Author: Eliot Cooper
Publisher: NineStar Press
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/04/2016
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Science Fiction
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.
Another new to me author, and definitely someone I will read again.
I know its clear in the publishers blurb that this is a short book, but somehow my heart convinced me that it was going to be longer.
Quill is a technomancer, which is exactly what it sounds like, someone who controls technology by magic, and he finds himself stranded on a planet where he is stranger, with a deadline to get home before he looses his teaching job. The parts he needs to repair his ship are in a junkyard, and the cyborg guard – Hunter, has been held there by a charm by the evil and powerful mage who owns the junkyard.
Quill needs to persuade Hunter to let him have the parts.
As Quill, who is a bit flighty and lacking in focus, starts to get to know Hunter, although initially it’s to get what he wants, he finds that not only does he like Hunter, he is also attracted to him. Hunter has no memory of what his life was like before he became a cyborg so as he starts to find out about himself he also realises that he is attracted to Quill.
For a short novel Cooper packs in so much, in the first few pages Quill’s character is defined and clear – and as we see him grow and develop it’s deftly done. Hunter is less defined, but the feeling of innocence and desire – desire to know about things in this new to him world and desire for Quill is palpable.
The adventure and world building aspect of Junk Mage is also very immersing.
I have selfishly deducted half a star because I wanted more, but this is a thrilling and sweet book.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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