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Spellmonger (The Spellmonger Series Book 1)

Spellmonger (The Spellmonger Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Terry Mancour
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Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese.

For six months things went well: he found a quaint little shop, befriended the local lord, the village folk loved him, he found a sharp young apprentice to help out, and best yet, he met a comely young widow with the prettiest eyes . . .

Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins – gurvani, they call themselves – bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news. The bad news was that their shamans were armed with more magical power than has been seen since the days of the ancient Imperial Magocracy – and their leader, a mysterious, vengeful force of hate and dark magic, is headed directly to Boval Vale, along with a massive invading army of gurvani. The good people of Boval and their spellmonger have only one choice: to hole up in the over-sized Boval Castle and hope they can endure a siege against hundreds of thousands of goblins.

When the people look to him for hope, Minalan does his best, but the odds are depressing: there are multitudes of goblins, and they want Boval Vale as a staging ground for a vengeful invasion of the whole Five Duchies.

Add to his troubles a jealous rival mage, a motley band of mercenaries, a delusional liege lord who insists victory is at hand despite the hordes at his door, a dour castellan, a moody, pregnant girlfriend and a catty ex-girlfriend who specializes in sex magic - all trapped in a stinking, besieged castle with no hope of rescue, and you’ll understand why Minalan is willing to take his chances with the goblins.

All that stands between the gurvani horde and the people of the Five Duchies is one tired, overwhelmed baker’s son who wanted nothing more than to be a simple village spellmonger.

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  • Print Length: 445 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
For the most part, I enjoyed reading this novel.

The writing style is slightly strange - first person, told in retrospect, in an ironic way, with lots of sarcastic comments. This style suits the novel surprisingly well, although it reduces the immediacy of the experience. It makes the story more entertaining than exciting.

Mostly, the writing style is fluent and makes it easy to get absorbed in the story.

However, there are many big chunks of info-dumps inserted, pages of explanations about what happened when in history, which go on and on and on, when I wanted to get on with the story and find out what happened next. Several times, I just skipped some of the info-dumping pages to get to story.

Even worse, some of the dialogue is pure info-dump as well. Sometimes, the characters talk as if they were giving an audio-lecture. They don't talk like real people, a few words or sentences at a time, but pages at a time.

The dialogue feels often awfully unnatural with these people who converse in lectures. It's boring, too. If someone was talking to me in real life, droning on and on and on and on, I would tune out. The same happens if people hold a conversation in a novel and someone talks non-stop for pages without pausing for breath: I start skipping.

The plot is solid, well structured with a lot of action. Some of the characters are well-developed.

The love story is shallow. There's no real development of the people's relationship, no depth, no meaning. The lover lacks individual personality; she's just a beautiful woman with no genuine characterisation.

The underlying magic system is consistent - not anything like real magic works in the real world, but believable in a fantasy-novel kind of way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, engaging read 13 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
The synopsis of this book is lightly humorous, which is what drew me to it in the first place, and that light touch of humour continues throughout the whole story. You might think that would jar with the otherwise fairly doom-filled storyline, but it really doesn't - it feels very much that the dry humour and light sarcasm is part of what keeps Minalan going, but that works well.

The storyline was well-paced and interesting; there were a few predictable moments, but the story itself was original and told well, and the pacing was excellent. There weren't really any moments where things were moving too quickly or too slowly, and it made me want to keep reading. Which is really the main thing I look for in a good book - one that draws me into the story and makes me care about what happens to the characters.

On the subject of characters, the protagonist, Minalan, was an interesting and engaging character, neither too perfect nor too flawed, and with a good deal of backstory showing how he got to where he was. The result is someone who feels three dimensional and well fleshed out, and who is therefore easy to connect with and care about. The other characters were less well developed, mostly due to the fact that the story is told in first person narrative, so perceptions of all the other characters were filtered through Minalan's own eyes - nevertheless, the other characters weren't flat or boring, and were overall likeable.

My only real criticism of this book is that it probably could have done with more careful editing, as there were a few places where the wrong word had been used, errors in grammar, and so on. But I honestly can't drop a whole star from my rating for that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spell binding? 22 Jun 2014
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Good book considering this is not the genre I would normally read but felt it goes back and forth too much, can lose the plot easily.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sarcastic Fantasy at it's best 1 Nov 2013
By D Lewis
Format:Kindle Edition
In Spellmonger Terry Mancour has created an extremely high bar to continue, the writing style reminds me of another terry in that they both manage to input sarcastic tone in the most serious of settings (end of world fantasy style).
Spellmonger builds slowly and is not shy of providing reams of information to flesh out the reasons why something is going to happen or is happening. But the story moves at a nice pace and knowing the why of events certainly makes for a more well rounded story.
The magic system is full realized and well thought out, the characters including supporting cast have motives that are believable and some you just love to hate.
The authors style of writing make the pages fly by, and whilst it detracts from the more suspense filled moments like in the ending of this book you can't help but like it.
Spellmonger is let down by it's editing, some parts you get the feeling that they used the wrong word and grammatical mistakes make you realize why the publishing houses exists but as testimony to Terry's writing I've given this book 5 stars.
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