Monday, July 1, 2013

79:120 Magician's Choice by Stefon Mears

The first in a new series, Rise of Magic.  Donal Cuthbert is working as a courier in order to get the money to go to graduate school in magic.  This current run tho, may end up costing him more than he could have ever imagined.  On his way to deliver a package, he is almost murdered a few times and this is just the beginning of the lies, murders, and corporate espionage.that are about to sweep him up.  John Jacobs is a helioship captain whose business is ready to go under when he is contracted to make the Mars-to-Earth run with only a few passengers on board and to take a few extra days.  Looking upon this as the opportunity to save his business, he takes it despite his reservations.  He never thought to deal with squabbling crew members, threats from deep space and from within, and passenger conspiracies that could destroy his ship before it ever sees Earth's orbit.  Can John and Donal find their way through and come out the other side?

One of the better debut novels I've read in several years.  Well constructed world with ritual magic that is explained so we understand it's place in the world and in the lives of those performing it but without getting long-winded and without falling into the trap of so many others of over-explaining the world with long expositions.  Instead, we learn how things work in a natural way through the characters interactions which I much prefer and I can't wait for the next one!

Page count: 259p/20,080p ytd/164,480p lifetime

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