David Mack has done a superb job with Rise Like Lions. As with a lot of the more recent Star Trek novels, authors at Simon and Schuster are clearly fans of each others work and have taken time to understand the characters of the series, both onscreen and off. This is particularly a challenge in the Mirror Universe, so-titled since the "Mirror, Mirror" episode from the Original Series that spawned the sub-genre and the resurrected themes from episodes of Deep Space Nine, "Crossover" and "Through the Looking Glass". In this alter-universe, all that is known and loved in the Federation is embittered, twisted, but history and events from the main series occur through the prism of alternate personalities. In place of the Federation are the ruins of the Terran Empire, now a Rebellion, whilst the Klingon-Cardassian Alliance reigns supreme, held in delicate balance by the power politics of Bajor. The series overall therefore pits friends and foes in different guises to the mainstream universe, yet still recognisably maintaining the character and demeanour of the various factions.
This novel draws upon the works in the Mirror Universe genre that have preceded it. A fan with an extensive knowledge of the main series franchises should enjoy this novel, without necessarily reading its forebears, as the plot summarises events and situations from those storylines amongst its exposition. The book centres now on the internal collapse of the Klingon-Cardassian Union, whilst remaining a robust threat in terms of tactical placement and materiel to be a significant force against which the Terran Rebellion must join forces with the newly seceded Bajorans, the remnant of the Romulan Empire, Captain Calhoun of the New Frontier series and his piratical fleet and the secret society of Memory Omega; a cult established by Terran Emperor Spock to establish a civilisation akin to The Federation. Together, under the reluctant leadership of one-time tomb raider archaeologist, Picard, the Mirror Universe is poised to change its very nature and resemble even more closely its original forebear
Further Reading Mirror Universe: The Sorrows of Empire Mirror Universe: Glass Empires Mirror Universe: Obsidian Alliances Mirror Universe: Shards and Shadows
"Rise like Lions" by David Mack is a Star Trek novel set entirely in the Mirror universe a few years after the events of the Deep Space Nine episode "The Emperor's New Cloak."
It completes the story of the rebellion against the Klingon/Cardassian alliance. It is also to some extent the sequel to the same author's novel "The Sorrows of Empire" which tells the story of the Mirror Universe version of Commander Spock.
You can follow the history of the Mirror Universe from "Mirror, Mirror" to the conclusion of the rebellion by reading the following four novels:
The ST Mirror Universe is one of my favourite parts of the franchise. I've loved the shows in various genres and also the spin-off books. My favourite was the story of Spock's ascension to the throne, to which this book is no comparison. It's ok and deals with some necessary loose ends, but is by no means the best in the serious.
There's a hint towards the mirror universe Dominion at the end of the book, so I'm hoping the sequel will be better.
A great read, giving more background and history to the Mirror Universe. Insights to why and how the rebellion developed and who has been orchestrating it all along. At times surprising the story sweeps you along to the next crossroads in the Mirror Universe saga.