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The Price of the Stars (Mageworlds #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,131 Ratings  ·  75 Reviews
Freebooter at heart, spacer by trade, Beka Rosselin-Metadi doesn't want to hear about how her father whose rugged generalship held back the Mageworlds -- or her highborn mother whose leadership has held the galaxy together since. Beka pilots spacecraft -- as far from her famous family as possible.Then Beka's mother is assassinated on the Senate floor, and her father offers ...more
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Published October 15th 1992 by Tor Science Fiction (first published October 1992)
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So far, this is a series of seven (with, I think, a possibility of more). I would strongly recommend reading them in order, even though publication order doesn't match the internal chronological order; many secrets will be spoiled if you read out of publication order. This is a loose review of the series to date.

The first three -- The Price of the Stars, Starpilot's Grave, and By Honor Betray'd -- go together to tell the story of Beka Rosselin-Metadi, estranged from her family until her powerful
I read a very enthusiastic review of this series on a popular web site. Something in the review gave me the impression Debra Doyle was breaking new ground with these Mageworlds stories. Much of the science fiction I've read lately has been derivative, so I thought I'd try The Price of the Stars, the first book of the Mageworlds series. I'm disappointed to say there's nothing new here. What I read is essentially a Star Wars knockoff, a swashbuckling pirate story set in space. Only with less sex a ...more
Sherwood Smith
Then strap me again in my cockpit

And toast me in faraway bars.

Just let me fire off into hyper,

I’ll make my own way to the stars.

A little over forty years ago, I sat with another teenage friend in the funky front room of their Manhattan beach cottage—for her parents were bohemians, and in those days beach real estate was still achievable by anyone. We looked out the front windows at the constant drum and hiss of the sea, talking of this and that.

I don’t remember how the subject came up, but her m
Aug 13, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Hello. My name is Beka 'Inigo Montoya' Rosselin-Metadi. You killed my mother. Prepare to die."

Beka has spent the past several years piloting around the galaxy and escaping her royal family obligations. But when her mother, the Domina, is assassinated, technically leaving her as the new Domina, she accepts a ship and an assignment from her general father to track down those responsible. She takes to the assignment with gusto, gathering help along the way that includes a mage, an adept, her broth
this is the first book in a fun space adventure that is now up to 6 or 7 books, several of which are prequels. Two civilizations are at war & the heroine is the rebellious daughter of the leaders of one civilization. A little corny, but a lot of interesting ideas & non stop action.
Jun 13, 2015 Ron rated it liked it
Think soap opera of manners. The Searchers in Space. A daughter seeks justice—or is it revenge?—for the murderers of her mother. Not epic space battles, but up-close-and-personal action. Well plotted and well told. Satisfying climax. See? It can be done. While the first of a series, this book gives the reader closure and hooks to further adventure.

Considering this book was first published in 1992, before microcircuits pervaded our society, Doyle wrote—as many SF authors failed—in a way which was
Mary JL
Jun 15, 2014 Mary JL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science fiction/adventure fans
Recommended to Mary JL by: Found while browsing
Shelves: main-sf-fantasy
Beka Rosselin-Metadi did not want the Iron Crown of Lost Entibor to be placed on her head, ever. She had seen the burdens politics placed on her mother. So, she fled her home in Galcen to enjoy the free life of a spaceship pilot.

