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Avatar Book Two of Two

(Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Avatar #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,177 ratings  ·  62 reviews
A new era begins in the annals of Deep Space Nine...As the story begun in Book One continues, the Federation prepares to launch a counterstrike against the Dominion. Searching for a way to prevent another galactic holocaust, Colonel Kira is forced to make a choice between being true to her faith and being true to her loyalties. Meanwhile, as the combined crews of Deep Spac ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 234 pages
Published May 2001 by Pocket Books
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The exciting conclusion to the introductory saga in the "Relaunch" Universe of Deep Space Nine!

This is the Book Two, in the story Avatar which opens the road to the expanded universe of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine after the ending of the TV series.

Since it was conceptualized as a two-book work, it's evident that while the first book has some initial action, you will find the really climatic moments on this second novel.

Colonel Kira Nerys shows that she is really in command of DS9, not just fi
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
AVATAR BOOK TWO is easily as good as book one. The drama, the action, the excitement, the suspense is all there and it builds up to an ear shattering and emotional crescendo like few Trek books ever have, or ever will. As I mentioned in my review of book one, the literary presentation of the TV Show's favourite characters are all perfect. The new ones - Elias Vaughn - as well as (SPOILERS) - are a stroke of pure genius, but Vaughn even more so. He has his own mysterious past that the reader know ...more
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After an outstanding Part I, Part II of S.D. Perry's Avatar books does not disappoint. Again, every character is given their due, and new characters are seamlessly integrated into the cast we're familiar with. Perry skillfully weaves together plot lines that explore Bajoran faith and uneasy Federation/Dominion politics post-war into a truly gripping, suspenseful read. And she deftly develops character backgrounds and relationships in a way that will have you feeling all the feels if you're a DS9 ...more
Crystal Bensley
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
These two books were great! I'm excited to get deeper into the DS9 relaunch. The new characters are great and so is seeing Ro again.
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
The concluding part of the Avatar duology builds on the momentum established in Book One. The discovery of an ancient text which lies at the center of a murder investigation leads Ro to uncover some unsettling truths about Bajor's Vedek Assembly. Meanwhile, Deep Space Nine's new Jem'Hadar ambassador, Kitana'klan, tests the resolve of the crew and the Enterprise finally docks at the station just in time for an incident which threatens the safety of everybody onboard.

Only two books into the relaun
Eric Stodolnik
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Satisfying conclusion. Great fun read when you're at the level of Trekkie where you've seen every episode of every season of every incarnation of Trek so many times... that you just want more... something new. It was great fun to join my favorite cast of characters (although slightly altered). Not to mention it was really fun to have the crew of the Enterprise-D/E join in on the action of this novel alongside the crew of DS9. I wanna say I enjoyed the first one more. This book seems to drag at c ...more
Oct 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Fun read! I was shocked by what happened to one of the characters at the end. If you’re looking for the next books in the series, they are:

Demons of Air and Darkness
What Lay Beyond: Horn and Ivory

…each of them is part of another series, but I assume they make it easy to skip through and finish this storyline without getting all completist.
Laura Fraser
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought this one was better than Avatar #1, insofar as I was seeing and hearing the characters and as I was reading. Nice to see Odo again, even if only by proxy. Definitely a decent read for die-hard DS9 fans.
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great pleasure reading. Well done.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Meh. "A Stitch in Time" by Andrew Robinson was fantastic, but this read a bit fanfictiony. Weak official start to the DS9 relaunch titles, I hope it gets better.
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Deep Space Nine fans who need more
The two books that make up the 'Avatar' duology should have been released as one novel, and I was glad to read that the author agrees with that. Together they tell one complete story, but when separated they feel very divided; the first book is all set up, the second is all payoff.

Kicking off the Deep Space Nine relaunch (stories set after the conclusion of the TV series) was a big undertaking. It's by far the richest and most complex Star Trek series in terms of characters and plot, and it brok
I will not let the Epilogue ruin the fun (long story short, the epilogue teases the one loose thread like this was a trilogy even though the followup book isn't for more than a few books down the line...which irritates me).

The hardest and most rewarding part about Deep Space 9 is that it is not episodic in nature. There are many episodes that do not bear their full weight without being experienced in series and, like that, Avatar bears no weight without the entirety of the television run behind
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
"... we'd be free to explore huge areas of new territory. There are unknown worlds to find, new cultures to experience... and just think of the untapped resources that would be available to us."

3 1/2 stars. I liked how S.D. Perry finishes up this duology. I feel like a lot of questions were answered at the same time as the DS9 relaunch got off to a really good start with a lot of promising things ahead. Like exploring new worlds and new cultures, which is at the very heart of Star Trek.

I rea
Nov 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This book concludes the new launch of Deep Space Nine and proves that, while the show may be over and there is not likely to be a transition to film like the two previous Star Trek series, the story is very much alive and far from over. It introduces new characters, reintroduces older ones, and revitalizes regular characters.
It is especially nice to see the regular return of Ro Laren, a great character that we didn't get to see enough of. Now she is really a part of a crew for the first time
Feb 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the conclusion of the Avatar series of books set on Deep Space Nine. We see what ultimately happens to the various story threads created in the first novel. Between the two, this is the more exciting book with more action and deeper meanings abound with many crew interactions. Like the first Avatar book, this one sets the stage for additional books set in the Deep Space Nine relaunch with Kira having a crisis of faith, Ro finally dealing with Picard, Ezri becoming more focused and finall ...more
David B
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
You have to take the long view when evaluating this book. If you come to this duology expecting a neat, self-contained story, you will be disappointed. However, as the set-up for the DS9 relaunch series, it has me looking forward to reading more. The greatest weakness of this book is that the action of the story is anti-climactic. In Book One we had a spectacular attack on DS9 and the investigation of a spooky abandoned spaceship; in Book Two, the action is mostly restricted to DS9 and the highl ...more
Alex Templeton
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
The Avatar duo picks up where the series of Deep Space Nine left off: Benjamin Sisko has gone to the Prophets in the wormhole, and the Alpha Quadrant is recovering from the Dominion War. Unfortunately, there are not to be too many calm days ahead, as three Jem'Hadar warships attack the station in a provocation of war. Meanwhile, a Bajoran prophecy is discovered that could throw both Deep Space Nine and the Bajoran religious order into chaos. I enjoyed these books, but I think my enjoyment of the ...more
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book picks up the pace compared to the first part of Avatar. Kira is one of my favorite Trek characters of all time and this book has reaffirmed that. Kira's actions in this book surprised me in a good way. I really liked the part where the vedek, kassidy, kira and ro argue in the security office...

