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Yesterday's Spacemage, Timothy Ellis 10 July 2024

2018 SF. Thorn wanted to be a Battle Mage, but then things got complicated.

This is not a book like Glynn Stewart's Starship's Mage, where magic is integrated into civilisation. This is a book about what happens when you drop a fantasy-world magician into a high-tech setting where they've never heard of working magic and have no defences against it.

And he's an immature adolescent, at the "peeking into the women's showers" level.

Really, the impressive thing is that I enjoyed tihs book at all, with such an unsympathetic main character and a desperately simplistic plot. And yet there's a certain joy about it which is hard to resist; Thorn even does some much-needed growing up over the course of the book, even if the plot is largely driven by the various strong female characters he helps rescue from slavery along the way. (No, it's not a harem, thank goodness.)

The ending is clearly bait to lure the reader into book 2. But in spite of all the things wrong with it I found some enjoyment here.

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