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- Publication Date: May 13, 2017
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- Language: English
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While the previous volumes have focused on how various and sundry characters of different species discover and manage newly found capabilities and skills of mages - wizards - “The Mage Hunter” focuses in on a character that is a cyborg, has his cyborg enhancements removed, and then has to first learn how to live as a regular character, a mundane, while learning what to do with his newly discovered abilities as a mage.
It leaves him confused and uncertain of his self identity and where his life is taking him:
“But where am I going?”
“What do you mean?
“I don’t even know. Before giving up the part of me that makes me whole I understood my place and my responsibilities. Now I could not…”
This character, Lyshell, is introduced as a cyborg with all sorts of enhancements. He is skilled in locating, finding, and capturing rogue mages as a member of the security force of the Empire. His cyborg enhancements provide him with almost super human strength and speed. He is able to process many items at one time at high speed with his installed cybernetic processors. He has had several mind wipes as enhancements to his cyborg elements are installed. With the help of a woman who turns out to be his handler who also has enhancements he decides to disappear. Members of the Wizard Kingdom discover him and bring him come under the protection of the Wizard Kingdom along with his handler Jane who he has an attraction to that he can’t understand.
In battles he expresses a desire at times for his missing cyborg enhancements but is forced to learn how to use his magical capabilities. The characters around him provide the support he needs to transition from a cyborg to a mundane to battle-hardened wizard who has awesome powers.
His growth as a mage is quick. However, cyborgs try and co-opt him. They constantly try and subvert and entice him to join their army of half-human. The theme of his constantly questioning who he is and where he is going helps to drive Lyshell forward while he is tutored and trained as a specialized mage with special inherent powers that are important to the Wizard Kingdom is complicated by the actions of the cyborg enemy who are under the control of evil sorcerers..
There are enough battles with a cast of many that includes many previous characters as well as new ones. The new ones help to keep the story line fresh and are as interesting as previous ones as well. They help to provide a support structure for Lyshell that leaves him stronger and in the end he discovers who he is and where his life is taking him.
This is a book that proves a skilled author can take the framework of a series and make it fresh and exciting while keeping the driving forces that have been making the series an awesome journey. Again, I can’t wait for the next book in the series to see where the characters of the Lost Power series will go in their journey of discovery.
Lyshell is indeed a super warrior. He is as close to a cyborg as one can get. I quite liked this. I liked how he mentally describes setting aside computer cores for various tasks whether he is in the middle of a fight or just wandering around investigation or planning. Then my Masters is in computing after all so I guess I am a bit biased here.
Unfortunately, when we (I at least) have become all excited about this new guy, a merge between modern implant technology and magic (okay, that he is really a mage as well is not divulged until later but it is not exactly a surprise when it is). Then it goes all bad. He has to choose, remain a cyborg or become a mage. Of course he becomes a mage but now he has to start from zero again. Actually below zero since he is handicapped by having been able to rely on his implants for so long. So gone is the super warrior and what we have left is just another rookie. This really put a dampener on the book for me.
Also, from then on I just feel that the books is disjointed and less interesting than I first thought. It jumps from one situation to another and the authors habit of writing in first person perspective but using a different person in each chapter is not really helping.
It is still a read worthy book but personally I cannot justify more than three stars for this installment in the series.