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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1542643384
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- Publication Date: November 27, 2016
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- Language: English
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For newbies, I still recommend starting with Star Nomad which is first in the series. Don't worry, while open ended it's not a cliff hanger but it will give you a taste of the crazy Firefly-Star Wars symbiosis that is the Fallen Empire series. Warning though: I pretty much guarantee that if the prior sentence intrigued you at all then you will get addicted to this series.
For those who are fellow addicts well, all I can say is that I just bought this and read it in one sitting - but it's now 2:47 am (which I'm going to regret when the alarm goes off in now less than 4 hours as it's a work day), so that whole "one sitting" thing only means that, yes, this holds up to the high standard of the other books.
I will bottom line this: great series, great last book, super-highly enjoyable with the HEA conclusion desired (which leaves room for more even though answering all that need to be answered), and most definitely (and highly) recommended.
I read a lot (a scary amount of) books as there are so many that are free or super cheap on kindle. Even avoiding those that are crap, the vast bulk of indie books are at best fun but not fantastic. Then once in a while you hit a gen of an author who is as good as - or better than - the best of those who have books published by the big publishing houses. Lindsay Buroker is one of those few gems. I first discovered her in her Emperor's Edge steam punk series (an excellent read, by the way: the first of which is free on kindle), and I've been hooked on all of her books ever since. That's a rarity for me as almost every other author has at least one book I've not enjoyed. I'm really happy that Buroker held up to her high standard through to the end of the Fallen Empire series and a bit bittersweet that's it's now over (only mitigated by the "secon epilogue" of End Game that the author makes available via her website, which I will undoubtedly read tomorrow).
A near final comment: regarding the 4 stars ranking - note that I am really chintzy on giving out stars. To me 4 stars means a book is really (truly, absolutely) good. I only give out 5 stars to things like LoTR, the original Dragonriders books, Dune and the like. I suspect most other readers will give this 5 stars. I just have this (perhaps unfair) quirk that holds me back.
Finally, no disclaimer: I've purchased all the books in the series. Not that I actually think that makes any difference at all, as I know I've never been influenced by whether or not I paid, but what the heck, I might as well get something for shelling out the cash.
And thus begins the End Game.
Thankfully for Alisa Tomich joins the fleet, along with ‘Senator’ Hawk, who can now offer her and her ragtag crew of Misfits and Starseers assistance in stopping Tymoteusz and getting back Thorian and the staff.
I don’t want to give away spoilers in this book, Buroker has written what is a near perfect ending to this series, wrapping up all of the loose ends nicely, tying up plot lines, but leaving those that she wants to leave open for a spin off series if desired (and at the time of writing this, Sky Full of Stars is well under way).
But if you don’t want to read the spin-off, you don’t have to, everything is wrapped up very nicely here. Of course, that isn't to say how they are wrapped up, in a hug or a body bag, but they are wrapped up.
This is one of those books where the action starts on the first page, and doesn’t stop, until the last couple of pages where whatever is left sits down and tries to work out what the hell happened and did we win or lose?
You know, the end of Serenity?
But the pages in between, good luck trying to put it down once you pick it up.
This, being the final book, was more focussed on the combat side of things, there was less character development obviously, but Buroker does take the time to wrap up character arcs for us. The combat is again, just spectacular, brutal in parts, but so well written, you will be ducking and weaving with the characters.
As I have said in previous reviews, I still think this is one of the best series of its genre, you can re-read (or listen – Kate Reading does a marvellous job with the audiobooks), this and discover new facets to the story each time, especially when you have got all the way through and start from scratch again.
If you have not read any yet, get into it, you will not be disappointed. Exceptional characters, brilliant combat sequences, both on the ground and in space (sometimes even in atmo, some of the best dialogue in a book that will leave you wetting yourself with laughter, (Mica and Alisa have some of the best lines), and a multi-faceted storyline that is just outstanding. The Starseers are a lot of fun, we don’t get to see a lot of psionic characters in books these days, but these are both brilliant and scary, and also funny at times.