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Thaumaturge The Spellmonger In Exile When Minalan the Spellmonger was exiled from his beloved mageland of Sevendor by Prince Tavard, his friend Duke Anguin made him Count Palatine of the Magelaw, a vast realm in the Alshari Wilderlands that Minalan is all too familiar with After the goblin invasion, the province is devastated, ruined, and peopled almost only by freed slaves But Minalan has brought his recovering wife and family into exile with him, and he views their impoverished fief as an opportunity to build a new City of Magi in the wilderness To assist, he recruits some of his closest friends among the High Magi Mavone, the military intelligence specialist Sandoval, the Marshal in charge of recruiting Minalan s army Carmella, whose genius for defensive magics will be key Gareth, whose ambition to create knows no bounds and Terleman, perhaps the greatest tactical warmage of his time Together, Minalan knows that they can build his new city, Vanador, into an anvil that can blunt the thrust of the dark forces that rise against them For the first of three Nemovorti have come to the Penumbra, and Gaja Katar has vowed to wipe humanity from the face of the world Yet he is far from the worst of Minalan s worries For the powerful Sea Folk have sent an emissary to see the Spellmonger, and the news he bears will change the fate of all Minalan s only hope is to rely on his cunning, and his ability as a Thaumaturge Great beginning to a new ArcI thoroughly enjoyed the book Wasn t quite what I expected when it was originally compared to magelord which is my favorite book of the series Min was involved with the details in magelord as the new lord of the domain We are in a much larger area in thaumaturge with a different title so I understand the different approach His position has him delegating and focusing on the bigger picture.I would enjoy novellas or side story though if the actually building of the Great beginning to a new ArcI thoroughly enjoyed the book Wasn t quite what I expected when it was originally compared to magelord which is my favorite book of the series Min was involved with the details in magelord as the new lord of the domain We are in a much larger area in thaumaturge with a different title so I understand the different approach His position has him delegating and focusing on the bigger picture.I would enjoy novellas or side story though if the actually building of the communities and domains of vanidor and the magelaw though Maybefrom tyndals perspective I have mixed feelings concerning the long awaited Eleventh book in the Spellmonger s series I had to reread it before posting a review because I wanted to make sure my thoughts were in fact true As we can count on Mancour to do, the world building is advanced as we learnabout Callidor and the various races Mancour is one of the few fantasy authors that understands how important world building is and how done properly it adds richness to the story It isn t always just about the story W I have mixed feelings concerning the long awaited Eleventh book in the Spellmonger s series I had to reread it before posting a review because I wanted to make sure my thoughts were in fact true As we can count on Mancour to do, the world building is advanced as we learnabout Callidor and the various races Mancour is one of the few fantasy authors that understands how important world building is and how done properly it adds richness to the story It isn t always just about the story Where my issues are is that most of this book is a classic case of telling, not showing that often entraps inexperienced writers, which Mancour is not, so it was evendisappointing after the excellent book 10, Necromancer Because of the writing style in this book I just rarely became engaged The times when Minalan was involved in conversations and events instead of just narrating, the story shined.Sadly, we have also come to expect from the author and editor is both the lack of consistency and mistakes Penny is not the Baroness of Sevendor, but of Vanador and the Narasi were blonds or light hair, not dark haired Markadine Just to mention a few But overall these issues were much improved over earlier books One last thought is that once again Mancour has changed things up in the last few chapters of the book and have left the reader not only reeling but wantingThe major kudo s for this series is once the reader thinks they know what will happen next, things change and it is always a logical progression I m not happyOn the one hand, I was thrilled to see another novel in this series.On the other handThis is a sloppy poop sandwich.Whoever proofread this was vastly overpaid If it wasn t proofread WHY NOT At times I felt like I was staggering from grammatical error to grammatical error Names of principal characters were swapped pretty sure Tyndal isn t marrying Gatina Some sentences were mangled beyond easy reading SPELLCHECK CANT SAVE YOU Sometimes a word is spelled right, but I m not happyOn the one hand, I was thrilled to see another novel in this series.On the other handThis is a sloppy poop sandwich.Whoever proofread this was vastly overpaid If it wasn t proofread WHY NOT At times I felt like I was staggering from grammatical error to grammatical error Names of principal characters were swapped pretty sure Tyndal isn t marrying Gatina Some sentences were mangled beyond easy reading SPELLCHECK CANT SAVE YOU Sometimes a word is spelled right, but it is the wrong word Aids and aides only one of them refers to a person One of the chapters managed to have the wrong word as it s very first It was also a bit repetitive Not terribly annoying, but it dragged the pace to read essentially the same words about the building of Vanador for the umpteenth time.The timeline was also chaotic Some of it was inherent in the style of the narrative, as each concept or plot line was followed for a bit, then a new concept might back the timeline up to fill in events Occasionally, however, events grew tangled as to who knew what when.In short, this was an editing failure Self publishing is no excuse for sloppy workmanship If anything, maintaining your personal brand should drive a higher level of detail work.I will probably buy the next novel because I love the world and the characters But this is unprofessional I second a reviewer s comment about needing the audio versions to catch up But, that s just me Okay, hmmm, how to review book 11 Well, the story arc progressed and that was good, but my gosh was it difficult to get through it while it was happening Maybe it s just been a while since I ve been in Minalan s world, but I don t think that was it It was just too wordy, there were too many unnecessary details that made itlike a textbook read than the exciting continuation of the Spellmonger I second a reviewer s comment about needing the audio versions to catch up But, that s just me Okay, hmmm, how to review book 11 Well, the story arc progressed and that was good, but my gosh was it difficult to get through it while it was happening Maybe it s just been a while since I ve been in Minalan s world, but I don t think that was it It was just too wordy, there were too many unnecessary details that made itlike a textbook read than the exciting continuation of the Spellmonger s journey I absolutely LOVE the world that has been created and Minalan is one of a kind Butthere was just too much..too much.just too much in this book I didn t need to read every detail of the landscape, or be told each particular spell in detail by every warmage I WANT to read about the characters I wantof Penny and Min,of Tyndal and Rondal and Alya and the warmages but their interactions their lives not a step by step battle guide I just finished the book and my head actually hurts That is never a good sign I feel like almost half of the book could have been edited and shortened and you wouldn t have lost anything I don t mind long books, but keep me interested Don t make me read several chapters before I get actual story arc progression Who knowsmaybe my head is just not in the right place now Am I going to stop reading Absolutely not I m 11 books and who knows how many novellas and short stories in and I m invested Like I said before I LOVE Minalan the brooding, impulsive, emotional, insecure, ego inflated Magelord see, just that description is an oxymoron.how can you not love that I can t wait to see what happens next But, can you please just go back to the less verbose style of the first few books Just thought I d ask

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