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  • Spellmonger Cadet, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (153 ratings)

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Hawkmaiden

By: Terry Mancour
Narrated by: Finty Williams
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The Falcon’s Call!

From the moment Dara of Westwood spied the Silver Headed Raptor nesting in Rundeval Peak, the precocious redheaded 12-year-old girl was enchanted. The youngest daughter of the Master of the Wood lived in ramshackle Westwood Hall, in the independently minded Westwood estate of Sevendor. Her determination to capture a baby falcon and train it wasn’t hampered by the fact that Dara had never climbed a mountain, had never been trained in falconry, or even remotely had permission from her father to do it. Dara wanted the falcon...and the only thing in her way was the mountain, an angry mother falcon, and her own fears.

But the daring climb up Rundeval and actually capturing the fledgling falcon is just the beginning of her troubles. Actually learning falconry and training the willful bird is a responsibility she had barely considered. Worse, there is trouble afoot in the domain: A new lord has come to rule over Sevendor and all of her people, replacing the corrupt old Sir Erantal. While everyone welcomes the change, the new lord is a wizard: a magelord, the first of his kind in 400 years: Lord Minalan the Spellmonger. And he’s not alone. He’s brought thousands of oddly dressed Wilderlanders with him, families escaping the wars in the west...and settling in Sevendor.

Within weeks of holding his first court as lord of Sevendor, the wizard's magic begins to cause problems. Magelord Minalan turns Sevendor Castle, the entire mountain of Rundeval, and a good portion of the Westwood - including Dara’s home - into enchanted white stone when a spell goes unexpectedly awry one fateful night. As a result, Dara learns that she, too, may become a mage someday. Soon after she discovers that she can see through her falcon’s eyes and share her thoughts, the talents of a beastmaster, opening up a brilliant new world for her.

The folk of the valley have enough to eat for the first time in a generation, there are wizards all over Sevendor, and the castle glows with a magic light at night. The fortunes of the Westwood estate rise. But the Magelord finds foes as well as friends in Sevendor.

Though prosperity flows from the Magelord’s benevolent rule, the changes are frightening to some who have lost power since the Magelord came. Outside the Westwood, the other natives of the domain are upset by their magical lord and his strange new people, and there are whispers of rebellion. And outside of the domain, the neighboring lords, urged on by sinister forces, conspire to plunge Sevendor into war - with Dara and her family along with it!

What can one girl and her falcon do? When the Magelord leaves on business and his enemies close in on her home, Dara discovers she may hold the answer to saving them all! The fate of the entire domain rests with Dara of Westwood, the girl they’ll call the Hawkmaiden!

©2015 Terry Mancour (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Amazing

This book takes place 6 months to a year before the Spellmonger and adds so much more to the lore. Knowing Terry it is a GREAT read, he’s outdone himself on this book and it felt as though it was easy reading and natural to the story.

I highly recommend this book if you love the Spell monger series.

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book 1 half maiden

omg I soooonlovebthis series and now hearing it from another perspective just makes it feel complete ...
I just wish Patrick rothfus could don't he same and expand his series rhe dame way ..making it never ending

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Narration difficult to listen to

The story wasn't too bad, the early chapters seemed a bit slower, but the most challenging aspect of this audiobook was the narration. There are what seem like long pauses in the narration between some of the paragraphs which interrupted the flow of the story and were quite distracting.

I almost regretted my purchase but I do enjoy the story and world that Terry Mancour has built with the spellmonger series, but I had to take a break from listening to this one and came back to it a few weeks later.

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sensational

As good as it gets in storytelling. Terrific in every way possibly. Fantasy fiction at its finest.

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Dares episode 1

Thoroughly enjoyed this additional byeline book to the spellmonger series. can't wait for the next.

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Need a narrator how has listened to the other book’s

The story is a grate addition to the Spellmonger collection.

Unfortunately the narrator had not listened to any of the other books in the Spellmonger collection and pronounced a lot of common place, lead characters and words like magi wrong which is very distracting from the flow of the book.

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above average

I enjoyed it. but it's no spell monger series. hopefully fighting a dragon helps with the next one.

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