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- Publisher: Faolan's Pen Publishing Inc. (October 14, 2018)
- Publication Date: October 14, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07JDSL2GW
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Duchy of Terra Trilogy
About the Trilogy
When the alien A!Tol (a*click*toll) Imperium arrives in orbit of Earth, our defenders try and fight. Overmatched, they send one ship under Captain Annette Bond out to try and save us.
Drawn into the seedy underbelly of galactic society, she realizes that there are far worse options than the A!Tol.
With the core Duchy of Terra series, enjoy:
Praise for Duchy of Terra
“Military SF with a good dollop of intrigue stirred into the action. When Earth is conquered, Annette Bond is left in command of the only warship left and her mission seems impossible. Glynn spins out a yarn where things are seldom what they seem and where the story changes dramatically with each new reveal."
Author of the Solar Clipper Series
Light of Terra Trilogy
About the Trilogy
Fifteen years after the annexation of Earth, a new generation of officers is joining both the Duchy of Terra Militia and the Navy of the A!Tol Imperium. Humanity has spread to a dozen worlds under the guardianship of the Imperial Navy, and the Imperium’s covert armament program is bearing its first fruits.
And then worlds start going silent. War looms on the horizon once more and fleets are sent to investigate…
The sequel trilogy brings more:
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"A detailed and very intelligent exploration of the realities of society at a macro level."
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"Action, character, heart, and mystery woven masterfully together in Stewart's fascinating universe."
New York Times bestseller Jason M. Hough, author of Zero World
Glynn Stewart is the Canadian science fiction and fantasy author of the Starship’s Mage, Duchy of Terra and Exile series. Writing managed to liberate him from a bleak future as an accountant. With his personality and hope for a high-tech future intact, he lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his wife, their cats, and an unstoppable writing habit.
Faolan’s Pen Publishing is an action-oriented science fiction publisher with an emphasis on unique high concepts and optimistic views of the future. Lead characters grapple with and are driven by a sense of duty—both to their cause and the people around them.
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As for the story, though an easy read, it is weak and seems to be focused on how nepotism affects even mediocre officers who are related to the ruling body. The new main character Morgan gets a promoted at the beginning of the book since she has clearance for the classified data, and then later in the book a family friend who is a rear admiral promotes her again for doing her job. Everyone else sees what is going on but Morgan who is clueless as to why she is being promoted but has no problem reminding everyone around her that she can influence admirals by stepping outside the chain-of-command because of who she is. Another weakness to the story is the fact that the new enemy does not leave any live bodies behind and no way for the protagonists to actually learn about their enemy except that they are tough and they are currently and always outnumbered and always behind in many technological aspects.
If you ignore all those problems, it isn't a bad continuation of the Duchy of Terra series and gives the reader some ideas of what has happened over the last few years.
setting, some 15 years after the events in the previous series.
Now part of the A!Tol empire long enough that young humans tend to
say "we", Earth is a respected contributor, and the Duchy fleet is
second only to the Imperial fleets. New colonies of humans (largely:
Any Imperial citizen who wishes to settle can, of course) are being
started and things are going well.
Until suddenly they aren't, and attacks done at Core Power levels
are made on the new colonies. Is it the Kanzi? Relations with the
slaver power known to be holding many humans in that state have
never been good, and the ships, while more powerful than any known
seem to have Kanzi aesthetics. But the Kanzi theocracy claims to
know nothing about it, and now *their* fringe colonies are being
hit. Even the Mesharom, the eldest Core Power have themselves been
hit, a truly terrifying development. Will the Empire and Theocracy
have to make common cause? Will the Empire become a Core Power?
Thrown into the middle of all this is Morgan Casimir, a young Duchy
fleet officer, and daughter of the Duchess.
I thought this was an entertaining entry in Stewart's milsf setting.
The cast are mainly types, but fairly well written types.
The original cast is not wholly absent, but largely offscreen while
events in space unfold. The Mesharom interactions were an interesting
addition, and I wonder if that ancient race might come out of its shell
just a little bit.
It is hard to write military space opera that is not dishonest. The genre calls for the enemy to have an overwhelming advantage - and to lose. This generally requires the enemy to make a lot of bad decisions. The weakness of this book is that it focuses on space battles that are manipulated by the author to be close but to have the desired outcomes.
Within those constraints, a fun space romp.
The rich characters and alien aliens make a colorful realm. The universe he has created with it's complicated politics just adds flavor. There is more military action in this then most of the other books but it is generally well paced and Stewart leaves plenty of room in between to develop the larger story.
I know Stewart has many irons in the fire and I'm sure it would upset some of his fans; but I wish he would just drop everything and finish off this series.
Darkness beyond is an awesome addition to the duchy of terra series, a spinoff in its own right the story continues in this new series as a new but familiar character takes the reigns of the story. light of terra is the first in a promising series of books that will continue the story of Terra into a new conflict.
this was a fantastic book, i love how we meet familiar faces in these spinoffs, if i was to name a donside it would be that there are some tired tropes present in the story, mainly how certain characters interact with each other, but overall the book is enjoyable and interesting.
a promising new entry in the series.
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Note: I received a free electronic copy in exchange for an unbiased review (but liked it enough to buy a copy anyway)
I'd suggest any of this authors books for anyone who likes sci-fi with a touch of space opera.
There are plenty of detailed battles, and well thought out tactics. I cannot wait for the sequel
This author has a remarkable ability to make the characters and story line believable, seem real.
Good story, beautiful diction.
I recommend this as a good read.
Keep up the great work