Shadowmage

Spellmonger, Book 9
Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Spellmonger, Book 9
Length: 24 hrs and 16 mins
5 out of 5 stars (5,144 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Rescuers. Avengers. Thieves. Spies.

The life of a knight mage is never easy, but sometimes the gods smile on you and grant you an errand of incredible complexity...without regards to casualties.

When Tyndal and Rondal, journeymen wizards and knights errant, travel to southern Alshar to rescue a helpless boy and his mother, it sets in motion a series of events that will shake the foundations of the Five Duchies! While they are beginning their quest against the vast criminal gang known as the Brotherhood of the Rat, the two knights encounter the Cats of Enultramar, a family of shadowmagi (masters of shadow, illusion, and obfuscation) and high-class thieves who help them discover a plot to attack the rich lands and prosperous people of Alshar, from the Wilderlands to the Great Bay...and only Rondal and Tyndal can stop them.

From thugs and thieves to irate Censors of Magic to dragons and undead, the intrepid pair face the challenges of a new land and an old enemy. For when a new, powerful threat in the form of the Necromancer of Olum Seheri looms against them, the brave young knights magi can only hope to defeat it with the help of a...shadowmage!

 Includes special bonus story The Spellmonger's Yule!

©2016 Terry Mancour (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Just keeps getting better,

So much going on! Will Alya come back, she must. It was good to see the boys were busy. This is a book you will listen over and over, love the series. Oh, and Mr. Lee has become The Spellmonger. These books are fun, charming and you become a part of the story. Enjoy, we sure do.

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I can't get enough of this series!

This book focuses on the former apprentices. I was initially disappointed that it wasn't about the Spellmonger but then I was swept away. It's amazing how easily the author takes secondary characters and develops them into primary characters. Loved it and loved how well it ties into the storyline. John Lee's narration is perfect as always. I suspect people would pay him to read aloud their grocery lists.

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Need more Minalan!

As I love Pentandra, Rondal, and Tyndal very much they are not the ones I come back for in each book and having them back to back after all that happened last with Minalan almost made me lose interest in the series altogether. Thankfully I pushed through Pentandras book which had its moments near the end that intrigued me and then to Rondal and Tyndals adventure which I enjoyed a lot more than the last but still was craving Minalan in the end. Then before you know it I was coming to the end and BAM you added "The Spellmongers Yule" as a bonus and boy did that change everything. the amount of info I learn in those last five hours completely blew my mind and I'm beyond excited for what's next (as long as its following Minalan). Great addition to the series overall.

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  • TJ
  • 07-23-19

Add the novellas...

First, the praise.
I enjoyed this installment in the series FAR more than Enchanter, that's for sure... and, actually, I believe it restored some of my faith in the author's work.
However, more and more, I've been finding myself frustrated with these books, because there are certain events in the story that have already taken place, which the author only ever hints at (such as the Spellmonger's wedding, and honeymoon, etc.). He simply insinuates that the things which transpired, therein, were important, instead of actually coming right out and explaining what those things were.
The attached novella at the end of this installment only added to my frustration, because I quickly realized that the real reason I (as an Audible listener) was continuing to trudge through this story in ignorance was likely because the author had already written the events down, in similar novella fashion, and merely hadn't recorded them as audio books... turns out, I was correct--though I probably should have looked up the author's information (outside of Audible) far sooner.
Now, I'm not necessarily trying to be a sour sport or anything, but this creates a fairly big gap in knowledge, for those off us who have little time to sit down with a paperback, or e-book, and actually read. So, I suppose, what I'm really asking for is this... to anyone willing to read this simple review (and, more specifically, to those who might have the power to do something about it) please, for the love of the gods, find a way to ADD THE NOVELLAS! Thank you, for your consideration.

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Better than The Wheel of Time

John Lee kills it. he's the best narrator I've ever heard. all nine books awesome

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Did it again

The best long running series I’ve read in a VERY long time. The 9th installment doesn’t disappoint. Lots of background and set up for the tenth book. I can’t wait to read number 10!!!!

-Joel

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5 premature reviews?

I love this series but there are five reviews already on a title that has only been out for a few hours and the running time for this publication is 24+ hours. I've loved this series so far as well as the performance. I can't understand putting a negative review on something you've yet to experience. Just like the bedroom if you're reviewing prematurely you're probably the one who deserves the bad rating and not the book.

