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  • Spellmonger, Book 15
  • Written by: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
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The Witch Queen strikes!

Minalan the Spellmonger has a problem: Mycin Amana, the undead consort of Korbal the Necromancer, is not only occupying one of the largest castles in the kingdom; she’s also occupying the recently-dead body of his former lover, rapist, and mother of his children, Isily of Greenflower.

As the crises in the heart of the kingdom grows, Minalan is tasked to force the so-called Witch Queen of Darkfaller from her new stronghold using any means necessary. Unfortunately, the castle belongs to his rival in the royal court and future monarch Prince Tavard, whose ideas about how to do this are archaic and doomed to failure.

Mycin Amana is a master sorceress who is more than 4,000 years old; Prince Tavard is an entirely mundane and completely self-absorbed knight in his 20s. If Darkfaller is to be retaken, Minalan knows he will have to use the cacophony of ancient memories inside his head to do it.

Alas, those memories are driving him mad as they daily impede his progress as much as they advance it. His bouts of depression, obsession, anxiety, and rage are only getting worse as he plans a daring raid to rescue the hundreds of magi that Mycin Amana plans to turn into an army of undead Nemovorti.

Even as he is producing incredible wonders from his workshop at breakneck speed, whispers flow across the kingdom about his sanity to the point where Minalan is now referred to as the Mad Mage of Sevendor. His best friends begin to conspire to murder him. His allies question his judgement. And his foes close in as they sense his weakness.

But Minalan’s challenge is clear: become the greatest wizard in history, or not only see his war against Darkfaller fail, but leave his entire world to certain doom. Threading the needle between catastrophe and salvation has never been more difficult or cost so much. 

Yet as King Rard promotes him to Marshal Arcane—the official responsible for facing the magical threats to the kingdom—Minalan is forced to balance his temporal powers with his thaumaturgical ones and navigate the violent shoals of insanity.

But can he do that without losing the confidence of his friends and the trust of his allies? The hope of his people? The goodwill of the enormously powerful Sea Folk? A new title and position is helpful, but it will take courage and daring to see Minalan the Spellmonger become the Marshal Arcane!

©2022 Terry Mancour (P)2022 Podium Audio

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I shouldn't have read Mad Mage.

After Mad Mage, nothing new happened here. The pov shift felt strange. The last chapter left me with a morbid curiosity that was strangely un-compelling. I am never again reading the novellas.
Even so, I hope 15 is coming soon.

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  • Michael Cahill-Manchester
  • 07-12-22

A Critique of the Critics

To those complaining that the author didn't write the book just the way you wanted, go ahead and write your own 20+ book epic.

To those complaining about shifting points of view, try listening past part 1 before writing a damaging review.

Terry Mancour's capacity to write tens of thousands of pages that keep a reader continually engaged amazes me. The fact that he branches off and develops key characters in such detail is rare (and probably the reason we're still reading and listening). I respect the hell out of this man as an artist.

Keep it going!

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  • Madra
  • 06-12-22

Different character pov every chapter

For me this was the least enjoyable book of the series so far, and that after having only listened to a small portion. I cannot stand the constant switch of character pov. I bought this book because I thought we would finally have another book from Mins perspective. Apparently not. I may stop following this series as the main character seems to constantly take a back seat these days.

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  • Jasalyn
  • 10-12-22

meh kinda a let down

I love this series but I really felt like the first 3 parts were just retelling the stories from Mad Mage only from a different perspective. The discussion with the Sea Mage was great and of course Lilastian chatting it up with Ishi. Yet despite all of that the absolute very best part of this book and that which we have been waiting for for a long time was for someone to FINALLY FINALLY put Little Prince Tabby in his place.

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  • Bawpy
  • 06-12-22

How dare they question the spellMonger

It’s like a mix of all the pov’s from
The different series but their doubt of the spell monger is bs has he not earned their trust and can pentandda
Stop with all
The nagging the whining the doubt the unhappiness it is so annoying

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  • Douglas
  • 06-12-22

Constant shift in perspectives

While some haven’t cared for it I have really enjoyed every chapter coming from a different view point. The series is long and has developed many fun and interesting characters and this book brings them to life in a refreshing way. Mad Mage of Sevendor already told most of these events from the series main characters point of view and this telling brings more depth and color then what you get from only one perspective. I appreciated it a lot more then each main perspective having their own dedicated book and rehashing the same events from differing view points. John Lee’s narration is spot on as always and I already can’t wait for the next installment.

