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The Galactic Mage (The Galactic Mage #1)

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  1,214 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
Altin Meade is a sorcerer with a curse. Seeking to avoid a looming doom, he sets his magical sights on the stars—a quest that will likely bring about the very end he's seeking to escape.

Far across the galaxy, Ensign Orli Pewter of planet Earth has a looming doom of her own—one of loneliness, depression and, worse, a race of genocidal aliens known as Hostiles seeking to des
Kindle Edition, 537 pages
Published January 8th 2012 by Daulton Books
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John Daulton
Apr 08, 2012 John Daulton rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I confess to being horribly biased, but I have read it, and I do love it.
Sara Meehan
Mar 18, 2012 Sara Meehan rated it liked it
When I first read the description of "The Galactic Mage," I was intrigued by the way it promised to combine science fiction with fantasy. It was $2.99 and got good reviews, so why not?

It starts off as two stories told side by side. On the fantasy side, Altin Meade is a sorcerer training with the preeminent sorcerer of his land. In the way his people measure magic, he's a Six, which means that he can work six of the eight kinds of magic. His strength is teleportation, which he's using to explore
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
Quick Update: I completed the second book. It is good, way better than the first. You need the first to get to the second, but GM 2 is worth reading.

Okay, to sort this out..

3 stars because I cannot tell to what degree the author believes he is writing an authentic fantasy/sci-fi merge story and to what extent he is writing what could be the equivalent for Action-suspense thriller's self-depreciating The Road to Gandolfo by Robert Ludlum where long time Thriller writer Ludlum pokes fun at his ow
Can Sahin
Jun 24, 2012 Can Sahin rated it it was amazing
I have to admit when i saw this book on amazon i wasn't really expecting much. I love fantasy and don't even like sci-fi. So i figured combination of two would be somewhat mediocre at best right? Well, wrong!

Mr. Daulton does an excellent job at combining two genres. I'm not an experienced sci-fi reader so i can't really comment about Orli part of things expect to say it seemed pretty good to me. But i can safely say that Altin parts(fantasy) were expertly done. In fact with a magic system and
Patrick Gauch
Apr 18, 2012 Patrick Gauch rated it liked it
This is a tough one.... I really liked this book, but it annoyed me at the same time.

I love the premise, the combination of Scince-Fiction and Fantasy. The fantasy aspect is well flushed out. I even felt that one of the main characters is wonderfully developed. The reader gets a clear idea of his struggles and aspirations.

That is where the problems begin. The other main character is hardly developed to the point that she seems like a spoiled brat, and not a military officer. While this is kind o
Nov 06, 2013 Jared rated it did not like it
Recommended to Jared by: James Boylan
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Nov 13, 2012 François-xavier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rather like cheesy science-fiction stories. So it's no wonder I rather enjoyed this one. Mixing fantasy and science-fiction has been done before (consider reading Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover books if you liked this one, they are awesome!), but the story of that young mage trying to jump to the moon was quite interesting. Characters were somehow well-done, although a little more world-building wouldn't have done any harm.

What disturbed me here? And why only 4 stars? Pacing. Pacing. The fir
John Dugaw
Dec 08, 2012 John Dugaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So what would you think about a book that has a scene involving a space ship having a stare down in the middle of space with a stone tower from a castle. On the castle tower is a dragon and a mage. Oh and to make it realistic there is a magical bubble around the tower.

yeah I know what you are thinking "What the Vietnamese Soup were you drinking that day!" This is a very engaging and fun read. There is enough detail in the world and in the way the characters get to that interaction to make it bel
May 07, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing
I will start by stating that I am easy to entertain. I did find the relationship between Altin and Orli to be a little simplistic and too quickly established. The end was a little rushed as well; but the story was fun and became especially gripping about halfway through the book. There is so much that could be explored in this world the author has shared with us. I truly look forward to the adventures ahead.
Julie West
Jul 29, 2012 Julie West rated it it was amazing
It was hard to get in to, would have been nice to have an intro to start it. Once I understood the characters and their role, I couldn't put the book down. Looking forward to future sequels.
Thomas Cardin
Sep 13, 2012 Thomas Cardin rated it really liked it
This was an all around fun read. Decent magic system, decent aliens, fine technology. I would definitely read more if he were to write a sequal or ten.
May 29, 2012 Elison rated it really liked it
I've often found it difficult for a book to live up to as creative a premise as John Daulton's Galactic Mage: a marriage of fantasy and sci-fi, but he manages to do so with style, humor, and originality. For me, the book was a tale of two halves: the first read to me like a little overlong, as the author spent a lot of time developing Altin (and less so with Orli, the other protagonist), but literally around the halfway mark, the setup was done and we were led into one of the most fun times I've ...more
Daniel Lemire
May 15, 2012 Daniel Lemire rated it really liked it
The Galactic Mage by John Daulton is a twisted, but fun story. We have human beings from Earth who were in contact with another human civilization across the galaxy. This civilization was apparently wiped out after it sent a warning. A fleet of ships from Earth is assembled to go investigate. Meanwhile, on a remote planet, a bona fide mage has decided to go explore space. He does so by teleporting himself (and his tower) in space. At first, the premise seems unbelievable, and it is, but it is fa ...more
I don't think I technically included spoilers, but I may have trod the line, so BEWARE. I never outright give out critical details, but I do discuss a little about the pattern of the plot developing and character decisions.

I'm of two minds about this book, and the sequels--but I'll try to stay on the topic of this book only.

