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Spellmonger

Spellmonger, Book 1
Autor: Terry Mancour
Sprecher: John Lee
Serie: Spellmonger, Titel 1
Spieldauer: 18 Std. und 22 Min.
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Nominee, 2018 Audie Awards — Fantasy

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. 

©2011 Terry Mancour (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Gewöhnungsbedürftig, dennoch 5 Sterne

Würden Sie dieses Hörbuch einem Freund empfehlen? Wenn ja, was würden Sie ihm dazu sagen?

Eine schöne Geschichte, die recht langsam erzählt ist. Sehr ausführlich erzählt, das könnte einige Leser stören, da schon Längen im Buch vorkommen, insbesondere in Dialogszenen, die sich schon ab und zu mal im Kreis drehen.

Was mochten Sie an der Handlung am liebsten?

Das es sofort losging und die Herkunftsstory des Helden nicht zu viel Platz einnahm, was zu sehr Richtung Harry Potter gegangen wäre. Auch die "historiche Rahmenhandlung" der Fantasiewelt ist in sich schlüssig und gut erzählt.

Hat Ihnen John Lee an der Geschichte etwas vermittelt, was Sie vielleicht beim Selberlesen gar nicht bemerkt hätten?

Der Erzähler der Geschicht liest das Buch sehr schön vor.

Gab es im Hörbuch einen Moment, der Sie ganz besonders berührt hat?

Ja.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Wie bereits in einer anderen Rezension erwähnt, sind die Rollen der Frauen im Buch sehr reduziert und flach dargestellt. Auch die Abschlussszene der Flucht ist schon ein wenig affig, dennoch ganz nett zu lesen.

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Wishfullfillment fantasy

A well-written and engaging wish fullfillment fantasy. Hard to pause once engaged with. The only issues I have with it, is that it might be a little too blatently wish-fullfilling, to the point where it gets rather silly:
"The girlfriend: Tell me again, how you nailing your ex-girlfriend will save all of us!"

The book tries passably to enbue the main-character with convincing enough humility and enough obstacles to overcome that it never get annoying or boring.

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Solid story but mediocre reading

Speaker with a good talent for different voices but alas little talent for emphasis. All sentences have the same "melody"/intonation.
Solid story that makes you want to continue listening, which is all I'm asking for in a story. We can't all be Gaimans.. .

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A good surprise

I was positively surprised by the system of magic that drives the story and the story itself. only weak point is the small number of interesting female characters.

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Solides Fanasy Hörbuch

Gutes und solides Fantasy Hörbuch. Manchmal ist der Hauptakteur doch etwas zu gut und die Story ist etwas zu vorhersehenbar. Durchaus empfehlenswert.

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The first Step

Since by this time, this series has 10 books and some spinoffs a few words for those of you considering to start the madness:

Spellmonger as the first book in The Spellmonger series is probably one of the, if no the, weakest installment of the series. Nonetheless it is a first step into a great world (getting bigger and greater as Mancour expands the franchise). The Spellmonger is for you, if you like promising things getting started and are okay with them taking their time getting finished. This goes for the series itself and the stories in the books. There are projects in the books (like castle and town building, side stories etc. ) that are started in book one and not resolved or finished in book 10.

As others have pointed out, the depictions of female/male relationships in the series is problematic. The fact that Mancour describes a feudal society historically excuses some of that but not all of it. Female characters, even the strong and inspiring ones, tend to get reduced to their private parts quite some time. Although the same goes for the male characters, so one could argue, that Mancour just identifies sexuality as a strong human motivation.

The series is well written and wonderfully read, i had no trouble listening to it for hours on end.

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Gut, zu empfehlen

Gute Geschichte, enthält auch viele witzige Elemente.
Aber oft werden Anspielungen gemacht, die dann später nicht aufgegriffen werden. Der Autor gibt Lord Koucey zwei komplette Personalitätswechsel, die nicht wirklich zusammen passen (auch Minalen's Kommentare/Gedanken zu ihm reflektieren das nicht...)

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No Rothfuss but entertaining

The author tries to create an epic tale and has some very good ideas. Unfortunately his characters are too shallow and even if the hero claims to be aware of the dire situation the listener can not really buy into it. Further more there are several very comical scenes which break the tension at very unfortunate moments. Nevertheless the story fun to listen to.

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infantile and sexist

unimaginative writing, utterly chauvinist, takes all fantasy cliches to combine them in a story without a single original idea, filled with useless lists, repetitive