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It was a simple rhyme, a honeymoon folk blessing from the Riverlands, Minalan's home.

Seven bottles of mead to share.
For seven nights or more.
Each cup a toast, each sip a wish.
To bind their lives forevermore:
A bottle first for happiness, a bottle then for health.
A bottle for togetherness, a bottle next for wealth.
A bottle sipped for harmony, the equilibrium of desire.
A bottle savored for purest lust, which brings the marriage fire!

A bottle last for love to endure as long as life shall last,
saved for they who toast their love when five full years have passed!

But those seven bottles of mead were more than just a folk blessing. As Lord Minalan the Spellmonger began his honeymoon on a decadent river barge with his very pregnant bride, he had no idea that the occasion would have anything more complicated than eating, drinking, and making love on the agenda. But a frantic message from one of the Tree Folk indicating he and Alya may be in danger compels him to skip the lazy repose and travel to a far away ruin to speak with a possibly crazy Alka Alon mage - Lilastien, the Sorceress of Sartha Wood. After river pirates, trolls, and the sheer difficulty of adjusting to married life, the answers to the questions he has for her may be more than he, his wife, and his marriage can handle.

Come sail down the languid Burine river with the Spellmonger, and see how seven bottles of mead and a pregnant bride can turn a holiday jaunt into a potential interspecies disaster!

Note: This novella fits chronologically just before the events of Magelord, book three.

©2014 Terry Mancour (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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"Chronologically" Book 2.5

This book fits between 'Warmage' and 'Magelord' but is neither dependent on Book 2 nor a necessary read for Book 3. In that respect, it's a true standalone. Some Spellmonger fans find it a nice "refresher" after reading later entries - after reading Book 7, for example.. and that may be the best way to read it.. but reading it third makes sense, too. The events in 'The Spellmonger's Honeymoon' are really intended to enrich the understanding of Minalin the Spellmonger and his new bride - the impregnated peasant wench Alya. If you are a fan of Terry Mancour's Callidore setting, the novella also provides an interesting perspective on life in the Riverlands, explores conflicts among the Alon, includes a discussion of the Humani divine pantheon, and offers some character development - but adds little in plot progression for the overall story arc. In Essence: enjoy it.. or don't.

John Lee again impresses and the production value from Podium Audio is excellent. I did find that speeding playback to 1.15X is needed to make up for the reader's odd lilting cadence, but Lee's tone/timbre/diction/voice-acting are commendable.. and audio quality is notable.

The best way to take this 6/10 novella is as an optional "gift". You can feel comfortable skipping it, but if you enjoy the Spellmonger universe, this book is likely worth the $3.69 CDN they're charging for it. I won't personally be continuing beyond this book [the plot structure is improved and the sex scenes fit better, but Mancour is still a pedestrian author (populating your short story with characters named Alya, Ithalia, and Pahlia is sort of mindblowing, honestly)] - but enraptured fans of the 'Spellmonger'/'Spellmonger's Cadet' series are certainly welcome to do so. As to this entry.. take it or leave it.

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  • 2019-10-15

I hope the series never ends !

Wonderful addition to the Spellmonger series - Mancour masterfully invites to you walk along his main characters while being one of the best authors to walk that fine line between so much detail the tale becomes ponderous and so little you don’t fall in love with the characters.
Particularly impressive - he updates / reminds readers of things that have happened in other books such that you could likely enjoy the book without having read all the others. It’s more fun if you have / easier to understand some of the jokes, but impressive that a novice to the overall story could enjoy it just the same.
Fantastic narration by John Lee as always!!

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  • J. T. Burman
  • 2019-10-11

Don't skip it

This wonderful little adventure fits between Book 2 and Book 3. And it's lovely: lots of personality, and some good fights too. Don't skip it.

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  • Hiruu
  • 2019-10-29

It was ok...

I liked the story, in providing come additional background lore to the World of Callidore, but it was a little bittersweet, given the current condition of Alya.

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  • Faith Akinmola
  • 2020-04-04

it was written after the fact

I like these books but what is bothering me is this was written after magelord when you listen you realize things have happened that you have no explanation for. I bought this book and then listened to them in order. it just doesn't flow.

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  • GREYVOICE
  • 2019-10-15

A good lead up to the other books in the series

I went through the other books in the series before I got to this one. this one sets up a lot of things for the following books. I have more questions for this story world... glorious! I'm really looking forward for more books in the series.

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  • Ian Fischer
  • 2019-11-03

Surprising

This one is the answer to all what is really going on in the Spellmonger’s world. I am so glad I happened to find it only after “The Spellmonger’s Yule”. Though I am glad I still have the whole “Cadet” series is left while desperately waiting for the audio version of “The Necromancer”.

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  • James
  • 2019-10-31

What a great series!

John Lee gives the characters so much personality and life. It's also refreshing to read a story about something other than "a chosen one" cookie cutter hero.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-10-05

Interesting and fulfilling

Wasn't expecting a filler or a prequel book before the current story was completed but oh well!

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  • Wayne Davis
  • 2020-05-28

was this necessary?

Was this added after the main series was written? seemed like it should've been part of book 2. It felt like an afterthought to fill-in something missing. Not that I know what that is now I'm going on to book 4.

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  • Sevendori
  • 2019-10-11

The ending is absolute perfection

Another amazing story from the Spellmonger. The ending is done so well and exactly how I imagined it !


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