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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Very Entertaining

I am a huge fan of Scott's work. Magic 2.0 is a fantastic series and this completely new and unrelated story is really very entertaining.

There was a bit of a slow start that rapidly accelerated into a nuanced commentary on diplomacy, sports, politics, and war. It even touches on some one world government conspiracies. Bizarrely, it approaches these topics with absolute humor and levity. Not very sci-fi at all, aside from basic setting and plot devices.

One star removed for the slow start, but otherwise highly recommended.
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- Charles

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 "The least helpful reviewer on audible."

Book Details

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