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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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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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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magelord

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

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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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  • Jewell
  • NC, NC, United States
  • 07-29-17

Good series

I look forward to the next part of the story. I'm may just read the next book because the recording take a while and the book are completed.

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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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great series

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

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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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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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Can't wait for the next book to be recorded.

This is a fantastic series. John Lee's perfomance of the books sets a high bench mark for all other performers. He makes you feel like you are part of the story every step of the way.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-26-17

Continues to cast its web of enchantment!

Another stunning tale of arcane wonder; guaranteed spellbinding. Narrated by John Lee in his usual enthralling range, with only the occassional vocal crossover.

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  • M. Paddon
  • 10-19-17

Great, but with annoying flaws.

I've enjoyed the first three books of this series, but it has issues as well for my mind, and while I've given it four stars I'd feel better with 3.5 out of 5 really.

Whats good? The plot is plenty deep in both the war and the political sphere. The war is broad and not just limited to the human vs goblin war either. Thanks to all the political problems where is plenty of human conflict as well.

Whats bad? The characters aren't as deep as I feel they should be - partly due to first-person perspective tale - in a lot of cases and I don't feel like I know some of them even when they are often involved. Emotional content is pretty poor or non-existent. There is love and triumph, but despite battles where hundreds or thousands are killed that tragic loss of life just seems to get brushed aside like it's nothing at all. Which is why sometimes the characters feel shallow. Not sure I recall true grief at all in any of the books.

There are also annoyances with the book where author is just to fricking lazy to check his own work or his editor is. By this I mean when precedence set in previous books are changed. LIke in book one he got told it would take one hour to break the bond the glass has to the dead god, but it repeatedly varies in time including at one point it now seems to be for no explained reason an entire day. This is sloppy, and this is one of MANY such examples in the books. Another is the stone area in his town charging from a mile to six or seven at random.

We get no explanation how the main character seems not to know anything about the forsaken despite the fact he should, given that he was told all about them before. Has he forgotten? Had something done to him? Or is the author and editor made another annoying error?

We get no idea how there are suddenly radically different Goblins that don't seem that surprising to the characters. How can it not? They are born in birthing pits and it took centuries to build up their numbers. Now they are making full grown new species of Goblin inside a year.

Anyway, while these did irritate me quite a lot when they crop up the books overall are good works of epic fantasy and the narrator was excellent too. I hope the rest of the series will be transferred to audio-book soon

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  • Martin Hazlewood
  • 10-18-17

good story but left wanting the next books in the

great follow up to book 2, with an enjoyable different plot direction but left wishing the next books in the series were available. hopefully we won't be waiting to long

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  • steve copeland
  • 10-12-17

great read

great book really enjoying the series can't wait for the next book and to find out what happens!

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  • C Jerome
  • 10-11-17

Loved it

Great story. Well crafted storyteller and well read. Where is the rest of the series audible ??

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  • Thomas D.
  • 10-10-17

What an amazing series!

I just can't praise this series enough. The authors style is brilliant- although set in a fantasy world the characters are all so believable and human. There is loads of humour and the way the magic is intertwined in the story is brilliantly done. And lastly the narrator is a true master at his craft- this is the second series I have listened to by John Lee and once again I am not disappointed. If you like adventure and a good tale, just get this series.

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  • Luke
  • 09-26-17

very enjoyale

very enjoyable listen. i also can not wait until book 4 comes out. why 15 words....

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  • Mr R B Williams
  • 09-24-17

Can't wait for More!

fantastic epic fantasy deep characters leaves enoughroom for the imagination and doesn't get bogged down in the details.

Really enjoyable listen, the performance is great, the depth of character in the narration is terrific!

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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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  • 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