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The author likes showing off way too much. The amount of french just dropped in is very distracting and adds nothing to the plot . I have to admit to not being a francophile . I hope it tapers off in the other books but the author obviously doesn't understand the background to the use "Vichy" for the french. Otherwise it's actually a good book spoiled by too much french.
I recieved an advance copy of this book in exchange for a review. This is a great continuation of the series. Good new villians with an unexpected twist thrown in to keep us hooked. I love this author and his books and have brought everything he's written. I hope this continues for a long time as prolific authors who deliver quality reading aren't that common.
I domt know how to express how happy i am, well i am happy. This series just keeps getting better and better. I have most of the authors books and the way he writes, just make imagine i am right next to the captain, involve and at the edge of my seat getting ready to stain my pants with all the action and drama. Love it, i recommend it and cant wait for the next book. Well, all of the next books really. Thank you.
First there were the odd bits of romance dropped like rotten pieces of fruit. Then there were strange infodumps about inconsequential tech or biology that showed up at random. The whole bi-sexual, polyamorous relationship thing did not feel natural to the character or the story.
But what really bothered me was how un-military the military officers acted. The Captain did not read like an experienced naval officer. Pretty much all of the military world-building was hacked together.
Oddly, for all that, the combat scenes were decent.
The plot had promise. The big story was good. But all of the little bits were not well done. This needs content editing.
I don’t know if I will continue to follow the series. Some interesting concepts, but the execution is lacking as we go further.
I have really liked the series and the Starship Mage series. This book was an awkward read, it felt forced and contrived not like a story being shared and unfolding a new world for your imagination. It felt like a short story or novella that was used as an outline and given to a new writer to complete. It was not up to Mr. Stewart’s usual level of writing. The premise holds potential, but I felt like someone was trying to define the plot for the entire book. Not enough action. Missed opportunities to have multiple story lines developed and then tied together; such as detailing the tension of a possible upcoming coreward conflict rather than just a message saying things are tense. The book reads as if this was either written by another author or rushed to placate a contract deadline. I give it 2.5 stars.
I originally gave this 2.5 stars, after rereading the book I still feel it is not up to the usual standards but I may have been too harsh in my earlier rating. I would give it a 3.25 stars after reading it again.
The 7th book in the Duchy of Terra universe, Glynn Stewart's universe in which Terra (Earth) has become a duchy of an imperial star empire. The book picks up 10 years after the events of the last trilogy and explores the thread of the ancient 'Precursors' - a galaxy spanning empire that died out following an ill advised 'experiment' to change the laws of physics.
I need to stress this is not 'hard science fiction' - it is what may be commonly referred to as 'space opera' so if you are looking for hard technology descriptions you may be disappointed. But if you are looking for a gripping story, constructed in a consistent world / universe then this book is one I strongly recommend.
Reading the previous books in the series is strongly recommended as many of the plot points and storylines stretch back to some of the first books. The author does an outstanding job of revealing plot points that are actually foreshadowed in previous books - 'surprises' that the author reveals are cleverly hidden in previous books - which makes you want to go back and reread passages from previous stories in the series - those 'ah ha!' moments that make books readable over and over again.
Summary - another well written book from Glynn Stewart, an author who is following the traditions of story telling in a science fiction setting that are a tribute to the lineage of great sci fi story tellers going back to 1930s - well done book - strongly recommended.