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The book is set on Earth hundreds of years from now, after war and nanoplagues have devastated continental civilization. Genetically-engineered Good Men run the world as a feudal dictatorship from Seacities established as refuges. Simon St. Cyr, the Good Man of his Seacity Liberté, is hosting visitor Zen Sienna, a bioenhanced woman from the space habitat where genengineered refugees fled to escape persecution. She has fled her own people after the trauma of sacrificing her own husband to evade capture in a previous book. The rebels who take control of the city are out to guillotine the genetically-enhanced, and so both Zen and the Good Man's retainers are on the chopping block of revolt. The USAians of "A Few Good Men" are less important to this story, though they do appear in force to help fight the rebels and assist in the final defense of Liberté from the forces of the Good Men.
Simon, insulated from the real world by his status as a Good Man and ruler, is contrasted with his security man Alexis, a rough-hewn hulk who has been a rebel betrayed by his fellows and saved by Simon, now in Simon's service. Or is he? The book opens with an attack on Simon's palace, and Alexis is given the duty to get Zen away from the scene and safe. Much as in "A Few Good Men," a subtle romance begins as Zen and Alexis fight their way to safety and return to rescue Simon and hold off both a French-style revolution and an attack from the remaining Good Men.
Hoyt's writing is smooth and serves the adventure story well. The story is told in first person from Zen's point of view, and there are a few places where the dialog is overlong to fill her in on matters she (and the reader) needs to know to make sense of the different factions, but Hoyt keeps the story moving fast enough. Swashbuckling and understated romance combine in a tale to satisfy all audiences.
Now that I've enjoyed #3 and #4, I need to go back and read the first two!
I suspect there'd be another star's worth of emotional payoff for the reader who comes to Through Fire after experiencing the entire story.
Grab a sample, and if you enjoy Sarah Hoyt's distinctive authorial voice as much as I do snag the whole series (I did): You're in for a treat.
Okay, it's not as much of a fairy tale as all that... but you can use Amazon's "Look Inside" or Sample feature to figure that out for yourself. The revolting peasants have decided to give the French Revolution another try, and the book's protagonists and their friends are seen as aristocrats to be targeted. That's just background, though... this isn't a retelling of history, and the characters in the novel are painfully aware of what happened in 18th century France.
I am looking forward to the next book in this series, whenever that might be.
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By Sarah Hoyt
Zen Sienna is not quite human . . . gengineered and trained as the maintenance and navigation half of a Darkship team, she is constantly...Read more