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The Moment of the Magician

(Spellsinger #4)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  4,082 ratings  ·  30 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.
320 pages
Published (first published November 1984)
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David Sarkies
Feb 04, 2012 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
Oct 24, 2013 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
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
8/5/2018 - 5/10
With book 4, the series definitely seems to be going down in quality. The plot seemed like an excuse to have a bunch of short and unconnected encounters while traveling (each resolved in about a chapter). This all led to a short and not very satisfying conclusion. The characters seemed more one-dimensional than usual, and that's not saying much.
Nai Wang
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
You will only like these books if you already enjoy funny 80's fantasy books like Xanth or Myth.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Im weit entfernten Quasequa taucht Markus, der Unvermeidliche auf. Ein Zauberer höchster Klasse. Er macht dem dort amtierenden Hexer Oplode seine Position streitig. Oplode traut dem Frieden jedoch nicht und sucht bei Clodsahamp um Hilfe. Dieser schickt Jon-Tom auf die Reise. Jon-Tom macht sich auch sofort auf den Weg, mit der Hoffnung, dass Markus vielleicht auch aus seiner Welt stammen könnte, da die Hinweise darauf deuten. Vielleicht könnten sie ja gemeinsam einen Weg finden, wieder zurückzuke ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-series
A book rating of just okay, fourth in a series which eventually expanded to eight, and not a lot of prospect for the future. While no sharks were jumped in this tale, I believe they may be revving up the motor.

First off, the main plot was alright. I enjoyed the villain, even if his powers weren't well explained, and most aspects of the situation.

On the other hand, the protagonist was unchanged from previous books, more caricature than character. Worse were his counterparts, barely one dimensiona
Tim Gray
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes it's in many ways fantasy pulp fiction, but it's written by a skilled writer, and loads of fun. I haven't read this book for 20 years I reckon, and it's still fresh and fun.
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
James Hein
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Ok, but starting to get a little repetitive
Em Parrott
Mar 29, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This definitely scarred me as a child.
Peter Curd
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This story did drag a bit for me. The travelling became the entire story - the actual plot was resolved within a couple of chapters at the end - and left all sorts of holes open.

You know how in a good story there are loads of tangential bits that don't make sense on their own but then - boom - everything is revealed? Well The Moment of the Magician does the bits, but forgets the boom. None of the odd little side plots are resolved and it just becomes a walking story. Most of the Spellsinger book
Jeremy Michael Gallen
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
The fourth installment of author Alan Dean Foster’s Spellsinger series, which he dedicates to Tim Hildebrandt, opens with the Quorum of Quasequa debating the salamander magician Oplode the Sly, who is tasked with going to the Isle of Kuntaweh and fetching Pandro the raven. In the meanwhile, a human magician named Markus the Ineluctable is on the rise, gradually consolidating power, while protagonist Jon-Tom prattles with the turtle wizard Clothahump about his love for Talea. When Jon-Tom hears a ...more
Todd Mulholland
Apr 29, 2014 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
Arito Sato
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it

Jul 04, 2010 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.
Feb 17, 2013 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.
Barbi Faye (The Book Fae)
Mar 29, 2016 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! ...more
Jan 08, 2010 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.
Jan 09, 2013 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.
Feb 23, 2012 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.
Lorrie Gipson
this was a good one
Chris Boulton
Jun 17, 2013 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 :(
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
1987 grade B
2005 grade B-

Series book SS4
Dave Peticolas

And more!

Pretty basic fantasy book. Not hard core reading, but a good read none the less.
Sean Hendricks
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
I can pretty much sum up my review of this book with one word: eh.
Aug 10, 2009 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.
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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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