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  • kidD
  • 30-12-22

21 hour filler book

I try so hard to like this series... but every book is just 5% plot and 95% fluff... after the first few...

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  • D. Kim
  • 29-12-22

First boring book of the Spellmonger series

I don't want to write any spoilers so I'll just say, this book doesn't progress the story as far as we all expected after book 14's ending, or the usual rate of story progression that Mancour gives us through each amazing book. It felt like a filler book as Mancour prepares for book 16. I spent the entire book wondering when they were going to start moving the story as story was building to a resolution, but then I got to the last 2 hours and knew there wasn't enough time and eas thoroughly disappointed

If you listened to 14.5, then the first couple of hours of this book (and maybe the last half hour for context to start the next book) is all you need.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-22

Sorely lacking in some Respects.

Answer some questions, while giving you more questions to ponder. In some of the chapters they were just tantalizing did tell you what might be coming next. It felt that that was the object of this book. In some regards that flowed very nicely in others it just was very happy. It's a really nice book to listen to do you have escap is Em but doesn't really want to hold your attention all that much. As I said before I would highly recommend the book however I want the reader to know what they are getting. It really is not what you're paying for . His other novels were much more in depth with plot character and other things. The book started out strong but lost interest in the halfway point but that's kind of finished strong as well. Still for example like Lana del you don't know what happened with the Hawk maiden and her pending handed marriage.

Even John Lee who iDear a did other books for the author had much more imagination in passed books Facebook book he didn't have that much of me engineering and shooting with some of the characters like is she the goddess of love.

Even though I would hardly recommend the book. I still felt that it was lacking. What was missing was the interaction between the male character wizard and his best friend in wife and the Hawk maiden. Also I felt the narrator could have done a better job and bring the characters to life.

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  • Gavin
  • 08-12-22

Read Mad Mage First

First off, if you haven't read The Mad Mage: book 14.5 first, you really won't understand this installment. That is the only novella in the series that is strictly necessary, the rest just shed extra light, but get explained in passing in the main books.

Even the other books that aren't from Min's POV can be skipped, but not 14.5. Marshall Arcane really sees the author experimenting with multiple points of view so as to not be repetitive, but too much will be missed if you don't read the novella.

The series is far from ending, but this book did a nice job reeling in some of the side stories and characters while still leaving them open for further fleshing out. And almost all the interactions with other characters where satisfying "Wake. Up. BOY!"

It was shorter than many of the spellmonger focused novels, but it was also a much quicker pace. I really enjoyed the slice of life and world building aspects from the earlier novels, but as the series progresses, it doesn't make as much sense to focus on that.

As with all of these books, I love that they don't often take themselves too seriously. It's compelling with minimal emotional investment and a lot of humor as well as excitement. You can't wait for the next one, but know you don't have to wait 15 years for the next one *coughs Martin* *coughs Rothfuss* because each one isn't meant to be a master piece.

Overall, I have mixed feelings on all the shifting POVs. Several of them were necessary as a plot device, but sometimes it left you feeling like you had whiplash. But it's still another great Spellmonger book.

Quality remains consistent, no major plot holes, and plenty of room for more.

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  • Cyndi
  • 08-12-22

Didn't disappoint

loved it as I have all the others. If you're this far into the story there's definitely more to come and I can't wait!

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  • ATPase
  • 07-12-22

Not what I was hoping for

It's a good book, however, a problem that frustrated me was the amount of fluff that Terry puts in. For example, their is a whole chapter of Camilla changing from a human to a dwarf. That is an interesting concept and fun to explore, as well as opening a whole host of situations in the future, but it wasn't necessary to have a whole chapter dedicated to such an event.

Secondly, the story as a whole is moving extremely slowly. This is exasperated by the fact that Terry uses a lot of side characters as a PoV. This idea on its own isn't bad, however their isn't any story progression or real-world building. A lot of the time, the other PoV characters are all saying the same thing, but nothing really is happening to the story, characters, or world. s

Overall, it's a good book, but IMO not his best work.