"I'm tired of wondering whether or not I'm being manipulated by people who say they speak for the Prophets. I have my own relationship with them and I trust my own judgement. And whatever you thi
Shane Amazon
Oct 05, 2013 rated it liked it
There is no question that S.D. Perry can write a good book and Avatar's second book doesn't disappoint in that respect. Perry puts interesting characters in interesting situations and does so with compelling story arcs that make for a fun read. Book two has many different storylines that advance each character well. However, I did find that Perry drowned out many of the characters with endless internal dialogue and a narrative that consumed almost ninety-percent of the book. As I read along I wa ...more
Jenny T
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Although it didn't stand up as a complete story in its own right -- it re-told the events of Avatar Book One of Two from the perspective of other characters -- it did add some depth to the events of the previous book. The Jem'Hadar attack dragged on for a long time, but I've really come to like two of the new characters: Elias Vaughan, a former intelligence officer who has an epiphany after his encounter with an Orb and realizes he has seen enough of war. And Shar, a young Andorian officer, who ...more
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
S.D. Perry does an excellent job of continuing the multi-layer story of DS9. The religious crisis of the book of secular prophecies allowed for the book to delve into a deeper story of the meaning of religious faith then would have been possible on the show and its here where the arena of the written word proves its a better home for the character of DS9 then in episodic television. Although initially seeming very fanwankish, the pairing of ST's two top Bajoran females is perfect, paying off ver ...more
Nov 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans
This conclusion of the first DS9 novelization after the series ended satisfies. It wraps up the primary conflicts introduced in Book One while leaving enough kernels of interest unsettled to make me want to read the next book in the series. It does appear that I'll need to read the series in order without missing a book. That can be inconvenient, but it also allows for muck more progression and story development than if the books were largely episodic.
Aug 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek, 100-books
Book 2 of the Avatar mini-series was no worse than book 1. Part of it can best be described as a long game of hide and seek which is about as interesting to read as it sounds.

The story isn't very good, but the structure is horrible. If I hadn't made the commitment to read all the DS9 books I wouldn't bother picking up the next one. I hope the rest of the books in the "relaunch" are better and I sincerely hope, by the Prophets!, this author never writes another Quark scene.
I think this book is quite interesting as it shows what happens on DS9 after tv series and it shows more about the personal relationships and thoughts of each crew member than the TV show..the story is quite worthwhile, but could be more thrilling and contains more action. The problems in this two book series are resolved a bit too quick, but I can imagine that it offers a good start for a continuing story about the exploration of the Gamma quadrant.
Sean Randall
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm glad I carried on with this, for although the first book got things off to a slow start this did pick up the pace well. There are a lot of new characters, of course, and I don't know how much backstory to any of them there is - I could do with some sort of chronological list of these books really: i'm sure Wikipedia or Memory Beta has one somewhere.

Still, yes: an improvement on Voyager's relaunch direction, I feel, worth reading more of.
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek, ds9
The Avatar duology has left me very excited to continue reading the Deep Space Nine relaunch! I read them years ago, but I felt that a re-visit was in order. The DS9 relaunch will always have a special place on my shelf, and it's my pleasure to be able to review them again years later. DS9 was a special series with great writing and terrific characters, and it is so much fun to see it continue in this fashion. Onwards and upwards!

Full review:
Shelby Lynne
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Admittedly this was 3-star writing but the ending punched me so hard in the gut that I'm rounding up. Still livid about the continued Dax/Bashir romance, ditto on the Quark/Ro Laren, suspecting I should just resign myself to it, but liking the majority of the rest of the set-up and hoping the next installments step up the quality of writing. But of course, this is a Star Trek novel. Can I really be that picky?? 3.5 stars
A jemhadar has come to DS9 claiming he is from Odo. Meanwhile there is a heretical prophecy book that people will kill for. And on top of all that the alliance want to re-invade the Gamma Quadrant. A sequel to the first book, so you really should read that one first. This could be an episode in the TV series. There's some nice moments, and things happen that will change some characters forever. A good read.
'Nathan Burgoine
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
The relaunch of the DS9 series (post television finale) is continued in this, book two of a duet. The introduction of new characters mesh with those of the show, and the characterizations are right on par. The inclusion of Ro Laren into the series was a stroke of genius, and implementing a Jem-Hadar "diplomat" is also one heck of a coup.

Put simply, this is good, intelligent writing in the DS9 world. Nab it.
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SD Perry (Stephani Danelle, by the way, though she prefers SD or Danelle) has been writing novelizations and tie-ins for most of her adult life. Best known for her work in the shared multiverses of Resident Evil, Star Trek, and Aliens, SD is a horror nerd and an introvert. Her father is acclaimed science fiction author Steve Perry. SD lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.

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