Voyage to Eneh (Seas of Kilmoyn) Hardcover – 1 Mar 2000
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I gather that the second book in the trilogy was due to be called "Fortress on the Hask" and at least some of that book has been written (author Roland Green read a passage from it at a SF convention earlier this year.
I don't think this works all that well as a stand-alone book. We have been waiting fourteen years for the rest of the trilogy and I hope that this will eventually appear but it doesn't seem to be going all that quickly.
The idea for the series, which seemed quite promising to me, is that a human starship had been stranded on a distant planet (Kilmoyn) about sixty years before the start of the series. Kilmoyn has a native intelligent species who have a level of technology something similar to where Earth was in the 19th century.
As the native Kilmoyn nations had not completed their exploration of the planet, the humans decided to conceal all their higher technology, pretend to be native to Kilmoyn, and earn a living as traders and mercenaries.
At the start of this book, some of the Kilmoyn nations are about to lock horns. The forthcoming war presents both threats and opportunities for the humans ...
It starts a bit slowly, but by the middle of the book the story was beginning to get quite exciting.
Unfortunately the book ends at a stage which leaves the story hanging. It would make a reasonable break point if the rest of the trilogy is ever published: it left me wanting to read the next book. An excellent thing if Roland Green is ever able to get "Fortress on the Hask" and the final book completed and published.
I have never been able to discover the cause of the delay, but I think it is a shame because it had the potential to be very good.
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The book is clearly intended as the first of a series. It starts rather slowly, with a lot of exposition. This is a necessary evil, not only to introduce the main characters, but also the complicated politics of Kilmoyn.
Once past the first half, the pace picks up, and it is a generally good read. I'll certainly be keeping my eyes peeled for the sequels.
Tor Books could have done a better job. The proofreading is very rough...can't remember a book with so many typos. It could really use some maps as well. It does have a handy glossary and "dramatis personae" list.
The battles that took place were usually between groups where I did not know why or what either side was quite fighting for and so ended up being kind of meaningless to me. Not only this, the combat sequences themselves were so poorly described I had difficulty visualizing how any battle was going. Who was winning, their battlefield positions, etc.
All in all this book was just a complete waste of time. I only finished it because I'm OCD enough to have to always finish books that I start, even if they're as bad as this one was.
What is going on is question in the first half of the book. I am online writing this because I suspected (wrongly) that there was a first novel about the setting I must have missed.