Thaumaturge

Spellmonger, Book 11
Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Spellmonger, Book 11
Length: 28 hrs and 47 mins
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The Spellmonger in exile!

When Minalan the Spellmonger was exiled from his beloved mageland of Sevendor by Prince Tavard, his friend Duke Anguin made him Count Palatine of the Magelaw, a vast realm in the Alshari Wilderlands with which Minalan is all too familiar. After the goblin invasion, the province is devastated, ruined, and peopled almost only by freed slaves. But Minalan has brought his recovering wife and family into exile with him, and he views their impoverished fief as an opportunity to build a new City of Magi in the wilderness.

To assist, he recruits some of his closest friends among the High Magi: Mavone, the military intelligence specialist; Sandoval, the marshal in charge of recruiting Minalan’s army; Carmella, whose genius for defensive magics will be key; Gareth, whose ambition to create knows no bounds; and Terleman, perhaps the greatest tactical warmage of his time.

Together, Minalan knows that they can build his new city, Vanador, into an anvil that can blunt the thrust of the dark forces that rise against them. For the first of three Nemovorti have come to the Penumbra, and Gaja Katar has vowed to wipe humanity from the face of the world. Yet he is far from the worst of Minalan's worries. For the powerful Sea Folk have sent an emissary to see the Spellmonger, and the news he bears will change the fate of all.

Minalan's only hope is to rely on his cunning and his ability as a Thaumaturge!

©2019 Terry Mancour (P)2020 Podium Publishing
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Tons of Description - But Plot Important

This isn't my favorite book in the series. So much of the early book is 'the story of Vanador ' - a very descriptive setup of the new city (not to say that these books have ever been shy on description and world building). But I do feel that the first third of the book drags, with miscellaneous interesting events happening in the latter part.

And yet I think this is an important book for fans of the series - we have here what's described as the first book in what could be a ten book arc. There are major events, and the start (or escalation) of several story arcs to come (Farise, The Forsaken, Forseti, the arsenal, the Formless, etc)

Enjoy it for what it is. It's good, and starts the promise of what's next.

As always, it's pleasant listening to John Lee and how he narrates the series. i DID notice a few places where there were errors (name swapping / incorrect name), and pronunciation goofs, hence I've docked it to 4 stars.

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What happened in this book?

There are about fifty plot threads going on in the series. If you're hoping for any of them to be resolved, you're out of luck. Hardly any progress is even made on any of them.

We do get an 8 hour description of how Vanador is built. And how their legal system is set up. And how their currency is set up... Seriously, you may as well skip to the first interlude.

Considering the next book is likely to be focused around concurrent Penny or Rondal/Tyndal storylines I doubt we'll get much progress for at least one book.

Here's what happened (obviously spoilers): A random irrelevant badguy attacks Valador and fails miserably. Also his kids from Isily move in with Minalan and Ruderal talks with his dad.

We don't learn anything about the AI. Minalan has two short conversations with him and learns nothing.

We don't learn anything important about the Vundal.

Minalan predictably gets an extension on giving up all the snow stone. He has to give up another mountain but it doesn't happen in this book and he's getting random irrelevant coral in trade.

Alya doesn't change much. She's starting to be influenced by the Handmaiden in some way related to the Vundal. I'm betting she ends of being changed into one of the Celestial mothers by the Handmaiden and saves the day. Didn't happen in this book though.

The prince is still salty about his son dying. But he isn't doing anything besides gathering people around him who don't like magic. He's mentioned so rarely I can't even remember his name.

Anguin gets married to Princess Rardine. The wedding gets attacked the same way the capital was attacked and irrelevant people die. No dragons during the attack this time.

Minalan starts provoking some random Noble dude. It isn't explained why, and nothing comes of it in this book.

That's about it. Really, it's an irrelevant book. I'm not looking forward to the next one because whatever the other characters are doing isn't going to move the plot forward or answer any questions.

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Better on audiobook!

I love the Spellmonger series and eagerly await the next book. John Lee is a treasure!

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An odd addition to the series

I love the world building that goes on in this book. The attention to detail and character development are excellent. I am concerned that the series is getting too wide spread though. This is the first book in the Spellmonger series where there is so much going on, and so many subplots, that I really didn't listen that attentively. I like the world that has been created, but it is now so vast that I don't know what to focus on. I am sure this can be wrapped up in another 12 books, but every series I have seen go this direction dies in quality to tie up the loose ends, and I am afraid that will happen here too.

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Return to Magelord

If you liked Magelord, you're going to love Thaumaturge. One of the best of the series.

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One of the best series I have ever read.

Terry Mancour did it again I can't wait for the next book. This series has become one of my all time favorites.

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Not much here...

A lot of exhaustive descriptions of courts,tax systems, interactions of magics etc. Not much is happening (I made it through 2/3 of this book so far and I am not sure I'll get to the finish).Stalled action,a few conversations ,one joust,another visit from the Sea folk demanding more white stone ....about all. Clearly,the author run out of ideas and now decided to bore his audience to death with his lists of tedium.

