When Quill crash lands on Marutuk, he has only a few days to repair his ship and escape, or he risks losing his job. Hunter is a cyborg who guards the junk yard that has the parts he needs, and stubbornly refuses to allow Quill to steal from his mistress. Stuck at an impasse, Quill must find a solution… or find himself frozen out of work in yet another sector.
This was a light-hearted read and I loved it. It was fun from the first page through to the last. Quill is a lovable rogue with the ability to manipulate metals. Hunter is stiff and stubborn with a soft spot. Watching Quill break down Hunter’s shields was immensely satisfying. Throw in some humor with the native creatures of Marutuk, and I found myself smiling practically the entire time I read this.
Junk Mage doesn’t break any new ground, and isn’t particularly long, yet I felt it was just the right length for the story it was telling. It didn’t outstay its welcome, or feel the need to tell the entire life story of its characters. This was a great little book that should put a smile on any reader’s face. If I could sum up this review in one word, that word would be ‘satisfying’. If you’re on the fence about this one, pick it up. You won’t be disappointed.
The cover is jaw-droppingly gorgeous, too. I wasn’t surprised to learn that the cover artist was Natasha Snow, who created the amazing cover for my book ‘The Forbidden Zone’. The editing was solid as well. If this is the sort of quality readers can expect from NineStar Press, I’m paying attention.