The Stars Asunder: A New Novel of the Mageworlds

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The star systems of the Mageworlds are linked by magic. Only when trained Mages have found a Way to a new world can the great colonizing and trading ships follow. But beyond the furthest worlds is a great gap, beyond which, hint the legends, lie vast, rich human worlds long lost to the Mages' trade.

Now the most powerful Mage-circle ever is determined to walk to those worlds, to reunite humanity's sundered branches and make a fortune in the process. And young Arekhon sus-Khalgath, scion of the most powerful of the clans of starship builders, has left his inheritance to join them.

But immense forces are arrayed against them. Blood will be spilled, and dynasties thrown down, before the worlds of mankind are again united. For the first time in living memory, the Mages will go to war--with themselves.

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If you like science fiction fantasy on the scale of The Phantom Menace, discover the Mageworlds series by Doyle and MacDonald. The Stars Asunder is Book 6, but readers can start here; it's set 500 years before the others (next is The Gathering Flame, then The Price of the Stars, Starpilot's Grave, By Honor Betray'd, and The Long Hunt). It's grand space opera--interstellar war, swashbuckling heroes, an embattled queen, and mystics on both sides using supernatural power--but in this installment the authors focus on the Mageworlds, enemies of the protagonists in the previous books. For series fans, The Stars Asunder adds a new dimension to the conflict between the Republic and the Mageworlds.

The Mageworlds are separated from the rest of the galaxy by a huge, interstellar gap. Arekhon sus-Khalgath sus-Peledaen ('Rekhe), son of a noble trading family, joins Garrod syn-Aigal and his Demaizen Circle of Mages. Their goal: to reunite the galaxy, blazing a trail through the Void of hyperspace and setting a beacon to guide Mageworld ships. Discontent at home and tragic errors when they meet the technologically advanced but warlike people on the other side combine to set the scene for many years of conflict. 'Rekhe inherits Garrod's position and his mission, to reweave the pattern uniting the worlds.

So settle back with a cool drink and some stylish, escapist fun in a galaxy far, far away. --Nona Vero

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Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald live in Colebrook, New Hampshire. Their previous SF novels include The Price of the Stars, Starpilot's Grave, By Honor Betray'd, The Gathering Flame, and The Long Hunt. Their fantasy novel, Knight's Wyrd, won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award.

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