Sunday, November 25

Book Review: The Barque of Heaven


Title: The Barque of Heaven

Author: Suzanne Wood

Pages: 357

Summary: Through the underworld…

Millennia ago, at the height of his power, the System Lord Ra decreed that any Goa’uld wishing to serve him must endure a great trial. Victory meant power and prestige, defeat brought banishment and death.
On a routine expedition to an abandoned Goa’uld world, SG-1 inadvertently initiate Ra’s ancient trial – and once begun, the trial cannot be halted. Relying on Dr. Daniel Jackson’s vast wealth of knowledge, Colonel O’Neill must lead his team from planet to planet, completing each task in the allotted time. There is no rest, no respite. To stop means being trapped forever in the farthest reaches of the galaxy, and to fail means death.

Victory is their only option in this terrible test of endurance – an ordeal that will try their will, their ingenuity, and above all their bonds of friendship…

My Rating: 8.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: Once I got into the book, and over some of my initial issues with the book, it ended up being a fantastic, and at times engaging read. It was fast paced, the author was able to keep the integrity and voice of the characters throughout the book. I rarely found that the characters were out of character and I found that this particular story would have fit well into the shows overall arc and plot line. It would have made for one hell of an episode.  I did have times where it was hard to put the book down, even if I knew all would be well in the end. (Let's face it when it takes place in season three of the show, and you know all these characters are sill all alive and well, you know they will all survive. Well Daniel could have died - again.  But, that's neither here nor there.)

My biggest issue of the book  was where it's place in the Stargate Universe. While I did look up where it was intended to be placed, a lot of things such as strength of team dynamics, general knowledge of how everything works etc., seemed to be at the level they were further down the time line. I had to check to make sure where and how everything came together was right. It wasn't necessarily a continuity issue, but it seemed off at times, because of the maturity of the characters and storyline as a whole. Which, if Which, if you look at it, isn't necessarily a bad thing, but when I was first reading it, I did have to look back a few times and look up to see if references were correct - thankfully they were.  

I also found that the ending was quite rushed. It was a good steady pace throughout the book, and then the ending came and went a lot faster than I would have liked. I wonder if the author was forced to cut some of it or something. Because as I was reading it, I got the feeling something was missing.

Overall it was a great read. One of my favourite books from the series.

Would I recommend it to read: Yes, out of the series, this is one a must reads. Some of the books you could skip, this one isn't one of them. Again like with all of the Stargate books, having watched the show is pretty much  must. So watch the show. All 10 seasons of it!

What to read next: More Stargate


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