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The book was a absolute page turner and the twist and turns and the revelations in the book were utterly unexpected and were crafted beautiful. Multiple different story line threads are woven expertly blending in correctly which results in a breathtaking read and a fun and enjoying experience. Would HIGHLY HIGHLY suggest every science fiction fans and Glynn Stewart fans to read this book!
A heartwarming space saga of duty, honor and sacrifice that rings through the ages as demonstrated by the soldiers of every generation serving their nation's cause. The technical details are incredible and stunning!
If you haven't read any of the starship mage books, I highly recommend reading the first one, as it introduces the characters and concepts of this awesome hybrid universe. This book is not a jumping on point, but if you read it completely out of context of the rest of the series, you would still be in for an amazing journey with spaceships and magic. Much harder Sci fi than you would expect from a series with magic, and an extremely well thought out magic system, if that is a nitpick of yours.
Stewart manages to balance the three plot lines he sets up in this novel and weave them together to a satisfying conclusion. The characters get a decent amount of development, and I'm content with the ending.
The only nitpick I might have with the book is that it doesn't move the series metaplot as much as I would like, but that was likely a result of the author choosing to make an independently compelling story.
All in all, if you are a fan of this series, read this book all ready.
If you are a fan of Sci fi or fantasy, and have been on the fence about this series, Start with The Starship Mage.
If you are a fan of both Sci fi and fantasy, then move Starship Mage to the front of your reading list. You will not regret a single moment you spend in their universe.
Good follow on to the earlier books of trying to resolve the civil war. How to find the remaining members of the RIN and bring their forces under control. A nice link in the story to two other “concerns” one of which has been floating around with no answer since Damien defended a world from orbital bombardment. Will be interesting to see where the story moves to next.