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Second in the series; getting more indepth,
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This review is from: Nova War (Shoal Sequence) (Paperback)
This is the second in this series, following on from Stealing Light. While this book continues the story of Corso and Dakota, some more of the backstory of Dakota, the Shoal and the earlier races becomes clearer. This is good for the continuity of the story and the series; however, I felt that there was quite a light of padding in this book - quite a lot of unnecessary descriptive digression that stole the flow of the story, and could easily have been removed from the page count without any loss to the impact of the story. A 568 page book could easily have been shorter and yet have left more of a lasting, positive impression.
The alien races are well characterised, but I keep getting left with a nagging feeling that they are fairly derivative from other books and sci-fi novels. While that's not necessarily a bad thing, the overall sense I am left with from this book, and the series so far, is `good, but not great'. That's a pity - I hope the final book in the series picks up and takes the story to a great level in its conclusion. Time will tell.