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Opposites attack!

When the Magelord Minalan, the Spellmonger's two apprentices, Tyndal and Rondal, were knighted after the battle of Timberwatch, they were dubbed Knights Magi: a new class of nobility for distinguished High Magi. Designed to combine the pursuit of arcane knowledge with the noble aspirations of chivalry, it elevated them above common warmage...in theory. The problem was they had no idea how to be a Knight Mage...because no one had ever been one before. And as a couple of half-trained rustic apprentices from the Mindens they did not feel up to the task or the high ideals of their title.

But Master Minalan the Spellmonger decided to cure that ignorance. He arranges for Tyndal and Rondal to be tutored and trained together in their new vocation, learning the arts of magic, the craft of warfare, and the subtleties of chivalry from the finest masters in the kingdom.

If they didn't kill each other, first.

The two young spellmonger's apprentices from the Minden mountain domain of Boval Vale have much in common: both had their homes destroyed, they were both sent into exile by the goblin invasion, and they both serve the same master. Yet they could not be more different.

Rondal is quiet, bookish, and introspective, dedicated to the disciplines of academic magic and anticipating a future of study, service, and, perhaps, romance. Tyndal is bold and brash: an extroverted over-achiever with dreams of glory, gold, and girls. Fate, circumstance, and the whims of the gods have forced them together, but the raw emotions of adolescence and the trauma of war put them at each others' throats with depressing frequency. Master Minalan can't have that, especially not in his fragile new domain with another baby on the way...so he sends them on the road.

Jealousy, anxiety, passion, and frustration conspire to make them rivals - but if they don't figure out a way to learn to work together, and quickly, then their stubborn feud could end up affecting the fate of the entire war. Along the way they pick up some enemies, gain a few allies, master a few new skills, and attempt to learn the laws of love. But as they stumble through their lessons and learn to master their tempers, they discover that the strongest bonds between men are forged by the most difficult of trials.

For after they become proficient at magic, war, and errantry, they are put to the test in the field, the most difficult of circumstances...a mission where the strength of their friendship and the quality of their honor may be what defines them best as - Knights Magi!

©2017 Terry Mancour (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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I wasn't expecting a story of teen angst

From political intrigue, magic and war in the first three books to a book about childish and irritating characters and a lot of moody teens. There's a lot of characters whining about a variety of things but half way through the book so far and can't say much of interest has happened yet.

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Great! I love the series .

John Lee does a beautiful job. His performance adds a lot of enjoyment to great story line.

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loved it

a great coming of age story!

I was hesitant at first because of the negative comments on this one. in my mind I imagined that Brandon Sanderson slog through teen angst.

glad I gave it a listen, it was so worth it.

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Good performance, but terrible story

I don't understand why the author decided that we needed to hate Tyndal and that Rondal was now the new hero... How one was able to master everything in a couple of weeks while the other is unable to do anything and that even what strengh Tyndal had is now overshadow by Rondal...

Long, long, long book, and pointless story... really didn't like that book.

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Loved it!

Well written and a nice break from the main story. Phenomenally performed! John Lee brings the characters to life.

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another good book

really enjoyed Rondall and Tyndall's story and character arc. it kept me coming back and the last quarter of the book I was so enthralled because I really didn't know what exactly was gonna happen, it was nice

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why

nothing happens and it feels like a child tries to sell me on pick up artistry for what might actually be hours. do not recommend just skip it

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A 20 hour side-story

If you enjoyed the the story building up to this point, then be prepared to be disappointed. Instead of following the main protagonist of the series, or one of the other main players in the kingdom wide play, this tale follows two arrogant children cavorting through the countryside. The main benefit of this story is how it helps to flesh out the world that the spellmonger series is built in. It provides insight and understanding to areas that were essentially flavour text in prior novels. The performance is amazing. John Lee does a spectacular job, but the story falls flat. I't like a beautiful pie that looks amazing, but has no filling. This entire novel could have been cut in half content wise, then pushed into another novel as a background plot that advanced the true main character's development. Instead we get a long drawn out tale that is trying to listen to, and largely irrelevant to the series at large.

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Wonderful story and great voice!

The story has wonderfully developed characters and the narrator gives them and the background a very easy to listen too voice.

