A space station at the edge of the galaxy just found a planet that's slipping off the edge entirely.
After losing control of his magic, wizard Cedric The Brown blew up his boss and nearly crashed a space station into a planet. Determined to make amends, he pledges to help the mining station negotiate with the nearby planet's mysterious magical inhabitants.
With nothing but the bankrupt station as severance pay, Director Fujita Hiroko moves to the edge of the galaxy to keep the station afloat as an independent mining operation. When the nearby planet vanishes with her and her survey team still on the surface, hopes of mining are quickly replaced by a more pressing goal: finding a way back to her station.
Shadow Planet is the first book in the Black Ocean: Astral Prime series. It hearkens back to location-based space sci-fi classics like Babylon 5 and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Astral Prime builds on the rich Black Ocean universe, introducing a colorful cast of characters for new and returning readers alike. Come along for the ride as a minor outpost in the middle of nowhere becomes a key point of interstellar conflict.
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Wizards, and interesting characters, and interstellar space can mean only one thing: Tales of the Black Ocean are back but this time with a new cast of characters and as a spinoff from the original series named Astral Prime. The new series is a collaborative effort by J.S. Morin, author of Black Ocean, and Matt Larkin. While Black Ocean was a spiritual successor to Firefly, Astral Prime is a spiritual successor to Deep Space Nine and Babylon 5 The first book in the Astral Prime series, Shadow Planet, sets the stage for more adventures and travels fueled by wizards with a bunch of supporting characters who are different from the Original Black Ocean series but just as engrossing and edgy. The story opens with the head of YF-77, a mining satellite, finding out her family that owns it has gone out of business and they are on their own. With many mechanical problems the mining satellite needs to find ore to mine and sell so it can have money to buy replacement parts. Calvin Black, nee the wizard Cedric the Brown, is hiding and trying to keep his identity secret when circumstances require him to drop his clumsy, inept persona and use his wizardly powers to help the mining satellite travel the astral plane to a potential source of ore that can be mined and sold. While traveling deep within the astral plane it comes across a planet that comes and goes in the astral plane, which planets are not supposed to do. The astral plane is where wizards are able to drop ships to enable interstellar travel. A scouting party is sent to the planet to see if it can be mined. And that is when the fun begins and where dragons (which in reality are really, really nasty flying reptiles) make their appearance. I sat down to just read the first part. I binged through it. And like the Black Ocean Series I don’t know if I can wait for the next book in the Astral Prime series. I want it now.