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Hawkmaiden

Spellmonger Cadet, Book 1
Written by: Terry Mancour
Narrated by: Finty Williams
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
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The Falcon’s Call!

From the moment Dara of Westwood spied the Silver Headed Raptor nesting in Rundeval Peak, the precocious redheaded 12-year-old girl was enchanted. The youngest daughter of the Master of the Wood lived in ramshackle Westwood Hall, in the independently minded Westwood estate of Sevendor. Her determination to capture a baby falcon and train it wasn’t hampered by the fact that Dara had never climbed a mountain, had never been trained in falconry, or even remotely had permission from her father to do it. Dara wanted the falcon...and the only thing in her way was the mountain, an angry mother falcon, and her own fears.

But the daring climb up Rundeval and actually capturing the fledgling falcon is just the beginning of her troubles. Actually learning falconry and training the willful bird is a responsibility she had barely considered. Worse, there is trouble afoot in the domain: A new lord has come to rule over Sevendor and all of her people, replacing the corrupt old Sir Erantal. While everyone welcomes the change, the new lord is a wizard: a magelord, the first of his kind in 400 years: Lord Minalan the Spellmonger. And he’s not alone. He’s brought thousands of oddly dressed Wilderlanders with him, families escaping the wars in the west...and settling in Sevendor.

Within weeks of holding his first court as lord of Sevendor, the wizard's magic begins to cause problems. Magelord Minalan turns Sevendor Castle, the entire mountain of Rundeval, and a good portion of the Westwood - including Dara’s home - into enchanted white stone when a spell goes unexpectedly awry one fateful night. As a result, Dara learns that she, too, may become a mage someday. Soon after she discovers that she can see through her falcon’s eyes and share her thoughts, the talents of a beastmaster, opening up a brilliant new world for her.

The folk of the valley have enough to eat for the first time in a generation, there are wizards all over Sevendor, and the castle glows with a magic light at night. The fortunes of the Westwood estate rise. But the Magelord finds foes as well as friends in Sevendor.

Though prosperity flows from the Magelord’s benevolent rule, the changes are frightening to some who have lost power since the Magelord came. Outside the Westwood, the other natives of the domain are upset by their magical lord and his strange new people, and there are whispers of rebellion. And outside of the domain, the neighboring lords, urged on by sinister forces, conspire to plunge Sevendor into war - with Dara and her family along with it!

What can one girl and her falcon do? When the Magelord leaves on business and his enemies close in on her home, Dara discovers she may hold the answer to saving them all! The fate of the entire domain rests with Dara of Westwood, the girl they’ll call the Hawkmaiden!

©2015 Terry Mancour (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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wow what a start

sets up a great story I did not even know I wanted, and goes through the history of the 3rd spellmonger book in a new side of the story's we all know, for new and old readers of the spellmonger.
6/5 stars, if you don't read this your missing out

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  • 2019-08-02

Great story!

Really good story, the narrator may want to give the other books a listen to get some of the names and terms correct. shaymins, zgore and villains (like evil villains) made it a bit tough to follow at times

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  • Zeak S.
  • 2019-08-03

Great addition.... but?

I loved hearing the back story and see things from a different prospective, it was a great addition to the world of the spellmonger.

However one annoying aspect was the narrator, for the most part she was great except there where quite a few inconsistencies with the pronunciation of words.

After listening to all of the spellmonger series to have this book not be able to pronounce elemental parts of the well established vocabulary was off putting

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  • James Watts
  • 2019-08-17

Pronunciation is off.

As always a great story in the Spellmonger series.

The narrator should have listened to John Lee’s readings of the main series, for the proper pronunciations.

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  • Willie Earl Mcgilacutty
  • 2019-08-04

Elementary

Do not expect this to be comparable to the Spellmonger Series. Although it does cover a behind the scenes of what is happening to Dara before she appears in the series. It is written in very elementary terms. I would think this would target 8 to 12 year olds. Decent story.

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  • Charles Grayson
  • 2019-07-31

Meh

This story is only interesting because you get to hear the same story you've already heard from a different perspective. Someone new to the Spellmonger series would probably find it boring.

As for the narration, few narrators can compete with John Lee's majestic voice and Flinty Williams isn't one of them. Her performance was pretty flat and her MC voice came across as rather timid, compared to the spunky character the author described. And all of her voices sounded pretty much the same.

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  • cribbs
  • 2019-08-19

The new narrator no good

Cant say much about the story since I stopped only a few minutes in. The old narrator for the spellmonger series was one of the reasons why I stuck with the series. I also tend to pick books read by good narrators. Unfortunately I did not see they changed the narrator up in this before I wasted my money. If you like her voice then I'm sure you'll like the story since all the authors previous books were well written.

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  • Deborah L Brown
  • 2019-08-07

Good but not great

It's a good audiobook, but I won't listen to it again. I'm interested in the following books. Recommend for easy listening and simple plot. Nice, but not one of my favorites.

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  • xan Michael
  • 2019-08-01

narrator mispronounced a lot of words

i wish the narrator listen to the original narrator for the series. she mispronounce names and keep saying "villian" instead of "villein". do your homework lady!

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  • Vanessa A. Krailler
  • 2019-08-01

Good book but no humor like the others

I love the spell monger series and was excited to get more familiar with the Hawkmaiden but I found that it lacked the light hearted humor I love from the books that center around the main character Minolan.

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  • Ronald Palmer
  • 2019-08-23

Amazing

Another great book that I enjoyed from start to finish. The narration was excellent. I hope these books and stories go on a long long time

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  • Michael
  • 2019-08-20

Addictive Entertainment

Terry Mancour has created a fun series of books, very imaginative with nice pace and character development.