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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  937 ratings  ·  68 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
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Kindle Edition, 537 pages
Published January 8th 2012 by Daulton Books
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John Daulton
Apr 08, 2012 John Daulton rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (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
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
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Can Sahin
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
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Patrick Gauch
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
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Jared
Nov 06, 2013 Jared rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jared by: James Boylan
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François-xavier
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
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John Dugaw
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
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Andrew
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
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
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.
Elison
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
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
Christopher
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
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Delijoe
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
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Lukas Lovas
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
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Cyrus
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.
Lori
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.
Damgaard78
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.
Saphana
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".
Derek
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.
Arthur
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.
Silas
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
Chip
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.)
Susan
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
This is one of only a few books I've read that successfully blends science fiction and fantasy.
It was a good read.
James
Spaceships, magic, coconut monsters, and dragons! it was a great read.
C4acre
Surprisingly good read for what I thought was a goofy title.
Sven
I loved everything about The Galactic Mage with the exception of a single character. It's funny. It's universe is interesting. Most of the characters(on the mage side anyway)have that lovely jump off the page quality to them. It even gets emotionally touching when it tackles the wizard protagonist, Altin Meade's, personal background; and a few of the backgrounds of those around him. My experience with this book had tons positives and only one real negative but it's a brutal one.

For me the negati
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Laurie
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Kathy
Just Ok

I had no prior knowledge of this author prior to my download. The promising summery and premise of the story completely lured me in. The author did a great job of morphing the two worlds of fantasy and sci-fi together. However, he did take his sweet time of blending the two genres in the story together.

To really enjoy this book, a certain amount of absurdity must be allowed. Completely let go of your knowledge of the laws of physics and just go with this magical tale of HEAs in space.

The
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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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