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5.0 out of 5 stars As one star rises, another must fall..., 24 July 2007
This review is from: Out of the Darkness (Babylon 5: Legions of Fire, Book 3) (Mass Market Paperback)
Peter David is an exceptional writer. I'm sure J. Michael Straczynski was heavily involved in the creation of the main story, but David brings to life the extraordinary events with so much style, warmth and genuine fondness and respect for the characters that for me he must receive the most credit for this series that fills in so many of the gaps that the TV series wasn't able to explore.

Towards the end of the book as events from the B5 TV series and especially the TV movie `In the Beginning' are heavily referenced, the story becomes a little more predictable than the earlier constantly surprising events of previous books, but that's to be expected I guess for anyone who's seen Babylon 5 on television and it's not meant as a criticism of this superb story. If anything this only enhances the story by adding so many layers and bringing so many strands together that loyal fans are finally rewarded with a complete picture of the tumultuous years that followed the careful creation of the Interstellar Alliance with John J. Sheridan as its President.

I must agree with a previous reviewer's mention of the poor characterisation of John and Delenn's son David though who is simply portrayed as the archetypal teenager and little else. Despite being a unique hybrid in the B5 Universe of Human and Minbari his description extends only so far as that he's gifted with the charisma of his father and the brains of his mother, which I found to be very weak. But as he's the exception of poor characterisation in this tale any further character criticisms would be absolutely impossible to make. The characters who stood out for me particularly would be Mariel who is perhaps ultimately even more of a tragic figure than Londo and of course Vir, who is a man transformed and who flourishes in many ways as he finally makes a stand against the many atrocities committed in the name of his great friend Londo who himself flails under the continued torture of his Drakh keeper. This I found to be the perfect symbolism for this story- as one star rises, another must fall...

(To be honest the current scarcity of this book makes me quite angry. The fact that the concluding story of a trilogy can suddenly become so rare that anyone who hasn't read the final book must pay extortionate prices to discover all that happens next is simply wrong in my view and blame must fall on the publishers for producing too few copies of this title. I paid just under £30 and while I think this book is worth that high price, it's still an injustice, so I very much hope that more copies are made in the very near future for all those people who've yet to enjoy this soul-fulfilling story.)
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