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Court Wizard

(The Spellmonger #8)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  1,047 ratings  ·  32 reviews
While You’re Waiting For Winter To FINALLY Come . . .
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When Pentandra got married and took a new job, she knew it would be tough. Ducal Court Wizard is supposed to be the cushiest of assignments for a mage, full of stipends, laboratories, and expense funds. But when
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Published June 27th 2016
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Apr 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Prefacing this review, that I experienced this entire series through audiobook, so names and spellings are very likely to be wrong as haven't seen most of them in writing. Its going to be long as I have a lot of thoughts so TLDR version: If you've read the first 7 books you are going to read the 8th, but I warn you if you struggled with the more sexist aspects of the first 7 books you are going to have an even harder time with 8. Also if you hate the casari like I do, that is going to be another ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I've been binging my way through this series. Mr. Mancour has done a wonderful job of creating a fascinating and exciting world. I have thoroughly enjoyed myself.
Book Eight, however, has been a chore so far. According to my Kindle app, I'm only 17% into it; and that has more to do with scanning a page rather than reading it.
A read has to expect a rehash of past books at the beginning of the next in a series. While I would never recommend starting at book Eight, other readers may have waited a ye
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When Pentandra got married and took a new job, she knew it would be tough. Ducal Court Wizard is supposed to be the cushiest of assignments for a mage, full of stipends, laboratories, and expense funds. But when you join the Orphan Duke’s expedition to reclaim, recapture, and restore his shattered realm to health, you have to expect things to be . . . less cushy. With the south in full rebellion, the goblins stirring on the northern frontier, and the summer capital being run by a corrupt baron ...more
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Starting from a default score of 3 stars that any average book would get:
+1 star for strong storytelling

-1 for horrible editing. Chapters 1 and 2 have a bunch of copy/pasted content - literally verbatim repeats. Lots of errors throughout the rest of the book. I suspect Mancour may use voice recognition software to dictate the manuscript, judging by the nature of some of the errors.

-1 for the women's perspectives and the over-the-top sex content. Ishi's Night goes too far into the debauched detai
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic, fantasy
While we all want to see what's happening with Minelan, these side-mainline novels do a great job of filling in the gaps and enriching the world building while furthering the story along.

I'm so glad I waited (was made to wait) for the audio version of this book though. Mr. Lee does a tremendous job of bringing all the characters to life, which is a tall order, in of itself, with the plethora of characters that inhabit these books.

I'm also glad that the next book Shadowmage comes out in audio th
Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Love the overall epic

And this book was okay. I can't just give it four stars due to one glaring problem, throughout this book there are places where the wrong word is used and it throws you completely out of the flow of the story.

Seriously, all authors need competent beta and Alfa reader groups that have the ability to enter the story and correct mistakes.
I'm sure mistakes will still crop up, but I think they'd be much less blatant than they are in this book and so many others.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018, ebook
Good Read.

This is Pentandra’s story that happens (mentioned) in the last book (#7) that Minalan was the main character. Pentandra is now the Ducal Court Wizard and married with a new husband. This starts with the Duke’s entry into the city and continues on over a year with what is needed to clean up the city. I like the different point of view with small meet ups (connections) from the previous book. I enjoyed the story.
Roger D. Robertson
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Not what I expected.

This book was not what I thought it would be about. But it delivered a wonderful tale about the appointment and decisions the Court Wizard was faced with.. The story had many twists and turns. There was danger and excitement. Wind and loses dominated this tale. This book was true to the theme in this series. I enjoyed it .

May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not as good

I feel like large parts of this book missed the editing process. On two different occasions back to back chapters told the same events with slight variations, not to mention some of the grammatical and spelling errors. While I can appreciate the reason for the tale, the fact the majority of the events already took place in the last book is annoying also
Jeff R Hawkins
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Probably just skip the first chapter

It seems the author rewrote the first chapter, and called it chapter two.
I am still loving the story, regardless.
I just can't understand why he wouldn't invest in a proofreader and an editor, though.