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Can't stop won't stop

I haven't actually read the book yet, I'm waiting for it to download right now, but I thought it might be a good idea to list my expectations and then amend this later according to how it actually turns out. This is the sort of story that kind of thing is made for.
In brief, I think this is going to be a continuous improvement upon past entries to the series. The author has demonstrated an ongoing improvement in editing and story building which only demonstrates their passion for this project and how deserving it is of our attention.
Of course there's always the formulaic bit - Cool magic stones do cool stuff and somebody gets angry and beats up a bad person… But fingers crossed this one also tosses us some deep lore. Honestly, wanting to study the lore more closely is my only issue with the series so far. Dude should make a companion guide written by an in world scholar about everything we've discovered so far.
I'll report back after I finish the book. Until then, be disappointed that you didn't think to do this first.

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Another home run..

I'm completely hooked on this series, can't wait for the next installment..
Keep them coming!!

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Great listen, though nothing happened

Was a real easy listen. John Lee is amazing as usual.
Only real complaint is how little seemed to progress in the main story. Most of the book was a montage of building Thanador, amd only the last 5 hours progressed the storyline.
Was also disappointed that many of my favorite characters were missing in this book.

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  • Simon E.
  • 06-24-20

Engaging as ever!

Continuing the epic but still fresh and still enjoyable. Great performance, as ever, by John Lee!

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  • iantrucker
  • 07-12-20

loved it

looking forward to the next outing , this series never disappoints . Great value money



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  • thomas
  • 07-12-20

Unreal

The continuity of the story is so good it brings the spellmongers universe to life!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-20

Amazing

brilliant storyline. Mr Lee is exceptional
can't wait for the next installment of this series

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  • Richard McFerran
  • 07-07-20

Another superb duet...

I keep waiting for this series to fizzle out and to my delight it keeps going. Terry Mancour keeps the story going with creativity and flair, which is then matched with sublime delivery from John Lee.

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  • Alex Crocombe
  • 07-04-20

Brilliant!

This is definitely the best series I've listened to on audible!! I highly recommend it!

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  • angela
  • 07-01-20

Fabulous

The narrator was excellent and the story line as always had me gripped till the end cannot wait for the next book 😀

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  • ohaneymoya
  • 07-01-20

Brilliant , each book seems to will written and,

A new Dept. Of trouble seems to be coming in the next episode I'm loving this book,

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  • Daniel McGuinness
  • 06-27-20

another amazing book

the book was amazing but feels a bit rushed overall still a really good book accompanied by an amazing performance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-26-20

More filler than thriller

Nons-spoiler review:
Far too much setting up of future events. Feels like half of a story, as if the author hit the word limit/deadline and handed in what he had. That is not to say that there aren't lots of fun moments but too much fore shadowing just leaves you feeling unsatisfied by the end.

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Really didn't like the constant references to three coming battles only to get one with basically no consequences for the protagonists. Every major plot thread to come is massively set up and given the slow pace of the series this may die a slow painful death unless there are some serious red herrings. I also dislike the expanding role technology seems to be taking, I like the setting of post terra form society but I started listening for the magic and monsters, the idea of suddenly solving all the issues with some Dr Who like gadget or that they will fly away on a space ship to find a new planet would leave me feeling like I wasted my time with the series. The book was mainly saved by the great narration and odd humerus conversations at the eve of the battle.

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  • Nathan
  • 06-29-20

From strength to strength

Terrific read, perfect narration. The series just keeps getting better. Strongly recommend for epic fantasy fans.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-26-20

Still going strong!

Another killer book in the Spellmonger series! John Lee does an outstanding job with narration and Terry’s writing is witty and the banter is top notch

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  • V
  • 06-26-20

my fav of the series

book 11 and still going strong!
Terry really has a way with words, especially words describing the use of words. the banter in this book was top notch!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-20

The preparation.

A brilliant introduction into the complex nature of the “Thaumaturge”. As a follower from the start I felt it wanting in progress, in regards to overall plot.

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  • Justin
  • 07-09-20

come on already

do yourself a favour and skip to chapter 13 where up to book 11 stop dragging it out please

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-06-20

Step one to bitch slap an undead lord

Another city building set up book with tasty lore and a hell of a cliffhanger!

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  • Julian
  • 06-26-20

Amazing

please please continue to create long an Amazing master pieces , I've listened to every book an I love every single one.
I cant explain the anticipation, I feel for the next book in the series an the sorrow I have because one day, in the future the story ends but please continue until there is no more adventures possible to undertake with the spellmonger series an please have sequels thank you very very much for your dedication an imagination to create wonders in the mind

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  • Scott Berens
  • 06-26-20

another great spellmonger story

For those who love fantasy and world building, this is another great installment in the series. John Lee does his usual great job bringing the story and characters to life.

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  • Kaelim
  • 06-24-20

TOO GOOD!!

Another spectacular entry in the Spellmonger series. Each book That I read of this perfect series, Im more convinced that this might need a TV or movie series!

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  • Cameron
  • 06-23-20

Great book

Loved the story it is an amazing addition to the spellmonger series can’t wait for the next book