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5.0 out of 5 stars Its Star Trek, but not as we know it!, 4 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Mirror Universe: Rise Like Lions (Star Trek) (Mass Market Paperback)
David Mack has done a superb job with Rise Like Lions. As with a lot of the more recent Star Trek novels, authors at Simon and Schuster are clearly fans of each others work and have taken time to understand the characters of the series, both onscreen and off. This is particularly a challenge in the Mirror Universe, so-titled since the "Mirror, Mirror" episode from the Original Series that spawned the sub-genre and the resurrected themes from episodes of Deep Space Nine, "Crossover" and "Through the Looking Glass". In this alter-universe, all that is known and loved in the Federation is embittered, twisted, but history and events from the main series occur through the prism of alternate personalities. In place of the Federation are the ruins of the Terran Empire, now a Rebellion, whilst the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance reigns supreme, held in delicate balance by the power politics of Bajor. The series overall therefore pits friends and foes in different guises to the mainstream universe, yet still recognisably maintaining the character and demeanour of the various factions.

This novel draws upon the works in the Mirror Universe genre that have preceded it. A fan with an extensive knowledge of the main series franchises should enjoy this novel, without necessarily reading its forebears, as the plot summarises events and situations from those storylines amongst its exposition. The book centres now on the internal collapse of the Klingon-Cardassian Union, whilst remaining a robust threat in terms of tactical placement and materiel to be a significant force against which the Terran Rebellion must join forces with the newly seceded Bajorans, the remnant of the Romulan Empire, Captain Calhoun of the New Frontier series and his piratical fleet and the secret society of Memory Omega; a cult established by Terran Emperor Spock to establish a civilisation akin to The Federation. Together, under the reluctant leadership of one-time tomb raider archaeologist, Picard, the Mirror Universe is poised to change its very nature and resemble even more closely its original forebear

Further Reading
Mirror Universe: The Sorrows of Empire
Mirror Universe: Glass Empires
Mirror Universe: Obsidian Alliances
Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows
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Initial post: 7 Apr 2012 10:21:23 BDT
Andrew Riley says:
I'd drop Sorrows of Empire from your further reading list if I were you.
Sorrows is actually included in Glass Empires so you'd end up with two copies of the same story if you bought both.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Nov 2013 02:04:27 GMT
Alexa says:
Can you give the reading order for the Mirror Universe stories please?
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