On the one hand, it is well-written and well-edited. I can visualize the worlds involved, and the space ships, and the magic and what-not, based on descriptions given to me b
Joseph Fernandez
May 11, 2014 Joseph Fernandez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Did you ever wonder what would happen if you crossed Star Trek with Dungeons and Dragons?

Well wonder no more, because "The Galactic Mage" by John Daulton does just that and for the most part, does it rather well. While at times reading like a fanfic, Dalton is able to deftly combine the two wildly disparate genres of speculative fiction and make it work without too much in the way of plot contrivances. The novel is a story of two different yet in many ways similar protagonists. Altin Meade is a
Lukas Lovas
May 12, 2014 Lukas Lovas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had to give this book 5/5 for the pure surprise value :)
Despite the cheesy cover (no offence...) and the low probability of good melding of sci-fi and fantasy genre.....this book delivered. I read a lot of fantasy and sci-fi both, so I enjoyed both aspects. The sci-fi didn't fulfil my hopes all that much, because the female protagonist is rather weak...and since she has no great obstacles to overcome, an artificial obstacle in form of a hateful bastard captain was put there to provide the bala
Jul 16, 2012 Cyrus rated it really liked it
The theme is undoubtedly goofy, but I really like the sub-theme of "discovery." Having a medieval wizard discover the true nature of the universe is a really fun exploration, and gives a unique perspective on astral bodies. The "hard" sci-fi was pretty underdeveloped, and it's clear which part of sci-fi/fantasy the author cares for, but it's still an intriguing mix that I'd like to see more of.
May 20, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing
Best book of all time. I love the combination of Sci Fi and Fantasy. What a wonderful story and a great easy read. A love story and an epic outer space war that has you wondering what is coming next. Lots of way this story could go and wonderful character development. This story took me away to a place I would want to revisit. I hope I get to with the next book.
Mar 07, 2012 Damgaard78 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Overall a good read, that said it took a looooooong time before the two main characters met, after which it felt like the rest of the book was over very quickly. I could have wished a bit more meat on the latter part of the book, and a little less on the first part.
Not a book to take too serious, but got me well entertained for as long as it lasted.
Lars Petersen
Jul 10, 2015 Lars Petersen rated it really liked it
Getting past the cover

It was a gamble. It is the kind of cover that normally makes me pass right on by. However the title picqued my curiosity. What could someone do with such a seemingly laughable premise. It reminds me of "Magic Kingdom For Sale -Sold!" It was a gamble too.

Fortunately in both instances it paid off. A seemingly fluffy concept slowly hardens up as the sequels roll in.

After the fourth book I think I got my fill. But no regrets. It cleverly explores the "what if" when you cross a
Oct 16, 2012 Saphana rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
This is hilarious on the same note as "A Dark Lord's Handbook" is - makes you smile all the way to the (entirely cheesy) Happy End. Admittedly I liked the first 2/3 of the book better than the rest - but that's me, I defy "sentimental".
Jul 31, 2012 Derek rated it liked it
Magic meets Science as a mage tests the limits of teleportation by heading to the stars, and meets other humans searching for colonies in their star ships. Just add a coconut and you have a happening three-some.
Apr 25, 2012 Arthur rated it really liked it
Fun, light-hearted, well-written romp. While the story isn't THAT original, the author's blending of different genres was well-done. I'm definitely looking forward to more books in this universe.
Mar 10, 2015 Silas rated it really liked it
This was a long, but enjoyable book. A different cover would have been great, since it is a lot better thought out than you would expect it to be from the art there. Most of the story takes place in parallel, with on half being a science fiction story and the other half being a fantasy story. They are both quite detailed and interesting, though the romance that develops in the latter portion of the book is a bit too clearly telegraphed and perhaps the weakest part of the story. While I could tel ...more
Apr 20, 2012 Chip rated it liked it
Complete and utter brain candy with no depth. That said and accepted, amusing and worth the read. (Will also note that the cover is misleadingly horrible.)
Mar 07, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this so much. I'd gotten away from reading sci-fi and this brought back all the fun reasons why I loved to read it. I can't wait for a sequel
Mike Gehrs
Jun 23, 2012 Mike Gehrs rated it really liked it
This is one of only a few books I've read that successfully blends science fiction and fantasy.
It was a good read.
Jordan Steinhoff
Apr 16, 2016 Jordan Steinhoff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Well, this was neither particularly good nor particularly bad.

A good concept, melding scifi and fantasy worlds together in a generally successful manner.

Neither of the mains really grabbed me. Some of the secondary characters seemed much more dynamic and colourful than the mains. As such, I really couldn't get fully engrossed.

I kept going and finished the book hoping for something that earn that 4th star that so many people seem to be giving it but, it just didn't click. It's not bad. I mean, i
Apr 13, 2012 James rated it really liked it
Spaceships, magic, coconut monsters, and dragons! it was a great read.
Jul 19, 2012 C4acre rated it really liked it
Surprisingly good read for what I thought was a goofy title.
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“What followed were instructions for casting the spell itself and a diagram for laying the components out. Altin didn’t like the secrecy thing, but a quick glance at the spell Greater Common Tongue showed that it was forty-three pages long. He didn’t think he had that kind of time or expertise, so he decided to stick with the six-page version for now. He realized that getting cuttings of their hair was likely going to be an interesting trick as well. And he needed his quill pen, parchment and pot of ink, which meant he had to go back to the tower. He wondered how they were going to take his making another trip into the waterfall-pot room so soon, but he had little other choice.” 0 likes
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