But now, she is seeking those who hired the killers who assassinated her mother, The Domina, on the Senate floor. Her father will be searching , too, of course--but he is very well known due to his exploits in the MageWars. Beka is relatively unknown--so hopefully it wil
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Firstly, it’s space opera. It’s a sub-genre I love (and I kind of feel that it’s seen as the non-trendy thing nowadays with very few new releases) so I’m thrilled that I discovered this series. There’s full-on adventure and non-stop action as Beka, her siblings, and their companions race around the galaxy and try to stay alive while figuring out who the bad guys are and getting their revenge.
May 08, 2016 Gökçe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Macera dolu bir roman arıyorsanız doğru kitaba başladınız. Karakterler kolay tahmin edilebilir olsalar da macera hızlı ve akıcı. Tek yıldız kırıyor olmamın iki sebebi var.
Birincisi alıştığım bilim kurgular gibi değil. Yani Yıldız Savaşları sizin için bilim kurguysa bu da bilim kurgu, yok Yıldız Savaşları pek de bilim kurgu değilse bu da değil.
İkincisi de olaylar arasında kopukluklar var. Sanki öykülerin toplanmasıyla yazılmış gibi. Bu da hikayeden kopmaya sebep oluyor. Birden çok bakış açısı ol
Jun 22, 2012 Linn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: character-driven
Sadly, some books do not survive the rosy glow of first reading. I read this series when I was in high school and recently asked my mother to send them to me so I could re-read them. I can recognize what I enjoyed about them, but reading them now, I didn't find them nearly as compelling as I did then. I found the story one-dimensional and the characters wooden. Hopefully the rest of the series adds some dimension to the characters, but I'm disappointed that I'm disappointed.

Admittedly, I finishe
Jul 06, 2009 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the reviews for this book, I went to my local used bookstore and found it sitting on a shelf. I decided then and there to give it a try and bought it. I was pleasantly surprised and found myself immersed in Debra Doyle's futuristic world from the first page.

(I made sure to go to the bookshop the next week and I was lucky to find the rest of the series. Yay me!)

Great sci-fi! Very recommended.
Apr 14, 2014 Adobe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Star Wars fanfiction, and I mean that in the best possible sense: the copyrighted details have been changed, but the same heart beats here.
Nicole Eatough
Apr 25, 2015 Nicole Eatough rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The first three books (which are the best) of the Mageworlds series follows the three Rosselin-Metadi siblings. The oldest brother works for the military. The next brother is an Adept, which is somewhat similar to being a Jedi. The youngest is the sister, who is the black sheep of the family. When Beka, the sister, hears of her mother's assassination, she is willing to fake her death, join the galaxy's criminal underbelly, and travel halfway round the universe to find her mother's assassin and e ...more
Mar 22, 2016 nictehabanero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I rarely find a space opera series with a female protagonist that I have not read. I encountered this older series for the first time earlier this year and DEVOURED the books. Thoroughly raucous, well crafted scifi space opera with believable characters and a nice blend of quasi-magical elements. The story line stays strong through the whole series and the technology holds up well, despite being written in the early 90s. Highly recommend this series to anyone new to Space Opera or for those look ...more
Theo opening paragraphs to this book are amazing.
Kelley Ceccato
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Apr 29, 2016 Ruth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
It's a frequent lament among my sci-fi inclined siblings that The Price of the Stars will probably never have a movie. As space opera goes, the first 3-4 books of the Mageworlds series are our go-to recommendation. Price of the Stars sets the stage cinematically, presenting an engaging cast of characters without bogging down with politics or technicalities (or romance). Almost invariably written off by readers as a "Star Wars ripoff," the Mageworlds suffers only for having been published two dec ...more
Lindsay Stares
Premise: Beka Rosselin-Metadi has no interest in being part of her famous family. She’s a brilliant spaceship pilot, and she’s happy working the trading lanes. But when her politician mother is assassinated, she’ll have to get interested in the politics of the galaxy. It’s the only way to stay alive, and bring her mother’s killers to justice.

I wanted some solid space action, and I got it! This book started a little slow for me, but it picked up. For one thing, apparently I didn’t read the back c
Aug 04, 2012 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book really hit all thrusters with me. It's a space opera, but with elements of "magic" thrown in. It's got humans and aliens, fast spaceships, betrayal, wholesale slaughter, fist fights, humor, hopeless situations, metaphysical battles, hidden identities, callous disregard for life, intrigue, blood, kidnapping, and probably a dozen more things I could type if I had a mind to. Oh, and a little sliver of romance, too. :)

