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Opposites attack!

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. And as a couple of half-trained rustic apprentices from the Mindens they did not feel up to the task or the high ideals of their title.

But Master Minalan the Spellmonger decided to cure that ignorance. He arranges for Tyndal and Rondal to be tutored and trained together in their new vocation, learning the arts of magic, the craft of warfare, and the subtleties of chivalry from the finest masters in the kingdom.

If they didn't kill each other, first.

The two young spellmonger's apprentices from the Minden mountain domain of Boval Vale have much in common: both had their homes destroyed, they were both sent into exile by the goblin invasion, and they both serve the same master. Yet they could not be more different.

Rondal is quiet, bookish, and introspective, dedicated to the disciplines of academic magic and anticipating a future of study, service, and, perhaps, romance. Tyndal is bold and brash: an extroverted over-achiever with dreams of glory, gold, and girls. Fate, circumstance, and the whims of the gods have forced them together, but the raw emotions of adolescence and the trauma of war put them at each others' throats with depressing frequency. Master Minalan can't have that, especially not in his fragile new domain with another baby on the way...so he sends them on the road.

Jealousy, anxiety, passion, and frustration conspire to make them rivals - but if they don't figure out a way to learn to work together, and quickly, then their stubborn feud could end up affecting the fate of the entire war. Along the way they pick up some enemies, gain a few allies, master a few new skills, and attempt to learn the laws of love. But as they stumble through their lessons and learn to master their tempers, they discover that the strongest bonds between men are forged by the most difficult of trials.

For after they become proficient at magic, war, and errantry, they are put to the test in the field, the most difficult of circumstances...a mission where the strength of their friendship and the quality of their honor may be what defines them best as - Knights Magi!

©2017 Terry Mancour (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Tyndal bad Rhondal good.

the series has probably been one of my favorite fantasy series of all time so far. that was up until this book. the writer spent the better part of two books building up Tyndall only to throw him down into the dirt every chance he possibly gets in this book just to build up the other Apprentice. I saw someone else in another review mention that the author could possibly be a nerd who was picked on in school that is why he has such a hard-on for punishing jocks. that honestly makes a lot of sense to me. overall only read or listen to this book if you enjoy the building up of one person at the expense of everyone else, what a huge departure from the rest of the series. 10 hours in and I cannot bring myself to finish this book , I am honestly fearful the rest of the series is now going to be ruined if this book is anything to go by

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Worst book so far

I have loved the series so far. John Lee is a great narrator and brings these to life. This book however is terrible. Apprentice vs apprentice but written from a whiney little snot pov who somehow is able to go from bookworm to master swordsman and confident soldier after a couple of weeks of training, let's be real. I couldn't finish the book due to the poor writing and the wrongful elevation of Rondal. I recommend skipping this one completely

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worst book in series

rondal is a little baby. this book is just 19hrs of rondal acting like a jerk. if you decide to listen to this just listen to part 1 and then skip to the end. but, i would just recommend skipping this book all together.

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Just skip it

A whiney, hypocritical, incel-good-guy overcomes his likeable counterpart after a few weeks of training. Yay

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Really Great Story!... With one complaint.

I'm glad I waited a while to buy this audiobook. I feel like I might have been a bit disappointed (as some other reviewers here were) if I had launched immediately into this installment right after the last one. This is due to the fact that this book only concerns itself with the apprentices and there's almost nothing about any of the other characters from the previous books including the Spell Monger.

Because I waited quite a while between this book and the previous one, I was able to approach it without that desperate hunger for more of the bigger story arc. So I feel like I was able to judge this work based on its own merits. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Please Note: The following comments do not contain any spoilers, but I do discuss an issue i have with events that occur in the last chapter of the book...

My one major criticism is the WTF moment in the last chapter... Events that should have added at least another 30% to the length of the book were vaguely and confusingly summarized by the apprentices. Worse, the information was delivered in such a way that made me rewind the book to see if i accidentally skipped over about 4-6 hours worth of audio. Of course I hadn't, and it made me feel like someone had snuck up while my head was turned and ate my lunch.

I'm not sure if the publisher insisted on cutting down the page count and thus forced the author to summarize a huge chunk of the book. Or possibly this is something that will be address or revisited in the next book. Either way it is confusing and it feels disjointed. Which is a really annoying way to end an 18 hour audiobook.

