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This is a great addition to the series. We see some cool world building, new enchantments, new insights into humanities past, but... Minalin. Spoiler alert... . . . . . . . . . . He is just such a weak willed panzy in this story. Yes I understand he is merciful, but it's lile the author forgot that he is a hardened warmage who has killed hundreds of humans. He let's Ganulan live because of a little intelligence he provided. He should have at the least put him in the iron ring if he was going to spare his life, not stupidly let him go free with no shackles. He let's lady mask live. For Christ sake that woman is completely insane and full of hatred. And he let's Isily and dunselen live, not who want him out of power (in their own way) and he outs everything he has built at stake by ignoring it. Fix your MC Terry.
I do not know why TM felt the need to invent a silly new language ...gibberish..the main character keeps making the same mistakes over and over again and TM expects us to feel sorry for him ...if he continues down this path please just kill him off...the genre is called "Fantasy" for a reason so please spare me the angst ridden hero BS...I read fantasy to escape real life
I dislike writing reviews, for many reasons, and would not normally go to the effort. But in this case the work itself deserves it.
For those of you familiar with The Spellmonger books, this story is a return to Magelord: dense, filled with minutiae of ruling, and is not at all the typical epic fantasy. The depth of worldbuilding that is implicit in this tale is mind boggling and most stories, good stories, shy away from the nitty gritty in favor of bigger battles and more epic-y stakes. Terry Mancour handles this depth with a mastery of storytelling that is rare.
Story is king, and there is a story that is added to by all the detail here. Its not all action or blood or fire, although it has its share. It is a story of a man and his responsibilities, that tear him in so many directions that he feels unable to handle them all. A truly human tale, for we have all felt the burden of responsibility tighten around our hearts, and the doubts that come with it.
Nothing here feels skippable, even the things that are not immediately relevant feel they have a place in the tapestry of fantasy history that is being woven.
No traditionally published book would be so sweeping in its scope, and that is something to be appreciated. We are live in a world where books are dumbed down, and there is none of that here.
Minalin, the spellmonger, and the teller of the story, is a unique and well written character that speaks to us all, as a parent, spouse, adult. No facet of his character is beyond telling, even the darker parts
5.0 out of 5 starsRollercoaster of excitement, intrigue & raw emotion
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 20, 2015
Yet another great triumph in the ever expanding Spellmonger saga, due to Minalan treading on some ducal toes in Journeymage, this book starts off very introspectively back in the mageland of Sevendor. Not since the third book 'Magelord' have we had such a rich diet of world building minutia! Exploring such a well thought out & imaginative magical world was totally satisfying.
After the first third of the book, meandered pleasantly through the successes of the society the Spellmonger had envisioned tickling all of the world building pleasure centres that puts Terry Mancour head & shoulders above most fantasy authors, Enchanter took a turn towards shocking depravity & darkness. Compelling us to read faster & faster, just as you feel Min has resolved some of the political tension with adept negotiations & intelligent compromises he finds himself at the centre of some evil plots to destroy him, his family & wreck all of the prosperity he’s worked so hard on for the people of his domain.
A host of the ever expanding characters all get to visit, socialise & catch up with Min, before all working together on some of the most innovative Enchantments ever attempted by man, add into the mix some well-rounded & fascinating new cast members to the Spellmongers world & this provides a book I’ll be reading over & over again, to ensure I haven’t missed out on any of the hidden clues & intrigues scattered throughout the book.
5.0 out of 5 starsOh No! Not another one, that’s Severn of them my sleep deprived brain can’t take much more!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 6, 2018
Oh no! Not another eye straining, can’t put it down, read through the night of the Spellmonger characters battling monsters, both creature and human and just dealing with dark ages like scenarios: ok sword fights, magic fights, sexual liaisons (both loving and OMG that’s just wrong he’ll have to do something about that) and also Devine involvement. Just your average 20 odd hours (ok, so I timed it) of exceptional novel engineering. So full marks again, well done Terry Mancour. I name this novel “Enchanter”
Terry mancour is an author that captures your imagination. He has made this series impossible to stop reading get some sleep and have a normal life, if you're looking for an Epic fantasy this a must read series. Thank you for this great continuation of a new epic series!
First one was free,then I was hooked, the series is funny and light, yet compelling for all that.The character's are well fleshed out, as are the plots without losing the sometimes tongue in cheek fun. Hope to see number 8 soon.
Sehr gutes Fantasy Buch, das mich gefesselt hat und sich sehr gut lesen lässt. Warte schon auf den nächsten Band. Man sollte aber natürlich mit dem ersten Band anfangen :D http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B004Q9TD7W?redirect=true&ref_=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_50
4.0 out of 5 starsI have in general loved this series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 22, 2015
I have in general loved this series, unfortunately it is turning into a soap opera, the magic combat has become so vague as to be meaningless.(the enemy can do all kinds of things, while the lead character seems always caught unaware, a perennial problem with near all powerful heroes, how to make a sense of jeopardy) The author is so caught up in being emotionally sound and even pc, it has lost the adventure aspect. Still I did enjoy the book, for its politics and the over all arch of the story.