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Knights Magi

The Spellmonger Series, Book 4
Narrated by: John Lee
Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
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Summary

Opposites attack!

When the Magelord Minalan, the Spellmonger's two apprentices, Tyndal and Rondal, were knighted after the battle of Timberwatch, they were dubbed Knights Magi: a new class of nobility for distinguished High Magi. Designed to combine the pursuit of arcane knowledge with the noble aspirations of chivalry, it elevated them above common warmage...in theory. The problem was they had no idea how to be a Knight Mage...because no one had ever been one before. And as a couple of half-trained rustic apprentices from the Mindens they did not feel up to the task or the high ideals of their title.

But Master Minalan the Spellmonger decided to cure that ignorance. He arranges for Tyndal and Rondal to be tutored and trained together in their new vocation, learning the arts of magic, the craft of warfare, and the subtleties of chivalry from the finest masters in the kingdom.

If they didn't kill each other, first.

The two young spellmonger's apprentices from the Minden mountain domain of Boval Vale have much in common: both had their homes destroyed, they were both sent into exile by the goblin invasion, and they both serve the same master. Yet they could not be more different.

Rondal is quiet, bookish, and introspective, dedicated to the disciplines of academic magic and anticipating a future of study, service, and, perhaps, romance. Tyndal is bold and brash: an extroverted over-achiever with dreams of glory, gold, and girls. Fate, circumstance, and the whims of the gods have forced them together, but the raw emotions of adolescence and the trauma of war put them at each others' throats with depressing frequency. Master Minalan can't have that, especially not in his fragile new domain with another baby on the way...so he sends them on the road.

Jealousy, anxiety, passion, and frustration conspire to make them rivals - but if they don't figure out a way to learn to work together, and quickly, then their stubborn feud could end up affecting the fate of the entire war. Along the way they pick up some enemies, gain a few allies, master a few new skills, and attempt to learn the laws of love. But as they stumble through their lessons and learn to master their tempers, they discover that the strongest bonds between men are forged by the most difficult of trials.

For after they become proficient at magic, war, and errantry, they are put to the test in the field, the most difficult of circumstances...a mission where the strength of their friendship and the quality of their honor may be what defines them best as - Knights Magi!

©2017 Terry Mancour (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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excellent <br />looking forward to more from the series

loved it
the training montages were great
what's next?
I can hardly wait
book 5 here I come

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This is book 4...

So far, 6 out of 10 books from the Spellmonger series have been narrated.

I really hope that books 7 to 10 are narrated soon, and, that John Lee is the narrator.

For me, a great audiobook book needs two things, a great author and a great narrator. If either of the two are not great, the audiobook will not be great. The Spellmonger series is written by an excellent author and read by an excellent narrator, a rare combination indeed

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worst in the series

worse book so far in the series, wish i had skipped, story was super boring and charecters where all over the place, if your on the fence about buying, wud recommend skipping you wont miss much

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A interesting side story

This was a fun little side story, mainly done for world building. However, in the grand scheme of things, I cannot see it being essential to follow. That said, it is a really fun little book to read, it build on the world, and it develops Tindal and Ronald characters.

So even if it isn't essential to read, it is good to read, and I highly recommend it.

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My fav fantasy series of all time (so far!)

I have read series by Terry Goodkind, Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo, Brian Staveley, Taran Matharu, James Islington and Brandon Sanderson and I think this series is my current favourite. Great mix of magic and reasonable level of sex, violence and gritty language to add that edge of realism. I was originally not taken with the narrator (seemed bit monotone), but he's definately improved from book 2 onwards - much more passion and sense of different characters through change to his voice.Brandon Sanderson. I'm hoping this series will go similar way to Pug in The Magician and The Spellmonger to be a force to take on the gods.

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  • Garry
  • Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • 17-11-18

Disappointing spin-off

I’m a big minalan fan and have enjoyed his story so far but this is an apprentice spin-off story and j found myself caring a lot less about what happened to them. Hopefully the next story goes back to the spellmonger or I may stop buying them.

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knightMagi: the spellmonger series book 4

This book allowed the characters of the Spellmonger to be developed in their own right. A shorter book but I really enjoyed it

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Fantastic.

Another outstanding book in the series. i cannot wait to see just how this awesome storey develops. The journey the Spellmongers apprentices take into manhood is captivating.

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Great book, but needs editing.

it's a great listen, good story and it's read masterfully, but audible sadly screwed up the editing.

