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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 quaMinalan 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 pretty 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 valley. 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.When the people look to him for hope, Minalan does his best, but there are multitudes of goblins, and they want Boval Vale as a staging ground for an invasion of the whole Five Duchies, and only Minalan is standing in their way. Add 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 mood, 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 spellmonger....

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Spellmonger Reviews

  • Kelsea
    2019-02-23 12:55

    I purchased this book through a Kindle deal for $2.99, hoping it might be the promising start to a new (to me) series. I love a well-written fantasy series, probably for the same reason I prefer a good TV show over a good movie. I like to get attached to characters and their worlds and I usually burn through standalone novels too fast to let them stick in my mind.Unfortunately, Spellmonger fell short. It hovered around three stars for a while before dropping down to a two... and after a bit of internal debate, I'm going to stick with the two.At the start, I found the magic system interesting and thought it had potential... and it remains one of the positive-leaning items in the book. However, it falls flat in what I like to deem the "(Brandon) Sanderson Test" (yes, he has spoiled me): Is it logical? Sorta. Does it seem like there are endless possibilities that just materialize out of thin air every time the character in question needs an out? Yes. Mancour does throw in some interesting spells and tactics, which kept me semi-interested.There is a lot of history and a semi-interesting back story, which I appreciated. However, the delivery was eye-rolling-ly unrealistic. I won't go into details to avoid spoilers, but count the number of times Minalan, the main character, just kinda falls into a situation where someone is randomly telling him something super-secret and previously unknown for generations and/or something supposedly so secretive that telling him might incur the death penalty or other dire consequences... and you'll see what I mean.Most of the characters were fairly bland - especially the narrator. I did like Penny, who was somewhat interesting, if a little odd. But Koucey... I'm pretty sure that man should get checked for dissociative identity disorder. The way he jumped back and forth in his personality and actions was annoying and conveniently followed whatever Minalan needed for the story to move forward.This is nitpicky, but the names were also fairly unimaginative. I understand having a loose naming scheme to give readers a sense of the world order, but note the similarity in the name of Minalan's least favorite sister and others he meets & dislikes in the castle. Same goes for gurvani and the goblin prisoner. I think there was another instance as well, but the details escape me at the moment.I'll summarize the rest for you: too much telling instead of showing (especially with emotions - I'm scared, yet none of my actions indicate that emotion in any way), the plot was very forced, the characters difficult to care about, and the value of irionite was established at the start, but quickly lost credibility (even though Minalan keeps saying he's surprised, I didn't really believe it) as it kept popping up like candy. OH, AND THOSE EDITING ERRORS. Painful.Other than the magic system (sorta), the part that kept me reading was Minalan's wry, amusing-at-times voice narrating the story. It was stronger at the beginning of the book, which may be why I kept reading despite the large two-star-at-best middle chunk of the book that drags on like the siege it describes.Everything about the book may be leaning positive or negative... but in the end, it's all just somewhere in the middle. Reminds me of a phrase my friend used when trying to describe a mediocre new pizza place she'd tried in kindly terms: "not that bad".I'll admit it. Somehow, despite everything above, I am actually considering reading the next book. Granted, I'm not willing to pay for it, but I am willing to consider it as my next Kindle Prime borrowed book, assuming nothing else catches my eye before then. Call me an optimist, but I guess some part of me just sees a tiny bit of potential in this author and story line... so we'll see how that works out.

