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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, he 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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By Heather Turiello on 11-14-17
Minalan is a Spellmonger, otherwise known as a local magician, in a small rural farm community, when his local town is attacked by a horde of Gurvani (called Goblins, but not your traditional goblins). He and his apprentice jump into the fray to protect the townspeople. It soon becomes evident that these Gurvani are strangely armed with magical items and are bent on destroying humanity.
The Pluses: Terry Mancoeur has created magical creatures that are unique and quite frankly, hilarious. The goblins are small hairy little man-like, unintelligent creatures, not at all like any goblins I've run into in stories. Minalan's descriptions are very funny, but he also has a sensitivity for these creatures that I found touching, until they started trying to kill all of mankind, then, he was a little less kind...but that's to be expected.
Minalan has a sarcastic wit that is entertaining and strangely balances his egocentric voice with his honestly about his own insecurities.
While he's a bit cocky, it does turn out that he does have quite a heroic background giving him a little credibility for some arrogance. He jumps right into helping the village and surrounding peoples by grouping them in the liege lord's castle for protection when the goblins overrun the valley.
The minuses: Rating this book was difficult for me because I almost gave up on this book so many times. The story was fine, but over and over I kept thinking I'd rather read this myself rather than listen to the voice/persona chosen by the narrator. All I could think was how pompous and self-aggrandizing he was, but he seemed to think he was self deprecating. It really rubbed me the wrong way. But I stuck with it and over time I got used to it. If you're sensitive to narration, make sure you listen to the sample because it's a long book.
“AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
By Eric on 07-27-17
Terrific Book! A great adult fantasy series.
Would you consider the audio edition of Spellmonger to be better than the print version?
Do you love a good coming of age fantasy where the young promising lad leaves his tiny village, comes of age and power, returns to marry his childhood love and live happily ever after? This is not that. If you would rate a great book with one star because the "F" word is used, save yourself and the author the bad review and move along. Now, for the rest of the adults, don't hesitate for a second on purchasing this book! I loved it! My wife whom is only mildly interested in any sort of fantasy, loved it. I will go ahead and add a note about the next two books here. Book two is not quite as good as this one in my opinion but still very good. Book three is as good or better than book one. The narrator is excellent.
116 of 125 people found this review helpful
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By Michael on 03-31-17
Give it an hour of your time and you won't regret it
This took me a few minutes to realise that the performance was matching the character to perfection, brilliantly witty
Can't wait for book two
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Steven on 03-18-17
really good story although lost speed in the middle but hoping next installment won't be too long.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Leilani Coetzee on 07-04-17
Slow and steady with a climactic ending
At first I was a bit aprehensive, but soon I was bewitched by the magnificent storytelling that Podium publishing is known for finding. I would recomend Spelmonger for anyone over the age of 17.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By marnie on 03-20-17
loved this story, humerous in places, well read and keeps you hooked, highly recommend it
5 of 6 people found this review helpful