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Against the Odds

(The Serrano Legacy #7)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  2,736 ratings  ·  53 reviews

The worst has happened: Fleet is tearing Itself apart. Some of the mutineers see injustice in the unequal spread of the rejuvenation drugs that offer virtual immortality to the rich; others are simply thirsty for power, or for blood. The Loyalists, meanwhile, fight desperately to preserve the rule of law In Familias Regnant space.

But when Esmay Suiza-Serrano Is u
Kindle Edition, US Edition, 544 pages
Published December 1st 2000 by Baen Books (first published 2000)
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Carolyn F.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really good series. Someone I thought was not so much good but more opportunistic turned all bad and took some people down with him. The ending was a little to HEA especially with Lady Cecelia. Enjoyed the book.
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Katie Bee
I get that there's a mutiny on and that Moon has a lot of balls in the air. But the best authors manage to balance and control those balls; Moon doesn't quite. The plot ends up scattered and confusing, without a center or a sense of progression. Characters drift in and out. Plot threads start up out of nowhere, with no foreshadowing or sense of place.

The characters are still great. The sexist overtones that began to be introduced in the Esmay/Barin relationship made me roll my eyes, the brillian
Jun 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-fi fans, those who like strong female lead characters
Shelves: sci-fi, 2011
I really enjoyed this finale to the Serrano series. Lots of ends were tied up satisfactorily and although everyone didn't live happily ever after, there was a satisfying sense of closure.

I will miss Cecelia, Heris, Brun, Esmay and Barin though. The seven books of the series were a wonderful adventure story in a well realised milieu, and I was left wanting more!

First read June 2008
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the grand conclusion to the Serrano Legacy by Elizabeth Moon. In my experience in most series, the first book is the best and the rest don't quite measure up. Not so with this series. Each book was a great read but this one, the last is definitely the best. In this one all the surviving characters from the first six books are back to finish out their stories and the overall story of the Familias Regnant. This book is the end of the Familias Regnant series, but the end is, indeed, ve ...more
MB (What she read)
Mar 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Space opera fans who like complex plots & strong female characters
Wow! It is really rare for me to come across a series that is 7 books long that is so tightly plotted and complex. With great character developments, complicated plots, and suspense. Most of all, where every book builds on the other and in the final book, the strings come together for a very cathartic conclusion. Kudos to Moon, that is hard to do, and rare for me--a reader--to find.

This series builds slowly. I read the first 3 books several years ago and found them suspenseful and humorous. I ha
Beth Cato
This is book 7, the final volume in the Serrano Legacy series.[return][return]Chaos reigns across Familias Regnant space. The Speaker has again been assassinated. Part of the Fleet has mutinied, breaking prisoners out of high security Copper Mountain and commandeering several crafts. Common citizens feel oppressed by the rejuvenated upper class, and are unable to advance as superiors remain perpetually young and don't retire. Characters from throughout the series emerge--Lady Cecelia, Esmay Suiz ...more
Cyn Armistead
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading the entire Serrano Legacy series by Elizabeth Moon, and I'm experiencing fiction letdown syndrome. You know, when you've been totally engaged in a marvelous world that's so believable, and then suddenly, it's over! It's hard to come back to this world afterwards.

Moon mixes spaceships, horses, high-tech medicine, fencing, space battles, and religious fanaticism to create an amazingly believable universe. The Familias Regnant is a far-flung entity whose citizens follow many
Right...ah. Hmm. So. The book is a little more coherent than its immediate predecessor -- seems like Moon does better when there's more procedural stuff, when we're really immersed in the military aspect or at least the nitty-gritty of flying a ship. The action is vibrant, but the politicking is vague.

It's still a bit more scattered in terms of plot and POV than I'd like. A lot of things that I would have liked to have seen happened offstage; lots of stuff happened onstage that I'm not sure need
It was an interesting book, tying together the prior two trilogies well and putting their stories somewhat in order, but didn't really tie up all of the plot lines in the universe. It also looks like there weren't any more books after this in the series.

I'm not sure what was up with Margiu Pardalt. By the description in the book, she's obviously the one on the cover of the book, and the book opens up with a scene containing her, but then she completely fades into irrelevance, being mostly a "Bob
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A rousing climax to the series! Mutineers try to take over Fleet while loyalists struggle to defend. Heris is among the many officers who are thrown back into the chaos on whatever ship is nearby, separate from her crew. Barin and Esmay get married, to the ire of their families, and are separated when war breaks out. Brun finds herself becoming more politically active, and the Benignity is having its own internal conflict while it tries to manipulate the Familias through its agents. Lots and lot ...more
Daniel Bratell
It's been a long trip but here we are at the last of the Serrano Legacy books, where Elizabeth Moon tied many of the loose ends together.

I am not completely happy with how it all ended though. A combination of events and behaviour that was hard to believe (no, love struck people do not have to lose every single brain cell) and events that were glossed over makes it seem rushed. A "let's get it over with" book. A pity, but there were some really good books on the way so it's what it is.

