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Knights Magi

The Spellmonger Series, Book 4
Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Spellmonger, Book 4
Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Opposites attack!

When the Magelord Minalan, the Spellmonger's two apprentices, Tyndal and Rondal, were knighted after the battle of Timberwatch, they were dubbed Knights Magi: a new class of nobility for distinguished High Magi. Designed to combine the pursuit of arcane knowledge with the noble aspirations of chivalry, it elevated them above common warmage...in theory. The problem was they had no idea how to be a Knight Mage...because no one had ever been one before. And as a couple of half-trained rustic apprentices from the Mindens they did not feel up to the task or the high ideals of their title.

But Master Minalan the Spellmonger decided to cure that ignorance. He arranges for Tyndal and Rondal to be tutored and trained together in their new vocation, learning the arts of magic, the craft of warfare, and the subtleties of chivalry from the finest masters in the kingdom.

If they didn't kill each other, first.

The two young spellmonger's apprentices from the Minden mountain domain of Boval Vale have much in common: both had their homes destroyed, they were both sent into exile by the goblin invasion, and they both serve the same master. Yet they could not be more different.

Rondal is quiet, bookish, and introspective, dedicated to the disciplines of academic magic and anticipating a future of study, service, and, perhaps, romance. Tyndal is bold and brash: an extroverted over-achiever with dreams of glory, gold, and girls. Fate, circumstance, and the whims of the gods have forced them together, but the raw emotions of adolescence and the trauma of war put them at each others' throats with depressing frequency. Master Minalan can't have that, especially not in his fragile new domain with another baby on the way...so he sends them on the road.

Jealousy, anxiety, passion, and frustration conspire to make them rivals - but if they don't figure out a way to learn to work together, and quickly, then their stubborn feud could end up affecting the fate of the entire war. Along the way they pick up some enemies, gain a few allies, master a few new skills, and attempt to learn the laws of love. But as they stumble through their lessons and learn to master their tempers, they discover that the strongest bonds between men are forged by the most difficult of trials.

For after they become proficient at magic, war, and errantry, they are put to the test in the field, the most difficult of circumstances...a mission where the strength of their friendship and the quality of their honor may be what defines them best as - Knights Magi!

©2017 Terry Mancour (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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cheesy bromance

still a good exploration of the characters but it was a bit cheesy with the bromance / rivalry

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fantastic book. way to focused on rondals sex life

loved all the books so far. this one was amazing but about 1/4 of the book was about rondals non existent sex/love life.

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average

there were a lot of things missing from this book and it didn't all link up a lot of information should have been included I really like the story line but each book is getting worse when it comes to skipping out on things

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Book 4

thoroughly enjoying this series, am thrilled with the storyline so far and looking forward to the next book.

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a great read

loved this book, wonderful story great characters
brilliantly narrrated can't wait to listen to the rest

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Unnecessary addition to series

Very hard to finish... a boring book about boring characters that didn't progress the story at all.

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getting better

each book in the series has followed a completely different area and this one doesn't disappoint. the books have gotten better and better.

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Two boys grow up

Tindall and Rondall head off to become men. Their story is as good as the rest of the series has been. Thrilling, funny, naughty. All narrated excellently

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loved it.

how long until the rest of the series is on audible. loved every minute of it

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Fantastic

I can’t wait for the next one, they need to hurry up and release it.

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  • Christopher
  • 09-04-2018

Really Great Story!... With one complaint.

I'm glad I waited a while to buy this audiobook. I feel like I might have been a bit disappointed (as some other reviewers here were) if I had launched immediately into this installment right after the last one. This is due to the fact that this book only concerns itself with the apprentices and there's almost nothing about any of the other characters from the previous books including the Spell Monger.

Because I waited quite a while between this book and the previous one, I was able to approach it without that desperate hunger for more of the bigger story arc. So I feel like I was able to judge this work based on its own merits. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Please Note: The following comments do not contain any spoilers, but I do discuss an issue i have with events that occur in the last chapter of the book...

