When a scientist is murdered after finding signs of alien magic in an archeological dig, Mage Damien Montgomery, Hand of the Mage-King of Mars, is sent to investigate both the murder and the alien runes.
His investigation is interrupted when a mysterious ship attacks the ruins with weapons only available to the Martian Navy. Despite saving the dig site, Montgomery is left with more questions than answers.
His investigations reveal questions about the origin of his magic and his nation - and lead him back to the one place that should be safe: the court of the Mage-King of Mars.
©2016 Glynn Stewart (P)2016 Tantor
Glynn mixed the characters up in this book which made the novel less predictable and more interesting. The introduction of several new first tier characters also improved the story; although, the new teenager seemed more like a literary device created merely to assist in his subterfuge rather than any other meaningful role, at least as far as this book used her.
The narration is still very good, however, I'm still not pleased with the tone and inflection of Damien's voice making him sound too self-important, all the time.
Even so, a nice addition to the series.
Avid reader and listener. Always have 1 book on my Samsung and 1 book on my tablet Love SciFi and Fantasy, Mysteries And Historical Fiction
Riveting series. Can't wait to hear the next book. The audio addition is exceptionally done.
Glynn has just made sure I can't turn this story over to my teenaged kids due to scene in this book. Sad really because I was starting to compare him to Jack Campbell until that moment.
The writing was good, but it left me wanting to beat the author with a soft broom, since no questions were answered. I know he was leading on to more books and stories to come, but I left this one learning pretty much nothing beside the knowledge there is a secret..... he could have gotten the point across with several sentences yet spent the whole book building up suspense only to say "ha you learn nothing."
I loved all his books about Damian, but they at least were full and complete stories, while this one had good fights and stuff but you got pretty much nothing at the end.
The 4th book in the series has shown that the lead character is maturing and now making the tough decisions, which he would probably not make earlier in his career as the Hand of the Mage King of Mars. For those who are considering buying this audio book, I do highly recommend it, although it might confuse you a little as it isn't the normal magic and sci-fi story one would imagine it to be. It does require a bit of a mental adjustment if you are a pure fantasy or sci-fi fan but you do get into the plot and enjoy the ride. Hope you find this book and its first 3 books enjoyable.
I've been having loads of fun with this series. very original concepts, good prose, solid characters. That said, and I'll try to do this without spoilers, our protagonists spend much of this book suffering from a sudden case of plot-induced stupid.
Damien does have an endearing knack for finding problems by obliviously whacking his sad little face into the sticky bits, and yes, it's entertaining to see him creatively wizard everything into submission (or pieces) once he catches on, but I thought he'd picked up at least a little guile in his last few years. He issues several of his trademark ultimatums here, where he might have otherwise employed his wits and knowledge to make threats that would use the opponent's priorities to make compliance, negotiation, or further explanation of the opponents' opinion more attractive than the course they did choose. Our protagonists seriously need to quit reacting sometimes, and try to proactively screw with opponents' ye olde OODA loops.
I love a good conspiracy, but some of the secret plots and criminal organizations in this universe are just getting unreasonably competent for their size. Their funding and motives are plausible, but the scale of the things kept secret over this book and the last seem to imply a future that lacks Snowdens and Clintons. (Too soon?)
This is, nevertheless, absolutely worth a read, and the Starship Mageoverse continues to develop in interesting directions without a hint of staleness.
I've enjoyed this series, however each novel has been a complete story in itself. This book ends in the middle of the story. Since this book is relatively short it could have easily included the entire story. That's disappointing. otherwise I enjoyed the book.
One minor quibble I had was the author's tendency to fixate on one word and use it several times in a sentence or two.That's something that I probably wouldn't have noticed reading, but was very obvious when listening.
The narrator read in a kind of radio announcer's voice, which didn't really fit the character's personally.
"another good story."
another conspiracy plot that gets found out and the poor main protagonist who gets involved in this. amazingly it needs to be continued so I have to wait for the next book to find out what happens next.
The book was very well written and very engaging. I would definitely recommend. The series as a whole are interesting and I personally didn't stop until I had read all the books.
loved them all so far...can't wait for the next installment...very cleverly conceived plot....it's not just all power magic...he uses his brain as well to solve problems.
"Please change the narrator!"
Once again a book is ruined by Jeffrey Kafer. Differentiating between characters is impossible based on voice - he uses the same one for everyone, even the women - and his downward infection on the final word of each sentence drives me mad. He is, without a doubt, the worst narrator around and having already made me give up listening to anything by C.T. Phipps, I'm close to doing the same with Glynn Stewart's books too.
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