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Sword of Mars (Starship's Mage Book 7) Kindle Edition
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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 : B07S89YKSZ
- Publisher : Faolan's Pen Publishing (June 11, 2019)
- Publication date : June 11, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 2206 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 358 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,782 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I also wanted the mystery to get closer to being solved. Instead the focus was in the big battle and side mysteries. It’s like the author is dragging the over-arching story to sell more books.
Personally, for me this is the last book in the series.
This book actually gave us some big answers for what was going on and how it could even be happening. And, it reminded me of some big questions I'd been trying to forget. I feel like this series is still only getting warmed up.
I would definitely recommend going back and at least reading from Starship's Mage 1 if you are thinking about this book. You can get most of them as audiobooks so you can knock them out on your commute. You probably don't need the spin off series following captain Rice, but it was also quite good.
Anyway, I think this was probably even better than the last book. And I highly recommend all of them.
I was given a free electronic review copy in exchange for my unbiased review. Then I put it on pre-order as soon as I could because I want this author to create good things with my money.
::::SPOILER ALERT AHEAD:::
Damien spent so much of the book focused on his small scale spying that it felt like we were tossed off the scale buildup of the previous books and back into Book 2. The author probably should have cut the spy stuff down, but I understand how hard it is to maintain the big engine suspense he has been building up for the last two books. However, all those pages spent on the minutiae of Damien's spying meant that when we finally reached the big, climatic engagement there wasn't room for much to happen. It didn't even make much sense - the Republic has been built up as this massive threat and suddenly the murder of a few thousand and the beating heart of the Republic just rolls over with its tail between its legs? Really? And the epic climax fizzles like flat soda upon the big reveal... it feels like the author was just ready for the book to be over. There were massive political and military problems left over after the big reveal, but they just got brushed over or ignored.
But don't worry, there is some even greater threat on the horizon, one in which the self-appointed guides of humanity think humanity will be better able to face politically fractured, without its strongest mage (in a world where the king can't ever leave his home system lest someone use Olympus Mons to destroy Sol), and with a large chunk of the fleet having been destroyed in a civil war.
There is guiding the plot so it makes for a good story, and then there is shamelessly driving it where you want it to go without regard for logic or sense. The author has strayed into the latter.
Now, don't get me wrong. This is still a good book, this is still one of the best sci fi/fantasy/space operas I have ever read, but there is no denying that this book's plot and pacing is not up to the standards the author has previously set. I still can't wait for the next book in the series - though if the author kills off the King for no good reason (you know, the guy who is literally stuck in place on Mars), I will not be happy. Also, the King should be telling Damien to get busy making the next generation of Rune Wrights before he gets himself into another insanely dangerous situation. Like seriously, why is Desmond not all over getting second line of Rune Wrights started ASAP??
But, as Glynn often does, just as you get all those strands unraveled, he pulls back a curtain and reveals a new layer of mystery and complexity. Damien Montgomery is one of the best main characters in any of the space fantasy series and he's always a joy to follow. Highly recommend if you've read the previous books. If not, start with book one.
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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)
Well worth a read, but I would suggest getting the earlier books first.
I always buy this author's books and so far none have disappointed me. This was well paced with some interesting plot twists developing the series in a good manner.
I look forward to the next book immensely.