This would have been a slam-dunk, 5 star book for me (which is exceedingly rare), but because of the artless way in which a seemingly huge part of this book was just excised and paraphrased right at the end, I am sad to have to give it 4 stars.

In spite of this, the book is still way more than worth the credit.

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What’s was that?

The two apprentices started off this book with their own individual strengths and weaknesses. However, while The physically gifted Tyndal never over came his academic deficiencies, the scholar apprentice Rondal seem to master his deficiency in combat to the point that he was able to beat Tyndal who had been training for years in swords craft. There was no point in the book were Rondal was really challenged. This book turned an interesting character with flaws into a perfect character who who masters the art of combat in months. I enjoyed the competition between Rondal and Tyndal but there is no longer any competition considering how out of classed Tyndal was. I’m done with this series.

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Almost made me stop reading the series

Basically a Fluff piece for one characters. One character practice in battle and against every mercenary, knight, Soldier he could. The other one took a four-week course and hes better

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Way worse than first few

if you want to read about how dumb tindal is and how double teaming a girl makes everything better than this is a good read.

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I find the reviews misleading

before using my credit I was at odds to skip this book or not, based on the number of bad reviews. My resolve was well reworded with a story to the same class as the 1st 3 books. The only thing you must do is realize the author casts his stories in the 1st person. So with this book centered around Rondal and Tindal it is the lens of 17 year old boys and it would be best to remember that. There was also a bit of gripe about how the women are portrayed, personally knowing more then a little about early human feudal society I find it refreshing that the author writes how it was and not cave to political correctness of the 21st century. If it makes you feel uncomfortable find some comfort in seeing how far society has come rather then being angry about how it was. lastly I really don't get clams that the book bashes on Tindal and uplifts Rondal, I would concede the book is more centered on Rondal but that make sence from a story telling perspective with Rondal being under developed until this book. Other then that anyone who thinks Tindal is cast down in this book is either a raging feminist (for he is fairly chauvinistic) or simply did not read the entire book.

hope this helps anyone who shared my initial concerns.

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  • PJ
  • 08-17-19

I stopped reading half-way through

I am disappointed. Rondal grew into a nasty conceited person. Don't care how it ends.

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  • Stubbsy
  • 04-07-19

Utterly unlikeable protagonist

A side story to the main event, this book focuses on the two apprentices Tyndal and Rondal. We know a little of Tyndal's character already from the previous books but not much at all of Rondal, who is the main protagonist here. It turns out that he is an excruciatingly unlikeable, whiney kid who is able to surpass Tyndal in almost every way (except with the ladies, which I think is supposed to make up for the rest?). I wouldn't mind if there was a point to be made but there were no positives, Tyndal is put down and abused for 90% of the book (by both Rondal and the author) and at the end it's just forgotten and they are friends. Yes Rondal needed some padding out as a character but this just made me despise him. Strangely it seems like the author's intention is to push him as the hero, as if this is a child fantasising about how he can destroy the (actually quite friendly) school jock. I found the book very hard to finish and seriously considered skipping to the next one. The last few hours are better but don't save the book. Skip.

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  • mr joe p shrieves
  • 07-25-18

weakest so far but still god

Overall this is a great book, in keeping with the series so far. However I have to say it's the weakest so far in my opinion.

It starts out well but quickly turns into a pity piece for rondal, made worse by the fact that the way he acts doesn't make him particularly likable. I spend half of this book wanting him to get beaten up.

The random fluctuations in characters power seems quite ill thought out, without giving away spoilers as to who, but you'll see what I mean.

Overall still good, but rondal's writing and borderline incel behaviour drag it down, especially as it's clearly written to encourage you to like him.

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  • bdg
  • 10-01-19

A book of padding

I love this series but this book just misses the mark for me. It feels like padding for commercial gain and just doesn’t have the same engaging style as the other books.

The premise that a few weeks of training can change change a runty boy into a consummate warrior is laughable and the rather pathetic interactions between the two just become exasperating.

I was glad when the book was over so we could get back to the main story which is a shame.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-10-18

disappointed

after the first 3 books was so looking forward to this but just as it was gearing up it ends 17 chapters after the other books where 50 plus I used a credit to buy it not the £38 plus it should of been feel ripped off. extremely disappointed

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  • Richard McFerran
  • 11-19-18

This is book 4...