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Drudgery

Kept waiting for a story to develop. And waited. Scraps and tidbits were tossed about. What happened to the previous book's storyline? Utter drudgery.

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Awesome stories

This product comes with the main book and a short story afterwards. I enjoyed the slight romance in this book more than some of the previous romances introduced. The story was a perfect mix of world building, character building, and action. The worst part of The Spellmonger series is waiting on the next one to release on audible.

As for the short story, it’s a world changer. I never thought a 4-5 hour long story could change the world he has been building so much. Terry has an amazing imagination and I cannot wait for more.

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I can't say enough about this book and series. <br />

amazing, humorous, dramatic, and the narrator is good too. a match that makes it special.

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  • Garry
  • 07-24-19

I thought it was another supplemental volume but it is more

I'm not a big fan of when terry ignores the central story of the spell monger but I really enjoyed this instalment of the spellmonger's universe. For the first time I cared about what happened to Tyndall and rondall. Great action and a plot that grips you all the way through. I am keen to progress minalan's story but this was a beautiful context setter and the novella at the end was fab

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  • Dr_L
  • 05-13-20

Fantastic story in the series

This was a great story revolving around tingle and rondel, i love their dynamic and how they overcome difficulties. The extra story at the end is also good and I am keen to find out what happens in the next book.

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  • bdg
  • 12-20-19

A fun book but.......

I enjoyed this one, much more than Court Mage, it’s engaging and whilst I don’t think that TM is great at building the larger world and his writing style is fun but simple, I can’t get over his unpalatable obsession with the feminine virtues of a 14 year old girl. He’s done it before with Dara to a lesser extent (I’ve not read her spin off series so unsure as to how far he took this before) and does it again in this book, spending enough time and effort on the marriageability, beauty and femininity of a girl so young as to be really quite obscene to me. Not cool Mr Mancour, not cool.

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  • Mr D A KELLY
  • 12-03-19

Loved every minute

brilliant addition in itself and the addes Yule story at the end was fantastic too

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  • El
  • 10-10-19

Loved this!

I really struggled with the last book, I hated it with a passion and completely ruined the character of Pentadra for me. HOWEVER, this book is exactly what the last should have been. It is from Rondal/Tyndals POV and pushes the plot forward, while giving a unique perspective.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 09-30-19

another excellent side story.

just like the previous book in the series, this was a collection of short stories told from the perspective of other characters. a nice and fun tale which I enjoyed very much.
the surprise was the short story at the end of the book which served as the prelude to the next book to which I'm really looking forward to when the audio book comes out.

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  • J
  • 09-23-19

Best...

Without a dought one of the great fantasy series ever and with a first class narration not to be missed. Highly recommend..

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  • Rich
  • 09-17-19

I love the narration

the story is amazing the narration fantastic a joy to listen to. you must have read/ Listened to the other books to get this far so I am preaching to the converted

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-04-19

oooh you barsteward

totally getting into this book. snatched away too early. great addition to the series. more. more.

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  • slybauer
  • 01-14-20

entertaining padding to earn money

the story keeps falling down because of the power of the witch stones these super powerful stones somehow in a one-to-one fight can't even hurt the opponent without one it makes the premise of the witch stones a little silly I think this story has run its course and it's just padding for more money. I think it's time for the thrilling climax we have been waiting for

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  • Patrick
  • 03-14-20

Some characters really need some development

Amazing world building but, Tindal has no character development all series which is frustrating, seeing all the other characters develop and gain skills but him not and his natural skills just made out to be negative has always buged me.

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  • Christine
  • 03-04-20

book 9

terrific addition to the storyline I couldn't stop listening now have to wait until the next one comes out.

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  • pete
  • 10-15-19

If you're reading this series, dont skip this!

I've just listened to court Wizard and Shadow Mage back to back and its well worth it. Sure, it's not focused on Minalin, but it gives a lot of background to the world of Callidore. This book is the stronger one of the 2 with a faster pace and humor that Tyndal and Rondal's adventures provide.

With the Spell Monger's Yule short story at the end perfectly sets the listener for the next installment.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-19

The Best

A wonderful captivating story from Book 1. Excellent throughout with drama, suspense and action. An ordinary day becomes filled with excitement and imagination. Well done

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  • Galahadoc
  • 07-26-19

keep them coming

more more more... please. can't get enough of these and love how frequently the dude pumps them out. quality doesn't suffer for the quantity.