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Warmage Audiobook

Warmage: Spellmonger, Book 2

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The goblin invasion is on...and a wizard's work is never done!

After facing a hopeless siege, an implacable foe and an impossible escape, you would think that Minalan the Spellmonger would be able to rest - but the armies of the undead goblin shaman Shereul (known as the Dead God to his human victims) are rolling over the western reaches of the rustic Duchy of Alshar and is headed toward the heart of the Duchy of Castal. Thousands are fleeing for their lives as hordes of goblins pour out of Boval Vale and devastate the rugged fiefs of the Alshari Wilderlands. And the super-charged shamans of the Dead God are making defending the realm almost impossible for the outnumbered Alshari country knights.

While the two Dukes play feudal politics to further their own ends, the only people who seem to care about the invasion are Minalan and his outlaw warmagi friends - and they're busy dodging agents of the sinister Royal Censorate of Magic.

But if someone doesn't organize an army in northern Alshar soon, then there will be nothing to stop the armies of the divinely powerful Dead God from conquering all five Duchies in his genocidal quest for vengeance.

But things are just not that simple: he has to cope with a sexy young Shadowmage assassin who works for a mysterious spymaster, a cocky new manservant, a dysfunctional group of suddenly-powerful warmagi, the Censor General, and a bunch of whiny nobles before the Dukes will grant him the troops and money he will need - and the Dukes have plans of their own. If Minalan the Spellmonger can't lobby the courts of Alshar and Castal to work together - and quickly - the hordes of the Dead God will sweep over the frontiers of both states. Worse, the mysterious Umbra veil he has erected around Boval Vale may come to imperil all Five Duchies.

Minalan would rather just go home and let the Dukes handle it, but his conscience won't let him. Someone has to stop the Dead God...and that someone happens to be him. Beyond politics and plots, goblins and trolls, mercenaries and magic, the Soulless and the shamans, Censors and secret orders, for Minalan there is only the thought that his child is to be born in a world with such dangers, and that is something he cannot permit.

It is time for the Spellmonger to pick up his mageblade, summon his allies, and go to war again...as a Warmage!

©2016 Terry Mancour (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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    Thomas 05-13-17
    Thomas 05-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great one!"

    Enjoyed this one. Well performed and the writing keeps it interesting and moving along well. I don't think that I can wait for the next audible version and might need to just purchased the hardcopy!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    James Hugo 05-25-17
    James Hugo 05-25-17
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    "Spellmonger had so much potential, but i'm done"

    Liked the first book, had its pitfalls and tropes (Min is very sexist, boastful, reader is told how to feel, and there were a lot of anachronisms) but it also had its good points (start of a good magic system, interesting story structure, and a strong villain)

    This book fell SO FLAT.

    All the bad with none of the good.
    - Min is still whoring it up while somehow claiming to be dedicated to his fiancee, fine, not cool, but whatever. But the curses drove me crazy. "Ishes's [adjective][feminine body part]" were gratuitous and make no sense. Its like someone say "Virgin May's Sweet @ss" or "Buddha's swinging ballsack"... just seem like an excuse to talk about boobs.
    - On top of that the amount of times its recited how dangerous imperial trained war mages are and how elite the training is borderline monotonous.
    - Author still tells you how to feel rather than getting you to feel it through descriptions and dialogue, which is the same as before.
    - The anachronisms like the word "tool" or wizards knowing advanced anatomy or cell structures while living in a time without electricity or indoor plumbing is insane.

    But all that was prevalent in the first book too, but I still liked it a lot. What lost me is:
    - The magic system degrades from a loose system you are slowly taught about to "people are doing a bunch of cool things cause they have the witch stones" (again monotony about how powerful they are)
    - The author continued the alternating timelines by chapter, which I liked before because it was telling his back story, but this time it is describing the same story arc but 4 months apart. It becomes a lot of the same characters talking about the same topics with a slight shift in perspective due to a minimal time difference and it is MASSIVELY confusing. The only purpose I could see it serving is breaking up the monotony of all political negotiations and social affairs, but it doesn't really accomplish that.
    - This also diminishes the main villain and really is the same story as last book, the spellmonger has to raise an army and beat a large goblin horde. No escalation, no finality either way, just the same thing different location

    And there are a ton of other little annoyances too, but at the end of the day, this wasn't the fun story the last one was, it was the fantasy of having a super warrior, mage, intellect, ladies man, with godly power, respect, and well hung (yeah, it says it several times), while being the everyday guy, but this time all he does is talk, negotiate, and get told how great he is.