So far, 6 out of 10 books from the Spellmonger series have been narrated.

I really hope that books 7 to 10 are narrated soon, and, that John Lee is the narrator.

For me, a great audiobook book needs two things, a great author and a great narrator. If either of the two are not great, the audiobook will not be great. The Spellmonger series is written by an excellent author and read by an excellent narrator, a rare combination indeed

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  • Ginny
  • 09-02-20

Can’t stop

Once I start the books in this collection I can’t stop. Can’t get enough of them.
Great storyline easy to follow and my interest is kept all the way through. The reader is very good. Nice and clear. Can’t wait until my next treat of book five.

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  • H J Hiscox
  • 07-15-20

Another masterpiece!

The boys make good ! Exciting twist to the ongoing sorry-line. Good twists and turns leaving you excited to get on to book 5!

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  • Luke C.
  • 06-29-20

character development

allows the two characters to develop on their own. loved where its been taken

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-28-20

Entertaining

Entertaining as always with the spellmonger series, looking forward to the next installment (happily already downloaded!)

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  • Sarra
  • 02-24-20

growing up

the boy became a man and now the apprentices become men in there own right..


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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-18

cheesy bromance

still a good exploration of the characters but it was a bit cheesy with the bromance / rivalry

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  • Ryan
  • 07-30-20

A player's guide to girls in a feudal society.

Feels more like a collection of linked novellas focusing on 2 side characters rather than a part of the main story line.
A large part of the story revolves around the characters love lives and the calculated and professional system used to woo young lady's.
Feels like a large part of the book was lifted out of a 'make yourself a player' self help book.
Tips like
'reduduce a girls self worth so she will view you as a move valuable mate in comparison to herself'
'complement the second most attractive girl in a group so as to inspire jealousy and competition for your affections'
Can't help but feel large portions of this book have a very toxic attitude to women.
Would skip this book if given the choice which is disappointing as overall I have been enjoying the series.

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  • mishmashn
  • 12-24-18

fantastic book. way to focused on rondals sex life

loved all the books so far. this one was amazing but about 1/4 of the book was about rondals non existent sex/love life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-27-18

average

there were a lot of things missing from this book and it didn't all link up a lot of information should have been included I really like the story line but each book is getting worse when it comes to skipping out on things

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  • Joanne
  • 05-03-21

Another incredible title!

There has been no end to the kind of world building each book brings to this series, and I welcome every drop of it.
A performance riddled with intriguing sounds which never cease to drag you into the world of the Spellmonger.
Knight Magi take on a third person narrative separate to the insightful mind of the Spellmonger you're used to; and you're ever grateful for it. You fall in love all over again.

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  • Ms. E. C. Hayden
  • 04-14-21

great story, some cringe

I feel really conflicted about this book and series.
on the one hand the antagonist and overall story is very compelling. Mostly well written though sometimes names are overwhelming.

There's some epic cringe particularly in this book. Firstly attitudes towards mental health issues. so promising at the start of the series about managing PTSD (As minelan had flashbacks at the start). but these are basically minimized or glossed over throughout.

Predominantly the cringe is about the idealized young male protagonist, and overly sexualised but mostly incompetent females. for example - basically the only magically powerful female is specialized in sex magic. Almost every female flattering and fawning over the basically idealized male protagonist. The males overcome any character issues but females don't have depth enough to have character flaws.

This is an outdated narrative style and literally had me rolling my eyes so hard they almost stayed that way. this was more apparent in this book than in previous ones. as someone else said "it was like it was written by a teenage boy".

despite this - a compelling story.

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  • vos01
  • 02-17-21

another great book in the spellmonger series!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook through the exceptional narrator that brings all of the characters alive. The tale keeps going with twists and turns keeping the interest without slowing pace!

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  • Brendan
  • 11-17-20

Very good listen

I agree that the late teen stuff was a bit painful but in the scheme of the series it's a good development of the Tin and Ron caricatures, good movement of the series going forward. I'll keep purchasing these audio books as long as it keeps engaging

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  • Ant
  • 09-03-20

Why no chapters

I loved this but the fact it was it big parts was annoying. Chapter by chapter is much better for this of us who listen before bed to go to sleep.

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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.