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High Mage

Written by: Terry Mancour
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • James Owen Colla
  • 2018-04-10

Good but a few complaints

This is a good story so far but this book was way too short and needed more action and has so many plot holes


Spoilers below.....




Wtf why not kill the dragon that’s knocked unconscious?!? And why is the thoughtful knife only used in the last battle also why not drop a giant bolder on the dragon that’s swimming toward you if it’s taking hours to get to you!!!!! Way to many plot holes!!!!!

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  • jonathandmcgowan
  • 2018-04-06

Back on track

Last book was a bit less then it’s siblings in the series. Glad to see we are back on track!

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  • Kevin R.
  • 2019-08-15

Yet another great story.

This is another great story in the Spellmonger series. I really enjoy the the short stories that occur between these novels, but you have to search them out on Kindle. Once again, John Lee is an incredible narrator and it brings the story to life.

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  • Steen Sternberg
  • 2019-08-09

Cute story

Great narrator. The author seems to try to stretch out an otherwise interesting plot a bit too much.