  • Brian
    2019-02-22 09:10

    Very Disappointing.This book started out with some promise, but quickly fell down. At the start, the main character was interesting, likable, and believable. But as the book progressed, he became less interesting, less likable, and far less believable. His challenges start at a normal level (fighting a band of goblins), and quickly escalate to fighting an entire army of goblins with super-powerful magic to boot. His solutions to these problems become increasingly far-fetched, and inconsistent with what the author has previously written. For example, in one chapter we're told that a castle is besieged by an overwhelming force. In another, the main character is easily able to sortie from the castle with a force of men to outflank the enemy. Furthermore, magical power levels seem to fluctuate as needed by the plot, with the enemy's power level always being just not quite up to snuff to deal with whatever our hero has to throw at them. In the end, I didn't really feel any sense of suspense. It was just a question of what 'clever' (and usually unbelievable) way our hero would defeat the enemy. The characters were also a bit cardboard for my tastes. The good guys are always extremely competent; the bad guys are always unlikable and not quite as clever as our hero; and the women are always swooning for our hero. That brings up another thing that I found irksome about the book - the constant reference to our hero's sexual prowess and recitations of all the women he's slept with (including his ex-girlfriend the sex mage). It all seemed too much like a teenage boy's wish-fulfillment than a story. Yes, we understand that even though you're not that attractive, women continually fall for your charms. We understand that you have such sexual prowess that you can go at it for days. And we understand that you were so good that you kept the sex mage happy for years. Do you really have to go one and on about it? And it really seemed gratuitous (and a bit creepy) when our thirty-something hero calls for some whores and the innkeeper sends up his 15 and 17 year old daughters. Really? Was that necessary?In the end, I would not recommend this book to a friend. It had some interesting ideas and a clever setting. But the flaws in the writing, characterization, and plotting never quite allow it to live up to its potential.

  • Mark Halse
    2019-03-14 08:49

    This book was surprisingly awesome! It definitely wasn't the best written book I've ever read but it was action packed and entertaining the whole way through. I really enjoyed reading this book for the most part. There were some things that bugged me and some things that just pissed me off. There are several info dumps throughout this book and I think we can all agree that those suck. And if that wasn't bad enough there was a lot of repetitive explanations, sometimes on the same page even. Like, am I really as stupid as this book thinks I am? But the worst thing of all was the flagrant overuse of parenthesis (and this is really an understatement). Sometimes there would be four out five asides in parenthesis per page (an alarming number in my estimation) as if the narrator was constantly putting his flat hand beside his lips to tell me a secret with every other thought (ugh). I thought that this was to enhance the humor of the book (barf) but most of these asides were unnecessary and unfunny (maybe laughable at how stupid they were). In the beginning I almost gave up on the book because these asides were really distracting despite how good the story was (and in the end it indeed proved to be a really good story). But I powered through and was rewarded.Despite my complaints this book was really good. The main character does all the things that I wish wizards in other books would do with their powers and it's really fun to read about.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

  • A.
    2019-02-25 13:05

    I know that when an author creates a world, they sometimes get a certain idea or ideal stuck in their head. This might manifest as the author spending too much time telling the reader about their world that isn't relevant. Or perhaps going into the intricacies of their made up calendar system when it never actually effects the story. SOMETIMES, it leads to the author talking about how much sex the main character is having with all the women he ever meets, and just how damn important SEX MAGIC is. It wasn't to my taste, I thought it got weird.With that said, there's no slut shaming, everyone is very "lol, whatever bro it's just banging" so it's fine. I guess. If you're into that.With that major gripe out of the way, this was a fun, generic fantasy. It crammed a bunch of tropes in, and it was exactly what I was looking for. There were a few inconsistencies, and the way the big boss was defeated was a bit meh, but the rest was decent.

  • David
    2019-02-16 13:52

    (Originally reviewed on Otherwhere Gazette)Some people like their heroes to be the proud hero type, fearlessly dashing into danger without a second thought. While those can be enjoyable stories, sometimes a more reluctant hero can also make for a good story.In Spellmonger by Terry Mancour, we have a pretty much textbook case of Minalan the mage, who just wants to be a simple village spellmonger, but the local goblins have other ideas. They decide to attack his village, along with several others. Of course, being an Academy trained veteran Warmage, he steps in to combat the gurvani, as they call themselves.The story that unfolds is one that carries you along from one step to the next, right along with our hero. Since it’s told in first person, we get right inside the hero’s head, understanding his thoughts and experiences, along with his memories of his early years. The backstory is well thought out and hangs together nicely, giving both the hero and the world a sense of having history, which makes both more three-dimensional.The system of magic, along with the non-human societies Mancour creates, are both somewhat familiar, but with a few interesting twists, which keeps things fresh and keeps them from feeling like, “Oh, yeah, I’ve seen this before.” For example, one of Minalan’s friends and allies specializes in sex magic, which is essentially the opposite of necromancy (life magic vs. death magic), and which is as powerful, or more powerful as using a sacrifice to create magical power. Needless to say, this isn’t really a book you’d want to hand someone too young to handle adult themes.One minor quibble is a number of small errors. The book really could have used the services of a professional editor, or at the very least a team of volunteer proofreaders who know enough to catch spelling, grammatical, and formatting mistakes. However, they’re infrequent enough that they don’t really detract from the story, unless you’re an absolute stickler for perfection in editing.All in all, it’s well worth the $3 that Amazon is currently asking for the Kindle edition, and I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the series.

