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Hand of Mars (Starship's Mage Book 2) Kindle Edition
The Protectorate’s shield cracked by treason
Their only hope: a rogue mage turned royal envoy
Three years ago, as Ship’s Mage of the starship Blue Jay, Damien Montgomery was pursued to the edge of human space by both the agents and enemies of the Mage-King of Mars — before being brought in from the cold.
Now, trained in new skills by the Mage-King himself, Damien has been sent to the planet Ardennes alongside Alaura Stealey, Hand of the King. A rebel movement there has destroyed cities fighting a Governor seemingly lost to corruption.
But not all on Ardennes is as it seems. As allies become enemies and an entire world comes apart in chaos around him, Damien will find both his skills and integrity tested to the utter limit.
About the Author
Jeffrey Kafer is an avid performer on the stage and in voice-overs. He has narrated over one hundred books spanning all genres, and he won the 2008 Voicey Award for Best New Voice. --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B015TOOIAY
- Publisher : Faolan's Pen Publishing Inc. (24 September 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 1435 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 279 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1988035007
- Best Sellers Rank: #78,046 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from other countries
For those who have not yet enjoyed the "Starship'sMage" story: go check it out, it really is an excellent read, a really enjoyable story. For those who have, Hand of Mars evolves this story in interesting new ways. We get to see a bigger political picture and understand, in important detail, the dynamics, challenges and opportunities of the relationship between the colonies/systems and the Mage King of Mars. We also get to see, in an extremely well-written way, how Damien evolves from being a Mage-On-The-Run to one of the Mage King's trusted advisors [or Hands]. We start to see and understand a little bit more of the resources available to a Hand, not least of which are their own stupefying abilities, and the benefits and frustrations that come from wielding that incredibly power.
Stewart tells this story thoughtfully, at least in part from the outlook of this young, idealistic but ultimately honourable Mage, giving us a story that is dramatic, thoughtful and entertaining in equal measure. His writing style is engaging and thoughtful and [a few minor grammatical and/or transcription errors aside] is pleasurable fun to read. Whilst uniquely his own, this approach is as engaging and easy-to-read as, for example, "The Belgariad" by David Eddings [and I know of no higher praise than that]...
If there is a single [unkind] criticism to make of "Hand of Mars", then it would be it's brevity... It's an excellent if shortish story, perhaps more a novella than a novel. But take that for what it is - a wistful thought from an appreciative reader who would have very much liked to read even more about Damien's exploits. But that is not to diminish the quality or imagination of this work, both of which are excellent.
Stewart has hit upon a winning formula here - a unique but interesting take on the science fiction genre; some interesting characters that are growing and developing right before the reader's eye, plus some well-paced, well-written and interesting story-telling. I for one can't wait for the next installment...
I was met with complete amazement when the characters exploded into life as I read it, showing a darker and more violent and realistic side of this world that the author has created, which stands at a stark opposite to the naïve and idealistic viewpoint that the characters portrayed in the first series. It made it grittier and made me more inclined to yell at my book "Oh come on just knock him down a few pegs!....YES THATS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!" I thoroughly enjoyed this, and if I had to point a flaw out it would be that the book was too short for my liking. Looking forward to the continuation of this amazing series! Keep it up!!
Will be purchasing rest of series soon.