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Voice of Mars (Starship's Mage Book 3) 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 : B01CKSRTQC
- Publisher : Faolan's Pen Publishing Inc (March 4, 2016)
- Publication date : March 4, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2465 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 344 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,533 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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(1) a future human society which is refreshingly positive overall (though certainly with its share of bad actors)
(2) a science-based storyline where technology has advanced considerably, but the only way to transcend Einstein's limits is to use "magic", a form of human mental energy originally developed through forced genetic manipulation, but now practiced by a guild of Mages as a service to humanity (except for the aforementioned bad actors)
(3) an emphasis on personalities, situations, and story, rather than detailed science concepts
The basic story revolves around Damien Montgomery, a young Mage who originally struggled just to find a place in society, but discovered a unique gift within himself that has allowed him to enter service to the Mage-King, and become a very powerful diplomat and enforcer of the peace. In this installment, Damien has come into his own as the King's Hand, and is sent on an important mission to prevent a simmering conflict from erupting into open war.
This third novel is another excellent book. I gave it four stars instead of five mainly because I felt that some of the initial qualities which attracted me to Damien, such as his exploration of his abilities, the moral dilemmas he faced, and his introspective nature, were subsumed beneath the events of the story. This novel was about politics and about space combat, with some elements of whodunit and heavy foreshadowing. Still very well done, but just not the same type of "wonder" that I felt when I originally read Starship's Mage.
Fans of the series will definitely enjoy this new story. But, if you are new to the series, you should definitely read Starship's Mage first - I guarantee you will love that novel, and will probably become hooked on Glynn Stewart's writing (just as I have!)
Side note: Glynn's "Castle Federation" series (two books, so far) is also an excellent read; a bit more of a military sf storyline, with some very compelling characters.
Glynn - keep on keepin' on, we are enjoying the ride!!
Okay, not going to sugarcoat it, the book does have a few issues. The enemies (there are multiple enemies) are able to put together pristine crime scenes with absolutely no warning or advance preparation, which is statistically impossible. The enemy was able to either hack or wiretap Damien's personal communications or the achieved omniscience in some fashion as they are able to act on information known only to Damien or one other person BEFORE Damien actually reads the information. In short, the author made the enemy basically invincible while making Damien and the government completely incompetent. The hero actually acknowledges that the enemy has inside knowledge of their procedures, but no one apparently feels that is worth doing anything about. I also think it's suspicious that Damien continues to tool around in an unarmed civilian liner when he knows he's facing well prepared killers with military precision.
I LOVE this series. Hopefully the author decides to scale back the enemy to merely extremely competent as opposed to invincible in future books. I'm rooting for Damien and I think that the decidedly lopsided nature of the conflict just throws off the plot.
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.
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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.
Anyways onto the 4th book :-)
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.