  • M Hamed
    2019-03-05 13:59

    instead of Black company caliber grit ,and the grey of right and wrong .i mean he got the meathe wrote about sex fulled magic (at one scene,which was the conclusion in a way.he was banging this chick doggy style ,with each bang emphasized as energy flowing through something ,something with his girlfriend coming over real quick giving him a kiss and leaving )yeah .he could have wrote something good ,but he wrote something for horny teens alas,he was a dickhead

  • Eric Toorn
    2019-02-25 13:03

    I have to admit, at the beginning of this book, I was a bit disappointed. Why? I expected a younger protagonist, and got a battle-wearied warmage. But, as I warmed to this first person, I revised my opinion of him. The first few pages had given me the impression of someone over 35 years, with at least a dozen of those spent at war. How wrong I was... The Spellmonger, a mage in his twenties, named Minalan, had two years of war experience, and some extra mercenary work, until he decided he didn't want to kill anymore and thus retired to The Valley Of Cheese (Boval valley). I liked the background story of his growing up, enlightening me of many things about humble Min. A warning for the prude: while no erotica, there is quite a lot of sex mentioned, with it even being the 'only' way to escape (this made me laugh) and having sex with someone outside of your relationship, while discouraged, not a very rare topic. The plot is well-written, giving a nice sense of hopelessness and relief. The ending is a typical good one: success of current mission, hope for end, but still an almost hopeless situation.To conclude, this book is agood readwith great characters and fantastic plot, essential for a fantasy fan with a love for magic!

  • Hollie
    2019-02-16 08:47

    This is a great series starter from a promising author. It has heft without a lot of stuffing, an engaging protagonist, and a lively story with a decent balance of various conflicts. Fairly typical fantasy, with a little of everything, but no really dominant characteristic traits (i.e. humor, romance, fight scenes, grit, etc.), except perhaps a heavy dose of satire. It did suffer a little from some small things, most of which could probably be rectified with a little judicious editing. Some of it was just typographical, as is often the case with these indie Kindle reads, but some revision could have also been called for in other cases, particularly in the repeated use of the same phrases, sometimes in the same sentence. Other than that, and this is purely a subjective thing, but from the viewpoint of a woman, this book is obviously written by a man. Fantasy authorship is male dominated, so this isn't too unusual, but some male authors handle women more insight-fully than others, and while I really enjoyed this book, Terry just isn't one of them.

  • Dan Cowden
    2019-03-10 10:53

    A charming little modern take on a fairly classic fantasy tale. All the characters (assuming any other than the Hero actually count, which is somewhat debatable) are instantly recognizable, but the author manages to make things entertaining in even so with his particular blend of established tropes and stereotypes. While clearly set up to be a series lasting as long as possible, the first book was certainly a fun read. Either my analytic skills are quite sharp or else it's often a little too easy to spot twists coming, but the hero remains fairly fresh (if somewhat dense) for the entire story, and I'm looking forward to the next. Certainly an interesting world has been sketched out, though it'll be the responsibility of the next books to flesh it all out and determine if this ever moves from my "bad-fantasy" to my "good-fantasy" shelf. The repeated use of deus ex machina suggests this is unlikely, however, regardless of how well such is rationalized.

  • Cindy
    2019-02-25 09:05

    I decided not to finish this one. The story was promising, and I liked the MC at first. But I got a little tired of his pride in his romantic conquests. Just not amused.

