Darkness Beyond: Great continuation to the Duchy of Terra series

Darkness Beyond (Light of Terra #1) by Glynn Stewart
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ out of 5 stars

coverA newly-founded human colony world burned from orbit
A warship squadron of the galaxy’s oldest race ambushed and destroyed
An ancient enemy reborn in the darkness beyond the known stars

The A!Tol Imperium and their new human subjects have had fifteen years of relative peace. New colonies have been founded, new worlds explored, new ships built. Formal and informal alliances have been built with the ancient powers of the Core, leaving humanity and the Imperium seemingly on the brink of a new dawn.

The devastation of one of the newly-founded human colonies sends ripples of shock through the Imperium, and a battle fleet under Fleet Lord Harriet Tanaka is dispatched to the edge of the Imperium to find the culprits and bring them to justice.

Meanwhile, the destruction of a Mesharom Frontier Fleet squadron calls the Duchy of Terra’s newest warship, Bellerophon, into action and combat with a strange new power that bears all the signs of the Imperium’s age-old enemy, the Kanzi.

Aboard Bellerophon is Annette Bond’s stepdaughter, Morgan Casimir. The recently promoted junior officer will be thrust into the crucible of war and challenged to rise to her mother’s example in the face of this both new and ancient enemy…

The Light of Terra series is a new series that continues the story of The Duchy of Terra series. I have read all three books in the latter series and found them very good indeed. Great military space opera. This book, Darkness Beyond, continues the story 15 years from where The Duchy of Terra finished.

Not surprisingly a new threat emerges and it is time for Terra to go to war again. However, this time it is not just Terra,. It is not even “just” the A!Tol Empire but their sworn enemies as well. Not to mention the core powers.

There are a lot of things that I liked about this book. The new protagonist, Morgan Casimir, is a great character. What I maybe liked even more though is that, even though Morgan perhaps is the main character of the book, our old hero, Annette Bond, is not left behind in the dust.

Terra has of course advanced their technology substantially since The Duchy of Terra and now wields fleets that can go toe to toe with anything except maybe a core power. To bad that what they are facing seems to wield just that…core power technology. At least to some extent.

The story builds up nicely to a whole series of reveals as to the mysterious attackers and to their relation with the past history the A!Tols and their old enemies as well as the core powers. Strung out throughout the story is, to my great enjoyment, also a series of battles. All of them done as well as the combat in the first series.

I definitely liked this book. It has a good story, is filled with fleet action, technological advancements, new quite likable characters and yet it is but a stage setter for the main story arc of this new series.

I am definitely looking forward to the next book in this series.

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