Yesterday’s Spacemage

Spacemage Chronicle Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
Series: Spacemage Chronicle Series, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
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Pirates and slavers beware. The Spacemage is coming for you!

All Thorn wanted was to be a Battle Mage. He had the talent, and his whole future was before him. On the day of Choosing, he finds things don't always go as planned. Suddenly Thorn's life is thrown into fast forward, and he finds himself in a world not of his own choosing.

In a world of spaceships and blasters, instead of horses and swords, Thorn needs to adapt and survive, make new allies, and rediscover that although nothing is familiar, he's still a Mage, and pirates and slavers beware.

Yesterday is history, and today he's become Yesterday's Spacemage.

©2018 Timothy Ellis (P)2018 Tantor
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The book isn't bad but the ending feels rushed

The book is good right up to the ending. It feels like the author got board and decided to rush the ending with existential nonsense that doesn't really link with the rest of the book and is not explained at all.

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Solid 3 part story, end bit of a let down

Alright, this was a tough one for me. First of all, I had this suggested as one of my this feels like LIRPG, so is it close enough to be LIT? I’ll get to that at the end, but the truth is this is a book that was broken into sections. I had a lot of trouble with how it ended, and several other things.

First, the odd stuff. The book’s premise is that there is a young man, Thorn, who is raised in a society in which you can detail what job you want during a coming of age ceremony. This is your life job. I’m guessing that once you take it you are stuck. No takebacksies or something along those lines. Anyway, it turns out he wants to be a battlemage, the toughest job to get, and the high lord emperor decides that the young mage will either work under him, where he will be stymied because his power is a threat to the Emp, or he will die. The boy decides that he is going to Nope out of the situation by teleporting away as he is attacked, and he wakes up in the far future with no magic. After a bit of time he manages to regain his abilities, and is then kidnapped by an alien race. After he kills his abductors he goes on a spree of attacking slavers with a few people he rescues.

What’s so odd you ask? Well, you are literally given no information about who his people were, where they were from, where he ends up in the future, who the aliens are that kidnap him, or even who the military is that he fights against. There is really no reason for this, nothing is kept from the reader for any reason, there is just no information given. It is bizaare.

Secondly, each part of the book feels like a story unto itself, with the beginning being the most interesting. Each deals with the MC sort of finding his way and where he belongs. The third section is about him coming to grips with being a spacemage with him making a final decision that is beyond strange. I don’t want to give anything away, but everything that he decides to do at the end was very out of character and did not fit the rest of the story. He’s a guy who wanted to be a battle mage, and when that opportunity is transformed in to becoming a Space mage he turns away. It felt forced an was not organic at all.

Kevin T. Collins narration is a standout. He is probably not someone that you would know since he is not a part of the LIT community, but he handles the story well, and peppers it with emotion and really hands out defined personalities to each character. He does do voices for each character as well, and I liked listening to him. He has a unique cadence to his story telling, sort of like listening to someone speak in iambic pentameter. He stands out and I appreciated all the fine work that he did.

So, now the question becomes is this close to LITRPG? I have to say no. There are certain criteria that must be met to qualify, and in no way does it come close. The main character does not level up, he is pretty much as powerful at the end as he is in the beginning, he just streamlines how he uses his powers. There are no stats, no correlation to stats or attributes, nothing along those lines. I think the closest we come is with him using a portal. When he time jumps he does enter into a new world, technically. Still, it is his old world and he never gets near a game or game type world.

The story is good, and the character interesting. I enjoyed the book, but the ending really let me down. I wanted a lot more. So, I am going to give this 7.5 stars. A decent read, but in no way does it come close to being LITRPG.

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I don't like people being raped...

Interesting concept, weird delivery...

*spoilers*

Hero saves the damsel in distress, the damsel is a bitch who hates the hero, (for reasons you learn later).
Hero helps damsel save her friends.

All that is ok, and I would consider it a normal book, but then, boom!

Turns out all of the women are gay, and the damsel was a rape victim who now hates men (understandable, though I really don't want to listen to that, the rape part I mean)
also the other two women he saves, one was also raped during her captivity, and though the other one was not, she was instead tortured in other ways....

There is no romance what so ever, as of yet, and the only sex was between MC and eat I assume an Asian prostitute... Like full on Thai massage happy ending prostitute...

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good speaker, subpar story

Firstly, this speaker was good if a little flat in conveying action packed scenes. However, I do not think that is his fault necessarily (just something to think about). The story was extremely flawed.
lets start with the world building. While the story had a good description of where he grew up large gaps were left open. The first being the king, who apparently no one , but the highest echelons of society knew about and had no presence whatsoever until he appears and accidently pushes the main character into the future through a combination of magic.
From there the world deteriorates even more. With barely any information on the different groups that populate the Galaxy.
The lack of understanding in the Galaxy extends to the characters. Each one is inherently one dimensional and annoying. take the main character for instance, "I wanted to be a battlemage for my village". That's it. Nothing else.
His skills are inherently transferrable and easily allowed him to find a place in the Galaxy. Instead he focuses on getting back to his home, even though he came to the realization when he came to present day that everyone he loved and cared about was long gone.
The supporting cast wasn't any better, since there is barely any information about them besides the fact that they were all sexual assault victims and that they were in the military. they are all different, but show no development as the book progresses.
Overall, pick up a different book. this one feels like a writers first attempt at a story, not a refined or interesting book in any degree. This writer has a long way to go before I will look at his work again.

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I poor character development.

I feel like I was thrown into the middle of a story and never understood why the main character did what he did. Why is anti-slavery so important to him. I feel like a lot of leaps in thinking were made that just didn't feel logical. Why would someone ever make those kinds of assumptions? Didn't understand this book at all!

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Juvenile white knight fantasizing

Not worth your time. The only reason I listened all the way through was because I paid for it and I was hoping it would get better. The narrator did a respectable job, he just didn't have much to work with.

Main character does not grow. He starts as the equivalent of a high school kid in a magical iron age environmet and ends up as a nihilistic hermit much like Luke in the last star wars movie with no motivation to continue living. I call BS on that. The main character had no sex drive after his first experience which as described was fantastic? More BS.

The ending was either hurried, or the author just plain sucked. Do not waste your time or money

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Bit to much preaching, and rushed ending...

Well it's the conclusion to the trilogy first two were better.
Anti-gun rant was a bit surprising till you realize the author is an Aussy! Seemed to be a direct slam at the US without actual knowledge of why the 2nd amendment is there in the first place. Typical anti gun stance and rant.
Reader Kevin T. Collins is awesome one of my new favorites.
Characters are ok, but lightly developed. No real aliens to speak of in the series. Thorn is omniscient and apparently gets whatever capability required as needed. Bit over the top. Great opportunity i.e. the plot but a bit of a miss in the details, character development, action, and romance departments.

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Great Book

This was a very interesting listen. Took a little bit to get use to the first person style but still a great listen looking forward to the remaining books of the series.

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just yuk.

seriously sounds like it's written by a teenage boy. there's a whole lotta naked lesbians who have been enslaved and raped. one wants him to spy on her having sex with her girlfriend. one purchases a prostitute for him as a reward for freeing them. see what I mean? oh, and the hero steals money and cargo to gain his wealth... sigh ...

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Interesting blend of magic and tech. the main character seemed overpowered sometimes. but the author does a good job explaining about his power draw.

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  • 08-29-18

Better than the Ebook

Read the Ebook and was so pleased I read the following 2 books in the trilogy. As soon as the Audio book came out, bought it, listened to it, now waiting for the next Audio book please.