In a galaxy tied together by the magic of the elite Jump Magi, Damien Montgomery is a newly graduated member of their number. With no family or connections to find a ship, he is forced into service on an interstellar freighter known to be hunted by pirates. When he takes drastic action to save the Blue Jay from their pursuers, he sets in motion a sequence of events beyond his control and attracts enemies on both sides of the law.
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Great concept, decent execution, weak performance
This is a great concept for blending scifi and fantasy elements and has a lot of potential for interesting conflicts. The universe the author has built is pretty interesting as well, very interesting.
I found it difficult to care very much about the characters. The point-of-view is never from inside any one characters perspective, so you never get a really deep look at what's driving them or how they feel.
Not if I can avoid it. Kafer's delivery is flat, and characters lines are mostly delivered very similarly. The tone and accents are sufficient to differentiate most characters, but the performance is sometimes lackluster in comparison to other narrators. This may be appealing to some listeners though, some of the more exuberant narrators can sound a little silly at times.The most distracting element is his 'downspeak' of about half the lines, with a falling tone at the end of each sentence resulting in a performance with all the enthusiasm one would expect of Eeyore. It's tolerable, but it gives everything a boring, 'oh well' tone.
Yes, but mostly because I was curious what the author would do with the magic system, not so much that I cared what happened to the characters.
This was originally written as a serial, which can be mildly annoying because various established elements are re-explained multiple times. This Omnibus edition would benefit from some minor revisions to tighten up those bits.The story feels somewhat rushed, as if the author spent more effort building the world than developing the plot and characters. The progression of the story feels like it is set up mostly for the author to reveal the various interesting aspects of the magic system and social order. It's a good story, it just that in the rush to get from one reveal to the next the characters get kinda dragged along.The negatives are balanced by the knowledge that this is an early effort by this author. It's definitely worth reading even if it's got a few 'could be better' spots.
- Dave K
Fantastic combination of science, fantasy and war.
- Joshua R. Garvin