I'm downloading the next one immediately, anyway, because it's just that engrossing.
Haley Smith
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Started slow but picked up speed

The book started very slow and there was lots of repetition in the text, it felt like it needed a good review to cut out the duplicates. At about half way the story picked up speed and flowed much better.
David Ramsay
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve only read this recently, seems like editing issues have all been fixed. I didn’t notice any! I also love how the gods have come into play in a serious way! It makes the series so epic! Thanks for another fantastic read!!
William Howe
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Badly need work

There are several instances of repetition. Entire paragraphs or scenes that are out of order or contradict the previous scene directly.

It's really interesting, and the end moves the plot nicely. But the construction is very haphazard. Chapter two is terrible.
Alistair Duncan Campbell
Jun 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately it was more a porn novel than a good read.

I'm not a prude but page after page? Was it really necessary ? I must have flicked past dozens of pages to get back to the story. It makes me wonder if I can be bothered with volume nine.
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book follows Penny instead of the spellmonger. I enjoyed it more than I assumed I would
Neil Santana
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want sure if I was going to enjoy it but i absolutely did. To finally get a chance to view the situation from her perspective was great. I am looking forward to more.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-fantasy
This should be book 8. It doesn't further the story line one bit at all. It should have 7.5 in the series.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This series has me reading at a voracious rate. I haven't read this fast since the lord of the rings or harry potter series
Sigve Hollås
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing as always
Robert A.
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really disliked the woodman part but the rest was awesome!
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Always excellent

First, there's quite a few editing issues with this work that is uncommon for the series. I think it was attributable to the author getting it out the door while dealing with unfortunate life issues. I really hope things are getting better.

Having said that, weighed against the story and the writing, well as always, the work wins. In this installment we finally get to see things from Petandra's point of view - something I've been interested in seeing for some time now. Mancour del
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
With the newest rewrite version many of the technical issues have been fixed, it is a much smoother read without duplications of pages or chopped off scenes. But, the new 1st chapter is one of the most boring opening chapters of a book that I have ever read. Personally, I think that first chapter should be totally dropped and a slower reveal of Penny's anxieties and musings could be worked in over the first several chapters. Or this could have been a second chapter, but pared down a lot and perh ...more
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Wait for the edited version!

I watch for these books to come out, so I didn't worry about the note it was a beta version and that the final version would be published on 8/1. Unfortunately this beta version is filled with repeats, I can think of at least 5 plot points that were rehashed in the book. It's like he didn't know where to put them so left them in multiple places. Also, Ishi's night was so over the top it added nothing significant to the story, but took forever to read through. Hopefull
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, dragon, adventure
this book is a fail. Lots of repetition, what new and entertaining scenes may have been were instead filled with writing that can best compared to a book report. There is a sex goddess who doesn't have sex. The book is filled with sex but it might as well have been an ice cream goddess instead and everyone eating ice cream instead of having sex. It might have been more erotic that way. seriously if thats how its was going to go down it would have been better to increase the last book a few chapt ...more
Bob Hengstebeck
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic-fantasy, kindle
I am modifying my comments now that the final release is out. My hat is off for Terry Mancour taking on a tough view to write. Taking on the evolving roll of a women in a society has not given women their due. It is odd how you could see correlations in the views even in present society. As always this is a fun read, mind you I can't wait to see where this will go and without giving a spoiler, I will admit, I would do the same as Penny did at the end.

On a side note, thank you for Terry for putt
Keith Hilton
Aug 06, 2016 rated it liked it

Not a bad story just too many repetitious "conversations" from previous book to this one. Wonder if author got a bit lazy writing this episode and "borrowed" from the previous book. Interesting POV storyline. I was disappointed there wasnt more regarding the outcome from the last book, "Enchanter". Worth reading if a fan of the Spellmonger series but not, in my opinion, not one of the better books.
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Nice new perspective from Pentandra's viewpoint, although I can't wait to get back to Minalan's POV.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great Ending.
Strina K
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Finishing this one was a STRUGGLE.
Jordan Foote
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing

A wonderful and thrilling looking into another aspect of the Spellmonger Universe. What come's next I can't tell, but I will be looking forward to its release.
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