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Warmage

Spellmonger, Book 2
Written by: Terry Mancour
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 27 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (148 ratings)

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The goblin invasion is on...and a wizard's work is never done!

After facing a hopeless siege, an implacable foe and an impossible escape, you would think that Minalan the Spellmonger would be able to rest - but the armies of the undead goblin shaman Shereul (known as the Dead God to his human victims) are rolling over the western reaches of the rustic Duchy of Alshar and is headed toward the heart of the Duchy of Castal. Thousands are fleeing for their lives as hordes of goblins pour out of Boval Vale and devastate the rugged fiefs of the Alshari Wilderlands. And the super-charged shamans of the Dead God are making defending the realm almost impossible for the outnumbered Alshari country knights.

While the two Dukes play feudal politics to further their own ends, the only people who seem to care about the invasion are Minalan and his outlaw warmagi friends - and they're busy dodging agents of the sinister Royal Censorate of Magic.

But if someone doesn't organize an army in northern Alshar soon, then there will be nothing to stop the armies of the divinely powerful Dead God from conquering all five Duchies in his genocidal quest for vengeance.

But things are just not that simple: he has to cope with a sexy young Shadowmage assassin who works for a mysterious spymaster, a cocky new manservant, a dysfunctional group of suddenly-powerful warmagi, the Censor General, and a bunch of whiny nobles before the Dukes will grant him the troops and money he will need - and the Dukes have plans of their own. If Minalan the Spellmonger can't lobby the courts of Alshar and Castal to work together - and quickly - the hordes of the Dead God will sweep over the frontiers of both states. Worse, the mysterious Umbra veil he has erected around Boval Vale may come to imperil all Five Duchies.

Minalan would rather just go home and let the Dukes handle it, but his conscience won't let him. Someone has to stop the Dead God...and that someone happens to be him. Beyond politics and plots, goblins and trolls, mercenaries and magic, the Soulless and the shamans, Censors and secret orders, for Minalan there is only the thought that his child is to be born in a world with such dangers, and that is something he cannot permit.

It is time for the Spellmonger to pick up his mageblade, summon his allies, and go to war again...as a Warmage!

©2016 Terry Mancour (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Just happened upon this series!

I was searching for a new book and just happened upon this series and I loved it! Both the story and the narrator are great, I am not the best person to give a review but with my interest in D&D and the Magical Realm i was happy with this purchase.

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awesome

loved the story and the narrator does a very good job keeping the story entertaining

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yum

I love the spellmonger I'll follow you in all your adventures I cant wait for more.

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Amazing adventure!

What journey!!! Fantastic book ,best narrator , hours of fun.I really love book. Plan : to finish serial!

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Fantastic

I loved reading this series, and now listening to it is even better. Go for it

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This one throws you right into the action

Picking up from the first book this one is an excellent sequil. This, more than the first book got me hooked on the series
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Love this series

Overall I really like the Spellmonger series. I’m still fairly new to Audible, but all these books seems great. John Lee does a great job at narration, and it’s easy to know who’s voice he’s speaking in. I also like how it’s mostly all written from the perspective of the Spellmonger. #Audible1

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  • PRG
  • 2018-09-13

Excellent Read

An easy listen, following the storyline and enough action to keep you interested. In other words, I brought the next book in rhe series.

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excellent

excellent read, easily as good as the first difficult to put down and just the right level of humor added to the storyline

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Juvenile

Plodding, uninteresting and completely sexist. Virtually no character development, author is prone to meandering, repetitive dialogue. Every female character is gifted with extensive description of their breasts and passive willingness to sexually gratify the main male characters in exchange for their safety. The main female character’s role is to advance the plot through sexual acts. A really disappointing series for epic fantasy lovers, this series is not worth spending the credits on.

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  • Jared
  • 2017-07-11

An amazing story, written in a frustrating format

**First off, and to make no misunderstandings, I want to say that I enjoyed this story as a great continuation of the first book. Incoming gripes aside it was still fun and kept me listening, even if at a few points I wanted to grind my teeth in annoyance.**

Ok now with that said let the rant commence.......the format that this book was written in is just damn awful. The story is split between two threads that keep swapping back and forth as both move forward. Where the first book had the occasional flashback to Min's youth to fill in bits about his story and give us something more, the two threads in this book are only about 6 months apart. Maybe this could have worked out if somehow the writer had made it less straight up and open about what happened in the opening parts of the book, and giving him the credit of the doubt perhaps he was trying to keep the political parts of this book interesting by splitting up those sections with battles from later. That is not at all how it ends up working though. If the book had just been a single continuous thread going through and picking up right after the end of the last book there would at least be some suspense or worry about things going on in the political parts. There are chapters of that thread that literally end in lines like "When the cencorate gets here he is literally going to want my head." That in and of itself would be something to worry about....if we didn't already know not a damn thing was going to come of it because he's still alive and fighting a battle in just the last chapter which is some odd months in the future. Is he going to get the courts support? Is he going to get an army to fight back the goblins? What's going to happen if they turn him down? None of these questions have any sway when the other plot thread basically just tells you all you need to know aside from "are they going to win the war". It is so damn frustrating, especially when the story is decently written and has all the right parts just in the wrong places.

