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Daring by Mike Shepherd
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Oct 30, 2011

really liked it

The Kris Longknife series has been favorite space opera fluff since its beginning, but with Daring, the series gets hardcore.

The last book had seemed a gassy bit of filler, a distraction from the interesting long arc of rapprochement between the humans and their generations-past former adversary, the Iteechee: it showed the worst side of Shepherd's writing, with a down-to-the-page formula of setup, pitched battle, plot complications and set-piece battle.

Here, Shepherd steps up his game as a writer as well as the arc of the series. Keeping it spoiler free, a serious Big Bad is introduced, and people die. A lot of people die. It's a rough read, with only the trademark warm wisecracking, and an early taste of Kris/Vickie slashiness, to temper as hard a war story as military SF produces.

The next volume's entitled "Kris Longknife: Furious," and from where this one ends, oh yeah. Watch out, universe.

I can't wait.

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