Friday, June 24, 2016

ARC Review: Junk Mage by Elliot Cooper

From The Blurb:
When technomancer Quillian Defote crash-lands on remote planet Marutuk, he has limited time to repair his ship and get off world. If he fails, he’ll forfeit his position as professor of mechanical transmutation at the prestigious Ivy Arcanarium and ruin his employment prospects in yet another sector. 
Hunter, a cyborg guarding a junkyard that holds what Quill needs, is charmed by the wayward mage and wants to help him. But Hunter is bound by honor to dutifully guard his mistress and her possessions, no matter how cruelly she treats him. 
Together Quill and Hunter stand a chance of starting a new life together if carnivorous wildlife, a violent necromancer, and stubborn pride don’t keep them apart.

Author Bio

Elliot Cooper is a creativity addict who enjoys writing stories that embody adventure, a hint of the taboo, and shadows that are deeper than they appear at first glance. He also enjoys video games and knitting, and lives in the southern US with his human and feline family. Website: www.elliotcooperwrites.comTwitter: @elliotwrites

Karen's rating:

Ok so the first thing I want to do is get rid of the elephant in the room which is what I didn't like about this book...IT WAS TOO SHORT!!! Seriously people I need way more of this one. I loved it. It was different and the author did a fabulous job with the world building for a story that was all of 50 pages I was there on Marutuk seriously running through the forest with Quill to get away from the Narls. I'm telling you it was hella' close and they almost got us.

Quillion is a technomancer, which for the purposes of this story is someone who has magical abilities that can affect technology. Hunter is a cyborg and these two meet when Quillion's spacecraft crashes and he's forced to forage for parts to repair his ship so he can get to his new position as the professor of transmutation at the Ivy Arcanarium.

Quill is one of those people that things just happen to. He seems to have a propensity for being in the right place at the wrong time or maybe it's the wrong place at the right time...whichever it is he seems to manage it. While Hunter is in many ways so innocent. He doesn't remember his life before he became a cyborg and he knows little of the world beyond the fences of the junkyard he guards.

This isn't a story that leaves you hanging on any cliffs but it is definitely a story that allows for so many future possibilities and I'm really, really hoping that I haven't seen the last of these characters or this author. I'm an avid fan of fantasy and urban fantasy but over the past few years I've drifted away from these genres a bit so to find stories like this for me is so exciting and creates a wealth of opportunities for more reading diversity. This one is definitely for fans of the scifi/fantasy/cyberpunk/steampunk/urban fantasy and anything of that nature variety and it's a perfect opportunity to check out a new author.

Last but not least I need to give a big 'oh-my-god-did-you-see-that-cover-nod' to this cover of this book. It's beautiful and so perfect for this book and according to info it was done by the very talented Natasha Snow and in the interest of full disclosure yes, the talented Natasha Snow and I are friends on GR, however, I am not acquainted at all with the very talented author who wrote this story. Beautiful cover for an amazingly enjoyable story, what more could a reader ask for...oh yeah, I need more story...just sayin'.


An ARC of this book was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.,13688214

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