My one major criticism is the WTF moment in the last chapter... Events that should have added at least another 30% to the length of the book were vaguely and confusingly summarized by the apprentices. Worse, the information was delivered in such a way that made me rewind the book to see if i accidentally skipped over about 4-6 hours worth of audio. Of course I hadn't, and it made me feel like someone had snuck up while my head was turned and ate my lunch.

I'm not sure if the publisher insisted on cutting down the page count and thus forced the author to summarize a huge chunk of the book. Or possibly this is something that will be address or revisited in the next book. Either way it is confusing and it feels disjointed. Which is a really annoying way to end an 18 hour audiobook.

This would have been a slam-dunk, 5 star book for me (which is exceedingly rare), but because of the artless way in which a seemingly huge part of this book was just excised and paraphrased right at the end, I am sad to have to give it 4 stars.

In spite of this, the book is still way more than worth the credit.

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  • Anderson12993
  • 01-09-2018

I find the reviews misleading

before using my credit I was at odds to skip this book or not, based on the number of bad reviews. My resolve was well reworded with a story to the same class as the 1st 3 books. The only thing you must do is realize the author casts his stories in the 1st person. So with this book centered around Rondal and Tindal it is the lens of 17 year old boys and it would be best to remember that. There was also a bit of gripe about how the women are portrayed, personally knowing more then a little about early human feudal society I find it refreshing that the author writes how it was and not cave to political correctness of the 21st century. If it makes you feel uncomfortable find some comfort in seeing how far society has come rather then being angry about how it was. lastly I really don't get clams that the book bashes on Tindal and uplifts Rondal, I would concede the book is more centered on Rondal but that make sence from a story telling perspective with Rondal being under developed until this book. Other then that anyone who thinks Tindal is cast down in this book is either a raging feminist (for he is fairly chauvinistic) or simply did not read the entire book.

hope this helps anyone who shared my initial concerns.

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  • James Owen Colla
  • 20-11-2017

Interesting

A good story in the Spellmonger series but definitely not as well written or as interesting as the first three books. Stop reading if you don’t want spoilers




Honestly there are a few holes in this story that I dislike and it was a fever short book for the series I didn’t like the fact that they made tindel seem inadequate for 3/4 if the book and Rondal becomes great at fighting and command in 4 weeks while tindal has been training over a year and with sword masters and war mages in the last book honestly it’s annoying but I can see why the author went on this direction to try and even out the apprentice’s but in my opinion this wasn’t written well

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  • Matthew Dickinson
  • 29-06-2018

Should be titled “Rondal the great, Tyndal sucks at everything now”

I have loved every book in this series before now. And I was excited about the idea of the two apprentices getting the training they needed.

But over the course of the book all that happens is Rondal getting more and more powerful and being a jerk while Tyndal learns a little blue magic.

Seriously Rondal goes through what amounts to basic training and proceeds to beat Tyndal at all physical/warrior activities from that point on. As someone who has done military basic training it is preposterous. Seriously, basic training and then poof better at everything and acts like a total jerk from that point on.

I started this book feeling for Rondal and ended it wishing him to his doom on the Umbra.....

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  • Andrew
  • 02-02-2018

Way worse than first few

if you want to read about how dumb tindal is and how double teaming a girl makes everything better than this is a good read.

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  • Nick
  • 10-12-2017

Skeptical at first

Skeptical of the book following the apprentices, but it turned out to be a decent book. Was straight to the point and didn't bore you with too many details. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Joseph
  • 18-08-2018

great series

loved the different view from this book. keeps a good pace to keep you invested.

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  • Dylan P. Smith
  • 08-11-2017

Honestly just skip this one.

95% filler... short of a three way nothing notable happens in this book.

A terrible attempt at a coming of age story. So much time is wasted rehashing content from the first three books that you'll find yourself hitting the fast forward button constantly if not just skipping chapters all together.

I'm in all honesty disgusted with this book. It was a feeble attempt at best and a con at worst.

There's so many coming of age books and series out there that just blow this blubbering nonsense away.

I feel sorry for the narrator, I can only imagine how many times he had to drag himself to work knowing he had to read this.

