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- Publication Date: April 23, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JW70C32
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The inhabitants of Guan-Yu are pawns in an interstellar chess game. An alien race called the Aireni, set themselves up as “angels” over an agrarian human colony. Using the natives as breeding stock, the angels developed super-soldiers, calling them royals and setting them at the highest tier of the Aireni-imposed caste system. The royals are the Aireni’s weapon against the Great Evil, a mysterious entity that consumed the Aireni home world.
The League of Human Nations finds out about the Aireni super-soldiers. A rogue war hero, realizing the potential danger to his race, commandeers a ship and destroys Guan-Yu in a suicide mission. But the crafty Aireni have a contingency plan. They send out three groups of refugees from Guan-Yu to make a home in the wild and preserve the bloodline until the “angels” return. Together they will defeat the Great Evil.
In my opinion, what Katson does best is point of view. She buries her reader deep in the head of her characters, creating intense, emotionally developed narrators for her tale. Anchoring the action to the points of view of three different Guan-Yu refugees and one of the attackers, she hops from character to character, telling the same story multiple ways. Yeah, that’s right, she has four main characters—and she totally pulls it off.
A caution (and a whole paragraph of mixed metaphors): Crucible is a slow-burn. Katson doesn’t rush her story; this is a marathon, not a 5K. We’re not making beer here, people, we’re making brandy, and good brandy needs to be aged. While this book is a complete novel, Katson clearly intends to play out the larger story over the entire trilogy, so you will want to read these books in order.
And, when Book 2 is available, I shall.
Read Crucible. Highly recommended.
I won't rehash the story line here, it's been done in the description and in other reviews.
Ms. Katson again creates a world, or in this case a universe, that you quickly feel like you've always known - no matter how different it is. And this world is very very different. While not obvious at first the characters you think are like us are slowly revealed as not. Or are they?
I'm trying hard not to use the word epic here, but it keeps coming to mind. Although not at all similar in setting, story, or even style, it reminds me somehow of Weber's Safehold series. The almost-primitive people of Guan-Yu struggle to survive winter and feed themselves yet there are tremendous space battles brewing above them. I can't wait to see what happens next.
If there's anything at all to complain about it's that so far a central character has yet to emerge, rather there are three, possibly four, who seem to share that position. Not that this is bad, it's just a bit different to me. Also the editing is very good but not perfect. Together these would account for a half-star deduction, but I'm rounding it up to five because the story is so good.
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I love the exciting adventures and character development. I wish I could jump with the shaves hips, I mean space ships and trek across a different planet...Read more
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