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Tech Mage

Magitech Chronicles, Volume 1
By: Chris Fox
Narrated by: Ryan Kennard Burke
Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
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Enslaved and Forced to Fight Dragons

Aran awakens in chains with no memory. He’s conscripted into the Confederate Marines as a Tech Mage, given a spellrifle, then hurled into the war with the draconic Krox and their Void Wyrm masters.

Desperate to escape, Aran struggles to master his abilities, while surviving the Krox onslaught. Fighting alongside him are a Major who will do anything to win, a Captain who will stop at nothing to see him dead, and a woman whose past is as blank as his own.

Caught between survival and loyalty Aran must choose. If he flees he will live, but the Krox will burn the galaxy. Stopping them requires a price Aran may be unable to pay:

Learning to trust the very people who enslaved him.

©2017 Chris Fox (P)2017 Chris Fox

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Great story and voice narration and acting.<br />

I loved the story from the start and looked forward to the drive to work to be taken back into this world. can't wait for next months credit to get book 2! that it's of I can wait that long...

Updated: I now own all the audibles for Magitech and Void Wrath from Chris fox. I highly recommend them if you like magic, space and battles!

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  • jason young
  • 09-11-2017

a solid story with likeable characters.

I really enjoyed the combination of magic and technology employed. I am also a fan of dragons, and space ships. I am definitely looking forward to the continuation of the story.

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  • Augie
  • 27-10-2017

Very Entertaining!

At first I wasn't sure about this book but about 30 minutes in I was sold. The magic system although based on your traditional Dungeons and Dragons style has a very unique and interesting spin on it. The characters are related and dialogue is good. Overall there could be some more world building to help give readers a better idea of how everything fits together.

Well done by Chris Fox!

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  • ShaunaRae G.
  • 23-10-2017

fantastic read

I loved this book. I started out with so many questions which kept me enthralled. I love the battles, and magic. I loved the progression of the story. I really hope there is a second because I'm dying to know what happens next!

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  • Jas P
  • 27-10-2017

Exceptional

This was an utterly fascinating read. Imagine taking all the futuristic world of starship combat, but then mixing it with elements of Mages that weave magic through sigils or glyphs in the air to form complex spells to either cast defensive or offensive spells. Then add in armour that is specially designed to do battle (void armour) in these circumstances, along with pistols and rifles that are able to cast magic as well, at different levels, depending on the capability of the user. There are potions as well that allow for a range of different things, depending on who brewed it – healing, invisibility, amplification. Then there are the Krox, the enemy, whose allies are Void Wyrms, or as we know them, Dragons. So we have starships, with spell cannons and spell drives, casting offensive and defensive magic against Dragons in space.
It is a pretty fun concept, made all the better by Chris Fox and his well-developed and engaging characters as well as a storyline that is at the same time thrilling and exhilarating. The story moves at an incredible speed, and there is so much exceptional detail, the dialogue is masterful, and although there are elements from some different stories I can think of (such as J.S. Morin’s Black Ocean Series), there are very few books that come to mind that combine Magic and Technology so completely as this series, or do it as well.
The main story starts with the main character, Aran, awakening with no memory, nothing, to be told that he has been mind-wiped and is now the property of some slavers. He makes a pact with one of the other slaves, and through a series of events, they end up under another Slaver called Nara.
Through another series of events, Aran and Nara end up with a Major of the Confederate Army, aboard her ship, ‘The Wyrm Hunter’. They are all that stand between the Krox, and army of Void Wyrms and a planet full of people, as well as possibly the future of the galaxy.
This is an exceptional story, incredibly action packed, with the most amazing storyline, it is part thrilling, part terrifying, with the combination of Magic and Technology mixed in this unique hybrid that creates this story that you will just not be able to put down, with characters that you will be become very engaged with.
This is just a sensational thrill ride, and should not be missed.
I have to be honest, at first I was a little unsure about the Narrator, but he quickly grew on me, and he tells the story in a way that is engaging, thrilling, with a good range of voices and with the right sounding dialogue to really convey the power of the story, the angst, the fear, the triumphs and the victories as well as the losses and the tragedy.
Burke does a wonderful job overall, really bringing Fox's story to life and this is an excellent listen.

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  • jwindsor375
  • 27-10-2017

Tech Mages vs Space Wyrms

Great book with an exciting combination of science fiction and fantasy elements. Try it out!

I was provided a credit by the author to try out his series and I look forward to buying the second book Void Wyrm when it releases to audible. Overall I liked the variety that this book provided and the characters really have fun personalities. The fight scenes are fun and exciting ranging from epic space battles to heated street combat. The magic system is a unique and fun concept of being primarily linked to their armor/weaponry for the tech mages and the mages gain specific abilities by entering catalysts thoughout the universe.

Definitely try this out and keep up with Chris Fox if you like SciFi, Fantasy, or both!

