Friday, July 15, 2016

ARC Review: Junk Mage by Elliot Cooper

Junk Mage
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.

Heather's rating:

This was such a TEASE for me! I can tell that Elliot Cooper has a ton of skill, but I needed more to go from "like" to "love."

I really enjoyed the set up for this story and the basic world-building. The whole "technomancer" concept was SUPER interesting for me, and I couldn't wait to hear more about it.

Honestly, this read like a prequel story. I was really fascinated by the cyborgs and mage magic aspects of the plot, but I didn't get to find out a whole lot about it. In fact, I kept wondering if there were other stories in this world that I was missing, but I checked and this is billed as a stand-alone.

The romance was just starting. VERY tentative beginnings, with zero heat, for those interested. I didn't mind the lack of heat, but I wanted more from the romance if this is to be billed as a romance book. I think the pairing had a ton of potential, but I wanted to see where everything was headed.

I also really liked the hints of humor. I think that this author has a good wittiness about him, and it showed with his MC. I think in a full length book, this would really shine through.

While I enjoyed this more, I feel like I needed another 200 pages to fall in love with this story. I think there is SO much "meat" there, especially with the tease of a mage academy and all of the technology in this sci-fi world. I'll be looking for more from this author in the future.

*Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Buy this book:

  Nine Star Press, Amazon, Kobo

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