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High Mage

Written by: Terry Mancour
Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Spellmonger, Book 5
Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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Things were starting to look up for Magelord Minalan the Spellmonger: The magic mountain in his domain not only made him a wealthy man and the most powerful mage in history, it also produced a lode of magical gemstones with unique properties - properties the Alka Alon, the masters of magic on Callidore, are fascinated by. When Minalan gets his chance to trade some of his magic rocks for irionite, he finds himself in a position to raise hundreds more magi with the stones...making them High Magi.

But as valuable as that bargain is for prosecuting the war with the Dead God and his sinister armies, such power comes with a hefty price. Every new High Mage Minalan raises presents potential new problems. The Magelords have inspired fear in their neighbors. The warmagi invent deadly new spells. The lower orders of magi are getting restless. The mage-led Sevendor Town wants a new charter. King Rard and the royal court are pressuring the nascent Arcane Orders politically. Some magi are crossing the Penumbra and taking stones from the goblins as well as taking their service. And some are just starting to get a little crazy.

It makes a nice, normal little raid on his lands seem refreshing in its simplicity.

In trying to balance the needs of the war with the needs of a well-ordered Order, Minalan finds himself making compromises, cutting deals, and bargaining what power he has in a high-stakes game where Chaos seems to be the only player who knows the rules. The temptations of his position and the power he wields are great, but so, he discovers, are the responsibilities. But when his patience seems nearly exhausted and his alliances seem ready to crumble, a massive army emerges from the shadowy realms and strikes south, forcing the High Magi to rally around the Spellmonger in defense of the kingdom.

As the genocidal goblin army marches toward the once-prosperous cottonlands of Gilmora, Minalan and his High Magi must defend a single bridge against them at all costs. And they are ready to. But the plans of magi count little when the powerful and subtle mind of the Dead God opposes them. For when the die is cast and the first blow is struck, it becomes clear that nothing is as Minalan had foreseen. As disaster looms for the humani kingdom and even the Alka Alon are threatened, only a desperate appeal to divinity, a dangerously risky adventure and a little classy enchantment offer any hope against calamity. For the day has come when all that stands between ruin and survival is the bravery and cunning of the Spellmonger and his High Magi!

©2017 Terry Mancour (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Superb!!

Love the story and love the narration. Both keep you engaged with the storyline and the characters.

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well done

from beginning to end it always kept me engaged and looking forward till I could get back to it

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Magical, complex and rewarding

From book one to the last minute of book four...this series is riveting. it has a comfortable feel, taking place in the cities of our imagination. every reader sees these characters through there own filter but we all hear the same story.

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great book!

another great book in the series, alot faster paced compared to book 4 in the series.

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love this universe

love the story, the world settings and the voice actor. makes me sad knowing there isnt a whole bunch left

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Another great entry

What a great series. The narrator is awesome and really brings the story out. 100% worth the purchase

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audio needs to get the remaining books done.

great story, from first book to this one. it would be great if the remaining books could be produced.

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Boooooring

Dear Lord this was dull! The prologue was good but that’s about it. Its minute details about bookkeeping, governing and city planning. Yaaawwwn. I’ve really enjoyed the previous books and thought I’d like this one too. No such luck. I’m about half way through and I’m just going to skip to the last 2 chapters to see if it’s any better. I got this book to listen too on a 20+ hour drive cross country. I literally shut it off and listened to the rubber on the road for 10 of those hours. I was falling asleep! The other thing that bugged me was that in the previous books and first few chapters the character of Sir Festarin (sp?) was pronounced Festa-RIN. Suddenly the narrator changed to Fes-TAR-in. Honestly it feels like the author had a six chapter story but an 80 chapter contract. Brutal.

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  • Joseph
  • 2018-05-22

I love this series can not wait for the next

I do love this book can't wait for the next one to come out hopefully with the same reader. and honestly there are so many more of these I mean I am just chomping at the bit

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  • peter j
  • 2019-08-26

Awesome

if you're anything like me eventually, after reading / listening to books for some time you are able to guess at a books plot with a decent amount of accuracy but this series catches me off guard regularly. to have just gotten through the fifth book and still be on the edge of my seat with fun new surprises and plot twist is in my opinion amazing. The journey thus far has been fun, I find myself very much looking forward continuing

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  • Kate Pritchard
  • 2018-05-25

Wonderful Series

As a fan of extended fantasy stories, I couldn’t appreciate the Spell monger series more!
I look forward to the next installment in the series.
And, John Lee is marvelous to listen to!

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  • Aaron Brown
  • 2018-05-20

great story. great series.

love this narrator and series. feels fun and less epic than a lot of fantasy.

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  • Nathan Palmer
  • 2018-09-24

Reminds me of Patrick Rothfuss

You won’t find deep intrigue or plot twists in this series. What makes is so enjoyable is the development of the characters; both as written by the author and performed by John Lee. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to this series and hope that the remaining books come out on Audio book format soon!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-09-28

Fantastically Magical

Loved every minute. The depth of the characters and the world is what keeps me coming back for more!

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  • jkreynol
  • 2019-09-11

Best of the Series so far!

loved it, really fun read and well balanced. Action at the end was cinematic and engaging.

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  • IrishFan112
  • 2019-08-28

Can't believe I almost gave up on book one...

I bought book one several months ago, based on some threads I read on Reddit. I started listening to it and an hour in I was not fully engaged. Of course, I was multitasking at the time, but I just didn't get into it. I gave it a break and took a second run through Kingkiller Chronicle, listened to a couple mediocre novels, and then gave it another shot...

I ordered book two before book one was finished. I love the character development and Min is such a smart ass you can't help but love him.

I highly recommend this series to anyone and everyone.

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  • Slick25
  • 2018-05-23

Amazing and fantastical

I love the spellmonger series and my only problem is having to wait for them to be released on audible. I know I could actually READ the books but John Lee’s narration is just too damn perfect and it wouldn’t be the same.

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  • leif
  • 2018-05-22

great series, love the magic or Wizardry.

very captivating, similar to The Wheel of Time or j. r. r. Tolkien trilogy of the rings.

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