|05-27-2010, 01:47 PM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2009
Device: iPad, iPhone 4S
It was a rousing conclusion to the story arc. In the third book we learn that while Prince Roger was on Marduk, a coup has occurred that has left him "heir primus" to the throne, his brother and sister and their kids having been killed. His mother is being controlled by evil men and Prince Roger has been blamed and is presumed dead.
Getting home and staging a counter coup was quite different than the three previous books. No hostile planet, no hordes of pre industrial-age barbarians. This book actually had the familiar feel from the Honor Harrington books that Weber wrote (and which are also excellent). The first half of this book is all about plotting and politics -- coming up with the plan and alliances needed to retake the palace and avert a civil war. Elements of the plan are very clever and funny as they start a "Mardukan Restruant" in the capital city.
The main character development with Roger is keeping him from being a barbarian tyrant using force and death as a tool of state. If they can't help him overcome what 8 months of constant warfare with barbarians on Marduk have conditioned him to be, will he be better than the guys who staged the coup?
There's a good deal more "political preaching" in this book -- which was fine with me. For those who are more inclined to say "get on with the battles" -- the payoff is worth it. The final scene to take back the palace, the battle between military forces who are split among the sides....is terrific.
The book is a satisfying conclusion and the four could stand as is. I hear the next book will actually be a prequel.