Friday, January 20

Book Review Allegiance

Title: Allegiance (SGA - 18)

Author: Amy Griswold and Melissa Scott

Pages:  Ebook (302)

Summary: Enemies and friends

Reeling from the shocking discovery of Rodney McKay's fate, Colonel Sheppard and his team retreat to Atlantis to regroup. With Rodney not only in the hands of the Wraith, but apparently working for them, Atlantis faces a new danger - their own man, turned against them.

While Zelenka and Colonel Carter work frantically to crack the security protocols McKay embedded in Atlantis's computer system, Ronan revisits his past and finds much is changing on Sateda. Meanwhile, Queen Death prepares to make use of her most valuable prisoner; with Rodney still unaware of his true identity, the fate of Atlantis hangs in the balance…

Set after the TV series' exciting finale, STARGATE ATLANTIS: Allegiance is book three of the gripping new Legacy series

My Rating: 7.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: While I enjoyed the book, and have enjoyed the Legacy series overall, I still find I'm disappointed in some of the aspects of the book and what the authors are choosing to focus on. Because at times this felt more like fanfiction than a companion book the TV series.

My biggest peeve is how characters and their relationships are portrayed, Teyla and John are one example of this and the hint at the book of "something more" than just teammates. While I think its essential to explore the relationships between the characters, the "shipping" of the characters doesn't fit in the story or the story arcs taken from the show. Which is beginning to bother me, it is feeling forced on me, because for years that's what fans of the show have hoped for, rather than the natural flow of things. I'm also finding certain characters are either overused or underused Samantha Carter is a one example of this, as she was horribly downplayed and dumbed down some of her thoughts and actions just weren't the Sam I've grown to know. And finally some of the new characters were overshadowing the old ones. It felt very forced that they were included, and not a natural flow to introduce and include new characters - new characters can be a great asset, but it didn't work for me here. Perhaps my expectations were high for this part of the series, (I don't seem nearly as critical on the other books) but I am finding I have more issues with how characters are portrayed and utilized than in other books. It's not something I necessarily hate, but it's becoming more frustrating as I read the series

I am enjoying the overall plot with the Wraith and Rodney. They need to keep the main focus on that, and stop throwing in side stories of New Athos, because wow! I'm absolutely loving what they're doing with the Wraith, and especially what they've done with Rodney's characters. I egaerly await to read what happens next in those parts of the plot, and the authors have done a great job at creating a new side to the wraith we've never seen in the show - and I think it's an excellent plot line they've created. It ties in with the series well, but has added something new to go a long with it. (Not opposed to new ideas, just as long as they flow into the story and not come out of left field, because the fans want it.)

Overall I did enjoy the book, I'm awaiting the next one to be published, but I do wish they liberties the authors are taking with the characters were toned down a bit and the plot of the story was more focused on - because they have something great there.

Would I recommend it to read: Only to fans of stargate - because others wouldn't know what's happening in the story line. Although I would recommend the TV series, so you could read the book series.

What to read next: The next books in the Legacy sub-series. Other Stargate Books

Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, EBook Challenge, Global Reading Challenge, Speculative Fiction Challenge

2 comments:

  1. I always wonder about these types of books, because obviously some liberties must be taken in order to continue on with the story, but what really needs to happen is for the reader to be comfortable and buy into the story and relationships they are creating. I am wondering if this series is written by a group of authors, and not just one, because that could affect things drastically. This was a really interesting review to read, Jules, and though I don't watch the show, it's intriguing to hear your take on what's happening as the series progresses. Great review today!

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    1. These are written by multiple authors, but they generally compare notes, and the books have to be approved by MGM who own the rights to Stargate, which is why certain things are only hinted at, instead of outright said.

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