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The first two installments were fairly linear in the storylines, helping to keep the edge on the action and character development. By the time you get to the final installment you understand the main characters and reading them is like putting on comfortable clothes. More was needed and Salyer provided just that. To make this series work a deeper context was needed. Through deft flashbacks and the introduction of some new antagonists the glancing blows against an empire gone bad is understood and all the inference the reader needs is provided. She could easily have focused on the characters amidst a two dimensional revolt against a central government that has turned on its people, but she chose the more difficult task of making the backdrop three dimensional. There is never any perfectly right or wrong in political conflict and Ms. Salyer crafted a story that leveraged new characters and old to pinpoint the different perspectives of an action. Through the POV of her main character, Aly Erikson, she weaves the uncertainty of intent and motivation of other characters deftly into the story, always propelling you along through crisp action. The final book in the series has a slightly different feel than the first two, but it is exactly the touch that is needed.
If you like well defined characters whose imperfections make them appealing along with an imaginative backdrop of war and peace that is crafted in a fine writing style, then the Spectras Arise Trilogy is a must read. Personally, I wouldn't mind Aly showing up again.
Maybe I should have taken a break before reading Books 1 & 2 and then I wouldn't have gotten so tired of it? Anyway, Book 1 was super, Book 2 was not bad, and Book 3 was barely ok. I do highly recommend Book 1, though.
Thank you Tammy for such great entertainment!!!