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  • Mitchell smith
  • 31-12-22

I just wish it was longer

really enjoyed it, like the new stories that are growing in this book. hope the next one comes soon

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  • Mads Jensen
  • 23-12-22

Brilliant

this series just keeps getting better and better.
Remember you named it avalanche now terry. not blizzard.
can't wait for the next one!

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  • PA
  • 11-12-22

Same book different title

I have loved this series. However this book tells the same story as the mad mage of sevendor, the story hardly moves on and feels a lot like a con.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-23

Great story

Great story well written and well read can’t wait for the next part to be released

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-01-23

A fluffed up mad mage of sevendor

Really disappointed by this book. Two things that annoyed, first thing was it was telling the same story as the mad mage and in some places it didn't add anything to it. I was expecting the book to either follow on from the mad mage or cover the points in the first couple of chapters before getting on with the main story. Second point is all the fluffing up with pointless chapter's. why does he feel the need to spend chapters talking about very young girls (women in general actually) and their need for a big strong man to come to their rescue or their emotional vulnerabilities because they are women.

I generally enjoy the series but it does get hard going sometimes and I've found myself skipping parts. Let's see what the next one has to offer but I'm not holding my breath.

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  • firs64
  • 27-01-23

Super story once again

The story is a must for Spell-Monger fans. Great delivery and loved listening. It takes me away from troubles to a land of imagination.

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  • Ginny
  • 25-01-23

Great book

Can’t wait for the next adventure to start. What will Min do next? How will Gareth get everyone through the wastes to safely.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-01-23

Magically exciting

love the series and cannot wait for the next one. going to start the whole series again

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  • Emil Olsson
  • 12-01-23

Mind-blowing

Some might say slow pace, or that the story is not moving forward fast enough. But i find I could listen to hundreds upon hundreds of hours of this kind of story telling. The fact that a chapter here and there is utterly dedicated towards economical growth, magical theory, or just two random characters debating marriage. Its inspiring and uplifting to read and/or listen to. Its just simply wonderful to get that kind of insight of how the author has built this world, truly everything has been taken into consideration.

This is a true masterpiece.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-01-23

another great book

this another great book in thee series
I ave loved reading this series Terry is great story teller

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-23

another wonderful book

great performance, wonderful story, good balance of overall plot and more general plot storylines to keep us engaged. cannot wait till the next

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  • Carl Miller
  • 02-01-23

Can't get enough!

This series is so good that my wife and I are on our 3rd listen through and we can't get enough! Apart from a few sexual stuff (nothing graphic) that we atill skip, our whole gamily listens to Spellmonger on car trips and even just at home. I love this style of high magic/ fantasy. Highly recommended for all ages!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-12-22

Brilliant yet again

A long awaited instalment and it didn’t disappoint. Old favourites resurfaced, new intrigues arrived. Loved it!

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  • Rohan Cran
  • 24-12-22

same old.

All the males need to train hard to learn magic or build muscle or skill all the female characters are just better naturally. very confusing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-12-22

where's the fun

the author resorts more and more to lecturing the reader about all manner of often pointless detial about someone's estranged third cousin. It can be tedious. The first book was a bit of fun but increasingly it's about detailing every facet of his world. He'll spend time on often meaningless detail that could be conveyed with a sentence or two but other stuff he never really explores. Such as Min being the most powerful mage of the age or that he is mad, I feel we never really see these things in action mostly he just lectures us about them. He has completely disrupted the regional economy thousands would have no job, have no chance of a job as every thing they can do can be done cheaper and better by the dwarves or wands. But this lightly touched on.

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  • jesse
  • 20-12-22

Amazing as all ways

All ways a great story line from terry mancour and great performance john lee. Love listing to the character development

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-12-22

Another banger from Terry Mancour

After fifteen books, all of which I rate 5 stars, I felt it was finally time to write a review.

From book 1 to 15 I've been enthralled. Terry Mancour and John Lee do an excellent job of keeping me hooked and coming back for more. I've read the entire series twice now and I can see myself going back for a third time.

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  • CamJam
  • 18-12-22

Another quality episode. Story gathers momentum

Another great episode. Could be longer though. Terry, your leave is canceled, get writing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-12-22

totally awesome

loved this, I cried and got angry and upset all at the right times....so drawn in to the story absolutely love this series thank Terry Mancour for such a wonderful escape into this amazing world❤️❤️❤️