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The Romulan Way

(Star Trek: Rihannsu #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,335 ratings  ·  61 reviews
They are a race of warriors, a noble people to whom honor is all. They are cousin to the Vulcan, ally to the Klingon, and Starfleet's most feared and cunning adversary. They are the Romulans, and for eight years, Federation Agent Terise LoBrutto has hidden in their midst. Now the presence of a captured Starfleet officer forces her to make a fateful choice between exposure ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 254 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by Pocket Books (first published 1987)
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David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
I just received this book as an early Christmas present from the amazing and wonderful Branwen! She recently convinced me to start watching Star Trek, and I have been loving it. This book was a perfect gift, since she knows "Balance of Terror" with the Romulans has been my favorite episode so how much I love the ornery-but-so-good-at-being-ornery Dr. McCoy! :D
As "Balance of Terror" is one of my favorite Star Trek episodes, in my youth I followed Diane Duane's collection of novels avidly as they explored who and what the Romulans really were.

I do not "agree" with her version of the Romulans (I have my own "private" Star Trek universe with my own take on these Vulcan offshoots; you can see some of it on my blog:

Ms. Duane is, nevertheless, a pretty good author and I like the character of Ael. I'm not so taken with Duane'
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Definitely not my favorite of the series.
Dec 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
The Romulan Way is widely considered one of the best classic Trek novels for good reason. Written before Star Trek: The Next Generation began to form a more solid canon interpretation of the Romulans, the novel gives an insight into the culture and history of a race millennia old, similar to Duane's treatment of the Vulcans in Spock's World . The Romulans are rendered in careful detail as a powerful, passionate, honorable, and highly independent people who are at the same time extremely distrus ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans who enjoy background
Recommended to Debbie by: Amber
Shelves: science-fiction
This novel, 2nd of 4 of the "Rihannsu" series, encompasses three stories - the struggle of Arrhae, a Federation spy, to immerse herself in the culture and build relationships with the Romulans on one of their home planets, the rescue of Doctor McCoy from the Romulans, and the history of how the Romulans came to be.
It's always fun to read another Star Trek novel. I'm kind of a sucker for "honor" stories and aliens with special powers.
Diane Duane is a good writer and includes lots of new t
Oct 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Either my first or second Star Trek book ever, this is phenomenal. A fantastic book on the origins of an offshoot race (Romulans from the Vulcans), I found the backstory chapters (interspersed with the 'modern time' chapters) far more interesting. Its also when I ran into the difference between "canon" and "non-canon", as well as my first introduction into the mind-bogglingly lame and obnoxious Trekker tendency to worship TV canon (to the point of needing to actively disparage book stories). Tha ...more
Sheryl Tribble
Oct 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this, but I'm not sure it's going to wear well for re-reads. Every other chapter is a run down on Romulan history, and that could get a bit dry at times.

I think it'd also bug people who like to see the series characters interact; McCoy is the only one you see much of. I quite like Duane's original character and the story she and McCoy are in is good, but I'm less enthused about the book as a whole.
Jun 07, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a horribly written book, fan fiction at its worst. There is honestly nothing of merit here, it is a ponderous read, like trying to run with your feet glued inside the trainers AND then glued to the ground. YECHHHH.

Do you want to know what's really embarrassing? my copy is signed by the authors.

I wonder, could I get a refund as my copy as been scribbled in?

P.S. It really is signed, I am not joking.
Jan 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-trek
Nice look at the Romulon empire through the eyes of a deep cover spy for the Federation. Makes them come alive and feel like more than token bad guys.
Back in the day, when there was only about a half dozen people writing Trek novels, Diane Duane was one of the ones that I'd always buy. You knew you'd get a solid read.

Jul 30, 2007 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the Romulan culture stuff (as usual, Duane should've been asked to write anything in the movies involving the Rihansu), but found the premise of the McCoy plot and the ending to be rather implausible and over the top for my personal taste. But, well, it's Star Trek.
Dec 16, 2009 rated it it was ok
Mind-numbingly bad, but a must-read for Star Trek: TOS fans anyway.
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
An unfortunate collision of two things that could have been much better had they been kept apart. On one hand there's a pretty neat history of Romulans. Though rendered noncanon, it's a great work of imagination. I found it to be the more compelling half of the book.

The other half is a stilted Heart of Darkness kind of story. Leonard McCoy is sent to exfiltrate a sleeper agent who has been living as a Romulan for years. Of course, she decides to stay. McCoy gets out of harms way with the help of
Ronald Wilcox
Main storyline: 2 stars. Recounting of the history of the Rihannsu: 4 stars.

The main storyline is about a secret agent in deep cover from the Federation at the Romulan home world who for the last two years had stopped sending reports back to the Federation. McCoy gets himself purposefully captured by the Romulans so that he can make contact with her. Storyline was kind of weak and hard to follow at times and the climax was kind of hokey.

But ...

The descriptions of the history of how the Rihannsu
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
I really wanted to enjoy this book but I was getting kind of bored with the main story as I was not very entertained by what appeared to be a Romulan Jane Austen book mixed with chapters of Romulan history. At least the end got good but I was was fighting to read through this one.

