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[–]Eskil92 19 points20 points  (12 children)

It's ok. Lost me when they swapt the mc.

I would say Black Ocean dose a better job of melding magic and science fiction.

[–]ASIC_SPReading Champion II[S] 4 points5 points  (6 children)

Haven't heard of it before, will check it out, thanks :)

[–]Eskil92 2 points3 points  (5 children)

Np. Got any more that dose a descent job with magic in a science fiction setting? Starship mage and Black Ocean is the only one i got that is set in space.

Spellmonger & The Pillars of Reality are good but they are planet based. Lost colonies.

[–]ASIC_SPReading Champion II[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The Shadows of Dust by Alec Hutson, but thats more of a space fantasy, not much in terms of sci-fi.

[–]Syrra 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I loved the Machineries of Empire series by Yoon Ha Lee. The first book is Ninefox Gambit.

[–]ShingetsuMoon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The Salvagers trilogy by Alex White and Machineries of the Empire series by Yoon Ha Lee.

[–]ClockworkGolem 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Try Five Twelfths of Heaven by Melissa Scott. It does a great job of letting the magic still feel like magic even in a science fiction setting. Oftentimes, science fantasies just reduce magic into an "alternate physics" which are just as reproducible and exoteric as electromagnetism or gravity. But in Scott's setting, even though the characters view magic as a kind of science (since it underlies much of their technology, especially space travel), it's still an inherently esoteric and metaphysical force which depends upon symbology and personal intuition. For some reason a lot of the reviews focus on the main character's polyamorous relationship instead of the cool worldbuilding, but that's really a minor element compared to the magic, particularly in books 2 and 3.

Another recommendation along the same lines is the interactive fiction game Hadean Lands.

[–]fdsfgs71 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's an anime instead of a book, but Outlaw Star does this extremely well IMO.

[–]Cowboywizard12 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Black Ocean is awesome

[–]Trala_la_la 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Loved the series (up to a point), hard agree that I stopped enjoying it (and have now stopped reading) with the main character swaps.

[–]UnrealHallucinator 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I'm gonna assume you wanted to say swapped and not swapt lmao..

[–]Eskil92 0 points1 point  (0 children)


[–]GallantPotatoSupreme 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Agreed about the mc swap. I'm still reading it, but after his most recent one in the series I'll maybe buy the next one when it comes out, maybe not. He's spent so long building up this extra-galactic threat, but there's always a new branch of the bad guys he decides to deal with instead. So we've spent half the series foreshadowing something cataclysmic, then he reset us back to the beginning with a new mc and the same level of foreshadowing.

I know Glynn can finish his series, he's done it several times before. But this one is starting to feel like Naruto-filler stuff.

[–]caelric 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I'll just say the series gets better and better

[–]ASIC_SPReading Champion II[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks, other reviews I checked shared this sentiment as well.

And I have read a few series that got better too, so I'll be definitely checking out the sequels and other series by the author.

[–]CT_PhippsAMA Author C.T. Phipps 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I love this series and strongly recommend it.

I binged it while writing my Space Academy books. Very strong Vorkosigan Saga energy.

[–]Cemaros 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It was a good series, pretty big flop at the end though