The Price of the Stars (Mageworlds Series #1)

The Price of the Stars (Mageworlds Series #1)

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The Price of the Stars (Mageworlds Series #1) by Debra Doyle, James D. Macdonald

The war with the Mageworlds is over.

Now it's time for the real struggle to begin.

Freebooter at hear, spacer by trade, Beka Rosselin-Metardi doesn't want to hear about her father whose rugged generalship held back the Mageworlds- or her highborn mother whose leadership has held the galaxy together ever since. Beka pilots spacecraft- as far from her famous family as possible, thanks very much.

Then Beka's mother is assasinated on the Senate Floor, and her father offers her 'Warhammer,' prize ship from his own freebooting youth- is she'll use it to deliver the assassins to him "off the books."

Looking for assassins had a tendency to make assassins look for you. In short order Beka's arranged her own very public death and adopted a new identity; now all she has to do is leave a trail of kidnappings and corpses across five star systems, and blow the roof off the strongest private fortress in the Galaxy. If her own family can just get off her case long enough...!

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ISBN-13: 9780812517040
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 10/15/1992
Series: Mageworlds Series , #1
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.12(d)

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Price of the Stars 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
RichardB More than 1 year ago
A great start for this new series. A fascinating swashbuckler played out across the arm of the Milky Way with blasters everywhere!  I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great space ooera. Beka is entirely unlikeable, but the other characters are very engaging. Too bad Beka is the main character, so I dropped the rating a point fir her ego and obnoxiiusness and essential triteness. Her brothers are much better characters.
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foxygirl More than 1 year ago
Good worldbuilding without too much overblown detail. Great female protagonist. Good storyline that is easy to follow and flows well.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt like the book had all that I needed in a science fiction story. Good characters, interesting setting, and unlike other stories the 'bad guys' have their reasons and rationale as much as the 'good guys' do, they're all just on opposite sides of a conflict.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this entire series of books fascinating. I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys hardcore sci-fi.
Port--y More than 1 year ago
Moveing along at light speed.
jayiin More than 1 year ago
I bought this book on a whim - and in three pages, I fell in love with the characters and the universe. The opening pages are the perfect hook: an intriguing, strong female protagonist with a mysterious past, a quest and ambition. Beka is torn between loyalty to her family and her driving ambition to be free to make her own choices. Doyle and MacDonald offer everything a fan of 'soft' sci-fi and space opera could want. Mystic powers, fast ships with lots of history and character, the specter of galactic war and political intrigue all driven forward by dynamic characters. They interweave multiple characters with skill and build a seamless and complex plot while building a fascinating and consistent universe. They deal with complicated personalities, intricate schemes and a rich universe without overwhelming the reader with details. The story moves fast, and manages the feat of not neglecting action or interpersonal relationships. Even if you don't pick up the other books in the series (a mistake), this book is a must-read for anyone who loves magic in their science fiction, love murder mysteries, intrigue and good characters. Not only do they have a strong female protagonist - she's NOT defined by her romances or the men around her. She defines them and while there is both the romantic idea of space and people falling in love, the characters stand on their own as individuals with their own unique voices and personalities.