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Hawkmaiden

Spellmonger Cadet, Book 1
Narrated by: Finty Williams
Series: Spellmonger Cadet Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
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Summary

The Falcon’s Call!

From the moment Dara of Westwood spied the Silver Headed Raptor nesting in Rundeval Peak, the precocious redheaded 12-year-old girl was enchanted. The youngest daughter of the Master of the Wood lived in ramshackle Westwood Hall, in the independently minded Westwood estate of Sevendor. Her determination to capture a baby falcon and train it wasn’t hampered by the fact that Dara had never climbed a mountain, had never been trained in falconry, or even remotely had permission from her father to do it. Dara wanted the falcon...and the only thing in her way was the mountain, an angry mother falcon, and her own fears.

But the daring climb up Rundeval and actually capturing the fledgling falcon is just the beginning of her troubles. Actually learning falconry and training the willful bird is a responsibility she had barely considered. Worse, there is trouble afoot in the domain: A new lord has come to rule over Sevendor and all of her people, replacing the corrupt old Sir Erantal. While everyone welcomes the change, the new lord is a wizard: a magelord, the first of his kind in 400 years: Lord Minalan the Spellmonger. And he’s not alone. He’s brought thousands of oddly dressed Wilderlanders with him, families escaping the wars in the west...and settling in Sevendor.

Within weeks of holding his first court as lord of Sevendor, the wizard's magic begins to cause problems. Magelord Minalan turns Sevendor Castle, the entire mountain of Rundeval, and a good portion of the Westwood - including Dara’s home - into enchanted white stone when a spell goes unexpectedly awry one fateful night. As a result, Dara learns that she, too, may become a mage someday. Soon after she discovers that she can see through her falcon’s eyes and share her thoughts, the talents of a beastmaster, opening up a brilliant new world for her.

The folk of the valley have enough to eat for the first time in a generation, there are wizards all over Sevendor, and the castle glows with a magic light at night. The fortunes of the Westwood estate rise. But the Magelord finds foes as well as friends in Sevendor.

Though prosperity flows from the Magelord’s benevolent rule, the changes are frightening to some who have lost power since the Magelord came. Outside the Westwood, the other natives of the domain are upset by their magical lord and his strange new people, and there are whispers of rebellion. And outside of the domain, the neighboring lords, urged on by sinister forces, conspire to plunge Sevendor into war - with Dara and her family along with it!

What can one girl and her falcon do? When the Magelord leaves on business and his enemies close in on her home, Dara discovers she may hold the answer to saving them all! The fate of the entire domain rests with Dara of Westwood, the girl they’ll call the Hawkmaiden!

©2015 Terry Mancour (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Narrator could have listened to the other 10 books

Narrator could have done a tiny bit of research and listened to (or even read) at least one of the previous 10 books! Felt like she was reading it all for the first time, and that's before all of the different pronunciations from the awesome spellmonger series. Took a while to get into. And I much prefer the main series. But enjoyed seeing things from Dara's pov.

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poor narration

New narrator obviously hasn't taken the time to at least listen to a book or two herself so says words wrong constantly throughout the book. Aside from that though it's a very good story

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Finty was a bad choice

Loved the story. however, Finty William's performance was poor especially with pronunciations and I didn't agree with the accents. Not sure if it's due to listening to the Spellmonger series for so long and I've become accustomed the performance from that series.

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Thoroughly entertained!

This is a beautifully written and performed story! I especially enjoy the detailed world building that happens all the way through, the research that must have gone in to creating this book is amazing. From falconry to feudal politics, medieval market days to siege warfare, and don’t forget the magic, there is something new to enjoy in every chapter. I highly recommend this to everyone!

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A book to read

Don,t miss this book it is totally captivating and kept me listening from start to finish. The narrator allowed you to actually be there. go buy it and enjoy an extension of the spellmongers world

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  • 28-08-19

a welcome addition to the series!

really enjoyed seeing the changes to Sevendor through different eyes. I like Dara and her family. Very good performance.

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A bit short but really good

a bit short but otherwise excellent. im looking forward to the next in the series. it ties in really well with the bigger plot.

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An excellent new perspective.

This change in pace and enjoyable back story is a welcomed enrichment of the spell monger series. Finty Williams conveys the hawk maiden expertly as she tells the tale magnificently weaved by terry mancour i for one am exited to purchase the next instalment.

