Tuesday, April 10

Book Review: Casualties of War

Title: Casualties of War (SGA - 7)

Author: Elizabeth Christensen

Pages: EBook - 336

Summary: Burden of command…

It’s a dark time for Atlantis. Following the first Asuran clashes, Colonel Sheppard is buckling under the strain of command. When his team discovers Ancient technology which can defeat the Asuran menace, he is determined that Atlantis must possess it—at all costs.

But the involvement of Atlantis heightens local suspicions and brings two peoples to the point of war. Elizabeth Weir believes only her negotiating skills can hope to prevent the carnage, but when her diplomatic mission is attacked—and two of Sheppard’s team are lost—both Weir and Sheppard must question their decisions. And their abilities to command.

As the first shots are fired, the Atlantis team must find a way to end the conflict—or live with the blood of innocents on their hands…

My Rating: 7.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: For the most part I enjoyed this story in the Stargate verse. It isn't my favourite, but the build up to the story has a whole was well done, and I enjoyed the background on the newest alien race, but I did find that the twist was given away too soon, and thought the author could have dragged out some aspects of the storyline a little longer.

The characters in the book were very well done, I think the author did a great job at keeping the characters close to who they're suppose to be. I found a few nitpicks here and there, but the author stayed fairly true to the individual character seen on the show. Elizabeth Weir is one of the best examples in this particular book.
The plot was also very interesting, although I found certain aspects resolved to quickly, especially regarding the "fallen team members." Now I knew of course these particular characters weren't actually dead, as they appear in other books, and are essential to the series - but I thought it was revealed to the other characters that they were not dead to soon - I would have loved to see more development with the other characters and their reactions, emotional development with this. Instead I felt the focus was on the other aspects of the plot, acting as a mediator between two races on a planet, while it was interesting it got repetitive after a while. I was really hoping for more to be focused on the characters we know and love and watching them come to terms with the "loss" of their own.

Overall, it was a good book and probably one of the books in the series I'd recommend to read to fellow fans
Would I recommend it to read: I would to Stargate Fans, although I think certain aspects could have been handled differently regarding the climax of the book, it's one of the good ones out there.

What to read next: More Stargate - although I'd recommend buying the physical books over the EBooks, I've found there to be a lot o formatting issues with the EBook versions.

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