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Good Listening

This is as are the other books a good romp. The only thing I keep thinking though is the reference to feudal society, surely that is just society, you would have to have experience of different societal structures to call it anything.

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  • DMANDERSON71115
  • 01-09-18

I find the reviews misleading

before using my credit I was at odds to skip this book or not, based on the number of bad reviews. My resolve was well reworded with a story to the same class as the 1st 3 books. The only thing you must do is realize the author casts his stories in the 1st person. So with this book centered around Rondal and Tindal it is the lens of 17 year old boys and it would be best to remember that. There was also a bit of gripe about how the women are portrayed, personally knowing more then a little about early human feudal society I find it refreshing that the author writes how it was and not cave to political correctness of the 21st century. If it makes you feel uncomfortable find some comfort in seeing how far society has come rather then being angry about how it was. lastly I really don't get clams that the book bashes on Tindal and uplifts Rondal, I would concede the book is more centered on Rondal but that make sence from a story telling perspective with Rondal being under developed until this book. Other then that anyone who thinks Tindal is cast down in this book is either a raging feminist (for he is fairly chauvinistic) or simply did not read the entire book.

hope this helps anyone who shared my initial concerns.

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  • Joseph
  • 18-08-18

great series

loved the different view from this book. keeps a good pace to keep you invested.

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  • Dylan P. Smith
  • 08-11-17

Honestly just skip this one.

95% filler... short of a three way nothing notable happens in this book.

A terrible attempt at a coming of age story. So much time is wasted rehashing content from the first three books that you'll find yourself hitting the fast forward button constantly if not just skipping chapters all together.

I'm in all honesty disgusted with this book. It was a feeble attempt at best and a con at worst.

There's so many coming of age books and series out there that just blow this blubbering nonsense away.

I feel sorry for the narrator, I can only imagine how many times he had to drag himself to work knowing he had to read this.

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  • James Owen Colla
  • 20-11-17

Interesting

A good story in the Spellmonger series but definitely not as well written or as interesting as the first three books. Stop reading if you don’t want spoilers




Honestly there are a few holes in this story that I dislike and it was a fever short book for the series I didn’t like the fact that they made tindel seem inadequate for 3/4 if the book and Rondal becomes great at fighting and command in 4 weeks while tindal has been training over a year and with sword masters and war mages in the last book honestly it’s annoying but I can see why the author went on this direction to try and even out the apprentice’s but in my opinion this wasn’t written well

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  • Alexander L.
  • 11-11-17

The underdog is an ass

The summary of the book makes it clear that this is going to be a story of boys becoming men. Instead it becomes a book of whining underdog that becomes an asshole and how he continues to be an asshole.

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  • Matthew Dickinson
  • 29-06-18

Should be titled “Rondal the great, Tyndal sucks at everything now”

I have loved every book in this series before now. And I was excited about the idea of the two apprentices getting the training they needed.

But over the course of the book all that happens is Rondal getting more and more powerful and being a jerk while Tyndal learns a little blue magic.

Seriously Rondal goes through what amounts to basic training and proceeds to beat Tyndal at all physical/warrior activities from that point on. As someone who has done military basic training it is preposterous. Seriously, basic training and then poof better at everything and acts like a total jerk from that point on.

I started this book feeling for Rondal and ended it wishing him to his doom on the Umbra.....

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  • Nick
  • 10-12-17

Skeptical at first

Skeptical of the book following the apprentices, but it turned out to be a decent book. Was straight to the point and didn't bore you with too many details. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • kimberly
  • 16-11-17

Way to much needless teen drama.

The first books in this series were great, and the third or so of this book that actually progressed the story was great as well. The other two thirds read more like a cosmo magazine than a world on the brink of destruction.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-11-17

More of a side book.

Almost makes me hate the boys. To them it seems that if you are a pretty girl who will sleep with them....yes both of them, then well it doesn't matter that she lied and tried to get a innocent man kill. First they were going to send her to hang, but then oh look she wants to sleep with them. Please understand I love the first 3 books but this one I am going to return.

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  • calvin
  • 15-11-17

Coming of age drivel.

This doesn't advance the same story as the previous the books at all. This entire book is a tangent dedicated to the "coming of age" and sexual dalliances of the apprentices. I understand the need for character development, but that AND Story progression child both Havre been accomplished if this book hadn't focused so much on how to screw every woman introduced.

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