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  • Spellmonger, Book 15
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (197 ratings)

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By: Terry Mancour
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The Witch Queen strikes!

Minalan the Spellmonger has a problem: Mycin Amana, the undead consort of Korbal the Necromancer, is not only occupying one of the largest castles in the kingdom; she’s also occupying the recently-dead body of his former lover, rapist, and mother of his children, Isily of Greenflower.

As the crises in the heart of the kingdom grows, Minalan is tasked to force the so-called Witch Queen of Darkfaller from her new stronghold using any means necessary. Unfortunately, the castle belongs to his rival in the royal court and future monarch Prince Tavard, whose ideas about how to do this are archaic and doomed to failure.

Mycin Amana is a master sorceress who is more than 4,000 years old; Prince Tavard is an entirely mundane and completely self-absorbed knight in his 20s. If Darkfaller is to be retaken, Minalan knows he will have to use the cacophony of ancient memories inside his head to do it.

Alas, those memories are driving him mad as they daily impede his progress as much as they advance it. His bouts of depression, obsession, anxiety, and rage are only getting worse as he plans a daring raid to rescue the hundreds of magi that Mycin Amana plans to turn into an army of undead Nemovorti.

Even as he is producing incredible wonders from his workshop at breakneck speed, whispers flow across the kingdom about his sanity to the point where Minalan is now referred to as the Mad Mage of Sevendor. His best friends begin to conspire to murder him. His allies question his judgement. And his foes close in as they sense his weakness.

But Minalan’s challenge is clear: become the greatest wizard in history, or not only see his war against Darkfaller fail, but leave his entire world to certain doom. Threading the needle between catastrophe and salvation has never been more difficult or cost so much. 

Yet as King Rard promotes him to Marshal Arcane—the official responsible for facing the magical threats to the kingdom—Minalan is forced to balance his temporal powers with his thaumaturgical ones and navigate the violent shoals of insanity.

But can he do that without losing the confidence of his friends and the trust of his allies? The hope of his people? The goodwill of the enormously powerful Sea Folk? A new title and position is helpful, but it will take courage and daring to see Minalan the Spellmonger become the Marshal Arcane!

©2022 Terry Mancour (P)2022 Podium Audio

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Absolutely outstanding

This was amazing, I can’t wait for the next book. This is a brilliant book.

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Just ... awesome, and not enough :)

Just finished re-reading/listening to the entire series before tackling Marshal Arcane, and now I feel quite bereft! It is still an awesome read, even though I feel like throttling some of the characters sometimes .. especially Tavard! 😄 .. and Dara.. and sometimes even the Spellmonger (seriously? STILL have feelings for Isily?)
I found it quite offputting that Loico's 'voice' and accent seems to have changed significantly from previous books, and the pronunciation of Strykena (sp?) wobbled a few times throughout this one .. and that we didn't get to find out what that major 'episode' was all about! Frustrating .. but I guess we'll have to wait.

And I really think that 'The Mad Mage of Sevendor' would have maybe worked better as interludes or something throughout Marshal Arcane .. but whatever 😊

Loved them all, anyway.

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this was good
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Great read

Another great book in the series. Very good performance as well. Can’t wait for the next installment

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another great book

this another great book in thee series
I ave loved reading this series Terry is great story teller

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another wonderful book

great performance, wonderful story, good balance of overall plot and more general plot storylines to keep us engaged. cannot wait till the next

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Can't get enough!

This series is so good that my wife and I are on our 3rd listen through and we can't get enough! Apart from a few sexual stuff (nothing graphic) that we atill skip, our whole gamily listens to Spellmonger on car trips and even just at home. I love this style of high magic/ fantasy. Highly recommended for all ages!

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Brilliant yet again

A long awaited instalment and it didn’t disappoint. Old favourites resurfaced, new intrigues arrived. Loved it!

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same old.

All the males need to train hard to learn magic or build muscle or skill all the female characters are just better naturally. very confusing.

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where's the fun

the author resorts more and more to lecturing the reader about all manner of often pointless detial about someone's estranged third cousin. It can be tedious. The first book was a bit of fun but increasingly it's about detailing every facet of his world. He'll spend time on often meaningless detail that could be conveyed with a sentence or two but other stuff he never really explores. Such as Min being the most powerful mage of the age or that he is mad, I feel we never really see these things in action mostly he just lectures us about them. He has completely disrupted the regional economy thousands would have no job, have no chance of a job as every thing they can do can be done cheaper and better by the dwarves or wands. But this lightly touched on.

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