Wednesday, May 30

Book Review: Trial by Fire

Title: Trial by Fire (SG-1 1)

Author: Sabine Bauer

Pages: 240

Summary: Trial by Fire, the first Stargate SG-1 novel from Fandemonium Books, follows the team as they embark on a mission to Tyros, an ancient society teetering on the brink of war.

A pious people, the Tyreans are devoted to the Canaanite deity, Meleq. When their spiritual leader is savagely murdered during a mission of peace, they beg SG-1 for help against their sworn enemies, the Phrygians.

Initially reluctant to get involved, the team have no choice when Colonel Jack O'Neill is abducted. O'Neill soon discovers his only hope of escape is to join the ruthless Phrygians - if he can survive their barbaric initiation rite.

As Major Samantha Carter, Dr Daniel Jackson and Teal'c race to his rescue, they find themselves embroiled in a war of shifting allegiances, where truth has many shades and nothing is as it seems.
And, unbeknownst to them all, an old enemy is hiding in the shadows…

My Rating: 5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Not my favourite of the Stargate books, it was rather disappointing actually, so I'm glad this wasn't the first book I read, otherwise I doubt I would have picked up another Stargate book.

The background story and history tie-in parts were well done and interesting enough to fit with the series, but I found character dynamics and interactions off.  I found Jack to be very out of character as well as Daniel the most. And the over use of character facial expressions and quarks annoying. By this point the reader, who is an obvious fan of the series, because let's face it, unless you've watched the TV series, you won't read the books. There's too much not said in the books to just randomly pick them up.  So certain character quarks etc, to not need to me shoved in your face. And in this book, I found it to be exactly that. It needed to be toned down a lot, and focus more on the plot. Not the eyebrow raise of Teal'c.

Then there was the  addition of the magical original character - oh it was awful. Horrible awful. Throw across the room and ask why is this character in this book awful. Honestly if she referred to another character as "duckie" one more time, I would have.  Having a new character to support the book, plot and characters can be useful. Having a Mary-sue character is cringe worthy. Especially how she came into the book. If it was fanfiction I could have dealt with it, but it being a companion book to the series. No. Just no!
So over all, it wasn't the book for me. Not at all what I expected to be with a series I love, but I suppose you can't love them all.

Would I recommend it to read: Meh. These book are only meant for those interested in the show, and even this one wasn't too great. So I'm on the fence with this one.

What to read next: More stargate books


  1. Oh, I am sorry this one wasn't as great as you had been expecting. It sounds like although you were disappointed with it, you can put it in perspective and go on to the next book with no lingering bad feelings.

    1. I doubt I'll love them all, and I'll always love the series, even if there are a few books that are lacking in the stuff I like