Court Wizard

Spellmonger, Book 8
Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Spellmonger, Book 8
Length: 35 hrs and 56 mins
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When Pentandra got married and took a new job, she knew it would be tough.

Ducal Court Wizard is supposed to be the cushiest of assignments for a mage, full of stipends, laboratories, and expense funds. But when you join the Orphan Duke’s expedition to reclaim, recapture, and restore his shattered realm to health, you have to expect things to be...less cushy.

With the south in full rebellion, the goblins stirring on the northern frontier, and the summer capital being run by a corrupt baron and a gang of thugs, things could be better. But those aren’t the worst of her problems: Pentandra is learning how to live with her new husband, Arborn, while the town is driven to distraction by an incarnate sex goddess who is organizing all of the whores, a mopey spellmonger, a nun addicted to gambling, a prude sent by the queen, undead skulking through the shadows, and a mysterious blind girl shows up in her office claiming to be her new apprentice!

It’s enough to drive any woman mad, but Pentandra is not just any woman...she’s the hope of the Alshari Wilderlands, the woman everyone knows as the Court Wizard!

©2018 Terry Mancour (P)2019 Podium Publishing
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a great addition if slightly weaker

Performance was solid once again. The more I listen to John Lee the more I realize how impressive his narrative skills are compared to several other narrators I've listened to.

The story itself is hard to pin down. Overall, I enjoyed the different perspective and what went down in the book. I especially enjoyed the many foresights Mancour added towards the end of this book about events far ahead into the series. I have to say I'm pumped to follow the series.

Despite that, the plotline felt odd and decentralized. Mancour doubles down on his unnecessary explanations of things the reader should have hammered into one's head at this point; don't get me wrong, I understand the need to re-explain parts of a story for each new addition to a series, but there were several of these where I wondered where the editor was vacationing for so long. And I swear that I had maybe 5+ occasions where I asked myself, "wait a second. shouldn't [character] already know this?". I actually saw that some readers decided to skip this one.

Though I sort of understand where they're coming from, I would still recommend this to any avid fan of the Spellmonger series. It provides a really neat overlapping of some previous events as well as adding to the main plotline. The character development is fantastic and deserved. And while I couldn't be certain how well Mancour did at developing the thoughts and feelings from a female perspective, I do applaud his attempt at diversifying his narrative.

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A whole lot of nothing...

When i saw the length, i could barely control my excitement. 35 hours of Minalan, sign me up and throw away the key.
Unfortunately, this book is actually only about 14 hours long.

Let me explain:
The first three hours, set the stage for the book. The next important event doesn't happen until 21 (mind numbing) hours later, at hour around 24. During this time there are countless political meetings and combating insurgents using misdirection. A whole lot of talking, zero to little doing.

When my wife read the book, (shes a skipper), we found that she had 95% of the story, and enjoyed herself, using the above timings. If this was not a book related to Minalan, i would have given up around hour 5-8.

Minalan is not involved.
This book's 14 hours of actual story does advance the spellmonger series, but there are quite a few hoops to jump through.

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Boring.

Not sure what is going on with this series, but the last two books have been a bugger to get through. Narrator did a fantastic job as always, but could not make up for the lack of direction this book had . Not sure I'll be buying the next one. The first books in the series are great. And it seems as if the story ended 2 books so.

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Purely Fantastic

The continuation of an amazing journey and it's getting better and better! Lee brings Mancour's tale to life with uncanny precision and enjoyment - on to the next!

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Court Wizard Spellmonger, Book 8

I was a little disappointed at the start of book 8, as book 7 left off at a point that I was just dying to find out what happens next in the story line. But, book 8 is a different perspective from Penny’s point of view from events that other books in the series already covered. However, Penny’s detailed story line turns out to be a wonderful story as well. Penny and/or Pantandra is one of main characters in the series and book 8 really shines a light on her importance in the story line. Bottom-line another great book in the series and I am looking forward to the release of book 9.

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Out of the park

Another grand slam. Getting impatient, might have to buy the next two in paper. :)

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Just keeps getting better.

The world building is amazing. Draws you deeper and deeper into the story. Beautifully done, and then shift was done perfectly and also opened up more room for different character exploration.

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Sometimes alternative views make for a good story

while most of this book is a recount or the last from another point of view it was not long until I was enjoying the story even though I knew parts of it.

