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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Eos; First Printing edition (1 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006088231X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060882310
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,281 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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#1 New York Times best-selling novelist, scriptwriter and comics author Karen Traviss has received critical acclaim for her award-nominated Wess'har series, and her work on Halo, Gears of War, Batman, and other major properties has earned her a broad range of fans. She's best known for military science fiction, but GOING GREY, the first of her new techno-thriller series, is set in the real world of today. A former defence correspondent and TV and newspaper journalist, she lives in Wiltshire, England. She's currently writing the new G.I. Joe flagship comic series, and working on BLACK RUN, the sequel to GOING GREY.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
"Matriarch" is the 4th book in Traviss' Science Fiction epic, The Wess'har War Series. As it is the 4th book I would advise people to stay away from this review unless you have already read the previous books.

The story picks up right where the previous novel, "The World Before" left off, with the the Eqbas preparing to take a break from their planned journey to Earth so that they can ecologically rebalance the overpopulated world of the Isenj. This leads to disagreement and conflict between both the different Wess'har & Isenj factions. At the same time, Shan Frankland learns that Rayat and Neville have both been kept alive and infected with the C'naatat parasite, the one thing she wanted to avoid at all costs. So the story follows both the various inter species interactions at the top level and Shan's obsession with hunting down Rayat and Neville to ensure the C'naatat parasite can not spread any further.

As with the previous novels in the series, the story continues to highlight the different cultures that could exist between different species and the various moral conflicts that can result from trying to accept these differences. I specifically enjoyed the closer look that Traviss took here in regards the family unit and how the Wess'har view on family was very different to ours yet Shan and Ade were willing to accept and embrace it. I do think that his book more than any in the series seems dedicated to exploring the consequences that can result from your choices, principles and hopes.

There is however an issue that results from this concentration on the various consequences that each character must face. The issue is that the book focuses on the characters, their interaction and development to the point that the plot of the overall story grinds to a halt.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Oct. 2006
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Fourth book in a very imaginative and fascinating series.

The sequence is: Book One, City of Pearl
Book Two, Crossing the Line
Book Three, The World Before
Book Four, Matriarch
Book Five, Ally

Due in April 2008: book 6, Judge

Works best when read in this sequence. Very rare to find an SF series where the aliens are both plausible and genuinely different from humans. Also a good take on the ecological aspects of relations between different species. If you like David Brin's two "Uplift" trilogies ("Sundiver" et. seq.) then you will very probably like this, and vice versa.
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By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 May 2008
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fourth in a series of novels from science fiction writer karen traviss, about shan frankland, tough british policewoman who is thrust into conflict between humans and alien races on a far flung world and changed forever as a result. You could possibly get into this volume if you've not read the others - see the other review for a list of the series - but start at the beginning of the series and you will get more out of it.

Things proceed apace here from the end of book three, and character relationships develop with a few twists and turns along the way. some do things that will shock you and that you didn't expect.

Whilst this does feel rather mid book in a series in that it sets things up for later, it's still an excellent read in an excellent series.
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By R. Harper on 28 Aug. 2010
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Beginning to feel like a trilogy that has been stretched to six volumes. More twists and turns for the characters but very little real plot development. I disagree with a previous reviewer in that I do not think anything particularly unexpected happens. Nevertheless Traviss writes well enough to make it reasonably entertaining. I shall probably continue to the end of the series.
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