“Reminiscent of Star Wars . . .imaginative, intelligent, fast-paced space opera, in the positive sense of the term.” —Booklist
“Hold on to your phasers and space helmets, Trekkies and Star Wars fans all . . . [a] rapid-fire blend of sorcery and SF.” —Publishers Weekly
“Mindsucking magik. More please.” —Kirkus Reviews
Hold on to your phasers and space helmets, Trekkies and Star Wars fans all: here comes the latest Mageworld installment from Doyle and Macdonald about a rousing attempt to reunite an entire galaxy that's been magically sundered by the Gap Between. For the uninitiated, though, arriving in the middle of this complicated series can be daunting. Scattered across planetary systems 100 light years apart, remnants of great Magelord Garrod syn-Aigal sus-Demaizen's wizardly Mage-Circle, shattered by the treachery of Kief Diasul, are beginning to stir. Their leader, Arekhon sus-Khalgath sus-Peledaen, beset by prophetic dreams of reactivating the Great Working, is now on the planet Entibor, serving his lover, Elaeli, as her security chief. He traces the exiled members of Garrod's Mage-Circle and, abetted by a mysterious woman Void-Walker, they launch a dizzying expedition bent on returning to his home world, Eraasi, to defeat the vast power of Arekhon's estranged brother, Natelth, and his conniving scientist sister, Isayana. Besides the jaw-breaking character names and the violent bloodletting of the "workings" needed to move a chase-oriented plot along, keeping the planetary locales straight can be as taxing as untangling the various shifting relationships among the star-lord, agricultural and merchant families. Nonetheless, the authors occasionally manage a bright note of genuine human warmth in the chilly reaches of outer space, as well as offering plenty of action in this rapid-fire blend of sorcery and SF. (Apr. 23) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Having left his native planet of Eraasi and started a new life on the distant world of Entibor with his beloved Elaeli Inadi, Arekhon Sus-Khalgath sus-Peledaen finds himself called by dreams to return to his home and complete a cycle begun but not finished by his Mage-Circle. On Eraasi, however, Arekhon learns that the great-fleet families lie poised on the brink of war and no one's life is safe including his own. The seventh installment of the "Mageworlds" series (The Stars Asunder, etc.) combines swashbuckling space opera with romance and intrigue. A good choice, along with other series titles, for most libraries. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Adult/High School-In this seventh "Mageworld" volume, Arekhon sus-Khalgath sus-Peledaen must deal with some unfinished business concerning the Great Working, crossing the Gap to return to a life he'd rather have left behind. Building on story lines introduced in previous novels, this entry in the series is must reading for those who have been following this well-written, complex fantasy-science-fiction saga, but it would not be a good place for new readers to jump in.-Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
The teenage paperback series Mageworlds, which mixes space opera with magic, offers its seventh flying carpet and second hardback entry, following The Stars Asunder (1999), which coalesced all the themes introduced earlier into a space-faring romance as strongly distanced from mainstream realism as Moby-Dick. Or, as Doyle says, full of "lots of really neat stuff." A magickal rivalry exists between the Republic and Mageworld, two galaxies of humanity that split long, long ago and remain parted by the Sundering, a huge interstellar gap. Volume three rounds out the original Mageworlds trilogy and brings up the idea that the Mages aren't dark sorcerers but have morals and ethics. The Gathering Flame, a prequel to the next trilogy, leaps back 500 years to focus on Mageworld and show that it's as humane as the Republic's planet Entibor, though star-lords everywhere compete for trade and sweeten their pockets with space-piracy. The mages of Mageworld have fallen into civil war, their powers based on cords of eiran, or life-force and luck, born of energies arising from battles with wooden staves. Arekhon sus-Khalgath sus-Peledaen gives up his home planet to leap the Gap Between and begin life anew in the other universe, sharing his new home with his beloved Elaeli Inadi. Arekhon has foreseen the Fated pattern of The Great Working, which means to bridge the Gap and rejoin the Republic and Mageworld at some far date. But the Mage-Circle is broken. When Arekhon is visited by the great Magelord Maraganha, a Voidwalker, she tells him she will be his student in days to come, when he is an ever greater Magelord than she. But the Working demands first that his broken Circle be remade. Together theygather missing members, including Narin Iyal, who is dead and wandering in the Void. In the end, Arekhon himself is very nearly dead and thinks he must surrender his power to the Working. Mindsucking magick. More, please, She Who Writes and Husband James.