- File Size: 951 KB
- Print Length: 362 pages
- Publisher: Tor Science Fiction (June 15, 1993)
- Publication Date: June 15, 1993
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006MH03PM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,620 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Starpilot's Grave: Book Two of Mageworlds Kindle Edition
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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!
This is the second volume of the series and what first appeared to be a black & white conflict between two sides turns out to have a lot of shades of gray. As Beka and Ari both dig deeper into the conspiracies and threats surrounding the death of their mother - one of the most highly regarded stateswomen of her age and one of the founders of the Republic of worlds that unified the cosmos - they discover there is more going on than even they suspected.
Their brother Owen finally makes an appearance - on Nammerin of all places - and is one of the first to notice the effects of the Professor's instruction on Llannat Hyfid. As he spies on the Circle Mages working their sorcery on Nammerin, he has to face the fact that his brother Ari has been manipulated into a situation where the Adepts' Guild can no longer protect him.
Even Jervas Gil appears as the Commodore of the Mageworlds' border fleet - the first and last line of defense against the unlikely event of an incursion by the devastated Mageworlds.
Beka's quest to avenger her mother's death takes her past that border and into the Mageworlds themselves, where she has the chance to uncover the heart of the conspiracy threatening her family (and, incidentally, the rest of the galaxy.)
And Llannat Hyfid is spirited away from Nammerin by the Space Force to investigate the appearance of an ancient Mage-built Deathwing raider - and once again comes face to face with part of the legacy the Professor left for her.Read more ›
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.
The only regret is that the totally awesome print-edition cover art doesn't appear in the e-book. On the subject of which, I'm off to go find fan art for these stories, because I totally want to see how other readers' mental images line up with mine.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i can't believe how many people haven't read this series...it's great! you get everything you need in a space opera and more!Published 20 months ago by bob wilcox
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.Published on August 14, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I continue to read the Mageworld saga books over and over. I love the storyline, the characters and everything about these books. I highly recommend them.Published on August 13, 2013 by Ben Sherman