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Starpilot's Grave: Book Two of Mageworlds [Kindle Edition]

Debra Doyle , James D. Macdonald
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Mageworlds Book Two:
Blockaded, restricted, and forgotten--the Mageworlds would never threaten the Republic again.
A broken and drifting ship, it's long-dead captain still strapped in the command seat: that's what free-spacers call a starpilot's grave.  When one of these derelict craft appears in the Net, the artificial barrier zone separating the Republic from the Mageworlds, the discovery is no accident.  It's a sign, a warning that the Mageworlds have not forgotten the Republic--and the Magelords make long plans.
But the Magelords weren't planning on Beka Rosselin-Metadi.
Beka has unfinished business to take care of, and his name is Ebenra D'Caer: the man who arranged her mother's murder.  D'Caer is safe--he thinks--hidden among the Mages on the far side of the Net.  Flying under a false name and false colors, Beka penetrates the Magezone and finds more than anyone expected: the Magelords have discovered a fatal weakness in the Republic's defenses, and are poised to wreak their vengeance on the hated enemy.
The Mages are too strong.  They must prevail.
Unless one woman in one ship can do the impossible.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 569 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction (June 15, 1993)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006MH03PM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,610 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel to one of my favorite books January 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Second in the Mageworlds, just as good as the first. This one of my favorite series. Have reread it dozens of times. Definitely worth checking out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable space opera May 22, 2012
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"Starpilot's Grave" is a fun follow-on read after "The Price of the Stars". While "Price of the Stars" mostly stood alone as a novel, it's clear that the series was planned and not tacked-on. "Starpilot's Grave" has a lot more detail on the "Mageworlds", and while the actual workings of Adepts and Mages are still mostly mysterious, you do get more understanding of their differences and why.

On the down side, one of the new characters doesn't fit in well -- a downtrodden girl goes into Adept training and is neither interesting nor terribly believable as a character evolution.

Overall though, an enjoyable read. Just realize you'll want to jump straight into the sequel after finishing this novel!
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5.0 out of 5 stars totally awesome May 30, 2014
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i can't believe how many people haven't read this's great! you get everything you need in a space opera and more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Space Opera, well worth reading. November 30, 2013
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An excellent pace Opera story, with parallels to Star Wars, yet without being a duplicate. It continues the story from the first Mageworld's book and adds many fun complications. Interesting, and well plotted, I would highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Fun Read October 1, 2013
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There was about a month and a half gap between when I finished book 1 and started reading this book. During that time I gradually forgot how much I'd enjoyed the first book and let myself be fooled by the cover of book two into thinking this would be just an alright book, so I didn't pick it up with much enthusiasm. However, it didn't take long for me to remember just how enjoyable the last book was and that this book was just as good.

We have a few new POV characters added to the mix in this book, while all of the original POV characters are back as well. The plot becomes delightfully more complicated as we follow everyone through the beginning of the second Mage Wars. There was some time in the middle when I had a little trouble staying immersed in the story, but toward the end everything really picked up. Beka and Owen especially took some steps in their lives that will be interesting to follow in the next book. I'm especially eager to see where Llannat's storyline goes, as she's become the most interesting character for me over the two book so far.

There were a few times where it almost seemed like characters just coincidentally managed to wind up in the right place at the right time, but in each case there actually was a good reason for them to be where they were, which made the story more enjoyable. There were a few characters who's actions made me question, not so much what side they're on, as what their goals are. I look forward to learning what they were up to in the next book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love it! August 14, 2013
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Love this book series, So glad it came out on ebook since my paperback copy is in tatters. I re-read these every couple years and still love them.
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More About the Author

James D. Macdonald was born in White Plains, New York in 1954, and raised in Bedford, New York, the son of a chemical engineer and an artist. His last significant formal education took place at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, though he passed through the University of Rochester where he learned that a degree in Medieval Studies wouldn't fit him for anything. He went off to sea "to forget," though he's forgotten exactly what. As an enlisted Boatswain's Mate in the Navy, and later as an officer, he saw the world, and discovered that three quarters of it was water. Some time later, tired of the adventure, he decided to get a job.

As the famous Yog Sysop, Macdonald ran the Science Fiction and Fantasy RoundTable on GEnie for two years ('91 to '93). He's since moved on to being Yog Sysop at SFF Net. Doyle and Macdonald now live -- still with various children, cats, and computers -- in a big 19th-Century house in Colebrook, New Hampshire, where they learned to drink Moxie and collaborate in writing science fiction and fantasy for children, teenagers, and adults.

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