Sunday, November 27

Book Review: Halcyon

Title: Halcyon (SGA: 4)

Author: James Swallow

Pages: Ebook (Approx 304)

Summary: Might makes right

In their ongoing quest for new allies, Atlantis's flagship team travels to Halcyon, a grim industrial world where the Wraith are no longer feared—they are hunted. Horrified by the brutality of Halcyon's warlike people, Lieutenant Colonel John Sheppard soon becomes caught in the political machinations of Halcyon's aristocracy. In a feudal society where strength means power, he realizes the nobles will stop at nothing to ensure victory over their rivals.

Meanwhile, Dr. Rodney McKay enlists the aid of the ruler's daughter to investigate a powerful Ancient structure, but McKay's scientific brilliance has aroused the interest of the planet's most powerful man—a man with a problem he desperately needs McKay to solve.

As Halcyon plunges into a catastrophe of its own making the team must join forces with the warlords—or die at the hands of their bitterest enemy...

My Rating: 8.25/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Another great Stargate book read, this one may have moved the plot on a little slower, but it was still a fantastic story.

I enjoyed the description of the society, it was very steampunk and I think the author did a good job at showing the reader all the different elements of the society, you were able to get a very well rounded grasp at the social, political and culture aspects of the society as the story progresses, realizing the society is quite dark in its treatment of those below them. This book moved a little more slowly than some of the others I've read, but I thought it worked really well. It focused a lot on interactions between the characters and some of the moral dilemmas between the two cultures.

Characterization was also well done. I don't remember the characters being written too out of character, although I seem to remember I had a few issues with how Teyla was handled. I do find Ronan's impulsiveness annoying, especially in this book. I'm always surprised he doesn't face more consequences for interfering with things he shouldn't, more, I've always question that, I get it's who he is, but when you're part of a team, you kind of need to think of your decisions and how thud to think of your decisions and how the reflect the team as a whole - even if his intentions were good ones. A good addition to the Stargate book collection.

Would I recommend it to read: I would recommend it to any Stargate fan, well worth reading.

What to read next: More Stargate of course!

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 2011 Countdown Challenge

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