  • Alaricus
    2019-02-28 10:49

    Definitely a must read.+ The magic system is logical and within certain boundaries.+ Magic is used plentiful but not wasteful.+ Loads of action.+ The bad guys are extremely powerful, but not all is black and white.+ The main character has nails nearly every nice chick he can find. (Sounds plausible to me... ;-) )+ The story is very fast paced with loads of intricacies but quite easily to imagine. The author is a talented world-builder. Describing things as he goes along, without boring the reader with too many unnecessary descriptions, while still making it seem lively and quite detailed. I like that.+ I actually had trouble lying it aside again. And immediately bought the sequel. And marked the sequel-sequel (... seq-seuqel? aaaah whatever) on my to-read list.- The third (+ fourth?) part are not out yet.SPOILER ALERT!.......+/- At some point the main character saves the day by having 4h-long sex with his ex-girlfriend, sanctioned by his current - pregnant - girlfriend, while thousands of people (including his current gf) parade by and see everything. Now, the first just seems unreasonable (4h??? blue, blue, blue ouch!), the second is quite impossible (no girl would EVER allow that), and the third is very weird (sorry, but I like my privacy when being intimate with a girl...).

  • L.A. Jacob
    2019-02-26 12:42

    Got through the first ten pages and was bored.

  • Alaina Meserole
    2019-02-27 15:46

    Spellmonger is about Minalan who gave up a promising career to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger. This remote village was in the mountain valley of Boval. Everything is completely fine in his life (he believes he has everything he could ever want) until the village he lives in is under attack. Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again (it has been an awfully long time) to defend his home from an army of goblins, called gurvani. Now he must figure out a way to protect the people that reside in the village and how to get rid of the goblins once and for all.Now this sounds like a really awesome book, right?? Yes it did seem so but the more you get into the book the more you will get frustrated. At the start of the book you meet the main character, Minalan, and from there you realize that he is a pretty interesting guy and seems likeable; However, my opinion changed pretty quickly because he seemed more like a tool/douchebag and I just did not like him at all. I get it, he basically tries or has nailed every chick mentioned in the book. Aside from him, the other characters are equally annoying and easily dislikable. The worst thing is that Minalan consistently objectifies the female characters in the book. Spellmonger pretty much had two female characters (because most weren't powerful enough or at all): 1) his girlfriend and 2) his ex-girlfriend. I wish they were re-written to become better characters. So his ex had magical powers but they were sex-magical (like she can only casts spells by doing the deed) and the girlfriend was basically a weak mundane and need Minalan to tell her what to do constantly. I hate when woman are written this way :(I really wanted to start a new series but after this book I'm not going to even touch the second one. I'd rather read a book that empowers women. I need strong, smart, and independent female characters to read about or to even look up to--not weak-minded.

  • Alreem
    2019-03-07 10:47


  • Lazybee
    2019-03-18 11:08

    The book was interesting. I enjoyed reading it. But will I read the next one? Probably not.

  • Christopher Vance
    2019-02-19 08:55

    What an exceptional first book in a series. This writing has made me a fan of Mr. Mancour and his story wrapped around the social injustice that is the common norm for the society that Min has been raised. The function of magic and the code of chivalry seem at the beginning to be at odds but Min brings all of this to a head as he alone is able to stand against the Dead God and his minions. Through his trials we see the beginnings of a great mage in the works and his tongue-in-cheek approach to life is a wonderful diversion to the real world that we live in. An excellent read and a spectacular world to get lost in. Great job Mr. Mancour, as of writing this review I am finishing up Book 3 in the series and will be updating my reviews. Love this story and love the characters and their interactions through Min's point-of-view. If you love High Fantasy, a well written story with very few editing errors, and well placed comedic interludes, than this is the opening opus that you need to read.

  • Bryek
    2019-03-18 15:47

    I seemed to have a hard time starting this book but just like The Name of the Wind, once you get passed the first few chapters, it grips you and drags you into itself. The worldbuilding is great and the magic is fascinating. The hero isn't Lawful Good and isn't all prissy either. He is sarcastic and fascinating to read about. I would say he is a Harry Dresden set in a midieval time period. The book is fast paced once the invasion starts and there is even an explaination into how certain spells work (which I loved). I wouldn't recomend it to people who don't like books that do fashbacks or books that have women not treated as best as they can be treated in fantasy (there is only one part that people would get upset with but its not a major feature in the book). But I do recommend it to people who are looking for a smart, funny, intelligent and quarky read. Its worth the money!Kp

