• High Mage

  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (12,266 ratings)

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By: Terry Mancour
Narrated by: John Lee
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Things were starting to look up for Magelord Minalan the Spellmonger: The magic mountain in his domain not only made him a wealthy man and the most powerful mage in history, it also produced a lode of magical gemstones with unique properties - properties the Alka Alon, the masters of magic on Callidore, are fascinated by. When Minalan gets his chance to trade some of his magic rocks for irionite, he finds himself in a position to raise hundreds more magi with the stones...making them High Magi.

But as valuable as that bargain is for prosecuting the war with the Dead God and his sinister armies, such power comes with a hefty price. Every new High Mage Minalan raises presents potential new problems. The Magelords have inspired fear in their neighbors. The warmagi invent deadly new spells. The lower orders of magi are getting restless. The mage-led Sevendor Town wants a new charter. King Rard and the royal court are pressuring the nascent Arcane Orders politically. Some magi are crossing the Penumbra and taking stones from the goblins as well as taking their service. And some are just starting to get a little crazy.

It makes a nice, normal little raid on his lands seem refreshing in its simplicity.

In trying to balance the needs of the war with the needs of a well-ordered Order, Minalan finds himself making compromises, cutting deals, and bargaining what power he has in a high-stakes game where Chaos seems to be the only player who knows the rules. The temptations of his position and the power he wields are great, but so, he discovers, are the responsibilities. But when his patience seems nearly exhausted and his alliances seem ready to crumble, a massive army emerges from the shadowy realms and strikes south, forcing the High Magi to rally around the Spellmonger in defense of the kingdom.

As the genocidal goblin army marches toward the once-prosperous cottonlands of Gilmora, Minalan and his High Magi must defend a single bridge against them at all costs. And they are ready to. But the plans of magi count little when the powerful and subtle mind of the Dead God opposes them. For when the die is cast and the first blow is struck, it becomes clear that nothing is as Minalan had foreseen. As disaster looms for the humani kingdom and even the Alka Alon are threatened, only a desperate appeal to divinity, a dangerously risky adventure and a little classy enchantment offer any hope against calamity. For the day has come when all that stands between ruin and survival is the bravery and cunning of the Spellmonger and his High Magi!

©2017 Terry Mancour (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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I love this series can not wait for the next

I do love this book can't wait for the next one to come out hopefully with the same reader. and honestly there are so many more of these I mean I am just chomping at the bit

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Good but a few complaints

This is a good story so far but this book was way too short and needed more action and has so many plot holes


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Wtf why not kill the dragon that’s knocked unconscious?!? And why is the thoughtful knife only used in the last battle also why not drop a giant bolder on the dragon that’s swimming toward you if it’s taking hours to get to you!!!!! Way to many plot holes!!!!!

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Focuses on administrative tasks and organization

Are you sick of adventure, battles, and tricks? How would you like to have irianite and snow stone explained to you another couple dozen times?

While this series as always been repetitive in explaining things, you’d think by book 5 they wouldn’t need to keep telling you what witch stones do.

Also, the author seems to vehemently avoid action. Just going on and on about who lives where, how much coin a tax should be, or how to organize his subjects. When opportunities for some thing interesting comes up like say the contest for a witch stone at the magical festival...he just skips passed the event and tells you who won...guess what it’s someone you’ve never heard of and don’t care about.

Oh there is a border dispute? Just skip to it being dealt with so you can get back to talking about organization! Bleh

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Back on track

Last book was a bit less then it’s siblings in the series. Glad to see we are back on track!

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Can't believe I almost gave up on book one...

I bought book one several months ago, based on some threads I read on Reddit. I started listening to it and an hour in I was not fully engaged. Of course, I was multitasking at the time, but I just didn't get into it. I gave it a break and took a second run through Kingkiller Chronicle, listened to a couple mediocre novels, and then gave it another shot...

I ordered book two before book one was finished. I love the character development and Min is such a smart ass you can't help but love him.

I highly recommend this series to anyone and everyone.

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Awesome

if you're anything like me eventually, after reading / listening to books for some time you are able to guess at a books plot with a decent amount of accuracy but this series catches me off guard regularly. to have just gotten through the fifth book and still be on the edge of my seat with fun new surprises and plot twist is in my opinion amazing. The journey thus far has been fun, I find myself very much looking forward continuing

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Reminds me of Patrick Rothfuss

You won’t find deep intrigue or plot twists in this series. What makes is so enjoyable is the development of the characters; both as written by the author and performed by John Lee. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this series and hope that the remaining books come out on Audio book format soon!

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great story. great series.

love this narrator and series. feels fun and less epic than a lot of fantasy.

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Blah, Blah - stringing it out for more books

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Well written.The Author is stringing this out to get as many books as he can in the series.I like the premise, but I don't think I will stick around for 10 more books (not sure of the total) to find out what happens.

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Getting very boring. Reminds me of Tolstoy, who could spend 50 pages on describing a room, boring!

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Wonderful Series

As a fan of extended fantasy stories, I couldn’t appreciate the Spell monger series more!
I look forward to the next installment in the series.
And, John Lee is marvelous to listen to!

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