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Voice of Mars (Starship's Mage) Paperback – December 21, 2018
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When accusations of piracy and mass murder are laid against his homeworld, Damien Montgomery is sent to resolve the crisis.
As counter-accusations fly and an old flame re-enters his life, the newest Hand of the Mage-King of Mars finds himself in the midst of a bloody interstellar shadow war. With the death toll mounting, Damien must decide whether he should trust the world he came from – or the world that asked for his help.
The wrong choice will trigger a civil war that could shatter human civilization.
Voice of Mars is book 3 of the Starship's Mage series.
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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
- Publisher : Glynn Stewart (December 21, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 342 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1988035600
- ISBN-13 : 978-1988035604
- Item Weight : 1.01 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.86 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #340,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I highly recommend this book. The suspense never lets up. Who is attacking and why? What group is responsible and what is their end game? Answers are few and they only lead to more question.
I did receive a free copy to proof but that had no influence on my review.
The whole story line is great. First he has to save himself with a few friends. Then he saves a whole planet.
In this last story he has to save his home. What more can you ask for?
The Voice of Mars greatly expands upon Damien's character as he is a Hand of Mars.
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Then the ship he is on is variously cast as a Battleship, cruiser, battle cruiser, cruiser. Now they may all be the same designation in naval terms as I do not know but I would have been happier if it was the same term consistently.
That is why 4 not 5 stars
Voice of Mars opens with a crisp, entertaining and dynamic "set-piece" which, whilst not tightly linked to the broader story arc, sets several pieces in motion, but most of all helps the reader to learn that Mage Damien Montgomery, Hand of the Mage-King of Mars and an un-fathomably-rare and un-speakably powerful Rune-Wright, is growing up. Gone is the boy in awe of his own power and more than a little bit lost in the universe; in his place stands a young man with wisdom beyond his years, a flair for the dramatic, and capabilities that are off the scale.
Stewart throws Damien into a twisting and fast-moving plot with a pace that crackles along, fizzing nicely, giving the characters the space they need to move and breathe and to earn our empathy. The dynamics between the characters really start to flesh out in this story, with the banter between Damien and Julia Amiri, former Hunter and now Protectorate Special Service Agent - and his personal bodyguard - beautifully measured, taught and in un-written and un-spoken words, indicative of the deep trust, respect and perhaps a little bit of affection. Similarly, Mage-Captain Kole Jakab, who had accompanied Damien for his baptism-by-fire visit to Ardennes, holds a fierce and hard-won loyalty and respect for him.
With this volume, Glynn is expanding the universe, bringing new players in to the game [along with a few old ones] and showing the reader not only the vast scale and complexity of mankind's universe, but also the incredibly fine line that Damien has to walk. Whilst the young man has power almost beyond measure, it is of itself a closely-guarded secret - Damien lives with the eternal conflict between the desire to do the right thing and the need to keep what is becoming as much a secret as possible.
In all respects, in every way, "Voice of Mars" takes the story of Damien Montgomery to new heights. If you have not read either of the first two volumes of this series, do yourself a favour and go enjoy them. if you like a rollicking-good sci-fi yarn, you won't be disappointed.
Keep it up, Glynn!!!
However, while my rating of the story alone would be four stars I can't get past the fact that the edition I just finished reading is in need of a decent edit. There are sentences that make no sense or end halfway through, some grammatical, punctuation and spelling errors, inconsistencies with previous books and generally it feels a bit like this one was rushed, in contrast to the earlier novels which felt a bit more polished. There are a few other little niggles in the series as a whole but especially in this book that have a negative effect on character development and damage the richness of the overall universe the author is trying to create, for example, I find it a little unbelievable that every subordinate, whether they are a pirate, government official, soldier, marine, officer or otherwise ends, up calling their superior "boss". 100 systems, thousands of organisations, billions of people but every single one uses exactly the same idioms, phrases and words?
These points aside the series as a whole is well worth a read and this book is a good continuation of it.
The science and magic combination is a clever twist on how man can colonise the stars. There is plenty of realisation of the issues inherent in communication over the distances involved all of this allows the story to develop and adds to the plot.
Heartily recommend the.
Excellent progression of the character, giving Damien another dispute to settle and war to prevent, this time involving his own homeworld, and his ex-girlfriend.
The suspense and mystery builds, with red herrings galore, and it lasts right to the end, until a spectacular space battle with realistic casualties.
Gives us a tempting teaser for the next in the series... hope there isn't too long to wait!