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Shadow Captain (Revenger) Hardcover – 10 Jan 2019
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Pirates in space, full of peril and high-jinks... This is a novel that's elegantly plotted, full of surprises and, as first time round, rip-roaring fun. (SFX MAGAZINE)
Reynolds is easily one of the modern masters of science fiction... addictive, page-turning stuff. (STARBURST)
This is a story to break hearts and make you turn pages. It's great stuff; pick it up, you'll want to know what happens next. (SF AND F REVIEWS)
Much of the fun of these books comes from the construction of a far, far-future space-opera... the mapping of Age of Sail tropes onto space travel is just the start... Nevertheless, at the centre of this baroque masquerade party resides a sober consideration of what it might mean to go off adventuring, what it might cost. (LOCUS MAGAZINE)
Returning to the universe of Revenger, award-winning author Alastair Reynolds delivers another thrilling tale set among the stars.See all Product description
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A ridiculous, steam-punk meets space-pirates environment, with surprisingly shallow 'science' and back story. One-dimensional, unlikeable characters who barely develop over two novels, and whose motivation and behaviour are formless. Pointless, barely-described aliens which almost seem blue-screened into the plot as an afterthought. Puerile language which borders on infantile: the galaxy is the "swirly", the characters breathe "lungstuff", and refer to each other, ad nauseam, as "coves".
Above all, a dreary, predictable, un-engaging story. There are about two chapters' worth of plot in the entire book, stretched out, with banal dialogue and dull description, to fill a novel.
It is hard to tell if this is genuinely intended to be a young adult story, or is just a short story which has been padded out to sell as a novel. Either way, it is a disappointing offering from an author who is capable of so much better.
But despite that it still kept my attention. Everything from the first book was there; the twins relationship, alien mysteries, galactic secrets, the boundary between good and evil. It's just the star shone a little quieter in the telling.
How do you make a car journey more interesting in the middle? All the games have been played and you can't see the mountains/sea yet.
But I think we were shown some interesting scenery in this book.
Shame Lagg couldn't be explored in greater depth. A flashback may have been a bit corny.
No, there's nothing gritty in here from his Chasm City days, it's a pretty straightforward story, but hangs together well and has a good plot. I felt it was better than Revenger, and written for an older audience, but you will need to have read that book first to make much sense of this one.