So long story short, there is a great story in here, and even as I wanted to pull out my hair I did like seeing where things went in the book. But for the love of all that is holy it just feels like someone took a well planned and finished book, cut it in half then just staggered the chapters for some stupid reason that for the life of me I just don't freaking understand. If and when they roll out the third book, if its written like this again I don't think I will be following on past that though. Personally I'm just praying this was some kind of artistic experimentation that didn't pan out and gets discarded in the series.

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  • Thomas
  • 2017-05-13

Another great one!

Enjoyed this one. Well performed and the writing keeps it interesting and moving along well. I don't think that I can wait for the next audible version and might need to just purchased the hardcopy!

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  • Cory Wells
  • 2018-10-03

I needed more!

I wish each of these books were hundreds of pages longer. I also wish i could give the narrator a higher rating than 5.

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  • Stephen Baumann
  • 2019-05-28

I think the author needs to talk to women more.

Compared to book 1, this book was significantly better. The story is actually highly engaging and the battles and politics are well gathered. The issue I have is that the main character seems to attract every female in the world and every female seems to use her "womanly woes" with him. It's actually quite irritating and would love to cut out every sex written scene in this book and I'd give it 5. Let's also not forget the copious amounts of cheating by the main character because that's totally cool. The narrator is also lacking. He often changed voices or seems to forget the characters voice and his staccato tone leaves the story feeling bland and all the jokes landing flat. His woman voices are also all the same so that just adds to my gripe with the lack of depth the author gives to the women in this book. I honestly believe he needs to talk to women more because it's heavily drowned in Male fantasy.

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  • Caleb
  • 2018-01-21

Great story...confusing way to write it.

What made the experience of listening to Warmage the most enjoyable?

I liked the story and love the characters. Excellent sequel from book 1.

Any additional comments?

The way the story was written with 3 months separating the events all in 1st person was confusing and hard to follow. It would have flowed much better chronologically. Great story, don't get me wrong, but I think the author was trying too hard to be clever with the writing style and it did not serve this excellent story justice.

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  • amir
  • 2017-06-08

Over done

Just way to much explanations. Get to the point. Other than that, is was good but needs a bunch of 30sec jumps

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  • James H
  • 2017-05-25

Spellmonger had so much potential, but i'm done

Liked the first book, had its pitfalls and tropes (Min is very sexist, boastful, reader is told how to feel, and there were a lot of anachronisms) but it also had its good points (start of a good magic system, interesting story structure, and a strong villain)

This book fell SO FLAT.

All the bad with none of the good.
- Min is still whoring it up while somehow claiming to be dedicated to his fiancee, fine, not cool, but whatever. But the curses drove me crazy. "Ishes's [adjective][feminine body part]" were gratuitous and make no sense. Its like someone say "Virgin May's Sweet @ss" or "Buddha's swinging ballsack"... just seem like an excuse to talk about boobs.
- On top of that the amount of times its recited how dangerous imperial trained war mages are and how elite the training is borderline monotonous.
- Author still tells you how to feel rather than getting you to feel it through descriptions and dialogue, which is the same as before.
- The anachronisms like the word "tool" or wizards knowing advanced anatomy or cell structures while living in a time without electricity or indoor plumbing is insane.

But all that was prevalent in the first book too, but I still liked it a lot. What lost me is:
- The magic system degrades from a loose system you are slowly taught about to "people are doing a bunch of cool things cause they have the witch stones" (again monotony about how powerful they are)
- The author continued the alternating timelines by chapter, which I liked before because it was telling his back story, but this time it is describing the same story arc but 4 months apart. It becomes a lot of the same characters talking about the same topics with a slight shift in perspective due to a minimal time difference and it is MASSIVELY confusing. The only purpose I could see it serving is breaking up the monotony of all political negotiations and social affairs, but it doesn't really accomplish that.
- This also diminishes the main villain and really is the same story as last book, the spellmonger has to raise an army and beat a large goblin horde. No escalation, no finality either way, just the same thing different location

And there are a ton of other little annoyances too, but at the end of the day, this wasn't the fun story the last one was, it was the fantasy of having a super warrior, mage, intellect, ladies man, with godly power, respect, and well hung (yeah, it says it several times), while being the everyday guy, but this time all he does is talk, negotiate, and get told how great he is.

Passing on book 3.

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  • Denis Sweeney
  • 2018-12-04

Thought I'd like it, wanted to like it; didn't

Tedious, meandering detail of magical combat leader, that goes on forever. Listened for hours hoping I'd would pick up or improve, but finally had to stop.
Solid narrator, and subject matter I typically enjoy, but... nope. not for me.

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  • Cecilia Pate
  • 2018-11-16

Good story and characters...

Good story and characters, sometimes the switching of timelines on the story was over done.

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  • Groove
  • 2018-10-22

Pretty damn good my dudes

The structure was a little hard to follow at times, jumping back and forth between the present and several months ago without much of an indication or pattern, but overall I really enjoyed it. Both timelines are compelling in their own way, and the characterization was well developed.

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