Alien Arcana : Starship's Mage

  • by Glynn Stewart
  • Narrated by Jeffrey Kafer
  • Series: Starship's Mage
  • 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When a scientist is murdered after finding signs of alien magic in an archeological dig, Mage Damien Montgomery, Hand of the Mage-King of Mars, is sent to investigate both the murder and the alien runes.
His investigation is interrupted when a mysterious ship attacks the ruins with weapons only available to the Martian Navy. Despite saving the dig site, Montgomery is left with more questions than answers.
His investigations reveal questions about the origin of his magic and his nation - and lead him back to the one place that should be safe: the court of the Mage-King of Mars.

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An improvement over Book 3

Glynn mixed the characters up in this book which made the novel less predictable and more interesting. The introduction of several new first tier characters also improved the story; although, the new teenager seemed more like a literary device created merely to assist in his subterfuge rather than any other meaningful role, at least as far as this book used her.

The narration is still very good, however, I'm still not pleased with the tone and inflection of Damien's voice making him sound too self-important, all the time.

Even so, a nice addition to the series.
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- Sailfish

When will this series end?

I'm not one for conspiracy stories, especially if they don't conclude. This series started off well and had a great premise, but books 3 and 4 have left me wanting something else. We started off with a young student who didn't realize the powers he had. In the second book he grew into his new role as a "Hand of Mars". These books are relatively short and I can't help feeling like we're in for a 9 or 12 book series that should have been a trilogy.

It feels like the author is bouncing around trying out ideas that don't quite work, then maybe finds some new science or power to explain it away, if we're lucky. The spaceship battles make no sense for the most part. In this book a ship apparently tracked another, but they don't explain it even though it was a big deal when one character could do that in an earlier book and that character was absent in this one. We are in a universe where mages can jump instantly up to a light year in space, yet it's not explained why they don't do that when their ship is about to be destroyed. In the first book the counting and capability of the jump mages was a big deal, now we're not told anything about it. Now we have the possibility of aliens that are completely absent and a conspiracy that is half-uprooted.

Minor spoilers:

We have zero information about WHY there is a conspiracy. It's alluded to that if the main character only knew why they did what they did he would be on their side. Yet they seem to want him to forfeit his allegiance and side with people committing mass murder in secret before they will tell him? So we're left knowing nothing about why anything happened in this book, leaving the characters' actions meaningless.

I'm somewhat interested in what the author chooses to conclude this series, if he ever does, but I probably won't be spending another credit unless there is just one more book and it has some answers.
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- Jason

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-01-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio