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Jun

27

Review: Sea of Swords

By pcurd

Sea of Swords
Sea of Swords by R.A. Salvatore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A quick re-read prior to continuing with the rest of the Legend of Drizzt stories. Salvatore strings together two different plot lines and winds them around each other in his usual style with a few old friends reappearing from earlier stories. Some plot lines going back over a dozen books are finished and a new chapter in the story of Drizzt seems to be starting.

It’s a strong entry in the series, delivering a good story without any excess fluff. The side characters are compelling and overall it’s well written. Not one to jump into the series with though, this is definitely ending story lines – not starting them!

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Jun

2

Review: The Tower and the Hive

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The Tower and the Hive
The Tower and the Hive by Anne McCaffrey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A good end to the story – the 5 books in the The Tower and the Hive series are wrapped up neatly and the story can be considered done. McCaffrey manages to have a happy ending without being twee and it’s a believable and natural path onwards from the earlier books. Really, Damia’s Children and Lyon’s Pride along with this book are one continuous story and although they focus on different groups of people, are the same book. I would suggest aiming to read all of them very close together as that is clearly how they are intended to be read.

In a series that focuses so much on people there are a lot of families and individuals who don’t get their history told. Of course McCaffrey is never going to fill in those stories but her son Todd McCaffrey might one day expand the universe a little more. I’m quite sure fan authors will have written about the Talents of Betelgeuse or Altair who weave in and out of the story leaving only hints at their personalities and life stories.

Perhaps because the last 3 are one big story, the series ends up being not about “The Lady in the Tower” of The Rowan but about her children and grandchildren. This time spread is quite different from where the story seems to be going at the beginning, and the tone and writing style is completely different towards the end. Instead of being about the life journey of a character (the titular Rowan) as the early ones area, the rest are about the struggles of humanity. For a single short series this is a big change of focus but I feel the later ones are more like the other McCaffrey stories I enjoyed, especially in the Pern series.

I am glad I chose to re-read these – if nothing else I have discovered that there were three “prequel” novels, not one as I had though, so I have more to read! On next to To Ride Pegasus.

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Jun

1

Review: Lyon’s Pride

By pcurd

Lyon's Pride
Lyon’s Pride by Anne McCaffrey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Talent series (or The Tower and the Hive series if you prefer) continues on with Lyon’s Pride – which is essentially the second half of Damia’s Children. The proliferation of the one or two controlling families of Federated Teleport & Telepath continues as no one seems to be able to have less than 10 children in this universe.

I can’t say much more without getting into spoilers, so before I dive in to that – it is a pretty easy to read book with a bit more of a (space) naval lean than the earlier books. Quite enjoyable.

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