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Well done!

narration gives humility and the story keeps you wanting more. look forward to the next book in series

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  • Brian Williams
  • 2018-09-13

Tyndal bad Rhondal good.

the series has probably been one of my favorite fantasy series of all time so far. that was up until this book. the writer spent the better part of two books building up Tyndall only to throw him down into the dirt every chance he possibly gets in this book just to build up the other Apprentice. I saw someone else in another review mention that the author could possibly be a nerd who was picked on in school that is why he has such a hard-on for punishing jocks. that honestly makes a lot of sense to me. overall only read or listen to this book if you enjoy the building up of one person at the expense of everyone else, what a huge departure from the rest of the series. 10 hours in and I cannot bring myself to finish this book , I am honestly fearful the rest of the series is now going to be ruined if this book is anything to go by

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  • drew brantley
  • 2019-08-11

Worst book so far

I have loved the series so far. John Lee is a great narrator and brings these to life. This book however is terrible. Apprentice vs apprentice but written from a whiney little snot pov who somehow is able to go from bookworm to master swordsman and confident soldier after a couple of weeks of training, let's be real. I couldn't finish the book due to the poor writing and the wrongful elevation of Rondal. I recommend skipping this one completely

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  • john
  • 2019-06-05

worst book in series

rondal is a little baby. this book is just 19hrs of rondal acting like a jerk. if you decide to listen to this just listen to part 1 and then skip to the end. but, i would just recommend skipping this book all together.

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  • Brandon Flaherty
  • 2019-04-04

Just skip it

A whiney, hypocritical, incel-good-guy overcomes his likeable counterpart after a few weeks of training. Yay

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  • Christopher
  • 2018-04-09

Really Great Story!... With one complaint.

I'm glad I waited a while to buy this audiobook. I feel like I might have been a bit disappointed (as some other reviewers here were) if I had launched immediately into this installment right after the last one. This is due to the fact that this book only concerns itself with the apprentices and there's almost nothing about any of the other characters from the previous books including the Spell Monger.

Because I waited quite a while between this book and the previous one, I was able to approach it without that desperate hunger for more of the bigger story arc. So I feel like I was able to judge this work based on its own merits. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Please Note: The following comments do not contain any spoilers, but I do discuss an issue i have with events that occur in the last chapter of the book...

My one major criticism is the WTF moment in the last chapter... Events that should have added at least another 30% to the length of the book were vaguely and confusingly summarized by the apprentices. Worse, the information was delivered in such a way that made me rewind the book to see if i accidentally skipped over about 4-6 hours worth of audio. Of course I hadn't, and it made me feel like someone had snuck up while my head was turned and ate my lunch.

I'm not sure if the publisher insisted on cutting down the page count and thus forced the author to summarize a huge chunk of the book. Or possibly this is something that will be address or revisited in the next book. Either way it is confusing and it feels disjointed. Which is a really annoying way to end an 18 hour audiobook.

This would have been a slam-dunk, 5 star book for me (which is exceedingly rare), but because of the artless way in which a seemingly huge part of this book was just excised and paraphrased right at the end, I am sad to have to give it 4 stars.

In spite of this, the book is still way more than worth the credit.

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  • Anzy Alcide
  • 2020-06-21

What’s was that?

The two apprentices started off this book with their own individual strengths and weaknesses. However, while The physically gifted Tyndal never over came his academic deficiencies, the scholar apprentice Rondal seem to master his deficiency in combat to the point that he was able to beat Tyndal who had been training for years in swords craft. There was no point in the book were Rondal was really challenged. This book turned an interesting character with flaws into a perfect character who who masters the art of combat in months. I enjoyed the competition between Rondal and Tyndal but there is no longer any competition considering how out of classed Tyndal was. I’m done with this series.

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  • badstone159
  • 2020-06-04

Almost made me stop reading the series

Basically a Fluff piece for one characters. One character practice in battle and against every mercenary, knight, Soldier he could. The other one took a four-week course and hes better

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  • Andrew
  • 2018-02-02

Way worse than first few

if you want to read about how dumb tindal is and how double teaming a girl makes everything better than this is a good read.

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  • Anderson12993
  • 2018-09-01

I find the reviews misleading

before using my credit I was at odds to skip this book or not, based on the number of bad reviews. My resolve was well reworded with a story to the same class as the 1st 3 books. The only thing you must do is realize the author casts his stories in the 1st person. So with this book centered around Rondal and Tindal it is the lens of 17 year old boys and it would be best to remember that. There was also a bit of gripe about how the women are portrayed, personally knowing more then a little about early human feudal society I find it refreshing that the author writes how it was and not cave to political correctness of the 21st century. If it makes you feel uncomfortable find some comfort in seeing how far society has come rather then being angry about how it was. lastly I really don't get clams that the book bashes on Tindal and uplifts Rondal, I would concede the book is more centered on Rondal but that make sence from a story telling perspective with Rondal being under developed until this book. Other then that anyone who thinks Tindal is cast down in this book is either a raging feminist (for he is fairly chauvinistic) or simply did not read the entire book.

hope this helps anyone who shared my initial concerns.

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  • PJ
  • 2019-08-17

I stopped reading half-way through

I am disappointed. Rondal grew into a nasty conceited person. Don't care how it ends.

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