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Valor's Trial: A Confederation Novel (The Confederation Novels) Hardcover – June 3, 2008
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The story is pretty much what it says on the back of the jacket. Gunnery Sergeant Kerr is MIA, declared dead, except that she isnt. She ends up in an underground prison camp. Being a sergeant in the Marine corp, she promptly plans to escape and in the process makes discoveries that could shake the Confederation to the core and end the war with the Others.
- great humour with plenty of digs at all species involved, including the humans.
- Torin is well written in a consistent manner.
- plenty of suspense and action
- good thick book which never has a dull moment.
The Not So Good:
- towards the end I could see an obvious similarity with a scene from The Chronicles of Riddick. Please dont let this be a sign Huff is running out of ideas.
- none at all!
Cant wait for the next one.
Valor’s Trial is a slower book than its predecessors with less initial complexity and thus fewer twists and turns. It has enough depth to its story of prisoners of war that it neatly deals with tropes (such as the bully who’s taken over one group of beaten-down marines) by layering on additional groups of prisoners with entirely different dynamics. It also adds depth by forcing Torin to deal with the bully’s surviving underlings, which isn’t a black-and-white situation.
One thing that has seriously impressed me throughout the series is the author’s treatment of aliens in her world-building. Aliens have stereotypes but come in a wide variety of individuals. Alien syntax differences vary amongst members of the same species, nicely taking into account the fact that different people learn a new language to differing levels of proficiency. Syntax errors also tend to worsen under stress–a truly nice detail! Humans have varying accents too, something that most authors lose when concentrating on how different aliens sound. Some of the aliens even have dialects and accents of their own that vary from that of other members of their species.
Huff’s Confederation novels have served to remind me of how much I enjoy good military SF. Her particular take on it is heroic and funny but also dark and poignant. It’s probably spoiled me for most of the rest of the genre, and I could easily read another ten books in the series!Read more ›
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You really understand Torrin, you feel how difficult her decisions are.Published 1 month ago by Beth
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My favorite of Tanya Huff's Confederation series: basically a classic prison break story, which pits our intrepid heroine, Gunnery Sergeant Kerr, against some truly despicable... Read morePublished 8 months ago by L.S.F
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