Reviews of Price of the Stars, the (1992)
Review by clong (2005-03-10)
This book serves as a very fun beginning to a surprisingly good series that doesn't seem to get as much attention as it merits. The later Mageworld books have been a bit uneven, but I recommend the initial trilogy to any fan of space opera, and I have reasonably high hopes for the pre-prequil trilogy currently in progess.
The strengths of the series are its likable characters, an interesting magic system, and some well set up surprises. It combines military action, political scheming, and interstellar espionage, with some effective fantasy elements.
Review by blueworld (2004-03-15)
An exciting beginning to a fun space opera series. Beka is an unusual and interesting character who seems to attract the same. Her adventures are entertaining and Doyle and MacDonald's world is original.