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Mage-Commander (Starship's Mage) Paperback – September 17, 2021
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Others are the fanatics of their cause
And for them…no war is ever truly over!
Tempered on the anvil of the war against the secessionist UnArcana Worlds and tested against the evil of Project Orpheus, Mage-Commander Roslyn Chambers has risen through the ranks of the Royal Martian Navy to serve as second-in-command of one of their most prestigious battlecruisers, Duke of Magnificence.
A desperate call for help sends Roslyn and her new ship deep into the frontiers of Protectorate space, where they discover that hold-outs of the UnArcana Worlds’ fleets have returned to plunder innocent ships across the Fringe.
To protect the innocent and serve her Queen, Roslyn Chambers must rise to the task before her. She must learn to command—both herself and a warship of the Mage-Queen of Mars!
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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...
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- Publisher : Faolan's Pen Publishing (September 17, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 409 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1989674151
- ISBN-13 : 978-1989674154
- Item Weight : 1.32 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.03 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #463,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nothing... and it shows all book long.
Started Starships Mage with a starships mage that was dedicated, principled and powerful using his special ability to help people he cared about. Watched him rise and overcome to the point he saved humanity AND everyone became his to protect. He was powerful thoughtful and effective a western in space.
That was given up to follow an angst filled young woman in command of a single ship. Originally thought perhaps I was a chauvinist for the last two books but realized I enjoyed the Mage Queen more than her father or brother. So I think it's not me but that Mage Commander Roslyn Chambers has become a terrible character, its like reading a propaganda book for the Martian navy no real foibles or failures just terrible terrible angst about breaking a regulation or doing something wrong the twenty year olds were sleeping with people they weren't supposed to... the horror.
Damien Montgomry's fist book fights off pirates, illegally alters a jump matrix, escapes custody, evades a hand, discovers runes of power for himself, and destroys a RMN cruiser with his jump freighter ending the largest criminal piracy syndicate in the galaxy. Illegal and thrilling.
Roslyn Chambers third book plays XO, angst, promoted because she is well connected and decorated, angst about leading, shows how dedicated to the regs she is with the world's cleanest pirate base assault, more angst, destroys cruiser with a destroyer does not actually get the info she wanted.
Roslyn Chambers was a wonderful character when she was a street smart and mouthy teen mage aiding Damien (on his NOT by the book operation) Why the author chose to follow her indoctrination by the navy I will never understand. The whole plot feels like it's going backwards I am more interested in daily meetings of the cyborg governor ruling legatus (really) than Roslyn Chambers saving the multiverse at this point.
Heres to hoping Damien kidnaps the queen and escapes Roslyn Chambers fanatical (by the book) clutches and joins Nemesis or even the First Legion. His conquest of the protectorate would be a fun alternative as he is obviously never going to put Nemesis down and the RIN will live forever.
Until they provide the unexpected support against the aliens that have been coming for what feels like a dozen books now.. Get on with it already!!! Damien being chancellor and petting his cat must be too important to end the people that killed the last king, betrayed the protectorate and continue to sabotage his efforts. (And have to be dropping sales) Barring that have Romanov sent to kill Roslyn if sales are needed that would be immensely satisfying, I would give that book a dozen stars. Hell I'd go back and give the Roslyn books five stars each for the amazing buildup of the galaxy's most annoying enemy. At least then we would have a main character worth following if only for one book.
Two stars one for Damien and one for Admiral Jakobs and their combined four pages of presence. The Mage Queen will get a star when she tells Damien to go protect her protectorate. Until then this once wonderful series has fallen to obscurity in a market with hundreds of better choices.
And just like the other books in this series focusing on Roslyn, it's VERY female-heavy. When the main point of focus is the Navy and Intelligence services I find it hard to believe it would be filled with mostly women. The only time a male character is introduced is when the author needs a jerk or a moron to make the girls look good.
And once again Roslyn is promoted far past her experience. She's so Mary Sue it's not even funny. She's battlefield promoted to Lieutenant at the age of 19, completely bypassing Ensign (O1). She's only 25, and only just, in this book and is already a Commander (O5). I don't care how many awards someone is given, they aren't jumped up that high that fast. There are time-in-service and time-in-grade requirements that are bypassed in only the most extraordinary of circumstances. I know this is sci-fi/fantasy, but they wouldn't be that radically different.
To make it worse, they give her a captaincy of a ship because she's "the only person nearby that has the right rank." NO! That is not how it would work. Senior leadership would have a list of those slated to receive a ship. If the primary choice can't take position (in this case due to medical issues) then the next person would be called in no matter where they are. At the very least the XO would take charge and meet the new Captain half-way with another ship.
Roslyn should have been made the XO of the new ship, the captain killed in the first engagement, and then she takes over as the next in line. Just giving her a ship out of convenience is just stupid.
I enjoyed this book, but it was missing part of the dynamic that made me love the series originally.
The scale of the magic in the book feels markedly lower than in previous. This felt much closer to normal military sci-Fi than the earlier books did.
I understand why Montgomery is relegated to the homeworld now, but the series built to having mages who could shape worlds, and the magic in this book felt like we were back to book two level power at best. That feels like a hard shift for book 11 in the series.
I hope the level or depth of the magic is a focus in the next book. Otherwise this progression risks the series losing the ideas that made it special.
As a normal KU book, I would give this 5 stars.
As a Stewart book with how well he can write, I will give it 4.
As a Starship’s Mage book, I would give it 3 stars if that wouldn’t hurt the book in the algorithm.
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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 was interesting enough that I read it in one sitting. I'm normallu a character follower and once a story chages mains lose some love for it, but this time I'm still enjoying this story and am keen for more. I'm thinking the way forward in the series will bring some plot twists that hopefully make use of older characters, especially with the current information available to us the readers, but will be happy even if it doesnt. I think the author is easily up there in my top favorites of all time.
And I guess this all leads to the future great conflict but I cant help but miss Damien as the main character. The arcs with him were the best part of the series.