I have always loved Louise Marley's books from the first book I'd read of hers The Terrorists of Irustan, and this book is no different. Marley weavesI have always loved Louise Marley's books from the first book I'd read of hers The Terrorists of Irustan, and this book is no different. Marley weaves her characters into her stories. She blends plot, emotion, texture, sound, and culture expertly leaving you wanting to read more about the world that she creates.
That being said, I was frustrated with this book with how she treated the mystery of Oa - I felt that she took too long to unfold the mystery. I won't say much more because I don't want to leave spoilers. But overall, I would happily read it again, and recommend it to others....more
I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire series. That being said, I don't feel like it's a series that you can pick up in the middle (or at the end) andI have thoroughly enjoyed this entire series. That being said, I don't feel like it's a series that you can pick up in the middle (or at the end) and completely grasp the nuances of what's going on. I'm not entirely sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing? I've had discussions with friends, and feelings go both ways. Some friends feel that books (even in a series) should be able to stand on their own regardless of their position in a series. I'm not exactly sure what my position is on the matter - but this book, in this series, clearly is a part of a greater whole, and should be read as such.
I *really* don't want to say too much - because in saying much about this book, there will be spoilers. If you are a fan of the series, there is much in this book to think about. If you are picking up this book for the first time having never read anything in the Wess'Har books? Please *please* do yourself a favor, go pick up City of Pearl and start at the beginning.
If you are a fan of Traviss' Star Wars books and are likewise picking up her Wess'Har books for the first time, thinking this might be a good place to start...please see about re: City of Pearl :D
I wanted to read this book because I fell in love with Karen Traviss' wess'har novels, so was definitely looking forward to reading pretty much anythiI wanted to read this book because I fell in love with Karen Traviss' wess'har novels, so was definitely looking forward to reading pretty much anything else she writes. I'm also a Star Wars fan, but haven't read much in the Star Wars universe as far as tie-in novels but for one by Timothy Zahn a *long* time ago.
It took me a long time to get into it - but once I did, I was drawn into Ms. Traviss' typical characterizations and didn't really want to put the book down. I don't, however, feel that this book was nearly as good as City of Pearl - the first book in her wess'har novels....so comparing "first" books - I feel this was not as rich in environment or in characterization.
Would I read it again, though? *chuckle* Likely. Would I read on in the series? Definitely....more