Starship's Mage Omnibus: Starship's Mage Series #1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In a galaxy tied together by the magic of the elite Jump Magi, Damien Montgomery is a newly graduated member of their number. With no family or connections to find a ship, he is forced into service on an interstellar freighter known to be hunted by pirates. When he takes drastic action to save the Blue Jay from their pursuers, he sets in motion a sequence of events beyond his control and attracts enemies on both sides of the law.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 58 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||December 08, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #18,886 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#335 in Urban Fantasy
#461 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,068 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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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.
Top reviews from other countries
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