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  • The Spellmonger Series, Book 3
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (574 ratings)

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Magelord

By: Terry Mancour
Narrated by: John Lee
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Minalan gets medieval!

When you defeat the invading goblin army, get knighted on the field of battle, gifted with lands and gold, usually your happily-ever-after is...happy. But now that Minalan the Spellmonger has been ennobled and enfiefed, Sire Minalan has a task cut out for him that makes defeating goblins seem like child’s play: Moving his very pregnant bride and a few thousand refugees from Boval Vale into the remote, sparsely peopled Domain of Sevendor. But when he arrives, he finds the land withered from neglect, filled with superstition and suspicion, a third of his domain has been conquered before he got there, and the castle he now owns hasn’t been maintained in decades.

As Minalan manages the challenges of being a noble, being a mage knight, being the lord of the manor, being a landlord, and fending off a belligerent (and well-armed) neighbor, he also has to learn how to be a husband, father, and a leader of a people.

Then the fateful night his son is finally born, Minalan learns the nature of fear, as he, his family, and his very realm are forever changed when the spell he casts to save their lives transforms the land. Minalan, his apprentices Sir Tyndal and Sir Rondal, his dour but efficacious castellan Sir Cei, and his moody wife struggle through the winter and defend their domain in his attempt to prove what a Magelord can do for his people when he puts magic in their service.

But in the distance, the threat of a renewed war with the goblins looms as they approach the Riverlands, the Gilmoran baronies that are the heart of the Duchies. The contentious High Magi convene to constitute the new Arcane Orders, while the fanatical Royal Censorate of Magic plots defeat them and the thousands of hedgemagi, witches and footwizards they terrorized now see Minalan as a hero. The sinister Family schemes to promote Duke Rard II to become King Rard I of the newly united Kingdom of Castalshar - over a pile of bodies, if necessary. And suddenly, out of the sky fall dragons in the service of the Dead God to strike at the strength of the nascent Kingdom.

How can Sire Minalan fight goblins, plots, poverty and politics, all from his remote and rustic vale while keeping the peasants in line and the Warbird of West Fleria at bay? With wit, courage, determination, and a healthy dose of magic. And when the new King tasks him to find a way to slay a dragon, an ordinary knight might shy away from the quest. For Sire Minalan, it’s just another day on the job as a magelord!

©2017 Terry Mancour (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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a really nice change of perspective

I loved this story. it was a nice change of perspective from the stories so far. it gave a sense of realism to the world by fleshing it out

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Loved it!

I loved the narration, characters and story! The entire series has kept up an impressive standard. Well done.

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Terrific series

This series has nothing but impressed. The 1st person look on this imaginary world is beautiful written and performed.

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Let down

Thus is the third book in the series and a real let down. We spend the first 70% of the book setting up Minalyns new estate. With a big battle to finish off the book. It achieved nothing.
Yes it was enjoyable and heart warming and tear jerking but the goblin war took a huge step back so we could help the Mage lord set up house. Just a waste of a good series.

Unfortunately this is where I leave this series as the rest isn't on audible. But I'm not sure I would bother listening to the rest if they were.

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The magelord finds a home

“You seem to grow hope and pride here the way most lords grow barley and oats. ” Arriving at his new land of Sevendor, depleted and uncared for, Min quickly gets to work to settle his wife, apprentices, Sir Cei and the refugees from Boval Vale. There's trouble from neighbours and lots to get done but soon enough things start to improve and he soon assists with the birth of his son (magical shrouds of mother and son were intertwined) which utterly transforms his lands with 'snowstone'. This is going to prove indispensable to all mages but particularly the war on the Dead God. The building, upkeep and 'saving' of Sevendor and all it's people is fascinating - an interesting and detailed look at feudal lands and their maintenance, war with bordering lords, local fairs and commerce. I really enjoyed it. It's unlike the first two books and Min does change a bit in this book -he goes from a determined nemesis of the Dead God to a feudal lord, father and husband. His main focus is his people and his friends and family in this book and since others are off fighting through the winter, I can understand why some might think he has suddenly turned coward - however, I actually think his behavior to focus on his well-deserved rewards after his efforts killing goblins in Boval Vale and the Alshari Wilderlands makes a lot of sense. If Min is going to do the miles in the fight against the Dead God, he has to find time to take a break and live a little. Plus, in these feudal times fighting was not really done in the winter months and once things do get sticky for his knight magi friends he does go back to battle. This book made me want to play a game or app where I grow things and settle my own land - it was fun and I liked it just as much as book one for very different reasons. The only negative thing I would say is that Mancour has a habit of repeating himself - for example, he explains why Foot Wizards are called Foot Wizards but does it again within the next chapter.

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The saga continues

Best book of the series so far. Excellent narration and world building. Looking forward to the next instalment.

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he is getting better

probably my favourite one so far... first book was abit shaky but he is getting better

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awesomness

great story line. Full of good wit and humour with all the added goblin death.

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continues to please

Characters and story develops in depth and interest . Leaves me wanting more. can't wait

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Fabulous Book

Yet again John Lee brings to life Terry Mancours brilliant book. I felt invested in the characters and the adventures of Min the Magelord and look forward to the next book. Thank you Terry and John 😀

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