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Interesting story to supplement the Empire Corps series
on 25 April 2014
There is no doubt that the author is making a political and theological statement here, one which I agree with in many ways. Religious extremism is the curse of mankind, particularly those religions which elevate the dominant clergy above everybody else, and make others, particularly women, totally subservient and shackled.
Sameena escapes Jannah, a planet with a particularly harsh religious regime, and carves out a trading conglomerate as the Empire disintegrates. Years later, as her power and influence climbs, she is confronted by a terrible plot from her home planet, which needs dealing with to prevent the religious fanaticism she escaped from reaching the rest of the sector, and remains of the Empire.
The plot is reasonably good, and I rate the book at three and a half stars, but it suffers from (IMO) being too neat and tidy. However, well worth a read.
One final thing to the author: stop using the word SCOWLED every five minutes. This is endemic in all of Christopher's books - I'm sure different descriptions can be found. :-)