The Praxis (Dread Empire's Fall #1)
For millennia, the Shaa have subjugated the universe, forcing the myriad sentient races to bow to their joyless tyranny. But the Shaa will soon be no more. The dread empire is in its rapidly fading twilight, and with its impending fall comes the promise of a new galactic order . . . and bloody chaos.
A young Terran n...more
Space Opera - I just love it. This, “The Praxis” from Walter Jon Williams, is indeed what I believe to be classified as space opera. We have alien races, epic space battles and operatic situations.
This is the first part of “Dread Empire’s Fall” trilogy, and it starts off rather slowly. In fact, it starts off so slowly we don’t really get to any significant action until three quarters of the way through the novel.
Which seems to annoy many readers, but not...more
What it's about? Roughly, humanity is part of a Romanesque galactic empire 10000 years in the future. Travel is done through wormholes, the navy hasn't fought a real war...ever.
In short, it's about the collapse of an empire, and it avoids a lot of the typical trappings of sci-fi: the protagonists aren't simply...more
The Praxis is a great beginning. It sets up a fascinating multiple sentient empire ruled by the Shaa for eons. The two main...more
I like the way space travel worked in this one. There is the typical "magic wormholes" that let you go FTL, but between wormholes you...more
There are however some things I didn't quite like. One is that Williams manages to both rush into story and draw it out. He rushes in to explain the basis of whole Praxis system of government and introduction of species but manages to draw out story development so "good stuff" only starts...more
Too much time was spend on the early character development while neglecting the main plot.
This is my second attempt and I'm glad I finally finished it as it finished really strong. Probably will read the sequel.
Update: the next 2 books in this series make slogging through this book worth the effort.
And it did start slow. But I stuck with it. And then it emerged as well done. Perhaps our heroes are too much involved as the only ones who can think of new solutions to the problem of warfare in an age where nothing has changed for thousands of years.
A subtler way might have been for their new tactics bein...more
It's real good setting, lot's of good world building, a couple of solid leads. Honestly, the only real problem I had was a repeated flashback delve into the backstory of one of the leads. I thought it was clear early on what was going to happen, but 50 plus pages were spent on some...more
This story, however, is about a stagnant and decadent society, so the characters are firmly within reach. It's a bit baroque, but interesting. I hope it doesn't turn into a David Weber, where at the end Martinez and Sula are saviors and rulers of the universe, perhaps deified as the new embodiment of the Praxis to keep the peace...more
The only reason it doesn't get four stars is that space opera isn't my favourite kind of SF.