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It had the inevitable fight against overwhelming odds, where nothing good has a chance of happening. The author weaves the story line so that you are with her against the incredible odds. It is difficult to see any good becoming her, however, the talent of the author melds an heroic story and opens to this incredible series.
This books starts a new sub-series in Stewart's "Duchy of Terra" setting, some 15 years after the events in the previous series. Now part of the A!Tol empire long enough that young humans tend to say "we", Earth is a respected contributor, and the Duchy fleet is second only to the Imperial fleets. New colonies of humans (largely: Any Imperial citizen who wishes to settle can, of course) are being started and things are going well.
Until suddenly they aren't, and attacks done at Core Power levels are made on the new colonies. Is it the Kanzi? Relations with the slaver power known to be holding many humans in that state have never been good, and the ships, while more powerful than any known seem to have Kanzi aesthetics. But the Kanzi theocracy claims to know nothing about it, and now *their* fringe colonies are being hit. Even the Mesharom, the eldest Core Power have themselves been hit, a truly terrifying development. Will the Empire and Theocracy have to make common cause? Will the Empire become a Core Power?
Thrown into the middle of all this is Morgan Casimir, a young Duchy fleet officer, and daughter of the Duchess.
I thought this was an entertaining entry in Stewart's milsf setting. The cast are mainly types, but fairly well written types. The original cast is not wholly absent, but largely offscreen while events in space unfold. The Mesharom interactions were an interesting addition, and I wonder if that ancient race might come out of its shell just a little bit.
Right off the bat I have to say that this is less of a review on one book and more of a review on four books (being books 2,3,4,5) First off I should say that I love the story's, the character's and all around settings for the Duchy of Terra series BUT (we all knew there had to be one) my issue is with the final battles in books 2,3,4,5 (no spoilers) book 1 had an interesting final battle that left you on the seat of your pant's to find out what Annette Bond was going to do and book 2 also was pretty cool as well, my issue comes into how Glynn replayed the battle from book 2 over and over and over again in that the duchy of terra has a large contingent of opponents who outnumber the total number of terras navy so the navy is ready to hold out as long as possible till SOMEONE (changes per book) comes just in time and all the navy needs to do is make the enemy blink and waste more time till the cavalry rides in to help save the day......... there is no issue with this setup in book 2 as a final battle but when it is the final battle for books 3,4, and 5 you start getting a wee bit annoyed with the repetition and by book 5 I am more than ready for a completely different ending for one of the books even something as simple as "the navy and the enemy where evenly matched but the different weapons on both sides would make all the difference as to who won"
i recieved this book as an advanced reader copy in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. i purchased the book myself when it became available.
Darkness beyond is an awesome addition to the duchy of terra series, a spinoff in its own right the story continues in this new series as a new but familiar character takes the reigns of the story. light of terra is the first in a promising series of books that will continue the story of Terra into a new conflict.
this was a fantastic book, i love how we meet familiar faces in these spinoffs, if i was to name a donside it would be that there are some tired tropes present in the story, mainly how certain characters interact with each other, but overall the book is enjoyable and interesting.
Another great book in the series, keeping the action rolling. My only complaint is that a few pivotal battles at the end seemed very rushed. One was no more than pages of build up and then a few paragraphs to say which side won and there were some losses. Not sure if the author ran out of steam. Still excited to start the next book.
There was not much Duchess Bond in this episode, just a lot of good guys and bad guys shooting at each other. The new, unexpected alliance was interesting, but beyond that it was a lot of bang, bang, shoot, shoot. I found myself skipping to end of most of the battles just to see how the author had determined they would turn out.