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- Publisher: Imperial Guard Publishing, LLC (August 11, 2009)
- Publication Date: August 11, 2009
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004IPQDZE
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But I accumulate ebooks, particularly free ones. Then, when I am casting about for something new to read, I scroll through the library on my tablets/Kindles until something strikes my fancy. I’ve encountered several series that were good enough to hold my interest, at least until the cost of the next book exceeded my interest level.
So when I began First Contact, the first of the In Her Name series, I wasn’t expecting more than a decent read. God, was I surprised. By the time I finished that first book, I owned all nine books in the series. I’ve finished reading them and not only am I disappointed to have reached the end, I want to know what happens to the characters after! There aren’t many series that I react to like that. The only science-fiction series that compares, in my mind, is David Weber’s Honor Harrington series, and from me, that is high praise indeed. I’d give these books six stars if I could - or perhaps ten. They’re that good.
A bit of a review. I went into this book with less than stellar hopes. I absolutely loved In Her Name: Empire with the exception of the abrupt ending where Reza decides to leave the life he had earned and the love he had found because of a promise he made to himself when he was about 14 years old and a completely different person. Really I was quite perplexed by that very sudden turn of events. I had (foolishly) built into my mind the expectations to see what it would be like for him to have to go to war against his former people and to get a good look into the war completely from the Kreelan side of things. Alas this was not to be and instead took the path of him returning to humanity and reintegrating himself blah blah blah.
*sigh* I apologize if I sound overly negative but, like I said, I went into this book with lowered expectations.
1.) The last about 30% of the book went by very quickly in an exciting climax where things really come together.
2.) I find myself still liking Reza despite him being a somewhat cliche character type
3.) The Story overall is pretty good
4.) The characters that are introduced are all very fleshed out and relate able. They aren't perfect and neither it turns out is Reza
1.) I mentioned above that the last 30% of the book was a fast past thrill ride right? Well don't let that make you think that the rest of the book sucked. I enjoyed it myself but my gripe is that after the general purity of the Kreelan way of life it made a stark portrayal of all the human backstabbing and greedy power-plays all the more depressing.
2.) Because of this human element the book went by more slowly for me than it's predecessors did
While not as good as the first this book is still well worth the read if only for the more satisfactory ending it enjoyed. It still wasn't perfect, being much slower for me in the greater portion, but I remain interested to see how the story concludes. I'm just keeping my expectations controlled this time.
I found some areas of the novel to be quite wordy and far lengthier than comfortable. The author spends a few pages describing the history of new characters sometimes, despite some of them residing in the background for the majority of the novel. Most of this information was forgotten and never brought up again, and the essential bits of knowledge of these background characters could have been conveyed within a sentence or two.
As it turns out, Reza ultimately encounters the spirit of First Empress after a pair of his companions unwittingly discover her final resting place which in turn leads to his reunion of Esah-Zura. The moment that they are the presence of one another again, nothing else matters. The irony is that humans - the very people he returned to defend - are the ones who ultimately betray him. Caught between his honor and the unyielding doctrine of the Way, it seems that he is destined to perish utterly bereft of everything that he loves and both races are doomed to oblivion. The other characters are either ineffectual (Jodi) or completely stupid (Thorella & his ilk).
No longer completely human and yet still cut off from the Way, it doesn't look good for our hero.
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The Story of Reza Gard Continues after his expulsion from the Kreelan Empire. After his return to Human occupied space, he has to adapt back in normal life, which is not easy for someone who has not seen another human since he was a small boy on the orphan planet from where he was taken by the Kreelans; his only possession is a silver cross given to him by a girl whose life he had once saved and a letter from a former army colonel.
Reza Is not trusted and is seen as a misfit by many, but some see him as he really is and become loyal and trusted friends. Together they fight the Kreelans and those of the Human Race who would use this alien in a human skin to further their own lust for power and greed.
If you have not read the previous trilogy, then do that first (the first book is free!). I don't think you will be disappointed.
The tale focuses mainly on Reza as he moves through training as a marine, and concentrates on his relationships with his marine colleagues, but also a couple of female's who have played a role in his life.
The Kreelans dont really feature much, although the final few chapters where they do are perhaps the best part of the book.
I suppose it's always going to be a personal preference with book reading, for me this series has really captured my interest, and although the main focus of my interest at first was the Kreelans I find that I really enjoyed the storyline with Reza, and I'm sure that in the third installment this will continue, although hopefully with a bit more action involving the Kreelans.
I suppose it could be seen as a good thing that the 'future science' is all based on hyper-space, in its various levels.
This series has a strong element of neo-fantasy - the blood sings instantaneously across the galaxy.
But a superb variation on the normal run of 'mankind meets overwhelming forces'.
There is surely a follow-up series there - mankind meets a reformed, peaceful former enemy and they all live happily ever after.
Well, I like a happy ending !
There are quite a few unexpected twists and turns in the plots and these keep you guessing on outcomes throughout.
Having read the three series my only criticism is that there are anomilies between each of the series but those did not retract from my enjoyment.
I would recommend these books as a good read and I hope my review will not be penalised because of the mention I make of the three series.
I was not too interested in the new characters and found their relationships tiresome. However as usual Mr Hicks weaves a lovely world/universe setting that is totally believable.
I felt very moved by Reza's predicament and his feelings of loss. Sending him to join the marines was a great idea and I would have liked to have seen him use his enhanced abilities more.
Again you feel challenged about knowing who the good guys and bad guys are! I'm still on the Kreelans side!!!
If you enjoyed Book 1 as much as I did then I recommend you buy this!
I'm currently reading the third book of the Harvester trilogy, but I've nearly finished. Then what???