Master of Formalities

  • by Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by Luke Daniels
  • 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families - the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire - have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler's only son, has been captured, and the disposition of his internment may represent a last and welcome chance for peace.
Enter Wollard, the impeccably distinguished and impossibly correct Master of Formalities for House Jakabitus. When he suggests that Master Hennik be taken in as a ward of the House, certain complications arise. Wollard believes utterly and devotedly in adhering to rules and good etiquette. But how does one inform the ruler of a planet that you are claiming his son as your own - and still create enough goodwill to deescalate an intergalactic war?


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Customer Reviews

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Meyer and Daniels do it again.

Master of Formalities is a lot different, but at the same time, very much the same as the Magic 2.0 series. It's different in that the plot is not at all like Meyer's previous books. However, the characters and Daniels performance of them are very reminiscent of them.

What Meyer's does best is create characters that are on the surface more like caricatures (in that they seem over the top) but as you get to know them they have a depth to them. There's a strange charm that he gives to even the villains of his novels. It's hard to describe, but I love it.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story, but who doesn't mind it getting a little silly. This is not hard core science fiction. It's very entertaining.
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- Joshua Kring

Tale of an absurd political system, set in space

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Scott Meyer is a talented story crafter. I think his Magic 2.0 series is brilliant, and I've gone back and listened to those a 2nd time. This book is clever, and on the whole it is enjoyable, but it does start slow and has moments where I feel no sentient creature would do such things, formalities or no. (There's really not a lot of action in this book--it's more of a story of dysfunctional politics.) I did make it through the entire book and was relieved to find I felt satisfied--there were moments when I thought that might not happen. So, yeah, it's good.

Luke Daniels is a brilliant audiobook performer. I've loved every minute of the Magic 2.0 series and Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid series. (That's off the top of my head..I'm sure there are others.) I think his performance on this book brings the experience up a whole star.

Would you be willing to try another book from Scott Meyer? Why or why not?

I would eagerly try more from Scott Meyer, though Master of Formalities isn't my favorite book by him.

Which scene was your favorite?

Is it too much of a spoiler to say "the twist near the end"? I mean, shouldn't most stories these days have some twist?

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- Jim Whitfield

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-28-2015
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio