"That idiot Ivan" finally gets his own book. And while Miles will always be the more fun character, Ivan Vorpatril is perfectly capable of carrying a...more"That idiot Ivan" finally gets his own book. And while Miles will always be the more fun character, Ivan Vorpatril is perfectly capable of carrying a story by himself.
Going into this book, I knew that Ivan would finally get married. But he gets married in a way that's far more interesting than one would expect. The particulars are more similar to The Warrior's Apprentice and Komarr than I would like. However, that passes fairly quickly and the rest of the story is engaging. Ivan has definite reasons for acting the way he's always acted. I can identify with him better than I can identify with Miles. Ivan is more, well, normal and doesn't share his cousin's frenetic need for constant "forward momentum".
While I really want to read another book about Mark Vorkosigan (Mirror Dance definitely wasn't enough), I'd also be happy to read more stories about Ivan.(less)
This is the 13th book in David Weber’s Honor Harrington series. When the series started, back in 1992, it was pretty easy to follow. Sequel followed sequel and each book picked up where the last left off. More recently, in 2002, Weber approved the creation of two sub-series. The result is that the plotline and scope of the “Honorverse” expanded dramatically
The first sub-series was “The Wages of Sin”, starting with Crown of Slaves, which follows book #10, War of Honor. The second sub-series was “Saganami Island”, starting with The Shadow of Saganami, chronologically following both book #10 War of Honor and Crown of Slaves.
Later mainline novels, such as At All Costs and Mission of Honor, incorporated elements of both sub-series. The plotline of the sub-series’s increasingly started to drive the plotline and direction of the main series. This book, A Rising Thunder, is Weber’s attempt to fully tie the main series into the elements and events of the two sub-serieses.
The resulting book is a bit of a boring train wreck. It does include characters and plot elements from both sub-series. What it doesn’t include is a lot of action. Given that all 3 serieses are built around action, this is a glaring omission. Mostly what we get is a lot of talking, as officials in 3 or 4 locations talk about how recent events will affect future events. I remember one main battle, out of 464 pages. Given how action packed the previous books have been, this was a major letdown.
In some respects, a slow book was almost inevitable. Given how much things have changed over the last several books, there needed to be an attempt to tie everything together and then to re-launch the series in its new direction. But I feel that the relaunching could have been achieved with a greater economy of words and a bit more action.
Perhaps the most damning indictment I have is that most fans would be best served by reading a plot summary of this book rather than reading the book itself.