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Mountain of Mars (Starship's Mage Book 8) Kindle Edition
Chaos rocks Olympus Mons
A new monarch must rise – but she does not stand alone!
As the celebration of the victory at Legatus cools, a shuttle accident claims the lives of the Mage-King of Mars and his heir. The Crown and the Mountain fall to the Mage-King’s daughter, sixteen-year-old Kiera Alexander. She recalls Damien Montgomery, her father’s First Hand, to stand as her Lord Regent.
The pair are unprepared to govern but are thrust into the heart of Protectorate politics as the Mage-King had left behind everything from an unfinished war to an incomplete new Constitution.
Even as they get a handle on the list Kiera’s father left them, Damien is grimly certain of one thing: when it comes to the deaths of Kings, he doesn’t believe in accidents.
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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 : B085DHFP8V
- Publisher : Faolan's Pen Publishing (March 17, 2020)
- Publication date : March 17, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2254 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 353 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,649 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Is Nemesis an organization or an individual? What are their goals? What is their reach? Why are the members so fanatical?
“Those aren’t the important questions. Maybe the question you should be asking is who built the Olympus Mons amplifier.”
Another great Starship Mage story. Highly recommended.
I received an ARC for my review, and enjoyed to story so much, I purchased my own copy.
This was a great addition to what is easily one of my favourite series. I love the characters involved. I think that’s what makes this such a great series, strong interesting, likeable, & unlikeable, well written characters.
If you loved the other books I. The series then you need to read this one, urgently. Plot from previous books start to come to a head, so awesome.
If your somehow new to the series do yourself a favour, go back and read the first 7 books, you won’t regret it.
Can’t wait to see what comes next.
If COVID has you with extra time or distance on your hand then this is a great time buy a new book that you will want to binge read all weak.
If this is your first introduction to the Starships Mage series then go get the original and start from there. It is a great series!
I'll admit, I spent a good 10 minutes sitting there stunned after the first chapter, and I thought I was prepared for it. I wasn't.
This is exactly the continuation I was waiting for, and so MANY long-planted seeds are finally flowering.
We finally get a better look at the Royal Family of Mars in an even closer, more personal way, while really getting an understanding of the awesome power of the Mountain of Mars.
Sidenote: Kudos *again* to Stewart for treating Des' relationships with both genders as normal, and only worthy of note in who he's dated.
Actually, I think this book might be the first time I've read the word 'gay' in one of Stewart's books, and again, it was treated like it's just a normal thing. (it's not a *focus* of the book by ANY means. I just love the way he handles all relationships like they're all of equal value.)
I'm a long-time fan of Mr. Stewart's work, and especially of the stories about Damien. This book is well into an established series, so you may want to track down the earlier stories before reading this one. That said, I think this one is readable without them if for some reason you want to start here.
This book is a satisfying addition to the series, but is very clearly not the end of the series. We have more fun to look forward to, soon I hope. Over the course of the series, we've watched Damien grow from a young man fresh out of school and desperate to find a job to, thanks to a combination of a nearly unique inborn talent and his own ethical strength and courage to a position of great power within the Kingdom. Because it's very clear that this isn't merely yet another "chosen one" storyline. If he didn't have the ethics to go with his power, he wouldn't have been welcomed into the royal household.
The difficulty at this point in the series is, of course, what do you do with a character who has world-shattering power, to give him a challenge? That answer, of course, is human problems. We've seen him handle personal loss, with injuries that probably won't ever completely heal. And now we see him handle grief, with the loss of his friend and mentor, and responsibility for another person, which is very different from responsibility for the public as a group. And politics – how do you negotiate the power vacuum that follows the loss of a king?
Politics aside, much of this book is occupied with trying to understand what happened to the King. Was it really an accident? The mystery is unraveled skillfully, without telegraphing the answer too early, while still making sense at the end. There was at least one point in reading where I was certain the answer was going to be something entirely different.
I also enjoyed the glimpses we catch of Kiera the new Mage Queen. I look forward to seeing more of her, as she grows into her adult role. I suspect she will be as much of a trial to her security and to Damien, as he is to his security team.
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There are a few things that are absolutely wrong, for example in the description of the book Kiera loses both her father and her brother. Yet she still is there waving to crowds, smiling, even at the funeral. I know it's a science fiction fantasy novel, but that's not even legitimately plausible.
I sincerely hope that the author does a better job on the next book in the series, however I doubt I will read it as this has put me completely off.
Note: I received a free electronic copy in exchange for an unbiased review (but liked it enough to buy a copy anyway)
He is reunited we old friends and new ones, plus old mystery’s are solved and new ones come to the front.
This book answer a few unanswered questions and wraps up a few loose ends.
I had the pleasure of having an ARC copy and finished it in a day an liked it so much I bought the book as well