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Magelord

The Spellmonger Series, Book 3
Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Spellmonger, Book 3
Length: 31 hrs and 39 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 and 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 the 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 to 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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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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performance is great, story lacks

Don't get me wrong, but the story entertained, it was very nice. but as stories go, it doesn't hold up mainly for one reason.
nothing bad ever happens.
it is a feel good story where anything bad that does happen is just an opportunity for the main characters to overwhelmingly succeed at the problem and come out better then ever after it .

when something bad does happen, its either brief, or you dont get significantly worried that they could fail (because they never do) or its happened so far removed from the main character that you don't really care about it.

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such a well written adventure.

Now into book three, the adventures of Minalin just keeps getting better. The battle against the Dead God continue.

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Great

Good story well read look forward to hearing more of the adventures of the spellmonger

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Really getting into this series

Im really enjoying this series. as a whole there are really good characters, plot and a few surprises. You can tell its setting up to a really decent set of stories.

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good book

loved it. i am getting more and more in to the world of the spell monger

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Sexist

Entertaining but the characters never face any real challenge. Everything just works out with no felt effort.

I never felt concerned or worried for the characters and when there could have been suspense the writer ruins it by telling the end result first.

His wife starts out as this really strong character who is fine fighting goblins and over the course of the books becomes a blubbering mess, doesn't make any sense.

The story doesn't lend to first person feels like the main character is full of himself even though the writer is trying to make him seem humble. The writer is channeling his sexist views through the main character.

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  • Moni
  • 30-07-2017

Love

I love the Spellmonger. Just enough sass and humility with plenty of drama to endear anyone.

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  • R. K.
  • 28-07-2017

Great book, superb performance.

Love the series, this is a great book to listen to. Well worth the money and great for those long drives.

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  • Ben
  • 09-10-2017

continues to enthrall

this is a great series. I am thoroughly enjoying it. The narration has gotten better with every book. Look forward to the next one.

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  • Richard
  • 30-07-2017

Few epic fantasy writers do it this well.

This entry is mostly works building, and I was still enthralled. It's rare for me to not get a bit bored and start skimming.

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  • Esalata
  • 06-08-2018

Love/hate relationship

The story is fairly good, gets a bit long in descriptions that don't add much to the story. Still a tolerable listen while cleaning or working in photoshop.

At times the narrator can be droning, but I think that is where the in depth descriptions are. He does a good job of voices which helps keep you involved.

Overall, not bad.

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  • Tom
  • 05-10-2017

Thoughts from a Dungeonmaster.

I love high fantasy books, so I'm rather biased.
But noteworthy points is that I enjoy the detail of politicsinterwoven in the story, combined with the narrators range of "noble" voices makes it a breeze to listen to.
I also find it instructive and plan to use ideas from this series to further enhance my own Pen & paper Roleplaying Campaign.

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  • Charles Gray
  • 10-07-2018

Not his best

The first 2 books were fast paced, while this book meanders along. Overall it was ok.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-04-2018

slow

this one in the series just felt so slow. spent so much time on his land just doing life and ignoring the main story that made the first two so enjoyable to me. the goblin army, yet we only got a brief moment of that.

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  • Josh
  • 06-10-2017

Slow Moving but Decent

Wow did this one move slow! It held my interest somehow yet nothing of consequence occurs.... ever.

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  • Samuel S.
  • 31-07-2017

great series

A great series. it's like following your average Joe as he becomes awesome. can't wait for the next one!

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  • Richard McFerran
  • 07-11-2018

Review?

If you've already listened to the first two books, then it is unlikely you will ever read this review, you will just listen to the book.

If you haven't started listening to the series, my advice is buy the first book and start.

If this is your genre, I would be absolutely astounded if you did not enjoy this author/narrator combination.

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  • gemma
  • 05-08-2019

good book

great book really enjoyed it. already have the next book downloaded and waiting. good job it a lond series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-07-2019

incredible story.

I look forward to listening to this series as much as I can. very good story and well written

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  • DPW
  • 02-07-2019

excellent continuation of a great story.

really enjoying the third book. it does slow down sometimes with the author going into too much detail or off I. unrelated tangents, but this doesn't upset the story.

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  • Neil MacDonald
  • 14-06-2019

Love this series.

Glad there are still more books to go. Really enjoyed the way this book stepped way for just battles an war and concentrated on his new role and family. Made it far more realistic and gives the story more depth and wasn't boring in the slightest, quite the contrary it made it far more entertaining.

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  • CW
  • 11-06-2019

What a book!

They just keep getting better and better, best book in the series so far. More people need to listen to this, unbelievably underrated.

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  • Pablo Affonso
  • 03-05-2019

good 3rd installment in the series.<br />

loving the attachment we(as an audience) are getting with his lands and crew. great 3rd installment n the aeries, can't wait to read the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-04-2019

I’m hooked!

This is my first story audiobook (I’m a regular factual/historical listener), and I just can’t stop listening to this series! Although I fear this is one of the best narrated, so all other epic book series will pale in comparison.

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  • Jonathan
  • 12-03-2019

Trevlig lyssning

Trevlig lyssning, gillar karaktären och sättet magi förklaras, hur de för storyn vidare. Sen kanske slutet kunde varit längre, men kanske blir bättre i nästa bok

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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.
I must have whizzed through 6 of his books in just 3 months