  • Gabe
    2019-02-21 15:57

    Summary: In general the story and the allusions to historical people and events have a lot of potential. I rated this three stars instead of two because of that potential. If developed properly, this book could have been excellent. The author is obviously a very intelligent and creative person, but his character development and world building seem amateurish to me.The characters are undifferentiated; all of them seem equally intelligent, articulate, and sarcastic. There are three races the reader is introduced to in this first installment, (there are additional races referenced, but I doubt I'll continue this series to see if they're encountered), and despite dramatic physiological and cultural differences, they all seem to speak the same language with equal proficiency and in the same casual register.The story includes human, elvish (Alka Alon), and goblin (gurvani) characters. The Alka Alon are described as wise and ancient masters of magic whose civilization predates the appearance of humans by thousands of years. Unfortunately, apart from the expository information we're given about them, there's little about their speech or behavior that differentiates them from humans.The gurvani are supposed to be unintelligent subterranean drones descended from ancestors they share in common with the Alka Alon. A gurvani blacksmith who was captured by humans spoke perfect English, with an advanced and comprehensive vocabulary...not at all like an ESL speaker who's only interaction with English speakers has been on the job amongst human peasants. He's an open-minded, literate, articulate, and generally sophisticated example that seems to be inexplicably intelligent far beyond the average gurvani.The gurvani "Dead God" is supposed to be unimaginably powerful, warped, and evil, yet when he arrives on scene he has a polite and reasonable conversation with the humans he's come to eradicate, again speaking as well as a formally educated native speaker.The world of Spellmonger is based on a feudal government consisting of various strata of peasant/commoner to nobility. Unfortunately everybody SOUNDS THE SAME! The main character's former lover, (a member of the nobility), is indistinguishable in terms of dialog, from his new lover, a farmer's daughter.If subsequent installments illustrate differences in background, motivation, and personality between characters, that would be great. That would be the difference, to me, between an immersive, epic story, and a very good creative writing exercise, which is what this seems to me.

  • Arun
    2019-02-23 15:09

    I really, really wanted to find an addictive series that would throw me into a new world of escapism and adventure... this wasn't it. It had potential. Not the most challenging read but the story kept you going - so much so that I finished it and almost gave it 3 stars. However, this book had the most clumsy telling that I've read for years!The author couldn't resist telling us about the world he'd devised, and he did it in a lecture style that went into extreme detail. I kept reading, assuming that the backstory and clumsy world descriptions would pay off in some deft twist later... it didn't. As the book went on he moved from the first person narrative lecturing us to trying to disguise telling in conversation. I had to stifle a laugh when a prisoner being interrogated went into the same detail about historical background and social context while spilling the beans. Even the end of the book ends with an extended conversation/ lecture which I suppose sets the political scene for the upcoming books. Even with all that I almost gave it three stars, after all, I was curious enough to finish the story. But the other thing that led to my disconnect from this book was that I never really warmed up to the main character. He struck me as reasonably sexist, or at least keen to show off his 'alpha male status' with no sense of self-awareness, let alone a transformative inner journey of self discovery and change. I've no doubt the series will develop into an interesting enough fantasy epic with interesting creatures in an imaginative world. The whole 'battle mage' thing left me wanting more and the against all odds struggle was even compelling at points. I think the writing will improve, as there was less blatant telling as the book continued. Unfortunately the terrible telling (rather than showing) combined with my lack of sympathy for the main character means I won't be continuing.

  • Chazz Trott
    2019-03-12 09:51

    In a magical world, where no one knows what humility is...I enjoy sword and sorcery books, especially time and again where magic is abundant and treated with the same prowess as would engineering or science in the modern era. However what this story has in setting and compelling elements it severely lacks in character and development. The author continually causes me to roll my eyes in heavy handed convenience and a severe lack of humility for any of his characters. Page after page is little more than repeated "one-upmanship" as arrogance is the true coin of the realm and magic seems to be fueled by short sighted lack of empathy. I finally put this book to rest when, after lengthy elaboration on how amazing he was in college, the heavy handed attempt at eroticism and care was "fixed" by the world's unobtainium. The main character is more than just young and inexperienced acting like he's a master, he's a crude idiot that would have gotten knifed by a father after he treated yet another Miller's daughter to his attempt at a good time. This book is a great premise, but needs a touch of reality, a ton of humility, and a halfway decent editor.

