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1: The plot is furthered along and you get insight into the flying space ball things. Wow that comes across way to creepy if you have not read the first one.
2: Altin's character stays the same although see under bad for additional stuff.
3: The worlds both get expanded and enhanced I think that the magic world gets a lot more detailed and the inner workings of the world are explained.
1: What the hell is up with Orli/Altin relationship? Love potions, kidnapping, breakups and a coma what the hell, did anyone see a kitchen sink? This is too much you really need to spend more time on this thing if you want people to be able to get immersed in this book. Too many plot devices in one book, too much angst, too much Orli being a child and playing fast an lose with Altin. I have read a lot of reviews on Orli as well as what the author has put on his blog "basically he writes her that way because he like flawed heroes". One reviewer even wrote that he thought she would of fallen for any mage to come along and he gave it a good review! Here is the deal would anyone want her as a wife? Would any girls out there want her as a friend? I think the answer to both is no and to me that makes for a bad character I do not like to read a book where one of the main characters in the story is also one of my biggest dislikes for the story.
2: In addition Altin needs to tone down the puppy the point where she gives him the whole I still want to be friends thing should of been his shining moment to tell her to take a flying leap. His response was unbelievable people do not react that way.
2: The queens character changed massively from one book to the next. She finds her nephew kidnapping people and drugging them and she banishes him? Wow that will do it. Should of made him tell her what he did to the girl but hey that would of broken the patchwork plot. The Queen thoughout the book seems like a bad rendition of the Queen of Hearts from Alice. A complete turn around from the first book not to mention making the book one of these well we have bad and worse really I think they should just kill each other.
3: Altin getting captured at the end. Again inconsistent with the story a K stopping a Z on an exponential arc...No way. So the guy who captures him is an E given the exponential arc that is explained in the first one it would take 2,113,536 "yes over 2 million mages" of an E class to equal on Z class. But hey he has been practicing for like 2 weeks. Really did this get any thought what so ever, any at all?
4: Other reviewers have said it as well too many side stories. The problem with the side stories is that the author fell in love with other characters and wanted to write about them not his main characters anymore this book would be much shorter without the self indulgent chapter after chapter of side characters. If an author is like that he should not write trilogies.
5: A main plot is written in the book badly enough that even after reading the chapters over and over and the reviews I still don't know if it happened or not. And that is just really bad writing.
6: Having you main character in a coma so that you can further these terrible side stories is again poor writing. I can't even think of another book that puts the MAIN CHARACTER in a COMA.
Way to many massive character changes all to move the plot along the Queen, Asad, Orli just about every character changes in a massive way. At this point I hope Orli dies and Altin hooks up with Penie as right now I can't stand Orli. But really the extreme way that Altin acts toward her even when she picks someone else is weird. Comes down to a simple would I recommend this book? NO in fact I would actively dissuade anyone from reading them. Will I continue to read the series? NO.
Spoiler Free section:
Rift in Races is a great follow up to the very excellent Galactic Mage. Both books are lighthearted with very well drawn characters that are the focus of the whole story. The books combine a fantasy world with magic and a dragon and, yes, a unicorn in this one, with a sci-fi future Earth of space faring humans. The blend of high tech and fantasy is creative and interesting to read, creating some intriguing challenges for both sides.
While this book was a fun and long read that I could barely put down, I don't think it was quite as good as the first. Some of the characters become caricatures, and the story seems to get lost a bit and meander about uncertainly as it takes on multiple story lines. The ending is a major cliffhanger that feels more like the end of a chapter than the end of a book, which is a mixed bag.
Despite these general issues, the story is a joy to read. It is humorous and at times clever, and moves forward, for the most part, at a good pace despite its length, never becoming tedious or bogged down in exposition. I highly recommend this book and Galactic Mage as both are just plain fun to read, with great characters overall.
There are a few things that bothered me a bit about the book, things that kept this one from being as good as the first. The first thing was that some characters became caricatures.
The Queen becomes an ill-tempered person shouting and threatening, banging her scepter on the floor and looking like John McEnroe on a bad day. She spends a lot of her time threatening to cut out tongues or chop off heads, and comes across as the red queen "Chop off their heads!" more than a real person.
