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Spellmonger

Spellmonger, Book 1
Auteur(s): Terry Mancour
Narrateur(s): John Lee
Durée: 18 h et 22 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (97 évaluations)
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Nominee, 2018 Audie Awards — Fantasy

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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must read

a relatable lovable main character. you will wish that this book will never end and that the story will hopefully have a good ending for him.

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Great book,had great time reading.John Lee is my favorite performer!! Definitely will read other books from serial. Loved it

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Turn back now if you hate good stories

This is an excellent view into a new fantasy world.
I'm writing this review as I am now 6 books into the series. I do not regret this purchase and it is an excellent fantasy series with its own takes on magic, kingdoms and warfare
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Not great

Found it uninteresting until the end, at which point I gained enough interest to remember the main characters name. Sounds like the type of story a "Bro" would tell to his first to impress them.

First book I plan to use the return policy on, wish I didn't buy the second book in the series at the same time.

  • Au global
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Interesting take on nagic

I liked the originality of the story. The narration was great. I hope it goes deeper into the magic theory that it started to explain

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Ruined by narrator

I'm genuinely disappointed that I can't finish this audiobook series but I just can't get past John Lee. This delivery is strangely artificial to the point of making me suspect that they simply had him read every word in the dictionary and then synthetically produced the audiobook. Strange sentence cadence, strange word emphasis, just strange altogether.

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Spellbinding

The performance is incredible - I’ve never heard a reader better than John Lee.

The book is also fantastic, if a bit long and drawn-out when it comes to explaining in detail the political intricacies of the Dukes #Audible1

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The beginning of something great

I discovered this series last year and was instantly hooked. Great characters, engaging story, and a sense of humour to boot!
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Best series I've ever read

The Spellmonger is hands down the best start to a series I've ever read. It's thanks to books like these that keep me using #Audible1 everyday. On those days when i can't decide what to listen to on my walk to work, I find myself coming back just to listen to the perfect narration time and time again. If you're thinking about getting I say dont hesitate you will love it too.

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  • Eric
  • Charlotte, NC
  • 2017-07-27

Terrific Book! A great adult fantasy series.

Would you consider the audio edition of Spellmonger to be better than the print version?

Do you love a good coming of age fantasy where the young promising lad leaves his tiny village, comes of age and power, returns to marry his childhood love and live happily ever after? This is not that. If you would rate a great book with one star because the "F" word is used, save yourself and the author the bad review and move along. Now, for the rest of the adults, don't hesitate for a second on purchasing this book! I loved it! My wife whom is only mildly interested in any sort of fantasy, loved it. I will go ahead and add a note about the next two books here. Book two is not quite as good as this one in my opinion but still very good. Book three is as good or better than book one. The narrator is excellent.

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  • Zer0Sum
  • 2017-05-11

Shockingly good, best book in years

Any additional comments?

Pros:
-Great engaging story
-Skillful narration
-Protagonist has a sense of humor that was very unexpected for the genre but makes him so much more relatable.
-Manages to be unique in a crowded, tired genre. Mancour wrote a masterful book.

Cons:
-Some listeners might not like the long descriptions of scenes/settings/events/etc (I do, however)

Verdict:
This is the best book I've listened to/read in YEARS! Minalan is funny, interesting, complex, horny, has a sense of humor that I've found to be unprecedented in the genre, and is just a very real character in a detailed and exciting world. You will not regret this purchase.

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  • Robert
  • 2017-02-13

A great start to a new fantasy series.

If you have read the publisher's summary it might seem, as it did to me, that this is just a mindless fantasy war story. Fortunately, it is not.

The 18+ hours of writing are put to good use in developing good characters as well as world building. The characters have distinct personalities and motivations with a Harry Dresden like main character. That is, he's a smart, decent, and powerful wizard who becomes very sarcastic whenever he's in a jam (which is often).

The action scenes are all very well written and spaced out nicely throughout the book keeping things from getting to dull. In between the action you learn about the characters, the magic system, and that there is more to the story than a simple warmongering horde of goblins.

If you enjoy fantasy this book would be a good edition to your collection.

127 personnes sur 146 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 2017-02-14

Finally. I've been waiting for the audio version of this series for two years.

I'm not going to review just this book. The entire series is a work of art. And what surprised me at first is the fact that the first few books are the boring ones yet they contain a lot of action. When the author really gets into the world building (especially Minalan's property, best I can describe without spoilers, is where the story really takes off. ) that makes the long books worth it. Listen to it or dive into to reading them, you can't go wrong. I've read them all up to date and I will still purchase the audio because they are that good.

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  • Thomas
  • 2017-05-22

This book was painful.