    Passing on book 3.

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Portland, OR, United States 07-27-17
    Daniel Portland, OR, United States 07-27-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Sexism detracts from otherwise engaging story"

    The sexism is really hard to take. It's an engaging story, a rich world and the author thinks women are mysterious, alien...

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    T. F. Ranieri New Castle, PA 05-29-17
    T. F. Ranieri New Castle, PA 05-29-17 Member Since 2012
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    "So much fun..."

    This is a great story, engaging and interesting, and the author clearly has a good grasp of his world, its politics, magical systems, and all the rest. But the writing is sometimes painful. Now I understand that he is a novice writer, and this is one of his earlier efforts. I will presume the writing will improve as the man gets more practice. The reason I mention it is that it does sometimes interfere with my enjoyment of the book - I hate dangling participles.

    That being said, it's so much fun and I love this series so far. Check it out.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    amir 06-08-17
    amir 06-08-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Over done"

    Just way to much explanations. Get to the point. Other than that, is was good but needs a bunch of 30sec jumps

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    phicob 05-13-17
    phicob 05-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A Great Magical Adventure Series."

    I'm enjoying this series tremendously! What a fabulous cast! So much rich detail in characters & civilization!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler 07-09-17
    Tyler 07-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Its is a great story."

    this is an amazing series. i look forward to finishing the entire story. if you like patrick rothfuss the name of the wind, you will enjoy this.

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    Nathaniel 09-18-17
    Nathaniel 09-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome!"

    Engaging story and voice performance supurb! Highly recommend. I cant wait to hear what happens next in the story! About to start the third book!

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    Kim Verner Soldal 09-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "if you hate exposition"

    if you hate exposition or description of any form this book and series is for you. otherwise a decent power fantasy based on magic. This is the take over the world by proxy kind of story

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    Roger 09-12-17
    Roger 09-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Good but tideous."

    He explains a little to extensive so it get tideous some times. Otherwise good story.

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    6/28/17
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    "Great!"

    High fantasy with great humour and likeable heroes, cant wait for the next one. Isis pert little nipples!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    6/27/17
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    "a great listen can't wait for the next installment"

    a great listen can't wait for the next installment. They are big books but gripping

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    6/23/17
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    "great story and performed very well"

    loved the characters, the plots and the intrigues. very entertaining. great story and performed very well

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr R B Williams
    5/19/17
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    "great storytelling"

    Really enjoying this series of books cant wait to see more.
    loving the cast of characters and how they are fleshing out.
    the voice acting is well done.
    keep up the good work!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie
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    8/26/17
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    "A great performance can't save this story."

    The story has all the elements to be a decent fantasy epic. However it's let down by the protagonist being an utter Mary-Sue, and it never felt to me like there was any mystery or danger. The writing is bland and unexciting with occasional words being completely wrong.
    All this means this story is not worth your time or money.

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  • FERENC CSAJBOK
    8/3/17
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    "Highly recommended"

    Do not start listening to it... you won't be able to stop. This is a brilliant piece of work can't wait for the next one. The narrator makes the story even more enjoyable.

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  • Matthew
    7/21/17
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    "A true epic in the making"

    The second book in the series and things are starting to really get going now. Can't wait for the next instalment, story is fantastic and the delivery by John Lee is superb.

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  • chris
    7/17/17
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    "superb"

    really can't wait for the rest of the series!, will have to read and listen 😂

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  • sam
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    7/13/17
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    "A great first two books"

    A really good story well paced and narrated. I'm looking forward to the next book when it arrives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    7/4/17
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    "Can't wait for the next one"
    Where does Warmage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Absolutely fantastic. I couldn't stop listening all weekend. This is a series that must be converted to audio as soon as possible.


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