Humanity’s worst nightmare has again come out of the Dark. Can a human race in turmoil survive?
When the human race faces extermination at the hands of an expanding species the last survivors travel a thousand years to reestablish the race ten thousands light years away. It is now a thousand years after the birth of the New Terran Empire. The race has aggressively expanded during that time, with a fleet that has never lost a war against an alien species. But the signs are there, the old enemy is back, and the Fleet will face its greatest challenge in a foe fifty times their size.
When I read the description of the story I thought: “this sounds promising”. Indeed it is a promising start but it was a somewhat difficult book to read. A lot of the book is, not surprisingly, spent on the initial world building. However this felt somewhat disorganized. It felt like it was jumping all over the place with different stories and characters and some of them did not really feel like they were going anywhere others felt like they were just skimping over major past events.
In general the book is quite good reading though. The different parts are well written individually. The starship action, how ships manoeuvre in space and how they fight is believable as is the technology, the way their FTL technology worked, and their weaponry.
In this first book I did not really get that much attachment to any of the characters. I think this was due to the world building and somewhat “jumping around” style the book was written in. I hope it will get better with the next book. I assume that we will be following the young prince somewhat closer in that one for instance.
The book is building up to a certain amount of stupid politics which gives me cause for some concern. I hope the next book doesn’t go overboard in that area. That would really ruin the otherwise promising start.
In general this book makes me want to read the next one though.