The narrator does a great job on a terrible book. The story is lackluster, the magic system is dreary, the names and places are not interesting. I would stay away from this one, if you like authors like Robert Jordan, Shae Ford, or Brandon Sanderson.

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  • Virate190
  • 2018-01-07

Listen to the Critics

Seriously. I read a lot of negative reviews, but in a moment of temptation I bought this book anyways (what can I say... I have a weakness for crappy high fantasy).

I'm pretty much really sorry I did. This story goes on several hour long tangents that have no relevance to the plot, stars a lead with absolutely no personality, and has two heavily objectified female support characters who seemingly has the sole story function of getting banged so the author can feel better about his life.

there is almost no imagery: the whole story was "then this happened. then this happened. then this happened." there was almost no character growth. the fight scenes felt as dusty and dull as an academic tome on abstract tactics. the magic system had no real definition, and contradicted itself half a dozen times. the scenes that Could have been juicy, emotional, and rich in detail were almost universally exceptionally bland.

none of this information is new: everything I've said has already come up. I just wish id listened.

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  • GW
  • 2017-05-16

Shocked at the positive reviews.

I really am shocked. Rushed conclusion, endlessly repeating explanations, gratuitous lechery, and inconsistent characters. The setting and the world building have potential but the actual text feels completely unedited from original manuscript. I might not have been so annoyed if the entire last chapter had been removed, as it literally just rehashes everything that was revealed to the main character in the previous chapter. The whole time the rehash is happening the main character is obstinately refusing to understand basic concepts he knew all about throughout the book. Absolutely aggravating. Horrible finish to a below average book.

The performance was fine, if a little stiff. Maybe that was the intention, it matched the character well.

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  • Ken Denmead
  • Fremont, CA USA
  • 2017-03-20

Immature Storytelling Makes This a Thin Read

Any additional comments?

The world-building here is decent, but the use of anachronistic language pulls you out of the story a lot. The author falls into the old trap of telling us everything, rather than showing us via imagery. It's very much a "this happened, then this happened, and then I had a genius ideas and we won" kind of narrative.

Also, the "hero" is kind of arrogant, woefully underdeveloped, and sexist. Pretty much all the female characters are there to have sex with the protagonist, whose behavior isn't much better than a frat boy. If a female character shows up, she either had sex with him in the past, or is going to have sex with him, after he's either peeped at her using magic, popped her bodice open using magic, visited her shop while her husband is out in the fields (and she's pregnant), he's part of an occupying army, he pays for it, or she's so grateful he saved her country, she just shows up naked in his bed.

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  • Marilyn Morrison
  • St Paul, MN United States
  • 2018-05-28

I cannot like nor relate to this "hero".

I started out liking this book a lot, but the more I got to know the main character, the more unlikeable he/it became. He has no thoughts about women that aren't sexual in nature (and every female character only exists so this guy can lust after her). He uses his magic to spy on a woman taking a shower. He has a sexually-magically-experimenting girlfriend in college (whose father, conveniently, has no problem with them humping like rabbits). He regularly takes sexual favors in lieu of payment for magic spells. He doesn't give a second thought about engaging in a quick romp with a pregnant ex-girlfriend who's husband is out working in the fields. He muses about how (when he did something heroic) women threw themselves at him and he could tell some "actually wanted to be with him" which leads me to believe that plenty of his conquests did not, and I believe it, because this guy is a jerk! ...but the kicker for me was the night he rented a room in the "whore house". He got settled then called down for a couple whores (to come up and service him) and the Father-of-the-Year-Owner (apparently so happy to have this guy in his building) sent up his own two "whore" daughters. Our hero was so glad they were young (one of them only 14) and he noted the next morning how skilled they were at their craft. Just contemplate that for a second. Not cool, and now I officially despise this guy, and by extension this story.

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  • chris m
  • 2018-05-20

Rampant Misogyny Made Book Unfinishable

As I vastly appreciate the effort, time, and creativity that goes into completing a novel, i will start on a positive note...

The narrator was lovely, and has a calming, melodious voice.

Ok, that’s out of the way. I found this book so disagreeable that I literally could not complete it. Greater themes include mediocre writing, ubiquitous sexism/objectification, racism, body shame, and the self-justified rape of several minors by our main character. I was filled with such a sense of disgust that I had to return the book immediately. I tried several times to ignore sexist remarks, hoping that the main character would redeem himself or that the author would introduce a strong female character...to no avail. I do not recommend this book to anyone, for any reason. It has no redeemable characteristics and one-dimensional characters (with the sole exception of the lecherous, single-minded main character).

The storyline is basic, and contains obvious allusions to nonhuman races such as elves, dwarves, and merfolk with a fairly straightforward threat of a goblin war.

Please, save yourself the investment of your time. It’s too late for me.

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