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Rihannsu: The Bloodwing Voyages (Star Trek: Rihannsu #1-4)

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THE HISTORIC SAGA BEGINS Born in the twilight years of Vulcan's violent and passionate past, those who declared themselves "Rihannsu" chose to reign free in the unknown reaches of space rather than to serve under the new tyranny of logic. Having severed themselves from their homeworld, they survived the perilous voyage across the stars to wash ashore on a distant planet, t ...more
ebook, 784 pages
Published December 19th 2006 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing (first published 2000)
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Something of a guilty pleasure, maybe, but Diane Duane is my favorite Star Trek writer, and these books are fantastic. Her sensitive and creative development of the Romulan culture is thought-provoking and brings these books above and beyond the everyday space adventure beach-reading that is the norm for a Star Trek book.

A note on the edition - while I like that they gave up pretending that Honor Blade and Swordhunt were separate books, it would better to have the whole series in one volume. In
This is Romulans as they should have been, not what The Next Generation turned them into. This is an omnibus, containing 4 previously published books. I REALLY wish they would have included the last, and final book as well.

As for the story: The two first books are by far my favourites. They contain a look on the Romulan empire from the inside. A society ruled my "the ruling passion", that dictates the need to give your last water to your enemy, or kill your own child in the name of honor. We get
Jon Harbour
I've read the first two books in this volume years--decades--ago but wanted to pick up this complete edition to enjoy the entire story (sans the final volume, obviously). I was surprised to receive a large trade paperback for my piddling four dollars and change (shipped). The publisher, unfortunately, wants $30 for both the new e-book and paperback, which is completely ridiculous, so I bought used. The quality is outstanding! It's large but not heavy. I'm going to enjoy this, despite having full ...more
Златко Андоновски
This is actually a compilation of four Star Trek books that focus on the Romulans, fleshing out some details that were never made canon. I read somewhere that Gene Roddenberry himself disliked Diane Duane's version of things, but don't let that hold you back, because this is an awesome, awesome Star Trek book. Dare I say it, it's probably better than the TV series it's based on, at least from today's point of view. It somehow manages to be clever and offer far more satisfying details and logical ...more
Samuel Lubell
Star Trek: Rihannsu by Diane Duane. SF. 677 pages. This claims to be a collection of four of Diane Duane’s Star Trek novels. In reality, the last two “books” are one book (the second continues the chapter numbering from the previous one) and even combined are only two-thirds of a story. In the first book, the Enterprise is pulled away from a scientific mission to investigate problems in the neutral zone with the Romulans. This leads to a daring plan by a Romulan commander, who has become disgust ...more
Aug 23, 2008 Grace rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Trekkies older that ten
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Mark Freed
So, I finally finished reading this book; all 760-some-odd pages of it. I find that it ends... in a cliff-hanger?!?!?!?!?!?! With an advertisement on the last page to buy the conclusion, "The Empty Chair"!!!


Otherwise, it is a well-written story. I enjoy reading Diane Duane's books. She spins a good yarn of the continuing struggle between the Federation and the Romulan Star Empire. I look forward to reading the epic conclusion to find out the fate of the c
Actual rating would be 3.5 stars. The series stands together very well and has a great balance of familiar characters, new figures, history, and action. I wish it included The Empty Chair so the entire story were complete in this volume.
there are only 2 problems with this book
1. why on earth isn"t the final volume included? (seriously we need a complete book)
2. it's not hardback. it should have been, because you would want to re -read it often.
Paul Pautler
A very interesting, if non-canon view of Romulan culture. It bridges the gap between TOS and TNG elegantly, explaining the honourable Romulans of Kirk's time as compared to the treacherous Romulans of Picard's time.
Chris Szitovszky
Three books in one. The first one was excellent. The second one was good. The third was ok. Are you sensing a pattern here?
My favorites were definitely, "My Enemy, My Ally" and "The Romulan Way", but "Honor Blade" and "Swordhunt" were also good.
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Diane Duane has been a writer of science fiction, fantasy, TV and film for more than thirty years.
Besides the 1980's creation of the Young Wizards fantasy series for which she's best known, the "Middle Kingdoms" epic fantasy series, and numerous stand-alone fantasy or science fiction novels, her career has included extensive work in the Star Trek TM universe, and many scripts for live-action and a
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