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I love how the supporting characters seem pretty human . Mostly good people trying to do the right thing from their perspective. Even the "bad guys" seem to have valid reasons for pursuing their agenda and almost everyone prefers capture/incapacitate to outright killing.
The world building is quite unique. I want to learn more about the Mage-King of Mars and the Protectorant and how the control of FTL can be used to control a rapidly expanding Galaxy. Reminiscent of the Dune setup, only a few people "Jump" spaceships at FTL distances and those people are ultimately controlled by one man.
Magic and SciFi meet and marry surprisingly well! Glynn Stewart does an amazing job of making magic a logical addition to humanity’s future, including that of space flight. And he does it without the addition of gratuitous objectionable language and description of sexual activity.
It’s been easy to like and believe in the protagonists of the story, and I didn’t necessarily loathe the antagonists - but found them very interesting.
The story immediately drew me in and kept my interest- so much so that I bought the other books in the series when I was about 3/4 of the way through this first one. I hope the continuation of the series is as engaging!
So if you do not mind that aspect this is a fun story and quite self contained with no cliffhangers pushing us to buy book two or else. The core concept of the world is that genetic engineering has produced the psi equivalent of magic, not a totally new idea but quite consistent within the presented world, magic does not serve as a simple deus ex machina. The story itself focuses on a young magical genius who does not fit in the standard frames of the Mage order and ends up on the wrong side of the law. Overall good book but both the story and ideas are a bit derivative.
I picked this up for free during a Kindle promotion vs. its regular price of $3.99; I certainly received more than $3.99 worth of entertainment value out of this one: I’ve since bought and read the next two books in the series. If you like science fiction, I’d recommend you giving this one a try.
Overall, the book is a space opera, with heroes, anti-heroes, and villains, advanced science and techno-magic that is explained just enough to escape the techno-babble that too many stories get mired down in. While the book is the first in a series, it does well as a stand alone also, leaving just enough cliffhanger to make you want to read the next book to see what happens.
My highest praise for the book is that it made me want to buy the rest of the series to see how everything will evolve.
Exciting, adventurous, with characters worth rooting for.
(Minor quibble, it was written originally as a serial and sometimes it repeats little bits of explanation. Not a major problem.)
Yeah! so now I'm going to go order the sequel.
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