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Knights Magi

The Spellmonger Series, Book 4
Lu par : John Lee
Série : Spellmonger, Volume 4
Durée : 19 h et 14 min
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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!

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  • Christopher
  • 09/04/2018

Really Great Story!... With one complaint.

I'm glad I waited a while to buy this audiobook. I feel like I might have been a bit disappointed (as some other reviewers here were) if I had launched immediately into this installment right after the last one. This is due to the fact that this book only concerns itself with the apprentices and there's almost nothing about any of the other characters from the previous books including the Spell Monger.

Because I waited quite a while between this book and the previous one, I was able to approach it without that desperate hunger for more of the bigger story arc. So I feel like I was able to judge this work based on its own merits. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Please Note: The following comments do not contain any spoilers, but I do discuss an issue i have with events that occur in the last chapter of the book...

My one major criticism is the WTF moment in the last chapter... Events that should have added at least another 30% to the length of the book were vaguely and confusingly summarized by the apprentices. Worse, the information was delivered in such a way that made me rewind the book to see if i accidentally skipped over about 4-6 hours worth of audio. Of course I hadn't, and it made me feel like someone had snuck up while my head was turned and ate my lunch.

I'm not sure if the publisher insisted on cutting down the page count and thus forced the author to summarize a huge chunk of the book. Or possibly this is something that will be address or revisited in the next book. Either way it is confusing and it feels disjointed. Which is a really annoying way to end an 18 hour audiobook.

This would have been a slam-dunk, 5 star book for me (which is exceedingly rare), but because of the artless way in which a seemingly huge part of this book was just excised and paraphrased right at the end, I am sad to have to give it 4 stars.

In spite of this, the book is still way more than worth the credit.

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  • Anderson12993
  • 01/09/2018

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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  • drew brantley
  • 11/08/2019

Worst book so far

I have loved the series so far. John Lee is a great narrator and brings these to life. This book however is terrible. Apprentice vs apprentice but written from a whiney little snot pov who somehow is able to go from bookworm to master swordsman and confident soldier after a couple of weeks of training, let's be real. I couldn't finish the book due to the poor writing and the wrongful elevation of Rondal. I recommend skipping this one completely

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  • Brian Williams
  • 13/09/2018

Tyndal bad Rhondal good.

the series has probably been one of my favorite fantasy series of all time so far. that was up until this book. the writer spent the better part of two books building up Tyndall only to throw him down into the dirt every chance he possibly gets in this book just to build up the other Apprentice. I saw someone else in another review mention that the author could possibly be a nerd who was picked on in school that is why he has such a hard-on for punishing jocks. that honestly makes a lot of sense to me. overall only read or listen to this book if you enjoy the building up of one person at the expense of everyone else, what a huge departure from the rest of the series. 10 hours in and I cannot bring myself to finish this book , I am honestly fearful the rest of the series is now going to be ruined if this book is anything to go by

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  • James Owen Colla
  • 20/11/2017

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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  • Matthew Dickinson
  • 29/06/2018

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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  • john
  • 05/06/2019

worst book in series

rondal is a little baby. this book is just 19hrs of rondal acting like a jerk. if you decide to listen to this just listen to part 1 and then skip to the end. but, i would just recommend skipping this book all together.

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  • Brandon Flaherty
  • 04/04/2019

Just skip it

A whiney, hypocritical, incel-good-guy overcomes his likeable counterpart after a few weeks of training. Yay

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  • Andrew
  • 02/02/2018

Way worse than first few

if you want to read about how dumb tindal is and how double teaming a girl makes everything better than this is a good read.

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  • Nick
  • 10/12/2017

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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  • Ian
  • 09/05/2020

Harry potter meets pick up artist guide book.

I'm not sure of the point of this book. the largest part of the story seems to be summarizing pick up artist techniques with the backdrop of some wizards at school then some fairly uneventful missions. it could have been a lot shorter and I've come out at the end of the book liking the two main characters less than when the book started. if you're a desperate man with a disrespect for women then maybe you'll get some helpful tips from this book but otherwise it's a shame I had to go through it because the other books so far were much better.

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  • Meid Fabien
  • 11/10/2019

Welcome change of perspective

Keeps getting better. Would have been perfect to have a few more arcs in it.

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  • Julian
  • 25/02/2018

That thing with the girl and the boys

awesome book. It got a little too much fan fiction flair at the end, though...

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  • 04/12/2017

Boring first half

I enjoy the idea of the rivalry between the two apprentices but the way it's told it gets boring fast as Rondal is simply too good. The last 2/5 are quite good again because the story isn't so one-sided anymore and focuses on the war again.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 04/12/2017

sehr nette Side Story

Abgesehen vom generellen Problem, daß Frauen in der Spelling Serie immer etwas zu unterwürfig dargestellt sind (und man auch auf die detaillierte Beschreibung mancher Szenen gut verzichten kann) ist die Geschichte unterhaltsam. Dazu trägt auch die angenehme Erzählstimme von John Lee bei. Freu mich auf die weiteren Bände.