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Necromancer

Spellmonger, Book 10
Written by: Terry Mancour
Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Spellmonger, Book 10
Length: 39 hrs and 17 mins
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Company’s Coming!

Just when Baron Minalan the Spellmonger figured out there was a slim chance to restore his mind-shattered wife Alya (if he's willing to journey to the undercaverns of Olum Seheri, the lair of Korbal the Necromancer), things start to go awry: not only does Prince Tavard, his unloved liege lord, decide to conduct an official state visit to Sevendor on pilgrimage to the Everfire on the Briga's feast day, but a mysterious seamage appears at his door with an intriguing offer from the Sea Folk who rule Callidore: They want to buy snowstone. An entire mountain of it. 

Between feuding factions of Alka Alon and the contentious nobility of his own kingdom, Minalan is already in arcane intrigue up to his pointy hat, but when the foremost wizard of the age has problems, he also has resources. Before the pilgrimage concludes it sets mighty actions in their courses, and even the gods elect to intervene publicly in Minalan's life. 

Minalan realizes that he has little choice but to consider an impossible quest into the heart of his enemy's realm, to the caverns of the dead, themselves, if he is to resolve the many conflicts in play. He must recover an ancient artefact of the Sea Folk known as the Handmaiden, and in order to do so he will have to organize the most audacious raid on the most horrific foe in humanity's history on Callidore! Who else but Minalan the Spellmonger has the magic stones to challenge the undead might of the Necromancer!

©2017 Terry Mancour (P)2020 Podium Publishing

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Incel-supporting sexism

I've stuck with this author for awhile but let's be clear. This guy supports the viewpoint, or at least he advances it through his characters, that a woman owes a man her affections because he does things for her.

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When Dara rejects Gareth's romantic advances, she tells him he is a friend and the implication from both the main character and from Gareth is that she should have accepted because he put himself at risk to gain her favor. Bull. This entire scene and everything based off it is a very disturbing endorsement of the incel viewpoint that a woman somehow is obligated to return affections and that an offer of friendship is somehow insulting. This sexist attitude is one that needs to be done away with.

I've seen a lot of sexism in these books, the entire series is full of it, but this REALLY took the cake and I am both repulsed and disappointed. I cannot encourage people enough to stop buying this man's work until he takes some action to show through his writing that his views have changed.

A woman owes a man nothing. Friendship is a gift, not an insult. To say otherwise is disgraceful.

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Love it, more please, write faster!

**Spoiler Alert***

I love the implications of this actually being a crazy SciFi story... So good. I was hoping that you would go this direction when I first heard the stuff about the techa. After this crazy war I would love to hear stories about Captain Spellmonger. So epic. Also, I dig the idea of him becoming immortal and hearing these stories about him experiencing ages and his perspective of the whole thing. I don't want him to become a god or anything. Just an immortal dude with waxing and waning power as he discovers more and more of the universe around him. Eventually maybe he's all powerful on Calidor, but in space he's a nobody. Then maybe he leverages his new home base on Calidor to become a power in his region of space, but then he discovers worm holes, and he's a nobody again. The future possibilities are endless and I want to hear it all please never stop!

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Unexpected developments!!!

I rarely write a review halfway through a book unless its a book that im not happy with, but this addition to the series has one heck of a twist to it, it quite frankly shocked me to the point that I had to go back to the start of the twist and re-listen. I will say that this new development has completely turned the Spell Monger series on its head, I had no suspicions whatsoever that this series would take such drastic turn, for me its a great change in direction, I have listened to every book in the series and have really enjoyed all but that Court Wizard book, I actually return that book as it was awful.

This book starts out very slow to the point I was tempted to skip through a few hours to see if it got better, but this book does improve with story quality and progression about 6 hours in. If you are having doubts about getting this book I very much recommend you get this book and you will thank me around the 11 and a half hour mark in the book. This series can go in some many interesting directions now, more than defeat the Necro dude and the undead butthead, im definitely looking forward to the next book, and infact the rest of this book. Wow I never thought finding out the origins of humanity would be so shocking, once you find out for your self there are a few words that now make complete sense the author uses through out all these book. Where did humans come from? I cannot say it as it may spoil it for you.
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amazing

I waited months and months for this audiobook release and now I'm crying for the wait until thaumaturge is released in audible. I have nothing else to say. I love this series and terry mancour and john Lee make a great team

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  • R. Richard
  • 2020-03-21

Fantastic

This is a fantastic read/listen I enjoyed it immensely. It is worth your time to purchase and listen to the entire series what a fantastic story.!

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  • RandalPrime
  • 2020-03-24

No end in sight... thank God!

Terry Mancour writes fascinating compelling stories, and has done so again. The frustration at this point, I cannot wait for the next tale!

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  • Richard w Fail
  • 2020-03-21

holy cow!<br />

ok this is a good book. not so much understood with just this volume but entertaining enough for just this one purchase. and the ending... wow does that leave many many directions for the next....

please, please give this a shot if you haven't already and continue through out the series... as you can tell I really like this series and wish the best for all involved. It's made my literary life so much richer.

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  • Juley Karns
  • 2020-03-21

I Hate to See These Books Come to An End

Just want one expects. A great story that captures your imaginations and keeps it moving. I love Sci. Fiction but over the years too many books for my liking have a lot of battles with very little story to flesh the different characters out. If you read or listened to the series all the different characters have complete personalities and you pretty much know what to expect from them. When there was betrayal in the King's house, you automatically knew the wrong person had been betrayed, although that too is a story within itself. John Lee performance is always stellar and just as I'm apt to avoid some books because of the reader, I'm willing to try a new author because I know his performance will not let me down. I'm so looking forwards to the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-03-13

love it

wish they were put faster, pre-ordered it and finished it in three days, it was fantastic but now I'm put back into waiting on the next one, awesome series and John Lee really brings it to life

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-03-31

Loved it

My husband and I can't wait until the next book. Hopefully there is a next one. The Spellmonger series has kept me going throughout my cancer treatments. John Lee you are the best narrator I have had the pleasure of listening to.

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  • Wanderlusting
  • 2020-03-24

exceptionally good series

I will admit I enjoy the plotting scheming intrigue politics and Relm development more than I enjoy the actual battle scenes.
I think the series is taking an interesting turn with the technology aspect but we will see.

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  • Red
  • 2020-03-23

One of my favorite in the series.

Excellent story with good passing. Been waiting for this one for a while. Can't wait for the next one

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  • Lawrence Silver
  • 2020-03-23

Must read

I have listened to every book in this series thus far and Necromancer was 100% my favorite of them all. Hands down. No questions asked. If you enjoyed the earlier books in this series and/or you’re getting bored of it, I highly recommend sticking it out for this one. Brilliantly entertaining and inspired writing. Can’t wait for the next one to come out.

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  • Carlos
  • 2020-03-22

John Lee is the best his voice is my monologue

book is amazing well written best performance. Im pretty sure I figured out the huge twist that should be at the end of this series. I want to write here but won't ruin it. even knowing it it will still be amazing

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