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Thaumaturge

Spellmonger, Book 11
Written by: Terry Mancour
Narrated by: John Lee
Series: Spellmonger, Book 11
Length: 28 hrs and 47 mins
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The Spellmonger in exile!

When Minalan the Spellmonger was exiled from his beloved mageland of Sevendor by Prince Tavard, his friend Duke Anguin made him Count Palatine of the Magelaw, a vast realm in the Alshari Wilderlands with which Minalan is all too familiar. After the goblin invasion, the province is devastated, ruined, and peopled almost only by freed slaves. But Minalan has brought his recovering wife and family into exile with him, and he views their impoverished fief as an opportunity to build a new City of Magi in the wilderness.

To assist, he recruits some of his closest friends among the High Magi: Mavone, the military intelligence specialist; Sandoval, the marshal in charge of recruiting Minalan’s army; Carmella, whose genius for defensive magics will be key; Gareth, whose ambition to create knows no bounds; and Terleman, perhaps the greatest tactical warmage of his time.

Together, Minalan knows that they can build his new city, Vanador, into an anvil that can blunt the thrust of the dark forces that rise against them. For the first of three Nemovorti have come to the Penumbra, and Gaja Katar has vowed to wipe humanity from the face of the world. Yet he is far from the worst of Minalan's worries. For the powerful Sea Folk have sent an emissary to see the Spellmonger, and the news he bears will change the fate of all.

Minalan's only hope is to rely on his cunning and his ability as a Thaumaturge!

©2019 Terry Mancour (P)2020 Podium Publishing

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Great World Building

An enjoyable addition to the series. I like the world building present in this book though I do hope we encounter a competent foe soon.

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I felt this book was a bit of a filler, not much to keep me interested hope the next book is better

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could go anywhere from here,<br /><br />

looking forward to the next books in the series. story line is so variable. love it.

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  • Jim
  • 2020-06-22

continuously good<br />

I listened to hundreds of books in this genre. this is one of the few to be consistently interesting.

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  • tb3
  • 2020-06-16

Tons of Description - But Plot Important

This isn't my favorite book in the series. So much of the early book is 'the story of Vanador ' - a very descriptive setup of the new city (not to say that these books have ever been shy on description and world building). But I do feel that the first third of the book drags, with miscellaneous interesting events happening in the latter part.

And yet I think this is an important book for fans of the series - we have here what's described as the first book in what could be a ten book arc. There are major events, and the start (or escalation) of several story arcs to come (Farise, The Forsaken, Forseti, the arsenal, the Formless, etc)

Enjoy it for what it is. It's good, and starts the promise of what's next.

As always, it's pleasant listening to John Lee and how he narrates the series. i DID notice a few places where there were errors (name swapping / incorrect name), and pronunciation goofs, hence I've docked it to 4 stars.

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  • WillMaj
  • 2020-06-19

What happened in this book?

There are about fifty plot threads going on in the series. If you're hoping for any of them to be resolved, you're out of luck. Hardly any progress is even made on any of them.

We do get an 8 hour description of how Vanador is built. And how their legal system is set up. And how their currency is set up... Seriously, you may as well skip to the first interlude.

Considering the next book is likely to be focused around concurrent Penny or Rondal/Tyndal storylines I doubt we'll get much progress for at least one book.

Here's what happened (obviously spoilers): A random irrelevant badguy attacks Valador and fails miserably. Also his kids from Isily move in with Minalan and Ruderal talks with his dad.

We don't learn anything about the AI. Minalan has two short conversations with him and learns nothing.

We don't learn anything important about the Vundal.

Minalan predictably gets an extension on giving up all the snow stone. He has to give up another mountain but it doesn't happen in this book and he's getting random irrelevant coral in trade.

Alya doesn't change much. She's starting to be influenced by the Handmaiden in some way related to the Vundal. I'm betting she ends of being changed into one of the Celestial mothers by the Handmaiden and saves the day. Didn't happen in this book though.

The prince is still salty about his son dying. But he isn't doing anything besides gathering people around him who don't like magic. He's mentioned so rarely I can't even remember his name.

Anguin gets married to Princess Rardine. The wedding gets attacked the same way the capital was attacked and irrelevant people die. No dragons during the attack this time.

Minalan starts provoking some random Noble dude. It isn't explained why, and nothing comes of it in this book.

That's about it. Really, it's an irrelevant book. I'm not looking forward to the next one because whatever the other characters are doing isn't going to move the plot forward or answer any questions.

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  • DreamscapePen
  • 2020-06-24

Better on audiobook!

I love the Spellmonger series and eagerly await the next book. John Lee is a treasure!

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  • Les
  • 2020-06-24

Not much here...

A lot of exhaustive descriptions of courts,tax systems, interactions of magics etc. Not much is happening (I made it through 2/3 of this book so far and I am not sure I'll get to the finish).Stalled action,a few conversations ,one joust,another visit from the Sea folk demanding more white stone ....about all. Clearly,the author run out of ideas and now decided to bore his audience to death with his lists of tedium.

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  • James
  • 2020-06-29

This series is getting really repetitive

I feel like this story is being dragged out forever because the author knows it is a cash machine and all of us are willing to fork out more money hoping the book will be more stimulating than the last, but unfortunately we are wrong. This is like a TV show that has gone on too long.

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  • CLeshock
  • 2020-07-18

Running out of ideas?

I’m a huge fan of this series, but it seems like Terry’s running out of ideas. The vast majority of this book is a missive on public planning with very little action. It sets up three huge battles, but only one is portrayed here, and it’s a snoozer. If you skip this one you won’t miss much. Here’s hoping the next book will have more of the excitement, plot twists, and intrigue I’ve come to expect from this series.

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  • Michael
  • 2020-06-29

A rehash of previous plots in the series

There is nothing new here. The book covers the same plots already done in the earlier books. I love my wife, I hire really good people and get out of their way, I feel guilty for not saving everyone, did I say that I love my wife, I hire really good people and throw money at then, I care about everyone, oh how I love my wife, my really good people saved everyone and I didn't have to do anything but stay out of their way and throw money at them.
There was nothing creative in this book, it is just a pulling of similar stories from earlier books and with a little rewrite presented as a new book that barely mores the story forward. In other words, it is a filler book, no new development of any type, so boring to the extreme.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-06-16

Return to Magelord

If you liked Magelord, you're going to love Thaumaturge. One of the best of the series.

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  • BarbaraJ.Butler
  • 2020-07-03

Way too slow

Clear clearly the author wants to drag this story out for 20 books. Very disappointing. way too much detail regarding city building and not enough action. Felt like I was listening to someone play a video game. When I first started reading the series I was enthralled, but I doubt I will continue. The best part is The Narrator, Mr. Lee who has a wonderful voice.

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  • Matthew P McAllister
  • 2020-06-26

An odd addition to the series

I love the world building that goes on in this book. The attention to detail and character development are excellent. I am concerned that the series is getting too wide spread though. This is the first book in the Spellmonger series where there is so much going on, and so many subplots, that I really didn't listen that attentively. I like the world that has been created, but it is now so vast that I don't know what to focus on. I am sure this can be wrapped up in another 12 books, but every series I have seen go this direction dies in quality to tie up the loose ends, and I am afraid that will happen here too.

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