal, were knighted after the battle of Timberwatch, they were dubbed Knights Magi: a new class of nobility for distinguished High Magi. Designed to combine the pursuit of arcane knowledge with the noble aspirations of chivalry, it elevated them above common warmage...in theory. The problem was they had no idea how to be a Knight Mage...because no one had ever been one before.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • series is good, this book is painful

  • By Graeme Good on 11-15-17

I need more Tin and Ron!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-18

The boys growing up and the story taking a nice detour from the main story was a much needed addition to the series. I was also surprised by the amount of loss, pain, honor and cleverness in this storyline. I need two more books about Ron and Tin now. Oh and hurry up and let John Lee narrate more of this series already!! John Lee is amazing, best narrator on audible hands down. I can’t get enough of the Spellmonger series! Keep them coming! Book 10 just came out after all. Haha

  • The Wind and the Void

  • Nightblade, Book 3
  • By: Ryan Kirk
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055

In the midst of the chaos, the actions and choices of a select few will shape the future of the land. Akira prepares to give up his Lordship. Ryuu wanders the Southern Kingdom, searching for a reason to fight. Moriko sits quietly, biding her time before she leaves the Three Kingdoms for good. Finally, across the Three Sisters, Nameless fight to keep his fragile alliance of clans together.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but erratic flow at times.

  • By Kelvin Kinsey on 06-09-16

This trilogy was great!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-17

Ryan Kirk knows how to keep you wanting more. The prequels can’t quench the thirst I have for more story. The ending isn’t quite what I expected and not quite satisfying but the overall story arch from the first to third book was engaging, thrilling, heart breaking and filled with sorrow and hope. I loved it very much, even with some things I preferred happening differently.

Andrew Tell’s performance takes a while to get used to but is quite enjoyable after you do. I enjoy his main character voices and that they stayed the same throughout the trilogy. It takes a lot of talent to keep one listening to just your voice and I commend him in his endurance and skill to do so. He’s not the best, but I appreciated having him narrate all three stories.

  • Warmage

  • Spellmonger, Book 2
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 27 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,019
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,437

After facing a hopeless siege, an implacable foe and an impossible escape, you would think that Minalan the Spellmonger would be able to rest - but the armies of the undead goblin shaman Shereul (known as the Dead God to his human victims) are rolling over the western reaches of the rustic Duchy of Alshar and is headed toward the heart of the Duchy of Castal. Thousands are fleeing for their lives as hordes of goblins pour out of Boval Vale and devastate the rugged fiefs of the Alshari Wilderlands.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing story, written in a frustrating format

  • By Jared on 07-11-17

Extremely interesting, creative and fun!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-17

John Lee's characters portrayal, pauses, annunciation and enthusiasm are all done so well. He is definitely my favorite narrator to listen to. I am excited to have the complete Spellmonger series in his voice.

Terry Mancour's Spellmonger series has had me in rapt attention since the first chapter of the Spellmonger. The Warmage is a brilliant second dive into the magical world of medieval mages, knights, lords, dukes, and even peasants. The political realism that Terry brings to these books coupled with a grounded sense of human nature, love, emotion, betrayal, honor, and brotherhood are all increasingly interesting as each story develops. I can't wait to listen to Magelord and have Audible develop the rest of the series into this format.

A+ series so far, it's has had me wondering what took me so long to find this gem!

  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,907

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well. Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Book! A great adult fantasy series.

  • By Eric on 07-27-17

Funny, sexy, entertaining and intriguing.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-17

Despite other reviews, this really is a great listen. John Lee's voices are actually quite distinctive, and interesting. Lee's character interpretations are fun and believable. Buying the other audio books in the series now.