This is the Sixth Book in the Kris Longknife series that I’ve read, and overall I found this one somewhat harder to follow than the others.
The characters seem less well defined in this installment, perhaps that’s because the Author is settled in to his stride with these individuals now, and doesn’t feel the need to describe them as well as in previous installments, but the ultimate effect is that you need to read this volume more or less directly after one or more of it’s predecessors in order to keep up with the action which starts pretty much straight away.
Shepherd doesn’t seem to have quite the same flair for Military style Scifi as Elizabeth Moon or David Webber, but he does a passable job describing the combat, strategy and tactics. On occasion the writing would have benefited from a more descriptive style, at least enough to give your imagination something to fire on. He does also degenerate in to acronyms all too easily, and only occasionally remembers to explain himself a few pages or paragraphs further on.
It takes until the last quarter of the book for Shepherd to develop the overall point of the novel in the series, (which I won’t give away here), but this kind of distances this volume from it’s predecessors. I rather suspect that he wrapped up most of his planned threads in the fifth volume of this series, and this is very much a bridge in to some new ideas which will give the overall storyline great boost in to the next novel in the series.
Overall an average attempt by Mr Shepherd, so I give Kris Longknife: Intrepid (Kris Longknife) a rating of
For reference, the prequels were:
I’ve done my usual trick of starting more than one book.
Currently I’m reading Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber, the author of the well known Honor Harrington series.
It’s a fascinating premise actually; Earth is dead, wiped out by an unfathomable Alien species, and this is almost a parallel evolution story of Humanity as it struggles to start afresh on a new planet called Safehold on the other side of the Galaxy, but a planet in which Technology in any detectable form is prohibited in order to avoid detection by the same alien menace that wiped out Earth. Weber does his usual job of considering Military strategy and politics, but this time he includes Religion, a corrupted Church being one of the chief protagonists, at least as far as I’ve read so far.
The “rules” of the colony having been set by the officers of the colony ships that found the planet, the initial colonists were made to “forget” everything previously, and so the officers were able to set themselves up as Archangels, virtually Gods of the new Church of Safehold.
I’ve added the sequel By Schism Rent Asunder to my Wishlist, but it’s not out on Paperback until mid-2009, so I’ll have to bide my time. I still prefer paperbacks!
Also on the go is the second of the Runelords series by David Farland; Brotherhood of the Wolf (Runelords)
This one is a Fantasy work with another interesting hook, the whole Runelords thread which has given way to quite a few sequels, all of which I have lined up ready for when I get to them!
I’m also waiting for Amazon to dispatch my copy of Kris Longknife: Intrepid (Kris Longknife) by Mike Shepherd. This is another military Scifi series, which I’ll blog about in due course!