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The Moment of the Magician (Spellsinger #4)

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,357 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
In the fourth exciting book of Foster's new fantasy series, Jon-Tom the Spellsinger and his otter comrade Mudge find their journey southward full of strong spells and deadly foes. Should they ever reach the city of Quasequa, their mission is to unmask the mysterious new magician, Marcus the Ineluctable. Original.
Published (first published November 1984)
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David Sarkies
Oct 20, 2014 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The series is beginning to drag
4 February 2012

I guess the Spellsinger series are beginning to drag on by this time. As I mentioned previously, one of the main reasons that I continued reading them was because I wanted to see if Talea would return, but I guess by the time I reached this book it became clear that she wasn't. However, as also mentioned, the problem with Jon-Tom is that he is still trapped in this world with no way to return, though one would wonder why he would want to return sinc
Todd Mulholland
May 06, 2014 Todd Mulholland rated it really liked it
The same-ness starts getting to you in binge reading.

This is the fourth book of the spellsinger series. However, there ends up (other than the first) being a level of same-ness to the stories. A problem appears. Jon-Tom has to go take care of it. Mudge doesn't want to go. They take a long journey. Jon-Tom succeeds in getting them past the problem, except for one time when Mudge has to save them. They get to the problem, and things go badly, until Jon-Tom manages to defeat/solve the problem. Ther
May 22, 2014 Mars rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I begin this review, I would like to say a few words.
A non-negligible number of authors write books that include music. These books usually feature flowery descriptions of a long list of their favorite songs. If you feel a pressing desire to join their ranks, PLEASE RESIST IT. I am familiar with most of the tracks mentioned in these works, and I like quite a few of them, but the resulting "literature" is unreadable crap that would get you a smack-down from your English professor. Piers An
Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
Apr 21, 2016 Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy readers
Recommended to Barbi Faye (The Book Fae) by: me
Book Four is peopled with tough-talking prairie dogs, some magical mime-vines, & a mammoth mountain of living muck. Say that ten times fast! Spellsinging Jon-Tom & his buddy otter Mudge, adventure south to the city of Quasequa. Our intrepid band go up against their foe, Marcus the Ineluctable, a power hungry magician and his minions and of course save the day! Natch!
Nov 22, 2014 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
1987 grade B
2005 grade B-

Series book SS4
Jul 31, 2011 Ensiform rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Look, I don’t mind that ungulates are non-sapient in one book and intelligent in the next, or that the race of the police changes, or that the social standing of rodents changes --- but when most of the plot or dialogue serves only as comic effect, it makes the reality of the characters, their dialogue, disappointing. I’d like more of the starkness of the original book; this series is getting more and more cartoony. Still an intriguing main plotline, tho.
Arito Sato
Mar 01, 2013 Arito Sato rated it really liked it

Jul 02, 2013 Ngutierrez31 rated it really liked it
As always, the Spellsinger series continues to be a delight. A debauchery crazed group of otters, underwater plated folk, will-o-wisps, mime trees, and magic and wonder everywhere in between. In the vein of the previous books, the books are not so much about the destination, but rather the journey. I enjoyed this thoroughly.
Feb 15, 2010 Mandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2010
The vocabulary was impressive at times, and it's decently written. However, the premise was a bit cheesy for me and its execution was at times a little disappointing. It's very much a save the world adventure story, but the plot progression was easily distracted at times. It kept getting off track for me.
Feb 24, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
I read this as a teenager.

Back then I read sci-fi and fantasy almost exclusively, and this author (ADF) was one of my favorites; in particular, his Spellsinger series.

Don't know if I would like this book the same if I re-read it as an adult, but in my memory it was an entertaining read.
Nov 23, 2015 Serena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed the characters, and their world and hope I get the chance to read the story again and/or to read more within the series.

My Rating System:
* couldn't finish, ** wouldn't recommend, *** would recommend, **** would read again, ***** have read again.
Chris Boulton
Jul 04, 2013 Chris Boulton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as the first three but still a good jaunt through the world of the Spellsinger!

Nice to see some more Otters :D I love me some talking Otters.. :D

No gay unicorn tho :(
Aug 10, 2009 Jami rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
read this series in high school. I'm sure I liked it much more then than I would now.
Pretty basic fantasy book. Not hard core reading, but a good read none the less.
Sean Hendricks
Apr 20, 2016 Sean Hendricks rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I can pretty much sum up my review of this book with one word: eh.
Peter Coad
Jul 24, 2012 Peter Coad rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
A great fun adventure with lots of thrills and laughter.
Arlene Allen
Jul 31, 2010 Arlene Allen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I miss the Spellsinger series. Loads of fun.
Abraham Ray
May 01, 2015 Abraham Ray rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
nice book about wanabe wizards/bards!
Lorrie Gipson
this was a good one
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Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing, ...more
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