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High Mage

Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
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Things were starting to look up for Magelord Minalan the Spellmonger: The magic mountain in his domain not only made him a wealthy man and the most powerful mage in history, it also produced a lode of magical gemstones with unique properties - properties the Alka Alon, the masters of magic on Callidore, are fascinated by. When Minalan gets his chance to trade some of his magic rocks for irionite, he finds himself in a position to raise hundreds more magi with the stones...making them High Magi.

But as valuable as that bargain is for prosecuting the war with the Dead God and his sinister armies, such power comes with a hefty price. Every new High Mage Minalan raises presents potential new problems. The Magelords have inspired fear in their neighbors. The warmagi invent deadly new spells. The lower orders of magi are getting restless. The mage-led Sevendor Town wants a new charter. King Rard and the royal court are pressuring the nascent Arcane Orders politically. Some magi are crossing the Penumbra and taking stones from the goblins as well as taking their service. And some are just starting to get a little crazy.

It makes a nice, normal little raid on his lands seem refreshing in its simplicity.

In trying to balance the needs of the war with the needs of a well-ordered Order, Minalan finds himself making compromises, cutting deals, and bargaining what power he has in a high-stakes game where Chaos seems to be the only player who knows the rules. The temptations of his position and the power he wields are great, but so, he discovers, are the responsibilities. But when his patience seems nearly exhausted and his alliances seem ready to crumble, a massive army emerges from the shadowy realms and strikes south, forcing the High Magi to rally around the Spellmonger in defense of the kingdom.

As the genocidal goblin army marches toward the once-prosperous cottonlands of Gilmora, Minalan and his High Magi must defend a single bridge against them at all costs. And they are ready to. But the plans of magi count little when the powerful and subtle mind of the Dead God opposes them. For when the die is cast and the first blow is struck, it becomes clear that nothing is as Minalan had foreseen. As disaster looms for the humani kingdom and even the Alka Alon are threatened, only a desperate appeal to divinity, a dangerously risky adventure and a little classy enchantment offer any hope against calamity. For the day has come when all that stands between ruin and survival is the bravery and cunning of the Spellmonger and his High Magi!

©2017 Terry Mancour (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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great expansion of the universe

great performance as usual and I felt the story and universe took another good step expanding. I'm now thoroughly invested in the story, characters and can't wait to see what happens next.

There were some awesome twists and turns in this book that got me genuinly excited and loving the story.

my only criticisms are that it always seems too easy for Minilan. given the incredible odds against him he always seems to get away unscathed or without even a close call which seems unlikely. also the tree folk were kind of a disappointment, they had been built up over the series and in the end didn't seem to do much. the lore and the story was great but I would have loved to dive into what makes the tree folk so formidable.

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Still enjoying the series

Have enjoyed this book as much as the others. John Lee is great and really brings the story to life. Looking forward to the next one, please hurry.

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Great series

By now youre on book 5. you're hooked. This book really shows you what amount of power can be used when you have the will.

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excellent

this series always delivers. love the humor and the action, as well as the rich characters.

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  • Joseph
  • 22-05-2018

I love this series can not wait for the next

I do love this book can't wait for the next one to come out hopefully with the same reader. and honestly there are so many more of these I mean I am just chomping at the bit

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  • Nathan Palmer
  • 24-09-2018

Reminds me of Patrick Rothfuss

You won’t find deep intrigue or plot twists in this series. What makes is so enjoyable is the development of the characters; both as written by the author and performed by John Lee. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this series and hope that the remaining books come out on Audio book format soon!

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  • James Owen Colla
  • 10-04-2018

Good but a few complaints

This is a good story so far but this book was way too short and needed more action and has so many plot holes


Spoilers below.....




Wtf why not kill the dragon that’s knocked unconscious?!? And why is the thoughtful knife only used in the last battle also why not drop a giant bolder on the dragon that’s swimming toward you if it’s taking hours to get to you!!!!! Way to many plot holes!!!!!

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  • Kate Pritchard
  • 25-05-2018

Wonderful Series

As a fan of extended fantasy stories, I couldn’t appreciate the Spell monger series more!
I look forward to the next installment in the series.
And, John Lee is marvelous to listen to!

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  • Slick25
  • 23-05-2018

Amazing and fantastical

I love the spellmonger series and my only problem is having to wait for them to be released on audible. I know I could actually READ the books but John Lee’s narration is just too damn perfect and it wouldn’t be the same.

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  • leif
  • 22-05-2018

great series, love the magic or Wizardry.

very captivating, similar to The Wheel of Time or j. r. r. Tolkien trilogy of the rings.

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  • Aaron Brown
  • 20-05-2018

great story. great series.

love this narrator and series. feels fun and less epic than a lot of fantasy.

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  • jonathandmcgowan
  • 06-04-2018

Back on track

Last book was a bit less then it’s siblings in the series. Glad to see we are back on track!

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  • Benben1472
  • 11-02-2019

again awesome! cant wait to start the next one

another great book! cant wait for the next one! great performance and content like all of the rest

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  • Avery Anderson
  • 10-02-2019

Pulls you in

From the moment I sampled the first spellmonger book to finishing the 5th I’ve just been engulfed in the story. From the overall writing to the performance of the actor reading it has been a great ride. As I near the last two books I’m excited to read go through them again!
I highly recommend this series!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-04-2018

Still holding on to see

excellent book can't wait to see if the next book is has good has the last 5

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  • CCCM
  • 07-05-2018

I Loved It!!!

I'm just sorry that the others in the series haven't been release yet. I guess just have to buy the books (mega smiles)

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  • P REID
  • 11-02-2019

My fav fantasy series of all time (so far!)

I have read series by Terry Goodkind, Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo, Brian Staveley, Taran Matharu, James Islington and Brandon Sanderson and I think this series is my current favourite. Great mix of magic and reasonable level of sex, violence and gritty language to add that edge of realism. I was originally not taken with the narrator (seemed bit monotone), but he's definately improved from book 2 onwards - much more passion and sense of different characters through change to his voice.Brandon Sanderson. I'm hoping this series will go similar way to Pug in The Magician and The Spellmonger to be a force to take on the gods.

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  • Teitur Ásgeirsson
  • 26-01-2019

GOOD BOOK

I have over 300 audible titles and I have to say that the narration and performance of this book is one of the best I've heard. It's a compelling universe with a great story and awesome characters

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  • bookworm
  • 11-12-2018

It just gets better

An epic fantasy with full and interesting characters woven into excellent world building. The narration is unsurpassed. Looking forward to book 6. A great way to relax.

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  • Garry
  • 28-11-2018

Back to the main story and back to being interesting

After effectively taking a book off to build Rondal's and Tyndall's character, which was incidental and a bit boring, the spellmonger is back and in possibly the most exciting instalment yet. He really knows how to immerse a reader in a battle!! Loved it!!

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  • Richard McFerran
  • 27-11-2018

I love this series of books...!!

I am about to start the last book in the series that is available in Audible , I really hope that some of the other books become available soon. As I have said in my previous reviews, the pairing of the author and narrator is one of the best, if not the best, combination that I have listened to on Audible. If this is your genre, I highly recommend that you listen to this series.

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  • James
  • 04-11-2018

Amazing!

this series is truly a work of art and something that I will be reading many times

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  • Robert
  • 03-09-2018

love it

I'm continuing to love this series, I can barely put it down.
I particularly enjoy the sarcastic way the story is narrated!

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  • Teresa
  • 26-08-2018

A great new experience

never read this author before. Have now read first five books non stop. Brilliant reads