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Dragon of the Stars Paperback – April 7, 2015
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While I will always love the Cassa Series, Dragon of the Stars blew me away. I almost want to write fan fiction about this story. I’m actually sad that this is a stand-alone, but I get why it might be difficult to continue the story.
When I first started reading about Aden and his desire to be captain of his own ship, I didn’t really much care for him. I did like his parents though. The whole disagreement between Hyrath, Aden’s home planet, and the rest of the Alliance initially seemed as trivial as most political conflicts, but it soon began to develop in a way that let you know more was happening, even if you didn’t know what.
I see most plot twists coming a mile away, and even though I kinda saw this one coming, I wasn’t expecting the finality of it. I guess I kept thinking there was a “back door” or “ace in the hole” to be played after the ultimate sacrifice was made, but nope. It really was the ultimate sacrifice. I mean, like, FOR-E-VER!
Like all of Cavanaugh’s books, this story has layers. Most people never get the opportunity to take on a true leadership role and might take for granted what all it actually takes to be, not just an effective leader, but a great one whose followers would gladly go to their death under such leadership. This story shows what a sacrifice leadership and heroism really is, and so much more.
I finished this book feeling as though I was connected to the characters and the world’s in which they lived. I want to bring all the Kargrandes home and let them eat my backyard. And don’t get me started on Pavott; I so want to be besties with her.
I seriously need the following installments to be added to this amazing stand-alone: Pavotts back story prequel, A history of Hyrathian dragons side story, the life cycle of a Kargrandes told in a creative narrative, one awesome diplomatic mission in the life and times of the new Captain Pendar. But, since these may never happen, I’ll just have to be happy re-reading this each year.
Recommended to anyone who loves space opera and anyone interested in reading a story they won’t see coming. Suitable for all readers, but meant for adults.
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Like other Space drama, this involves Navy ships and crews at war. Lt Cmdr Aden Pendar, 1st Officer on the Ryzell, is adapting to war footing. The story begins with a fancy ball in the palace- where he competes for dances with a beautiful princess. He expects promotion soon, after which he will propose. His father is a rich Duke, further illustrating the feudal nature of planetary society.
However, their kingdom is not alone; they hold a planet desired by others. Ryzell must join the patrols overhead to prevent Alliance vessels from surveying, and finding, a secret power source. Pendar knows it is classified, but connected to an old, yet unbeatable, warship. On watch, he is dogmatic, playing power games on bridgecrew and successfully fending off the enemy ships.
The exchanges are rather vague, as if all ships are on a racetrack. They use torpedoes and energy discharges.
An enemy is behind, higher, and dives to strafe. On the Ryzell:
' “Sir, the Utothiaz ship changed course.”
Springing to his feet, Aden closed the distance between them. “What’s her trajectory?”
“She’s descending,” the lieutenant said, pointing at his screen. The dark shape above them closed the gap. “At her current speed, she’ll drop behind us and to starboard.”
“No sir, but her shields are activated.” '
Cavanaugh, Alex J. (2015-04-07). Dragon of the Stars (Kindle Locations 493-497). Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.. Kindle Edition.
Somehow, Ryzell's fighter craft become casualties.
Perhaps it is nit-picking, but orbiting ships drop down by slowing down (using braking thrust). Just pointing the nose down leaves one orbiting in a nose-down attitude. (Deserves two stars) Repeatedly, Pendar wishes they had that supership named Dragon. But deserters took the ship away and never returned.
The rest of the book concerns retrieving that old ship to rescue the kingdom. Why this ambitious young man, neither diplomat nor a psychologist, is sent on a mission of sovereign importance, is not explained. He just knows he must succeed. You ache to find and fly this old weapon back, and win the standoff.
The twist deserves another two stars.
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