  • Nicole
    2019-03-17 16:03

    2 starsI really wanted to love this book and the concept and story were good and I wish I could carry on with the series but I wont. Reason why? Sexism. This book was so full of it. The main character had the mentality of a 13-15 year old boy. He constantly objectified the female characters in the book. There weren't even any powerful women in the book. The two most prominent female characters were his girlfriend (I feel bad for her) and his ex-girlfriend. The ex had magical powers but of course she had sex magic and cast spells by having sex. The girlfriend was meek and needed the main character to tell her what to do. As a woman I think this book was just gross. I expect this sort of writing from fantasy and sci fi written back in the 60's, 70's and 80's. But come on its 2017 Terry Mancour, women are not objects for mens gratification. Half your audience is female. Do you want to limit your audience?Don't get me wrong if the main character is a sexist pig, ok that's fine. I don't have to like the protagonist to enjoy a novel. But put in some three dimensional, positively portrayed women who talents lie in more than just lying on their backs.

  • Tanner Racine
    2019-03-01 14:47

    So, first and foremost it was a fun read. There few dull parts, and I enjoyed the main characters comments. However, I felt it was a bit cliche that the main character "didn't like fighting but was good at it", "got every girl he set his to" and "was the chosen one to stop the bad guy". Occasionally the main character would go into politics or obscure stories and histories only to prove minor points, but never so much that i put the book down.There were brief instances that reminded me of the Dresden Files (one of my favorite series) but ultimately it felt as though the book fell short of its potential. Some parts and characters felt a bit contrived. The magic system seemed to have rules, though they only came about when it was necessary. That's not a problem, but rather the rules felt a bit flimsy, or made up on the spot.I'm kind of harsh on this review only because I feel that this book could have been much better, but i did enjoy this book nonetheless and will read the second book.The focus on sex was more than anything, mancour didn't make it awkward, it was just everywhere in the book. It almost felt a bit childish.

  • Josh
    2019-02-22 15:58

    This book isn't bad, but it's obvious why it was self-published. I found it entertaining, but I devour fantasy books like junk food.The choice of first-person is a little unusual, but more than anything what stands out as unpolished is how hard it works to reify gender. Some of that doubtless comes from its roots in older fantasy. It just surprised me that it was published in 2011 as opposed to, hm, the 1960s?Quite a few times the narrator stops his story to explain to the reader "how women are". And a major plot point involves the protagonist sleeping with his ex-girlfriend (while he has a girlfriend) in order to work a powerful spell because, of course, she practices sex magic. So far as I can tell this is a pointless addition but for the sake of titillation and transgression.The author is remarkably good at writing unsympathetic characters. Witnessing their invective and their downfall makes for a good bit of the entertainment value.So basically this is a reasonably fun fantasy book that periodically blindsides you with its sleaze. If that repels you I recommend turning elsewhere--but if you don't mind it, you might as well give it a go.

  • Carl
    2019-03-10 13:56

    this is kind of an embarrassing Mary sue male power Fantasy by the author. the protagonist doesn't really do anything but talk about how awesome he is, how little he actually wants to take the reins of power, and how many underage women he has sex with. And of-age women. Also he must regretfully become a fascist tyrant in order to save all of civilization from a literal uncountable horde of inhuman (and inferior in size strength and technology to the white peo-I mean humans) Black Savages.I got to book 4 which had a climax (no pun intended) involving to Apprentice Mages pulling an MMF Eiffel Tower on a Grateful Maiden ( but they didn't use mind speak the whole time they were f****** because "no homo", and actually if the one Apprentice had have made a grab for the other it would have been a way more entertaining sex scene).This is embarrassing series written by an MRA / gamergater just be aware of what you're getting into because I was not but then I could not look away from the train is orders of magnitude better than the Jade Mage though.

  • Averill Earls
    2019-02-19 10:07

    This book is the worst. I tried really hard to not hate it and to get through it. I got 14 hours in and couldn't take anymore. In those 14 hours, the only female characters have been sisters or for sex. There apparently are female mages, but in those same 14 hours only 1 was referenced for any length of time, and since she wasn't a sister, her role was an "expert in sex magic." So the sexism was bad, really really piss me off bad, but I powered through because I kept hoping the developing story would be awesome at some point. But no. I suffered through prob 6 hours of boring effing backstory that I just did not care about, 5 hours of boring effing exposition, a bunch of other waste of time hours that I zoned out during because I just couldn't care about anything he was saying, and MAYBE 10Minutes of funny or interesting parts. The magic system was contrived at best, but mostly just cliche, the characters were blah, the plot was ok but under developed, and it just wasn't well written. Who edited this? Fire them. Or demotion. Bad.

