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Minalan gets medieval!

When you defeat the invading goblin army, get knighted on the field of battle, gifted with lands and gold, usually your happily-ever-after is...happy. But now that Minalan the Spellmonger has been ennobled and enfiefed, Sire Minalan has a task cut out for him that makes defeating goblins seem like child's play: moving his very pregnant bride and a few thousand refugees from Boval Vale into the remote, sparsely peopled Domain of Sevendor. But when he arrives, he finds the land withered from neglect and filled with superstition and suspicion. A third of his domain has been conquered before he got there, and the castle he now owns hasn't been maintained in decades. As Minalan manages the challenges of being a noble, being a mage knight, being the lord of the manor, being a landlord, and fending off a belligerent (and well-armed) neighbor, he also has to learn how to be a husband, father, and a leader of the people.

Then the fateful night his son is finally born, Minalan learns the nature of fear, as he, his family, and his very realm are forever changed when the spell he casts to save their lives transforms the land. Minalan, his apprentices Sir Tyndal and Sir Rondal, his dour but efficacious castellan Sir Cei, and his moody wife struggle through the winter and defend their domain in his attempt to prove what a Magelord can do for his people when he puts magic in their service.

But in the distance, the threat of a renewed war with the goblins looms as they approach the Riverlands, the Gilmoran baronies that are the heart of the Duchies. The contentious High Magi convene to constitute the new Arcane Orders, while the fanatical Royal Censorate of Magic plots to defeat them, and the thousands of hedgemagi, witches, and footwizards they terrorized now see Minalan as a hero. The sinister family schemes to promote Duke Rard II to become King Rard I of the newly united Kingdom of Castalshar - over a pile of bodies, if necessary. And suddenly, out of the sky, fall dragons in the service of the Dead God to strike at the strength of the nascent Kingdom.

How can Sire Minalan fight goblins, plots, poverty, and politics, all from his remote and rustic vale, while keeping the peasants in line and the Warbird of West Fleria at bay? With wit, courage, determination, and a healthy dose of magic. And when the new king tasks him to find a way to slay a dragon, an ordinary knight might shy away from the quest. For Sire Minalan, it's just another day on the job as a magelord!

©2017 Terry Mancour (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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The biggest Flaw in this epic

The one thing I would change in great series is the speed in which it is produced on Audio....for the love Ishi' s fragrant slit....speed it up

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Great book, superb performance.

Love the series, this is a great book to listen to. Well worth the money and great for those long drives.

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Love

I love the Spellmonger. Just enough sass and humility with plenty of drama to endear anyone.

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continues to enthrall

this is a great series. I am thoroughly enjoying it. The narration has gotten better with every book. Look forward to the next one.

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Few epic fantasy writers do it this well.

This entry is mostly works building, and I was still enthralled. It's rare for me to not get a bit bored and start skimming.

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Thoughts from a Dungeonmaster.

I love high fantasy books, so I'm rather biased.
But noteworthy points is that I enjoy the detail of politicsinterwoven in the story, combined with the narrators range of "noble" voices makes it a breeze to listen to.
I also find it instructive and plan to use ideas from this series to further enhance my own Pen & paper Roleplaying Campaign.

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Excellent, can't wait for the next chapter!

I really enjoyed this installment of the Spellmonger series. There were many new characters to enjoy and a fleshing out of old ones. I got to see just what the Spellmonger had been fighting for in the previous books and how he had changed in the process. The noble life doesn't seem so perfect any more, as I saw just how much work goes into it and how it kept Minalan on his toes from start to finish. Cant wait to see what happens next to the simple Spellmonger.

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magelord

excellent story, cannot wait for the next one.
The performance has improved from previous books.

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great series

A great series. it's like following your average Joe as he becomes awesome. can't wait for the next one!

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Fun Listen!

The story is enjoyable and the narrator as well. Whimsical, not deep or high fantasy.

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  • C Hall
  • 09-24-18

well worth the time to listen to the series

This series has me hooked. Grrat story line great performance have now bought the next two.

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  • paul
  • 09-06-18

Awesome series

Great story line
Great narration
Thoroughly entertaining
If it has a downside, it would have to be keeping me up at night listening to more.


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  • laurence
  • 08-21-18

Fine addition to a slightly mediocre series

So I liked this story a lot, it's a nice intriguing look at the nuts and bolts of running a fief in this world with some good world building. I also liked that the creepy perviness that Min has is played down a lot more. What makes this mediocre is that the author can't seem to keep his story straight, numerous examples of him contradicting plot points that he establishes in the previous books (and even in previous chapters!) this is so bad it sometimes feels like it's been written by more than one person. It makes following things hard and bring you out of the story quite jarringly. That said the action sequences are very good and the characters colourful and getting back to good arcs of progression, so I'm looking forward to the next installment.

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  • mr A P GOSNEY
  • 08-07-18

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well read, I found the series easy to listen to so far. Great story & characters

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  • Dave
  • 06-24-18

good world building

really enjoyed the world building in addition to the main story. superb performance form john Lee too.

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  • Mr Andy Ralph
  • 06-08-18

A great story

A decent addition to the Spellmongor series.
Looking forward to the next one!
Just downloaded it!

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  • S. Nath
  • 03-29-18

Very entertaining

this is an awesome series. very entertaining even listening multiple times. i can't wait to listen to the next one.

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  • Rob Gordon
  • 03-12-18

brilliant need the rest

Love this series such a huge and colourful world. brilliant characters both good and bad

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  • Robert
  • 01-26-18

couldn't put it down

loved it! just a shame it looks like I'll run out of books before they all get onto audible :P

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  • Debbie Pol
  • 01-13-18

Totally addictive!

From the superb magical story to the mesmerising voice I cannot recommend this series more highly.
I have the next in the series ready to start and await eagerly the rest in the series on audible!

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  • James Corr
  • 02-22-18

Loved it!

I loved the narration, characters and story! The entire series has kept up an impressive standard. Well done.

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  • Paul
  • 01-28-18

Terrific series

This series has nothing but impressed. The 1st person look on this imaginary world is beautiful written and performed.

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  • Stefan
  • 08-28-18

such a well written adventure.

Now into book three, the adventures of Minalin just keeps getting better. The battle against the Dead God continue.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-27-17

Great

Good story well read look forward to hearing more of the adventures of the spellmonger

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  • Sweetheart1
  • 10-16-17

Let down

Thus is the third book in the series and a real let down. We spend the first 70% of the book setting up Minalyns new estate. With a big battle to finish off the book. It achieved nothing.
Yes it was enjoyable and heart warming and tear jerking but the goblin war took a huge step back so we could help the Mage lord set up house. Just a waste of a good series.

Unfortunately this is where I leave this series as the rest isn't on audible. But I'm not sure I would bother listening to the rest if they were.

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  • michael welch
  • 08-25-17

Really getting into this series

Im really enjoying this series. as a whole there are really good characters, plot and a few surprises. You can tell its setting up to a really decent set of stories.

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  • daniel
  • 08-16-17

good book

loved it. i am getting more and more in to the world of the spell monger