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The ship and commander are searching for specific new members to fill out the crew. They are seeking different crew members, such as engineer, captain, etc. The ship says it will be much stronger when all positions are filled. I read what I believe was one of a series maybe in 2022(?). Commander was a nature magician and had memories of 7 different lives he had led.

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  • In roughly which year did you read this? And can you tell us anything more about the plot or characters? Commented May 25 at 16:16
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    Are the new members intended to be/become versions of the magician? Replace him entirely? Serve as new blood?
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented May 25 at 16:38

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I've not read this, but the mention of a wizard with memories of seven lives captaining a ship, in a fairly recent novel did remind me of the blurb for The Captain, first book in the Last Horizon series by Will Wight.

"To survive in this galaxy, you need a wand in one hand and a gun in the other.”

On a little-known planet, Archmage Varic Vallenar casts a grand spell to empower himself with the magical abilities of his alternate selves. The ritual works too well, granting Varic not only the magic but also the memories from six lives.

Including their gruesome deaths.

Now, Varic has power greater than any wizard in galactic history, but he knows that won’t be enough. The enemies he faced in those alternate lives were apocalyptic in scale. Terrors of technology and magic. Nothing that he, or anyone, can defeat.

Sun-eating extra-dimensional insects, shadowy secret organizations, genetically enhanced alien super-soldiers, ruthless megacorporations, and hordes of cyborg undead all lurk in the darkest corners of the galaxy, and Varic knows that any of them can become a world-ending threat at any moment.

All these are beyond any wizard, no matter how many spells he’s mastered or how many interstellar warships he’s rallied to his cause. Hopeless, Varic finds himself trying to preserve what little he can from the coming doom.

Until he hears rumors of a mythical starship, an invincible vessel of heroes made to do battle against galactic threats. ​

A ship called The Last Horizon.

I also found a review that refers to recruiting crew members and the ship gaining capabilities as a result:

[...] getting dossiers of potential crewmates and recruiting them; needing to complete a task for every crewmate; each crewmate unlocking an upgrade to the ship [...]

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    Just to confirm, as someone who has read it, this is almost definitely correct. I knew the answer just from the question title.
    – JMac
    Commented May 28 at 13:22
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Sounds like the Black Ocean series by J.S. Morin, starting with Salvage Trouble

In the year 2254 gravity was officially declared to be magic; the scientists gave up trying to figure it out and handed it over to the wizards. Without the inherent respect for the laws of physics, the wizards poked and prodded at gravity, poring over all that science knew about the attraction of one object to the next, and dismissing it as poppycock. They discovered ways around the tired old limits, and gave birth to the first true starships. Some enlightened journalist, covering the maiden voyage of the Impossible, noted that the ship was shaped like a hand giving the middle finger to science.

The dreams of children came alive, and humanity expanded into the cosmos, unlocking the secrets of the galaxy.

Who could have foreseen that three hundred years later, a down-on-his-luck captain would be answering distress calls, hoping to arrive in time to get first pick of the salvage ...

Brilliant series even if it’s not the exact one you are after, as it delivers on several of the ideas presented in your question.

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  • I'm not seeing how this matches OP's description.
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    Commented May 26 at 22:03
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"The Quantum Magician" by Derek Künsken

Belisarius is a quantum man, an engineered Homo quantus who fled the powerful insight of dangerously addictive quantum senses. He found a precarious balance as a con man, but when a client offers him untold wealth to move a squadron of warships across an enemy wormhole, he must embrace his birthright to even try. In fact, the job is so big that he'll need a crew built from all the new sub-branches of humanity. If he succeeds, he might trigger an interstellar war, but success might also point the way to the next step of Homo quantus evolution.

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    Hi. Could you edit this answer to explain how The Quantum Magician matches the description of the novel asked about in the question? It'd help other users decide how likely it is to be the correct answer. Commented May 27 at 22:08
  • @LogicDictates - I'd be astounded if this is the correct answer. I'm not seeing anything that matches the question.
    – Valorum
    Commented May 27 at 22:37

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