Legacies: Book #3: Purgatory's Key (Star Trek: The Original Series) Mass Market Paperback – 8 Sep 2016
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About the Author
Dayton Ward is a three-time winner of the Star Trek Strange New Worlds writing contest.
Kevin Dilmore has been a contributor to Star Trek Communicator magazine since 1997.
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The final novel in the Legacies series "Purgatory's Key" was aptly named, we learn so much more about the universe that the Jatohr were attempting to escape from and it's totally understandable why they were so desperate. Of course not all of these aliens are of the same mindset which is always rewarding, the one emotion fits all for an alien race can ruin a story but we see many attitudes and by extension actions on the part of this race. Purgatory's Key was a very satisfying conclusion to the three part series, once again writing styles gives this novel a slightly different feel than the previous two but the characters and themes ran true and while it's not all wine and roses for the civilizations and people involved we once again see that communication and cooperation when given the chance can work, granted some directed energy devices may be required to encourage all the parties involved:)
An excellent novel to wrap up a worth addition to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, delighted to be given so much Captain Una and Joanna McCoy and who knows what the future may bring.
Ultimately I suppose that is where this story suffers - it doesn't really have the chance to set up its own internal plot, but instead is left to put the toys back away. While this does lead to some interesting quite science fictiony concepts that get explored, it also drives a secondary plot which seems bolted on and doesn't seem to add much other than to delay the conclusion of the story. I also felt that some of the detail went over my head - whether because I missed something key or something key was missing - which meant that although I got the ending it wasn't entirely clear how or why we had got there.
The characters didn't all feel quite as fleshed out as in the previous stories, and I didn't find them as engaging, particularly the special guests. It also felt in places like this novel had been written without an understanding of what was happening in the others, as several scenes have characters reflecting on having not done something before that they had only just done in the previous book.
Overall it did well at wrapping things up, but I don't think it was as strong as the other novels. Admittedly, I'm not really an Original Series fan and so might not be the target audience, but it hasn't done anything to make we want to pick up anything else from this era in the near future.
The simple truth is that there is not enough material here for a trilogy - any reader of average intelligence can work out what is happening in the other dimension by the midpoint of the second book - You then wait for characters who are constantly described as hyper-intelligent to catch up with you.
This raises another problem - the writing comes across like fan fiction in parts. the prose is never that bad (and is always professional) but a key aspect of fan fiction is verbose passages about how wonderful characters are rather than have them do wonderful things. This book is full of long passages where characters such as Chekov and Spock stand around praising each other.
Another repetitive aspect is where a foolish female commandeer dooms a crew by seizing control of the enemy vessel. Guys we did this sub-plot in the previous book - maybe an editor needed to step in?
It's not even a repetition that goes anywhere - she is presented as an idiot, all of her actions are idiotic and Kirk takes her out twice with no problem.
Speaking of editors - someone should have picked up on the fact that Kirk's musing on obeying orders are entirely at odds with their presentation in the second book.
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