It reminded me of the The Final Reflection in its establishing of history of one of the big powers in Star Trek but since these books are not canon it eventually all becomes a moot point with the Next Generation and al
Hannah Givens
I love the idea of this, but in practice it doesn't land. Every other chapter is a history of the Rihannsu, and while they've my favorite Trek race except for Vulcans and I found the content interesting, it absolutely kills any momentum the book might've had. I also enjoyed the characters, but with no momentum and only half the space of a regular novel, they don't really have a chance to be fleshed out or to interact with each other much. I love Naraht, but he seemed like an extraneous addition ...more
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks to a recent conversation with a fellow Trekkie at work I picked this up for the first time in about thirty years. I skipped the history parts and just read the McCoy storyline, and it still holds up after all these years. I suspect I am missing something having not read the author's previous books, but it is still a delight to delve into this world and to hang out with my favorite southern doctor on the home world of my favorite sci-fi villains. (If whoever wrote the movie Nemesis had rea ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi, star-trek
While the dialogue is a little forced (and completely implausible towards the end for some of the characters), Duane crafted a history of the Romulans that I found more interesting and compelling than the history that actually got used in "canon".
Darran Summerfield
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved Dr McCoy getting some of the attention
Wetdryvac Wetdryvac
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one keeps growing on me over time.
Michelle Hanson
a bit dry.. like reading a history book
Jennifer Linsky
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Still a favorite after all these years.
Drake Tungsten
A good story about the origins of the Romulans. I wonder if anyone's done a similar book on the origins of the Klingons.
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
A much more detailed look at Romulan culture, history and society, reading like an anthropology book in parts. Solid story, though, and very enjoyable.
Adrian Halpert
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Am I going to be tested on this?
I was quite concerned as I read this particular Star Trek installment that there would be an exam at the end of the book and I felt as though I should have been taking notes throughout!
Why is this you ask? While adding some interesting ideas to the Star Trek universe, The Romulan Way felt more like reading a history textbook than a novel. To be fair, the history of the Romulan, or Rihannsu, migration was fairly interesting. However, as I was reading, I couldn't
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Romulan Way is actually 2, maybe 3, novellas in one. One, this is a fascinating, absolutely astonishing building of the world of the Rhiannsu, the Romulans--why this part of the Vulcan species split off, how their culture, language, customs, religions developed; their journey across many light years to find a planet, 2 planets, to call their own. Duane builds their linguistics, their code of honor, their government and does it in a well-written, detailed historical account. Two, a Starfleet ...more
Diana Sanderson
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Romulan Way is actually 2, maybe 3, novellas in one. One, this is a fascinating, absolutely astonishing building of the world of the Rhiannsu, the Romulans--why this part of the Vulcan species split off, how their culture, language, customs, religions developed; their journey across many light years to find a planet, 2 planets, to call their own. Duane builds their linguistics, their code of honor, their government and does it in a well-written, detailed historical account. Two, a Starfleet ...more
May 27, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1987, star-trek
[These notes were made in 1987:]. Of recent years, it seems to me that Star Trek writers experienced enough to get published have also, paradoxically, been exhibiting signs of stiflement and boredom in the classic ST universe, as set up by Roddenberry. Here is a prime example -- a novel set, essentially, in an entirely different cultural framework (the Romulans) -- a whole new imaginative creation with little or nothing to do with the good ship Enterprise as we know it. The heroine is a Federati ...more
Mike Crate
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi, star-trek
I've said it before but when it comes to the "Romulans" the tv and movie representation (with the exception of TOS) fall way short of the standards set by the work of Diane Duane and Peter Morwood. Their books weave together a people and culture that has a depth and presence which rivals anything created by Star Trek even the Klingons and the Cardassians who were both represented well in DS9.
In The Romulan Way we have McCoy taken prisoner by a Romulan commander after the star liner he was on was
Don DeBon
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found this book very interesting and I enjoyed it. However it is not for everyone. And not every "Star Trek" fan either. Taking place back during the time of the original Enterprise (in the original universe) with Doctor McCoy, it is a deep dive into the history and culture of the Romulans.

It starts off in the "present" and draws the reader in and keeps them guessing for a while wondering what is going on. Then it alternates between the present and "history" chapters. While necessary, the his
Mikael Kuoppala
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
"The Romulan Way" is the second book in Diane Duane's Rihannsu series, following "My Enemy, My Ally". The book is an original piece of Trek lit bacause it's set completely in the Rihannsu homeworld and has only two clear main characters: McCoy and Arrhae; an ORIGINAL character, who's written as well as an apparent Mry-Sue character can be written. Believe me, I abhore Mary-Sue characterization, but you don't even notice it in this particular novel, so cleverly is it hidden among all the cultural ...more
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  • Dwellers in the Crucible
  • The Pandora Principle
  • Uhura's Song
  • Battlestations! (Star Trek: Fortunes Of War, #2)
  • The Final Reflection (Star Trek: Worlds Apart, #1)
  • Dreams of the Raven
  • Vulcan's Glory
  • The Rift
  • Yesterday's Son (Star Trek: The Original Series #11; The Yesterday Saga, #1)
  • Rules of Engagement
  • Demons
  • Ishmael (Star Trek: The Original Series, #23)
  • Corona (Star Trek: The Original Series #15)
  • Timetrap
  • Home Is the Hunter
  • Renegade
  • Crisis on Centaurus
Diane Duane has been a writer of science fiction, fantasy, TV and film for more than thirty years.
Besides the 1980's creation of the Young Wizards fantasy series for which she's best known, the "Middle Kingdoms" epic fantasy series, and numerous stand-alone fantasy or science fiction novels, her career has included extensive work in the Star Trek TM universe, and many scripts for live-action and a

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