Warrior King by Evan C. Currie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Make no mistake, this is a start of a new chapter in the Space Opera, featuring aliens that are slightly closer to humanity than the ones we've run into, yet.
It certainly makes for a more even challenge, even if we're up against an Empire, the sworn enemies of the hugely advanced "Oathers" of whom we've already been introduced, helped enormously, and have, in return, been helped as much.
It's good to have friends. Unfortunately for us, that means all future conflicts are shared, too, right?
Ah, but the enemy makes no fine distinctions. It's all pew pew without parley, alas. It annoys me a bit, but truly, any enemy that employs such horrible tactics as we've already seen, on such enormous scales, likely has no interest in talk anyway.
So even if I am a bit annoyed with the enemy reveal, it washes away pretty cleanly because all the action, the tactics, the creative use of the known science, (and especially the great characters,) pretty much makes up for everything.
...For Currie writes great drama. :) No matter what happens, I'm having a great time and I'm fully invested in the tradition of Space War. I can read these all day long. :)
Pew Pew! Love the cameo for Thieves, too! Let's bring on the bigger and badder conflicts!
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC!
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