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Publisher's Summary

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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More of a side book.

Almost makes me hate the boys. To them it seems that if you are a pretty girl who will sleep with them....yes both of them, then well it doesn't matter that she lied and tried to get a innocent man kill. First they were going to send her to hang, but then oh look she wants to sleep with them. Please understand I love the first 3 books but this one I am going to return.

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Way to much needless teen drama.

The first books in this series were great, and the third or so of this book that actually progressed the story was great as well. The other two thirds read more like a cosmo magazine than a world on the brink of destruction.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Coming of age drivel.

This doesn't advance the same story as the previous the books at all. This entire book is a tangent dedicated to the "coming of age" and sexual dalliances of the apprentices. I understand the need for character development, but that AND Story progression child both Havre been accomplished if this book hadn't focused so much on how to screw every woman introduced.

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series is good, this book is painful

The series is good, this book is painful. The narration is good as usual but this is justbto teenage angsty.

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The underdog is an ass

The summary of the book makes it clear that this is going to be a story of boys becoming men. Instead it becomes a book of whining underdog that becomes an asshole and how he continues to be an asshole.

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Honestly just skip this one.

95% filler... short of a three way nothing notable happens in this book.

A terrible attempt at a coming of age story. So much time is wasted rehashing content from the first three books that you'll find yourself hitting the fast forward button constantly if not just skipping chapters all together.

I'm in all honesty disgusted with this book. It was a feeble attempt at best and a con at worst.

There's so many coming of age books and series out there that just blow this blubbering nonsense away.

I feel sorry for the narrator, I can only imagine how many times he had to drag himself to work knowing he had to read this.

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cringe-worthy coming of age tale

I absolutely love this series. However, this one book was pretty "eww." If you don't do well with women who are vulnerable trading sex for their own survival then skip this book.

Woman down on her luck and owes her liege money? under pretense that they are their to collect the cash, our heros have coercive sex with the woman (with her kid, too!) and tell the woman she now has an extra year to pay it off! When a different woman commits treacherous acts and lies during a time of war, does she get the hangman's noose? ...Not if she has a threesome with her captors! But but it was totally consensual, like all sex that prisoners have with their jailer and their military judge both at once the day before they face judgement...

Whether or not there is a fictional culture where sex and chauvinist attitudes are different from ours, this was a tough listen as a women because all these scenarios really happen and it is pretty rapey in real life.

The two protagonists discuss how to properly use negging, gaslighting, and other forms of psychological manipulation to get sex... including lying to and having sex with a woman has just faced a friend dying in front of her and she is extremely vulnerable SO TOTALLY DO HER.

Am I supposed to hate the two apprentices now? Was this a clever writing to make them seem monstrous and unreliable for a future plot twist or was the author really that creepy that it is sincerely supposed to be fist bumps and high fives material?

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Should be titled “Rondal the great, Tyndal sucks at everything now”

I have loved every book in this series before now. And I was excited about the idea of the two apprentices getting the training they needed.

But over the course of the book all that happens is Rondal getting more and more powerful and being a jerk while Tyndal learns a little blue magic.

Seriously Rondal goes through what amounts to basic training and proceeds to beat Tyndal at all physical/warrior activities from that point on. As someone who has done military basic training it is preposterous. Seriously, basic training and then poof better at everything and acts like a total jerk from that point on.

I started this book feeling for Rondal and ended it wishing him to his doom on the Umbra.....

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Jumped the shark

One apprentice to trains martial combat for years. With masters. The other barely anytime but after six weeks of marching he is the superior combatant? Terrible writing and super disappointing.

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Interesting

A good story in the Spellmonger series but definitely not as well written or as interesting as the first three books. Stop reading if you don’t want spoilers




Honestly there are a few holes in this story that I dislike and it was a fever short book for the series I didn’t like the fact that they made tindel seem inadequate for 3/4 if the book and Rondal becomes great at fighting and command in 4 weeks while tindal has been training over a year and with sword masters and war mages in the last book honestly it’s annoying but I can see why the author went on this direction to try and even out the apprentice’s but in my opinion this wasn’t written well

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Mr. A. J. Gallagher
  • 07-16-18

another great part

However I wish the boys got over their issues faster. but it paid off, if slightly predictably.

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  • Robert
  • 03-08-18

brilliant!

I'm loving this series! the only problem is I now have to wait till the next one is released on audible. Hope it's soon.

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  • 03-01-18

Good storytelling..

The author knows how to spin an enjoyable yarn.. Consistently good storytelling.. Looking forward to the next book in the series..

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  • Colin C.
  • 02-15-18

hmm


The good,
The story is not part of the main tale, but follows the adventure of the two young apprentices but coming adults and this is about 80 of the story.

The bad,
its just about the apprentices.

The ugly,
%20 of this is just softcore, and cuckold softcore at that. if that's you boat good for you. not my thing, I can enjoy a bit of rumpy in a book but feel there was a bit much in this for me.

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  • Dr Stu
  • 02-06-18

Another fantastic tale by a genre master!

Terry has produced yet another fantastic tale in the Spellmonger series! Great plot, and enthralling story telling, I can’t wait for more in the series. My only issue is that book was just a little too short! I really wanted more detail on the exploits in the academy, as this section ended very abruptly, when I felt it demanded more, but overall a cracking tale!

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  • M Buckley
  • 01-21-18

loving this series, can't wait for the next

once again another lovely book.
this one not following the Spellmonger, but instead plumping out the universe a bit and following the adventures of Tyndal and Rondal.

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  • Ansari
  • 01-16-18

A nice change of pace

A bonding experience with the two apprentices serves as a welcome distraction from the ever looming dead God and marital problems of the spellmonger.

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  • S TRATHEN
  • 01-14-18

great

this series of books just gets better. I look forward to the next instalment and it has had me chuckling on more than on occasion.

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  • Mr
  • 01-12-18

Knights Magi The spellmonger Series

Wonderful story funny and compelling

well narrated by John No. A must to all Terry Mancour readers

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-07-18

enjoyable series

loved it. heaps of laughs throughout. looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Adam
  • 03-17-18

loved it.

how long until the rest of the series is on audible. loved every minute of it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-12-18

Fantastic

I can’t wait for the next one, they need to hurry up and release it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-17-17

excellent

a truly great continuation of one of my favorite fantasy series wonderfully written and narated

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  • Setkeh
  • 12-14-17

Great Book.

I have been reading this series since the first audio book and it is fantastic highly recommended this is a fantastic continuation of the story and I'm really looking forward to the next book for sure.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-17

great

great series. took me a bit to get into but once there i was hooked. v

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  • Tristan
  • 11-16-17

absolutely awesome kept me on the edge of my seat

I cannot wait for the next one to come out will you please hurry up

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-16-17

THE BEST!!! Want more

Love this book the story is so gripping love the series and John lees performance is outstanding keep releasing them they are amazing