Magelord : Spellmonger

  • by Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by John Lee
  • Series: Spellmonger
  • 31 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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!

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Great, but with annoying flaws.

I've enjoyed the first three books of this series, but it has issues as well for my mind, and while I've given it four stars I'd feel better with 3.5 out of 5 really.

Whats good? The plot is plenty deep in both the war and the political sphere. The war is broad and not just limited to the human vs goblin war either. Thanks to all the political problems where is plenty of human conflict as well.

Whats bad? The characters aren't as deep as I feel they should be - partly due to first-person perspective tale - in a lot of cases and I don't feel like I know some of them even when they are often involved. Emotional content is pretty poor or non-existent. There is love and triumph, but despite battles where hundreds or thousands are killed that tragic loss of life just seems to get brushed aside like it's nothing at all. Which is why sometimes the characters feel shallow. Not sure I recall true grief at all in any of the books.

There are also annoyances with the book where author is just to fricking lazy to check his own work or his editor is. By this I mean when precedence set in previous books are changed. LIke in book one he got told it would take one hour to break the bond the glass has to the dead god, but it repeatedly varies in time including at one point it now seems to be for no explained reason an entire day. This is sloppy, and this is one of MANY such examples in the books. Another is the stone area in his town charging from a mile to six or seven at random.

We get no explanation how the main character seems not to know anything about the forsaken despite the fact he should, given that he was told all about them before. Has he forgotten? Had something done to him? Or is the author and editor made another annoying error?

We get no idea how there are suddenly radically different Goblins that don't seem that surprising to the characters. How can it not? They are born in birthing pits and it took centuries to build up their numbers. Now they are making full grown new species of Goblin inside a year.

Anyway, while these did irritate me quite a lot when they crop up the books overall are good works of epic fantasy and the narrator was excellent too. I hope the rest of the series will be transferred to audio-book soon
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- M. Paddon

good story but left wanting the next books in the

great follow up to book 2, with an enjoyable different plot direction but left wishing the next books in the series were available. hopefully we won't be waiting to long
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- Martin Hazlewood

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-07-2017
  • Publisher: Podium Publishing