Magus Star Rising

A Tale of the Galactic Nexia

Fiction - Science Fiction
344 Pages
Reviewed on 02/26/2018
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Author Biography

Larry Ivkovich’s speculative fiction has been published in over twenty online and print publications.

He has been a finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future contest and was the 2010 recipient of the CZP/Rannu Fund award for fiction.

The third book in Larry’s Spirit Winds Quartet urban fantasy series, Orcus Unchained, was released in 2017, following the novels, The Sixth Precept and Warriors of the Light from IFWG Publishing.

Self-published SF novel, Magus Star Rising, was released in 2018.

Larry is a member of the writing/critique group WorD and the Pittsburgh Mindful Writers Group East and North, as well as the Pennsylvania statewide group Pennwriters.

He lives in Coraopolis, PA with his wife Martha and cats Trixie and Milo.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

If you love well-written stories with three-dimensional characters and sophisticated plots, then Magus Star Rising: A Tale of the Galactic Nexia by Larry Ivkovich, a sci-fi novel will be a delightful treat. It’s a story that revolves around the mysterious Magus Star that will appear after many decades, an appearance to which the Senittes give great importance. When tech buff Simon Weller is offered a job to follow the husband of Claudia Honin-Zay, suspected of meeting another woman in the city of Yharrio, he thinks this could be an easy job. But Weller quickly finds himself embroiled in a very strange world. Now, he has to tread a very delicate path in a world where ancient rituals mixed with magic are practiced and where nothing is what it seems. In this world he has to face a very dangerous memory from his past. But there is a more terrifying threat, a mysterious killer who could be empowered by the Magus Star. And can Weller, with his allies, stop this dangerous killer?

Larry Ivkovich is a great storyteller with a profound imagination that brings to life a world that is as fascinating as it is frightening, and characters that readers will enjoy, including Weller, an interstellar hospice, feline-humanoids, and a host of others. The writing is focused and there is a clear balance in the handling of the different elements of the story — a cunning plot, fleshed-out characters, and masterly thematic development. I enjoyed the fact that the author weaves elements of magic and mystery into the writing, creating a dark world that casts a spell on readers who enjoy the “noir” angle. Great writing for a spellbinding novel, utterly delectable!