The year is 2262 and Londo has just become Emperor of Centauri Prime. But what might have been his best chance to help his people and make up for his past becomes an exercise in frustration for him, as he must submit to the will of the Drakh Entire. Watched over by his keeper, he is only fully able to do what they desire. Meanwhile, Vir suspects something might be wrong with his friend. But can he find out what is really happening in the palace? Peter David has done a wonderful job with this book. Londo becomes a truly sympathetic character. The climax is almost painful it's so well written and leaves the reader anxious to pick up the next book. Mr. David has captured each character exactly as they appear in the series. It's very easy to "hear" the actors deliver the lines and picture the settings from the series. He also works in references to several pivotal and obscure moments in the show, making this seem to fit perfectly in the Babylon 5 universe. The new characters are fully developed and help advance the story. Interesting, two of Londo's wives, from an episode of the show that Mr. David wrote, also play important parts in the story. There is one small detraction for fans of the series. The book plays a little loosely with the timeline of season 5. However, I find the timeline presented here to be a little more realistic and something only worth noting in passing. Fans of Babylon 5 who haven't read this book are in for a real treat. People who haven't seen the show will enjoy this book as well, but might be confused by a few things mentioned in passing. Personally, I had trouble putting this book down and can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy. A truly top notch read.
I always got the impression from the TV series that JMS wanted to keep the space battles in their place and concentrate more on characters, politics and motivations. Well that's exactly where this book goes, and masterfully. I really enjoyed Londo in the TV series and I think this book adds even more depth to the character. I really enjoyed this book and it's hurting me having to wait for the next one!
I am a B5 fanatic. The universe JMS created was somehow more believable than others franchises. This book carries that feeling on further. It is however for folks that have followed B5. It will be fairly meaningless to the casual reader. That aside, it keeps to the characters flawlessly. Londo and Vir are true to form. You cannot help but get caught up in the emotion and feel sorry for the characters with no choice. I look forward to finding out the rest of the story and how well it ties into Crusade. Go read NOW!
After I read the fairly new si corps trilogy I was hungry for more quality Babylon 5. Which in a nut shell this was. Instead of huge space battles or climatic fight scenes. This book masterfully keeps to the subject at hand. When tie-ins with the series are required they are done seamlessly and from a variety of different perspectives. The main character is seldom deviated from and it is almost written in a memoir style concerning him. Though the thing i most enjoyed and which speared me on to read this novel in less than a day was the knowledge the author had about Babylon 5. Bring on the sequel...
After the fabulous Psi Corps trilogy I awaited the Centauri Prime trilogy with eager anticipation. I was not to be disappointed. "The Long Night of Centauri Prime" is compelling reading, and the characterisation is excellent. I can't wait till part 2 of the trilogy is available. A must read for Babylon 5 fans.
This first part of the trilogy is a very closely woven story, the trilogy illuminating the storyline segment of what happened following the Regent's death and the punitive Alliance attack on Centauri home world. It's rich in detail, and enthralling. Evoking pity for Londo who falls victim to the truly dreadful outrun of his flawed decisions in allying with the Shadows.. The book arrived so quickly it surprised me. It was virtually brand new. I'll buy vol. 2 but vol. 3 is commanding a ridiculous price, a great pity,
But I must recommend the seller who more than exceeded my hopes. Truly 5 star+++++++++++++