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Starpilot's Grave: Book Two of Mageworlds Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 952 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction (June 15, 1993)
  • Publication Date: June 15, 1993
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006MH03PM
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Lauer on January 20, 2012
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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 By Gregory Farnum on 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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By Alan M Rogers on February 7, 2013
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The Mageworlds series is one of those space operas that is fun to read the first time and even better the second time. It has subtle storytelling, dynamic characters and a universe you can't help but love.

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.
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By BookWyrm on 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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I read a lot of series, and there's a really fine line a series author has to tread in resolving the book-level plot and keeping the tension of the series-level story. Book two is the acid test, and this one passes it magnificently. There is so much cool stuff here: alien technology, mysterious messages, villainous villains with mysterious agendas, big fat space battles (I am such a sucker for a good battle scene), everyday tradecraft that's fantastic and workaday at the same time, a whole array of awesome characters each formidable in their own way (and their corresponding rites of passage), friendship and romance woven throughout, and did I mention Beka? Beka continues to rock.

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.
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By Ben Sherman on August 13, 2013
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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.
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