Author: Elliot Cooper
Publisher: NineStar Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: When technomancer Quillian Defote crash-lands on remote planet Marutuk, he has limited time to repair his ship and get off world. If he fails, he’ll forfeit his position as professor of mechanical transmutation at the prestigious Ivy Arcanarium and ruin his employment prospects in yet another sector.
Hunter, a cyborg guarding a junkyard that holds what Quill needs, is charmed by the wayward mage and wants to help him. But Hunter is bound by honor to dutifully guard his mistress and her possessions, no matter how cruelly she treats him.
Together Quill and Hunter stand a chance of starting a new life together if carnivorous wildlife, a violent necromancer, and stubborn pride don’t keep them apart.
Review: Quill has a job he really needs waiting for him. He’s something of a thrill seeker so he set out for an adventure before he starts his new job as a professor. Of course he runs into all sorts of trouble. His last effort to repair his damaged air ship involves getting parts from a junk yard in a wayward town he can morph into what he needs to repair it. He’s met with resistance. An intriguing and handsome cyborg refuses his offer to buy the parts stating his master won’t allow it. Quill needs the parts so he chats up the cyborg he learns is named Hunter. It starts out as a way to charm his way in but Quill soon learns Hunter may need his help.
I think after this story I can officially say this author has a way with a short story. I also really enjoyed The Clockwork Menagerie. Junk Mage had brilliant world building. Excellent character development and are just a lot of fun to read about. This one also has spine slurping creatures he managed to make adorable. There’s some good humor through witty dialogue. Some intense action. I’ve really enjoyed both stories of I’ve read from this author lately. I think I liked this one even more than the last. I’d love to read more about Hunter’s exploration in the new world with Quill as his navigator. Quill has a very charming way about him. I’d also love to read more about Quill’s best friend. He’s an intriguing character for sure! Another great read from this author. I’m looking forward to more.