The book i
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is really the second half of Change of Command. Still dealing with the Mutiny of some of the Fleet Forces who were associated with Admiral Lepescu in book 1. Brun comes into her own as a politician. Lady Cecilia and Miranda, the widow of the assassinated head of the Familias, get into trouble. Esmay and Barin try to get together. More exciting read than the last book. This is the last book of the series which began with Sporting Chance
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Series has a great amount of female heroes who get abused mentally or physically and besides that manage to come out of it on top. A little bit too much of same pattern used in story lines, but otherwise pace is good and universe is interesting.
Falynn - the TyGrammarSaurus Rex
One of my favourites of the series and the author did a good job of tying up most of the loose ends. The Livadhi subplot seemed a little forced though.
Paula Maylin
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book as an ending to the series.
Susan Sarabasha
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Exciting and well written. BUT too many characters to keep track of. Of course at the end they all do come together but it felt fractured instead of whole.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wow Doesn’t matter how often I read this series, it just get better and better!!! I love it, well done!!
Marsha Valance
Fleet is tearing itself apart. Some of the mutineers see injustice in the unequal spread of the rejuvenation drugs that offer virtual immortality to the rich; others are simply thirsty for power, or for blood. The Loyalists, meanwhile, fight desperately to preserve the rule of law in Familias Regnant space. But when Esmay Suiza-Serrano is unceremoniously booted out of Fleet, the apparent victim of Family politics, she has no idea of the whirlwind of conflict into which she is about to be drawn. ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will actually review this series, one day. For now, let me say this:
The series is delightful. Not brilliant, it lacks polish and good plotting, and the author has a serious problem with forshadowing/deus ex machina/finishing the story.
But... I enjoyed the ride. I love Heris and Esmay and Cecelia as characters, flat as they were.
They should rename the series "Old and Cunning Aunties Take Over the Universe" or something. Which is quite unique in sf-land (or fantasy-land, or, well, most books re
Alex Shrugged
"Against the Odds" by Elizabeth Moon winds up the Serrano/Suzia series. I liked it but it is really the ending of the pair of books "Change of Command" and "Against the Odds". The publishers have issued these two SciFi novels as a single omnibus book "The Serrano Succession".

The story: The Mutineers continue their riot across Familias Space and the border enemies are sharpening their swords for an attack... especially the Benighty. The Familias government has no strong leader so the Families are
Steven Allen
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Note spoilers below, don't read if you do not want to know what happens in the book before you read it.

A very good end to the series, although I am hoping for a reboot. Maybe Barin and Esmay's kids enter Fleet and have to do something. Or Heris finally gets married and has children who enter Fleet. Hell, even Brun, although she is already a mother of twins, maybe her twins enter Fleet after growing up with Ronnie and Raffa.

I can see why the Brun character irritated so many calling her a Mary Sue
The seventh and final book in the Familias / Serrano / Suiza saga is also the second part of the story arcs begun in the predecessor book, "Change in Command". Thankfully, it's considerably less somber (on the whole) and has a good deal more action than that set-up book, and the familiar characters of Heris Serrano and Esmay Suiza finally get back into the action. Surprisingly, "Against the Odds" finds time to create new problems for the "good guys" and doesn't deal explicitly with the resolutio ...more
This was another one I devoured in about three days, ahead of other books which actually are due first. But, well. This sort of ties up issues with all the old gang - it doesn't *fully* resolve the issues facing the whole Familias Regnant (and how could it?), but does most of the personal plotlines. Having said that, if you don't already have an affection for the characters, you might find this unsatisfying. There are a couple of plotlines that sort of wander off into nowhere, and there's not *q ...more
Dec 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this is pretty good space opera, it isn't my favorite by Elizabeth Moon. The story feels rushed, as though it should have been two books, but was smashed into one. There are so many character viewpoints that it can be confusing, even if you've read all the previous books, because not only does it bring back many characters, it also introduces new characters.

I also am annoyed with the end. When (view spoiler)
Tammy Terrace
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not nearly as satisfying of a read as the earlier books in the series. The authors habit of always having life-partners die in battle, leaves a bitter after taste for what is to follow. It is vividly like the real world in that the settling of a battle is but the beginning of a new series of problems but in fiction I like to find answers and resolutions at the end of a series and not open ended enigma that leaves the characters one has come to love, open to more of the same disasters. By itself ...more
Aug 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, even this military procedural of a book at the end made me cry, the sap that I am... I know I am pathetic, but I will miss the charterers in this series. Ms. Moon is very good at creating characters you want to be around, know them inside out and have them as friends next to you.... She is very good at giving layers to their humanity which makes them not only worthy of admiration, but also at times can make you frustrated with their all too human imperfection. There were several times I en ...more
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Okay, series over. Cecelia's bit at the ending felt a little odd. I think it was wrapped up too neatly. If this series were a cake, I would say that it had the wrong consistency. And I really hate what the author did to Heris and Petris. (view spoiler) There was a lot of moraliz ...more
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Really more like 1.5. The Familias universe becomes even more annoyingly sexist (and I don't think the author quite meant it to appear that way, but it really, really is); the main romance is incredibly unsatisfying; and the action flits about hither, thither, yon and back again so often that the book has no center.

I do like the characters and the universe, not to mention the genre. But the book is (barely) readable and enjoyable despite itself... never a good thing.
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fine ending to the Serrano Legacy series. I liked that it gave us a good sense of how things turn out for several main characters, yet doesn't wrap everything up in a tidy bow. There were big issues that were addressed in this series, some of which are dealt with, and some of which are only beginning to be dealt with. And I'm okay with that!
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Elizabeth Moon was born March 7, 1945, and grew up in McAllen, Texas, graduating from McAllen High School in 1963. She has a B.A. in History from Rice University (1968) and another in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin (1975) with graduate work in Biology at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

She served in the USMC from 1968 to 1971, first at MCB Quantico and then at HQMC. She marrie

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