Altin Meade is a sorcerer with a curse. Seeking to avoid a looming doom, he sets his magical sights on the stars--a quest that will likely bring about the very consequence he's seeking to escape.
Far across the galaxy, Ensign Orli Pewter of planet Earth has a looming doom of her own--one of loneliness, depression and, worse, a race of genocidal aliens known as Hostiles seeking to destroy humanity. Trapped aboard a spaceship she never asked to be upon, Orli is in a fight for both her life and her sanity.
Worlds apart, Altin and Orli share a destiny, but neither knows the other is alive. The Hostiles know. And they have other plans.
The Galactic Mageis the first book in The Galactic Mage Series. Book 2,Rift in the Races, is now available, and book 3, Hostiles, is expected to be released mid 2013.
©2012 John Daulton (P)2013 John Daulton
What in the world is going on in this book?
An intrepid crew of a space ship is on the losing side of a battle to the death with aliens when a guy flies by in a mid-evil castle to join the fight. Then a love story breaks out.
Guess this happens when you mix SciFi and Fantasy with psychedelic mushrooms. Would have been a great episode for the original Star Trek series. Totally enjoyed the book jacket!
I had previously written a larger review of the book but audible apparently rejected it for who knows what reason.
Anyway the book is a good melding of scifi and fantasy, the last few hours are a bit romanticized, but overall I would recommend it for a listen.
Although the book is written well and narrated well, the characters are all stuck in a state of adolescence. Granted, the two main characters are in early adult hood (18/21). The spend most of their time either whining about things being unfair or trying to ignore the reality of their situations. This would not be a problem it they actually matured throughout the story but they do not. Lastly, the supporting characters are all just ash one dimensional and immature, be it in different ways.
Unfortunately, there is not particularly interesting item of note. No unique concept or enemies. Everything is rather standard, or at least written by someone who has only a passing knowledge of the subject. Basically, no real explanations of things.
Performance was good.
Unfortunately no, after a while I found the immaturity and general attitude of the main characters annoying. I was actually unable to make it to the end.
The story is imaginative and interesting but takes a long time to get anywhere. We are looking forward to the point where the spacefaring humans meet the mage and it takes forever! Actually very near the end of the book. Until then we mostly witness the mage's painstaking steps to get into space. At the end is an enemy that is actually not very interesting, even if very powerful.
Another book that could be reduced to an easier to swallow short story or novella.
Proud to be a geek
Elementary writing, poor narrator performance, story line I couldn't get into...where do I start? I love fantasy and scifi and was excited by a story that promised both elements. First chapter was pretty slow and felt like a young adult story, then the second chapter has characters talking pretty boldly about sex, so maybe not? Both my husband and I tried to give it a listen, but neither of us lasted past the first few chapters. The narrator is not as polished as I'm use to (maybe I'm spoiled by so many great narrators out there today, but this guy seemed about flat and emotionless.)
I recommend that you save a credit and skip it.
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