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UnArcana Stars (Starship's Mage) Paperback – December 10, 2018
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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...
Praise for the Starship's Mage Series
"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, President of SFWA
About the Author
- Publisher : Faolan's Pen Publishing Inc (December 10, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 357 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1988035406
- ISBN-13 : 978-1988035406
- Item Weight : 1.16 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #753,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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I was expecting more from the 6th book of the Starship’s Mage series. Delving more into the Alien Arcana storyline, the conspiracy storyline or at least trying to tie them all together. However, what I ended up getting was a fluff piece with a space battle reminiscent of the Battle of Midway at the end.
The author seems more focused on trying to fulfill hash-tags then on actually writing a story. The 3rd Red Falcon book was more of a hash-tag composition then an actual story that carried the main Starship’s Mage storyline. This book seemed to have started in a similar hash-tag focused fashion with hashtag Fempower, hashtag Give, hashtag alternative-families. Luckily, towards the end there was an attempt to actually write an interesting story albeit was based on the Battle of Midway.
Will give the last book a read. But I am very disappointed with this one.
But, for now, immerse yourself in Book 6, Unarcana Stars. It is time well spent as Damien assembles forces from across the universe and makes a dramatic stand against the Republic.
The book is a logical follow-up of the previous ones. Almost everything is revealed and nearly nothing remains a secret. The whole plot regards a first phase of a grand war between two stardom kingdoms (republics?). It ends there, too. Which is probably one of my biggest complaints - the author decided (for the first time) to divide point of view between two characters and is using it quite heavily. It results with the storyline so watered that it hardly moves forward. The storytelling felt sluggish. I admit - it was frustrating. The character development is no longer there. If somebody picked up this series from this book I am afraid they would not be able to point out a single character out there - there are literally countless. I stopped recognising them at some point. What is worse - I no longer cared. The sheer number of non-consequential personas was numbing.
If a reader is picky there are some facts that seem majorly illogical, e.g. disproportion in firepower between a new republic, which not long ago was a part of the empire, and the said empire. One might ask - how come? Nobody has realised? There are more little thingies that are irksome. I can live with them.
I decided to give the book four stars. Mostly, because I am hopeful the following installment will be less watered down and more exciting. I know that the author can write a book I will not be able to put down before finishing reading it. This one was not like it, alas.
Only gripe is that, while Mr. Stewart is known for making an effort in his books to treat all races, ethnicities, sexualities, etc. equal in his books, this book was a bit too top-heavy with women. I am a female reviewer, but enjoy a bit of realism in my sci-fi/fantasy. To have almost 80%-90% of all the officers in this book be female was just too unrealistic to be plausible: In a matriarchal society of Amazons, yes, but not in the millitary of a diverse empire like the Protectorate.
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That said, it does that excellently (as obviously it's not Glynn's first foray into the sub-genre). It has a couple of truly immense chapters.
We also get lots of old characters in, to the point that I think he was arbitrarily name-checking everyone, in order to finish the joining up of the two series. At least three of them will clearly be key in the next one.
In with the new - a good amount of the book focuses on a new character. Personally, I'm not sure about her, but she's not had much chance for plot progression yet, so I'm happy to wait and see.
If you have enjoyed the other series then this is right up your alley. Space battles, magic, assassin. We still don't know what Legatus is up to our what tech they acquired from the keepers.
Can't wait for the next book.
I look forward to the next installment as I am unable to put it down once I start it