Beka Rosselin-Metadi is the daughter of the Domina of Entibor, and she f
beka's mother has died, and she is now the leader of her people. her father offers her his ship if she will find the names of the people who wanted her mother dead and provide them to him. on one of her stops, beka is saved from an assassination by a man she calls professor. he tells her that there is a hit out on her and that it won't stop until she is dead, so she and the professor stage her death. along the way to finding answers, beka picks up some more crew members: her brother ari
Jun 01, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
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Beka Rosselin-Metadi is the youngest child of a powerful politician and the head of the galaxy's military forces, both of whom were responsible for essentially saving the universe at some point predating The Price of the Stars. Given the weight of all that prestige, and the fact that she is slated to inherit her mother's title as ruler of a now-dead planet, it's little surprise that Beka left town as soon as possible to become a freewheeling starship pilot. However, after her mother is assassina ...more





Oct 26, 2011 Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With the release of the series in ebook format, I revisited it. I read it for the first time when it was published (more years than I care to think about - wasn't I *just* a teenager last week?) and it was just as fun on the reread. It feels like nothing so much as a post-Star Wars AU, with all the space opera that implies. (and faked deaths, alter egos and girls disguised as deadly male assassins for hire - plus technomagic!)

This is the first of a proper trilogy, with 4 other books set as prequ
Samaya Young
Apr 20, 2009 Samaya Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book on a lark, really. I was scouring the sci-fi section of the 2nd hand bookstore out of habit more than anything when it sorta drew me. I don't often by books written in collaborations, so for the longest time I hesitated to even open it. Once I did, it took me one chapter to get hooked.
I liked the independent female protagonist and the fact that she thrived splendidly in a man dominated world. It is rare to come upon, especially when your main diet is romance novels.
Reading The
I'll admit it: the Mageworlds series is a pretty blatant rip-off of Star Wars in many ways, mostly in the whole Adept/Mage thing which just can't read as anything but Jedi/Sith to me, as much as I'd like to say otherwise.

That said? I have always enjoyed the series. Once I got over my "haha, Star Wars I see you there", it was easy for me to be drawn into the book. I /liked/ Beka and her siblings, Ari and Owen. I adored Nyls Jessan. I was fond of Llannat and the Professor. It was easy to like the
Sep 21, 2015 Kaylynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-f
I really enjoyed this book, much more than I expected considering the cover and back blurb. Though over twenty years old, it holds up fairly well (except for a few moments of old technology). I'll definitely read the sequel.
Oct 11, 2013 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

I picked this trilogy up at least a decade ago, but it didn't leave much of an impression. Figured I'd go through it again. Conclusion: it's a pleasant but lightweight space-opera (unsubtly "Star Wars less stupid") which I will probably have forgotten again in another decade.

Good points: the authors know both medical practice and how life *really* works in the military. (Sure, it's a very U.S. Navy sort of far-future starship military, but if Battlestar Galactica can be functionally ide
Kari Chapman
I enjoyed this book pretty much from the beginning. The introductions of all the various characters were typically full of excitement and most of the left me wanting to know more about the characters. However, it was also a bit overwhelming - lots of people met fairly quickly and a lot of references to places, events, species and various magics with little explanation. It almost felt like this was the second series in a world. Eventually that settled down and I was able to place everyone and eve ...more
O.M. Wills
Mar 14, 2016 O.M. Wills rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series from beginning to end.

How do I put this. I love the shift in perception you get as you read on.
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aka Nicholas Adams (with James D. Macdonald), Martin Delrio, Robyn Tallis (with James D. Macdonald)

Debra Doyle has a doctorate in English literature. Together, she and James Macdonald have written numerous sf/f books. They live in Colebrook, New Hampshire.

* Mageworlds
* Circle of Magic
* Bad Blood

Series contributed to:
* Tom Swift IV
* Robert Silverberg's Time Tours
* Daniel M Pinkwater's Melvi
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Other Books in the Series

Mageworlds (7 books)
  • Starpilot's Grave (Mageworlds, #2)
  • By Honor Betray'd (Mageworlds, Book 3)
  • The Gathering Flame
  • The Long Hunt (Mageworlds)
  • The Stars Asunder: A New Novel of the Mageworlds
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