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In the science fantasy universe of Starship’s Mage, humanity never cracked the lightspeed barrier with technology. Instead, elite Jump Mages and their magic are the literal engine that moves starships and powers the expansion of humanity.
Starship’s Mage was originally released as a serialized space fantasy adventure in the style of the pulp magazines of old, then compiled as book 1. The series continues over three distinct arcs, with stories that dive deeper into Glynn Stewart’s unique world of science and magic.
Explore the Protectorate of Humanity, overseen by the roving warrior judges of the Mage-King of Mars—as their worlds crack at the seams.
Starship's Mage Universe
Starship’s Mage (Books 1-5)
Start the journey with Damien Montgomery in this five book series. Damien begins as a novice Jump Mage in a galaxy where his abilities put him at risk—and take him to a place beyond his wildest expectations.
UnArcana Rebellion (Books 6-9)
Roslyn Chambers and Damien Montgomery both serve the Protectorate as tensions with the Republic of Faith and Reason hit a breaking point.
Mage-Officer of Mars (Books 10+)
The adventure continues with Mage Roslyn Chambers as she hunts spies and averts disaster in the aftermath of a devastating war. But the people who stoked the fire of war are still out there...
"An entertaining space opera. Damien isn't your usual hero, with bulletproof abs and square chin. He is short and of slight build, but his ethics set him apart. Damien does his absolute best to do what's right and save people in his care, even if he has to stand up to Mage-king of Mars himself. I own this series and I very much enjoyed it."
- Ilona Andrews, #1 NYT Bestselling Author
"This series has everything! Action, character, heart, and mystery woven masterfully together in Stewart's fascinating universe where science and magic stand on equal footing. I love it!"
- Jason M. Hough, NYT Bestselling Author of Zero World
"What seems like an implausible mix of SF and fantasy at first somehow combines into a thoroughly engaging space opera read that manages to be fun while keeping the tension level high. I'm ready for the next."
- Cat Rambo, Former President of SFWA
About the Author
Writing managed to liberate Glynn from a bleak future as an accountant. With his personality and hope for a high-tech future intact, he lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his partner, their cats, and an unstoppable writing habit.
- ASIN : B08X4WWQCN
- Publisher : Faolan's Pen Publishing (March 9, 2021)
- Publication date : March 9, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 1605 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 327 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,046 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Zombies, mind control, no Damien. This was by far a disappointment. Waited on pins and needles for next book and I got a space opera/magic/walking dead mash up. Zombies are ridiculous and were so out of place in this world you've built, come on man, you are capable of so much more.
I think there needs to be a new spin-off series with Rosalyn. I was expecting a book that at least had Damian in it most of the time. Damien was in the last book almost 50% of the time in this book it is like 1%. Like I said I like Rosalyn I just can't wait for Damien to get back to the stars. If not that I expect to see some aliens in the next book.
Btw the next book is called Mage-Commander out in Fall 2022.
I'm basing this on the Patreon ARC. I bought the kindle version to further help the author.
As for the story, a very weak zombie story. The bulk of the story is rehashing the same things over and over and over and over and over..."There are 1000's of zombies, but we can't kill them because their innocents too!! Can I signal virtue any harder!!?!"
That the Mage-Queen and Damian would chose Roslyn to take the investigation into the missing MISS operatives makes NO SENSE. Roslyn has no training in investigations. She doesn't have training in the languages and culture of the planet. She doesn't have the life experience plan her actions appropriately.
Because of her inexperience, she causes the initial bomb and infection to occur. A more experienced investigator would have found a way to look before they leaped.
Because of her inexperience, she charges into the lion's den so the upgraded infection can be released. A more experienced investigator would been more subtle and found ways to isolate the lab before storming it.
In the end she's rewarded for being indirectly responsible for killing 1000's of people and hailed as a hero. I REALLY do not like Roslyn Chambers. She was pretty cool in the beginning, but now she's yet another forgettable Mary Sue.
Top reviews from other countries
By changing from Damian to Roslyn as the main character this book doesn't have the readability of the previous books. So much so that I have not been able to finish it.
I just hope that the author goes back to Damian to continue the series so that he can defeat the protagonists that have been hinted at in the earlier books.
If future books don't pick up the enjoyabiliy of the earlier ones I know I'll not be buying anymore, and just keep rereading the ones I love.
Note: I received a free electronic copy in exchange for an unbiased review (but liked it enough to buy a copy anyway)
Overall the book was a fine easy read but it didn’t grab me as much as some of the others and did slightly drag on. Any more of these “fillers”, would make me give up on the series, which I have really enjoyed up to here.