High Mage

Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Spellmonger, Book 5
Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
4.8 out of 5 stars (9,553 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Rock Star!

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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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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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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great story. great series.

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

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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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Fantastically Magical

Loved every minute. The depth of the characters and the world is what keeps me coming back for more!

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Best of the Series so far!

loved it, really fun read and well balanced. Action at the end was cinematic and engaging.

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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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Amazing and fantastical

I love the spellmonger series and my only problem is having to wait for them to be released on audible. I know I could actually READ the books but John Lee’s narration is just too damn perfect and it wouldn’t be the same.

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great series, love the magic or Wizardry.

very captivating, similar to The Wheel of Time or j. r. r. Tolkien trilogy of the rings.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-18-18

Still holding on to see

excellent book can't wait to see if the next book is has good has the last 5

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  • Katiacari
  • 05-07-18

I Loved It!!!

I'm just sorry that the others in the series haven't been release yet. I guess just have to buy the books (mega smiles)

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  • Mark j Rooney-Thomson
  • 10-19-20

exceptional

The writing flows effortlessly, I couldn't stop listening. The characters are charismatic, and relatable. I loved every minute of it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-17-20

Another fantastic and fascinating story!

Another book of the spellmonger series that will keep you thrilled the whole way!

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  • Armstrongs
  • 12-05-19

Another great audio book in the series

Enjoyed this audiobook, events overlap the previous book but focus returns to Minalan. exciting events ensue...

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  • El
  • 09-11-19

Another great book!

Loved this one just like the others. My only issues is the clear timeline issues in the books. Minalans age seems to change randomly every other chapter, but aside from that I loved this addition. TM said this is the end of the first arc of Minalan, and I definitely felt that.

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  • Pablo Affonso
  • 07-30-19

Another great book by Mancour.

Another thoroughly enjoyable installment in the ongoing saga of the spellmonger. My only complaint, is that I just want to start on the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-22-19

brilliant series

I am really enjoying all of the books in this series. Can't recommend them enough.

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  • SSJ
  • 07-17-19

awesome brilliant fantastic continuation of story

again the story was amazing the storyteller was amazing and thoroughly loved it, can't wait to listen to the next one

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  • P REID
  • 02-11-19

My fav fantasy series of all time (so far!)

I have read series by Terry Goodkind, Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo, Brian Staveley, Taran Matharu, James Islington and Brandon Sanderson and I think this series is my current favourite. Great mix of magic and reasonable level of sex, violence and gritty language to add that edge of realism. I was originally not taken with the narrator (seemed bit monotone), but he's definately improved from book 2 onwards - much more passion and sense of different characters through change to his voice.Brandon Sanderson. I'm hoping this series will go similar way to Pug in The Magician and The Spellmonger to be a force to take on the gods.

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  • Vincent B. Cox
  • 05-15-18

Still enjoying the series

Have enjoyed this book as much as the others. John Lee is great and really brings the story to life. Looking forward to the next one, please hurry.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-18

great expansion of the universe

great performance as usual and I felt the story and universe took another good step expanding. I'm now thoroughly invested in the story, characters and can't wait to see what happens next. There were some awesome twists and turns in this book that got me genuinly excited and loving the story. my only criticisms are that it always seems too easy for Minilan. given the incredible odds against him he always seems to get away unscathed or without even a close call which seems unlikely. also the tree folk were kind of a disappointment, they had been built up over the series and in the end didn't seem to do much. the lore and the story was great but I would have loved to dive into what makes the tree folk so formidable.

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  • Tony Robinson
  • 08-19-20

Love this series

Fantastic read. Great world building and storyline. Keeps getting better by the book. Thanks Terry.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-20

Worth your time.

If you enjoy the works of Brandon Sanderson, and Robert Jordan, you'll probably enjoy this series too. Good book, good narrative, good narration.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-08-20

addictive and exciting as always

Fantastic production and acting of the novel that brings it to life. Absolutely love this series and its multiple plots that interweave so many character developments.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-20

another brilliant buy Terry mancour

John Lee narrator is fantastic, as always. story is excellent. another excellent instalment in the series

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-19

loved it.

this series has hooked me! I love how the story is told and the performance suits it perfectly. would recommend to anyone who loves a good fantasy story.

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  • michael welch
  • 04-19-18

Great series

By now youre on book 5. you're hooked. This book really shows you what amount of power can be used when you have the will.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-27-18

excellent

this series always delivers. love the humor and the action, as well as the rich characters.