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 19-11-2018

Not techy or magey enough for me

This is my second book in the is it Gamelit/Litrpg segment, and it was the book with the second most suggestions.


This book starts off by throwing its MC off the deep end. The protagonist, Aran, awakens of no memory of who he was, where he is, or what the hell is going on around him. He quickly learns that he has been captured by slavers who have erased his mind. Best of all, they are forcing him along with a shipload of other memory challenged people to go and engage some enemies who are fairly nasty, vile, and deadly. Naturally, things don’t work out so well, and Aran barely survives the encounter.

Turns out that he is fairly powerful, and when the slavers get busted by the local military he gets drafted, against his will, to go out and fight Void Wyrms, better known to you and me as Space Dragons. The dragons want to subjugate/destroy all non-dragon life, and the military are all hard pressed to stop them, let alone hold out against them.

The book is fairly action packed, and has a cool concept in which magic is used to power weapons, and spells do most of the heavy combat stuff. The dragons are right evil bastiches and the situation is dire enough that you care what is happening. As things go the writing is nicely paced and has some good character development. There are three main characters, Aran, Nara, and Viora the local military leader. My biggest problem with the book was the magic beer segment, in which a character is brought back to life.

It took a little while for the narrator to grow on me, but once I’d settled into his voice it became a nice enjoyable ride into an intergalactic space dragon fight. Sometimes it really felt like Burke was as into the story as the reader was, because he really had some fun with it. He was excellent in his characterizations, the pacing, and the battle scenes resounded with a fervor of fraught tension.

So, is this in the realm of LITRPG? Again, I’m going to say no. The reasoning is that while it does have that sort of feel to it there still isn’t much in the way of defining the powers that Aran has to see if he is actually levelling or simply getting back into the power levels he was at before he was mindwiped, and it surely feels like that is the case. He starts off doing things a wiped individual would never be able to do, and just goes upwards, but each bit of apparent growth feels familiar to him, as if he has already been in that area. The only time it sort of gets LIT is when he accidentally steals a new power from a god when he is with the slavers. It really isn’t close otherwise, and while it was fun I’m still going to say not even close. 7.6 stars.


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  • Josh R
  • 01-03-2018

Great sci-fi/fantasy story.

This was a truly original sci-fi/fantasy story, with magic, dragons, power suits, and zombies. It had a captivating start and held my interest throughout the novel. Chris Fox did a great job writing the characters, and I grew to appreciate them all by the end, but Sgt Cruz was probably my favorite. The narrator did a great job with the characters voices and pacing. It sounds like he really gets into the story in the more action-oriented parts as well. Overall a great story and definitely worth a listen, I look forward to listening to book two. The author has gifted me other books, including the sequel to this one with no expectation of a review, but I purchased this one myself. This review is my unbiased opinion.

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  • Jason Disbrow
  • 23-12-2017

Great mix of scifi and magic fantasy

Your dropped right into the action and quickly became entranced with the story. Really can't wait to listen to the next book

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  • James Hook
  • 11-12-2017

The best at what it does

I read a lot of science fiction, in fact it's pretty much exclusively my genre of choice. This book is the best I have ever read at what I'll call &quot;science fantasy&quot;. All the military science fiction boxes get checked, but it's mixed with things that are obviously fantasy novel stereotypes and set in an obviously fantastical world. Both these aspects are fully present and I never felt like this book fell into the trap of being exclusively one genre while paying lip service to the other. It's not &quot;science fiction with magic instead of technobabble&quot;, nor is it &quot;a fantasy novel in space&quot;. The world created is a natural evolution of what would happen in your typical fantasy world if technology was allowed to grow and develop.

Oh, and on a personal note, there are a few times throughout the book that I heard some &quot;military lingo&quot; being used. The soldiers actually call things what you would expect (food is a &quot;chow line&quot;, working out is &quot;PT&quot;, etc). I appreciate that the author is either familiar with the military, or at least did some research beforehand.

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  • Brian
  • 29-11-2017

fast fun ride with space and magic

This was the first space/magic/tec fantasy I listened to, and it was fun! There were a few points where I felt the story was rushed along and there could have been more tension, but then again, it is set up to be a fast rollercoaster from the start. I'll definitely be listening to the rest of this series! If you are looking for a fun action plot that doesn't take itself too seriously, then this is perfect! narration was great too!

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  • Cameron
  • 23-01-2019

Are those space leprechauns!?

Fucking space leprechauns! Brilliant! The story is good, the performance is top quality. Overall it’s a good book. I enjoyed it.

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  • A Customer in Cardiff
  • 23-01-2018

Magic in Space

Another fantastic book from Chris Fox. You can't fault the action here with plenty of magic using soldiers in powered armour. Where there are Wizards there are dragons and this book has them by the bucket load. It even has what I can only assume is a reference to Snatch. There are loads of pop culture references for you to pick up on. can't wait to listen to the next one.