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Judgment of Mars (Starship's Mage Book 5) Kindle Edition
A conspiracy shattered in fire
A moment of weakness…
When politics are played for blood.
The destruction of the secret archive of the Royal Order of Keepers on Mars has left Damien Montgomery, Hand of the Mage-King, with his enemies defeated, his lover dead—and his questions unanswered.
When he seeks out the remaining Keepers for answers, he discovers only violence and death in their strongholds. Someone else is hunting down the survivors to make sure they never answer Damien's questions—or anyone else's.
As a wave of murder sweeps Mars and the consequences of the Keepers' conspiracy sink home, Damien is summoned before the Council of the Protectorate to answer for the deaths of two other Hands. In the political heart of the Protectorate of Mars, he finds he may be forced to choose between honoring the oaths he swore and preserving the survival of the Protectorate itself!
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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 : B06XK19SV2
- Publisher : Faolan's Pen Publishing Inc. (March 11, 2017)
- Publication date : March 11, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1787 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 310 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,957 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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To begin with the positive (and there is a lot here to praise), the books take place in a vividly imagined and always entertaining universe. It is a futuristic universe that successfully combines science fiction and magic. It is peopled by a cast of characters who are, for the most part, likeable, fun, and admirable. Speaking of admirable, we have Damien Montgomery, the star of the series who, to begin with, is young, small, near penniless, and without connections in a world where all of the above are almost mandatory. It is nice on occasion to encounter a hero who is always honorable and willing to sacrifice self for others. If that sounds like a pompous description, Damien is himself anything but. Among a collection of likeable people, Damien shines.
I finished the first book in the series involved and wanting more, so I bought the other four volumes in this five-volume series. And I enjoyed the second just as much. By the time I had finished the third, the books had begun to seem a little too similar to each other--possibly my own fault for reading them in too rapid a sequence. I considered stopping at that point or at least waiting a while before reading the rest. But by this point it had become clear that each volume had been in its own way just a portion of a much larger, all-encompassing story, and I wanted to reach the final denouement. What would happen? How would it happen? So I kept reading. All of which brings me to the source of my ultimate disappointment, the reason I ended by giving the series just three stars.
My final paragraph is, in a sense, almost entirely a SPOILER. I'll leave those who don't want to hear more with the idea that the series as a whole was less than the sum of its parts.
SPOILER: For anyone else: Little by little, the author revealed that the specific catastrophe Damien encountered in each volume was just a particular part of a controlling and evil puppet master's grand (or not so grand) design. He even let the reader in on the identity of that puppet master. I so looked forward to the final volume to find out when that identity would be revealed to Damien and the other good guys, to see Damien take on and hopefully defeat him, to find out what would be left of Damien at that point. And NONE of that happened. Yes, Damien takes on another terrible catastrophe in this final book of the series, but that is all, except for a note from the author that to find out what happens the reader should read his next series. I hate single books that end in cliff-hangers. To make of this entire series a cliff-hanger seemed entirely unacceptable to me.
From the beginning, the best thing about this series has been its protagonist, Damien Montgomery. He is a man not driven by a lust for power, but rather a code of honor that demands he be prepared to sacrifice himself for those he swore an oath to protect. He is not a man without uncertainties and fears, but one that confronts and moves past them. Who can be unmoved when he says, "I speak for Mars. Will you listen?" It gets me every time. As with all the books in this series, it ends with the threads of a new beginning for the next book in the series.
The universe Stewart has created is somewhat reminiscent of those classic science fiction writers like Marion Zimmer Bradley and Andre Norton. More than anything, however, the Starship Mage series reminds me of my very favorite science fiction series, Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan saga. Damien Montgomery and Miles Vorkosigan are kindred spirits.
I received an advanced reader copy of Judgement of Mars in return for an honest review and I liked this book so much that I turned around and purchased a copy as soon as it became available on Amazon because I want Glynn Stewart to be able to continue writing books like this one. As long as he continues to speak for Mars, I will continue to listen...and buy his books.
Gushing over how I love this series aside, overpowered MCs can be both compelling and annoying. Damien Montgomery is an overpowered MC, but he is just compelling. Assuming one always played lawful good characters, particularly paladins, then he is the hero everyone always wanted to be. Also, even though he is overpowered, the author always manages to find something more powerful to test the MC. Congratulations. Enjoy.
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I feel it's weaker than the others in the series mainly because there's too much political machinations and conspiracies within conspiracies for my liking. Fair enough - Glynn is setting things up in a steady manner, there have been hints and pointers to the over-arching plot running in the series, but this one felt too negative. Our hero is always too late, always out-thought, always out-manouvered. He sort of saves the day (at a hard price) but it's clear it is just the day he saves.
Maybe it's me, I like my fantasy / sci-fi to be a bit more of the "hero struggles but comes out smelling of roses" ... which previous volumes have done admirably, it's just this one marks a low ebb for the characters. Fingers crossed the follow-up's make it worth-while !
Note: I received a free electronic copy in exchange for an unbiased review (but liked it enough to buy a copy anyway)
That said I have to add I purchased the book just after release as I have with all the authors other books. I found the book to be well paced and while somewhat predictable in parts was still interesting enough that I read it in one sitting. I'm thinking the way forward in the series will bring some true plot twists especially with the current information available to us the readers. I think the author is easily up there in my top favorites.