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A wonderful addition to the series

This is a fantastic addition to the series. The writing is first rate, I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this but it's a really good expansion of some of the events of book 3. Flinty provides fantastic performance and really adds to the overall feel of the book, I would love to hear her and John Lee do these books together. Thanks to all involved I really appreciate all the hard work you do to bring us such amazing audio books.

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Surprisingly good coming

Was surprised how well this spin off was from the vivid huge world we all know

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  • Margaret Burud
  • 15-09-19

Wrong Narrator

The story was good. The Narrator was pretty bad. John Lee does the best job for The Spellmonger series. There were words mispronounced and names said incorrectly. Tough to get over that.

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  • Vanessa A. Krailler
  • 01-08-19

Good book but no humor like the others

I love the spell monger series and was excited to get more familiar with the Hawkmaiden but I found that it lacked the light hearted humor I love from the books that center around the main character Minolan.

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  • Zeak S.
  • 03-08-19

Great addition.... but?

I loved hearing the back story and see things from a different prospective, it was a great addition to the world of the spellmonger. However one annoying aspect was the narrator, for the most part she was great except there where quite a few inconsistencies with the pronunciation of words. After listening to all of the spellmonger series to have this book not be able to pronounce elemental parts of the well established vocabulary was off putting

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  • A. Carlson
  • 11-09-19

Another Spellmonger Hit

I was worried going into Hawkmaiden that the series would be watered down by including another perspective. Hawkmaiden is wonderful, with all of the same adventure that the Spellmonger series contains. The character of Dara is richly created and her actions in the previous Spellmonger books are easily connected in between the books. The narrator does a great job in reading for a young person without sounding childish. I’m excited to read the continuation of the story in Hawklady.

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  • s. mack
  • 23-08-19

A VERY pleasant surprise.

I am absolutely enamoured of this series. I was a little disappointed when this recording started up and it was not John Lee's voice I heard. I associate his voice with Min so completely. But very quickly I got accustomed to Finty William's delightful voice and skillful narration. She has done an excellent job giving voice to Dara. I am nearly finished with Hawkmaiden and I am distraught that Hawklady doesn't come out for a couple weeks yet!

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  • Kevin Ford
  • 28-08-19

Spellmonger Sidestories that seem Necessary

Hawkmaiden completely satisfies the thirst of old readers familiar with the Spellmonger series while introducing a younger audience to Lenadara and her trusty companion, Frightful. Terry Mancour is unmatched with his ability to turn a side story not involving the main character, something many would be annoyed or angry with (admittedly, myself included) into a fresh point of view of the people surrounding Minalan and his Journey against the evils of Calador. Hawkmaiden begins just before Minalan arrives in Sevendor and you are introduced to the condition of the native people from the eyes of a young woman who's whole world is dependent on her family's day to day struggle with the current occupants of Sevendor Castle. This side story was fun and interesting, as they all eventually become when they are released. I was hesitant when it recieved a YA rating, but fear not, fellow Spellmongers, this book is well done. Finity Williams does a wonderful job, becoming a fresh new voice in the series to accompany John Lee. There were a few pronunciations that dont follow the main series, but all in all it was just what the doctor ordered. I will have no hesitation pulling the trigger on the books in this series regardless of the rating. Thanks Terry! You are such a fantastic storyteller!

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  • xan Michael
  • 01-08-19

narrator mispronounced a lot of words

i wish the narrator listen to the original narrator for the series. she mispronounce names and keep saying "villian" instead of "villein". do your homework lady!

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  • James Watts
  • 17-08-19

Pronunciation is off.

As always a great story in the Spellmonger series. The narrator should have listened to John Lee’s readings of the main series, for the proper pronunciations.

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  • Charles Grayson
  • 31-07-19

Meh

This story is only interesting because you get to hear the same story you've already heard from a different perspective. Someone new to the Spellmonger series would probably find it boring. As for the narration, few narrators can compete with John Lee's majestic voice and Flinty Williams isn't one of them. Her performance was pretty flat and her MC voice came across as rather timid, compared to the spunky character the author described. And all of her voices sounded pretty much the same.

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  • Doru lupu
  • 29-01-20

Short, little new content, full book price.

The book itself is written well and the different perspective to the storyline is nice, drawing away from that is the miss-pronunciation of already well established terms buy a different voice actor... which isent appealing for a audio book, especially when that book/series is about a quarter length of a original and the same price. Feels like a money grab and is fustrating to a point where ive almost boycotted the audiobooks as i can go ahead n buy the paperbacks without delay and blatent refusals to publish because of money grab tactics from the publisher. Fans would have bought the books after the series was published anyway this is aggravating and insulting to most.

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