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.
©2014 Glynn Stewart (P)2015 Tantor
Jackie E. Burns - space artist
I'm not going to bore you with anything like a synopsis. All you will need to know is that whilst I have really enjoyed myself listening to this audio book, it will not win awards for depth of characterisation or plot. That is, of itself, a plus because you will find yourself engaged, and entertained, without too much effort. Sometimes a good, simple yarn is all that is required. Fans of Firefly will be comfortable in the background to this story.
Definetly a sci fi romp but with a twist, einstienan physics exist ergo no ftl so instead humanity has developed (through a nasty eugenics programme in the past and only briefly referenced in the book) mages who amongst other things can physically move a starship in space 1light year at a time. The author creates a universe with all good and bad that humanity has to offer and pulls you along at a good pace which left me wanting more....
"Fantastic combination of science, fantasy and war."
I could not manage to put this down. I'm sure my coworkers think I'm being antisocial by keeping my headphones on all day every day.
A very hard book to stop once you start. It is very much for adults with the cursing. I would love to see a teen to young reader version that my kids could enjoy.
"Great concept, decent execution, weak performance"
This is a great concept for blending scifi and fantasy elements and has a lot of potential for interesting conflicts. The universe the author has built is pretty interesting as well, very interesting.
I found it difficult to care very much about the characters. The point-of-view is never from inside any one characters perspective, so you never get a really deep look at what's driving them or how they feel.
Not if I can avoid it. Kafer's delivery is flat, and characters lines are mostly delivered very similarly. The tone and accents are sufficient to differentiate most characters, but the performance is sometimes lackluster in comparison to other narrators. This may be appealing to some listeners though, some of the more exuberant narrators can sound a little silly at times.The most distracting element is his 'downspeak' of about half the lines, with a falling tone at the end of each sentence resulting in a performance with all the enthusiasm one would expect of Eeyore. It's tolerable, but it gives everything a boring, 'oh well' tone.
Yes, but mostly because I was curious what the author would do with the magic system, not so much that I cared what happened to the characters.
This was originally written as a serial, which can be mildly annoying because various established elements are re-explained multiple times. This Omnibus edition would benefit from some minor revisions to tighten up those bits.The story feels somewhat rushed, as if the author spent more effort building the world than developing the plot and characters. The progression of the story feels like it is set up mostly for the author to reveal the various interesting aspects of the magic system and social order. It's a good story, it just that in the rush to get from one reveal to the next the characters get kinda dragged along.The negatives are balanced by the knowledge that this is an early effort by this author. It's definitely worth reading even if it's got a few 'could be better' spots.
"An unexpected surprised but very good,an engaging"
An unexpected surprised but very good,an engaging story and a nice blend of scifi and magic
Its an interesting blend of two generally distinct genres, namely scifi and fantasy, its really quite a good, sure there are a couple of awkward or forced story moments but the universe follows its own rules consistently and is interesting enough that i want to hear/read more, and having read the sequel, a much richer title to be sure, i found the series as whole to be really promising, interested to see where it goes.
yea sure, and if you make a day of it its just about doable too, i could wish the story was longer but thats what sequels are for
would make a great gift for anyone interested in scifi and/or fantasy, its short enough that its not going to be a great burden to read and interesting enough to keep you reading and wanting more.
"It's always the bad guys - Not!"
The book kept me interested. It was nice to read about a couple of good guys (Capt. David Rice and his mage Damien Montgomery) who actually win. The story kept me asking "how are they getting out of this one" and needing to continue to listen to find out. It kept me interested such that I kept stealing more listening time than I should have.
The narrator was a little flat, but the story allowed me to ignore that. It would have been more engaging with multiple voices.
Now I need to get the next in series to see what more is going to happen to both.
This story was a great and captivating read. Someday it may be true. Enjoy the travel through space/time.
"Excellent book well written well paced"
Every now and then you read a book that becomes a treat to return to at the end of the day Sadly these books pass too quickly
This is such a book Something i looked forward to read / listening too
While i am sad its finished i am happy there is a sequel
The Starship Mage Omnibus was an enjoyable mix of magic and science fiction (with the emphasis on the latter). Author Stewart did an excellent job of setting up the premise of how the two mixed and at no time did I need to suspend logic for the system to work. Main character Damien Montgomery was interesting to follow despite being our typical unique snowflake. The serial nature of the novel is evident, however, as arcs are very small and tend to finish conclusively at intervals throughout the book. It's a bit jarring for those used to a 3-part novel but this is the nature of modern writing, I guess.
Story: Damien Montgomery has just graduated as a Starship Mage - the individuals who weave magic into a star drive engine in order to make hyperspace jumps. Unfortunately for him, lack of contacts means he is desperate to find a ship in which to serve. When a trader needs a mage suddenly, he jumps at the chance - only to find himself embroiled in a conspiracy that will upset the balance of power in the system. But Damien is a very gifted mage with a unique ability - one that will bring him to the attention of the all-powerful Mage King of Mars himself.
The book has quite a bit of action and the story moves smoothly. The characters are interesting and ones we want to follow. The author does a great job of creating surprises that will constantly strain our leads and force them into important discoveries about their own abilities. As such, this is a 'forged in fire' type of revelatory journey that we typically find in fantasy but here in science fiction.
The audio narration was decent - not enough to put me off the series but yes, a bit flat. Starship Mage is a book that is very different from many sci fi today and it does remain a character driven piece throughout. As such, I do recommend it for those interested in lighter sci fi without all the pseudo-science trappings.
"A Most Auspicious Start For The New Year"
A very well written and equally narrated space fantasy. This was enjoyable on so many levels. First, the whole aspect of being able to transcend millions of light-years in space using mage magic instead of equally unbelievable FTL technology was, oddly, much more acceptable since, well, FTL technology will forever be make believe masquerading as something achievable given a few hundred years; whereas, the use of magic to perform these types of jumps skips all the pretenses and calls it what it is.
Then there is the characters involved. The protagonist is a "mage-by-right" meaning that he came about his powers out in the wild and not born into it from mage elites. This limits his options to either doing mage grunt work or finding a ship that will take him on without the preferred bloodline. He eventually does only to find out that the ship and its crew are being pursued by the head of the most notorious syndicate crime-lord. Lots of near death encounters ensue as the ship and its crew are always only a few jumps away from destruction.
If that wasn't enough, the ship is also being sought by the "Hand of the Mars Mage King" for the young mage's fooling around with some jump runes and transforming the limited jump matrix into a powerful assault weapon.
There's more fun to be had with other interesting encounters as this ship and crew are fleeing for their lives; as well as a tearful Lone Ranger "Hi Ho, Silver!" ending.
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