The Sundering (Dread Empire's Fall #2)
The Dread Empire of the Shaa is no more, following the death of the last oppressor. But freedom remains elusive for the myriad sentient races enslaved for ten centuries, as an even greater terror arises. The Naxids—a powerful insectoid species themselves subjugated until the recent Shaa demise—plan to fill the vacuum with their own bloody domination, and have already won a...more
The alien Naxids have won a shattering victory, and the way is clear for an advance on the loyalist capital. To help save the city comes Lord Gareth Martinez, formerly a despised provincial officer, now a celebrate ...more
The two main characters in this book are just way too childish for my taste and it seems the author was too lazy to think of something interesting and choose the easy way to move the plot forward. I mean, how hard is to clear things up and talk to each other...
I first read this series about 5 years ago, this is my second reading, and it feels as though it has had a massive rewrite since then. I don't know whether it really has or not though.
The thing is it's scope is so massive, the characters so involving and the ideas so detailed and carefully constructed, I think I've just reimagined a lot of the details.
It is the kind of story that I have gone back to in my memory time and again, it's literally changed how I read science fiction.
We may be stuck in a situation where no new initiative has been used for thousands of years, but once it gets started, others can use their brains to come up with solutions.
Then there is the development of the love stor ...more
The story has two major subplots, Zanshaa and raiders. Former is interesting while latter takes an unexpected turn. However it's clear that Williams used an event there for the sake of ...more
The story is well written for the most part, with lots of great detail and a well fleshed out universe.
Why not five stars? The characters from other species are pretty flat and cartoonish. I can't imagine a universe where all these races ...more
The characters are good enough for me. Its paced well so the plot moves along (maybe a bit too fast) but it is easy enough to follow the events and it doesn't ever feel draggy.
Dialogue is pretty inane, but serviceable and there can be too much of it at times. There's just not much literary flourish here so if you're lookin ...more
Things pick up in the second half. The author does a good job of making sure his two protagonists get put in places that allow their strengths to shine: Martinez gets to do a lot of politicking a ...more
Again a dubious understanding of physics for a book supposedly using realistic physics, but did seem to be getting better.
Hopefully book three will show a similar level of improvement.
Anyway, highly recommended Space Opera. I'll be reading the conclusion very soon.
Hopefully Mr. Williams can manage to draw you in for an entire novel on his 3rd attempt...
I found it more engaging than the first book, but overall I feel that after setting up a very interesting universe, Williams shortchanges himself and his readers by using it as a background for human-centric space combat.