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- Publication Date: January 5, 2013
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AX91CGY
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Rift in the Races (The Galactic Mage Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Minor spoilers below
The reason why I give the novel 4 stars is because of several different nitpicks that I feel detracted from the story. Firstly, I feel like Daulton spent too much time delving into uninteresting aspects of the Galactic Mage's culture - the black markets, the transportation systems, and so on. Especially when far more interesting aspects were ever-present: who are the orcs? Who are the elves? Are they sentient beings, or just subhuman creatures? Why does one elf serve directly under the Queen with her full confidence while the rest are widely considered bloodthirsty tyrants? There was so much history that could've been explored, but wasn't.
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The biggest nitpick of all is the half-baked way Daulton tried to explain Prosperion's magic. I had accepted by the second book that the magic just was - it was a gimmick that worked through mysterious means that would never be properly explained. That's totally fine by me! As long as the rules were self-consistent (and they were, more or less), magic didn't need to be explained. Daulton tried explaining it anyway, but honestly, when it comes to explaining the magic powers in any given universe, it's all or nothing. Going halfway just doesn't work - it breaks my suspension of disbelief and it makes a real mess of the plot.
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Daulton didn't do that. Instead, he introduces the method by which all Prosperions do their magic. They have an organ in their brain, apparently, that allows them to tap into unseen energy and manipulate it. And that is about all the explanation Daulton gives. What really bugs me about this is that it introduces a whole new set of possibilities that the plot straight up ignores. So the Earth fleet has the technology to grow organs. Why can't they grow one in a vat? They can grow the main character a new hand - but the possibility of using DNA samples (samples which they do have, by the way) to grow a new mythalomous (or whatever it's actually called) totally escapes them. The scientists of Earth struggle to understand how their magic works - they know it's done with this organ...but nobody ever comes up with that idea? Really?
This made me question other aspects about the book as well. It really detracted from the story - I feel like it was a mistake to introduce Prosperion magic to the possibility of being understood without making any effort to actually explain it further. I hope it's more fully explained in book 3, or the possibility is entirely ignored. Otherwise, it's going to nag at me the whole time.
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All of this still only takes off one star. The book was very good. I'm really excited to see what else happens with this story. I love mashing fantasy and futuristic elements together, and Daulton has done a wonderful job of doing it (with cheesy romance on the side) that I haven't found anywhere else. Well worth the read if you enjoyed the first book.
No surprise that our star-crossed lovers don't have any easy go in this installment. I'm not even mad... Added a good bit to the story. We see less of our Mage friend this time too but we get more envolved with a lot of other characters so the storyline seems fuller to me.
We learn a lot more about the Hostile threat that rings a lot like plot line of Forever War, but come on, first encounter with a vastly different species of alien?!? We're going to shoot first... They may too.
Can't say I'm thrilled with the ending. I'm sure it will turn out ok and will still start the next book in the series soon to find out.
Started this thinking it was a trilogy, but now see the story continues on into book 5 or 6 now. Hoping it all stays fresh and doesn't jump the shark too soon
There are so many plot twists in this book that you should read the first in the series before reading this one. Also, there are many clues in this book that things may not be as they seem to be. There is a real cliff hanger of an ending that will make you swear or want to throw the book, but then you will pick it back up and reread those last couple of pages and hope the third book fixes Orli ( I am sure she's manic depressive), let's Roberto fall in love, kicks captain Asad in the teeth, etc. Yes, I am reading book 3.
But it goes all wrong. Terribly wrong. Like Daulton was channeling the darkside or imitating others who kill off your favorite characters. I had to skim whole chapters dedicated to character torture. And for all that, what? Most characters don't really develop but become more grotesquely cartoon-like.
I loved the lightheartedness of the first book. Though it did come with some horror. The space-madness from the first book was really terrible but always I had the feeling that it would end well; there would be redemption. With this book, there's no lightheartedness, and the terrible things happening almost feel like betrayal. I am still totally in denial about a certain character's death. I would like to believe that that is intentional misdirection from the author, that I'm supposed to disbelieve. But I doubt Daulton's kung fu is at that level.
I hope Daulton find's the soul of the first book before continuing this series, because I don't want to read another like Rift in the Races.