Publisher: Faolan’s Pen Publishing
Author: Glynn Stewart
Released: December 15th 2013
I received a copy of Starship’s Mage: Episode 1 in a sampler bundle through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
When I first read the concept for this series I honestly wasn’t sure what to think. While I’ve read both science fiction and fantasy novels (quite a lot of them, actually), I haven’t read that many that blended the two. Certainly not in the way described here…but it works. It absolutely works.
It took me about a chapter or two to really get into the groove of things, but once I did I found myself devouring the pages, eagerly looking for the next bit of information. Before I knew it I had finished episode one. I think I would have read all the episodes at once, had I had them readily available.
Starships’s Mage managed to completely take me by surprise in just how well it was written. I honestly mean it when I say that I fully intend to pick up the rest of it, as well as any following books in the series. I don’t think it’ll be possible for me to get enough of this concept.
Damien is a brilliant but sympathetic character. It didn’t take long before I found myself rooting for him. His unwavering determination despite the odds was inspiring, and I love that he never let himself get negative about the odds he was given. He just dealt with it. That combined with his unique insight and abilities…well it made him a very likable character.
What I really loved was the complexity of the runes and how they interacted with technology. The more they showed me about how it worked, the more I wanted to know about it. I can’t wait to see our main character (who seems particularly talented in reading the flow of runes) discovers, reads, or learns in the next episode.
I can’t wait to see what happens in episode two and later. I know that Glynn Stewart has written many other science fiction series, and I still have a small sampler pack to go through. It’s taking all of my willpower not to immediately jump on to the next in this series. If I end up loving his other series as much, I may be in for a whole lot of reading in my future (I know, what’s new about that).