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Hand of Mars (Starship's Mage, 2) Audio CD – MP3 Audio, December 29, 2015
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Jeffrey Kafer is an avid performer on the stage and in voice-overs. He has narrated over one hundred books spanning all genres, and he won the 2008 Voicey Award for Best New Voice.
- Publisher : Tantor Audio; MP3 - Unabridged CD edition (December 29, 2015)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1515950182
- ISBN-13 : 978-1515950189
- Item Weight : 2.39 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,797,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You've got your interstellar empire. You've got your bad guys. You've got your good guys. You've got a narrative that transcends each book. You've got a likable hero, maybe a little too noble. You've got a convincing villain (or two).
And unlike a lot of authors, Glynn Stewart doesn't devote 200 pages to misery and suffering and 50 pages to positive developments -- in fact, that ratio is pretty much reversed, which makes (for me, at least) a fun read.
Oh, the details. Damien Montgomery is a powerful mage, but didn't come from a family with a genetic predisposition to abilities that, among other things, allow space flight. In the first volume, he took out some bad guys and come to the attention of the Mage-King of Mars, who is essentially the galactic emperor.
In this book, Montgomery has completed his basic training under the Mage-King and is sent off to deal with problems on the planet Ardennes. The plot is reasonably complex, there are some unexpected happenings, but in the end, justice is served (as it should be in these kinds of books).
Bottom line (literally): I'll be ordering volume three very soon, which is pretty much the highest praise any reader can give.
What bugs me about this book is the lack of insight into the emotions of the characters. The characters are wooden to me. Just as in the real world or in a movie, we can judge the characters by their words and their actions, and in that context the characters are consistent at least. But we're on the outside looking in, even for the main character.
If the author stay with an interesting story about the Mage. It would be an interest read. I'm getting way from Sci-fi books that are all about battle sense..
I truly hope there will be a book 3 and look forward to reading it.
the plot is very good as is the writing. The characters are fully developed but grow as they face trials. I couldn't put the book down and I recommend it to all with no hesitation. I also highly recommend GLYNN STEWART as an author who never disappoints.
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For those who have not yet enjoyed the "Starship'sMage" story: go check it out, it really is an excellent read, a really enjoyable story. For those who have, Hand of Mars evolves this story in interesting new ways. We get to see a bigger political picture and understand, in important detail, the dynamics, challenges and opportunities of the relationship between the colonies/systems and the Mage King of Mars. We also get to see, in an extremely well-written way, how Damien evolves from being a Mage-On-The-Run to one of the Mage King's trusted advisors [or Hands]. We start to see and understand a little bit more of the resources available to a Hand, not least of which are their own stupefying abilities, and the benefits and frustrations that come from wielding that incredibly power.
Stewart tells this story thoughtfully, at least in part from the outlook of this young, idealistic but ultimately honourable Mage, giving us a story that is dramatic, thoughtful and entertaining in equal measure. His writing style is engaging and thoughtful and [a few minor grammatical and/or transcription errors aside] is pleasurable fun to read. Whilst uniquely his own, this approach is as engaging and easy-to-read as, for example, "The Belgariad" by David Eddings [and I know of no higher praise than that]...
If there is a single [unkind] criticism to make of "Hand of Mars", then it would be it's brevity... It's an excellent if shortish story, perhaps more a novella than a novel. But take that for what it is - a wistful thought from an appreciative reader who would have very much liked to read even more about Damien's exploits. But that is not to diminish the quality or imagination of this work, both of which are excellent.
Stewart has hit upon a winning formula here - a unique but interesting take on the science fiction genre; some interesting characters that are growing and developing right before the reader's eye, plus some well-paced, well-written and interesting story-telling. I for one can't wait for the next installment...
I was met with complete amazement when the characters exploded into life as I read it, showing a darker and more violent and realistic side of this world that the author has created, which stands at a stark opposite to the naïve and idealistic viewpoint that the characters portrayed in the first series. It made it grittier and made me more inclined to yell at my book "Oh come on just knock him down a few pegs!....YES THATS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!" I thoroughly enjoyed this, and if I had to point a flaw out it would be that the book was too short for my liking. Looking forward to the continuation of this amazing series! Keep it up!!
Will be purchasing rest of series soon.