Lady Lenodara of Westwood, called the Hawkmaiden – Dara, to her friends – has had an adventurous life: she tamed a falcon when she was twelve, learned she had magical Talent, discovered that she had a natural aptitude as a beastmaster, won her witchstone at the first Spellmonger’s Trial, became the junior apprentice to Minalan the Spellmonger, Magelord of Sevendor, mastered the ancient magic of the Thoughtful Knife, fought goblins and a dragon, and was made a noble and richly rewarded for her heroics. Now that she’s safe back home in Sevendor, everything should go back to normal . . . right? But a secret project with the Alka Alon Emissary, Ithalia, leads Dara to new troubles and adventures, as the Hawkmaiden assumes new responsibilities. Lady Ithalia wants to use magic to transform her falcon, Frightful, into a giant, so that she and other giant hawks can defend the Five Duchies against dragons in the air. Each hawk is to be ridden by a Sky Rider to aid the fight – and Dara is to be the first. When Minalan purchases twenty hawks and hires a falconer to aid her efforts, Dara is tasked with building a mews to house them in the Westwood . . . and encounters her most difficult opponent, yet: her father. Hawkmaiden vs. Master of the Wood, father vs. daughter, Castle Folk vs. Woodfolk, Dara has to choose sides and made compromises in order to see her task completed without bothering the Spellmonger. But fighting a dragon seems simple compared to challenging the Master of the Wood in his own land. With bandits milling around Sevendor and the threat of exposure for the giant falcon project, Dara has to learn new skills and understand an entirely different kind of magic if she’s to become the first Sky Rider!
Terry Mancour is a New York Times Best-Selling Author who has written more than 30 books, under his own name and pseudonyms, including Star Trek: The Next Generation #20, Spartacus, the Spellmonger Series (more than 11 books and growing), among other works.
He was born in Flint, Michigan in 1968 (according to his mother) and wisely relocated to North Carolina in 1978 where he embraced Southern culture and its dedication to compelling narratives and intriguing characterizations. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in Religious Studies.
Terry, his beautiful wife and three children live just outside of Durham, N.C. atop Red Mountain. He was nominated for the 2018 Audie Award for Best Fantasy for the audiobook for Spellmonger (narrated by John Lee), the first book in his Spellmonger Series.
He has plotted the Spellmonger Series for at least thirty books, in addition to his Spellmonger Cadet (young adult) series, stand-alone novels, short stories and novellas set within the Spellmonger Universe, all of which will be published by Podium as audiobooks. He is also the author of a series of sequels to Golden Age sci-fi master H. Beam Piper's novel, Space Viking, as well as original sci-fi novels.
Another great addition to the superbly epic word of the Spellmonger. The concluding part of this cadet trilogy takes part between the end of Magelord and part way through Highlord. Dara is steadily mastering the basics and some intermediate magical theory and spellwork, whilst at the same time trying to carve a place for herself in the world, discovering suitors and beginning her teenage angst stage. Some excellent titbits about the Alka Alon and more details added to the world building make this a fascinating read. It's a short book, more of a novella, but adds to the rich tapestry of Callidore.
The side-story of Dara is satisfactorily brought to a conclusion with this book and it does a great job of filling the "in-between space", giving us a lot of background around what's happening and how we come about the discovery of the snowstone mine.
I truly love the world of the Spellmonger. It was nice to get a peak into what was happening with Dara back before the launch of the Skyriders while we wait for the next installment of Minilan’s story.
For some reason, Dara’s been given kind of a bad rap in the over arching story because we’ve been hearing things from Gareth’s side.... or maybe I’ve just been feeling protective of him and upset on his behalf. (I’m talking about events far in the future from this book) So, it’s nice to get a POV from the Hawkmaiden herself to see how things developed in her part of the world from her perspective.
Entertaining novella with a few interesting tidbits that we did not learn in the main story.
I just can not get enough of Terry Mancour's books! From the very first book that I read, I was hooked! Now, to my mind, he can't write them fast enough. The magic is believable, the characters are friends you wish you had and the story could go on forever!
I enjoyed this entry in Mancour's little side series too his Spellmonger series this one actually revealed some of the background of the purple and answered some lingering questions I've had about the series. Very fun story - looking forward to the next.
Followed the chronological order for reading from the wiki. If you are reading this trilogy because you want to follow the whole story I would say you are wasting your time. There are several continuity issues between the main series and these cadet novels. Sky Rider happens to be the worst of the bunch, contrived conflict that doesn't really serve a point.
A good book to catch up on all things Spellmongers world, from Data's experiences. Some of of the intelligence she got from her alon friend doesn't get shared in the main books. All in all a refreshing book to read. Enjoyable. Just long enough.
I enjoyed the book and would recommend to anyone who likes the ongoing tales of Mancour's Calidor. The only complaint I would have is it's too short! There is much more he could do with the character hopefully. But i wa a fun read!!
Meh. Not horrible and at times entertaining. In my opinion, Mancour's first book in the spellmonger series is still his best. I will keep reading future books by Mancour just because they are better than TV.
I love this world. The Spellmonger and Spellmonger Cadet series are delightful reads. They are light, fun, action and adventure filled romps. They are a wonderful way to decompress, especially with the world the way it is now. I highly recommend these books to anyone who needs an escape.
Does a good job of fitting into and providing a different perspective on events of the adul nunt series. Also a simpler clearer chronological account from a single person viewpoint. No complex flashbacks or changes in person experiencing events.
Great addition to the Spellmonger universe. This was the story that I knew the least about before hand so it was nice to have some light shed on it. It was fun to see some of Dara’s development through this book.
As much as I dislike how open the end is for either a sequel series - or for events happening in the main series, I'm not sure when this is set in relation to them - this was a really enjoyable ending to the trilogy. There wasn't exactly an ending to Dara's story, but it felt like there was an ending to the arc of her finding her place within the world.