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  • Graeme Good
  • 15-11-2017

series is good, this book is painful

The series is good, this book is painful. The narration is good as usual but this is justbto teenage angsty.

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  • Alexander L.
  • 11-11-2017

The underdog is an ass

The summary of the book makes it clear that this is going to be a story of boys becoming men. Instead it becomes a book of whining underdog that becomes an asshole and how he continues to be an asshole.

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  • mr joe p shrieves
  • 25-07-2018

weakest so far but still god

Overall this is a great book, in keeping with the series so far. However I have to say it's the weakest so far in my opinion.

It starts out well but quickly turns into a pity piece for rondal, made worse by the fact that the way he acts doesn't make him particularly likable. I spend half of this book wanting him to get beaten up.

The random fluctuations in characters power seems quite ill thought out, without giving away spoilers as to who, but you'll see what I mean.

Overall still good, but rondal's writing and borderline incel behaviour drag it down, especially as it's clearly written to encourage you to like him.

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  • Stubbsy
  • 07-04-2019

Utterly unlikeable protagonist

A side story to the main event, this book focuses on the two apprentices Tyndal and Rondal. We know a little of Tyndal's character already from the previous books but not much at all of Rondal, who is the main protagonist here. It turns out that he is an excruciatingly unlikeable, whiney kid who is able to surpass Tyndal in almost every way (except with the ladies, which I think is supposed to make up for the rest?). I wouldn't mind if there was a point to be made but there were no positives, Tyndal is put down and abused for 90% of the book (by both Rondal and the author) and at the end it's just forgotten and they are friends. Yes Rondal needed some padding out as a character but this just made me despise him. Strangely it seems like the author's intention is to push him as the hero, as if this is a child fantasising about how he can destroy the (actually quite friendly) school jock. I found the book very hard to finish and seriously considered skipping to the next one. The last few hours are better but don't save the book. Skip.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-01-2018

disappointed

after the first 3 books was so looking forward to this but just as it was gearing up it ends 17 chapters after the other books where 50 plus I used a credit to buy it not the £38 plus it should of been feel ripped off. extremely disappointed

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  • bdg
  • 01-10-2019

A book of padding

I love this series but this book just misses the mark for me. It feels like padding for commercial gain and just doesn’t have the same engaging style as the other books.

The premise that a few weeks of training can change change a runty boy into a consummate warrior is laughable and the rather pathetic interactions between the two just become exasperating.

I was glad when the book was over so we could get back to the main story which is a shame.

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  • Richard McFerran
  • 19-11-2018

This is book 4...

So far, 6 out of 10 books from the Spellmonger series have been narrated.

I really hope that books 7 to 10 are narrated soon, and, that John Lee is the narrator.

For me, a great audiobook book needs two things, a great author and a great narrator. If either of the two are not great, the audiobook will not be great. The Spellmonger series is written by an excellent author and read by an excellent narrator, a rare combination indeed

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  • Sarra
  • 24-02-2020

growing up

the boy became a man and now the apprentices become men in there own right..


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  • Nigel Smith
  • 23-02-2020

Cool aid

It’s rare for me (never),to say I drank the cool aid and believed. But on this occasion I reason - what a story. Age old Wisdom painted with an artists skill and voiced over by John Lee. Genius. I could listen to John lees voice all day (and I have). Relaxing and compelling. For me he makes the story real, vivid and hypnotic.

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  • Matthew
  • 22-12-2019

A lesson in misogyny

This book literally consists of a series of lessons (from the point of a teenager) on misogynistic behaviour and the mistreatment of women by “negging” in order to win those women’s hearts. The culmination arrives when a young maiden “gratefully” engages in a threesome. I question how many real women the author has met, if any, or whether this is just his erotic fantasy as to how he wishes women behaved with him.

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  • Armstrongs
  • 20-11-2019

Ronda and Tyndal centre stage

A great novel that focuses on Minalan's two apprentices, Rondal and Tyndal. Rondal is the

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  • Tim dh
  • 07-07-2019

Great book of the apprentices

Great to listen to how the two apprentices evolved in their own and how they overcame boyish behaviour