On the other side of the Ca’cadasan Empire another power fights against the huge aliens.
A mission has been sent to contact this other power, to find an ally against the Cacas. Three enormous exploration vessels, led by Commodore Natasha Sung, travel the thirty thousand light years to the home of this power. What they find is a shock. A power that has been fighting the Cacas for decades, a seemingly ideal partner in the war. But this power holds a dark secret, one which may sabotage the alliance before it starts. Sean is presented with a dilemma. The Empire needs this ally to survive, and the other power needs the Empire. But will he sell the soul of the Empire in order to have a chance at victory?
The reviews of the books in the Exodus: Empires At War series are becoming a bit repetitive. Words like great, excellent etc. have a tendency to sneak into every other sentence for instance. Well, I do not know how to make them more varied since these books are great and excellent full stop. The few gripes I might have from time to time are miniscule and more due to personal preferences than anything else.
This book throws in a few twists in the story so far. The Imperial scouts do indeed make contact with the “other” race that are fighting the Cacas but, as the book blurb implies, it is somewhat of a shocking discovery and the first moments of joy are quickly replaced by hesitation, dread and despair. Sean have some tough decisions to make. But then, he is becoming somewhat accustomed to having tough decisions to make these days.
The Cacas are of course not going to miss the party and what could be better than throwing a welcoming party for the newcomers of this region of space. Some 25 000 warships makes for a pretty warm welcome don’t you think?
As if things where not complicated enough Mr. Dandridge throws in some new machinations by the asshole countess from the previous books, a hired assassin and a Yugalyth shape shifting undercover agent.
As usual the story, the writing, the characters and the action is excellent. This book is a wee bit more sad than the previous book(s) though. The part about the newfound power at the other end of the Ca’cadasan Empire is almost depressing at times. The Empire is also mostly on the receiving end of the application of various destructive devices this time although Sean’s farewell present before his forces bugger out was a nice one.
Having said that, this book have certainly expanded the Empires At War universe and opened the avenue for even more great stories in the future. As usual I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this series. Given how much I hate political and egoistical assholes I am especially interested in learning what becomes of the small cliffhanger at the end of this book.