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Spellbinding

Love this series. Desperate for the last two books to be available. You cannot predict where the story will lead you. So many twists, the characters always evolving.

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a great addition to the spellmonger series

This one follows Pentandra, and really expands on the character. There is virtually zero warfare, but there are some small fights which keep it exciting. Pentandra is a great character, and I am glad this book focused on her experience. However I do prefer the books that follow Minalan. If you liked the others, definitely read this one.

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  • bdg
  • 11-20-19

Another filler in the series

I honestly can’t tell whether Mr Mancour is trying to enrich the world he his building with side stories or if he’s just padding with content to earn more money.

If it’s the former then I think he’s failed. This book is turgid and uninspiring and misses the levity of the main story books and the fun action of the war.

If the latter then shame on you and get back on track please!

The author is a decent writer, brings a certain whimsy to his writing that can keep us entertained but is no expert at intricate, surprising plot. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the series, I wouldn’t be on this book if I didn’t but in my humble opinion, he should stick to his strengths.

Don’t try and create a world, write a series that focuses on the war and the action that comes with that. Much more in your wheelhouse!

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  • Elliot Fletcher
  • 09-30-19

loved the others.. but this one falls short

I loved the other books, and I'm sure I'll live the future ones. but this book... honestly wasnt good. if you're a fan of the series you 100% need to listen to this, but it was a chore i didnt find pentandra compelling in the slightest and I hate the stuff regarding prophecy

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  • robert.m.owen
  • 03-28-19

A must read,

Loved it, can't wait for the next book, seriously entertaining, could stop listening to it

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-19-19

A must buy!!

Had to buy this even though I've just purchased the kindle version! highly entertaining and the series just keeps growing, no series is as complete and full as the spellmonger series. If your on the fence, just buy it, perfect mix of story and hints of comedy, with splashes of action!

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  • Adam
  • 05-17-20

Boring

This book goes over the events from the previous book but from the perspective of pentandra so we already have some idea of what was going on and frankly it's just pretty uninteresting I'm a good half way through but I'm just going to skip this one I'm afraid I keep getting bored or distracted and either not listening or swapping to music instead.

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  • Twinkle D
  • 10-11-19

Great book

lots of twist and turns in this book. Couldn't stop page turning till I finished

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  • David Ramsay
  • 09-27-19

AMAZING

Absolutely loved this installment, it's like having three bonus short stories at the beginning then this fantastic run of events from Penny's POV, just brilliantly written and performed!

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 09-26-19

love and sex is power

A nice and fun side story about one of the best characters in the series and how she deals with all the problems that comes to her.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-19

the spell monger series

Absolutely amazing storyline amazing detail. keeps me listening hour after hour. highly recommend for anyone.

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  • sarah
  • 09-20-19

best so far

I have loved every single book in this series but this one has topped them all!

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  • Patrick
  • 04-01-19

God damn she's a dumb protagonist

how can a character who's been written as an intelligent young woman make so many stupid decisions and look over so many obvious details

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  • Mark
  • 05-28-20

Borefest

Wow there is maybe 3-4 hours in this book that wasnt boring as listening to paint dry. The 3-4 hours should have been put into the last book or the next book and everything else should’ve been cut..

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  • pete
  • 10-15-19

A parallel story but still worth your time.

I've read mixed reviews about this book but personally I really enjoyed it.

If you just want the next installment of Minalin and a linear timeline, you'll possibibly be disappointed. But if you want the 'whole' story and more detail on Callidore it's an awesome read. Lots of details, but I like details. Despite the details, I still think it moves a long at a good pace and delivers an in depth story on Pentandra and the goings on in Alshar that provides a great understanding to set you up for book 10.

Books 8 and 9 are definitely worth the read although they do run in a parallel time line as book 7, but I'm so excited to get to 10 now. You'd do yourself a dis-service to skip or skim over.


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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-19

best series I'm listening to

am loving this series and am hungry for more can't wait for the next book

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  • Pat r.
  • 05-10-19

good read

good book cant wait for the next oneto come out it was a very good read

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-19

The first 10 hours

Love the books and story line , but the first 10 hours of this book so bloody boring, for me had to to start skipping thought hoping the book would get better.... overall not as interesting as previous books

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  • Stefan
  • 04-27-19

The Epic Masterpiece continues

This time, the story is focused around Pentandra.

I can't wait for the next book in the series