Captain Asad suffers from some of the same problem, though not as intensely since the guy is basically paranoid and it's understandable. When he sees the Queen's space fortress, Citadel (basically a giant crystal ball), he says it looks like a Hostile. I was waiting for Roberto to say something like, "So does Earth and our moon, wanna nuke them too?"
The other character I have a problem with is Orli, the female lead character and Altin's (the protagonist) girlfriend. Altin is a sweet guy in many ways, and he does everything in his power to make Orli happy. In return, he gets teased to the point of cruelty and gets his emotions stomped any time it's Orli's turn to try to give him any kind of support whatsoever. She is emotionally unstable, thoroughly self centered, and uses Altin as a means to her own joy, caring barely a wit for his own happiness. Dr Leopold's assistant from the first book would make a better companion for Altin. Give the girl Pernie ten years to become a woman, and she'd make a better mate. Pernie, who as a girl has been more supportive and helpful than Orli as a woman has been for a single minute of their relationship, is in many ways far more mature, who even snuck aboard Altin's space tower in the Galactic Mage and ended up saving his life. I cannot imagine Orli sneaking aboard any space vessel to be close to Altin. She can barely bring herself to go with him one time in this book when he asks. And once there, what does she do? She complains and makes Altin feel like dirt. Seriously, Altin, you can do much better. And no, I'm not referring to Orli after she's been poisoned by the potion with which she is dosed multiple times.
Now let me get this straight. I like Orli's character. I think she is very well written. But as a human being, she's mean and much too self-centered. Altin needs to get over his puppy love, and I hope something happens in the third book where Altin gets over her, or she grows up, because as things stand, I just don't see how someone like Altin could be interested in someone like Orli. It just doesn't make much sense to me, because Altin is much more mature and focused, wheras Orli comes across like a an immature teenager. Their relationship is completely one-sided, with Altin giving and giving, and Orli taking and taking.
Another thing that bothered me was that the story seemed to meander. I was never really sure where things were headed, what the plot was or where it was going, or what I was supposed to really pay attention to. The problem is there are really several story lines here and it takes a while to figure out which one or which ones, are going to play out in the end.
One is the ongoing issue with the Hostiles from the first book. Another is a sudden orc invasion with orc shamans stealing powerful magic artifacts. A third story is Orli getting kidnapped and almost sold into slavery, only to get rescued by, well, someone who wants her as a slave. All of these things run on top of each other, and while none of it was confusing, it was as if too much story was taking place. At the end of the book, I'm still not sure why some of it was in the story at all. I get that the orcs are set up for future issues on Prosperion and that all that has something to do with Liquefying Stone and so on, but the Orli kidnapping? It was too much juggling, I think, and the story seemed to lose focus.
Having said all that, the story was still a fantastic and fun read. I love the Spadebreaker character, and Altin is still the same focused and energetic character he was in Galactic Mage, though he does some more growing up in this one. The Hostiles become a deeper creature with a personhood, but what they are and what the Hostile planet is was no surprise, though the motivation was a surprise, and delightfully personal. The book almost turned into a sermon for the Green religion at points, but managed to sidestep that somewhat successfully.
The ending was a major cliffhanger culminating at the end of intense political tension between the Earthlings and the Prosperions and the Hostile planet that at first seemed about to end in some kind of tense peace, but instead turned into a giant diplomatic fiasco and worst. As I already said, the end of this book felt like like a chapter end, and I was almost expecting to turn the page and see the next chapter heading. But, alas, it was the end of the book, and now I must suffer the agony of waiting for book 3 (get to work, John!...just kidding...no, seriously, get at it, though I mean it in a nice way).
I know I complained about a few things, but those complaints are pretty much what I think are the weakest points in the book. The bulk of this story is very enjoyable. I laughed at jokes, enjoyed the action and stories, and went along with the tragedies and mystery. The characters are very well done despite some problems I mentioned, and support characters get some expanded and very interesting roles. I highly recommend the Galactic Mage and Rift in Races as fun, well-paced reads with overall great characters and lighthearted writing that will put a smile on your face despite the less than happy events in the 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