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Starship's Mage Paperback – October 16, 2018
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A Mage that will not stay
A meeting of desperations
In a galaxy tied together by the magic of the elite Jump Mages, Damien Montgomery graduates into their numbers—only to discover that without connections, he can't find a ship and is stuck in the Sherwood system.
Pirates attacked David Rice's jump freighter, leaving him with a dead Mage and a damaged ship—stuck in Sherwood, where a grieving father has blacklisted him from hiring a replacement Jump Mage.
When their desperate needs meet, Damien Montgomery is drawn into a conflict with the most powerful criminal organization in the galaxy—and to the attention of the Mage-King of Mars himself!
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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...
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 wife, their cats, and an unstoppable writing habit.
- Publisher : Glynn Stewart (October 16, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 364 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1988035589
- ISBN-13 : 978-1988035581
- Item Weight : 1.17 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.91 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #127,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I stopped reading after the third book They are poorly written and fleshed out. I should have guessed after I noticed the many misspellings that slipped past the editor. I want my time back.
The main character was likable, but his personality didn't come through very strongly. The starship captain was a more fleshed out personality in some ways. On the upside, it does leave our mage plenty of room to grow as he matures.
The pacing felt a bit forced to me, with the ship tumbling from one emergency directly into another. It fit with the premise of the story, but was a little overdone.
Lastly, it needed a good edit. There were numerous typos, usually in the form of missing spaces between words. The author also seems to feel the need to restate facts we already know about the characters. To me it smacked of content released incrementally and not smoothed out when stitched together.
For example, the frequent need to talk about one of the characters as "the dark skinned man". We already know he's dark skinned after the first introduction, and it's not a significant fact. Why lean into it each time the character comes into a scene? Ditto with things like what it means to be a Hand of the Mage-King. We heard you the first time.
Episode One didn’t get off to a great start for me; I wasn’t taken with the writing, which wouldn’t have been a problem except that I also wasn’t taken with the characters, and the plot seemed predictable. I almost put it down but decided to hold out through the end of Episode Two, and I’m glad I did. The plot twisted, the worldbuilding became richer, the stakes got higher, and the story moved at a quick enough pace I never again considered setting it down.
The characters never got particularly deep, but they were fun to hang out with, and I hope the sequels dig deeper into their motivations and give them more personal challenges to overcome. More pathos would be welcome, but then, I’m an angst-lover, so maybe this would be just right for a person looking for a story with action and adventure but a lighthearted tone.
Overall, I enjoyed STARSHIP’S MAGE enough that I’m pushing back my TBR list to jump right into the next one.
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As I say, there is much for the long time Sci Fi fan in this series but in essence it succeeds because it is well written and sustained with a mixture of excitement drama and emotion which had me fully engaged from beginning to end.
Mixing space opera and magic can be a bit dodgy so wasn't sure what to expect but this was the recommended book in a book club in last of so I have it a go and it blew me away. I loved it.
It's written originally as novellas so there is lots of repeated info at the start of each section. Which I guess if you are forgetful then that's helpful but as, for the majority of the book, there aren't that many characters, I didn't need it.
This felt like Harry potter in space. Not kids, because Damien is a young adult. Not at school, he's already graduated. No one else on the ship has magic.... But it just felt in the same tone as harry potter to me. There was lots of exciting action, a relatable young character, a very loyal crew and someone growing and figuring out their magic along the way too. The way it was originally written helped that I think, as each section had a piece of action to build up to. I just really enjoyed it, I've read books that are better than this and given them four stars but for me this just felt like a five star, not because there wasn't anything wrong or because it was the best writing ever but simply because I enjoyed it so much