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  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (493 ratings)

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Spellmonger

By: Terry Mancour
Narrated by: John Lee
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Nominee, Audie Awards - Fantasy, 2018

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese.

For six months things went well: He found a quaint little shop, he befriended the local lord, the village folk loved him, he found a sharp young apprentice to help out, and, best yet, he met a comely young widow with the prettiest eyes.

Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins - gurvani, they call themselves - bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news. The bad news was that their shamans were armed with more magical power than has been seen since the days of the ancient Imperial Magocracy - and their leader, a mysterious, vengeful force of hate and dark magic, is headed directly to Boval Vale, along with a massive invading army of gurvani. The good people of Boval and their spellmonger have only one choice: To hole up in the over-sized Boval Castle and hope they can endure a siege against hundreds of thousands of goblins.

When the people look to him for hope, Minalan does his best, but the odds are depressing: There are multitudes of goblins, and they want Boval Vale as a staging ground for a vengeful invasion of the whole Five Duchies. Add to his troubles a jealous rival mage, a motley band of mercenaries, a delusional liege lord who insists victory is at hand despite the hordes at his door, a dour castellan, a moody, pregnant girlfriend, and a catty ex-girlfriend who specializes in sex magic - all trapped in a stinking, besieged castle with no hope of rescue, and you'll understand why Minalan is willing to take his chances with the goblins.

All that stands between the gurvani horde and the people of the Five Duchies is one tired, overwhelmed baker's son who wanted nothing more than to be a simple village spellmonger.

©2011 Terry Mancour (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Slow and steady with a climactic ending

At first I was a bit aprehensive, but soon I was bewitched by the magnificent storytelling that Podium publishing is known for finding. I would recomend Spelmonger for anyone over the age of 17.

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Brilliant Concept and Fantastic Performance!

Absolutely loved this story by Terry Mancour. Never read one of his books before but as John Lee was the narrator, I had an inkling it would be a decent read and I was not disappointed.

Written in the first person under the character of the Spelllmonger, you find that this is no ordinary Mage in every way. He also has a loyal apprentice who follows wherever his master takes him.

It's an extremely witty and clever story of fantasy. There's a whole lot of action, a spot of frolicking and real danger around.

I liked it so much, I'm about to download book 2!

Happy reading folks. I definitely recommend this one. John Lee is brilliant!

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Dull

The story started with promise however reading about the exploits of a male chauvinist is as dull as dishwater (cliche intended) I did not complete the book.

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great story

loved this story, humerous in places, well read and keeps you hooked, highly recommend it

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Could have been great

A clever & interesting story, but the “hero mage” had values that left me nauseous. He was distressed by the sexual abuse of a young male apprentice but happily paid to have sex with two young teenage girls (who the hero believed were sold to him for the night by their innkeeper father). I prefer my feudal heroes to not choose to pay for sex with young teenagers sold to him by their fathers. Each to their own but for me it tainted the story to the point that I won’t be continuing to the second book.

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Give this a pass

Tedious listen. In my opinion, this book sounds/reads like a diary entry. "I did this... I did that...I.. etc." The story is told to me rather than having it unfold organically. 7 hours and could not bring myself to finish it. The narrator breaks/pauses slightly between words and makes it difficult to follow or immerse myself in the story. Dialogue between characters are fine; only the narration is jarring (which is practically the whole book...judging from the 7 hours I've put into it).

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The Spellmonger is a must Read...

The Spellmonger is a must Read...

A really enjoyable story, with plenty of action, a great back story, welcome humour and an adult spin on things...

It took a chapter or two to get used to John Lee narrative / voice, but once he started using other voices to create the different characters, I really warmed to him and but the end if the book I’m a new fan of his style and I’m glad that the Spellmonger series has kept him, as it wouldn’t be the same with anyone else.

Highly recommend this book and look forward to listening to the next book in the series...

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Disappointed

I enjoy my afternoon walks - look forward to them because that is when I can listen to my audiobook and “be somewhere else”. Unfortunately that is not the case with this one. The main stumbling block is the narrator. His character voices are good but since the book is written in the first person (narrator) I find it difficult to ignore the voice and submerge myself in the story. His delivery is quite staccato with sometimes odd word emphasis. Other reviewers have said that improves and the story takes over but I find myself thinking of other things while whole paragraphs - even pages - go by. So, reluctantly, I am returning this one. (Never done that before -sorry)

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Not great, and a few times concerning

I'm very uncomfortable with the way child sexual assault is treated in this novel.

The story is meandering and even without the CSA treatment, seems more like teenage male fantasy than a gripping exciting plotline. Not finished.

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Couldn't finish it, just too painful

I wanted to like it. There might have been a good story too, but the author flagrantly disregarded the rules of editing by telling the whole story instead of showing. Trying to get through this story was as joyful as a root canal.

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