In a galaxy tied together by the magic of the elite Jump Magi, Damien Montgomery is a newly graduated member of their number. With no family or connections to find a ship, he is forced into service on an interstellar freighter known to be hunted by pirates. When he takes drastic action to save the Blue Jay from their pursuers, he sets in motion a sequence of events beyond his control and attracts enemies on both sides of the law.
©2014 Glynn Stewart (P)2015 Tantor
I could not manage to put this down. I'm sure my coworkers think I'm being antisocial by keeping my headphones on all day every day.
This is a great concept for blending scifi and fantasy elements and has a lot of potential for interesting conflicts. The universe the author has built is pretty interesting as well, very interesting.
I found it difficult to care very much about the characters. The point-of-view is never from inside any one characters perspective, so you never get a really deep look at what's driving them or how they feel.
Not if I can avoid it. Kafer's delivery is flat, and characters lines are mostly delivered very similarly. The tone and accents are sufficient to differentiate most characters, but the performance is sometimes lackluster in comparison to other narrators. This may be appealing to some listeners though, some of the more exuberant narrators can sound a little silly at times.The most distracting element is his 'downspeak' of about half the lines, with a falling tone at the end of each sentence resulting in a performance with all the enthusiasm one would expect of Eeyore. It's tolerable, but it gives everything a boring, 'oh well' tone.
Yes, but mostly because I was curious what the author would do with the magic system, not so much that I cared what happened to the characters.
This was originally written as a serial, which can be mildly annoying because various established elements are re-explained multiple times. This Omnibus edition would benefit from some minor revisions to tighten up those bits.The story feels somewhat rushed, as if the author spent more effort building the world than developing the plot and characters. The progression of the story feels like it is set up mostly for the author to reveal the various interesting aspects of the magic system and social order. It's a good story, it just that in the rush to get from one reveal to the next the characters get kinda dragged along.The negatives are balanced by the knowledge that this is an early effort by this author. It's definitely worth reading even if it's got a few 'could be better' spots.
1 Star -- Terrible 2 Stars -- Bad 3 Stars -- Mediocre 4 Stars -- Great to the right person. 5 Stars -- Superb, you must pick this up.
This book was a surprise for me, as I was expecting just a mediocre, slightly entertaining book. Instead I got a gripping series of tales. Don't get me wrong though, in my categorization system, this is still an entertaining book as opposed to a good book.
The characters are paper-thin here, but Stewart more than makes up for that with his world building and sometimes legit surprising story. The world building is done best when he writes in these nice little touches that are so easy to miss. One such example is a mention that real-estate on a space ship is cheap, but mass is not. The story is equal parts light thriller and adventure. If that floats your boat, go for it. It's a hop and a skip between planets, starbases, and the vast emptiness of space in this omnibus.
The elephant in the room is the characters. There isn't much depth there beyond the titular character Damien, and even with him, it's pushing it to say he is deep. Nah, this is how an adventure book should be, none of that lovey dovey stuff or angst stuff, just the trip.
So I recommend this book to anyone wanting an adventurous sci-fi jaunt through a future galaxy powered by a few mages. Just FYI, this is definitely more sci-fi than fantasy though.
A very hard book to stop once you start. It is very much for adults with the cursing. I would love to see a teen to young reader version that my kids could enjoy.
An unexpected surprised but very good,an engaging story and a nice blend of scifi and magic
Its an interesting blend of two generally distinct genres, namely scifi and fantasy, its really quite a good, sure there are a couple of awkward or forced story moments but the universe follows its own rules consistently and is interesting enough that i want to hear/read more, and having read the sequel, a much richer title to be sure, i found the series as whole to be really promising, interested to see where it goes.
yea sure, and if you make a day of it its just about doable too, i could wish the story was longer but thats what sequels are for
would make a great gift for anyone interested in scifi and/or fantasy, its short enough that its not going to be a great burden to read and interesting enough to keep you reading and wanting more.
I loved the world. Magic and spaceships. The characters were awesome as well.
The growth of the protagonist and the obstacles he had to overcome. The story was amazing.
This was is right up there with his other work. Great narrator.
Myself a geeky engineer. I like in the following order, 1 - SciFi, 2 - Fantasy, 3 - Thrillers, 4 - Mysteries. My most most memorable book was "Dune" by Frank Herbert. My most thought provoking book, "On A Pale Horse" by Peirce Anthony.
The book kept me interested. It was nice to read about a couple of good guys (Capt. David Rice and his mage Damien Montgomery) who actually win. The story kept me asking "how are they getting out of this one" and needing to continue to listen to find out. It kept me interested such that I kept stealing more listening time than I should have.
The narrator was a little flat, but the story allowed me to ignore that. It would have been more engaging with multiple voices.
Now I need to get the next in series to see what more is going to happen to both.
Every now and then you read a book that becomes a treat to return to at the end of the day Sadly these books pass too quickly
This is such a book Something i looked forward to read / listening too
While i am sad its finished i am happy there is a sequel
"A good, simple yarn."
I'm not going to bore you with anything like a synopsis. All you will need to know is that whilst I have really enjoyed myself listening to this audio book, it will not win awards for depth of characterisation or plot. That is, of itself, a plus because you will find yourself engaged, and entertained, without too much effort. Sometimes a good, simple yarn is all that is required. Fans of Firefly will be comfortable in the background to this story.
"A really good mixture of sci fi and magic"
Definetly a sci fi romp but with a twist, einstienan physics exist ergo no ftl so instead humanity has developed (through a nasty eugenics programme in the past and only briefly referenced in the book) mages who amongst other things can physically move a starship in space 1light year at a time. The author creates a universe with all good and bad that humanity has to offer and pulls you along at a good pace which left me wanting more....
"Not to my liking"
The story was a bit week and disjointed for me and the narrator did no more than read words without feeling
"really bad narrative that puts me off further up."
how can the narrator be so good with voices and so bad with the general narration... his voice all but dissappears in between conversations and he sounds SO BORED. Sadly..not downloading another
not bad, I rather enjoyed it, especially the space battles.
I look forward to the next book.
Loved this story. Deep and thourogh caractors. Listen to it and enjoy a new and amazing world.
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