  • Caleb Rogers
    2019-02-28 10:01

    Had to give up on this book about 3/4 of the way through. It starts out like a simple D&D ruled magic universe, following a wizard who's internal voice is weirdly 2017. This dichotomy between the voice of the narrator and the culture of the world he's describing to us I found jarring. Furthermore, the excessive tail-chasing just felt dumb and juvenile, maybe even gross, as if the author was living out some weird fantasy and subjecting us to it. Character background is smashed over our heads with a sledgehammer. Characters are introduced en masse for no particular reason. Some of the main ones are fun and exciting - a sex magic witch, or a goblin that speaks Common, or a conniving but unskilled wizard that seems to find his balls and help defend commoners during a disaster. But then there's all these others that I'm not sure need to exist. All around amateurish writing. This is one of the few books I just wasn't able to finish.

  • Ryan Frederickson
    2019-03-05 17:07

    Way too much glossed over narrated "telling" of what happened...and not enough "showing".... I kept thinking...when is this thing going to settle into the actual meat of the story?! It never happened. The protagonist is a douche bag. There's very little going on internally in the character. He gets any girl he wants, he never suffers, he never struggles. (Spoiler alert!) Sex magic is literally the story's climax. Which is pretty much the ultimate literary bad pun. The whole book (yes, unfortunately, I got through the whole thing) is basically the main character talking in the past tense like he's trying to just passively brief you on some stuff that happened and how cool he was in the process.I listened to this one on Audible and returned it. Unfortunately, you can't leave a review on a book you don't have in your library over there. Which is a disservice to Audible listeners, I think. But the narrator was John Lee, who always does a great job. Unfortunately the book kinda sucked.

  • Robgonzo
    2019-02-18 15:08

    ugh. The was like a trudge through a misogynistic, teenage, boy's D&D fantasies. You wouldn't think a fantasy novel with the promise of "Sex Magic" in it could become so tedious but Mancour achieves it in spades.When he's not recounting previous sexual conquests or bragging about his prowess he's full of heavy handed exposition on politics or magic theory. Some of that is expected in world building but it was not handled very well in this book and just added to the tedium.Also, John Lee has a fantastic voice and I'll go look for some other titles he's read but he did not match up well with the protagonist in this book. Some more youthful American accented voice might have been more appropriate to line like, "...but he was a tool so it was okay" and "Why are you nailing your ex-girlfriend?"

  • Erick
    2019-02-28 13:46

    I really like the world that Terry Mancour has created. He is very detailed and has a vast realm that he has manifested here. That isn't a problem, except when he goes into the backstory of various things. Basically there are lots and lots of chapters where Mancour starts describing past events. Why is it a problem? Well, he's not that great at it. It gets kinda dull many times. Beyond that, I really like the main storyline and what is happening with the Spellmonger. I do agree with many other reviewers that the Spellmonger does get a bit whiny as the story progresses. Really, it's just because the author has him trying a bit too hard to resist what the world has in store for him. And whenever you do that with a character it can get a bit tiresome. That all said, it is a fun, well thought out, intricate world. Despite the length of the book, he does a good job moving the story forward.

  • Robert Burman
    2019-03-03 15:57

    Basically hot garbage with some promise.I wanted to like this book, but it was really deeply flawed in a lot of ways. The worldbuilding was OK if uninspired, the dialog has its ups and downs, and the main character is fairly interesting. Having said that, the book really needed to be edited, it is very repetitive (telling you the same fact over and over again), some of the concepts are pretty cringe inducing (sex magic? really??), everything revolving around the main character got fairly old, and generally speaking all of the characters aside from the main character are really one dimensional and exist to further his plot. Also I am going to project a bit here and assume the author doesn't talk to women a lot.To be honest I got bored and stopped after the climax, so maybe the last two chapters redeem the book, but I am not interested in finding out.